Doug Morin (left), his niece Lillian (center) and his father, Doug Sr., can be seen in this undated family photograph.

Two men indicted on murder charges to return to Maine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.

Houlton police seeking info on armed robbery in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call Houlton police at 532-2287.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.8.16 edition

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.

Christmas tree with lights, power strip stolen in Aroostook County

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
“You can see footprints and where it was dragged down the hill. There were three big ropes attached to trees around the tree, and that had been cut. Somebody went through great effort.”
Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help to locate a sport utility vehicle that a Houlton man claimed contributed to an accident on Route 1 in Monticello on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

State Police seeking information on SUV after crash in Monticello

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
He told police that a driver in a black SUV crossed the centerline, forcing him to swerve off the roadway to avoid the vehicle.

Toddlers with ties to Houlton die in NYC when radiator bursts

By Laila Kearney, Reuters on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
New York City’s use of private apartment buildings to house multiple homeless families came under fire on Thursday, a day after two children living in one of the “cluster sites” were killed in a radiator accident.
Hugh Kirkpatrick (right), Fred Page III (from left), Russell Plourde, Tim Ouellette and Sue Sands, employees of the Caribou Utilities District, celebrate with Kirsten Hebert (second from right), Maine Rural Water Association director, after winning the association's Best Tasting Water Contest on Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Caribou Utilities District takes top honors in 30th annual tap water taste-off

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
This year’s judges were Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development, WABI TV weatherman Todd Simcox and retired Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.
Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.
A table containing a Nativity scene, which caught fire early Monday morning, can be seen Tuesday at the Salvation Army headquarters on 12 Court St. in Houlton.

Small fire ruins Christmas gifts at Salvation Army in Houlton

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
“For it not to have caught the curtains and the whole room on fire is simply amazing.”
The lifts are pictured running at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill on Friday, Dec. 2. Travis Kearney, general manager of Big Rock, said late Friday afternoon that the facility is preparing to open on Dec. 10, which is one week earlier than planned. “All of the trails are covered in natural snow this year, which is the first time that this has happened in years.”

Bigrock Mountain to feature natural snow on all ski trails for first time in years

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Mother nature dropped 22 inches of snow on northern Maine during the first week of December.

88-year-old pedestrian dies after being struck by car in Madawaska

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
A 2002 Honda driven by 38-year-old Sesie Young of Madawaska struck Reginald Boucher on Wednesday.
Matthew Davis

Medical examiner: Oakfield couple dead when house set on fire

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
Dr. Mark Flomenbaum said that Heidi Pratt died of a single gunshot wound to the neck. She bled to death after a large caliber bullet struck her carotid artery, he said.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested three people following the discovery of a meth lab inside a home in Sherman. As part of an ongoing investigation into the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine, MDEA’s Aroostook County Task Force, assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and US Border Patrol Agents, searched the mobile home at 130 Silver Ridge Road in Sherman Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Found inside were materials consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine and the MDEA lab response team was called to assist with evidence collection and clean-up.

Three people charged in Sherman meth lab case; 123rd such case this year

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 07, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
Three people were arrested Tuesday and charged with crimes related to the alleged unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab in Sherman, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Matthew Davis

Neighbor says he recognized defendant in double slaying from mug shot

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
The man who lived next door to an Oakfield couple killed more than three years ago in their home told jurors Wednesday that he recognized a photo of Matthew Davis in a news article posted on Facebook as the man who had fled the burning house.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Matthew Davis

Opening statements in Oakfield double murder trial shed no light on motive

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Matthew Davis, 35, is accused of killing Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, on Sept. 23, 2013, then setting their Oakfield home ablaze.
Matthew Davis

Jury selection in Oakfield slayings to be completed Tuesday afternoon

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Davis, 35, faces charges of murder, arson, theft and criminal mischief in connection with the deaths of Kitchen and Pratt three years ago.

Presque Isle welding company merges with Auburn firm

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 06, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
The Auburn-based gas and welding supply company Maine Oxy has merged with the Lynox Welding Supply of Presque Isle.

Police seek help in locating truck stolen from Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 05, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help to recover a vehicle reported stolen here last week.