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Madawaska residents pass school budget at town meeting, officials not confident for referendum

By Julia Bayly on July 16, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska residents at a special town meeting approved a revised proposed school budget Tuesday night over the objections of the municipal budget committee. This was the second go around for the $6.5 million FY 2014-2015 school budget which passed at the regular June town meeting but was …

Houlton-area voters reject $12.7 million school budget again

By Jen Lynds on July 16, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Voters in the majority of the four towns that make up Regional School Unit 29 on Tuesday rejected a $12.7 million school budget for the second time. Only 261 of approximately 5,125 registered voters in the district came out to cast ballots. The final tally was 138 …
A map of the proposed town of Lyndon, which would secede from Caribou.

Group of rural taxpayers unveils plan to secede from Caribou

By Julia Bayly on July 16, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — If several fed-up Caribou taxpayers have their way, Aroostook County’s second-largest city would shrink in area by nearly 80 percent and lose a sizable chunk of its population. At Monday’s City Council meeting, the group unveiled its plan to secede from Caribou to form the new community …

Co-host of Aroostook Watchmen radio show found guilty of operating without a license

By Jen Lynds on July 15, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Woodland resident and a member of the Constitutional Coalition, a four-man group of conservative activists in Maine, was convicted of two counts of operating a motor vehicle without a license on Monday. Jack McCarthy, 63, was found guilty after a less than two-hour jury trial in …
Micah Lawlor, 38, of Merrill

Police track down Merrill man accused of meth trafficking

By Jen Lynds on July 15, 2014, at 7:51 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — A Merrill man was taken into custody on Tuesday evening several days after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab at a home he was renting at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Micah …
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Church yard sale in Patten

Bangor Daily News on July 15, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church , 7 Houlton St., Houlton PATTEN, Maine — Yard sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church, 7 Houlton St., to benefit the church. This post was contributed by a …

Sparks created while mowing touch off second grass fire in two weeks at Aroostook County farm

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
MAPLETON, Maine — For the second time in as many weeks, sparks created by a tractor-driven brush mower striking a rock is being blamed for a grass fire Monday afternoon in Mapleton. Firefighters with departments from Mapleton, Washburn and Presque Isle along with the Maine Forest Service helicopter out of …

Madawaska school budget goes to voters without municipal committee support

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska School Committee unveils its second proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget during a special town meeting Tuesday night without the endorsement of the municipal budget committee. Voters will address the proposed $6.5 million budget at 7 p.m. at the Madawaska High School. Voters approved an earlier …
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An image taken from the video by Denise Corriveau of Wallagrass.

National Weather Service investigation finds no evidence of tornado in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — A damage survey conducted by an employee of the National Weather Service office in Caribou turned up no indication that a funnel cloud spotted between Wallagrass and Fort Kent on Sunday evening was a tornado. “While there were a few snapped trees indicative of straight line …
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Taylor Kilgore (left) and Clinton Boothby are lawyers at Boothby Perry LLC in Turner.

As state lawyers age, few law school graduates seeking to replace them in rural Maine

By Judy Harrison on July 14, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
TURNER, Maine — Taylor Kilgore and the law firm she works for in Oxford County, Boothby Perry LLC, could be a model for making sure there are lawyers serving the needs of rural Maine into the mid-21st century. The lawyers practicing in Maine are aging, especially those who practice outside …
Andrew Legassie

Former Aroostook County basketball referee indicted on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a minor

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A former high school basketball referee has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent exposure. In all, Andrew Legassie, 21, is charged with 29 counts stemming from his arrest in February after he allegedly …
Jesse Marquis

Aroostook County grand jury indicts man on murder charge in girlfriend’s death

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Jesse Marquis, the 38-year-old St. Francis man accused of killing his longtime girlfriend earlier this summer, has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on a charge of murder in the death of Amy Theriault. The indictment was handed down Friday in Aroostook County District …

National Weather Service investigating possible northern Maine tornado

By Julia Bayly on July 14, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Staff from the National Weather Services office in Caribou are heading to the Fort Kent area this morning to investigate a possible tornado that may have touched down early Sunday evening. A video shot by Wallagrass resident Denise Corriveau from her home shows what appears to …
Austin White, 17, or Smyrna was driving west on County Road in New Limerick when he lost control of  his car on a turn and crashed into a tree on Sunday. White was injured, and his car was totaled.

Smyrna teen walks away from crash that totals car

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2014, at 9:20 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK, Maine — A teenager from Smyrna lost control of his car Sunday afternoon while taking a corner and totaled it when he crashed, but was able to walk away with only minor injuries, according to Sgt. Brian L. Harris of the Maine State Police. Austin White, 17, was …
What used to be the corner of the main building of the Birds Eye vegetable processing plant on the corner of Route 1 and Fort Street in Caribou on July 4.

Owner of former Birds Eye property in Caribou says he is working to secure, clean up site

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on July 12, 2014, at 6:06 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — The owner of buildings considered dangerous by the city said this week that he is working with local companies to have the former Birds Eye property secured in a way that will keep children out. Steve Nasiff said he plans to install motion detecting lights, a fence …

‘A tough transition’: Bangor twin brothers to play on different teams

By Larry Mahoney on July 11, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
Bangor twins Nick and Ryan Moore have played on teams together for virtually their entire lives. But that will change in the fall, when Nick Moore will attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and his brother Ryan will remain at the South Kent School in Connecticut. Both played …

Maine medical licensure board sets limits on urologist who removed wrong testicle from patient

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A urologist based in the state of Washington who mistakenly removed a patient’s left testicle has agreed to limit any potential future work in Maine, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine announced in a news release on Friday. The board said Dr. Robert Modarelli, who practices …
Race car driver Austin Theriault of Fort Kent poses in front of the Chevy Camaro he drives when competing for JR Motorsports in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

Fort Kent’s Theriault gearing up for NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Loudon

By Larry Mahoney on July 10, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
There will be pressure on Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault Saturday afternoon, when he will drive his second of three NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In addition to having plenty of friends and family on hand to watch him, Theriault …
Patrick Keegan

Presque Isle man charged after stealing back car that was repossessed from him

By Julia Bayly on July 10, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a car that was repossessed from him by a bank for lack of payment, according to Chief Matthew Irwin of the Presque Isle Police Department. Patrick Keegan, 45, of 45 Reach Road, is charged with violating …
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was working Thursday to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab at 233 Clark Road in Merrill.

Investigators on scene of suspected meth lab in Merrill

By Jen Lynds on July 10, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab Thursday at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Investigators were processing the scene for evidence that the drug was being manufactured at the site. For the past …
 
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