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March 25, 2021

Police find no credible threat in Wednesday bomb threat; incident turned over to school for investigation   

LINCOLN - An incident at the junior high school that forced an evacuation has been turned over to school officials for further investigation. Noon Wednesday, March 17, students at Mattanawcook Junior High School were forced to evacuate due to a bomb threat. The students were transported to a safe location while law enforcement investigated the call. “We searched the building and didn’t find anything,” Lincoln Police Chief J.D. Sparks said Tuesday. “We determined it wasn’t a credible threat.”


 

Lincoln man accused of slaying mother to be arraigned Friday

BANGOR - A Lincoln man accused of killing his mother will be arraigned this Friday, March 26. Adam Groves, 45. has been in jail since his August 19, 2020 arrest for allegedly shooting and killing Pauline Taylor, 63, in her Transalpine Road home. Groves had been living with Taylor for less than a month when the incident occurred.


Winn residents amend budget at annual town meeting

WINN – A small but engaged group of residents ultimately approved a $262,554 municipal budget at the March 15 annual town meeting. A larger group cast write-in votes for a selectman and three members of the School Administrative District 30 board before the meeting. The biggest change to the budget was the rejection of Article 24, which asked residents to take $94,000 from the town’s tax increment financing funds to pave three-tenths of a mile of North Road.


Chester board okays upgrades, mulls door repair at monthly meeting

CHESTER – Repairs and upgrades were among the topics covered at Monday’s monthly meeting of the board of selectmen. • The board agreed to a pair of projects that will qualify for Efficiency Maine rebates once completed and save the town money over time. Pine State Electric will install two heat pumps, one in the main office space and another in the meeting room, according to one proposal, while Gilman Electric will install LED lighting inside the building. A second proposal was received regarding the LED lighting, but would have required the town hiring a electrician, Kester explained, which would have added to the cost.


Resident, council discuss Cambolasse Watershed lake levels during public hearing

LNCOLN - The public hearing on the water levels of the town’s second major watershed drew much more attention Monday, though the proposed numbers may remain similar to what they have historically been. Residents attended Monday’s meeting both remotely and in person to express their concerns about the water levels in the Cambolasse Water Shed. The water bodies affected are Long Pond, Stump Pond, Egg Pond, Caribou Pond and Cambolasse. To determine the appropriate summer and winter water levels, eight criteria were used: Public Access, Shoreline Protection, Water Supply, Protection from Erosion, Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Water Quality, Protection from Flooding, Power Generation and Downstream Flow.


Man burned in Chester fire succumbs to injuries

PORTLAND - A Chester man who was airlifted to Maine Medical Center after being injured in a fire has died. Joel Beach, 48, was badly burned after a fire broke out on the porch of his Chester home Monday, March 15. Beach was attempting extinguish the flames when he was badly burned.


Second suspect charged in last Wednesday’s Lincoln crash

LINCOLN - A second suspect allegedly involved in a noise complaint and subsequent crash on Lake Street has been charged. Michael Mota, 40, was summonsed for both Operating Under the Influence and Driving to Endanger by Bangor Police on behalf of the LPD.


RSU 67 board approves Sarah Hainer as full-time MJHS principal

LINCOLN – The Regional School Unit 67 board agreed to make Mattanawcook Junior High School’s interim principal its permanent one last week. Following an executive session at their March 17 meeting, the board removed the interim tag from Sarah Hainer’s title, making her the school’s full-time principal starting July 1. They also approved a salary of $85,500, as well as associated benefits, as part of the motion, which passed by an 11-0 margin. Hainer has been serving as the school’s interim principal since Dec. 3, when she was moved to the position by the board. Chris Cowing, who had served as the school’s principal since August 2013, resigned effective Nov. 19, 2020 due to personal reasons, Superintendent Jean Skorapa said at the time.


Lincoln man charged in last week’s knife incident was stabbed by victim

LINCOLN - A local man who was charged with Domestic Violence Assault last week in a knife assault was actually stabbed by his victim. More details about the Tuesday, March 16, incident was released by local law enforcement this week.


SAD 31 board gives co-ahead for spring sports season

HOWAND – After dealing with pandemic attendance limits for most of the 2020-2021 school year, school districts can welcome fans back to high school sports events this spring, School Administrative District 31 Athletic Director Gerald Hutchinson explained last week. After hearing from Hutchinson, the board unanimously agreed to allow for spring sports to move forward for the 2021 spring season. Hutchinson reported at the board’s March 17 meeting on the results of a recent Maine Principals Association committee meeting regarding the spring sports season. “It will be a normal spring, with a few exceptions,” he explained during the SAD 31 meeting, held virtually via Zoom.


Two charged with attempted theft from local discount store in separate incidents

LINCOLN - Despite its local reputation of being the downfall of would-be thieves, two more shoppers learned the hard way that Marden’s Surplus and Salvage is not the place to go for illicit shopping sprees. On Tuesday, March 16, Jackie McLaughlin, 43, of East Millinocket became the first alleged shoplifter to be apprehended last week by the Lincoln Police Department. McLaughlin was allegedly filmed placing items in her sweatshirt as well as in bags of merchandise already paid for.


SAD 30 board approves first reading of transgender student guideline policy

LEE – A state-mandated policy moved one step closer to adoption Tuesday night. The board voted 7-2-1 to approve the first reading on policy ACAA-A, which provides guidelines for transgender and gender non-conforming students. The policy was originally set for a second reading, and adoption, when the board met in late January, but objections were raised, led by board member Roger Ek of Lee, which led to the policy being tabled. The policy was tabled a second time last month when the board did not have a quorum to legally conduct business.


RSU 67 board resumes budget workshop schedule

LINCOLN – The Regional School Unit 67 board resumed its series of budget-related workshops during the last week, looking to hold to its original goal of having the required final votes in late May and early June. The second such workshop, covering the adult education, facilities, technology, trans-portation, school nutrition program and district office budgets, was held on Tuesday night via the Zoom teleconferencing application.


Linscott raises questions about inability to use jails

EAST MILLINOCKET – Now that the East Millinocket Police Department is covering three towns, East Millinocket Selectman Clint Linscott said the number of people being arrested has grown but capacity at the Penobscot County Jail has not. Selectman Clint Linscott said during a recent joint operation with the US Border Patrol the police department was able to arrest numerous drug suspects but couldn’t take them to Penobscot County Jail because the jail wasn’t taking any more individuals. He said some had to be transported to Piscataquis County and others to Wiscasset.


Drost brings nearly two decades of experience to East Mill PD

KATAHDIN REGION—One of the newest members of the East Millinocket Police Department brings nearly two decades of federal and local law enforcement experience to the Katahdin Region. Nathan Drost recently joined the East Millinocket Police Department as one of the force’s new full-time officers. He has more than 18 years of experience after starting his career as a member of the security forces in the United States Air Force. Drost served in a variety of roles, including military training instructor, traffic management collision investigator and criminal investigator. During his time in the military, Drost earned a bachelor’s degree as well as two associate’s degrees.


Millinocket man charged after crash that knocked over business sign

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket man is facing a pair of charges stemming from an alleged motor vehicle crash that knocked over a sign of a local business. Clayton Fowlie, 44, was charged with one count each of failure to report accident by quickest means and failure to notify owner of property damage accident. He was summonsed to appear June 9 in Millinocket District Court.


Snowmobile accident sends person via LifeFlight for treatment

KATAHDIN REGION—A recent snowmobile accident south of Baxter State Park resulted in one person being transported via LifeFlight for medical attention. Few details were available about the accident that occurred on the morning on March 12. Baxter State Park Director Eben Sypitkowski said the accident happened south of the park on the Old State Road. He said one patient was flown from the scene by LifeFlight helicopter.


Local man accused of stealing from Augusta church

AUGUSTA—A Katahdin Region resident ran into trouble with the law in Maine’s capital city where he allegedly stole items from a church. Brock Malone, 45, of East Millinocket was charged March 17 in connection with an incident investigated by the Augusta Police Department.


Millinocket Memorial Library has major impact on community: $4 million in 5 years

MILLINOCKET—Perhaps there could have been no clearer indicator of the worth of a town’s public library than the outcry of citizens when the Town Council made the announcement that it intended to defund the library. Patrons and citizens came to the rescue to state in their belief and experience that the Millinocket Memorial Library was worth saving.  An outpouring of sentiment and a plan by library volunteers and the Friends of the Millinocket Memorial Library (MML) joined forces that soon put an end to the Town’s decision to erase the library from the Town budget.


Planning board to discuss zoning change

EAST MILLINOCKET – The East Millinocket Planning Board will meet Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in the selectmen’s office. A zoom link will provided if requested. Those interested can contact the town office for the link. Administrative Assistant Angela Cote said the meeting will concern the change of zoning and the addition to the schedule of uses for town zoning that have been requested by the board of selectmen.


Sherman motorist involved in I-95 crash

SHERMAN—A Sherman man escaped injury in an accident last week on Interstate 95 that sent an Aroostook County woman to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. According to information provided by Corporal Chuck Michaud of Maine State Police, the accident occurred around 7 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Oakfield.


Citizens wanting vaccinations asked to sign up with MRH now

MILLINOCKET – Millinocket Regional Hospital staff celebrated the success of two more vaccination clinics last week – one that provided the second doses to more than 300 citizens and first doses to another 340 citizens. Each vaccinated individual brings the region one step closer to a return to some kind of normal, they said. Last Friday’s clinic was extra special for staff including MRH Infection Preventionist Todd Phillips, RN, BSN, MPH as word came from the state CDC that the age for vaccination had been lowered to any Maine citizen aged 16 or over will be eligible beginning April 19.