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Criminal Mischief (03/07/2018)

March 6, 2018
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Man jumps into Kenduskeag Stream

BANGOR – A Bangor man eluded law enforcement officials by jumping into the Kenduskeag Stream.

At 1:11 a.m. on March 2, officers were called to 190 Harlow Street to investigate the report of an altercation in the parking lot.

Upon their arrival, officers attempted to speak with 22-year-old Peter Manuel of Bangor, a man who had reportedly been involved in the altercation. Manuel took off running before officers could interview him. He reportedly jumped over a fence near the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building and made his way down the embankment. From there, Manuel entered and then crossed the Kenduskeag Stream.

A short time later, Manuel was discovered to have left the stream and was standing at the foot of a steep embankment where officers repeatedly tossed him rescue lines in order to help climb up the bank. Manuel refused their offer of assistance and shortly thereafter jumped back into the stream.

The Bangor Fire Department responded and deployed rescue swimmers, but they and the officers involved lost sight of him a short time later. It’s unclear why Manuel jumped into the stream, though he was on bail for allegedly violating a criminal trespass order from last summer.

The Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol were notified and the search continued over the weekend; the Maine Marine Patrol is assisting with the investigation as the Kenduskeag Stream is considered tidal water. As of press time, Manuel had yet to be located.

The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Body found in trunk in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Police say the body of a Maine woman was found in the trunk of her car after it was towed from a Walmart parking lot in Palmyra.

Maine State Police say the discovery was made when a mechanic unlocked the trunk on Friday.

The woman was identified Saturday as 30-year-old Jenna French of Pittsfield. The state medical examiner’s office said more testing is planned before a cause of death can be determined.

Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety said there’s no indication of foul play.

McCausland said French was last seen on Tuesday and was reported missing by her grandmother on Thursday. The car was towed to an automotive dealership in Pittsfield because relatives had no keys to the vehicle.

Eight arrested in Lyman bust

LYMAN – A traffic stop led to multiple arrests on drug and weapons charges. All in all, State Police arrested eight Lyman residents on the night of Feb. 28 and charged them in connection with the seizure of methamphetamine and five guns. 

The arrests started with a traffic stop by troopers that took place late on the night in question along Route 202 in Alfred after one of its occupants was recognized as a fugitive with an arrest warrant against him.  

A search of the vehicle as well as of a home at 38 Beech Street in Lyman resulted in the seizure of five guns and 45 grams of crystal methamphetamine. The four occupants of the car were arrested and four others, who were at the house. The street value of the drugs seized is $4,500.

The eight charged, all from Lyman, are as follows:

David Alexandre, 24, Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Drugs- Class A, Violating Conditions of Release; Mystee Walton, 21, Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drug - Class C; Kevin Wallace, 31, Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Drugs - Class A; Brandy Gammon, 25, Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Drugs - Class A; Andrew David, 30, Fugitive from Justice, Trafficking Prison Contraband - Class C; James Sevigny, 33, Furnishing Schedule W Drug - Class C; Rebecca Rivett, 18, Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drug - Class C; Steve Dobson, 33, Criminal Conspiracy - Class D.

They were taken to the York County Jail. Also assisting the nearly two dozen troopers involved in the investigation were several MDEA agents. 

Overloaded

FALMOUTH (AP) — Police say two trains narrowly missed a stolen front-end loader that was being operated on and near railroad tracks outside of Portland.

Falmouth police say the first train was Amtrak’s Downeaster and the second was a freight train that made an emergency stop. Train traffic was halted Saturday morning so the tracks could be inspected for damage.

Police charged 45-year-old Charles Ayres of Portland with felony theft by unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated criminal mischief and driving to endanger. They say they found him Saturday morning sitting in the front-end loader on tracks in west Falmouth.

Police said Ayres was uncooperative and didn’t say why he stole the front-end loader. He remained jailed on Sunday, and it was unclear if he had a lawyer.

U-Haul chase in Standish

STANDISH (AP) — A Maine man has been arrested for the second time in a year on charges he led police on a chase in a stolen U-Haul truck.

According to media reports, a Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a U-Haul driven at high speeds by 41-year-old William Wyman in Standish Sunday night. Police say Wyman and the stolen truck were later found.

Authorities say the Portland man had minor injuries and the vehicle sustained minor damage.

Wyman faces multiple charges including theft of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for a police officer. He is being held on bail.

He was previously charged with eluding officers and reckless conduct after police say he crashed into two vehicles last Halloween while driving a stolen U-Haul truck before he was apprehended.

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