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Reginald Dobbins (sat far end of defense table) sits with his defense attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, and listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

20-year-old found guilty in Houlton murder

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
After an eight day trial and eight hours of deliberation, jurors found Reginald Dobbins guilty of murder in the beating and stabbing death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter two years ago.

Trainees involved in shooting at police academy violated rules, director says

By Anthony Brino on June 14, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
“It’s against academy rules to have guns on campus,” Rogers said in an interview Wednesday.

Three people missing after boating accident in County lake

on June 14, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
Wardens are responding this morning to a report of three men missing following an early morning boating accident.
Reginald Dobbins (sitting at far end of defense table) listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

Jurors begin deliberations in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 13, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
Jurors began deliberating just after 1 p.m. Tuesday in the trial of a 20-year-old Houlton man accused of beating and stabbing to death 61-year-old Keith Suitter more than two years ago.

Closing arguments begin Tuesday in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 12, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Jury deliberations are expected to begin after closing arguments.
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A volunteer firefighter suffered facial burns when a propane tank explosion engulfed him in flames last week.

Limestone firefighter survives dramatic explosion

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
A volunteer firefighter suffered facial burns when a propane tank explosion engulfed him in flames last week.

High winds knock power out for more than 1,200 Emera customers

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 2:53 p.m.
The outages affected Emera Maine customers primarily from St. Agatha to Greenbush and Glenburn to Sebec.

Wind, air quality advisories in effect for Sunday

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
People in the northern half of Maine are being warned about high winds today, while those along the coast are advised that air quality will be poor.
Jacob Williams, 14, of Fort Fairfield, seen here playing on his computer, drowned Saturday evening while swimming with friends in the Aroostook River.

Fort Fairfield teen drowns while swimming in Aroostook River Saturday

on June 11, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
One of the friends tried to assist the boy while someone else called 911, but the teen submerged and never resurfaced.

Female passenger seriously hurt in County

By Dawn Gagnon on June 09, 2017, at 6:10 p.m.
A teenage girl from Frenchville suffered serious injuries Friday afternoon when she was thrown off the back of a motorcycle.

Ashland fire chief: Good Samaritans saved couple asleep in burning home

on June 09, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
“If that wouldn’t have happened, we probably would have two bodies to deal with this morning.”
Arthur Russell, 21, of Brookton was traveling north on U.S. Route 1 in a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck around 3:35 a.m. Friday when he reportedly fell asleep while driving and struck a tree. Russell and his passenger, Donald Oliver, had to be extricated from the vehicle. The two were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital.

Crash in Cary sends two to hospital

on June 09, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Driver fell asleep at the wheel, drove off road and struck a tree.
Reginald Dobbins (far right) stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Houlton murder victim’s blood found on jacket belonging to accused killer

By Jen Lynds on June 08, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
A forensic DNA analyst for the Maine State Police crime lab said Thursday that a jacket belonging to the accused killer of a Houlton man had a mixture of the defendant’s DNA as well as blood stains belonging to the victim on it.

MAPLETON, Maine -- 06/07/17 -- On Wednesday, Tom Mastro, co-owner of the Mapleton One Stop, points to a spot on the floor where a customer started losing blood from a surgical wound and lost consciousness on Monday. Mastro

Mapleton store worker performs CPR, saves life of bleeding, unconscious customer

on June 08, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
“I thought he spilled something on him. All of a sudden blood was flowing out of the bottom of his pants. I can’t even explain how much blood he lost.”
Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff, and Brewer police work on the scene where 54-year-old Mark Ellis was killed after more than a 12 hour standoff with police at his home in Orrington on Wednesday.

Fatal police shootings surge in Maine in 2017

By Judy Harrison on June 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Twice as many people have been fatally shot by Maine police so far this year as in all of 2016 and 2015 combined.
FRENCHVILLE, Maine -- 06/06/17 -- 

Select Board Chairman John Ezzy reads a prepared statement announcing his resignation at a board meeting on Tuesday, June 6.

Beleaguered council chairman resigns from Frenchville board of selectmen

on June 07, 2017, at 7:24 p.m.
Citing health and emotional concerns related to a year-long dispute regarding a road project, John Ezzy told fellow board members during the public comment period of their meeting that he was “giving up.”
Reginald Dobbins (far right_ stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Accused Houlton murder suspect blames crime on co-defendant

By Jen Lynds on June 07, 2017, at 7:21 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins broke down and admitted to authorities that he knew the real killer — his co-defendant in the case, Samuel Geary.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine -- 05/30/2017 -- A crew from Hemphill Farms plants a field with potatoes in Presque Isle on May 30, 2017. Seed potato growers like Hemphill Farms sometimes finish planting later than other farmers as they wait for the soil to warm.

Potato planting wrapping up in Aroostook County

on June 07, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
Although the number of acres planted in potatoes has fallen by 28 percent since 2000, Maine is still among the top 10 potato-producing states.
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Alleged murder weapons found in home of accused Houlton man

By Jen Lynds on June 06, 2017, at 7:43 p.m.
Police testified Tuesday that they found several articles of clothing, a hammer and a folding knife that all tested positive for blood when they searched the home of Reginald Dobbins.
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Defense attorney points finger at alternate suspect in Houlton murder case

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2017, at 7:19 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins is accused of stabbing and beating Keith Suitter to death with a hammer in the man’s mobile home.