Down East

Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.
Matthew Davis

Medical examiner: Oakfield couple dead when house set on fire

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
Dr. Mark Flomenbaum said that Heidi Pratt died of a single gunshot wound to the neck. She bled to death after a large caliber bullet struck her carotid artery, he said.
Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles of Machias talks about being at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by Japanese forces during a World War II veterans appreciation dinner in October.

Pearl Harbor veteran recalls fallen compatriots

By Boston Herald on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Matthew Davis

Opening statements in Oakfield double murder trial shed no light on motive

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Matthew Davis, 35, is accused of killing Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, on Sept. 23, 2013, then setting their Oakfield home ablaze.
Matthew Davis

Jury selection in Oakfield slayings to be completed Tuesday afternoon

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 06, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Davis, 35, faces charges of murder, arson, theft and criminal mischief in connection with the deaths of Kitchen and Pratt three years ago.
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles (left) of Machias is returning to Pearl Habor to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration and honor his fallen brothers in arms.

Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles honors his fallen brothers in arms

By Kathleen McKiernan, Boston Herald on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Coles was a radioman apprentice serving on the destroyer USS Bagley when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And though it’s been a lifelong dream, Coles hasn’t been back to Oahu since World War II.

Simplicity of a Downeast Christmas, where focus is clearly on the day

on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
The defunct Milbridge Theatre can be seen recently in Milbridge. An official with a local nonprofit that bought the building earlier this year has indicated that it may demolish the building and show outdoor movies on the site next summer while raising funds for a new building.

Theater renewal aimed at keeping Milbridge village vital

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Audience cheers might bring the house down at a local movie venue next summer, but only if the longtime movie house on the central village property actually gets demolished first.
A downtown merchant attempts to keep ahead of Thursday’s storm that closed schools and many businesses in Presque Isle and most of Aroostook County.

Second storm this week ups snowfall total to 22 inches in County

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The second major snowstorm to hit Aroostook County this week already had the total snow depth at 22 inches in Caribou by late Thursday afternoon.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Quoggy Jo Mountain can be seen early Tuesday afternoon at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle.

Warm November ends with more snow in Aroostook County

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 29, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
As of Tuesday, the station is projecting that the month will end with an average temperature of 36.8 degrees, tying with November 2009 for second warmest, said Todd Foisy.
Devon S. Andrews

Alleged bank robber indicted in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A Cutler man accused of robbing a local bank has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

Snow storm coming? Downeasters say, “bring it”

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.

Three people arrested in Route 9 drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 28, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Troopers allegedly found 128.9 grams of crack cocaine packaged into individual doses and 126.8 grams of heroin, also packaged into individual doses.
The first major snow of the season hit northern Maine over Thanksgiving weekend. By early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that 10 inches of snow had fallen in some parts of Aroostook County.

Rain to fall across most of the state Tuesday, with snow in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
A fast moving wave of low pressure is expected to sweep across Maine, bringing 2 to 3 more inches of snow to northern Aroostook County and rain to the rest of the state.
Dan Daley of Calais and his wife, Shannon, were headed to Eastport in February 2015 when they found themselves in the middle of a large herd of deer not far from the center of town. Dan Daley said there were about 25 deer in the group that ended up surrounding their Jeep.

State OKs special hunting season to reduce Eastport’s massive deer herd

By A.J. Higgins on Nov. 25, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
State officials have authorized a special deer hunt aimed at bringing the island’s deer population down to a more manageable level.

Aging Furry Friends Food Bank fundraiser on now until Dec. 26

on Nov. 25, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.