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November 24, 2016

Five area fire departments critical in saving Enfield home

ENFIELD – Captain Mike Houde of the Howland Fire Department credits the quick response of multiple mutual aid partners in saving a trailer home from complete destruction last Thursday morning, but the Howland team had an advantage: Captain Thurlow Harper. “I know this house,” Harper said. “It’s my cousin’s house.” Firefighters from five communities responded to a 10 a.m. fire, with initial reports indicating there may be a person inside the building after a neighbor spotted smoke pouring from under the rafters and two vehicles sitting in the driveway on Old County Road. Harper, who was one of the first people on scene and the first of three to enter the building, said the front door was locked so he was confident the house, which belongs to Terri and Dale Ireland, was empty.

Afternoon stroll ends with second drug arrest in two weeks

LINCOLN – A Passadumkeag man had his afternoon stroll interrupted by Lincoln police Saturday, only to find himself headed to jail for a second drug violation in two weeks. David Adams, 32, of Passadumkeag was caught with a one-pot methamphetamine lab in his back pack as he walked past Drinkwater’s store on West Broadway shortly before 1:30 p.m. On November 8. “Officer (John) Walsh recog-nized Mr. Adams and believed he had bail conditions so he conducted a random search and test,” Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said Sunday.

Convicted meth maker back in jail after traffic stop

HOWLAND – A Lincoln man who was arrested twice in one week this past spring is back in jail after State Police discovered methamphetamine in his possession during a traffic stop. Jared Lovett, 29, has been charged with Operating After Suspension and Unlawful Possession of a Scheduled Drug following a stop on Water Street in Howland Thursday.

Howland selectmen seek meeting with CES over transfer station easement matter

HOWLAND – Selectmen are seeking answers about permitting efforts for a proposed transfer station on Lagoon Lane after learning that a required setback letter from a neighboring land owner was not needed after all. Selectmen asked Town Manager David Wilson to invite Travis Noyes of CES Inc., as well as the company's president, Dennis St. Peter, to explain why thousands of dollars were spent to obtain a letter from Verizon that state law later showed was not necessary. "It ain't right," Chairman Tom Hunter said during Monday's selectmen's meeting. Several months ago, Noyes told selectmen that CES, which submitted a permit before the Department of Environmental Protection, needed a letter from Verizon, through American Tower Corporation, stating that the town had an easement in order for the proposed new transfer station's location to be approved. Wilson said he received a phone call from DEP officials advising him that time was running out on the town, which is looking to resubmit an permit application for the potential new site. Wilson said he contacted American Tower officials to have the easement agreement letter expedited. He also was part of a later conference call where he learned that, after a further review, that the easement letter was not needed after all.

Fender bender results in charges from Lincoln Police Friday

LINCOLN - A minor accident near Health Access Network on West Broadway resulted in charges for a Lincoln man as he did not have a valid driver's license. John Parker Jr., 30, of Lincoln, was charged with Operating Without a License after he pulled out onto West Broadway and struck a passing motorist. "Mr. Parker stated he was attempting to pull back into the driveway when his vehicle stalled," Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said. "He stated he did not have a license." Officer John Walsh responded to the crash at 2:42 p.m. Friday. A quick investigation determined that Parker had been issued a permit in 2004, but it expired a year later. "He never had a license," Fucile said.

Nearly 60 attend Lincoln economic development session

LINCOLN – Nearly 60 people gathered at Northern Penobscot Tech Region Three on Nov, 19 to start developing a plan for the town's future economic development. William Davis, chairman of the town's economic development committee, told the group that he hopes they will all return after the holidays to start tackling solutions. "We are not finished," he said as the nearly five hour session wound down. The gathering included business leaders, town officials, citizens and others gathering to begin the process of developing a long-term economic strategy. Led by Bill Diggins, chief executive officer of Health Access Network, attendees spent the first part of the day defining issues surrounding Lincoln's economic development efforts and prospects.

Revitalization: recreation slated as an economic engine

EAST MILLINOCKET—Maine is known as Vacationland. And with good reason. The state as a whole has been a destination place for vacationers for several generations. People travel here for many reasons: the beauty and grandeur of the vistas, camping and hiking opportunities, and recreation are among the many choices that draw vacationers. So, it really should not be any surprise that tourism, and specifically, recreation would be an economic engine that could potentially boost the economy in the Katahdin area. Sure, there are the naysayers who claim that they don’t want “trinket” jobs in the area. But is that what tourism and recreational opportunities all about? The third in the series of Revitalization for the Katahdin area took place on Thursday, November 17 at the Eastern Maine Community College satellite campus, also known as Katahdin Area Training Educational Center (KATEC). Approximately 90 people came out for this forum.

East Board gets rid of two ambulances

EAST MILLINOCKET – After the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen quickly re-elected Mark Scally as the board’s chairman, Fire Chief/Ambulance Supervisor Les Brown met with them to discuss the status of three ambulances in his fleet. The chief said one of the ambulances has been parked behind the public safety building and has been used solely for parts and he’d like to keep that one for that. However, he has two others he’d like permission to dispense of. Brown explained that the two ambulances are 2006 models; one was received by the town when it took over ambulance services for Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln. The only caveat in receiving the vehicle was that it had to be donated to another service if the town decided to get rid of it.

Man with multiple prior OUIs busted

MILLINOCKET—A 65-year old Millinocket man with multiple prior convictions for operating under the influence was arrested last week after he allegedly drove a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Roderick Cote Sr. was arrested for operating under the influence following the Friday night incident. He was released upon posting bail at the Millinocket police station following his arrest with a summons to appear Jan. 4 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge.

Millinocket man gets jail time after sex offender registration violation

MILLINOCKET—A 48-year old Millinocket man who was convicted more than a decade ago of multiple sex crimes was sentenced to serve 48 hours in jail after pleading guilty earlier this month to one count of failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act when he was found living in the community without meeting sex offender registration requirements as mandated by state law. Murray Gorham was also fined $700 following his guilty plea Nov. 9 in Millinocket District Court. He faced up to one year in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000 on the charge of failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which is a Class D crime as defined by Maine law.

Driver charged in crash that injured Millinocket teens

MILLINOCKET—A 17-year old Millinocket teen was charged with driving to endanger in connection with a single-vehicle accident last month involving four Stearns Junior-Senior High School students. Deputy Investigator Kyle Wilson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office said the male teen driver, who was 16-years old at the time of the crash and whose name was not released because he is a minor, was issued a juvenile summons on the driving to endanger charge stemming from the Oct. 20 crash that occurred on the Millinocket Lake Road north of Millinocket in the unorganized territory of Township 1 Range 9. Wilson declined to release further information about the charge, including the court date, because the driver was a juvenile. Wilson previously stated speed was a likely factor in the crash, during which the driver and two passengers, both 16-year old males, none of whom were wearing their seat belts, were ejected from the 2005 Mazda sport-utility vehicle that rolled over three or four times before coming to rest on its tires. The vehicle’s fourth occupant, an 18-year old male, was wearing his seat belt and was not thrown from the automobile during the crash.