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October 8, 2020

Bangor man arrested in Lee after trailer home rampage

LEE - A Bangor man with ties to the the area has been charged with domestic terrorizing after a Wednesday morning incident. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Police Department responded to the undisclosed location at 4:15 a.m. after it was reported a man visiting there was impaired, possibly on drugs. Corporal Daren Mason of the Sheriff’s Office said Jason Daszkiewicz, 42, did considerable damage to the home.   

Burlington selectmen continue financial progress as taxes committed

BURLINGTON – Second Selectman John Smith admitted Tuesday that there have been some tough days since he and Third Selectman Fred Curtis were first elected in August. A series of actions, announced at Tuesday's selectmen's meeting, have given Smith increased optimism. "I can tell you there have been some pretty dark days," he said at the meeting. "I think we can hold our heads above water a little bit." The pair shared steps the board has taken to put the town's finances back in order in recent days, including the commitment of taxes, which formally occurred at the meeting.

Man hospitalized in Winn house fire

WINN - Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a house and left a resident with severe burns and injuries. Firefighters from five area departments faced additional challenges of burning propane tanks and a narrow access route as they attempted to quell the flames at 594 Mattakeunk Road on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Howland officials seeking to update two monuments

HOWLAND – Members of the town's select board are seeking the public's help as they work to update a pair of monuments located in the town's Old Tannery Park.
  • The board is seeking the public's help to update the veterans memorial.

  • Plans are also underway to update the Children's Memorial, which was originally made and donated by Betsy Sereyko as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Lincoln man who shot, killed mother indicted

LINCOLN - A local man who confessed to shooting and killing his mother in August has been indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury. Adam Groves, 44, was formerly charged with intentional or knowing murder on Sept. 30. He was arrested on Aug. 19 after killing his mother, Pauline Taylor, at her 940 Transalpine Road home in Lincoln.

Lee man involved in August shooting indicted by grand jury

LEE - A local man who was jailed in August in a shooting incident has now been indicted. Taylor Delano, 27, has been indicted for aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. The formal charges were handed down by a Penobscot County Grand Jury on Sep. 30.

Selectmen to determine if pot dispensary will be placed before voters

ENFIELD - Selectmen are poised to determine the fate of a marijuana business following Monday’s public hearing. The board will next hold a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. to decide if residents get to vote on a medical marijuana dispensary at 98 Bridge Street. Only seven people gathered for the hearing in the parking lot of the town office to ask Jason Cummings and Dennis Lowe about the business proposal. The two were accompanied by their attorney Matthew Dubois.

Accused Lincoln child rapist continues to rack up charges stemming from 2019 incident

BANGOR - Accused child rapist Paul Fiske is facing even more charges following last Wednesday’s Grand Jury hearings. On Wednesday, September 30, Penobscot County jurors added two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor to an already lengthy list of alleged misdeeds. Deputy District Attorney Devon Demarco had said child sex crimes are “a priority for us” when Fiske was originally arrested on October 30, 2019, following a lengthy investigation by the Lincoln Police Department

Howland select board deals with water, sewer matters

HOWLAND – Selectmen worked through a series of water and sewer-related issues at Monday's meeting, including one that Town Manager David Lloyd hopes will settle a long-standing thorn in the town's side.
  • Lloyd offered a potential solution to a long-standing issue of seasonal increases in sewer bills for residents who fill pools or water plants or gardens during spring and summer.
  • The board also voted to elimminate the $39 per quarter charge for sewer stubs that are located on properties but not hooked up.

Department calls all hands on deck as Wednesday windstorm strikes Lincoln

LINCOLN - Last Wednesday’s sudden windstorm kept area firefighters running as several roads were rendered impassible. Fallen trees and branches also tangled in power lines, posing additional risks to drivers and rescue workers alike. “We just got slammed all at once and it was way too much,” Lincoln Fire Captain Kenneth Goslin said, describing the events of Sept. 30.

Condition of Mattamiscontis Road prompts discussion in Chester

CHESTER – The condition of Mattamiscontis Road, a portion of which lies within Chester's boundaries, prompted discussion during a Sept. 28 meeting of Chester's selectmen. LaCombe asked selectmen about plans to deal with a troublesome culvert on the road, something that had also prompted another resident to express concern about its condition and how the town has dealt with the problem.

Concerned citizen leads police to illegal driver

LINCOLN - A concerned citizen’s call led police to an illegal operator Tuesday. Sgt. John Walsh of the Lincoln Police Department said he received a report of a driver “nodding” off at a local pharmacy. “(The witness) reported the vehicle left the Walgreens parking lot and was headed toward McDonalds,” Walsh said. “As I was receiving the report, the vehicle passed me.”

SAD 30 awards Lee-Winn roof bid, aims to delay construction start

LEE – While the School Administrative District 30 board approved Roof Systems of Maine to repair the roof on the Lee-Winn Elementary School last week, work on the project is not scheduled to begin until next spring. Roof Systems of Maine was the lowest of two bidders for the project, offering $457,890 to complete the work, according to information presented to the SAD 30 board at their Sept. 29 meeting.

Paving project bond may contribute minimal increase in taxes

LINCOLN - With the referendum vote quickly approaching, town officials are taking a look at the numbers behind the paving project. On Tuesday, Public Works Director Dennis Bullen said if the $2.5 million loan is approved, residents can expect a $1.40 per 1,000 home increase in their tax bill. “It is a three year project that will be paid back over 15 years,” Bullen said.

Teen airlifted from Katahdin after suffering medical emergency

BAXTER STATE PARK—A 13-year old boy from Aroostook County was evacuated by air from Katahdin Sunday evening after sustaining a medical emergency on Maine’s highest mountain. The teen from Oakfield was airlifted from Abol Trail on Katahdin through the collaborative efforts of Baxter State Park rangers and the Maine Army National Guard, according to Park Director Eben Sypitkowski.

Millinocket mails letters to residents on police, petition concerns

MILLINOCKET—The town of Millinocket last week mailed letters to residents of the community addressing ongoing matters involving the town’s police department, recent citizens’ petition and last month’s termination of Town Manager John Davis marking the most substantive public communication from municipal officials on the issues. Three separate letters were each dated Sept. 25, written on Town of Millinocket letterhead, addressed “To The Citizens of Millinocket” and signed by Millinocket Town Council Chairman Cody McEwen.

Town clerks ready for election, absentee ballot requests

KATAHDIN REGION – With less than a month to the 2020 Election Day, its crunch time for the Katahdin region town clerks. Medway Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said the town has received its absentee ballots and will be sending them out on Monday, Oct.  5. She said the new lock box for submission of those absentee ballots will be set up outside the town office on Monday as well. Citizens can submit their ballots at any time. Lee said the box will be checked regularly.

Millinocket man accused of sexually assaulting, choking wife

MILLINOCKET—A joint investigation conducted by the Millinocket Police Department and United States Border Patrol resulted in the arrest of a 28-year old Millinocket man who allegedly choked and sexually assaulted his wife on at least one occasion as well as allegedly assaulted her multiple times. David Campuzano was arrested last week on one count of gross sexual assault as well as four counts each of aggravated assault and domestic violence assault, according to information provided by Chief Craig Worster of the Millinocket Police Department.

Pair charged with burglarizing local church

EAST MILLINOCKET—Two local individuals were charged with burglary and theft for allegedly breaking into and stealing several items from a local church. Daniel Coon, 21, of East Millinocket and Julia Firth, 21, of East Millinocket were each charged with one count of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking following an investigation conducted by the East Millinocket Police Department.

Primary school property surveyed for potential sale

MEDWAY – Medway Selectmen approved a property survey prepared by Plisga & Day Land Surveyors of the former Medway Primary School land. The town took over the property last year via foreclosure and have had several discussions on what to do with it. The field next to the town office was also part of the foreclosure but not part of the survey.

Council authorizes chairman to sign in place of manager

MILLINOCKET—The town council authorized the chairman to sign and act in lieu of the town manager due to the recent vacancy of Millinocket’s top official. Order #244-2020 gives the council chairman the authority to sign on behalf of the manager’s position until such time as an interim town manager can be hired. The order passed unanimously at a special meeting held on Thursday, October 1. Council Chairman Cody McEwen now can sign necessary paperwork and other duties on behalf of the manager’s position which is vacant due to the release of former Manager Harold R. “John” Davis, who was let go by the council at the meeting held on Thursday, September 24.

Council authorizes hiring of part time office help

MILLINOCKET—The council authorized the hiring of part time help for the office for the month of October and possibly into November. The Order #241-2020 allows the town to hire temporary part time help to complete tasks in the office during this busy time of year. The order passed unanimously. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an election year, work has built up in the office and hiring part time help to assist with the many tasks in a busy office.

Patten man arrested in Millinocket on failure to appear warrant

MILLINOCKET—A report of a catalytic converter being removed from a vehicle in front of a former Millinocket business led to the arrest of a Patten man on a failure to appear warrant. Charles Garton, 41, was taken into custody Saturday by Officer Connor Hrynuk of the Millinocket Police Department on a warrant that was issued when he allegedly failed to appear in Houlton District Court on a charge of operating after suspension.

Man arrested after allegedly hitting juvenile during altercation

MILLINOCKET—A 22-year old Millinocket man was arrested last week on multiple charges after he allegedly hit a juvenile in the head multiple times during an altercation. Travis Carey was arrested following the Saturday incident on charges of disorderly conduct and assault. He was released upon posting bail following his arrest and is scheduled to appear Dec. 9 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charges.

Council approves expenditure of CIRD grant

MILLINOCKET—The town council approved the expenditure of monies from the Citizens Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) at a Special meeting held on Thursday, October 1. The council voted unanimously to approve the order. The CIRD had recently conducted workshops and informative sessions in Millinocket and also during their visit had given a special presentation at the September 24th council meeting. Order #238-2020 gave the council’s approval of the “CIRD Grant expenditures of $629.90 for materials and $1,017.50 for meals from the CIRD Grant.

Local medical marijuana operations receive warnings after inspections

MILLINOCKET—A medical marijuana grow site and a medical marijuana commercial establishment received warnings last week following inspections conducted by local and state authorities. Millinocket Police Chief Craig Worster said that on Friday the department worked with the Office of Marijuana Policy from the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services to ensure medical marijuana operations within the community were in compliance with current regulations.