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JUNE 7, 2018

Howland continues its push for excellence with new tech

HOWLAND - It has been an interesting, and somewhat sudden, growth for a rural fire department over the last two years. A growth that saw the station climb from a handful of part-time medics and firefighters to a 24-hour a day, seven day a week staffed station, running three ambulances that make money for the town. That growth continued last week, as the department continued to stay on the cutting edge of technology with the acquisition of special cameras that attach directly to the team’s air packs. Cameras that only a select, small handful of stations in the country have, and perhaps none of those as small as Howland.

Abrupt closure of long time Lincoln business a surprise to many

LINCOLN - A business with a long history and its roots in this community closed its doors last Friday with no warning. The service plaza at the Daigle Oil Company's service station/convenience store was sectioned off with traffic cones, and a simple sign that read "We are closed" was posted on the door of the facility with no further explanation for the reason.

New guidelines, tax forgiveness could pay off for town

HOWLAND - Last year, Town Manager David Wilson was faced with an unsolvable problem. The town had $40,000 in unpaid property tax and because the debt was committed to a prior manager, he could do nothing, legally, to collect it. It was old debt, too. Eighteen accounts that had gone unpaid since 2012. Most had stopped paying, claiming the system was unfair, with no consistency on how taxes were assessed. Others thought they qualified for tax relief programs, but were informed they did not, or they simply were not informed of the programs at all.

Lakeville woman indicted for domestic incident

BANGOR - A Lakeville woman who allegedly held a gun to her husband’s head in February, has been formally charged for the incident. Roberta Kelly, 59, has been charged with Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon, Domestic Violence Assault, Obstructing Report of a Crime or Injury and Refusing to Submit to Arrest by a Penobscot County Grand Jury.

Move for transparency could reveal increased budget

LINCOLN - Residents may see a slight increase in their property tax if the proposed budget passes, partly because budget committee members and councilors have decided to be more open about how much it actually costs to run a municipality. Since 2012, wages and other expenses have been paid for with Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, accounts, and not through the normal process of money raised through taxes. During Monday’s first Fiscal Year 2019 Budget public hearing, the council and attendees were presented with a budget where the wages were included.

Woman recovering after car rolls over her

LINCOLN - A local woman is recovering from a hip injury after her car rolled over her Monday morning. Destiny Ketchem, 18, was taken first to Penobscot Valley Hospital and then Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for hip and possible spine injuries after the 9:30 a.m. crash.

SAD 31 budget decreased further at Tuesday meeting

HOWLAND – An already decreased budget for School Administrative District 31 was lowered even more during Tuesday's annual budget meeting in the Hichborn Middle School multipurpose room. As a result, one of the five towns (Howland) will see its assessment reduced from the previous year, while assessments in the four other towns will have smaller than expected increases.

Howland selectmen vote to turn per diem medics to full-time positions

HOWLAND – Selectmen opted Monday to convert two per diem medic positions into full-time ones following a 30 minute executive session. The change, Town Manager David Wilson explained later, was made to reflect what has been actually happening. The medics, Wilson said, have been working what amounts to full-time hours already as the town's ambulance service continues to grow. Another benefit, he explained, is that the medics, as per diem employees, could opt to not work a particular shift, though that has not happened in Howland.

Man faces extradition following theft investigation

LINCOLN - A Massachusetts man is being held at Penobscot County Jail in Bangor while awaiting extradition after an investigation by local police uncovered he had a warrant from Illinois. Christopher Boggia, 37, of Malden was arrested last Wednesday, May 30, when police investigating an alleged theft at the Verizon store on West Broadway learned he was wanted for failure to appear on drug charges in another state.

Plans for possible Lee-Winn addition revealed at May 31 forum

WINN – An architect designing a potential addition to the Lee-Winn Elementary School estimated the cost of the project at $3.3 million during a May 31 forum. Architect Steve Blatt of Portland explained to the roughly 30 people who attended a May 31 forum that the project would house students ranging from 4 years old to eighth graders.  He also showcased drawings for an addition to house grade 5-6 students in the building, with an estimated cost of $2.3 million. Voters in Lee, Winn, Springfield and Webster Plantation will be asked on June 12 to borrow money to build the addition to bring all district students under one roof.

Road rage incites multi-vehicle chain reaction crash

MILLINOCKET—Two local motorists were charged in connection with a recent multi-vehicle chain reaction crash on Central Street in Millinocket that damaged three automobiles and injured two people with the incident incited by an alleged bout of road rage. Kyle Troxell of Woodville was charged with failure to maintain control of motor vehicle while Jerry Bulley of Millinocket was charged with following too close stemming from the May 24 accident.

Woman arrested for DV assault after calling police on her husband

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket woman who called police to report she was assaulted by her husband found herself under arrest when it was determined she was the predominant aggressor in a Thursday evening incident at a Knox Street residence. Tracey Hamm was arrested for domestic violence assault based on an investigation conducted by Millinocket Police Officer Marty Legassey. Hamm posted bail at the Millinocket police station following her arrest with a summons to appear July 18 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge.

East Mill man accused of stealing almost $4,000 by unauthorized use of ATM card

BANGOR—An East Millinocket man has been indicted on a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing nearly $4,000 by making more than two dozen unauthorized withdrawals from an ATM card of a Millinocket man. Nicholas Bell, 34, was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count of theft by unauthorized taking, which is a Class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison. According to information from Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy, the case against Bell was investigated by Officer David Cram of the Millinocket Police Department based on a complaint received in February from a local financial institution about a member who was missing approximately $3,980 from his account.

Board reviews public works alternative work schedule

MEDWAY – Medway Selectmen took one more look at the annual town meeting warrant and made one change before authorizing it and signing it for posting last Friday. After going back and forth the last couple of weeks, selectmen agreed to remove the article requesting $18,000 for paving Stanley Road. The board had a brief discussion as to whether or not to leave the $18,000 in for general paving and not specify Stanley Road but ultimately agreed to take the entire amount out. Saying they were not a fan of “piece-mealing” road repair and paving, selectmen said they wanted Public Works Director Greg Hale to put together a road maintenance plan that prioritizes needs and estimated costs.

Medway board approves town meeting warrant

EAST MILLINOCKET – After a brief discussion, the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen awarded the bids for pool bath house repairs/refurbishments so that work can begin as soon as possible. Recreation Director Jody Nelson told selectmen at previous meetings that she had approximately $45,000 in grant money that she can use now to start the renovations before the pool is open for the summer. As a result roof, gutters, blocks and grating work will be done by Mike Sulinski; Rollins Plumbing will do the plumbing work and Boynton Painting will perform both the interior and exterior painting on the building for a total cost of $44,536.20. Nelson said she would inform the winning bidders immediately and plan on them beginning work as soon as possible.

Selectmen sign town meeting warrant, agree to pay for road fix

EAST MILLINOCKET – The East Millinocket Board of Selectmen deviated from its bimonthly meeting schedule to meet last week and approve the 2018-2019 annual town meeting warrant. There was no discussion and no changes and with the board’s approval Administrative Assistant Angela Cote said the warrant will now be sent to the printer as part of the town report. She said it will be a tight window but she hoped to have copies of it back in time for residents to have time to review them before the June 14 town meeting. Reports will be available at the town office, the East Mill Federal Credit Union and at Schenck High School.

Medway school board accepts RSC

MEDWAY—The Medway School formally accepted the Regional Service Center (RSC) application in a move that could potentially bring additional services to the school. The board accepted the RSC by a 4-0 vote on Wednesday, May 30. The RSC application must also be accepted by the Medway selectmen and a vote by the public which is anticipated to be on the ballot at the November elections. The RSC has been a proposed effort by the LePage administration in an attempt to reduce administrative costs and duplication within school districts. RSCs can help to pool resources and make programs available to school districts that otherwise might not be able to afford them independently.

Millinocket man busted on warrant, indicted on theft

BANGOR/MILLINOCKET—A 21-year old Millinocket man who was wanted on a warrant for felony theft was arrested Friday two days after he was indicted for the alleged crime by the Penobscot County grand jury. Joshua Rogan was arrested by Officer David Cram of the Millinocket Police Department Friday afternoon after being spotted lying on a porch of a Penobscot Avenue residence where Cram was on an unrelated call, according to information from Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault. Rogan was transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor following his arrest.

Teen allegedly tries to take off on ATV during traffic stop

MILLINOCKET—A 16-year old Millinocket boy is facing multiple charges stemming from a recent incident when he allegedly tried to flee on his ATV after it was stopped for operating on a public way. The teen was issued juvenile summonses to appear July 18 in Millinocket District Court on one count each of refusing to submit to arrest or detention and illegal possession of marijuana by someone under 21-years old. He was also cited for operating an ATV on a public way.

Local man indicted for operating after revocation

BANGOR—A 36-year old Millinocket man was indicted last week for operating after revocation stemming from a March traffic stop in Medway. Kevin Langlais was indicted on a single count of operating after revocation by the Penobscot County grand jury during its May 28 session in Bangor.

Teen charged after allegedly assaulting father during argument

MILLINOCKET—A 17-year old boy was charged last week with assault after he allegedly shoved his father during an argument about household chores. The teen was issued a juvenile summons to appear July 18 in Millinocket District Court on the assault charge stemming from the May 28 incident. According to information provided by Deputy Chief Janet Theriault of the Millinocket Police Department, Officer Gary Lakeman was dispatched to Prospect Street for a report of disorderly behavior and a family fight. Upon arriving on scene, Lakeman observed a father and son, both of whom he knew, in the middle of the street where a physical altercation had occurred.