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JANUARY 17, 2019

Police investigating Lincoln school bomb threat

LINCOLN - Local police are investigating a bomb threat that evacuated Mattanawcook Junior High School Tuesday morning. “No one has been hurt; all students are safe and have been evacuated,” a mass text sent by RSU 67 to parents of children reported shortly after 10:44 a.m. “The Lincoln Police Department and Maine State Police are currently at the school investigating.” Detective Mark Fucile of the LPD was joined by members of the Maine State Police bomb squad after the threat was discovered. Details of the threat have not been released. Bomb-sniffing dogs cleared the building by 1:53 p.m.

Animal control investigating Burlington dog shooting

LOWELL - The town’s Animal Control Officer is investigating a Sunday incident that resulted in the shooting death of three dogs in neighboring Burlington. Arline Smith, who has been the town’s ACO since last April, said three dogs, owned by an unnamed person in Lowell, entered a homeowners property in Burlington at 7:30 p.m. and killed one goat and fatally wounded two others. “The homeowner stated they couldn’t get the dogs off the goats, and one actually went after (the homeowner),” she said during an interview Tuesday. The owner, she said, then fatally shot the three dogs, which are believed to be mixed breeds.

Emotions run high as chair allows rule breach for Masons

LINCOLN - Though the fate of the town office’s occupancy of the Masonic Lodge was not on the agenda, the council chair allowed for discussion on the topic, drawing an emotional response from both the Masons in attendance and a councilor who is also a member of the organization. On Monday, Mason Byron Sanders seemed to retaliate to the council’s consideration of an emergency move due to a failed fire inspection, promising to raise the rent for the town as well as question if the municipality planned to pay for removing everything it had placed in the space it has rented since the early 1900s.

Grant to boost fire protection for outlying homes

HOWLAND - Fire equipment that will be paid for, in part, by a grant earned by the local fire department will be instrumental in fighting fires in more remote locations. Fire Chief Josh McNally said Tuesday the department was been awarded a $2,500 50/50 grant from the Forest Service. The money, which will be added to appropriated department funds, will go toward the purchase of two portable pumps, three radios and a chainsaw. “It makes the fire equipment line item in the budget go further,” McNally said, stating he typically receives the grant annually.

Police to add additional signage following councilor’s complaint

LINCOLN - Police and Public Works will be erecting even more “no parking” signs on School Street after one of the town councilors complained on behalf of a resident who ignored the posted prohibition. “One of our residents got a parking ticket there awhile ago, and he paid it,” Councilor Jeff Gifford said. “He didn’t feel that we have the proper signage. I would like to see the proper signage put up there before we start handing out tickets.”

Lincoln recreation, MJHS benefit from Bailey Trust grants

LINCOLN – Area schools, the town's recreation department and a local youth sports organization are the latest beneficiaries of a trust fund established in memory of a civic-minded business couple. Mattanawcook Junior High School received $53,800 through five grants from the Herb and Ellie Bailey Charitable Trust, according to school officials. Also benefitting from the trust are the Lincoln recreation department and Lincoln Little League.

Clifton man arrested in connection to former Prentiss woman's death

CLIFTON - Police have arrested a local man in connection to the death of a woman, who was found dead in her home Monday morning. Dwight Osgood, Jr., 37, has been charged with murder after Kary Dill, 35, was found dead in her home. Police responded to the 311 Airline Road residence following a 911 call. There they discovered Dill had been shot to death.

RSU 67 superintendent search committee seeking public

LINCOLN – A committee looking for a permanent full-time superintendent for Regional School Unit 67 is looking for members of the public. The Lincoln-based school district is asking for letters of intent from residents of Lincoln, Chester and Mattawamkeag to serve on the search committee. The person chosen to serve on the committee must attend all meetings and will be asked to sign a confidentially form, according to district officials.

East schools lose on subsidy; gain with tuition rates

EAST MILLINOCKET—It’s sort of good news and bad news with the latest financial report from Luci Milewski, business manager for the East Millinocket school department. Milewski gave a report to the school board on Monday, January 14. While the East Millinocket schools will receive less in subsidies from the state this year it is not all bad news, according to Milewski. An update from the Department of Education (DOE) showed an adjustment to the subsidy as of November 27, 2018.

Town trash going to Old Town

MILLINOCKET—The Town of Millinocket is still waiting on the official opening of the Fiberight facility which will be the eventual destination of solid waste disposal. In the interim the Town’s trash is now being directed to Juniper Ridge in Old Town, according to the Manager’s Report at the regular council meeting on Thursday, January 10. “We started hauling trash back to Juniper Ridge in Old Town instead of Norridgewock,” Manager John Davis informed. “We’re expecting to receive three more payments from the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) for transporting trash to Norridgewock.” The total payment during this delay of making use of the Fiberight facility will be approximately $29,000 to Millinocket.

Medway woman facing assault charge for allegedly punching nurse

MILLINOCKET—A 33-year old Medway woman was charged earlier this month with assault for allegedly punching a nurse at a Millinocket health care facility. Christina Irish was summonsed to appear Feb. 6 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the assault charge stemming from the Jan. 5 incident investigated by Officer David Cram of the Millinocket Police Department. According to information provided by Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault, Cram was dispatched to the health care facility for a complaint of an employee allegedly assaulted by a patient.

Millinocket woman busted again for allegedly attaching false plates

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket woman was arrested last week for allegedly attaching false plates to her vehicle just two days after she appeared in district court to answer to a similar charge. Vanessa Smith, 34, was arrested Friday night stemming from an incident investigated by Officer Roy Bickford of the Millinocket Police Department. She is charged with one count each of attaching false plates and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, both of which are criminal offenses, as well as failure to provide evidence of insurance, which is a citation through the state’s Motor Vehicle Violations Bureau. Smith was released on bail from the police station and is scheduled to appear March 6 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the criminal charges.

Cable questions welcomed Jan. 28; plan to be reviewed

MEDWAY – Selectmen met Monday at their new 6 p.m. meeting start time with a short agenda. Citizen Peggy Stanley asked Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee if she could get copies of previous contracts with the town’s cable service providers as the renewal with Charter Communications/Spectrum is coming up. Selectmen will have a public meeting on the proposed contract renewal on Jan. 28 before the regular board meeting.

Driver charged with attaching false plates, failure to produce insurance after traffic stop

MILLINOCKET—What started out as a traffic stop of a vehicle with an expired registration resulted in a Millinocket driver being charged with attaching false plates and failure to produce evidence of insurance. Isaac Berube, 29, was issued the two summonses following a Saturday morning incident investigated by Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault. Berube, who was also warned for operating an unregistered motor vehicle, is scheduled to appear Feb. 6 in Millinocket District Court.

Millinocket motorist charged for operating after suspension

MILLINOCKET—An expired registration sticker on a vehicle led the Millinocket Police Department to a local man who was allegedly driving with a suspended license. Keith Haines, 60, of Millinocket was summonsed to appear Feb. 6 in Millinocket District Court on a charge of operating after suspension stemming from a Saturday morning traffic stop.

East commits taxes, mill rate 32.25

EAST MILLINOCKET – The board of selectmen called a special meeting Tuesday to officially commit taxes. As a result, barring no issues with the town’s tax software, bills will be run Wednesday, Jan. 16 and mailed by Jan. 17. After crunching numbers selectmen agreed to set the mill rate at $32.25 per thousand in value. This is a reduction from last year’s rate of $33.50. This includes an overlay of $129,937 – a number Board Chairman Peggy Daigle called a “good thing,” and Selectman Mark Marston said it was “back to where it should be.” Administrative Assistant Angela Cote said the $1.25 decrease is mainly attributed to using new found revenue to offset some increases as well as some added value to properties in town. She said it was not due to budget cuts, in fact the town budget increased this year as the cost of the fire department was shifted back to taxes rather than ambulance revenues.