Preston Brown Sr.

Woodland man wanted by police found, arrested

By Jen Lynds on May 05, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
Police on Tuesday located and arrested a local man who had been wanted in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident that happened early Sunday. Preston Brown Sr., 50, had allegedly fled the scene after the incident and successfully avoided police until he was captured just before …

UMFK President Wilson Hess stepping down in September

By Julia Bayly on May 05, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
FORT KENT | University of Maine at Fort Kent President Wilson Hess said Tuesday he is stepping down from that post and retiring this fall. “September is my target for retirement,” Hess said Tuesday morning. “When I came, I promised if my health held out, I’d do five years.” …

Red flag warnings remain in effect for entire state

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 05, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
GRAY | Fire danger remained high throughout the state on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. With gusty winds and dry air in the forecast, the weather service had the entire state under a red flag warning. A red flag warning occurs when critical fire danger is evident, …

Police still looking for Woodland man accused of domestic assault

By Jen Lynds on May 04, 2015, at 5:05 p.m.
HOULTON | Police continued looking Monday for a Woodland man in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident that happened early Sunday. Preston Brown Sr., 50, was involved in an alleged “altercation” at his home but fled before deputies arrived, according to Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall. Crandall said …

Why you need to just shake it off!

on May 04, 2015, at 9:13 a.m.
I saw a welcomed sight last week…a little league game in Teague Park.  Why is that so momentous? Because this was a long, hard, cold winter.  Living in Aroostook County has its challenges.  The winter are tough…but I don’t think anyone on earth appreciates great weather and sunshine like Aroostookins …
Courtney Husayn, was in a single-vehicle crash in New Limerick on Sunday, May 3, 2015. She and her 16-month-old son were not injured.

New Limerick woman, baby, uninjured in crash

By Jen Lynds on May 04, 2015, at 7:50 a.m.
A local woman and her child escaped injury after a single-vehicle crash here Sunday. The accident happened on Route 2 when Courtney Husayn, 25, was westbound in her 2009 Toyota, according to Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall. The sheriff said that when Husayn reached onto the …
Preston Brown Sr.

Police looking for Woodland man accused of domestic assault

By Nick McCrea on May 03, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
HOULTON | The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Woodland man in connection with a domestic violence incident that happened early Sunday, according to Sgt. Matthew Cummings. Preston Brown Sr., 50, was involved in an alleged “altercation” at his home. He fled before deputies arrived, according to …
Residents will vote May 9 on the future of the St. Francis Elementary School.

Fate of St. Francis’ school in the hands of the community; vote set for May 9

By Julia Bayly on May 02, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
The fate of the school in St. Francis is in the hands of residents who will vote on whether to take over ownership of the building at a special town meeting May 9. “That vote is going to be about the school’s future and the town’s …
Interior shot of the partially completed Sinawik home of Terrence and Carolyn Hanlon as it looked while being built by students and instructors in Northern Maine Community College's trade and technical occupations programs in April 2011 in Chapman.

Sinawik program to build its 38th and final low-cost Maine home

By Jen Lynds on May 01, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
WASHBURN | After helping to build two homes for other people at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle in the 1990s, Bob Chavez finally realized his dream in 2010 when a group of students built one for him. He did not know at the time that the 1,300-square-foot …

Ex-Presque Isle educator poised for Houlton-area superintendent post

By Jen Lynds on May 01, 2015, at 5:45 p.m.
WELLS | The Houlton-area school board is poised to confirm the former assistant superintendent of SAD 1 in Presque Isle and the current superintendent of the Wells-Ogunquit School District as its new choice to lead RSU 29. According to an agenda sent out by the district on Friday afternoon, …
An exhibit of photos taken in South Korea during the Korean War, titled “"My Dad’'s Perspective: Preserving Beauty Amid War,"” by photographer Galen E. Leavitt, will be on display through May 23 in the Akeley Room at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle. Here, Leavitt’'s daughter Margo Ann Leavitt Pullen holds one of the images from the exhibit of her father and Marilyn Monroe.

Mainer’s photos of life during Korean War on exhibit at Presque Isle library

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on May 01, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
An exhibit at the local library titled “My Dad’s Perspective: Preserving Beauty Amid War,” features images taken in South Korea during the Korean War by photographer and Maine native Galen E. Leavitt. Leavitt, a 1951 graduate of Waterville High School, joined the U.S. Air Force and …

Houlton likely to limit downtown traffic on market days

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on May 01, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
Changes to Houlton’s downtown traffic flow during community market season may soon be in the works. Houlton town councilors discussed the idea of closing off the northern side of Market Square, from the Temple Theatre to just before KeyBank, during Monday night’s regular council meeting. No action …
Chris Carroll, a senior at Presque Isle High School, kept his beard this winter rather than shave to stay on the ski team.

Presque Isle High School won’t change athlete facial hair policy

By Jen Lynds on April 30, 2015, at 5:55 p.m.
School officials have decided against reviewing policies around the personal appearance of athletes after a varsity skier quit the team this year, rather than shave his beard. Chris Carroll, a senior who had been on the ski team for three seasons, told the school board March …

Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.30.15 edition

on April 30, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
There’s something for everyone outdoors this weekend! #Birding #RockClimbing #5k #Canoeing #Kayaking #BaxterStatePark #PolarDip In this edition: 1) A bird watching trip and summer outdoor adventures for the kids in Caribou. 2) A canoe race in Houlton and a Polar Dip in Sinclair. 3) 5k run/walks in Fort Kent and …
State police seized a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop Wednesday night. A passenger in the car, Joshua Branscombe, was arrested and charged with drug possession and trafficking.

Traffic stop turns up meth, evidence of trafficking

By Julia Bayly on April 30, 2015, at 8:22 a.m.
HOULTON | A Wednesday night traffic stop in town turned up a quantity of drugs, drug paraphernalia and evidence of methamphetamine trafficking, according to the Maine State Police. Joshua Branscombe, 25, was a passenger in the vehicle pulled over around 9 p.m. on Currier Road by Trooper Eric Sucy, …

Bill to transfer St. Francis school to town on its way to LePage

By Julia Bayly on April 29, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
A bill to transfer ownership of the local school to this small community in northern Maine is on its way to Gov. Paul LePage after it passed the senate Wednesday. Under a unique plan, the town would be authorized to lease part of the building back …

Caribou Council again puts off hearing date on secession plan

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on April 29, 2015, at 3:39 p.m.
The Caribou City Council again tabled a vote this week on setting a public hearing date for the Caribou Secession Committee. The most recent proposal from the secession committee was to hold a public hearing on its proposal at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Caribou …

Madawaska schools eye cuts, consolidation

By Julia Bayly on April 29, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
It’s early in the 2015-2016 Madawaska School Department budget process, but Superintendent Ginette Albert already is worried. Albert said preliminary numbers shared with her board Monday show the school department needs to find nearly $500,000 in cuts to the proposed budget on top of $339,000 she already …
Matthew Davis

Man accused of killing Oakfield couple to return to court in June

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
A Houlton man accused of gunning down an Oakfield couple in the fall of 2013 is scheduled to be back in court in June, as attorneys are seeking to suppress some of the statements he first made to police when charged. A suppression hearing in the case …

Burglars target churches in Aroostook

By Jen Lynds on April 27, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
MAPLETON | State Police said Monday that burglars targeted several churches in Aroostook County last week, breaking into the houses of worship and making off with an undisclosed amount of items. State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said in a written statement Monday that the burglaries took place at three …
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