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April 2, 2020

Man charged in Tuesday shooting in Lincoln

LINCOLN - A local man has been arrested after shooting a person Tuesday afternoon. Gerald McLaughlin, 86, has been charged with Class A Elevated Aggravated Assault Use of a Firearm and Theft by Unauthorized Taking after an incident at 22 Camden Drive. The theft involved a firearm from a vehicle.    

Local department turns to community as medical supply shortage hits home

HOWLAND - The town’s Fire Department is turning to the community for help as a nationwide shortage in medical supplies hits home. “We can’t get surgical masks for our patients, so we are trying to make some,” Howland Fire Chief Josh McNally said Tuesday. McNally talked with the NEWS after town officials posted on social media asking for donations of surgical masks. On Monday, the Town of Howland Municipal Page on Facebook simply asked “The Howland Fire/EMS is in need of personal protective masks. If you have any or looking for a project making these we would be thankful.”

Gov. Mills issues stay at home order effective Thursday

AUGUSTA – As the number of coronavirus cases continued to rise, Gov. Janet Mills ordered Mainers to stay at home through April 30 unless traveling for a narrow set of circumstances. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning and is scheduled to last until at least April 30, though Mills can "amend, rescind or renew this timeline at her discretion," the order reads. Additionally, all schools in the state, both public and private, will remain closed until at least May 1, according to the order.

Drop box service available as town takes more precautions

LINCOLN - The town office has continued to implement precautions to protect both employees and the general public as the nation reaches number one in the world for confirmed cases of Coronavirus. On Monday, a post on the Town of Lincoln, Maine Facebook page announced a drop box service now available at the town office at 29 Main Street. “It allows us two-way communication with some people,” Town Clerk Ann Morrison said during a Tuesday interview. “It is an alternative to our online services.”

Food cupboards, schools tackling hunger amid coronavirus pandemic

LINCOLN – With schools temporarily shuttered and businesses and offices closing or reducing hours in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, area organizations continue to provide help for area residents. The Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard, located at 32 Park Avenue in Lincoln, continues to provide help for those in the Lincoln Lakes region.

Officer serenaded after woman arrested for “practicing 007” driving

LINCOLN - A Newport woman was the star of a special version of Carpool Karaoke when she earned a trip to jail last Thursday. Jasmine Rosenbaum, 31, has been charged with Eluding an Officer, Driving to Endanger and traveling more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit following a high speed chase that started in Lincoln and ended in Lowell. Rosenbaum then allegedly sung to Detective Mark Fucile as he transported her to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

RSU 67 educators hand out education packets, computers to help students

LINCOLN – After a brief hiatus, Regional School Unit 67 distributed learning packets to students on Tuesday as the Lincoln-based school district, like others int the region and state, remain closed to students through at least April vacation. The packets were given to students throughout the day on Tuesday at Mattanawcook Academy, Mattanawcook Junior High School and the Ella P. Burr Elementary School.

China, South Korea schools help Lee Academy in distance learning efforts

LEE – When the coronavirus pandemic started spreading, Lee Academy's schools in Shanghai, China and Daegu, South Korea were each quickly asked to change how classes were delivered as physical campuses were shut down. The experience of both schools has helped Lee Academy, which is now in its second week of offering online learning through Google educational products, LA Executive Director Luke Shorty explained on Tuesday.

HAN, KVHC receive funding through federal coronavirus funding bill

Two community-based health centers have received funding through the recently passed Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Maine's two senators announced last week. According to a joint statement from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, Health Access Network of Lincoln received $60,829 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, while Katahdin Valley Health Center in Patten received $65,241. A total of 18 health centers throughout Maine received $1,083,790 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the release notes.

Knights drive-through food drive to begin Monday

LINCOLN - The Knights of Columbus are doing their part to help families in need during the pandemic. Beginning Monday, and continuing every Monday for the month of April, the local chapter will be running a food drive. “You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle,” Mike Ireland, who is organizing the event, said. Ireland said starting at 6 a.m. each Monday, grocery carts will be placed outside of the Knights of Columbus Hall on West Broadway. The carts will remain in place until 4 p.m., with someone checking on them every hour.

Maine government announces tax, court changes as pandemic continues

As Maine continues to battle the novel coronavirus and the related Covid-19 disease, change has been one of the few constants in everyday life. Among those are changes to state offices and deadlines as residents hunker down in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Sanitary District seeking help on Taylor Street easements

LINCOLN – As part of a multi-million upgrade project, the Lincoln Sanitary District is looking to reline sewer lines on Taylor Street. Unfortunately, it appears that there are no easements on Taylor Street properties that will permit the district to perform that work. Lincoln Sanitary District Superintendent Scott Hesseltine has sent notices to those property owners regarding the easements, but hasn't received many responses as of Tuesday.

Races for Enfield, Howland elections continue to take shape

Upcoming municipal elections in both Enfield and Howland continue to become clearer as the deadline to return nomination papers draws closer in each town. Those interested in seeking nomination papers should call their respective town office first, as both are closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Elections in each town are set for June 9.

13-year old boy accused of fleeing from police in stolen car

EAST MILLINOCKET—A 13-year old boy from the Bangor area is facing a litany of charges in connection with an incident last month in East Millinocket when he allegedly fled from police in a stolen vehicle. The teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, is charged with one count each of operating without a license, driving to endanger and failure to stop for law enforcement. Additional charges are possible pending review of the case by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office, and the boy was also charged with unauthorized use of property by the Bangor Police Department for allegedly taking the vehicle that was used in the incident.

Fire and police chiefs give COVID-19 update in Manager’s Report

MILLINOCKET—The COVID-19 or Coronavirus has affected all of our lives, including certain protocols that are now in place concerning social distancing. In keeping the public informed of the latest updates of this pandemic and keeping citizens and public safety workers and personnel safe during these difficult days, Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Tom Malcolm and Police Chief Craig Worster gave the latest recommendations during the Manager’s Report at the regular council meeting on Thursday, March 26. At the present time, there have been no reported cases of the Coronavirus and as such, our emergency system is not in jeopardy. But that could change with just a few cases being reported in the Katahdin area.

Mobilize Katahdin connects people with resources

KATAHDIN REGION – It’s not every day you find yourself in the middle of a pandemic but members of Mobilize Katahdin (MK) realize that the region-wide need for services and factual information has never been higher. The launch of the service last week couldn’t have come at a better time. Mobilize Katahdin originally started out as an effort to provide transportation services to the region said project director Matt Delaney, but then the pandemic of COVID-19 hit and the effort expanded quickly to include connecting other needs to service providers.

Council makes adjustments with COVID-19

MILLINOCKET—With a pandemic that has changed much of the world as we know it and how we do business, so too, with the layout of the town council meeting that was held (yes, it was held as scheduled) on Thursday, March 26 in the Charles Saunders Council Chamber room in the Municipal building. What had changed, in part, was the arrangement of the councilors on the bench; more distance between each councilor sitting behind the bench (five present) and town manager John Davis at a table off of the bench, as well as the town clerk, Diana Lakeman, who likewise sat at a table off of the bench.

Two men arrested, accused of stealing catalytic converter

SHERMAN—Two local men were arrested last week and are each charged with felony theft accused of taking a catalytic converter from a vehicle in Sherman. Chris McNally, 36, and Larry Morgan, 42, both residents of Sherman, were arrested Thursday on one count each of theft by unauthorized taking, which is a Class C felony offense. Morgan was also wanted on a warrant issued out of Penobscot County for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs while McNally was placed on a probation hold as he is currently serving one year of probation from a conviction last year on a felony charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Recycle center at transfer station closed indefinitely

MILLINOCKET—Another example of our lives changing due to the Coronavirus is the shutting down of the recycle facility at the transfer station. While most of the transfer station will remain open during normal operating hours, the recycle facility was recently shut down and will remain closed until further notice, according to Public Works Director Ralph Soucier.

Man charged for alleged violation of no trespass order

MILLINOCKET—A local man was charged last week with criminal trespassing following an investigation into an alleged violation of a no trespass order. Jonathan Grant, 42, of Millinocket was summonsed to appear June 3 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge.

County woman facing two charges from East Mill vehicle stop

EAST MILLINOCKET—An Aroostook County woman is facing two charges stemming from a traffic stop last month in East Millinocket when police received information about a vehicle that was believed to have illegally attached license plates. Amber Hallett, 27, of Haynesville was summonsed to appear July 8 in Millinocket District Court on one count each of attaching false plates and operating without a license.

East Mill police nab local man allegedly driving with suspended license

MEDWAY—A local man was charged recently with operating after suspension when a member of the East Millinocket Police Department spotted him allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle in Medway. Richard Perry, 58, of Woodville was summonsed to appear July 8 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the operating after suspension charge stemming from a March 17 incident investigated by East Millinocket Police Corporal Brad Fitzgerald.

Three orders tabled for further review

MILLINOCKET—In most situations orders for Victualer, Malt, Vinous and Spirituous Liquor, and Entertainment Licenses are passed without objection from the town council. However, during the regular meeting of the town council on Thursday, March 26, three such orders were tabled for further review.

Medway still not meeting; reviewing budgets

MEDWAY – Medway Selectmen spent another week without holding a public board meeting. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee reported that things had “slowed down” at the town office since more and more people are adhering to the local and state rules regarding social distancing and forbidding gatherings of 10 or  more people. With the board’s support, to protect the health of citizens and employees, Kathy Lee closed the town office to the public unless an emergency. She said a drop box for payments and documents is outside the town office. Lee said citizens are encouraged to call the town office 746-9531 for help before deciding to come to the town office.  Most business can be done without public contact.

MRH shares COVID -19 testing and delivery of care guidelines

MILLINOCKET - As the state and nation reel from the Corona virus outbreak, Millinocket Regional Hospital has shared information with the public on directions to follow to minimize the spread to local communities. Bob Peterson, Chief Executive Officer for MRH, released new information Tuesday afternoon accompanied by a message for the Katahdin region. “While the numbers remain low, do not let your guard down – even for a second.  Handwashing and social distancing must be in play for weeks – it’s the only way to slow this down, Peterson said.   “We absolutely expect to see cases here at MRH – it’s not a matter of “if”, it’s “when”.  So while we are fortunate to be working and open for business now, changes will happen as patients present, “ he said.