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County man arrested on domestic assault, OUI charges

By Jen Lynds on April 08, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
WOODLAND,Maine —- A felon on bail for a drug trafficking charge was arrested late Sunday evening on multiple new charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a home in Woodland and then drove away under the influence of alcohol. Deputies with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a …

Houlton man accused of lying to police about burns

By Jen Lynds on April 07, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
HODGDON | A Houlton man was charged with filing a false police report after telling police the burns he suffered on his body were inflicted by someone tossing a makeshift bottle rocket into his car. Police said 21-year-old James Grant instead burned himself mishandling materials used to make methamphetamine. …

Innovative bill to save St. Francis school passes committee

By Julia Bayly on April 07, 2015, at 5:58 p.m.
FORT KENT | A plan to save the St. Francis Elementary School by combining classes and elderly assisted living under one roof is one step closer to reality after gaining unanimous support Tuesday of the legislative panelists reviewing the bill. Sponsored by Rep. John Martin, a member of the …
Rep. Henry John Bear, who represents the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, speaks in favor of LD 1111 in front of the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee  in January 2014.

Tribal lawmaker proposes new casino in northern Maine

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on April 07, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A tribal representative for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians is asking the Maine Legislature to back his proposed bill that could lead to a casino for his tribe in Aroostook County. The legislation, as offered by Henry John Bear, the band’s non-voting representative to the Maine …

Rural Mainers support bill to bring broadband to unserved areas

By Jen Lynds on April 07, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | More than two dozen rural farmers, residents and business owners who struggle to maintain their businesses and ship their goods because of slow, spotty or at times nonexistent Internet service spoke last week in support of legislation that might help them improve coverage. “We all know public …

Maine lawmaker sponsors bill to search bags of children in residential care

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill sponsored by an Aroostook County legislator seeks to allow administrators of children’s homes or residential care facilities to search the backpacks or travel bags of the residents. Rep. Dustin White, R-Washburn, who works at such a residential care facility in The County, said that many …
Leda Giggey, 44, of Mars Hill

Police: Bath salts, other drugs found in Mars Hill woman’s home

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 12:06 p.m.
A 44-year-old Mars Hill woman has been arrested on several drug charges after police found bath salts and other drugs during a search of her home, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Leda Giggey of Benjamin Street was taken into custody on Friday following a …
A Greenville woman suffered cuts from broken glass on Easter Sunday afternoon when her 2000 Subaru Legacy collided with a moose on Route 11 just south of Ashland, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris.

Greenville woman collides with moose in County crash

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 10:46 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 9, RANGE 5 | A Greenville woman escaped serious injuries on Easter Sunday when her car collided with a moose on Route 11 just south of Ashland. Olivia Bouchard, 19, was heading north in her 2000 Subaru Legacy just before 3 p.m. when a moose entered the roadway, …
By midday Saturday close to 5 inches of snow had fallen in northern Maine. Residents around the area like BDN reporter Julia Bayly were faced with spending at least part of the Easter weekend clearing their driveways.

Northern Maine breaks April records with below-zero temperatures

By Julia Bayly on April 06, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
FORT KENT | Temperatures and records were falling around northern Maine Monday morning as some communities woke to thermometer readings in the double digits below zero, according to the National Weather Service. “We saw the all-time record low for April Monday morning,” said Rich Norton at the National Weather …
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What good are pennies in the hands of children?

on April 06, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.
In late March, Zippel Elementary students did something amazing.  They turned pennies into change, not pocket change, real honest to goodness change. This is a pretty nifty video detailing the event: Zippel Event The staff at Zippel organized a penny war, the 5th grade students in ZAC (Zippel Activity Club) …
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Police: Perham woman on bath salts stabs dog, claims it was ‘demon possessed’

By Julia Bayly on April 05, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
A Perham woman who stabbed a dog Easter Sunday after claiming it was possessed by demons was under the influence of bath salts, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call early Sunday morning to a residence on Perham Road where …
The Maine flag flaps as a snow squall moves through downtown Bangor on Sunday morning.

Mainers face 2nd round of April snow

By Evan Belanger on April 05, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | Many mainers expecting warmer spring weather are likely to be disappointed — at least for today. The National Weather Service in Caribou has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Aroostook, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties as far south as Millinocket. According to Maureen Hasting, a forecaster with the …
By midday Saturday, nearly 5 inches of snow had fallen in northern Maine. Residents around the area like BDN reporter Julia Bayly were faced with spending at least part of the Easter weekend clearing their driveways.

Snowfall accumulating in northern Maine

By Evan Belanger on April 04, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service in Caribou has upgraded its winter weather advisory for portions of Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties to a winter storm warning. A forecaster reported early Saturday afternoon that about 3 to 4 inches of snow had accumulated north of a line between Millinocket …
Henry John Bear

Houlton stream name change would honor tribal leader who fought in Revolutionary War

By Scott Thistle on April 03, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It may not be a big stream, but for Henry John Bear, the renaming of B Stream in Houlton has big meaning. Bear, who grew up in Lewiston, is the nonvoting tribal member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in the Maine House of Representatives. On …
A pedestrian walks down Larkin Street in Bangor as another snowstorm hits the region on Feb. 2.

Snow, sleet, rain in forecast leading up to Easter Sunday

By Julia Bayly on April 03, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | The good news is the winter weather advisories and hazardous weather outlooks covering Maine will expire before any Easter egg hunts Sunday morning. The bad news is in some parts of the state people may have to dig through up to 8 inches of snow to …

Family Dollar to move into new store at site of former furniture store in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on April 02, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
When it comes time for Family Dollar to move into its new store in town, it won’t have far to go. Construction is expected to begin on a new, 9,000-square-foot store later this month on the old Nadeau’s House of Furniture lot across Main Street from …

Houlton neighbors surprised by arrest of Bulgarian native in death-threat case

By Jen Lynds on April 02, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
BANGOR | Neighbors and acquaintances of a Houlton man accused this week of threatening to kill a member of the European Commission said that, while they believed he could get excited about politics and was upset about his divorce, they were surprised to hear about the charges brought against …
Presque Isle City Hall building

Sale of Presque Isle City Hall falls through

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on April 02, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
After reconsidering the costs associated with buying and renovating the nearly 100-year-old City Hall property, the local developers who planned to convert the structure into an apartment complex have decided not to go through with the project. “When the numbers came back to renovate the building, …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.2.15 edition

on April 02, 2015, at 9:58 a.m.
We’re all #AprilFools: it’s #stillwinter! #Snow on the way. On deck: #MudSeason. In this edition: 1) Run into spring at the annual Spring Runoff in Presque Isle. 2) Tour deer yards and greenhouses in and around Caribou. 3) Learn about proper sport fish handling and preparation (yum!) in Fort Kent. …
Rain falls into a puddle in Bangor.

‘Messy’ weekend storm to bring snow, rain, ice

By Julia Bayly on April 02, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
FORT KENT | It’s looking more certain that the low pressure system heading toward Maine on Friday will produce significant snowfall to the north and rainy conditions Down East this Easter weekend. “That low is going to spread snow into the [north] Saturday morning and looks like it will …
 
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