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AUGUST 9, 2018

“Human element” factor in Fleming Street fire

LINCOLN - Investigators of the state Fire Marshal’s Office stated a “human element” is believed to be a factor in a fire that damaged the building housing Wilson’s Rental and We Connect early Tuesday. A gas leak at the Big Apple, which neighbors the Fleming Street property, is also being investigated in connection to the fire. Sgt. Scott Richardson of the Marshal’s Office did not confirm it was an arson investigation or comment further.

Airport manager’s legacy economic driver for town

LINCOLN - When Public Works Director David Lloyd took over the responsibility of the town’s airport in 2001, he had big plans, the least of which to make the facility self sufficient. Today, those plans are fully in motion as Lloyd prepares for a series of projects that will bring the facility into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration safety standards, and by doing so, allow for revenue-generating projects. “That will be my legacy,” Lloyd said. “When we make this airport self-sustaining, I will have achieved what I set out to do.”

Former selectman returned to office in Chester special election

CHESTER – A former selectmen has been returned to office following a special election on July 30. Roscoe Tash Sr. received 72 votes in the special election, held at the Marianne Municipal Building, while Christina Tash received 24, for the vacant first selectman's seat. The first selectman's seat had been held by Greg Jordan, who stepped aside on June 1, according to town officials.

Lincoln man gets one year for coffee caper

BANGOR - A Lincoln man who fled from police when being questioned about an alleged theft was sentenced to a year in jail for the crime Tuesday. Kai Weatherbee, 28, who was sentenced for Felony Theft in Bangor Superior Court by Justice William Anderson, was initially confronted by Sgt. John Walsh on May 30 after video surveillance at Enfield Road store High Street Market indicated he had stolen a small canister of Folgers coffee. Weatherbee also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Early morning explosions lead police to fireworks violation

LINCOLN - A Katahdin Avenue man has been summonsed for a civil violation of the town’s, and state’s, firework ordinance after a Lincoln officer was able to hear them in his cruiser on Adams Street. Daniel Burrill, 44, also received a verbal disorderly conduct warning for the incident after Officer Seth Burnes had warned him once, hours before the 1:49 a.m. Saturday incident, to stop.

RSU 67 panel to review superintendent candidates

LINCOLN – With the deadline for applications now passed, a committee tasked with finding a new permanent superintendent will now begin its work in earnest. A total of nine applications were returned by the July 31 deadline, Interim Superintendent Ray Freve told the full school board at its Aug. 1 meeting. He said that others had expressed interest, but did not return an application before the deadline. The next step will be for the committee to look at all applications and determine which candidates to interview, Freve explained.

Former Enfield Town Manager Theresa Thurlow recalled

Whenever she was at a difficult time in her life, Cathy Hazleton knew that Theresa Thurlow would be there to offer support. "Theresa picked me up and dusted me off," Hazleton said Tuesday when recalling Thurlow, who died on Aug. 4 at the age of 76. A committal service will be held at the Lincoln Cemetery, located on Park Street, on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend, according to an obituary published in this week's Lincoln News.

Recovery coaches newest tool in fighting addiction

LINCOLN - While local and state law enforcement continue to crack down on drug dealers in the greater Lincoln area, scoring five arrests since a rash of overdoses plagued the area last month, another local group is fighting the epidemic by offering help to those who want to get sober. In January, Save A Life, Inc, was able to use grant money to train some of its volunteers to become recovery coaches. This month, the program is going live town-wide. “We are ready, willing and able to work with people ready to be in recovery,” said Cathy Moison, SAL Treasurer and liaison to the recovery coaches.

Change to state subsidy formula to benefit RSU 67 taxpayers

LINCOLN – An adjustment by state education officials should provide some good news to local taxpayers, interim Superintendent Ray Freve noted last week. Freve told the Regional School Unit 67 board that a change was made to the mil rate towns must raise to receive state subsidy. Districts built their 2018-2019 budgets with a local mil rate pegged at 8.51. However, the mil rate has been lowered to 8.48, meaning that taxpayers in Lincoln, Chester and Mattawamkeag collectively have to raise about $12,000 less than previously expected, Freve reported. The $12,000 will be returned to the towns, Freve explained, with assessments for all three towns adjusted accordingly.

Man arrested after bringing chainsaw to ATV fight

STACYVILLE - A local man remained in jail Tuesday after an argument over ATV access allegedly culminated in his bringing a chainsaw to another man’s residence Monday afternoon Tadd Hamel, 41, has been charged with Assault and Criminal Mischief after allegedly kicking and putting a woman in a headlock before returning with a chainsaw and cutting down a post near the victim’s well on Katahdin Street at 3 p.m. The move also cut the power to a pump and left the homeowner without water.

New appointments approved at school board meeting

MILLINOCKET—As summer begins to wind down the positions begin to fill up as the Millinocket school system prepares for another year. The school board met on Tuesday, July 31 to approve a speech pathologist and an Ed Tech position and extra-curricular appointments. Dorothy Friel had already been hired in previous years a speech pathologist; but with the departure of one position the contract has been adjusted to account for that change in personnel. Friel will now be contracted at nine hours a week or the equivalent of a day and a half. The board approved with a unanimous vote.

Man arrested twice in five days for alleged bail violations

MILLINOCKET—A 48-year old Millinocket man was arrested twice in a span of five days recently for allegedly violating his bail conditions by being at an Aroostook Avenue residence. Samuel Fauteck was arrested July 24 and again July 28 each time on a charge of violation of conditional release. Each time he was transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, and Fauteck is scheduled to appear Sept. 5 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charges.

Medway signs on to joint comp plan; public meetings TBA

MEDWAY – After months of uncertainty the efforts to complete a comprehensive plan for Medway were solidified Monday when selectmen contracted with Eastern Maine Development Corp. (EMDC) to create a plan. The cost of the contract is $17,000 and will be paid for by money already raised to support the former volunteer comprehensive plan committee and money the town receives for economic development provided by KARE. Vicki Rusbult, director of community services for EMDC, welcomed Medway and told them that by working with EMDC to create a plan, the town is joining efforts that will produce a regional comprehensive plan that is groundbreaking and exciting for state officials.

Millinocket man accused of punching roommate’s dog

MILLINOCKET—A 27-year old Millinocket man was charged last week with cruelty to animals after he allegedly punched his roommate’s dog. Garrett Cullen was summonsed to appear Sept. 5 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge stemming from an incident reported to the Millinocket Police Department early in the morning of July 30.

Katahdin Region Broadband moving forward

KATAHDIN REGION – Tri-town municipal officials met last week with Our Katahdin Community Development Director Lucy Van Hook and Maine Development Foundation’s Robert O’Brien to continue discussions on the formation of a regional broadband utility to be called the Katahdin Region Broadband Utility. MDF has been contracted to provide help with the facilitation and creation of the utility.

School board approves money for project

MEDWAY—The Medway school board approved nearly $32,000 for the ongoing project improvements to the campus. The $31,387 is coming in at a far less cost than the $80,000 that had been earlier estimated from Emera to bring updated and new power onto the school property to enhance needed improvements with the capital campaign project. Part of the estimated costs would be for trees to be cut for a new power line, poles set up, stumpage removed, installation of wires and other work to be done. The board believes that the work can be done and not impact home games for soccer during the fall sports season, according to Superintendent Dawn Pray.

Dog owner charged after alleged canine attack

MILLINOCKET—A local man was charged with keeping a dangerous dog after his dog allegedly attacked another canine outside a Millinocket business. Ronald Buffington, Jr., 24, of Millinocket was summonsed to appear Sept. 5 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge stemming from the July 29 incident.

Early morning loose dogs lead to charges for Millinocket man

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket man is facing a pair of charges after his two dogs made their way more than a mile from home and into the backyard of an Eastland Avenue residence. Wayne Cote was summonsed to appear Sept. 5 in Millinocket District Court on charges of dog at large and keeping a dangerous dog stemming from the July 28 incident.

Visitor kiosk move explored, easement given

MEDWAY – Selectmen considered a proposal by local businessman Galen Hale to move the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce’s kiosk that currently sits in the Circle K parking lot to the Medway Recreation Area. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee explained that Irving has asked that the kiosk, which hasn’t been used in years, either be moved or it will be destroyed and removed. Kathy Lee said. Hale, who is a member of the KACC Board of Directors, has proposed the move and has the support of Selectman John Lee who is also a member of the BOD. Hale is proposing to move the building himself if the town can’t or won’t and said he’d like to set it up at the rec area. His proposal includes fixing the small building up, adding plants and a couple of Adirondack chairs. Inside it would have information on the region and its businesses provided by the KACC.

Woman charged with criminal trespass accused of violating order barring her from Hannaford

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket woman was charged recently with criminal trespass accused of violating an order prohibiting her from entering Hannaford in Millinocket. Patricia Sheehan was summonsed to appear Sept. 5 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the criminal trespass charge. According to information from Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault, Officer Shawn Smith was dispatched to Hannaford on July 24 around 4:15 p.m. in response to a complaint that Sheehan allegedly violated the no trespass order that she was served last year after she was charged with shoplifting at Hannaford. The order barred her from the supermarket.