Articles by Rick Levasseur

A 19-year-old Houlton woman was not injured despite losing control of her vehicle Monday morning on slippery Route 1 in Monticello, striking a snowbank and rolling the car over onto its roof, according to police.

Houlton woman dodges injury despite rolling car over onto roof

By Rick Levasseur on Feb. 02, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
MONTICELLO | A Houlton woman escaped injury Monday despite losing control of her vehicle on slippery Route 1, striking a snowbank and rolling the car over onto its roof, according to police. Christiana Marcus, 19, was heading south and passing a tractor-trailer in her 2003 Toyota when the accident …

Emergency outage 1-2 p.m. in Addison area

By Rick Levasseur on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
An emergency power outage is required between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday so that Emera Maine linemen safely can make system repairs in the area, according to the utility company. Emera issued the release about noon Monday and indicated that utility crews were “planning to conduct …
A fundraiser will be held Saturday in Searsmont to benefit Bob Perol (right) and his teenaged son, Cody, who lost their dog and all their possessions in a fire on Nov. 23. The benefit, which will include a dinner, auction and music, will begin at 5 p.m. at the Abundant Grace Ministry on the Brierly Road.

Fundraiser in Searsmont to benefit man who lost farm, leg, home in series of bad events

By Rick Levasseur on Nov. 28, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
A local church is putting on a benefit dinner and auction Saturday evening in hopes of helping a parishioner who has been going through an unusually difficult period. Bob Perol, who is raising his teenage son after his wife left him, just lost everything including the family …
Pratt Chevrolet Buick of Calais has taken over the General Motors Company franchises for all GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles in Washington County, according to owner Ian Pratt.

Pratt Chevrolet Buick in Calais taking over GMC franchises for Washington County

By Rick Levasseur on Nov. 10, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
Pratt Chevrolet Buick of Calais is taking over the General Motors Company franchises for all GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles in Washington County, owner Ian Pratt announced Monday. “We are really excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do for the entire time I’ve been here,” said …
Ranger Jasmine Hammond of the Maine Forest Service fights a fire Friday afternoon that burned about an acre of Nature Conservancy land in Pembroke.

Rangers investigating fire that burned acre of Nature Conservancy land in Pembroke

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 03, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
An intentionally set fire on Friday afternoon burned about an acre of Nature Conservancy land in Pembroke before local firefighters and forest rangers were able to put it out, according to the Maine Forest Service. Firefighters determined that someone walked to the end of a nearly one-mile …
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Reward for missing Appalachian Trail hiker raised to $25,000

By Rick Levasseur on Sept. 24, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
REDINGTON TOWNSHIP | More than a year after a woman disappeared while hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine, her family has increased the reward from $15,000 to $25,000 for information that would lead to finding her. Geraldine “Gerry” Largay of Brentwood, Tennessee, 66, was last seen July 22, 2013, …

Emergency outage in Aroostook County planned this afternoon to make repairs to power system

By Rick Levasseur on July 28, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
FORT KENT | Utility crews with Emera Maine will be turning off power for about two hours this afternoon to customers along Route 11 from Fort Kent to Allagash in order to make emergency repairs to the system. Emera reported that the outage was expected to last from 1:30 …

Obama signs law containing provision that helps Maine farmers

By Rick Levasseur on June 10, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Revisions in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, which President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday, modify federal environmental rules that help farmers across Maine, according to U.S. Sen. Angus King. Specifically, the modification — co-sponsored by King — shields Maine farmers from having …
A car driven by Jayde McNinch, who was involved in a Monday night crash in Smyrna, is shown in this photo contributed by state police.

Driver, trooper injured as black ice causes accidents in southern Aroostook

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 29, 2013, at 8:19 a.m.
SMYRNA | Black ice and slick roads caused a pair of accidents here Monday night that injured one driver and a Maine state trooper. The events began when Jayde McNinch, 19, of Littleton encountered a patch of black ice while headed north on Interstate 95 and skidded off the …
A sign marks the entry to Long Lake Camps in Princeton, where a shooting was reported Tuesday afternoon.

Princeton shooter’s death ruled a suicide

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 02, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.
The hunting and fishing camp owner who was wounded by a gunman Tuesday evening is recovering and in good condition, according to a spokesperson at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Maine State Police reported Tuesday that Steve Whitman, 60, was shot that afternoon at the campground …
A rare form of infant cancer has claimed the left eye of Londyn Elise Porter, who at age seven months is fighting for survival after her cancer spread from her left to right eye and into her brain. Born in Maine and now living with her mother and grandmother in California, the child's medical ordeal has dominated the thoughts and prayers of family and friends on both coasts.

Fundraiser in Lubec to benefit child with rare form of cancer

By Rick Levasseur on July 25, 2013, at 8:37 p.m.
A fundraiser with several events will be held this Saturday to help the family of Londyn Elise Porter, a 10-month-old girl diagnosed with a rare and likely fatal form of cancer. The benefit, being held from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. at the Lubec Elementary School, …

Bingham honoring, saying farewell to Sister Dorothy Bujold

By Rick Levasseur on June 21, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.
Sister Dorothy Bujold of the Congregation of St. Joseph has excelled in many roles, including as a teacher, parish worker and advocate for peace, over 64 years and on three continents, including the last decade at St. Peter Church in Bingham. On Saturday, June 22, the 87-year-old …

Two injured in crash in front of Linneus restaurant

By Rick Levasseur on Jan. 21, 2013, at 6:58 p.m.
Two people were injured shortly after noon on Monday in a three-vehicle collision in front of a restaurant on Route 2A. The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. when Daniel Griffin, 80, of Hodgdon, who was headed north on Route 2A, pulled in front of an approaching …

Mars Hill man seriously injured after clothes catch in potato machine

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 10, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.
MAPLETON | A 22-year-old Mars Hill man was nearly choked to death Wednesday morning when his clothes got caught in a bin piler machine at a potato house where he was working. Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines commended the quick actions of co-workers for cutting Gregory Cousins loose …

Bangor Hydro hastily schedules outage Down East to make repairs

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 05, 2012, at 12:23 p.m.
JONESBORO | Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. announced Friday morning that it would be shutting down power in Jonesboro and parts of Jonesport Friday afternoon to replace part of a damaged pole. The outage, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and last about 90 minutes, will affect most of …

Presque Isle airport awarded $143,000 federal grant

By Rick Levasseur on Aug. 28, 2012, at 4:23 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle a $143,450 grant to replace airfield guidance signs and pavement markings that are required to enhance aircraft visual guidance and safety. “This DOT funding is certainly welcome news for The County …

State offering free pesticides disposal to homeowners, family farms

By Rick Levasseur on Aug. 10, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Several state agencies are partnering to provide homeowners a free opportunity this fall to dispose of old pesticides that may be stockpiled on their properties. Required registration — the deadline for which is Sept. 28 — is now open for the disposal day, which gives owners of …

Aroostook Medical Center nurses sponsoring coat drive for needy

By Rick Levasseur on Dec. 01, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | The Aroostook Medical Center nurses are sponsoring a coat drive to help the needy during the holiday season. The nurses also are sponsoring a Float for Coat Collection in the Christmas Light Parade on Saturday. “With the cost of heat rising for Mainers this winter, the …

Linneus home burglarized while wife was attending husband’s funeral

By Rick Levasseur on Oct. 05, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that happened at a local home while the wife and other family members were attending her husband’s funeral. One or more burglars rummaged through the Linneus residence and stole several items during the afternoon on Oct. …

Celebration to mark Northern Maine Community College’s 50th year

By Rick Levasseur on Sept. 07, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Throughout the year, Northern Maine Community College has been hosting events to celebrate 50 years as an academic institution. In June, it held a special ceremony to recognize its founders on its official 50th anniversary. Now NMCC is planning a two-day gala beginning Friday to thank …
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