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Criminal Mischief (04/25/2018)

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Ransomware attack in Rockport

ROCKPORT (AP) — The Rockport Town Office reopened this week following a ransomware attack.

The Portland Press Herald reported municipal servers were infected with the virus Friday. Town Manager Rick Bates said in a statement that information technicians were able to rebuild the servers and restore the encrypted data. No data was stolen in the attack.

Officials didn’t pay the ransom.

According to Bates, the Rockport Police Department isn’t equipped to investigate computer crimes. Bates said the virus would have been investigated if authorities suspected it had been sent internally.

No computers at the Rockport police and fire departments, Rockport Opera House or the Public Works Department were affected by the virus.

Pharmacy robber apprehended

BROOKS – A man from Brooks was arrested and faces charges connected to the robbery of a pharmacy in Unity.

Andrew Sousa, age 33, was apprehended at a town campsite on April 18. He was charged with Class B robbery.

Waldo County sheriff’s deputies – with the assistance of a tracking dog courtesy of Belfast PD – tracked Sousa down at the campsite in Brooks following the securing of an arrest warrant. The warrant was related to the Unity Pharmacy robbery, which took place back on April 9.

Sousa was taken to Waldo County General Hospital following his arrest; he was to be treated for minor injuries.

According to police, Sousa was initially identified on the street in Brooks the night of the robbery, but he was able to run away, escaping into the woods and avoiding apprehension.

The robbery in question took place early on the afternoon of April 9, when a man wearing black clothing and a mask walked into Unity Pharmacy on Plaza Drive at 1:30 p.m. and passed a note to a female employee demanding prescription drugs.

This crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. As of press time, the investigation is ongoing.

Drug Take Back Day April 28

AUGUSTA – Law enforcement agencies all over the state of Maine are preparing to take part in a national drug takeback program known as Take Back Day.

On April 28, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies will host one or more collection sites at locations of their choosing. You can find out more information by visiting takebackday.dea.gov/.

Bangor-area locations that are scheduled to be participating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28 include:

The Airport Mall parking lot near Hannaford’s (operated by Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office); Bangor Police Department; Brewer Police Department; Holden Police Department; Veazie Police Department; Bell’s IGA parking lot (operated by Orono Police Department); Old Town Police Department; Penobscot Nation Police Department; Hampden Police Department; Bucksport Police Department; Ellsworth Police Department; and Newport Police Department. More locations can be found at the DEA’s Take Back Day website.

Some info about the Take Back Day program:

• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected.

• This program is anonymous. No questions or requests for identification will be made. 

• Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

• All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

• Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

#SelfieWithACop

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The South Portland Police Department is encouraging Mainers to snap a picture with a police officer to support law enforcement.

WMTW-TV reports South Portland police started the #SelfieWithACop campaign this week. The department says they thought of the idea following the death of a Massachusetts police officer who was killed while serving an arrest warrant earlier this month.

South Portland police say the hashtag will help highlight the partnership shared between law enforcement and the community. The department plans to post the selfies on its Facebook page.

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