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October 10, 2019

Mill site redevelopment could have lots of economic ripples all throughout local communities

LINCOLN - Construction has not yet started on the cross-laminated timber plant that will be located on the site of the former paper and tissue mill, but already people are discussing what impact the $31 million investment will have on the community beyond the immediate creation of jobs. On Friday, September 27, LignaTerra Global, LLC., announced it would be building its first New England facility in Lincoln. Economic Director Jay Hardy said the plant would be the anchor in a proposed Maine Forestry Innovation Block. Though no other business proposals have been formally announced, during the Friday announcement, a sawmill, biomass facility, solar panel field and learning center were mentioned as potential future developments.     


Howland votes to increase motor vehicle agent fees

HOWLAND – It will cost a little more to register a non-commercial vehicle in Howland. Selectmen approved an increase in the agent fees, allowed by a change in state law, during Monday's selectmen's meeting. Residents will now pay a $4 agent fee for new registrations and to register a vehicle; the fees had been $2 in each category.


Mattawamkeag to seek grant for municipal hall light replacement

MATTAWAMKEAG - The town may be able to offset the cost of replacing the lighting at the municipal building if it can secure a grant. On Tuesday, selectmen unanimously gave their approval for Board Chair John Whitehouse to seek a $3,000 grant from the Natures Conservancy. “What we approved at the town meeting, plus that, I think will be enough to do this (municipal hall) and the office,” he said.


Alleged criminal confesses after caught on camera

LINCOLN - A local man has been charged in connection to an incident at a local department store. Edwin Marrero, 52, originally denied shoplifting allegations, but changed his story after watching video surveillance at Marden’s on Main Street.


Howland selectmen agree to increase town manager's salary

HOWLAND – Selectmen gave their approval of Town Manager David Lloyd's performance to date on Monday night. Selectmen agreed to increase Lloyd's salary by $2,000 and added 20 hours of compensation time after holding a six month evaluation of Lloyd at the end of Monday's selectmen's meeting.


Bad luck, suspicious behavior lead to arrest of former Lincoln man

LINCOLN - A former Lincoln resident is facing a felony Operating after the Influence charge in addition to several others after he crossed paths with local police. Brady Irish, now of Orono, was also charged with Operating After Suspension and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle after a 12:45 a.m. stop last Wednesday, October 2.


Summit Project director raising funds, awareness through trek

LINCOLN – Each year, the Summit Project holds two major events, one hike up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in the fall and another at Baxter State Park on Memorial Day weekend. Greg Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, decided to connect the two events in what is now a 170 mile hike between the summit of Cadillac Mountain and the summit of Mount Katahdin.


Operations committee reports on status of current RSU 67 projects

LINCOLN – A pair of projects are moving closer to completion, the Regional School Unit 67's operations committee reported last week. Committee chairwoman Dianne Buck updated the full board at its Oct. 2 meeting on the progress of a storage shed and a new boiler at Mattanawcook Junior High School.


Howland couple kick off local Wreaths Across America drive with Oct. 5 event

HOWLAND – After transporting Maine wreaths to be placed on the gravestones of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 2017 and 2018 with partner Dean Loupin, Tami Colbath knew that she had to continue with the Wreaths Across America mission locally.


EMPD to advertise Medway officer position, accepts seized assests

EAST MILLINOCKET – After receiving a copy of the newly signed and updated police contract with the Town of Medway, East Millinocket Selectmen approved the job posting of a full-time police officer whose primary duty will be to work in Medway. Medway voters approved the $50,000 increase in the contract at a special town meeting two weeks ago and the Medway Board of Selectmen approved the new police contract at its previous meeting.


Medway board seeks to make all town owned rec areas smoke free

MEDWAY – After listening to Assistant Recreation Director Troy Bouchard’s report on the summer season, Medway Selectmen agreed to get more information on making the state boat landing at the rec area a non-smoking area. The town owned rec areas are already smoke free. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said she wasn’t sure how to go about making the boat landing smoke free, or even if the town could, but she’d gather more information and bring it back to selectmen for their review.


Millinocket man on the run since last year arrested on warrant

MILLINOCKET—A 57-year old Millinocket man who has been wanted on a felony warrant for the past year and a half was caught by police Sunday evening. Dino Merritt was taken into custody on a warrant that was issued last year when he allegedly failed to appear in court on multiple felony charges. Merritt was located by Officer Shawn Levasseur of the Millinocket Police Department and was transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where remained incarcerated as of Monday morning.


Festival of Trees project looking for donations

EAST MILLINOCKET – A new festival is planned for this winter – Katahdin Festival of Trees – and organizer Canaan York needs help. York met with the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen to update them on the festival and ask for any type of financial assistance. Like any new event, York explained, there is a need to provide funding to get it off the ground. He plans on future festivals to be self sustaining but is looking for some help with this one.


Millinocket man accused of driving drunk after collision with unoccupied vehicle

MILLINOCKET—A 37-year old Millinocket man was arrested last week for operating under the influence following a two-vehicle accident when the pick-up truck he was driving collided with an unoccupied pick-up truck. Owen Ross was arrested Friday on the operating under the influence charge stemming from the accident that took place that evening. Ross was released from custody upon posting bail at the Millinocket police station following his arrest and is scheduled to appear Nov. 6 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge.


Medway man facing multiple charges from alleged police pursuit

MEDWAY—A 31-year old man from Medway is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident last month when he allegedly fled from police during an attempted traffic stop. Joshua Bell is facing charges of violation of bail, failure to stop for law enforcement, driving to endanger and operating without a license stemming from a Sept. 9 incident in Medway. Bell turned himself in to the Penobscot County Jail last week after being sought by police in the weeks since the incident.


Motorist accused of failing to report Millinocket accident

MILLINOCKET—A 30-year old Millinocket man was charged for allegedly failing to report a motor vehicle accident when his car stuck a parked pick-up truck in the Little Italy neighborhood of Millinocket. Brock McGrath was summonsed to appear Nov. 6 in Millinocket District Court on a criminal charge of failure to report accident by quickest means. He was also issued a citation through the Maine Motor Vehicle Violations Bureau for having an expired inspection sticker.


Crash leads to operating after suspension charge for Palmyra woman

MILLINOCKET—A motorist from Somerset County was charged last week with operating after suspension stemming from an accident last week in downtown Millinocket when she backed into a vehicle before accelerating and striking a building. Penny Gorman, 69, of Palmyra was summonsed to appear Nov. 6 in Millinocket District Court on a charge of operating after suspension in connection with the Oct. 2 accident investigated by Sgt. Michael Winslow and Officer Elizabeth Jasper, both of the Millinocket Police Department.


Millinocket man arrested after allegedly violating protection order hours after being served

MILLINOCKET—A 41-year old Millinocket man was arrested late last month accused of violating a protection order hours after being served with it. Rudolph Wissley was arrested Sept. 26 for the alleged violation. He was also charged with violation of condition of release and transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.


Woman arrested for domestic violence assault accused of punching man

MILLINOCKET—A 38-year old Millinocket woman was arrested recently for domestic violence assault accused of punching a man during an altercation inside a local residence. Melinda Dube was arrested during the early morning hours of Sept. 27 and transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. She is scheduled to appear Nov. 6 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge.