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OCTOBER 23, 2014

Fire at Prentiss camp investigated by fire marshall’s office

PRENTISS – State investigators are still probing the cause of an Oct. 18  fire at a Tucker Ridge Road camp that drew firefighters from several area towns. While the fire was first thought to be a possible methamphetamine lab, investigators later ruled that out, but not before several firefighters were sent to area hospitals to be decontaminated. The fire was first reported at about 10:30 p.m. to area firefighters, according to reports. Allan Smith, Kingman’s assistant fire chief, was the first firefighter to arrive at the camp.

Lincoln town council candidates speak at candidate forum

LINCOLN – Eight of the nine town council candidates gathered at the Golden Key Senior Center last week to make their case for one of two open three-year seats. The forum, sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, drew about 30 people to the center’s Main Street location, with candidates answering questions from the chamber’s board and audience members answered. Incumbent Marscella Ireland was joined by Thora House, Jeff Gifford, Gilberte Mayo, Jamey House, George E. Edwards, Matthew Berry and Grant Polomsky for the forum, while current Town Council Chairman Stephen Clay was unable to attend.

Veteran members Coombs, Peters named as Mattawamkeag fire, EMS chiefs

MATTAWAMKEAG – A man familiar with the fire department’s operations has been once again tapped to lead it. Selectmen voted Tuesday night to appoint Mike Coombs as fire chief and Beth Peters as emergency medical services chief during their regular meeting, following a 10 minute executive session.

Chester to hold special election to fill vacant selectman’s seat

CHESTER – A special election will be held in mid-December to replace the town’s first selectman. Pat Kein has resigned due to a job commitment out of state and his fellow board members opted Monday to hold a special election to fill his seat, noted Town Clerk Molly Snowdale. The election will take place on Dec. 15 at the Marianne Municipal Building, with nomination papers available starting Oct. 28, Snowdale said. Signatures of at least 25 registered voters must be returned to the town office by Nov. 7, she added.

Police raid meth lab at East Millinocket apartment, two arrested on felony drug trafficking charges

EAST MILLINOCKET—A man and woman from East Millinocket are each facing a felony drug trafficking charge after law enforcement officials from multiple agencies raided a suspected meth lab at an apartment on Main Street in East Millinocket. According to a press release jointly issued late Tuesday night by Chief Cameron McDunnah of the East Millinocket Police Department and Commander Peter Arno of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Beau Pelletier, 31, and Cynthia Burley, 33, were both arrested Tuesday and charged with one count each of trafficking in schedule W drugs, methamphetamine, a Class B felony offense as defined by the Maine Criminal Code. Pelletier and Burley were arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by the East Millinocket Police Department with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

East Mill School Board trims $143,000 from budget

EAST MILLINOCKET—The joint school boards of East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville met on Oct. 14 for a regularly scheduled meeting with nearly 50 residents and board members attending the session held in the library at Schenck High School. Trimming the East Millinocket school budget for 2014-15 was a top priority in the uncertainty of the times that continue to challenge area towns and school systems. From the non-payment of back taxes from Great Northern Paper meaning loss of revenue to wrestling with cutting programs and/or positions within the school system remain challenges for the school board.

Speeding vehicle leads police to summons felon allegedly possessing firearm

EAST MILLINOCKET—A traffic stop for a speeding vehicle Thursday on Route 157 in East Millinocket resulted in criminal charges for two Knox County men, including one, a convicted felon, who received a felony summons for allegedly possessing a firearm. Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department said Allen Mank, 57 of Cushing, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class C felony as defined by the Maine Criminal Code. Giberson said Mank was found to have a prior felony conviction for burglary a number of years ago making it illegal for him under Maine law to possess any firearms.

East Millinocket Board sets town meeting for Oct. 28

EAST MILLINOCKET – The East Millinocket Board of Selectmen signed the special town meeting warrant for the school budget for Oct. 28, 6 p.m. at Schenck High School. This will be the fourth school budget considered by the town since June. The secret ballot budget validation vote will be conducted Nov. 4 during the state and federal election. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Selectmen said they would move to set the mill rate and commit taxes as soon as the town office was ready to do so after the Oct. 28 meeting.

Quenten Clark announces resignation as AOS 66 superintendent effective March

EAST MILLINOCKET—The veteran educator who has overseen schools in East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville for nearly four years announced last week he is stepping down from the position early next year. Quenten Clark, superintendent of Great Northern AOS 66, submitted his resignation during last week’s joint school board meeting effective March 31, 2015. Clark has held the position since December 2010 when he took over for interim  Superintendent Omar Norton, and since then has served as the top administrator of the alternative organization structure comprised of the three towns.