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4/10/14

Final decision in year long Mattawamkeag fire department suspensions expected soon

MATTAWAMKEAG —  A final decision on the fate of the firefighters suspended from the town's fire and rescue service is expected soon, the chairman of the town's board of selectmen said Monday. He added that attorneys for the town and Bobby an Lynn Powers continue to work on the matter. Bobby and Lynn Powers were suspended in May 2013 after allegations surfaced that they charged $9,000 worth of gasoline to town credit cards over 18 months. Later firefighter Kira Lane was also placed on unpaid leave for also apparently using the card. The matter was investigated by Maine State Police Trooper Tom Fiske with the results forwarded to District Attorney Christopher Almy who announced in February that he opted against moving forward with a criminal case against Bobby and Lynn Powers. Selectmen have since added policies governing out of town travel for town business, reimbursing employees at 50 cents per mile for times when personal vehicles are used for town business, and changed procedures for making diesel fuel purchases with town credit cards.


Keith Laser hired as new RSU 67 superintendent

LINCOLN — Regional School Unit 67 has reached to Downeast to find its new permanent superintendent. Following a pair of executive sessions at its April 2 meeting, the RSU 67 board voted 10-1 to elect Keith Laser, currently serving as superintendent of schools in Calais, as its next full-time leader. He would replace Ray Freve who has served as interim superintendent since May 2013.


Medway foreclosures are most in years

MEDWAY —  The town of Medway has now joined neighbors East Millinocket and Millinocket in having to deal with foreclosed properties. Normally dealing with one or two property owners with small balances, Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said the current list of five properties with past due taxes totaling over $15,000 is something she's never seen in the 18 years she's worked for the town. The territory is so unfamiliar to Lee and the board that she sought the advice of the Maine Municipal Association and strongly encouraged board members to read up on their rights and responsibilities as the new property owners. Lee is going to schedule a special workshop for the board on handling tax acquired properties, with an attorney present to answer questions. She said the board needs to make sure it's ding what's beast for the town and setting any precedents that will come back to hurt them down the road.


Police probing theft of snowmobiles and parts

MILLINOCKET —  The Millinocket Police Department is investigation an incident last weekend when two snowmobiles plus other sled parts and accessories were stolen from outside a Millinocket motel. Sgt. Aaron Brooker of the Millinocket Police Department was called to the Baxter Park Inn on Central St. shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday when two men men from the Knox County town of Union reported their snowmobiles were missing while two other men from southern Maine reported items were taken from their sleds sometime during the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday. The snowmobiles reported taken were a 2004 Ski-Doo MXZ Adrenaline 600 and a 2005 Ski-Doo Renegade 600.