Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Students work in class at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. This fall, students attending the magnet school will be able to take advantage of the most comprehensive early-college pathway in Maine, potentially completing enough college-level coursework to earn an associate degree in liberal studies from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, in addition to a high school diploma.

UMPI, MSSM deal lets high schoolers earn associate degree

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:29 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Amid coping with the rigorous academic structure and navigating the difficult social waters of high school, most students in Maine are not ready to combine high school and college classes at the same time. Students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone have …
Nancy Ketch, Houlton community development director and grant writer, in this 2009 BDN file photo.

Houlton council won’t allocate funds for development director salary

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 26, 2015, at 6:14 p.m.
Town councilors earlier this week refused to approve the transfer of $8,775 from a surplus account to replenish the community development budget they cut earlier this month. Town Manager Butch Asselin confirmed that as a result of the council’s 4-2 vote on Monday evening, Nancy Ketch, the …
The Houlton Police Department is attempting to locate 15-year-old Marissa of Houlton, who has not been seen since Tuesday.

Houlton police searching for missing 15-year-old girl

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 26, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
The Houlton Police Department is attempting to locate a 15-year-old Houlton girl who has not been seen since Tuesday. Police, who are not releasing the teen’s last name, said Marissa left her residence sometime on the night of Feb. 24, and her mother has not heard from …

Caribou road shut down after plow truck accident

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 26, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
A portion of the East Presque Isle Road was shut down for three hours Thursday after a municipal plow truck that was treating the city’s streets careened off the road and into a ditch. Caribou police said Rob Deschesne was plowing the road with a Caribou Public …
Officer Chad Foley (right), who worked as a patrolman for the Caribou Police Department from March 2013 through early February 2014 and is now a deputy with the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, was recently presented the Life Saving Award from the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. Foley is shown here in mid-February with Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan at the awards ceremony.

Aroostook County police officer receives award for saving man

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 23, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
CARIBOU | Although he insists it was all in a day’s work, a law enforcement officer from Aroostook County recently was recognized for assisting a man who he said was trying to harm himself. Officer Chad Foley, who worked for the Caribou Police Department at the time but was …
Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea

Bill to legalize hemp farming in Maine gaining support

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 23, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Farmers, organic growers, agricultural researchers and community members have thrown their support behind a bill moving through the Legislature to legalize hemp cultivation in Maine for industrial uses. “Maine has an opportunity to break into an emerging industry that will be of tremendous benefit to our state,” …

Mars Hill man faces domestic violence charges

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 20, 2015, at 7:13 p.m.
HOULTON | A 33-year-old Mars Hill man who on Wednesday was refused release by a bail commissioner because of the nature of domestic violence charges he faces pleaded not guilty to the crimes Friday afternoon. Bail also was set for Karter Bell at $2,000 cash or $12,000 surety after …

Caribou man sentenced to 14 years for drug crimes

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 19, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
A Caribou man arrested last year for numerous drug crimes was sentenced Wednesday to serve 14 years in prison for his crimes. Keith I. Tingley Jr. was sentenced to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended after entering a guilty plea on charges of …
A tractor-trailer is seen damaged after its involvement in a seven-vehicle accident that closed a southbound section of Interstate 95 in New Limerick for more than two hours on Tuesday

Interstate 95 closed in Aroostook County after 7-vehicle crash

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 19, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK | A multi-vehicle accident closed a southbound section of Interstate 95 in New Limerick for more than two hours on Thursday afternoon. The crash took place about 12:30 p.m. at mile marker 298 in New Limerick. According to Maine State Police Trooper Chuck Michaud, a vehicle went …
Karter Bell

Mars Hill man arrested, denied bail for alleged domestic violence

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 18, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
A 33-year-old man wanted on domestic violence charges was found by police on Wednesday, allegedly hiding in the bathroom of a Mars Hill residence. Karter Bell of Mars Hill was arrested by deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office after an incident involving a woman that …

Van Buren family’s car, logging truck collide in Hamlin

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 16, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
A Van Buren couple was seriously injured when their vehicle collided head on with a tractor trailer in whiteout conditions on U.S. Route 1 Monday morning. The couple’s 2-year-old son was uninjured, according to police. Michel Gauvreau, 35, of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, was northbound in a …
Wood pellets produced at Corinth Wood Pellets LLC. in Corinth are seen in this Feb. 19, 2014 photo. The company is running two shifts during this time of year and producing about 200 tons of pellets daily.

Stores running out of wood pellets, some rationing, as low temps continue

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 14, 2015, at 6:50 a.m.
A frigid winter, increased demand for wood pellets and customers who underestimated how much they would need contributed to a strain on manufacturers and suppliers, according to officials at the Maine Pellet Fuels Association. Mills across the state are working nonstop to produce pellets and get them to distributors, but …

Smyrna man shot by police got into dispute with elderly mother day before

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
Deputies had responded to a call about a dispute between Kenneth Kreyssig and his elderly mother at a local restaurant the day before he died in an armed confrontation with officers, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff. Sheriff Darrell Crandall said Friday that his office had not …

Presque Isle home destroyed in fire

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 11, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
Two individuals escaped a burning mobile home but lost all of their possessions in a fire Tuesday evening in Presque Isle. The home was destroyed by the fire. The occupants were alerted to the blaze, which started just after 11 p.m., by working smoke detectors, Capt. …
A Maine State Police trooper and an Aroostook County Deputy Sheriff responded to this 645 Smyrna Center Road home in Smyrna Tuesday night after receiving reports from family members that Kenneth Kreyssig was threatening to kill himself. Kreyssig was shot and killed in a confrontation with the officers.

One dead after officer-involved shooting in Smyrna

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 11, 2015, at 7:19 a.m.
A local man is dead after an armed confrontation Tuesday night with a state police trooper and a deputy from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified Wednesday morning as Kenneth Kreyssig, 61, according to a press release issued by Department of Public Safety spokesman …

Linneus man indicted in alleged crime spree

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 09, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK | A Linneus man has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on a number of charges stemming from an alleged crime spree last fall. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the indictment list from the grand jury’s second session of the year on Friday. …
Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy James Kennedy puts prescription pill bottles into a brown bag while assisting in an ongoing burglary investigation on the Pushaw Road in Bangor on Monday.

Maine could lose program that alerts doctors to patients with drug arrests

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 09, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
LINNEUS | A statewide program that helps Maine health care providers to identify patients who may be abusing or illegally distributing prescription drugs is at risk of being eliminated without new funding. The Diversion Alert Program provides secure online access to drug arrest data to health care providers so …
Ronald "Cy" Cyr of Madawaska displays his winning $100,000 scratch ticket and the claim form he planned to send to the Maine State Lottery office in Augusta.

Madawaska man wins $100,000 with state lottery scratch ticket

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
When Ronald “Cy” Cyr stepped through the door at Bob’s Neighborhood Store, it wasn’t uncommon for him to joke with cashier Danielle DeVoe and tell her he’d “hit it big” with a lottery ticket, DeVoe said Thursday. “I would always laugh, because the scratch ticket or lottery …
A snowplow from Houlton's Public Works Department at the intersection of Court and Military streets in this 2006 BDN file photo.

Houlton residents rocked by repeat flat tires from gravel mixture used on snowy, icy roads

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:28 p.m.
The town of Houlton is taking steps to filter the material they use to treat roads when it snows or sleets after a number of motorists have complained to the town about their tires being flattened by sharp and large rocks in the mixture. Town Manager Butch …
A car was stolen on Jan. 21, 2015, in Presque Isle, and recovered the next day. A bag full of about 75 stickers were among items recovered from a vehicle stolen on Jan. 21m which was recovered a day later. They are individually packaged. Presque Isle Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the owner of the stickers that may have been stolen from an unreported burglary of a motor vehicle. Any with information should contact Sgt. Barnes at 764-4476.

Presque Isle couple accused of stealing car face burglary charges

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
A man and woman who were arrested on Jan. 22 in Mars Hill after allegedly stealing a vehicle while attempting to flee authorities have been charged with additional crimes stemming from the incident. Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police Department said Thursday that Robert …
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