Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

 
Robert Craig

Florida man, 80, indicted in strangling death of Presque Isle resident

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 14, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
McKenzie Bowman (left), 8, Kaylee Bockus (center), 8, and Robert Hall V, 1, of Ellsworth beat the heat on July 22 at Branch Lake in Ellsworth.

Northern, eastern Maine see above-normal temperatures this summer

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:24 p.m.
Rich Norton said Monday that the temperatures and rainfall this summer were not attributable to any particular weather pattern.

Former Aroostook man indicted on sex charges in Alabama case

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 09, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
An Aroostook County native and former petting zoo employee has been indicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse after he was arrested in late April in Florence, Alabama.

Justices, students hear appeal of drug conviction during visit to UMFK

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 08, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
An attorney for a Caribou man who claims that his client’s constitutional rights were violated after he was arrested in 2013 without probable cause argued before the state’s highest court Thursday that the illegal drugs that were found during the subsequent search should have been suppressed as evidence at trial.

Easton man dead after Presque Isle crash

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 06, 2016, at 8:28 p.m.
The officer said this was the second fatal crash at the intersection in recent years, and the fourth that led to injuries.
Children play a game during a Bangor Parks and Recreation summer program on July 11 at Fourteenth Street School in Bangor.

Portland sets August heat record, Caribou, Bangor warm as well

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 05, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
At Bangor, there were 23 days with a high of 80 degrees or warmer, which tied with 1996 for the most on record during the month of August.
Matthew Davis

Oakfield double murder trial delayed, will have to be moved

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
A trial scheduled to start next week of a man accused of killing two Oakfield residents in 2013 has been postponed and will have to be moved out of Aroostook County.
Matthew Davis

Jury selection begins in Oakfield double murder trial

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
More than 100 potential jurors from across Aroostook County crowded into superior court here Thursday to see whether they would be chosen to try the man accused of two murders that shocked the tiny community of Oakfield.
Crews with Flewelling Family Farms in Easton, including tractor operator Bradley Pryor or Robinson, plow grain fields so they can grow potatoes on the soil.

Maine potato growers ready for harvest

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
I don’t know if we are going to see the same record yield that we saw last year.”
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Aroostook County commissioners renew jail medical contract

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Aroostook County commissioners recently opted to retain the services of the Aroostook County Jail health care provider and made staffing decisions for the sheriff’s department.
The “Tribirds” balloon, depicting three South American birds, will fly in the 2016 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, scheduled for Aug. 25-28. The balloon’'s pilot is Marcos Bonimcontro of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who also designed and built the balloon.

Presque Isle prepares for balloon fest less than one month after Texas tragedy

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
Despite last month’s fatal hot air balloon crash in Texas, organizers of the 13th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, which starts on Aug. 25, remain optimistic about upcoming attendance and demand for rides.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.

Former Houlton shelter director will not be charged with crime in dog’s death

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.
The severely deformed feet of Abdelkhalek El Malyani are evident in this photo of him taken in 2013 at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center in Casablanca, Morocco.

With Maine woman’s help, this Moroccan man will have surgery to fix his feet

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Abdelkhalek El Malyani’s feet and heels face inward, so the soles of his feet face each other, and he has trouble walking and is in pain.
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Despite Acadia National Park turning 100, some in County have never visited

on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Despite the Acadia National Park marking its centennial, there are some Aroostook County residents who have just never made the trip.
Willis Nason

Hodgdon man accused of possessing child pornography

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
A Hodgdon man who was indicted last week on a charge of possession of sexually explicit material of minors under the age of 12 was arrested Friday.
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Aroostook County grand jury indictments – August 4, 2016

on Aug. 12, 2016, at 1:01 a.m.
Among other indictments on August 4, 2016, an Aroostook County grand jury indicted a kidnapping suspect for the alleged assault of a corrections officer.

Kidnapping suspect accused of assaulting corrections officer

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.

Houlton council uses surplus to ease tax burden

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Councilors voted to transfer $165,000 from the municipal surplus account in an effort to reduce taxes.
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Pool sales rising with the temps

on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:08 a.m.
Francine Lagasse, who owns and operates Francine’s Pools and Spas in St. Agatha, said she has noticed an increase in pool sales because of warmer weather.
Children and teenage volunteers who participated in one of Amy Woods Metherell's summer mini-camps in early July at the horse stable she operates, Horseplay Farm, pose for a photograph after finishing up the final event of the session, "painting" Henry, one of Metherell's horses, with nontoxic, washable paint. The short sessions on her stable property on the McSheffrey Road are designed to introduce young children to horses while teaching them about kindness and creativity.

At Houlton horse stable, woman sparks creativity, kindness in children

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 08, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
“I love working with young children and introducing them to horses and seeing that spark in their eye when they first see a horse for the very first time,” Amy Woods Metherell said.