“From the oral board right through the background check, she showed herself to be intelligent, motivated, personable and a good fit for our agency,” he said.
Exley is the first female officer at the department, and Ewing is looking forward to having her join the team.
“I think it's great. It brings a different perspective … and having a different eye is going to be great,” he said.
As part of change, Derek Dinsmore, who has been a patrol officer with Orono for going on seven years, was promoted to detective. This allows him to focus his time and energy on cases that require diligent followup, in-depth investigation and dealing with the court.
“We all work together, but some incidents need more attention” he explained.
Dinsmore is looking forward to the challenges that the new position will pose.
“It's a challenge for me and gives me insight into other aspects of police work,” he said.
Ewing noted that having Dinsmore fill the role of detective was not a difficult decision.
“He has such an organized mind and attention to detail. When he requested to be considered for the detective position, it was an easy decision,” said Ewing. “He has years of experience and training along with those skills. He's going to do a great job.”
From erratic driver to a wreck
BLUE HILL – An erratic driver reportedly took it to the next level by crashing before cops could catch up with her.
On April 3, Trooper Greg Mitchell received a report of an erratic vehicle traveling on Route 177. While he was responding to the complaint a second caller reported that vehicle of the same description had crashed on Leighton’s Lane in Blue Hill.
Mitchell arrived and identified the driver as Laurri-Jean Rundell, 57, of Brooklin.
She was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Hancock County Jail.
It's only a flesh wound
ORONO – An area man was arrested for operating under the influence after taking a digger at the local grocery store and driving off.
An employee from Bell's IGA called police after a man had fallen and cut his head open. Employees had attempted to get the man to stay because they believed he was intoxicated. He left before police arrived.
Police located Thomas Dunn, 62, of Orono, at his residence, and after an investigation he was arrested. He was taken to the hospital for stitches before being transported to Penobscot County Jail.
Stueben man arrested for OUI
DEDHAM – Police arrested John Stratton, 32, of Steuben, for operating under the influence on April 5.
A caller reported an erratic vehicle on Route 1A in Dedham. Sgt. Alden Bustard located the vehicle and arrested Stratton as a result.
No returns or exchanges on your stolen goods
BANGOR - On April 7, around 1 p.m., Officer Tim Shaw responded to the New York and Company store at the Bangor Mall for the report of a theft.
A store manager told Shaw that a woman called the store to tell them that someone had broken into her car and stolen items she had purchased and left in her vehicle while she continued shopping. The woman offered a description of the stolen clothing. The manager then saw another woman returning those very items, and pointed her out to the officer.
Shaw identified her as Tamara Lebron, 20, of Millinocket, and learned she was on probation. The officer asked her about the clothing. During the investigation, Shaw learned that Lebron's EBT card had been located just outside of the burgled vehicle. A probation hold was authorized on Lebron and she was placed under arrest.
A search produced a plastic straw with what turned out to be cocaine residue inside.
Lebron was charged with a probation violation, receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of schedule drugs.