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October 8, 2015
Bankruptcy court grants LPT motion for interim financing
LINCOLN – Lincoln Paper and Tissue will be able to continue operating while a new buyer is sought for the mill. In a series of motions granted in federal bankruptcy court last week, Lincoln Paper and Tissue was granted an additional $2.3 million line of credit with Siena Lending Group to help fund the mill’s operation until an auction for the mill is held. Siena is providing about $2.3 million through what is known as “debtor in possession” financing, giving LPT officials the ability to meet payroll, payroll deductions, pay benefit costs (including insurance premiums) and other costs, including union-related deductions, according to court documents.
Area crews deal with heavy rains left by Sept. 30 storm
LINCOLN – The storm that dumped more than 5 inches of rain in Lincoln did cause some scrambling for local crews. In Lincoln, the storm impacted one of the towns major roadways. A pump issue at a Lincoln Sanitary District substation on West Broadway led to some minor flooding on part of that roadway, according to officials. The water overflowed some drainage ditches along a portion of West Broadway, including portions of the driveways of Shooter’s Billiards Bar and Grill, Gillmor’s Restaurant, Walmart and Whitney Outfitters, creating a small brook-like effect for a few hours.
Drug awareness seminar draws 30, future Save A Life forums planned
LINCOLN – About 30 people attended a Tuesday forum on drug recognition and related topics at Gillmor’s Restaurant. The forum, sponsored by the Save A Life task force and the Partnership for a Health Northern Penobscot, featured a presentation by Old Town Police Captain Lee Miller and Brent Watson of Penobscot Valley Hospital’s emergency department, along with questions from the audience. Also attending were Lincoln Public Safety Director Dan Summers and Detective Mark Fucile. The two-hour presentation included information on different types of drugs, how they are taken, signs and symptoms and steps law enforcement uses to detect the presence of drugs, among others.
Howland farm stand attracting customers
HOWLAND – Despite a late start, people have found their way to a farm stand operating Tuesdays in town, according to organizers. Business was steady on Tuesday afternoon as Jen Sine helped customers find produce and collect money at the stand, located next to The Corner Store in the town park, Sine and sister in law Kayla Thompson serve as volunteer operators of the farm stand, which is part of the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s “Mainers Feeding Mainers” program. The farm stand is in its second week of late-season operation in Howland and will be open on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sine explained. The stand accepts cash and electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, allowing residents to select items such as potatoes, squash, broccoli, parsnips, onions, beets, green beans and others, which were among the offerings on Tuesday.
Board asks chief for more fire truck options
MEDWAY – The town of Medway is looking for a fire truck, one to replace the work formerly done by #882. The Pierce tanker was officially taken off the road and its inspection sticker “peeled off” after a large crack in the frame was discovered while it was recently at Timberland Trucking getting brake work done. Selectmen were told last week that technicians from Reliant Fire out of Vassalboro had serious concerns about the frames integrity and upon closer review locally those fears were not only confirmed but “more stuff was found,” reported Fire Chief Jon Buckingham. Selectmen had said they were interested in seeing if the frame could be repaired or replaced but after hearing weeks and weeks of bad news on the condition of the truck they’ve decided to cut their losses and look for a “new” truck.
Crime scene search gives McLain hope of finding Joyce’s killer
EAST MILLINOCKET—An unexpected visit last week by about a dozen detectives and the mobile crime lab from the Maine State Police to the scene where 16-year old Joyce McLain was found murdered more than three decades ago has brought renewed hope to the victim’s mother that her daughter’s killer will soon be found and brought to justice. Authorities were in East Millinocket Thursday searching the 35-year old crime scene along the power lines near the athletic fields at Schenck High School where the teen was found murdered Aug. 10, 1980 two days after she was last seen alive when she went out jogging. Steve McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine State Police, confirmed the search took place, but he declined to release information about what detectives were looking for or what, if any, evidence was found at the location.
Champagne indicted by grand jurors on charges related to meth lab bust
EAST MILLINOCKET/BANGOR—A 23-year old East Millinocket man was indicted last week by the Penobscot County grand jury on multiple drug-related felonies, including a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs stemming from an August bust of a methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory at an East Millinocket apartment. Grand jurors returned two indictments against Nicholas Champagne during last month’s session in Bangor. In addition to the charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, Champagne was indicted on a charge of violation of condition of release in connection with the Aug. 13 bust of the suspected drug manufacturing operation. Champagne was also indicated on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, which is a Class C crime, stemming from a July 8 incident in Medway when he allegedly attempted to hide methamphetamine in his buttocks during a traffic stop. Champagne has been in custody at the Penobscot County Jail since he was arrested almost two months ago. He is being held on a motion to revoke bail from the July arrest while bail on the aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs charge was set at $50,000.
Driver ed. instructor charged for leaving accident scene
MILLINOCKET—A 76-year old Lincoln man who is a driver education instructor was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident following an incident last week when a vehicle operated by a student driver collided with McDonald’s on Sycamore Street in Millinocket. Harry Epp, who owns and operates Katahdin Driving Academy, was issued a summons to appear Nov. 4 in Millinocket District Court on the charge stemming from the accident that took place during the afternoon of Sept. 30. According to information obtained from the incident report of Officer Shawn Smith of the Millinocket Police Department, around 3:30 p.m. he received a call informing him that a vehicle left the scene of a property damage accident at the restaurant. A witness reported a vehicle struck the building before leaving the scene.