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A New York man and a Fort Fairfield resident were charged with drug crimes on Friday after apparently getting lost on the way to Presque Isle and being intercepted at the Houlton U.S. Customs port-of-entry with a substantial amount of crack cocaine and prescription oxycodone. Kenneth Adams, 30, of the Bronx, New York, and Scott Strid, 34, of Fort Fairfield, were charged after the May 8 incident.

Men arrested on drug charges after driving to border crossing by mistake

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2015, at 5:03 p.m.
HOULTON | A New York man and a Fort Fairfield resident were charged with drug crimes on Friday after apparently getting lost on the way to Presque Isle and being intercepted at the Houlton U.S. Customs port-of-entry with a substantial amount of crack cocaine and prescription oxycodone. Kenneth Adams, …

New seasonal designation to lower employment costs for potato growers

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Potato industry officials said Monday that a new seasonal designation rendered by the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission last month is going to help lower costs for growers who hire seasonal help during harvest time. On April 30, the commission granted a request by the Maine Potato Board …
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Here’s a crazy question – when is patience really a virtue

on May 11, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
Our office is in overdrive mode.  Everyone is on edge, doors are closed, people are mumbling, and there is this enormous expectation wait at our door….but IT’S ALL GOOD! THE GAUVIN SCHOLARS ARE COMING! I can hardly believe it.  It’s already been a full year.  It was a year ago …
On Saturday residents of St. Francis voted at a special town meeting to accept ownership of the St. Francis Elementary School and lease space back to SAD 27. The school board takes final action on the building Monday night.

St. Francis residents vote to take over school building, lease space back to district

By Julia Bayly on May 09, 2015, at 8:15 p.m.
Residents are one step closer to taking over their town’s school building after an overwhelming vote in support of the plan during a special town meeting in St. Francis on Saturday morning. More than 100 residents packed into the school’s gym and nearly all voted in …
Kathryn Donahue works upstairs in the University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library surrounded by hundreds of boxes containing documents belonging to John Martin. Martin donated the papers covering his 50 years in Maine politics to UMFK, where Donahue has spent several years inspecting and indexing them.

UMFK archivist curates 50 years of John Martin collection

By Julia Bayly on May 09, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
FORT KENT | Fifty years can generate a lot of paperwork. Just ask Kathryn Donahue. The assistant director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent was nearly halfway through cataloging tens of thousands of documents donated to the archives by Rep. John Martin representing …
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Teen indicted on murder charge in Houlton man’s death

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
A Houlton teenager accused of killing a 61-year-old man in March was indicted on a murder charge Friday by the Aroostook County grand jury. Reginald Dobbins, 18, and Samuel Geary, 16, were arrested on March 6 in connection with the killing of Keith Suitter, who was found …

Maine court vacates decision to exclude Intoxilyzer test in OUI case

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2015, at 5:13 p.m.
HOULTON | The state’s highest court has overturned a lower court ruling that had excluded the results of a breath alcohol test in an operating-under-the-influence case from Aroostook County. The decision in the 2013 case against Chad H. Tozier was first heard in Aroostook County Superior Court before Justice …
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Former County minister sentenced on sex crime charges

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Fort Fairfield man who served as an Episcopalian minister in the New Sweden area for several years before he was arrested on sex charges will spend the next four years in prison. James Morgan, 67, pleaded no contest to a charge of unlawful sexual contact on …
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For 30 years, Anderson Giles, retired University of Maine at Presque Isle professor, has made many trips to the Pacific focused on preserving the history of World War II.

Former UMPI professor leads WWII veterans back to battlefields

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | In the last 30 years, Anderson Giles, a retired University of Maine at Presque Isle art professor, has made many trips and led many World War II veterans on tours of Pacific theater battle sites in his effort to explore and preserve history for future generations. …
A driver's failure to stop at an intersection caused a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Smyrna.

Failure to stop causes two-vehicle accident in Smyrna

By Julia Bayly on May 07, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.
A driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign caused a two-vehicle accident that sent one Aroostook County resident to the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to the Maine State Police. Allen Whitney, 81, of Island Falls was traveling north on Oakfield-Smyrna Road when he failed to stop …
Maine's acting commissioner of education, Tom Desjardin

State names top educators in Maine’s 16 counties

By Nick McCrea on May 07, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Education has named the top teachers in each of Maine’s 16 counties in preparation for the competition that will crown the state’s top K-12 educator. The winners, selected from a field of more than 300 nominees, were announced by first lady Ann LePage …
Katie Ramus, 37, of Presque Isle.

2 arrested on heroin charges in The County

By Jen Lynds on May 07, 2015, at 4:32 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Two people were charged with drug crimes Wednesday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized a significant amount of heroin in Aroostook County for the second time in two weeks. Agents arrested Katie Ramus, 37, of Presque Isle and Norberto Colon, 31, of Brockton, Massachusetts, and …

Caribou agrees to pay sexual assault victim $85,000 to settle suit

By Jen Lynds on May 07, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
A young woman who was sexually assaulted by the former Caribou fire chief in 2011 has been awarded $85,000 as part of a consent decree agreed upon by the city and the U.S. Department of Justice. The agreement was filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor on …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.7.15 edition

on May 07, 2015, at 2:41 p.m.
Are you ready to get #outdoors? So much to do, so little time. #GetAfterIt In this edition: 1) Canoe/kayak races in Danforth and Smyrna. 2) Learn about vernal pools at a workshop in Limestone. 3) Honor veterans at a 5k run/walk in Presque Isle. Plus lots more! offugo… Friday, May …

Fire danger remains high throughout Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 07, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
GRAY | Fire danger is expected to remain high throughout the state Thursday, with the entire state under red flag warnings, according to the National Weather Service. While a dry air mass remains across the area, much-needed rain is in the forecast this weekend, according to the weather service. …
Mark Skidgel, 40, of Perham was killed Wednesday night in a single-vehicle crash on High Meadow Road, according to police.

Perham man dies in single-vehicle crash

on May 07, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
A 40-year-old local man was killed Wednesday night in a single-vehicle crash on High Meadow Road, according to police. Mark Skidgel had been traveling east about 10 p.m. when his 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup drifted off the roadway, struck a culvert, rolled over and then came to …

Adult, 3 teens accused of smoking pot in Caribou parking lot

By Jen Lynds on May 06, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
A 25-year-old Dover-Foxcroft man and three Washburn juveniles were charged with possession of marijuana this week after they were spotted allegedly smoking pot in the parking lot of a local business. Officer Douglas Bell investigated a call about the alleged smoking shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday and …

UMPI professor leads WWII veterans back for final trip to battlefield

on May 06, 2015, at 4:12 p.m.
For 30 years, Anderson Giles, retired University of Maine at Presque Isle professor, has made many trips to the Pacific focused on preserving the history of World War II.

Fort Kent Council to discuss adopting Complete Streets policy

on May 06, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
By Julie Daigle FORT KENT, Maine — On Monday, May 11, the Fort Kent Town Council members will have the opportunity to make Fort Kent the first community in Aroostook County and one of seven communities in the state of Maine to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Community members have …

Fire danger remains high with dry weather

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 06, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
GRAY | With dry weather once again hovering over the state Wednesday, fire danger remains high, according to the National Weather Service. For the third consecutive day, the weather service has issued a red flag warnings for all of the state, with the exception being far southwestern York County. …
 
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