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February 4, 2016

Sprinklers limit damage from fire at LMJ Enterprises

LINCOLN – Investigators from the state fire marshall’s office are still determinng the cause of a Jan. 29 fire at a Main Street business. A sprinkler system helped limit damage to the fire at the LMJ Enterprises building, according to Public Safety Director Dan Summers. Lincoln firefighters were first alerted at about 6 a.m., according to Summers. First firefighters arriving at the scene noticed fire coming from the rear portion of the building that caught fire in April 2015, noted Rob Hendrick, the department’s public information officer.

Information meeting on West Broadway widening set for Thursday

LINCOLN – Town officials are seeking the public’s input on the upcoming widening of West Broadway at a Thursday meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the town office, located at 63 Main Street, and is designed to allow the public to ask questions and offer comments on the proposed design of the project, according to a public notice published in the Lincoln News. Representatives of the Sewall Company, which is designing the project, will also be on hand, according to town officials.

Lincoln man sentenced to 18 months in jail on drugs and firearms charges

BANGOR  – A Lincoln man will spend 18 months behind bars for having firearems while also unlawfully using controlled substances, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Elehanty II. Bruce Smith, 60 of Lincoln was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock on Jan. 27 after entering a guilty plea to the charge in August 2015, according to Delahanty.

Bangor man sentenced to 32 months in jail for death of PVHS graduate in Hermon crash

BANGOR – A Bangor man will spend 32 months in prison in connection with a June 18, 2015 crash that killed a Penobscot Valley High School graduate. Keith Austin, 23 of Bangor entered a guilty plea to manslaughter and aggravated criminal operating under the influence charges at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Monday. He was later sentenced by Justice William Anderson to 10 years in prison, with all but 32 months suspended, according to reports. Austin must also pay $1665 in funeral expenses to the family of Nick Frenette, who was killed in the crash, and serve four years probation.

Medway wood stove sparks fire that destroys shed, wood shop

MEDWAY—A Saturday afternoon fire destroyed a combined storage shed and wood shop located on the property of a Medway residence causing approximately $10,000 worth of damage to the structure and contents, but the actions of firefighters from five area departments prevented the blaze from spreading to the nearby house. Chief Jon Buckingham of the Medway Fire Department said the incident at 955 Pattagumpus Road was reported around 1:20 p.m. The call initially came in as a building fire with the person reporting the blaze spotting it from across the street but unsure of where it originated on the property.

Board concerned about Homestead ‘tax shift’

MEDWAY – The news wasn’t good for the Medway Board of Selectmen but Town Treasurer Myra Jewers said she wanted the board “prepared.” The increase in the Homestead Exemption this year, going from $10,000 to $15,000, is going to cost the town about $1.1 million in taxable value meaning the mill rate is going to increase even if the budget remains flat. “This is just the way it is,” Jewers said, “it’s the state tax shifting to the max.” She said the town’s small businesses and properties that don’t qualify for the Homestead are going to be hit particularly hard and there isn’t a thing the town can do.

Auditor’s report indicates positive results for Council and School Board

MILLINOCKET—Both the Millinocket School Board and Town Council met in the Stearns Junior-Senior High library last week to hear the results of the auditor’s report for fiscal year 2015. The reports were presented by auditor Roger Lebreux, a representative from Runyon Kersteen Ouelette. For the school department, some of the expected revenue was lost when three students moved into Millinocket from unorganized territories. Once these students were within town limits, they were no longer paying tuition, according to Lebreux. The general fund revenues also saw a decrease as the school department had anticipated more international students than actually attended. Those factors resulted in $57,475 less revenue into the school system than had been budgeted.

Millinocket man indicted for felony theft

BANGOR—A 50-year old Millinocket man was indicted last week on a pair of felony charges stemming from an incident last fall when he allegedly stole checks from a Medway business where he worked, wrote them as payable to himself by forging the owner’s signature and cashed them. Kurt Lyons was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury during its January session in Bangor on one count each of forgery and theft by unauthorized taking, according to information from the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. The charges are each Class C felony offenses as defined by the Maine Criminal Code each carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.