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Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.15.15 edition

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
#Skiing, #birding, #biking, #fishing, #hunting, #running, #OhMy! #FamilyFun festivals, too! #WinterIsHere! In this edition: 1) The second Aroostook Cup ski race of the season happens this weekend in Fort Kent. 2) Katahdin area XC ski trails are in great shape and playing host to two events in the coming weeks. …

New Limerick brothers arrested on outstanding warrants

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 14, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
Two New Limerick brothers have been arrested and charged on several outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court and for unpaid fines. One of the brothers, Robert Brewer, 22, also faces new charges of burglary, theft and theft of firearms. Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies arrested …
Chester Birmingham

Man who admitted robbing 2 stores, invading Orrington home sent back to federal prison for two years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 14, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
BANGOR | An Aroostook County man was sent back to federal Wednesday for two years for violating his supervised release on a pharmacy robbery conviction in Vermont. Chester F. Birmingham, 37, of Bangor, formerly of Patten, pleaded no contest in U.S. District Court to violating his supervised release by …

State agents remove about 60 animals from southern Aroostook home

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 14, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
LITTLETON | State animal welfare agents removed more than 60 animals from a home in Littleton Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. The action is the culmination of a two-year investigation into alleged illegal breeding and selling of dogs at the Framingham …
From the community

Rapid Renewal now available in Mars Hill

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the town of Mars Hill has launched Rapid Renewal, the Department of the Secretary of State’s online service for the renewal of motor vehicle registrations. Rapid Renewal, an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and …
From the community

Presque Isle to hold public forum on MDOT Main Street paving

on Jan. 14, 2015, at 10:04 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The City of Presque Isle is holding a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the Council Chambers to hear public concerns about Maine Department of Transportation’s planned project to repave Main Street. MDOT plans to complete the estimated $1.5 million paving project this summer. “While the City …

$848,000 federal grant to connect rural health care providers in Maine

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 14, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
CARIBOU | Cary Medical Center will use more than $800,000 in federal grant money to connect 10 Maine hospitals in five counties in a health collaborative aimed at improving rural health services. Staff with the 10 hospitals that serve about a quarter million people from Bangor to Fort Kent …
Brandee Pelletier, 18, of Wallagrass escaped serious injury Monday afternoon after losing control of her 1996 Dodge Ram pickup on Aroostook Road.

Wallagrass woman crashes on Aroostook Road

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 12, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
Speed and road conditions were factors in a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Aroostook Road, according to Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Brandee Pelletier, 18, of Wallagrass was heading north just after 2 p.m. in a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck when she failed to negotiate a …

Presque Isle man who drew pistol at pub sentenced

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 12, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
BANGOR | A Presque Isle man will spend the next seven years in prison for pulling out a loaded gun after being thrown out of a bar. Wayne E. Boulier Jr., 34, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to seven years in prison on a charge of being …
Donna O' Brien, a double amputee since she was in high school in the late 1970s, tries on one of the new AMP Fins on one of her amputated limbs as inventor Randy Lord of Danforth offers support in Presque Isle on Sunday.

Danforth man invents swim fins for himself, other amputees

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 12, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | For Randy Lord, life as an amputee meant a lot of changes after he lost a leg below the knee in a work-related accident. He needed to learn a new way to walk with a prosthetic, a new way to climb stairs and a new way …
 Emergency response personnel assist a woman inside a 2003 Ford Explorer on Monday morning after slick road conditions caused it to slide off Washington Junction Road in the town of Hancock. The vehicle was demolished but the woman driving it, her pregnant daughter and the driver's 4-year-old granddaughter all emerged without a scratch, according to the Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Jeff McFarland. Bill Trotter|BDN

Wind chill advisory issued for northern Maine when snow ends

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2015, at 2:37 p.m.
CARIBOU | A storm system moving across the state Monday was producing light snow that made for slick driving conditions. Up to 5 inches of snow was expected in Aroostook County by the time the front leaves the state Monday night, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast …
Participants of Maine Winter Sports Center's Maine Team Camp mountain bike in Carrabassett Valley in July 2014.

Maine Winter Sports Center launches revised mission, $20 million endowment campaign

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 12, 2015, at 8:41 a.m.
The Maine Winter Sports Center, in response to losing its chief source of funding last winter, has announced it is redefining its mission and launching a $20 million endowment campaign to support its programs well into the future. “Our commitment to Maine communities will continue, and the quality of our …
The site of this morning's crash in Molunkus.

Man escapes serious injury in Molunkus crash

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 11, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
A 29-year-old man escaped serious injury after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Route 2 in Molunkus on Saturday. According to Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall, deputies determined that Cody M. Bean was driving a silver 2002 Ford Ranger northbound while on his way …

Caribou woman struck by car in Stockholm

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 11, 2015, at 7:28 a.m.
A Caribou woman suffered significant injuries Friday evening after she was struck by a vehicle in Stockholm, according to the Maine State Police. Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said Sunday that the accident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. on Main Street. According to Harris, Garth Johnson, …

Troopers bust up teen drinking party in Stockholm

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 11, 2015, at 6:47 a.m.
Eight juveniles were summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor after Maine State Troopers busted a party in Stockholm over the weekend. Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris did not give out the location of the party Sunday or the ages of the juveniles who …
James Shaw

Aroostook County grand jury indicts Presque Isle man in standoff

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
A Presque Isle man who barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to harm himself and his girlfriend was indicted on Friday by the Aroostook County grand jury. James Shaw, 25, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal mischief and obstructing government …
Pictured is a Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano similar to the one Nick Gross and his family had in their home in Presque Isle during his childhood.

California man ships childhood piano from Presque Isle to West Coast

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
For Nick Gross, the earliest memories of his life in an old sea captain’s house along the rolling hills of Aroostook County have always been accompanied by the sounds of a piano. When he thinks back to his early childhood in that home on the Parsons …
After more than 40 years in law enforcement, Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore retired on Dec. 31, 2014.

County sheriff retires after 40 years in law enforcement

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Jan. 10, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
HOULTON | For someone who was never really sure he wanted to enter law enforcement, James Madore of Madawaska carved out a nice career in the field. Madore retired on Dec. 31 after 13½ years as Aroostook County’s sheriff, bringing to an end 40½ years in the police profession. …
Mike Hammer

Houlton-area schools notified of resignation of superintendent, who will end his term in June

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Jan. 10, 2015, at 9:38 a.m.
The Houlton-area school district once again finds itself in need of a new superintendent after Mike Hammer’s surprise resignation on Jan. 5. In a resignation letter, Hammer cited the strain of being away from his family as a contributing factor in his decision. His wife, Julie, who …

Elderly Frenchville resident dies after being found unconscious in cold home

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 09, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
It is unclear how big a part — if any — subzero temperatures played in the death of 80-year-old Leon Gagnon Jr., who was discovered unconscious in a cold home Wednesday morning. Whether Gagnon was incapacitated by the cold or a medical incident, his death should serve …
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