Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

 
Sisters Kamryn (right) and Kendyl Martin cool off in Soldier Pond with friend Cowyn Jandreau on July 19. The sisters live just down the road from the local boat launch and swimming area, located in the town of Wallagrass. Jandreau was visiting from Eagle Lake. July 16 to 22 featured consecutive days at or just above 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service Caribou office.

Northern, eastern Maine experienced significantly drier than normal July

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
A total of 2.62 inches of precipitation fell in Caribou during the month, which was 1.46 inches below normal.
Robert Craig, 81, wears headphones to better hear the proceedings in his murder trial in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on Friday, July 14. Craig was found guilty of intentional or knowing murder for the July 2016 slaying of 86-year-old Leo Corriveau of Presque Isle.

Florida octogenarian guilty of murdering 86-year-old Presque Isle man

By Jen Lynds on July 14, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
Robert Craig, 81, of Clearwater, Florida, was emotionless as the jury forewoman announced the verdict.
Defense attorney Stephen Smith talks to his client, Robert Craig (seated, in white shirt) as co-defense attorney John Tebbetts listens.

Octogenarian tells jurors he killed 86-year-old because he was ‘afraid for his life’

By Jen Lynds on July 13, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
The state rested its case Thursday shortly after playing recordings of phone conversations from jail in which an 81-year-old accused of killing another octogenarian disparaged the victim and admitted that he “just snapped.”
Robert Craig (in white shirt with suspenders) walks into Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on Wednesday for the start of his murder trial.

Octogenarian on trial for murder claims self-defense

By Jen Lynds on July 12, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Craid said he killed his 86-year-old friend in self-defense after a fight broke out between the two.

Houlton residents ask council to let voters decide pot ordinance

By Jen Lynds, Staff Writer on July 12, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
“People haven’t had a chance to weigh in on this, which is driving controversy and discussion around it.”
Robert Craig

Jury set, octogenarian murder trial to start Wednesday

By Jen Lynds on July 11, 2017, at 6:46 p.m.
Robert Craig, 81, of Clearwater, Florida, is charged with killing 86-year-old Leo Corriveau on July 21, 2016, at Corriveau’s Presque Isle home.
Robert Craig

Jury selection begins in octogenarian murder trial

By Jen Lynds on July 10, 2017, at 6:31 p.m.
Several potential jurors were dismissed for medical reasons or because they said they could not be impartial.
An Orono resident takes a stroll in the rain on Tuesday, June 20, in downtown Bangor.

Lots of rain, above average temperatures recorded in June in northern, eastern Maine

By Jen Lynds on July 05, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
After a cool start to the month, temperatures across the state warmed up in the second week, with a few days experiencing high temps in the 80s on June 11.
Hail is visible on the deck of Presque Isle resident James Robinson after scattered storms across the state brought both hail and lightning throughout Tuesday, June 27, 2017. There was some damage after lightning sparked a house fire in Cushing and struck a business in Thomaston.

Hail, lightning reported across Maine

By Jen Lynds on June 28, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Lightning from these storms also took a toll throughout the state Tuesday.
Robert Craig

Trial of Florida man, 81, accused of killing Maine man, 86, to start in July

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
Jury selection will begin on July 10 in the case of a Florida man accused of killing an elderly acquaintance at his Presque Isle home.
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography In December 2016 in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived high voltage accident sentenced for child porn

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:50 p.m.
Investigators said Zane Wetzel used peer-to-peer file sharing networks to download hundreds of images at a time. Some of the child porn included men sexually assaulting children, with images and videos saved to the hard drive of his computer.
Dushko Venelinov Vulchev

Competency hearing set for Houlton man charged with kidnapping

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:43 p.m.
Vulchev was indicted on eight charges by the Aroostook County grand jury last June — kidnapping, domestic violence assault, obstructing the report of a crime, theft, domestic violence terrorizing, improper contact and two counts of violating conditions of release.
Reginald Dobbins (sat far end of defense table) sits with his defense attorney, Hunter Tzovarras, and listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

20-year-old found guilty in Houlton murder

By Jen Lynds on June 14, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
After an eight day trial and eight hours of deliberation, jurors found Reginald Dobbins guilty of murder in the beating and stabbing death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter two years ago.
Reginald Dobbins (sitting at far end of defense table) listens during closing statements Tuesday in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton.

Jurors begin deliberations in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 13, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
Jurors began deliberating just after 1 p.m. Tuesday in the trial of a 20-year-old Houlton man accused of beating and stabbing to death 61-year-old Keith Suitter more than two years ago.

Closing arguments begin Tuesday in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 12, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Jury deliberations are expected to begin after closing arguments.
Reginald Dobbins (far right) stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Houlton murder victim’s blood found on jacket belonging to accused killer

By Jen Lynds on June 08, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
A forensic DNA analyst for the Maine State Police crime lab said Thursday that a jacket belonging to the accused killer of a Houlton man had a mixture of the defendant’s DNA as well as blood stains belonging to the victim on it.
Reginald Dobbins (far right_ stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Accused Houlton murder suspect blames crime on co-defendant

By Jen Lynds on June 07, 2017, at 7:21 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins broke down and admitted to authorities that he knew the real killer — his co-defendant in the case, Samuel Geary.
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Alleged murder weapons found in home of accused Houlton man

By Jen Lynds on June 06, 2017, at 7:43 p.m.
Police testified Tuesday that they found several articles of clothing, a hammer and a folding knife that all tested positive for blood when they searched the home of Reginald Dobbins.
Reginald Dobbins, far right, stands with his attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton on Monday, June 5, 2017. Dobbins is accused of killing Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton two years ago.

Defense attorney points finger at alternate suspect in Houlton murder case

By Jen Lynds on June 05, 2017, at 7:19 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins is accused of stabbing and beating Keith Suitter to death with a hammer in the man’s mobile home.

Jury selection continues, but Houlton murder trial likely to start Monday afternoon

By Jen Lynds on June 02, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
Jury selection is expected to be completed Monday morning and the trial started Monday afternoon, court officials said Friday.