Fresh snow falling in northern Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 07, 2014, at 9:24 a.m.
CARIBOU | Fresh snow has already started to fall in Aroostook County, and it is expected to come down throughout the day Friday. “We’ve been getting snow for a few hours now,” National Weather Service forecaster Maureen Hastings said from the Caribou office shortly before 9 a.m. Hastings expects …

Police seek public’s help solving rash of car burglaries in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 06, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
Police in Presque Isle are seeking the public’s help to solve a series of car burglaries that took place Wednesday evening during a soccer game in the city. Sgt. Eric Erickson of the Presque Isle Police Department said late Thursday afternoon that the car burglaries took …
Snow covers Hammond Street on Sunday morning in Bangor. Another fresh snowfall is expected in northern Maine late Thursday into Friday.

Weather alerts issued for storm expected to hit northern, western Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 06, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
CARIBOU | Less than a week after an early fall snowstorm blanketed much of Maine with more than a foot of snow, fresh snowfall is expected in northern Maine late Thursday into Friday. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches and warnings for northern and western counties. …
Phil Daggett (center) describes the history and future of Hewes Brook Lodge at the confluence of Hewes Brook and the Fish River in the North Maine Woods for a group of visitors from Caribou and surrounding towns on Oct. 30.

Life in North Maine Woods attracts national audience

By Kathryn Olmstead on Nov. 06, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
Charlie Tucker’s life was about to change when scouts for the television reality show “Mountain Men” walked into the Ashland Dollar Store several years ago looking for a 9-volt battery. They struck up a conversation with Jim Dumond, a retired game warden and former owner of Dean’s Motor Lodge in …
George Jaime sits in his wheelchair prior to sentencing in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. After a four day jury trial, Jaime was found guilty of intentional and knowing murder of Starlette Vining on Nov. 15. Vining was 38 years old when she was last seen alive in October 1998. Her body was never found.

Maine Supreme Court hears appeal of conviction in Presque Isle pawn shop slaying

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
HOULTON | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday heard an appeal in the case of a Presque Isle man convicted last year of intentional and knowing murder in the case of a woman who had been missing for 15 years. George Jaime Sr., 77, was convicted after a …

Far northern Maine could see more snow at end of week

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
CARIBOU | While snow from last weekend’s early fall storm gradually melts, far northern sections of the state could see fresh powder at the end of the week. According to the National Weather Service, Aroostook, northern Somerset and Piscataquis counties could see snow Friday. A low-pressure front is expected …

Quick response by firefighters saves Washburn home

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
A Cross Road residence was spared despite damage by fire Wednesday morning, officials said. When crews arrived on scene shortly before 10:30 a.m., smoke and fire was pouring from the attic in an area near a pellet stove chimney, according to Washburn Fire and Rescue Chaplain Troy …

Houlton voters make changes to Town Council

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Residents here have elected three new town council members and knocked a longtime incumbent off the board in Election Day voting. Jane Torres, Brent Dickison and Matt Carr were elected to the council, beating out Paul Cleary, an incumbent who served as the council chairman last term. …
From the community

Members from Leadership Maine Program visit MSSM

By Maine School of of Science and Mathematics on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
LIMESTONE | On Thursday October 23, 45 different members from the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Chi Class came to the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone for a visit. The group consists of various managers, CEO’s, Executive Directors and much more hailing from all 16 counties …

Man who escaped Aroostook County Jail in 1981 arrested in Vermont

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 03, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
BANGOR | A spelling mistake on a warrant allegedly allowed a man who escaped from the Aroostook County Jail in 1981 while awaiting trial on a theft charge to remain on the lam for more than 30 years. Albert C. Marcheterre, 56, of Eden, Vermont, was arrested Sunday in …
From the community

Ebola information session Nov. 5

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 03, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: UMFK, Nadeau Hall Conference Room, Fort Kent FORT KENT, Maine — “Ebola — Learn the Facts” will be presented by Northern Medical Center with support from University of Maine 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at UMFK’s Nadeau Hall Conference Room. …
Matthew Chapman, 33, of Mapleton.

Mapleton man charged in domestic violence incident

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 03, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
A Mapleton man has been charged with domestic assault and terrorizing in connection with an altercation with his girlfriend and her family last week, according to police. Last Wednesday, Oct. 29, Aroostook County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Mapleton home Matthew Chapman, 33, shared with his girlfriend …
Screen shot from Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting ad "Stop" of Joel Gibbs of Lowell.

Yes on 1 spokesman charged with shooting a weapon from a vehicle while hunting grouse

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 03, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
A Maine hunter featured on Yes on 1 ads in support of the bear referendum has been accused of using non-fair chase tactics while hunting ruffed grouse. Joel Gibbs, 56, of Lowell, was charged with shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle on Oct. 17 in Masardis, a small town …
Ted Wilbur is the boyfriend of Kaci Hickox.

UMFK, Ted Wilbur working out a plan for his return to campus

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 03, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
FORT KENT | Whenever Ted Wilbur, the boyfriend of nurse Kaci Hickox, decides to return to classes on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus, officials say they have a plan in place to respond to student concerns about exposure to Ebola. As it stands, there is nothing …
Nurse Kaci Hickox (left) joined by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, speaks with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent on Oct. 31.

Kaci Hickox, state agree to make temporary order permanent; hearings this week canceled

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 03, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
BANGOR | Attorneys for nurse Kaci Hickox and the state have agreed that the temporary court order issued Friday by a Maine District Court judge will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, when the 21-day incubation period for Ebola expires. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere signed the …
Downed lines on Sanford Street in Bangor left the road closed and area residents unable to leave their homes Monday after a storm brought several inches of wet snow to central Maine.

85,000 remain without power as storm cleanup continues

By Abigail Curtis and Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 03, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Cleanup and restoration efforts continued Monday as thousands of Mainers remained without power in the wake of a fall snowstorm. The storm slammed the state over the weekend with heavy, wet snow that accumulated to more than a foot in many areas. As of 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, …
Downtown Fort Kent is seen Friday. Kaci Hickox returned last week to the U.S. from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients. She is fighting a 21-day home quarantine.

Phony online Ebola story causing concerns in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 03, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
A false story in an online satirical website claiming Kaci Hickox, the nurse released from isolation after returning last week to the U.S. from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients, is in a local hospital showing symptoms of that disease is creating concern and headaches. …
A map of the electrical service area that is covered by the Houlton Water Company in Houlton, Maine.

Cross-border partnership aims to improve Aroostook County’s connection to power grid

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 03, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
HOULTON | A partnership between power companies in two nations is poised to forge a low-priced, reliable and secure transmission path for energy, officials from the collaborators said late last week. Northern Maine’s Houlton Water Co. and New Brunswick Power in Fredericton announced on Oct. 29 that they would …
Kaci Hickox (left) is joined by her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, to speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent in this October 2014 file photo.

Kaci Hickox says ‘abundance of politics’ behind Ebola quarantines

By Reuters on Nov. 02, 2014, at 1:55 p.m.
FORT KENT | A U.S. nurse who challenged quarantines of health care workers returning from treating West African Ebola patients said on Sunday she thought “an abundance of politics” lurked behind them. Kaci Hickox has fought a heated public battle over what she considers draconian measures to isolate her …
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky

Sen. Rand Paul says question about forced quarantine of Kaci Hickox is ‘tough’

on Nov. 02, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, says the question about the quarantine of Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the U.S. after treating patients suffering from Ebola in Sierra Leone, is a tough one. “The libertarian in me is horrified at the idea of indefinitely detaining, or detaining anyone without a trial,” …
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