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MARCH 26, 2015

Mattawamkeag voters aprrove sale of Carl Troutt School for pellet mill

MATTAWAMKEAG — The former Dr. Carl Troutt School could come to life once again soon, after voters approved its sale to a Gorham developer who plans to convert the school into a wood pellet manufacturing facility After approving the sale of the building for $50,000 to David Kidwell of Gorham, the plan now will be placed before the town's planning board. A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for April 1 in the town's municipal building.


Lincoln woman arrested on theft charge

LINCOLN — Police have arrested a local woman who is accused of using someone else's credit card without their permission. According to Detective Mark Fucile, Katie Smith, 24, of Lincoln has been charged with felony theft, falsifying physical evidence and possession of a hypodermic needle. She was arrested on Monday and taken to the Penobscot County Jail on the charges, according to Fucile.


Lincoln man faces felony charges in pencil stabbing case

LINCOLN – A local man faces felony charges after a March 11 stabbing incident at a West Broadway home where he was staying, according to local police. Troy Niles, 25, of Lincoln was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and criminal threatening in the case and faces a June 11 court date at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.


Lincoln police arrest two on new charges

LINCOLN – A local woman has been cited for violating parole after testing positive for marijuana and oxycodone last week. According to police records, Megan Voisine, 26, of Lincoln, was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail for the new charge and faces a May 5 court date in Lincoln District Court. A Millinocket man who was recently arrested three times in the Katahdin region found himself in more legal trouble on Monday. According to a report, Officer Walsh received information about Malone, who did not have a valid driver's license and pulled him over. Malone was cited for not having a valid inspection sticker, not having proof of insurance, driving after his license was suspended and driving an unregistered vehicle greater than 150 days, according to the report. The registration charge is a criminal one and Malone is scheduled to appear on May 5 in Lincoln District Court.


East Millinocket Board signs legislative resolve

EAST MILLINOCKET – When the mill went down in 2011 the town of East Millinocket was able to access “sudden and severe” cash from the state in time to help with town budgets after local and state legislators lobbied to have the normal waiting period dismissed. East Millinocket Board of Selectman Chairman Mark Scally said the town, as well as other mill and “one horse” towns would again like to access the additional state money that comes with a loss in value now rather than wait the three years as described in state law. To that end, East Millinocket has teamed up with other towns who have lost their major industry to lobby the legislature to change the way it does business. To help get their voices heard, selectmen signed a resolve entitled “Resolve to Modify the State Valuation of the Town of East Millinocket to Reflect the Loss in Valuation of the Great Northern Paper Company within the Town of East Millinocket,” to support a bill submitted by representatives from Bucksport that asks state law be amended to allow that a catastrophic loss in value to that community be recognized by the state the next year.


Near whiteout conditions lead to multi-vehicle wreck on I-95

TOWNSHIP 2 RANGE 9—Slick roadways and near whiteout conditions contributed to a multi-vehicle crash with three separate incidents Sunday afternoon on Interstate 95 south of Medway. A total of six automobiles, including two passenger vehicles, three tractor-trailers and a plow truck from the Maine Department of Transportation, were involved in the wreck, according to Lt. Sean Hashey of the Maine State Police. The incident was initially reported around 2:15 p.m. at mile marker 238 northbound of I-95 in Township 2 Range 9 approximately six miles south of the Medway exit.


Area fire departments to brainstorm solution to low manpower quandary

KATAHDIN REGION—When an emergency call goes out dispatching Medway firefighters to an incident, Chief Jon Buckingham never knows how many members of his department will respond to the scene. In Buckingham’s eyes, it is a problem not unique to Medway but one that is found throughout the state and country as fire departments, particularly those of the on-call variety, are battling low staffing issues. It’s a problem Buckingham hopes to start addressing this week when municipal officials and fire department leaders from five area communities come together Thursday night for a regional meeting in East Millinocket. “There is no guarantee with a paid on-call department like ours whether you’re going to have someone show up or not,” said Buckingham. “With people working out of town and people being retired, it’s hard to find people. It’s not a Medway problem. It’s not a state problem. It’s happening across the country.”


Millinocket town leaders say no to national park letter in 6-0 vote

MILLINOCKET—Members of the Town Council rejected a proposed letter that would have been sent to Maine’s Congressional Delegation and the area’s state legislators regarding requirements Millinocket would want included in enabling legislation for a possible national park/national recreation area in the region. With Councilor Anita Mueller absent during Thursday’s meeting, the Millinocket Town Council voted 6-0 against authorizing the letter, which was only slightly changed from the initial draft that went before councilors at their Feb. 12 meeting when they opted to table the measure for one month until last week’s session.