Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


Caribou man charged with threatening business owner

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
A Caribou man was arrested and charged with several crimes Monday after allegedly pointing a gun at and robbing a business owner.
Police and family members are still hoping that a $40,000 reward will yield information to help solve the murder of Darrel Smith, seen in this photo with wife, Barbara. The Woodland man was 56 when he was found shot to death in his sawmill on Feb. 6, 2008.

$40,000 reward still offered in Woodland man’s 2008 homicide

By Jen Lynds on March 13, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
“You have to learn to live with it, as hard as it is, and still keep up hope that they are going to find the person or persons who did it.”

County women sue, alleging they were fired after reporting billing fraud

By Jen Lynds on March 11, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
“To fire someone who is doing their job and was a top employee and basically admit that you did it was particularly unjust.”

Houlton man arrested, accused of robbery, assault, extortion

By Jen Lynds on March 09, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
Brady Bridges, 46, was charged with robbery, burglary, criminal threatening with a weapon, assault and theft by extortion. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Houlton Police Chief Tim DeLuca

Councilors table pilot project to have Houlton mechanics work on police cruisers

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
Although both Chief Tim DeLuca and Chris Stewart, superintendent of public works, were confident that it would save the town money, councilors wanted more information.

Diversion Alert success highlighted in study

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.
A statewide prescription drug abuse prevention program has published a peer reviewed journal article highlighting the agency’s efficiency in changing prescribing behaviors and improving patient care in Maine.
A deer can be seen in Oxbow in this November 2016 file photo.

Number of car-deer crashes on the rise in Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:11 p.m.
State police in Aroostook County are warning motorists to be on the lookout for deer in the roadway after a number of car-deer crashes over the past few weeks in the region.
About a foot of snow closed out 2016 in central Aroostook County as contractors hit the city streets and rural roads at the end of December to clear the way before the next storm in early January.

Caribou sees snowiest first half of winter in nine years

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
More than 50 inches of snow fell on the Caribou area in December and through Jan. 15.

After dip, Aroostook County Action Program sees resurgence in heating oil applicants

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2017, at 2:32 p.m.
After seeing a dip in the number of people seeking services last winter, the Aroostook County Action Program is seeing a resurgence in those looking for help to pay their heating bills this winter.
Firefighters battle a structure fire at 250 Hare Road in Monticello on Monday.

Monticello man suffers burns, is homeless after fire

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
A Monticello man suffered minor burns and lost all of his possessions in a fire Monday.
Firefighters battle a structure fire at 250 Hare Road in Monticello on Monday.

Firefighters battle structure fire in Monticello

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 09, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Firefighters from more than three departments are on the scene of a structure fire in Monticello.

Aroostook County commissioners re-elect chairman, enter into new animal control contract

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 09, 2017, at 11 a.m.
The county decided to enter into a new contract with the Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle.
Karen Keber Sutton, proprietor of Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe in Houlton, stocks shelves at her Main Street store in this Dec. 2009 photo. The store is closing on Saturday.

Uncle Willy’s Candy Shoppe in Houlton to close

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 06, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It was a very difficult decision for us to make, because we love Houlton so much and that community has been so supportive of us.”
Tammy Goetsch (center), program director for Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook, displays some pumpkins during the Thanksgiving Outreach effort as part of the Adopt-a-Block of Aroostook program.

With a knock on the door, Adopt-a-Block thrives in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A snow covered bench overlooks the Gateway Crossing Bridge in Riverfront Park in Houlton in this December 2015 file photo. Town Councilors on Tuesday approved an ordinance to prohibit use of tobacco products and smoking in all of the town's parks.

Councilors pass ordinance prohibiting smoking in Houlton parks

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
The ordinance arose because of a littering problem in Riverfront Park, the newest green space in town.
Residents and employees tour behind the counter and the McCafe area of the new McDonald's on Wednesday in Houlton.

Months after iconic Houlton McDonald’s razed, new one opens

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 5:07 p.m.
A sizable mural of the Gateway Crossing Bridge hangs just over the counter area. A word mosaic near another entrance door pays tribute to Aroostook County and the Houlton area.
Two people were injured after an accident in Sherman on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

Defective tires contribute to rollover crash in Sherman

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
“At least one of the tires was worn down to the canvas, so he tried to stop and he couldn’t.”
Blowing snow creates whiteout conditions in Aroostook County in a 2003 file photo.

High-crash locations in The County identified in safety report

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 27, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
“A lot of times, crashes took place because drivers contributed to the crashes.”
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.”