Houlton homicide probe continues as police await autopsy results

By Jen Lynds on March 03, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
Autopsy results are still pending on the body of a 61-year-old Houlton man who was found dead in his mobile home on Sunday evening, and investigators continued to comb through the victim’s truck for evidence on Tuesday evening at the state police crime lab in Augusta. The …

Aroostook County man pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 03, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
BANGOR | An Aroostook County man arrested last fall on child pornography charges was released Tuesday on $10,000 unsecured bail after entering not guilty pleas to three counts in federal court. Robert Kinney Jr., 40, of Blaine was indicted Feb. 12 by the federal grand jury on one count …

County man to face child pornography charges in court

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 03, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
BANGOR | An Aroostook County man arrested last fall on child pornography charges was scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on Tuesday. Robert Kinney, 40, is accused of transportation of child pornography, receiving child pornography and possession of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. …
Ashley Patterson of Shirley approaches the finish line of the 250-mile Can-Am Crown International sled dog race in Fort Kent on Monday. Patterson placed fourth in the race and was the first woman to cross the finish.

Musher Ashley Patterson lives for training and being on the trails with her dogs

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 10:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | When Ashley Patterson ran her first Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race in 2003, her mushing mentor John Osmond told her to hold the dogs back for the first 150 miles and then “start to race.” That advice took the then 18-year-old rookie musher to her …
Keith Suitter

Police seek public’s help in Houlton homicide investigation

By Jen Lynds on March 02, 2015, at 8:13 p.m.
Maine State Police announced Monday night that the death of a 61-year-old Houlton man had been ruled a homicide, and sought the public’s help to determine who he may have been with in the hours before his death. Keith Suitter lived alone in a mobile home on …
A Maine State Police trooper and an Aroostook County deputy sheriff responded to this 645 Smyrna Center Road home in Smyrna after receiving reports from family members that Kenneth Kreyssig was threatening to kill himself.

Authorities release transcript of 911 call in fatal police shooting of Smyrna man

By Jen Lynds on March 02, 2015, at 5:20 p.m.
The transcript of an emergency 911 call gives little information about what transpired just before a 61-year-old Smyrna man was shot after an armed confrontation with law enforcement officers last month, or who was on the line with the dispatcher seeking help. On Feb. 10, Kenneth Kreyssig …
Maine State Police on Monday investigate a death on Hillview Avenue in Houlton. The Major Crime Unit/Evidence Response Team is currently on the scene.

State police investigating suspicious death in Houlton

BDN staff reports on March 02, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
State police are investigating a man’s death in Houlton. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state police, confirmed Monday afternoon police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body inside a home on Hillview Avenue in Houlton late Sunday night. Police are labeling the death suspicious and are …

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ education for parents of teens

on March 02, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Furniture and Floors North, Aroostook Drug Free Communities, Houlton Police Department, and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office will unveil a unique exhibit in mid-March that will help parents and other adults learn to identify signs that may reveal risky teen behaviors. The “Hidden In Plain Sight” exhibit will be …
Martin Massicotte of Ste-Tite, Quebec, takes a moment with his lead dogs after he and the team claimed their sixth Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race win early Monday morning in Fort Kent.

Massicotte claims 6th Can-Am Crown win

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
FORT KENT | Martin Massicotte took the early lead in the Can-Am Crown sled dog race soon after leaving the start in Fort Kent on Saturday morning and held it for the next 250 miles. Just after 2 a.m. Monday, Massicotte, of Ste-Tite, Quebec, and his team of Alaskan …
Seven healthy husky puppies were born during this year's Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race in Fort Kent. While the mother dog Wicked was on canine maternity leave back in Fort Kent and not racing, musher Becki Tucker, who owns the dog, was on the trail running the 250-mile race.

After race, Can-Am musher greeted by litter of 7 new sled puppies

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 7:04 a.m.
FORT KENT | Mushers finishing the Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race with fewer dogs than they started with is nothing new. A musher finishing with a surplus of dogs, however, is a bit out of the ordinary. Becki Tucker, who was on the trail from Allagash to Fort …
Steve Renner of Alton, New Hampshire, rounds a corner with his dogs during the Fort Kent Outdoor Center skijor races Sunday. Renner took first place in the 15-kilometer event.

Skijoring adds another day of dog-powered sports to Can-Am weekend

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
FORT KENT | On Saturday, Vermont musher Heather D’Arcy and her team of six Siberian huskies placed seventh in the Can-Am Crown 30-mile sled dog race. On Sunday, D’Arcy gave five dogs a day off and traded her sled for cross-country skis to take part in the first Fort …
Andre Longchamps stops to check his team on the Allagash River during the 2015 250-mile Can-Am Crown International dog sled race while heading toward the fourth check point at Allagash on Sunday.

Mushers rest for final leg of Can-Am Crown 250

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
FORT KENT | The three frontrunners in the Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race had reached the final checkpoint in Allagash early Sunday evening and were taking a mandatory four-hour rest before the final 48-mile push to the finish line in Fort Kent. First in was five-time Can-Am Crown …
A musher heads down Main Street and out of Fort Kent at the start of the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races on Saturday morning.

Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races under way in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 28, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
New Hampshire musher Peter Franke was the first Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race finisher this weekend, crossing the finish line late Saturday morning. Close behind him was 12-year-old Lara Renner, this year’s youngest race competitor. Franke’s unofficial run time posted on the Can-Am’s website at …

What you need to know about the Can-Am Crown

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:02 a.m.
FORT KENT | Mushers and their four-legged teammates have been arriving in this town along the Canadian border all week leading up to the start of the 23rd annual Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races. Here are a few quick facts on the event: — An army of volunteers …
Lara Renner, 12, from Alton, New Hampshire, poses for a portrait with one of her sled dogs, Storm, outside the Lonesome Pine Ski Lodge in Fort Kent Friday. Renner is the youngest musher competing in the Can-Am races this weekend. She is competing in the 30-mile race.

Old, young share Can-Am Crown trails this weekend

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 28, 2015, at 5:56 a.m.
FORT KENT | When Lara Renner was 5 years old she found a stuffed husky dog toy in her family’s basement. She hooked it up to a cardboard box and made believe she was mushing across the living room floor. Seven years later, she has traded in the box …
A meet-and-greet for Houlton'’s new police chief Terry “"Joe"” McKenna (second from right) was held on Feb. 19 at the County Co-Op on Main Street. Shown at the event are (from left) Jon McLaughlin, Marty and Joe McKenna, and Houlton Town Councilor Jane Torres.

Houlton’s new police chief adjusts to life in The County

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 27, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
For the past two months, Houlton’s new police chief Terry “Joe” McKenna has been getting acclimated to life in northern Maine after spending the bulk of his life in central Florida. McKenna shared some of his past during a meet-and-greet for himself and his wife Marty on …

Introducing Living Observing Learning in Aroostook

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
I love life in Aroostook. Is it challenging? Yes, as is life in any town in any place on our planet. We are all so busy living life, that often we forget to enjoy it, and there are plenty of chances to enjoy life in Aroostook County.
The Houlton Police Department is attempting to locate 15-year-old Marissa of Houlton, who has not been seen since Tuesday.

Missing Houlton teen found safe with relative in Pennsylvania

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 27, 2015, at 4:40 p.m.
A 15-year-old Houlton girl who had not been seen since she left home on Tuesday was located Friday evening at a relative’s home in Pennsylvania. Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna said that Marissa Border, who left home sometime on the night of Feb. 24, was currently being …
Students work in class at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. This fall, students attending the magnet school will be able to take advantage of the most comprehensive early-college pathway in Maine, potentially completing enough college-level coursework to earn an associate degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, in addition to a high school diploma.

UMPI, MSSM deal lets high schoolers earn associate degree

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:29 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Amid coping with the rigorous academic structure and navigating the difficult social waters of high school, most students in Maine are not ready to combine high school and college classes at the same time. Students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone have …

Town of Van Buren to offer Rapid Renewal registration services

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that the Town of Van Buren 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 …
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