Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Owen Botting, 85, of Island Falls lost control of his vehicle on slippery roads on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 and left the southbound lane of I-95 in Smyrna, causing damage to his vehicle and minor injuries to himself and the two passengers in his vehicle.

Three injured in Smyrna crash

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
All three were taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment.
Crews work to recover the engines from a plane that crashed into a manmade pond off the White Settlement Road in Houlton on Aug. 28, 2015.

Pilot fatigue, low altitude approach causes of fatal 2015 plane crash in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
“This is a tragedy all around. He wasn’t a very old individual.”
Ibanez Ambrose

Couple who lost toddlers in radiator scalding incident hires attorney

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
A high-profile Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer is now representing the couple with ties to the Houlton area, whose two children were fatally scalded by radiator steam on Dec. 7 in a New York City apartment for the homeless.
Fog rolls over downtown Bangor on Christmas morning in 2015.

Mainers can expect white Christmas, seasonal temps

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 20, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
It’s looking like it will be a white Christmas around the state this year.
Andrew Torres

Two men arrested in connection with stabbing in Caribou

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
Two central Aroostook men have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes in connection with a stabbing here on Friday, according to local police.

Houlton utility gets OK to build line to connect to New Brunswick Power

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
John Clark, general manager of the utility, said the move will save “millions of dollars” for its customers.
Paige Lento

Christmas tree honors 11-year-old Maine girl who died after long health struggle

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I decided we should have a special tree with bells decorated just for Paige. She was an angel, and those bells ringing should ring just for her.”
Timothy DeLuca, Houlton's new police chief.

Houlton finalizes hiring of chief, $20,000 settlement for former officer

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 13, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Houlton chose not to pursue the issue in court because “it is expensive to litigate.”
Traffic moves in and out of Market Square in Houlton in this January 2016 file photo.

‘More like a community’: Houlton promotes living in the downtown

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 12, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
“Its beautiful. At this point, everyone is decorating for Christmas, so it makes it extra nice to live here.”
Doug Morin (left), his niece Lillian (center) and his father, Doug Sr., can be seen in this undated family photograph.

Two men indicted on murder charges to return to Maine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.

Houlton police seeking info on armed robbery in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call Houlton police at 532-2287.
Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help to locate a sport utility vehicle that a Houlton man claimed contributed to an accident on Route 1 in Monticello on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

State Police seeking information on SUV after crash in Monticello

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
He told police that a driver in a black SUV crossed the centerline, forcing him to swerve off the roadway to avoid the vehicle.
The lifts are pictured running at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill on Friday, Dec. 2. Travis Kearney, general manager of Big Rock, said late Friday afternoon that the facility is preparing to open on Dec. 10, which is one week earlier than planned. “All of the trails are covered in natural snow this year, which is the first time that this has happened in years.”

Bigrock Mountain to feature natural snow on all ski trails for first time in years

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Mother nature dropped 22 inches of snow on northern Maine during the first week of December.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested three people following the discovery of a meth lab inside a home in Sherman. As part of an ongoing investigation into the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine, MDEA’s Aroostook County Task Force, assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and US Border Patrol Agents, searched the mobile home at 130 Silver Ridge Road in Sherman Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Found inside were materials consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine and the MDEA lab response team was called to assist with evidence collection and clean-up.

Three people charged in Sherman meth lab case; 123rd such case this year

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 07, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
Three people were arrested Tuesday and charged with crimes related to the alleged unlawful operation of a methamphetamine lab in Sherman, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police seek help in locating truck stolen from Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 05, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help to recover a vehicle reported stolen here last week.
According to State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller, Houlton Police Officer Jasmine Cyr, 27, of Oakfield was on routine patrol traveling south and had turned into a business parking lot to turn around and head back north. As Officer Cyr entered US Route 1 from the parking lot, she didn’t see an oncoming 2006 Chevrolet Equinox SUV and was struck head-on by the vehicle as she pulled back onto Route 1.

Houlton police truck totaled in third accident in six months, officer injured

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 05, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
For the third time in six months, a Houlton Police Department vehicle has been involved in an accident.
Hatchimals, made by Spinmaster, a US company, are the hottest children's toy on the market this Dec. 2016 holiday season. It is also the hardest to get.

Maine parents pained by Hatchimals hunt

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 02, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very afraid that my daughter is going to be disappointed.”
Chip Wilde of Houlton clears snow from his driveway Wednesday morning after nearly a foot of snow fell in the Shiretown. Another storm was expected to hit the area Wednesday night into Thursday.

Aroostook towns get about a foot of snow, more on the way

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 30, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
A winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service in Caribou on Wednesday forecast another blast of snow for northern Maine late Wednesday into Thursday.

Apple donates easement on 32,400 acres in Aroostook

on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:09 a.m.
One of the world’s largest tech companies and a top-ranked conservation organization are joining forces to donate a conservation easement on the more than 32,400 acres in Aroostook County known as Reed Forest.