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February 13, 2020

One man killed, another injured in Lincoln crash

LINCOLN - A local man was killed in a car crash Thursday that hospitalized his passenger. Police said Tuesday that Michael Dutton, 46, was driving his Subaru Forester north on Main Street when he apparently lost control near 687 Main Street.    

Residents recognized for potential life-saving effort

LINCOLN - A local couple received special recognition for their actions during a December fire that officials believe ultimately saved lives. Councilors and Public Safety Officials took time during Monday night’s regular Town Council meeting to commend the efforts of Thomas and Christine Huffstetler during a December 11 chimney fire on Libby Street.

Enfield board looking at upcoming sewer costs

ENFIELD – With neighboring Howland looking to potentially add another water and sewer department employee, Enfield Town Manager noted one possible way to fill the gap. During Monday's meeting of the board of selectmen, Frazier told the board that one idea being discussed with Howland is using the services of Enfield public works employee Deven Ireland.

Howland voters give authority to move ahead with new fire station

HOWLAND – A new fire station and town office complex is closer to reality following approval at a special town meeting Tuesday evening. By a 33-5 vote, Howland voters gave the town's select board the authorization to move forward with the project, including soliciting and awarding bids and construction. "It's a major step for the town of Howland," Town Manager David Lloyd said following the town meeting.

Passadumkeg selectmen, clerk clarify weapon permit procedures

PASSADUMKEAG – Selectmen and their town clerk clarified procedures for dealing with concealed weapons permits during last week's meeting of the board. Town Clerk Theresa Jipson noted that the town has put a hold on issuing such permits since 2018. She added that she has accepted information from applicants but had gone no further without direction from the board.

Howland FD awarded Fire Chief Association grant

HOWLAND - The local fire department will see their money reach further this year after being awarded a $2,297 grant. On Monday, Fire Chief Josh McNally said his department was selected by the Maine Fire Chief Association’s Forestry Committee’s matching grant. The funds will help offset the cost of 10 containers of foam, coats, pants, a chainsaw, four sections of hose and four radios.

Special town meeting set for Pleasant River Lumber TIF

ENFIELD –  Pleasant River Lumber is looking to expand operations at its Enfield location, looking to bring about 13 jobs to a mill that would specialize in smaller diameter wood. The company is seeking to create a tax increment financing district as part of its plans, which would shelter the increased value generated by the mill's expansion from certain state and county calculations that could impact property taxes.

Councilors debate trash fees, pass nepotism policy

LINCOLN - There will now be a nominal fee to dispose of certain wood materials as town officials look for ways to offset the rising cost of running the transfer station. On Monday, Councilors unanimously approved the town’s fee schedule, which included a $5-per-yard charge (roughly a pickup load) to dispose of composite wood and pressure treated wood at the transfer station. The materials cannot be burned per state law and must be thrown in the hopper, adding to the total tonnage cost.

Big Apple battle ends in assault charge for Lincoln man

LINCOLN - A local man is facing an assault charge after an altercation at a Fleming Street convenience store. Timothy Mushero, 35, was charged after a confrontation at the Big Apple on Monday, February 10. Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said Tuesday Mushero and another male were at the convenience store to make a purchase when the victim arrived.

Two charged after attempting to abscond with alcohol

LINCOLN - Two local men are facing charges following a January shoplifting incident at a local drug store. Chris Bean, 18, has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of possession of alcohol by a minor after stealing liquor from Walgreens on two occasions. Edwin Ritchie, 22, has also been charged with theft as result of a January 28 incident.

Second person arrested in 2018 Lincoln vandalism and business fire

LINCOLN - A second man has been arrested in connection to a 2018 fire that damaged a Fleming Street business and as well as a propane leak at a nearby convenience store. Mathew Richardson, 19, was arrested by Lincoln Police Monday on a sealed warrant.

RSU 67 board to vote on MA football direction on Feb. 26

LINCOLN – Facing a Feb. 28 deadline from the Maine Principals' Association, the Regional School Unit 67 board will vote on the direction of Mattanawcook Academy's football team at its Feb. 26 meeting. The board will be asked whether MA should remain as an 11-player program or opt into Maine's eight-man program at that meeting, Superintendent Jean Skorapa explained on Tuesday. In the event of snow, the meeting will take place on Feb. 27.

RSU 67 to offer free lunch, breakfast for all students in 2020-2021

LINCOLN – Students in all three Regional School Unit 67 schools will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free starting with the 2020-2021 school year. The RSU 67 board unanimously voted to offer free breakfast and lunch for students at Ella P. Burr School, Mattanawcook Junior High School and Mattanawcook Academy starting with the next school year.

Fire miscues cleared up, parking lot concerns expressed

fighters harder and harder to come by these days it is especially important that neighboring departments keep the lines of communication open. That’s what Medway and Mattawamkeag Fire are doing said Medway Fire Publicity Officer Celina Charette. Charette said she and other members of MFD, including Chief Aaron Lee, met with Mattawamkeag fire officials to clear up misinformation and misunderstandings between the departments. She said issues were put on the table and resolved and a new commitment to meet more regularly and train together was made.

Golieb to run against Senator Collins

MILLINOCKET—The crowd of candidates vying to unseat Senator Susan Collins just got a little bigger. Steve Golieb of Millinocket announced that he is a candidate running against Collins. Golieb will run against the republican senator as an independent candidate. Collins has run into the ire of many constituents due to recent votes concerning the appointments of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, as well as her voting record concerning the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.

Millinocket man indicted for domestic violence assault

MILLINOCKET/BANGOR—A 39-year old Millinocket man was indicted recently by the Penobscot County grand jury on a felony charge of domestic violence assault stemming from a November incident when he allegedly attacked his female companion during an altercation inside a local residence. Galen Thibodeau was indicted by grand jurors on a one-count indictment for domestic violence assault, which is a Class C felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison based on his prior criminal history.

Grand jury indicts man on two charges for alleged alcohol theft

MEDWAY/BANGOR—A Medway man was the subject of a two-count indictment returned recently by the Penobscot County grand jury stemming from an incident last summer when he allegedly stole alcohol from a neighbor’s garage. Christopher Richardson, 25, was indicted by grand jurors on one count each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.

Resident seeking maintenance help on private road

MEDWAY – Should the Town of Medway take ownership of a private road to ensure the continued safety of the current taxpaying homeowners (and potential future residents) living on the road? Medway citizen Justin Page met with the Medway Board of Selectmen last week to present a “couple of ideas” regarding the dirt road portion of Tyler Street in Medway – the road on which he has lived for the last five years.

Board discusses rec committee need, purpose

MEDWAY – Assistant Tri-Town Recreation Director Troy Bouchard, who serves as Medway’s recreation director as well, met with selectmen to express his concerns about the lack of participation from members of the town’s recreation committee. Bouchard said he is requesting a change in the by-laws that reduces the number of committee members from seven to five in the hopes of getting a quorum (which would then be three members) at each meeting so the committee could officially meet. However, when asked by Selectman Jim Michaud how many committee members regularly attend now Bouchard said “two” so even with the reduction he may still not get the three needed. Bouchard agreed.

Budget, broadband study, informational meeting moving forward

EAST MILLINOCKET – With budget season here Board Chairman Peggy Daigle said she’s been researching what other communities are giving in terms of raises. She said it appears that anywhere between two and three percent are being given. Daigle has long talked about developing a wage scale that is both competitive and fair in the region. She said the town needs to provide incentives for employees to stay and be happy in their jobs. However wages are only one portion of the budget, albeit a large one and selectmen will be staring the budgeting process along with the various department heads.

East Mill police warn residents about odd fox around community

EAST MILLINOCKET—Residents in East Millinocket are asked to be on the lookout for what was described as an “odd acting” fox in residential areas of the community. The fox was reported to be acting in an aggressive manner approaching homes and people in town, according to information provided by the East Millinocket Police Department on its Facebook page. Police have been working with the Maine Warden Service concerning the animal.

Millinocket woman accused of giving name of former companion during New Year’s Day arrest

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket woman is facing multiple charges, including a felony count of aggravated forgery, after she allegedly provided the name of her former companion when she was arrested on New Year’s Day. Stephanie Ingalls, 34, was charged with one count each of operating under the influence, operating after suspension, failure to give correct name and violation of condition of release as well as the Class B felony aggravated forgery charge, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She was summonsed to appear next month in Superior Court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Teen accused of making threat with knife when confronted about stolen cash register

MILLINOCKET—A 13-year old boy is facing a pair of charges stemming from an incident earlier this month when he allegedly threatened a male household member with a knife when he was confronted about being in possession of a cash register he is accused of taking. The teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was issued juvenile summonses to appear April 8 in Millinocket District Court on one count each of theft by unauthorized taking and criminal threatening.