Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Timothy DeLuca

Old Orchard Beach officer hired as Houlton police chief

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 15, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
Timothy DeLuca was officially hired for post by the Houlton Town council Monday.
Nearly 44 years ago, Lewis Hogan Jr.'s (pictured) plane went missing. Neither his body nor the plane have ever been found.

Searchers ask hunters, hikers to lookout for clues pertaining to missing Houlton pilot

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 14, 2016, at 2 a.m.
Hunters and hikers out in the woods this fall are being asked to keep an eye out for the remains of a Houlton-based pilot or his plane that disappeared on a stormy day 44 years ago.
A low Piscataquis River flows by Browns Mill Park in Dover-Foxcroft. With drought conditions affecting the region, the Dover & Foxcroft Water District issued a water conservation request to its customers earlier this fall.

Most of Maine still is parched from our very dry summer

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 14, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Mark Bloomer of the National Weather Service said that 70 percent of the state — including central, coastal and western parts of Maine — were considered to be in “moderate drought.”

Three suspects indicted in Sherman murder

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 10, 2016, at 7:19 p.m.
Three Massachusetts residents were indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury Thursday in connection with the death of an Oakfield man.
The crumpled remains of a plane that crashed in a man-made pond in Houlton on Aug. 27, 2015, are removed from the site on the back of a flatbed trailer.

Final report on fatal Houlton plane crash still pending a year later

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 27, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
More than a year after a plane crashed into a wooded area in the community, killing the pilot, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are still compiling a report about the aviation accident.

Recent rain not enough to quench Maine drought

on Oct. 26, 2016, at 1:07 a.m.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Caribou said that despite the recent rainfall, it would “not be nearly enough” to temper drought conditions affecting much of Maine.

County programs, police work together to end domestic violence

on Oct. 26, 2016, at 1:06 a.m.
The Enhanced Police Intervention Collaboration, or EPIC program, is helping to reach more domestic violence victims and convincing those that are ready to seek help.
Casey Faulkingham of Houlton is the prevention and training coordinator for the Hope and Justice Project in northern Maine.

Aroostook County programs, police work together to combat domestic violence

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 22, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“Ending the problem is going to take a great deal of hands.”
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.

Eight indicted on conspiracy, methamphetamine charges in The County

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The Aroostook County grand jury during its September session indicted two Orient residents who were allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab.

Drug abuse prevention program in need of funding

on Oct. 19, 2016, at 1:05 a.m.
For the second time in the past 15 months, a statewide prescription drug abuse prevention program is facing a struggle to secure long-term funding.
Matthew Davis

Trial in Oakfield double homicide rescheduled to begin in December

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 18, 2016, at 2:35 p.m.
Jury selection has now been rescheduled for Dec. 2, with the trial date set for Dec. 6.
Zachary McCarty of New Limerick and his two small children were injured Tuesday morning in a single-car rollover on the Campbell Road.

4-year-old thrown from vehicle in crash

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 18, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
A 4-year-old suffered injuries that were not life-threatening after he was ejected from the vehicle.

Potato Board watching future of genetically modified potatoes

on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Maine Potato Board officials said recently that they are cautiously optimistic about new products which companies are genetically designing to be healthier for consumers, such as potatoes.

Mapleton man charged with OUI, resisting arrest

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 17, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
A Mapleton man was arrested and charged with OUI after allegedly crashing his car in a field and fleeing from police.
The cabled off portion of a town-owned walking trail that runs through Riverfront Park can be seen Wednesday in Houlton. A Houlton couple would like the route opened to motor vehicle traffic once again to use as an additional access point to their home.

Houlton couple wants trail reopened to vehicles to allow additional home access

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
A woman helps a little boy light a candle to honor those lost to domestic violence during the the 19th annual Maliseet Domestic and Sexual Violence and Advocacy Center Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 in Houlton.

Maliseets honor victims of domestic violence during vigil

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 09, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
“We must ensure that no victim ever suffers alone.”
Sydney Garrison, left, a Central Aroostook High School freshman, and Michaela Pelletier, a junior at the Mars Hill school, work on the upper conveyor sorting rocks and potatoes for Double G Farms in Blaine.

Aroostook County teens find potato harvest work rewarding

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 08, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“The teenagers I employ do everything from racking potatoes to picking out the rocks as part of the sorting process to unloading the trucks.”

Maine drug abuse prevention program again seeks funding

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 06, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
The agency needs to raise $55,000 by April 2017 before it can be considered for financing in the state’s biennial budget cycle.
Eyes to the sky. Over the years, John and Robin Barker have scanned the horizon around their Bridgwater home for the most accurate reading of what’s happening in the atmosphere. The couple has volunteered their reporting skills to the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years as part of the Cooperative Observer Program.

Maine weather spotter has had his eyes on the skies for nearly 40 years

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 05, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
John Barker has witnessed and reported many storms in the last nearly four decades since he took over serving in the Cooperative Observer Program from his father, Elliot Barker, who also volunteered in the program for a number of years.