Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


County man arrested on domestic assault, OUI charges

By Jen Lynds on April 08, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
WOODLAND,Maine —- A felon on bail for a drug trafficking charge was arrested late Sunday evening on multiple new charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a home in Woodland and then drove away under the influence of alcohol. Deputies with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a …

Houlton man accused of lying to police about burns

By Jen Lynds on April 07, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
HODGDON | A Houlton man was charged with filing a false police report after telling police the burns he suffered on his body were inflicted by someone tossing a makeshift bottle rocket into his car. Police said 21-year-old James Grant instead burned himself mishandling materials used to make methamphetamine. …

Rural Mainers support bill to bring broadband to unserved areas

By Jen Lynds on April 07, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | More than two dozen rural farmers, residents and business owners who struggle to maintain their businesses and ship their goods because of slow, spotty or at times nonexistent Internet service spoke last week in support of legislation that might help them improve coverage. “We all know public …

Maine lawmaker sponsors bill to search bags of children in residential care

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill sponsored by an Aroostook County legislator seeks to allow administrators of children’s homes or residential care facilities to search the backpacks or travel bags of the residents. Rep. Dustin White, R-Washburn, who works at such a residential care facility in The County, said that many …
Leda Giggey, 44, of Mars Hill

Police: Bath salts, other drugs found in Mars Hill woman’s home

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 12:06 p.m.
A 44-year-old Mars Hill woman has been arrested on several drug charges after police found bath salts and other drugs during a search of her home, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Leda Giggey of Benjamin Street was taken into custody on Friday following a …
A Greenville woman suffered cuts from broken glass on Easter Sunday afternoon when her 2000 Subaru Legacy collided with a moose on Route 11 just south of Ashland, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Brian Harris.

Greenville woman collides with moose in County crash

By Jen Lynds on April 06, 2015, at 10:46 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 9, RANGE 5 | A Greenville woman escaped serious injuries on Easter Sunday when her car collided with a moose on Route 11 just south of Ashland. Olivia Bouchard, 19, was heading north in her 2000 Subaru Legacy just before 3 p.m. when a moose entered the roadway, …

Houlton neighbors surprised by arrest of Bulgarian native in death-threat case

By Jen Lynds on April 02, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
BANGOR | Neighbors and acquaintances of a Houlton man accused this week of threatening to kill a member of the European Commission said that, while they believed he could get excited about politics and was upset about his divorce, they were surprised to hear about the charges brought against …

Houlton father of murder suspect charged in domestic assault

By Jen Lynds on March 30, 2015, at 5:43 p.m.
An 81-year-old local man was arrested and charged with domestic assault after an incident on Friday morning. Reginald “Jack” Dobbins was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Friday after allegedly attacking the victim, Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna said Monday. The chief said he could not say where …
Myles Bolstridge (far right), 22, of Portage, the driver in a crash that killed his cousin Joey Clark of Ashland, pleaded no contest on Friday to aggravated criminal operating under the influence causing death, aggravated operating under the influence causing serious injury, and criminal speed during a more than two-hour sentencing hearing in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on Friday. At left is his attorney, Christopher Leger of Caribou.

Driver in County OUI crash that killed cousin to serve 1 year

By Jen Lynds on March 27, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
ASHLAND | The driver involved in a single-vehicle accident 15 months ago that claimed the life of his 33-year-old cousin will spend the next year in jail for his crimes in a plea deal accepted by both the state and the family of the victim. Myles Bolstridge, 22, of …

$14,000 of tree harvesting equipment stolen in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on March 26, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
Police in Houlton are investigating the theft of more than $14,000 worth of tools and equipment from a tree harvesting operation earlier this month. The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office has made the theft from the logging operation run by Michael Lane its Crime Stoppers crime of the …

Bill seeks to bring high-speed Internet to rural farmers, small businesses in Maine

By Jen Lynds on March 25, 2015, at 6:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Farmers in rural parts of Maine who struggle to maintain their businesses and ship their goods out to customers while dealing with slow, spotty or at times nonexistent Internet service are rallying behind a bill moving through the Legislature. The concept draft of the measure, LD 826, …
A picture from inside a Presque Isle Police Department cruiser on Sunday shows whiteout conditions on Caribou Road, where several vehicles were off road. Blowing winds and biting temps stuck around on Monday but were expected to taper off Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Biting winds continue to cause travel woes Monday

By Jen Lynds on March 23, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
LITTLETON | Freezing temperatures and biting winds whipping snow across roads continued to affect residents and cause travel difficulties across the northern and eastern part of the state Monday. As a low pressure system moved across the state Sunday, winds as high as 48 mph were reported at the …
Travis Hewitt

Police seize cocaine, guns from Caribou home

By Jen Lynds on March 18, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
A Caribou man was charged Wednesday with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs after agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized cocaine and weapons from his home. Travis Hewitt, 48, was arrested following an investigation into the distribution of cocaine in Aroostook that took place over several …
Brian Carpenter, superintendent of Belfast-based RSU 20, is returning to his native Aroostook County to lead Presque Isle-based SAD 1.

Ludlow native, Belfast superintendent hired to take helm in PI

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE— An Aroostook County native and graduate of several University of Maine system colleges who also has held down high-responsibility positions with the U.S. Army will be returning to his roots this fall to be the new superintendent of the local school district. Brian Carpenter , 60, superintendent …

Eagle Lake man accused of stealing five vehicles in County

By Jen Lynds on March 16, 2015, at 7:35 a.m.
CASTLE HILL | Despite a snowstorm that brought several inches of snow, blustering winds and slippery road conditions to Aroostook County, police from multiple agencies were busy on Sunday responding to reports of stolen vehicles. Just before 7 a.m. Sunday, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office received a report from …

Former Presque Isle man accused of assaulting 14-year-old

By Jen Lynds on March 13, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
A former Presque Isle resident accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury. Kyle Green, 33, was among 31 individuals indicted March 6, according to Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins. Green was arrested in Saco last month …
Keith Suitter, 61, of Houlton.

Teen suspect in death of Houlton man enjoyed horses, football

By Jen Lynds on March 12, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
Samuel Geary of Houlton was a typical 16-year-old boy who had received a Christian education, enjoyed playing football and caring for and riding horses. But on March 6, he became one of the youngest people in the state ever to be charged with murder, along with Reginald …
Shane Godfrin (right), accused of burning a 4-year-old boy with hot water, sits with his attorney, Cathy Lufkin (second from right), during his jury waived trial on Wednesday in Houlton. Capt. Ross McQuade (left) of the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department and Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin are also pictured.

County man accused of burning child tried on felony assault

By Jen Lynds on March 11, 2015, at 7:43 p.m.
HOULTON | A Hodgdon man accused of burning a 4-year-old boy with hot water last year denied in court Wednesday that the incident was intentional. Shane Godfrin, 26, gave multiple stories to police about how the burns occurred, and the mother of the child covered for him at one …

Presque Isle man who jumped from burning building indicted on arson charge

By Jen Lynds on March 09, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE — A local man who was injured in a Jan. 3 apartment building fire that investigators from the state fire marshal’s office deemed “suspicious” has been indicted on charges of arson and aggravated criminal mischief. Keith Antworth, 45, whose last known address was 21 Allen St. in …
With Assistant Attorney General Deborah Cashman looking on, murder suspect Reginald Dobbins appears at Houlton District Court on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Two Houlton teens appear in court on murder charges

By Jen Lynds on March 09, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
Two teenagers appeared in court on Monday in connection with the death of a 61-year-old Houlton resident. Reginald Dobbins, 18, and Samuel Geary, 16, both of Houlton, each have been charged with murder in the March 1 death of Keith Suitter. Both were arrested on Friday evening, …
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