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Criminal Mischief - (03-02-2016)

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Meth lab found in Ludlow cabin

LUDLOW For the second time in less than eight months, an Aroostook County couple have been arrested on methamphetamine charges. The arrests came after MDEA agents found the makings of a meth lab inside a remote cabin in Ludlow, just outside Houlton, while conducting a bail check as a result of last year's charges. The young man and woman, along with the woman's mother, now face a new set of meth-related charges.

Aroostook County Deputies and drug agents rearrested James Anthony, 31, Kayla Nason, 26, and Nason's mother, Tara Walton, 48. The trio were arrested at the cabin and charged with trafficking in meth and were taken to the Aroostook County Jail. Anthony and Walton also were charged with violating their bail conditions.

Last June, Anthony and Nason were arrested after deputies found the two were cooking meth inside their car on the Ludlow Road in Ludlow. Nason at the time was treated and released for chemical burns as a result of her exposure to the methamphetamine.

Meth lab dismantled in Livermore Falls

LIVERMORE FALLS Maine Drug Enforcement Agents dismantled a large methamphetamine lab operating inside a mobile home in Livermore Falls.

On Feb. 27, the MDEA meth lab team spent several hours securing the home and seizing the drug and the ingredients used to make it. Agents say a man and two women were arrested and more arrests are likely, as the group is suspected of making methamphetamine and distributing the drug in the Livermore Falls - Jay area for some time.

Being held on charges of operating a meth lab are John Josey, 44, and his girlfriend Christina Stanford, 35. Drug agents seized several batches of the drug from the home on the Fayette Road. The third person charged is Brittany Pomerleau, 29, of Jay. She was arrested at her home on Adams Road in Jay. The three were arrested late afternoon on Feb. 26, and drug agents returned to the home to dismantle the meth lab.

All are being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Josey and Stanford are at the Androscoggin County Jail, and Pomerleau is at the Franklin County Jail. Maine's Department of Health and Human Services was notified as a teenager also lived at the mobile home. The teen was not at home when drug agents arrived.

Multi-agency dive training in Rangeley

RANGELEY Divers from the Maine State Police Underwater Recovery Team and their counterparts from the Connecticut State Police are in Rangeley this week conducting training on under the ice search and recovery exercises.

Members of the teams conduct the training annually to maintain their skills and proficiency in cold weather dive operations. The teams are diving in Rangeley Lake, near the boat ramp in the town's center in about 25 feet of water. Normally the teams train with about 30 inches of ice to contend with, but because of this year's mild winter the ice thickness is 18 inches.

The training began last week and continues into this week, when dive teams from other New England states are expected to join.

Houlton woman charged with drug trafficking

PORTLAND State Police and MDEA have charged a Houlton woman with attempting to transport heroin into northern Maine. Jessi Polchies, 32, was arrested at the Portland Transportation Center Saturday morning and charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin.

Troopers and drug agents have been investigating a group transporting heroin from Lawrence, Massachusetts into York County. Investigators learned that Polchies had traveled from Houlton to the Old Orchard Beach area in order to purchase some of that heroin to be transported back to the Houlton area to be sold. She was due to take a bus from Portland to Bangor Saturday morning.

Polchies was located in the lobby of the bus terminal and arrested on an outstanding warrant for operating after suspension of her driver's license. During an interview that followed, she admitted she had heroin on her, and investigators found 30 grams. She was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where bail was set at $10,060. More arrests are expected in this case.

Arson arrests made in Anson fire

ANSON The State Fire Marshal's Office has arrested two young men and a teenage girl on arson charges stemming from a fire that destroyed a house in Anson last week. Fire Investigators say the fire was to cover up a burglary at the home in which a number of items were taken. Many of those stolen items have now been recovered.

Being held at the Somerset County Jail is 19-year-old Deyon Kitchin and 23-year-old Dylan Brown. Released to the custody of her parents was the 17-year-old Madison girl. The fire on Feb. 24 on the Pease Hill Road destroyed the summer home of a Texas man. The three are charged with arson, burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and theft.

On Feb. 27, Fire Marshals and deputies from Somerset County searched the home of Linda Greene on Main Street in Madison and recovered a number of the items taken from the house, including an oxygen tank, firecrackers, antique dishes and a backpack. Greene, who is a friend of the two men, was charged by deputies with possessing marijuana.

The house was owned by Daniel St. Armand of San Antonio, Texas and was assessed at $71,480.

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