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October 27, 2016

Driver charged after running over pedestrian at gas station

LINCOLN – A Mattawamkeag man has been charged with Aggravated Driving to Endanger, a Class C Felony, after running over a pedestrian at the Big Apple on Fleming Street. Jonathon Odom, 56, was also charged with Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance after he struck Patricia Pace, 77, of Springfield, with such force she was thrown into the air and her shoe was knocked off. “He was operating at a very high rate of speed for a parking lot,” Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said. “The accident is still under investigation.”

HAN: Former employee inappropriately accessed patient information

LINCOLN – Information of some Health Access Network patients was improperly accessed by a former employee earlier this year, according to the health center's chief executive officer. Since HAN learned of the situation in August, the health center has learned that the medical records of fewer than 500 patients had been improperly accessed, noted Bill Diggins, HAN's chief executive officer. Letters have been sent out to patients whose records were accessed, apologizing for the incident and asking patients to examine accounts to ensure that there is no suspicious activity.

Milford man arrested after threatening to crush girlfriend's skull

LINCOLN — Less than a week after townspeople gathered to commemorate victims of domestic violence and walk to raise awareness, a Lincoln man threatened to crush his girlfriend's skull with a pair of hammers after he allegedly stole $200 from her purse. Jacob Gordon, 26, of Milford and Lincoln was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault and Criminal Threatening after his girlfriend confronted him about missing money from her purse. Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said Gordon had two hammers, one in each hand, and allegedly placed one on each side of his girlfriends head and said he was going to "cave her skull in."

Council narrows town manager search, interviews to start in November

LINCOLN – Councilors have narrowed the 22-person field of town manager candidates down to just six qualified applicants, with interviews to begin the week after the November elections. Interim Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Tuesday councilors decided to wait until after the elections to allow any newly elected town representatives the opportunity to be involved in the process. “We have six candidates to interview,” Daigle said. The idea to allow the new council to be involved in the process was first presented by Councilor DeDe Trask during last Monday’s regular meeting. Trask, who along with Curt Ring, is not seeking re-election but felt it would be important for anyone elected to get in “on the ground floor.”

Town's rocky relationship with gravel pit owners may lead to travel ordinance

PASSADUMKEAG - Selectmen will be investigating a possible travel and parking ordinance for the town as a result of numerous complaints about dump trucks operating at unsafe speeds and causing unnecessary wear and tear on the Ridge Road. "I'm still complaining about the road  out there," resident George Dooley said during Wednesday's regular selectmen's meeting. "I don't know if there is any way those trucks can go slower than cars." Dooley told the selectman during the citizen forum portion of the meeting that the narrow road and speed of the vehicles was creating a dangerous environment. "If the owner of that company could come to one of these meetings so we could maybe discuss it," he said. "Those guys are definitely making all kinds of money and all we are doing is losing our property value. "They have turned that country road into a nightmare," he said. "To me, it is a nightmare living out there. I would never move out there again."

Howland voters to be asked to use $30,000 in undesignated funds to cover SAD 31 assessment shortfall

HOWLAND – Due to an error regarding the town's School Administrative District 31 assessment, residents will be asked to take $30,000 form undesignated fund balance at a special town meeting on Nov. 21. The special town meeting will start at 6 p.m. and will be held at the town office and could include other articles. Town Manager David Wilson noted that the town's assessing agent, Garnet Robinson, factored in a 2.5 percent increase in the town's assessment to SAD 31, noting that the budget had not been voted on at the time of Howland's annual town meeting referendum vote. As it turned out, Howland's assessment of $804,274.13 increased by a larger amount, Wilson said, leaving a $30,000 shortfall in the town's SAD 31 bill. Wilson noted that a call from Robinson to SAD 31 officials was not made. Wilson said that the money would have to be taken from the town's undesignated fund balance to make the payments. "It needs a (public) vote and (the SAD 31 bill) has to be paid," Wilson said.

Speed likely factor in crash that seriously injures Millinocket teens

MILLINOCKET—Speed appears to be a factor in a Thursday afternoon single-vehicle crash involving four Millinocket teenagers, three of whom were ejected from the sport utility vehicle that rolled over multiple times on the Millinocket Lake Road. Deputy Investigator Kyle Wilson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office said the three teenagers, none of whom were wearing their seatbelts, were “very lucky” to be alive after being ejected from the vehicle. The fourth occupant was wearing his seatbelt and was not ejected during the crash. All four male teenagers are students at Stearns Junior-Senior High School. Wilson stated the three teenagers who were thrown from the vehicle had injuries ranging from what he characterized as “severe,” “major” and “minor” while the fourth individual walked away without any physical injures. He said all of the teens walked under their own power to the ambulance at the scene and were transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital. One of the teenagers who sustained severe injuries was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor while the teen with major injuries was transported by ambulance to EMMC.

Millinocket man charged with failure to comply

MILLINOCKET—A 48-year old Millinocket man who has multiple prior convictions for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact was charged last week with failure to comply with the registration requirements of the Maine Sex Offender Registry. Murray Gorham was summonsed to appear Nov. 9 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge of failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which is a Class D crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000.

Recreation complex dedicated to Clukey

EAST MILLINOCKET – Selectmen took a few minutes at the beginning if their weekly meeting Oct. 18 to thank outgoing Recreation Director Frank Clukey for his 40 years of service to the Katahdin region and present him with a plaque that will be put up at the town’s recreation complex next to Schenck High School recognizing his dedication to the region. Each board member took the opportunity to personally thank Clukey for his commitment to the area’s children and his efforts to provide recreational opportunities for all ages. Board Chairman Mark Scally said he appreciated Clukey’s efforts in combining the recreation departments during his tenure, first with Medway and then with Millinocket. He said he believed Clukey was the right man for the job at that time and used his experience to work through issues as they arose.

Selectman discuss church, truck update, new treasurer for Medway

MEDWAY – Selectmen received mixed news on the status of the Old Medway Church Monday evening. Kathy Lee said she had spoken with someone from Nickerson and O’Day from Bangor regarding the Old Medway Church. It appears that an interior beam has collapsed/cracked and that has caused structural damage and created the water and structural problems. In other business, Fire Chief Jon Buckingham said he had finally had a chance to speak with Ken LaPorte of Ken’s Autobody regarding the body work that needs to be done on Engine 882. There are significant rust spots that need to be addressed if the vehicle is going to remain in service long term. Buckingham said LaPorte was somewhat confident he could do the repairs for under $3,000 but only if there aren’t any major surprises or issues when he gets into the job. Selectmen plan on using approximately $2,200 that was left over from a suspension repair job to put towards the body work. Selectmen adjourned to a workshop to talk about what qualifications they want  in a town treasurer. Current Treasurer Myra Jewers is retiring Feb. 3, 2017 so the town has begun the process of hiring a new one. Selectmen want to give the person enough time to train and be ready when Jewers is gone so applications will be accepted until Nov. 14. A complete job description can be obtained at the town office or on the town’s website at www.medwaymaine.org

Area agencies preparing for disaster with mass casualty training exercise

MEDWAY—When a critical disaster strikes in the Katahdin Region or the Lincoln Lakes area, will trained personnel be on hand and have the capability to handle the situation? It’s really not an “if” situation, but a time of when it will happen. Knowing how to handle difficult situations ahead of time will enable emergency personnel and other critical centers of response to evaluate and put in place those pieces of the puzzle that needed to be in place before the situation occurred. While it may be nice to know when a disaster will strike, that is seldom a known factor. In the absence of any precise knowledge, then the next best option is having drills to prepare for potential hazardous situations for which there is advance notice. Recently, in Millinocket and Lincoln, decontamination (Decon) training took place. The next logical step calls for regional emergency responders and facilities to sit down at the table and discuss what the appropriate response should be given a hypothetical scenario. On Oct. 17, a Mass Casualty Incident Tabletop Exercise took place at the Medway Middle School. Firefighters, paramedics, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, police and ambulance, and representatives from Millinocket Regional Hospital and Penobscot Valley Hospital personnel gathered to discuss how each would respond in a given situation and what the interaction would be in the event of such a disaster. Michael F. Grant, emergency response training coordinator, was on hand from the Maine Emergency Management Agency to facilitate the evening’s training. The objectives of the planned scenario were to give each department or responders training and awareness to discuss the ability to respond to a mass casualty exercise; discuss the ability to determine the need for a hazmat response; discuss the ability to triage, transport and account for victims; discuss the need to setup, manage and tear down a Decon tent; and discuss the ability to perform Decon.