‘I don’t understand this’: Driver in fatal Alton crash was related to victim

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Submitted by Sethen on November 29, 2017 - 5:14pm

Callie Ferguson, Bangor Daily News Staff • November 28, 2017

ALTON — The woman killed in a Friday, Nov. 24 crash in Alton was on her way to work at her daughter’s church cafe when she was struck by a relative who was texting while driving, police and a family member said.

Robin Gardner, 63, of LaGrange, died instantly when Tyler Creighton, 25, crossed the centerline of Bennoch Road just before 7:30 a.m. and pushed her car into a ditch, according to police.

Creighton, 25, of Medford, is the half-brother of Gardner’s son-in-law, Alex Creighton.

Creighton was headed from a methadone clinic at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, and texting at the time of the collision, he later told police. He also admitted to officers that he might have marijuana in his system... Read More

County officials eye $4.25M budget for 2018

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Submitted by Sethen on November 29, 2017 - 5:12pm

Stuart Hedstrom • November 28, 2017

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A proposed $4,247,114 Piscataquis County budget for 2018, along with a little less than $1,489,000 in the Unorganized Territory (UT) budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, was presented at a public hearing on Nov. 27 as part of the process by county officials for developing the pair of spending plans.

“The UT budget has a different fiscal year than the county budget does,” County Manager Tom Lizotte said at the start of his presentation with the two spending plans following respective fiscal year and calendar year schedules beginning July 1, 2018 and next Jan. 1.

“The overall budget for the UT is just under $1.5 million,” he said with the specific figure... Read More

Hometown Holidays returns to the region this weekend

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Submitted by Sethen on November 26, 2017 - 1:54am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 25, 2017

Piscataquis County sets aside one day early in December (Saturday, Dec. 2) to celebrate the wonder of Christmas and the magic of the holiday season. This year Monson, Guilford (Friday, Dec. 1), Milo and Dover-Foxcroft are participating.


Milo kicks off the festivities with a breakfast with Santa beginning at 8 a.m. in the Penquis Valley School cafeteria — running until 10 a.m. with a small admission fee. The Park Street United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas fair from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m, with a beef stew luncheon at 11 a.m. The Milo Town Hall dining room will offer crafts and snacks from 3-7 p.m., and from 4-7 p.m. the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club will host... Read More

Medford Man Charged After Head-On Crash In Alton

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Submitted by Sethen on November 25, 2017 - 1:26am

ALTON, Maine (WABI) - A Medford man has been charged for driving to endanger after a head-on crash in Alton Friday morning.

It happened on the Bennoch Road just before eight.

Police say 63-year old, Robin Gardner of Lagrange was killed at the scene.

The driver of the other car, 25-year old, Tyler Creighton of Medford was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and later charged with aggravated driving to endanger and violating conditions of release.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and is being held without bail.

Route 16 in Alton was shut down for several hours following the crash.

Feel Good Piscataquis celebrates successful year

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Submitted by Sethen on November 25, 2017 - 1:23am

by Mike Lange

MILO — If there is one word that describes the success of Feel Good Piscataquis. it would be collaboration.

That was the underlying theme of the Nov. 16 celebration breakfast held at the Three Rivers Kiwanis in Milo to recognize many organizations that have combined forces to improve the quality of life in the county.

"Collaboration consists of many things," said Erin Callaway, coordinator of Piscataquis Healthy Food for All, in her introductory remarks. "It's working together, learning together and facing challenges. It can be fun and frustrating. It gives us opportunities to look at how we're doing things and how we might do things differently."

Callaway cited the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) grant she first received in 2013 to... Read More

LaGrange woman dies in Alton crash

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Submitted by Sethen on November 25, 2017 - 1:15am

By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff 

head-on collision Friday in Alton left one woman dead and a man facing charges as a result of the crash, according to the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

Robin Gardner, 63, of LaGrange died after her 2008 Ford Escape collided with a 2009 Jeep Cherokee driven by Tyler Creighton, 25, of Medford about 7:37 a.m. Friday on Route 16, also known as Bennoch Road, Chief Deputy William Birch said Friday afternoon.

Creighton was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was treated and released, Birch said.

Birch declined to say how the collision unfolded, but... Read More