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9 July 2014

FORT KENT – Police have charged a Fort Kent man with criminal trespassing in an incident on the 4th of July which resulted in $450 damage to one of the police cruisers.

Police Chief Tom Pelletier said police became involved with Gene Charette Jr., age 35 of Fort Kent, when dispatchers received a call from the local McDonald's restaurant at 10:15 p.m. Police responded and asked Charette to leave, which he did. Charette was intoxicated, according to Pelletier.

9 July 2014

FORT KENT – Local police arrested a Pennsylvania man after a fight at the Circle K convenience store on Tuesday night, July 8.

According to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier, police received a report of a fight at 11:45 p.m. between two men.

An officer responded to the scene. According to Pelletier, the fight between Charles Surrells, 24 of Eagle Lake, and Wayne Miers, 28 of Exeter, Pa., began as a result of an altercation at a local bar.

Police arrested Miers and charged him with assault before transporting him to the Houlton jail.

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9 July 2014

CYR PLANTATION - While responding to a report of a previous moose collision, a second moose stepped in front of Maine State Trooper Dennis Quint's Ford Interceptor in Cyr Plantation, injuring the officer.

9 July 2014

CYR PLANTATION – Two women received injuries on Tuesday evening, July 8, after colliding with a moose on Route 1 in Cyr Plantation.

According to a press release from Sgt. Brian L. Harris of the Maine State Police Troop F out of Houlton, Melissa Martin, 26-years-old of Van Buren, was northbound on Route 1 at approximately 11:15 p.m., when a moose crossed the road in front of her. Martin was unable to stop her 2000 Plymouth or avoid the moose.

She struck the animal.

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8 July 2014

FORT KENT - The full force of the Fort Kent Volunteer Fire department responded to an alarm at the Crosswinds Residential Care on Tuesday afternoon, but the facility was free of flames.

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8 July 2014

THE LUPINS AND THE BARN - The beautiful lupin is a common splash of color in June and July in Maine. In recent years, lupin seeds are reemerging as a natural food source. According to the authors of the 1998 book. "Lupins as Crop Plants: Biology, Production and Utilization", users soak the seeds in running water to remove most of the bitter alkaloids and then cooked, toasted or boiled the seeds to make them edible. The image of this bluish purple plant beside a local barn is this week's jigsaw puzzle.  - Andrew Birden image

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7 July 2014

ST. AGATHA – A St. Agatha woman is uninjured after her car plunged into Long Lake on Monday morning.

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2 July 2014

FORT KENT -On Tuesday, July 1, personnel at the U.S. Post Office in Fort kent noticed that someone had damaged the handicapped ramp the provides access to the facility.

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1 July 2014

FORT KENT - An investigation through the Department of Health and Human Services Licensing and Regulatory Division — that ended on March 4 of this year — shows that Peter Sirois, the current CEO of the Northern Maine Medical Center, ordered changes to the medical records of a patient, and documents show he may have misled interviewers from an earlier investigation in 2010 of the same incident.

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30 June 2014

FORT KENT – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a damaged island separating the traffic lanes near the entrance to the Shop and Save parking lot in Fort Kent that occurred on June 27.

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28 June 2014

FORT KENT -The familiar path for crossing into Clair, New Brunswick, from Fort Kent, Maine, has changed because of a zigzag detour leading to the old international bridge.

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26 June 2014

FORT KENT – A Manitoba resident may pay more attention to his surroundings rather than his GPS mapping device after a wrong turn into the United States on Wednesday that resulted in a charge of illegal possession of marijuana.

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26 June 2014

Each week Fiddlehead Focus staff will select one or more pieces found online that may be in the form of a video, image, animation that we find noteworthy. The pieces will explore a variety of topics, and all pieces will be appropriate for every age and audience. Our goal is to shed light on some of the uplifting, funny, educational, and beautiful pieces out in the wild online world that our readers may never see.

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25 June 2014

ST. JOHN VALLEY – With barely six weeks before the big weekend of the Acadian Heritage Air Show on Aug. 9 and 10, organizers have launched online ticket sales to make it easier for people to prepare for the aerial spectacle.

Organizers visited a few of the brick-and-mortar locations on Wednesday, where people can purchase tickets in person. Show organizer Dave Fernald Sr. said, “The purpose of today is to officially launch the online tickets for the Acadian Heritage Air Show.”

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23 June 2014

FORT KENT -Local police are asking for the public's help in locating a $2000 sign that a person or persons took from a location on the Caribou Road.

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21 June 2014

PLAISTED - Fans and spectators who followed canoeists and kayak racers during the Fort Kent Lions Club Second Annual Lions River Run discovered that many non-race related events occured while the competitors in the water vied for the top position.

18 June 2014

FORT KENT – A 17-year-old boy received serious injuries after an accident involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck occurred just outside of the Fort Kent town line on Monday, June 16.

According to a press release from Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine State Police Troop F, a 17-year-old male, driving a 2000 Toyota pickup truck, was following his friend, also 17, who was driving a 1989 Suzuki dirt bike. Both drivers were from Fort Kent.

The vehicles were traveling west on the Marquis Road at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

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17 June 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. - Derek Pelletier, son of Tom and Carol Pelletier of Eagle Lake, graduated from Officer Candidate School and naval aviator training in Newport, R.I. on June 6.