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Criminal Mischief (02/21/2018)

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Pot cookies delivered to Bangor daycare

BANGOR – Staff at a Bangor daycare reported that homemade cookies sent in by a parent may have been laced with marijuana.

At a little before 10 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 14, the Bangor Police Department responded to the Watch Me Shine daycare on Gilman Avenue. Staff at the daycare reported that a parent had provided several batches of homemade cookies to staff.  Several of the staff consumed the cookies and later reported a feeling of marijuana intoxication. 

The children at the daycare did not consume the cookies. 

Daycare management and police investigators contacted the parents of the children.  The daycare was subsequently closed for the remainder of the day.

Detectives spent the morning at the daycare.  All of the baked goods were seized by investigators for laboratory/testing purposes.

Man lacks love for V-Day Bandits

PORTLAND (AP) - A Maine man wants Portland's so-called Valentine's Day Bandits charged with a crime for taping a paper heart to his car.

The papering of hearts all over Portland has been a Valentine's Day eve tradition for more than 40 years, but Brian LaVoie says they are touching personal property and ``vandalizing.'' WGME-TV reports LaVoie says he caught two ``bandits'' on camera who had taped a paper heart flyer to his car.

LaVoie says he was upset because tape wouldn't come off his car due to cold, and he's annoyed he has to clean his car.

A city spokesperson says the flyers are not technically legal under a city ordinance. The Portland Police Department says people can contact them if their cars have damage from the event.

Verona Island drug bust

VERONA ISLAND – Four people have been arrested and charged with selling crack cocaine and heroin.

 

The MDEA says the four were arrested on the night of Feb. 13 on Verona Island, near Bucksport, and charged with selling crack cocaine and heroin.  MDEA was assisted during the investigation and search of the house by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and by Bucksport and State Police.

Drug agents say the drugs were being sold on the island and in the Bucksport area. MDEA agents with the Downeast Drug Task Force based in Ellsworth conducted the investigation, which included the undercover purchase of crack cocaine. 

The arrests took place at a residence located at 343 East Side Drive on Verona Island. Seized from the house were 38.4 grams of crack cocaine and 41.1 grams of heroin, with a combined street value of $11,000. Also seized was $3,163.00 in cash, which are the suspected proceeds from drug sales.

The two residents of the home – 44-year-old Robert Maddocks and 44-year-old Heather Godin – were both charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking of a Schedule W Drugs (Heroin/Crack Cocaine).

In addition, two Massachusetts residents were arrested. They are: 34-year-old Cyntoine D. Sloan of Worcester and 28-year-old Rebecca Atamian of Fitchburg. Sloan and Atamian were also charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking of Schedule W Drugs (Heroin/Crack Cocaine).

All four were taken to the Hancock County Jail.

State Police K9 to get vest

Thanks to a generous donation, one of the Maine State Police Department’s K9 officers is going to be getting a new protective vest.

According to a Facebook post by the MSP, K9 Odin will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Odin’s vest is sponsored by Bill Cichocki of C.A. Newcomb & Sons of Carmel and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

OOB toilet concerns

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — The Maine town of Old Orchard Beach is considering adding additional public restrooms after getting complaints about people relieving themselves near the town beach and on private property.

The Biddeford Journal reports that the town has public restrooms downtown but not at other access points to the beach. Some residents have even complained about visitors defecating in public places.

The town manager announced in the fall that a small working group was formed to address the issue. The town is now considering buying a self-contained restroom trailer that can be used in the summer months and stored in the winter. The town has received quotes from vendors ranging from $41,000 to $71,000.

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