Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau


Lincoln driver charged after driving pickup truck into convenience store wall

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A Lincoln man was issued a summons on Saturday after he accidentally drove his pickup truck into the side of a convenience store on West Broadway and then left the scene, police said Monday. Ollie Faulkner, 51, of Lincoln was summoned Saturday afternoon for leaving the scene …

Lincoln man charged with assault after fight over either fishing in rain or custody dispute

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — A Lincoln man is due in court in September after police issued a summons in connection with a fight in which another man suffered a broken leg, police said Monday. Steven Laurson, 39, of Lincoln was issued a summons for Class D assault, a misdemeanor, for a …
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Student issued summons for allegedly distributing cartoon that spurred lockdown at Millinocket high school

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 03, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — A 14-year-old junior high school student will be referred to juvenile authorities after police issued her a summons for allegedly distributing a cartoon that led Stearns High School officials to lock down classrooms last month, police said Thursday. The student, who was not identified because she is …

‘These guys give capitalism a bad name’: Millinocket blasts GNP, gets payment of $225,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 03, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders agreed to a four-step installment plan and received $225,000 of Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million in overdue personal property taxes on Thursday. The Town Council voted 5-2 during a special meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday to accept the amended payment plan that promised the …

Medway voters shoot down school bookkeeper post

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
In the second town meeting held this year, Medway voters cut the school board budget by $65,000 to eliminate a position that they said was unnecessary.
A resident speaks out during a town meeting on Monday at Medway Middle School in Medway.

Medway school leaders cut bookkeeper position after second town meeting this year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — School leaders will not hire a business manager-grant writer or dip deeper into the system’s reserve account after residents rejected those options at the second town meeting held this year, officials said Wednesday. Residents voted 53-44 during the second meeting on Monday to reduce the system’s administrative …
Lincoln Town Council Chairman Steve Clay listens and Town Manager William Lawrence speaks during a council meeting on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Lawrence to resign as Lincoln’s town manager, will take Florida job

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Town Manager William Lawrence will resign effective July 11 to take a municipal government job in Florida, he said Wednesday. Lawrence, 58, said the job in Florida, which he declined to describe, was difficult to resist. He had hopes of retiring in Florida, where his wife’s family …
Age and the work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket as seen on June 16.

‘Tired of being pushed around,’ Millinocket sets property-tax deadline for Great Northern Paper

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 30, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders said Monday that Great Northern Paper Co. has until 2 p.m. Thursday to pay its $1.18 million net personal property tax bill or they will re-apply a lien to the company’s papermaking equipment. Saying they were tired of waiting for the check, Town Council members …
Millinocket School Committee member Kevin Gregory discusses closing Granite Street School during a meeting at Stearns High School on May 28, 2014.

Millinocket schools to welcome new superintendent, face drastic budget cuts

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 30, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — School leaders will welcome their new superintendent, push for closing Granite Street School next year and hope to finish their 2014-15 school budget when they meet Tuesday, officials said. New Superintendent Frank Boynton will replace departing Superintendent Kenneth Smith and attend his first meeting at 4 p.m. …
Emergency responders treat an unidentified man injured in an accident near 89 Ingraham Drive in Owls Head on Saturday afternoon.

Man injured when motorcycle collides with truck in Owls Head

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 29, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — An unidentified man was injured when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car on Ingraham Drive on Saturday, firefighters said Sunday. Rockland Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service ambulance took the man to Pen Bay Medical Center after the accident was reported near 89 …
Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead on Range Road in Atkinson on Saturday morning after the tractor he was driving fell from these flatbed trucks and rolled down an embankment, police said.

Guilford man killed, woman injured in tractor rollover in Atkinson

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 29, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
ATKINSON, Maine — A 42-year-old Guilford man was killed and a Guilford woman was injured when a tractor rolled down an embankment and onto him before injuring her on Range Road on Saturday, police said Sunday. Jason Gourley, 42, a self-employed contractor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the …
Selectmen Rob Farrington (left) and Darrell Lyons listen to the school board during a meeting at the Medway town office on Tuesday, June 17.

Medway to address $196,979 budget cut at 2nd town meeting

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders will hold a second town meeting on Monday so voters can address a $196,979 cut to the education budget that would force the school board to break contracts and state law, officials said. The town meeting will occur at Medway Middle School at 6 p.m., …
Laura Buenrostro (right) and Shawnna Young listen to speeches during the Bangor Pride Festival on Saturday.

Bangor’s Pride comes out in parade, weekend festival

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine ― It was her 52nd birthday, but Alice Nadeau was at the Bangor Pride Festival celebrating her 20-year-old son, Sean West, on Saturday. Nadeau waved a “My Son is Gay!” sign as the parade honoring Maine’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and their allies marched past them …
Tom Shafer is co-founder of Maine Heritage Timber Co.

Millinocket officials may lease school space to forest-products manufacturer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – A furniture and flooring manufacturer might lease Stearns High School property under a plan school and town leaders are considering, officials said Friday. Maine Heritage Timber Co. needs to expand its woodshop operations. The company wants to lease a woodshop from the Millinocket School Department once used …
Age and the work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site in Millinocket earlier this month.

Millinocket still awaits Great Northern Paper tax payment from auctioneer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will meet Monday to discuss amending their agreement with Great Northern Paper Co. to allow GNP to pay its overdue property taxes more quickly, Town Manager Peggy Daigle said Friday. Daigle said the Town Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Monday. That’s …

Firefighters pull Lincoln man from inlet to Mattanawcook Lake

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – A local man was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital after police and firefighters pulled him early Friday from an inlet to Mattanawcook Lake, police said. Firefighters and police were called out at 12:50 a.m. on a report of a man jumping in the lake. When they arrived, …

Burglary is last straw for Topsfield pantry operators

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 27, 2014, at 7:25 a.m.
After seven years and some weariness, the couple operating a food pantry in Topsfield finds themselves mourning a violation.
Charles Harriman talks about the burglary that occurred  at the Topsfield food pantry last month as he stands behind an empty refrigerator.

Burglary is ‘last straw’ forcing closure of Topsfield food pantry, operators say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 26, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
TOPSFIELD, Maine — Charles and Diana Harriman might still be operating the Topsfield Congregational Church food pantry if it weren’t for a burglary that broke their hearts, they said Wednesday. After running the food pantry for seven years, the Codyville Plantation residents closed the doors on June 17, in response …
An auction sale sign at the Millinocket mill site on June 19.

Millinocket expects Great Northern Paper property tax payment by end of week

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 24, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — The auctioneer handling last week’s sale of Great Northern Paper Co. equipment will likely pay Great Northern Paper’s overdue $2.24 million property tax bill by the end of the week, officials said Tuesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle had hoped to have the money at the end of …
Keith Wilbur, 67, of Fairfield mated a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle to the front end of a fiberglass trike kit to make for a really unique set of wheels he shows off Saturday on Main Street in Lincoln.

Fairfield man melds Volkswagen Beetle, motorcycle for eye-catching result

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 24, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Ever imagine what a Volkswagen Beetle would look like if it were mated to a motorcycle? Keith Wilbur of Fairfield doesn’t have to. Wilbur and his mechanic, Roland Landry, attached the rear half of an orange 1974 Beetle to the front half of a three-wheel motorcycle, or …
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