Fire destroys home in Medford

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Submitted by Sethen on March 18, 2018 - 11:01pm

MEDFORD, Maine. (WABI) - A Fire destroyed a home in Medford the afternoon of March 18, 2018.

The call came in around 4.

Crews from seven different towns were called in to fight the blaze on North Road.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

However, officials say it was a difficult one for them to put out.

"Lot of challenges getting around the building. The snow was deep. We couldn't get around as easy on the back side of the building. The steel roof caved in and made it real complicated to get water onto the fire."

The cause is unknown at this time.

Longtime district attorney will not seek re-election

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Submitted by Sethen on March 18, 2018 - 10:59pm

Callie Ferguson, Bangor Daily News Staff • March 17, 2018

Penobscot County’s longtime Democratic district attorney will not run for re-election, leaving an open path for one of his colleagues to replace him.

R. Christopher Almy, D-Charleston, indicated he would run for re-election when he filed signed nomination papers to the Maine secretary of state earlier this month.

But he withdrew them two days before the filing deadline when he learned that his assistant district attorney, Marianne Lynch, a Republican from Bangor who serves as an assistant district attorney in his office, was interested in succeeding him, he said.

“Marianne Lynch expressed an interest in running and I encouraged that,” he said. “And I’d just as soon at this point let someone take over... Read More

MDEA arrests Brownville couple

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Submitted by Sethen on March 18, 2018 - 10:57pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • March 14, 2018

BROWNVILLE — Maine Drug Enforcement Agents (MDEA) have arrested a couple from Brownville and charged them with selling heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in Piscataquis County.

Working closely with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, investigators assigned to MDEA’s North Central Task Force opened an investigation into the distribution of the drugs, which involved several undercover purchases of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine from the couple’s home at 43 Page Street. A search of the house located heroin, crack cocaine and prescription pills along with over $18,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Robert Wood, 49, and Starr Leeman, 40, have been charged with several counts... Read More

Central Maine & Quebec Railway and Gordon Contracting partner to resurrect Derby

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Submitted by Sethen on March 10, 2018 - 3:49pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • March 9, 2018

MILO — Somewhere, tucked away in the southeast corner of Piscataquis County and nestled into the town of Milo, is Derby. Prior to the early 1900s, Derby was known as Milo Junction, because it was a junction point for the Bangor and Aroostook trains.

According to the Milo Historical Society the original station, which was not much to speak about consisting only of a water tank, a coal shed and a dismal place to wait for trains, had been destroyed by fire, and then rebuilt by B&A Railroad (BAR). The rebirth of the rail yards, built to the specifications of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in Massachusetts, would make Derby the second largest in all of New England,... Read More

Pleasant River bridge work in Milo among three projects to be funded through $10.8M awarded to MDOT

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Submitted by Sethen on March 10, 2018 - 3:46pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • March 7, 2018

MILO — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the chairman of the transportation appropriations subcommittee, announced that the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $10,836,220 to replace three bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties that are either structurally deficient, in a fracture-critical state, or both. Among the three is the Pleasant River Bridge in Milo on outer Pleasant Street.

“I am delighted to announce that the State of Maine will receive a more than $10.8 million investment to help replace three structurally deficient bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties through the TIGER grant program,” said U.S. Sen. Collins. “Local residents rely on... Read More

4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!!

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Submitted by BrownvilleLibrary on March 6, 2018 - 3:14pm