A confluence of Fish River and St. John River overspill could be seen on East Main Street in downtown Fort Kent on April 30, 2008.

Images of the 2008 Fort Kent flood

By Brian Feulner on March 25, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — In late April of 2008, the St. John and Fish rivers rose to record levels, which caused extreme damage, closures and the evacuation of at least 600 people. With 2014’s spring imminent, here is a slideshow of images of the disastrous flooding, which caused damage to …
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Halfway Home Pet Rescue opens new thrift store

Bangor Daily News on March 25, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Halfway Home Pet Rescue will re-open their thrift store, Second Chance, at 31 Herschel St., Caribou, next door to the Presque Isle Animal Hospital’s Caribou Clinic, on Saturday, March 29. Volunteers have been working hard to get everything ready. “We are excited about the store and look …

Portage man indicted on manslaughter charge in crash that killed cousin

By Jen Lynds on March 25, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a single-vehicle accident in Ashland that claimed the life of his 34-year-old cousin in November has been indicted on several charges in connection with the incident by the Aroostook County grand jury. The most serious charge against Miles Bolstridge, …
Police and drug agents investigate a meth lab in Hodgdon on Tuesday.

Local man arrested after MDEA agents search suspected meth lab in Hodgdon

By Jen Lynds on March 25, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
HODGDON, Maine — A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine early Tuesday evening after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency spent the day executing a search warrant at his home. Pete Arno, MDEA commander, said that charges against Marcus Toner of Hodgdon came a few hours after …

Stacyville man charged with allowing trio of teens to drink at his home, violating bail

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
STACYVILLE, Maine — A man out on bail facing charges that he allowed minors to drink alcohol at his home a month ago, contributing to crash later that night, was caught doing the same thing Friday night, according to Maine State Police. Maine State Police Troopers Tim Saucier and Carman …
Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore was a state trooper when he responded to the call of a deceased newborn in Frenchville in 1985. Baby Jane Doe was born and abandoned near a gravel pit off Pelletier Avenue.

After nearly three decades, the case of Baby Jane Doe still haunts Maine couple, investigators

By Julia Bayly and Jen Lynds on March 21, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Although a little over 28 years have passed and retired Maine State Police Maj. Charles Love has long since put away his badge and gun, he can still remember the sights and sounds on that December morning after the child he would know only as Baby Jane …
Slippery roads were blamed for a single-vehicle school bus crash Friday morning in Molunkus. Two students on the bus were not hurt, but the driver was taken by ambulance to Millinocket Regional Hospital.

School bus driver hurt in Molunkus crash

By Julia Bayly on March 21, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
MOLUNKUS, Maine — A Kingman school bus driver was taken to the hospital after she lost control of a bus on Route 2 in Molunkus Friday morning, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. Two students on the bus at the time were not injured. Marilyn Hersom, 75, was traveling …
Littleton resident Patsy Hamilton checks out the town report during Monday night’s annual meeting.

Littleton voters OK pay-per-bag for trash during town meeting

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on March 20, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
LITTLETON, Maine — Disposal of trash in Littleton will soon cost residents more money. By a vote of 55-26, residents approved switching to a pay-per-bag system of disposing trash at the transfer station during Monday night’s annual town meeting. The vote marked the third time in two years that the …

Cavendish Farms not planting potatoes in Aroostook this season due to poor market conditions

By Julia Bayly on March 20, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Between 3,000 and 5,000 acres of Aroostook County farmland could be out of production this year after Cavendish Farms, a subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd., announced it is suspending all potato planting operations in Presque Isle this season. The move means a loss of 13 jobs, …

Former Houlton doctor reprimanded for kissing patient in ER

By Jackie Farwell on March 20, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA, ME – A state medical board has reprimanded and fined a physician who was fired by Houlton Regional Hospital for kissing a patient in the emergency room. Two nurses witnessed Dr. Waleed Khan engaged in a “passionate kiss” with a female patient who arrived at the ER under the …
Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Chief R. Clayton Cleaves

Maine House attempts to revive tribal gaming bills that were rejected in the Senate

By Christopher Cousins on March 20, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The House of Representatives on Thursday attempted to revive Native American gaming bills that were soundly rejected Wednesday night in the Senate. In a series of votes Thursday morning, the House voted unanimously to “insist” on passage of two bills that would allow the construction of a …
Jim Bishop shovels his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after last week's snow storm subsided.

Oh, no — more snow forecast for parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Although the official start of spring is just a day away, weather forecasters say that winter-weary residents of some parts of Maine can expect as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow Wednesday into Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning calling …
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Fraternity to host color run to benefit Home For Our Troops

Bangor Daily News on March 19, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine – Rho Chapter Kappa Delta Phi fraternity will host a color run at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the 10th Mountain lodge in Fort Kent. You can register by three different ways: Contact a member of the fraternity; attend the on-campus registration day, scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the …

Two escape injury in Presque Isle propane tank fire

By Jen Lynds on March 18, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A propane tank caught fire Tuesday morning as a delivery truck driver from Daigle Oil Co. was refilling it outside a residence on the Quoggy Jo Lake Road. No one was injured. According to Presque Isle Deputy Fire Chief Rich Wark, the incident took place at …

Maine Supreme Court affirms judgment against Grand Isle sex offender

By Jen Lynds on March 18, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
GRAND ISLE, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed the judgment against a Grand Isle man who was convicted in 2012 of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and furnishing liquor to a minor stemming from events in December 2010, in which he gave alcohol to a 16-year-old …
Colby Scott, right, of Bridgewater was 8 years old when he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow does not make enough new blood cells. He received a bone marrow donation from his younger brother, Carson, left, which saved his life.

Bridgewater boy, 6, donates bone marrow so his 8-year-old brother can live

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
BRIDGEWATER, Maine — As a student finishing up her nursing school studies last year, Lisa Scott was busy learning about the diseases that would afflict the patients that she would care for, the medicines that would treat their illnesses, and the survival rates for those diagnosed with diseases for which …
Houlton Police Officer Gary McGuire escorts convicted sex offender Gary E. Schillinger, 60, out of a cruiser in Houlton on Friday, March 14. Schillinger was arrested on Friday after a search warrant was executed at his home and police allegedly discovered sexually explicit material that he had been disseminating over the Internet.

Police arrest Houlton sex offender after search of his home allegedly yields child porn

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A convicted sex offender and lifetime registrant on the state’s sex offender registry was arrested on Friday after a search warrant was executed at his home and police allegedly discovered sexually explicit material that he had been disseminating over the Internet. Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said …
A California man escaped injury after a tractor trailer accident in Westfield on Saturday. The 70-year-old lost control of his 2005 Freightliner tractor trailer as he was  hauling a load of paper.

Tractor-trailer skids off road, into stream in Westfield

By Jen Lynds on March 16, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
WESTFIELD, Maine — A California man escaped injury on Saturday evening after the tractor-trailer he was driving left the road and skidded into a small stream. State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said the accident took place at approximately 11 p.m. on U.S. Route 1. According to Harris, Josef Vencek, 70, …

Home damaged, pets perish in New Canada fire

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
NEW CANADA, Maine — A New Canada couple’s home was damaged and several pets were killed after a fire engulfed their residence Saturday morning. Fort Kent Fire Chief Ed Endee said Saturday that the fire at the home of Gordon and Darlene Martin was reported just after 9:30 a.m. According …

Mapleton woman suing TD Bank, claiming age, sex discrimination

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
MAPLETON, Maine — A Mapleton woman is suing a Delaware corporation that has a branch in Caribou, claiming that she was discriminated against because of her age and a known disability, lost wages that should have been hers and ultimately fired and replaced by someone 40 years her junior. Alberta …
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