Harold Gleason

Police reviewing death of inmate serving time for sexual assault

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 03, 2015, at 8:54 a.m.
WINDHAM | A Maine Correctional Center inmate serving time for sexual assault died late Tuesday, officials said. Harold Gleason, 67, of Aroostook County, was serving a split 20-year sentence with all but seven years suspended, according to Scott Fish of the Department of Corrections. Fish said Gleason’s death occurred …

Friends of Patten Free Library Heritage Day Book Sale

By Stephanie Bouchard on June 03, 2015, at 8:37 a.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, Maine For more information: 207-443-5141; We may be living in the age of e-books, but printed books never go out of style with book lovers. If you need proof, just check out …

Fort Kent-area residents pass $12.8 million school budget

By Julia Bayly on June 02, 2015, at 9:05 p.m.
SAD 27 residents are facing double digit property tax increases thanks to the $12.8 million fiscal year 2015-16 budget they passed Tuesday night at the district budget meeting. The budget moves on to a referendum vote on June 9. The proposed budget represents an overall 3 …

Fort Kent man killed attempting to fell tree at his home

By Julia Bayly on June 01, 2015, at 5:18 p.m.
A 62-year-old man was killed attempting to bring down a tree at his home Friday afternoon, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier. Lowell Guerrette of Fort Kent was attempting to pull down a large tree at his 8 Spring Street residence by attaching a …

Caribou school district ponders new school, renovating old ones

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
Officials of the local area school district are awaiting the completion of a study from a Portland architectural firm to help determine whether they should renovate the three aging elementary and middle schools in the city or construct a new building to house students from all three …

Why Unique is Aroostook Chic

on June 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
I can’t believe the last two weeks have already flown by.  Let’s do a quick recap: Snow in May–yes it really did snow in Aroostook County on May 23rd.  Yes, that was late even for Aroostook.  Did it bother me? No…it really didn’t.  Mostly because I’ve lived here my whole …
Jerolyn Ireland

Houlton woman’s life forever changed by infection after surgery

By Jen Lynds and Jackie Farwell on June 01, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
When Jerolyn Ireland suffered a seizure one evening in 2012 and was rushed to the hospital only to find out she had a brain tumor, she thought it was the worst experience she’d ever go through. She was wrong. The 73-year-old Houlton woman learned that the tumor …
Mitchell Rioux helps his date, Shiann Haggenmiller, out of a logging truck as the two arrive for the prom at Fort Kent's Lonesome Pine Ski Lodge on Saturday.

Fort Kent students combine elegance, big rigs at prom

By Julia Bayly on May 31, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
Limos are so 2014. This weekend a group of Fort Kent high school students traded in the standard mode of transportation to their prom in favor of something a little more in keeping with the traditions and culture of northern Maine. And by all accounts, you …
Barbara Theriault gets a hug as she hands out domestic violence awareness bracelets at the start of a memorial walk for her daughter Amy Theriault.

Family and friends of Amy Theriault walk in her memory on anniversary of her murder

By Julia Bayly on May 31, 2015, at 6:36 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | There is a field of bright forget-me-nots blooming behind the house where one year ago Amy Theriault was murdered, allegedly at the hands of her longtime boyfriend. On Sunday Theriault’s parents, family and friends stopped at the house during a mile long memorial walk aimed at …
This vehicle flipped over after the driver lost control on Station Road in New Limerick. Police say the driver stole the vehicle after assaulting three people.

Man accused of assaulting 3 people, crashes car, ends up in hospital

By Johanna S. Billings on May 31, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK | A man allegedly assaulted three people in New Limerick, stole a vehicle and then crashed it, according to Maine State Police. Dustin Smith will be facing charges including aggravated assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with the incident, police said. Police were called …

Caribou to reinvest $3 million locally

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on May 30, 2015, at 1:45 p.m.
The city is getting $3.4 million back from the Maine State Retirement System, $3 million of which the City Council has decided to invest in 5-year certificates of deposit with Aroostook Savings and Loan. “Approximately 25-30 years ago, the city invested some extra money into the [Maine …
Lynda Schools (far left) shows 10-year-old Isaac Campbell a photo of the USS George H. W. Bush on which the flag the youngster was given had flown. Looking on following a May 22 assembly at Houlton Southside School are his parents, Elisha Haney and Brian Campbell of Houlton.

US flag gift emotional for donor, 10-year-old recipient from Houlton

By Gloria Austin, Houlton Pioneer Times on May 30, 2015, at 5:55 a.m.
It is just the simple gestures that mean so much. For Isaac Campbell, 10, of Houlton, one act of kindness struck him to his core, bringing thankful tears to his eyes. In April, Campbell, son of Elisha Haney and Brian Campbell of Houlton, was part of a …

How 2 very different Maine towns work to meet the incredible demand for senior housing

on May 29, 2015, at 7:45 a.m.
People are aging faster than Maine can build homes for them. Here’s what Kennebunk and Fort Fairfield have done to deal with it.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 5.28.15 edition

on May 28, 2015, at 3:50 p.m.
#WelcomeSummer! #offugo heats up with 66 events in 5 weeks. #whosaystheresnothingtodoaroundhere? In this edition: 1) FREE fishing in Maine this weekend. 2) A youth fishing derby in Presque Isle. 3) Fifteen (yes, 15!) other outdoor events this weekend! Plus lots more! offugo… Thursday, May 28 Gathering of the Scots Festival …

Portion of Route 161 to be reconstructed beginning June 1

on May 28, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be fully reconstructing a portion of Route 161 just north of the Caribou-Fort Fairfield town line beginning on Monday, June 1. The project begins 0.81 of a mile north of the Caribou-Fort Fairfield town line and extends northwest for 4.01 miles to the Aroostook …
Wednesday evening 16-year-old Madawaska High School junior Carl Bouley was in the right place at the right time to capture a dramatic lightning strike hit the Grand Isle church steeple on video.

Grand Isle student captures lightning strike on church steeple

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2015, at 9:01 a.m.
For Carl Bouley, lightning apparently does strike twice. On Wednesday evening, the 16-year-old Madawaska High School junior was in the right place at the right time to capture on video lightning striking a Grand Isle church steeple. “In 2007, on my birthday, it was hit by …
A head-on collision between a car and tractor-trailer truck sent Carla Bragdon of Ashland to the hospital Wednesday night. Bragdon's car crossed over the centerline on Route 11 into the path of the truck.

Ashland woman’s car collides head-on with tractor-trailer Wednesday night

By Julia Bayly on May 28, 2015, at 7:59 a.m.
MASARDIS | A head-on collision between a car and tractor-trailer Wednesday night sent an Ashland woman to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Carla Bragdon, 53, was heading south on Route 11 in Masardis when she crossed the centerline directly …
A line of strong storms moved through northern Maine late Wednesday afternoon producing lightning, thunder, wind and heavy rain.

Severe storms cause wind damage in northern Aroostook County

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
CARIBOU | Severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Wednesday in northern Aroostook County, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The hazardous weather began shortly before 5:30 p.m., with a second strong wind event occurring at 5:50 p.m., forecasters said. Cross Lake was hit hard, with reports of wind …
A Wallagrass woman died at the scene of a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning after losing control of her car in a corner on the Strip Road.

Wallagrass woman killed in crash Wednesday

By Julia Bayly on May 27, 2015, at 2:10 p.m.
A young northern Maine woman was killed after she lost control of her car Wednesday morning on Strip Road in Wallagrass, according to the Maine State Police. Sgt. Josh Haines said Alesha Kelley, 21, of Wallagrass was traveling south coming from Route 161 when she lost control …
Steve Rusnack and his daughter, Isabelle.

Teen, 2 men honored for life-saving efforts by Aroostook Red Cross

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2015, at 6:12 a.m.
CARIBOU | Just after 10 p.m. on May 15 last year, Steve Rusnack of St. John Plantation came upon a car accident on Route 161 in St. Francis, where the driver had lost control and flipped over his vehicle. As Rusnack approached, he saw a flicker of flame rise …
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