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Criminal Mischief (08/16/2017)

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Small plane crashes in Benton

BENTON – A Clinton man somehow managed to escape serious injury when his plane went down on the morning of Aug. 15.

State Police say the pilot of an ultra-light plane that crashed in Benton walked away from the wreckage late on the morning of Aug. 1. The pilot was 75-year-old Bill Fuller of Clinton; he was taken to Inland Hospital in Waterville for treatment of cuts and bruises.  

Trooper Marc Poulin said Fuller’s aircraft went down in the woods off the Neck Road in Benton at about 11 a.m. and crashed into a number of trees.

Search continues for missing Franklin man

 

FRANKLIN – The Maine State Police have joined the investigation into the disappearance of a Franklin man who has been missing since February of this year.

The investigation involves the disappearance of 48-year-old Russell Burnett of Franklin; Burnett was last seen back in February. Burnett lived alone; his residence is located at 323 Eastbrook Road. 

He was last seen walking on the Eastbrook Road, approximately half a mile from his home, in the morning hours of February 21. Burnett was believed to have been wearing a grey ball cap, a maroon sweatshirt, a green or grey colored Carhartt jacket, blue jeans and brown steel toed work boots. 

The Hancock Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service have been involved in the case ever since Burnett was reported missing by a relative.

Members of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit and the Evidence Response Team were at Burnett’s home on Aug. 14 looking for any evidence or information that may assist them in locating him. 

Anyone who may have seen Burnett or has information about where he might be is asked to call State Police in Bangor at 973-3700 and ask to speak with Sgt. Darryl Peary.

Iron Dog competition

VASSALBORO – Recently, Troopers and Police Officers from the Maine State Police, Belfast, Biddeford, Farmington, Lewiston and Topsham Police Departments took part in the annual Iron Dog competition that is held at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The competition is broken into two parts, one for detection and one for patrol work. Each are put through various timed challenges that are designed to test the skills of the handlers and their K9 partners in their respective disciplines.

The event is also a chance for friends and family members to see the teams work together in ways they may not have previously had the chance. The dogs live at home with their handlers and their families, but many don’t get a chance to see what these teams are capable of.

“It’s an event for family and friends to gather and have fun and socialize while enjoying some spirited competition,” said Sgt. Scott Dalton, the principle K9 trainer.

This year’s winners were Trooper Reid Bond for detection and Cpl. Chris Smith for patrol. 

OUI incident in Washburn

WASHBURN – A Washburn man did a whole lot of damage when he couldn’t keep his car on the road last week.

On Aug. 10, 63-year-old Ricky Castonguay was alone and traveling north on Hines Street in Washburn when he drifted off the right side of the roadway. He then steered to the left, completely crossing the roadway and traveling off the opposite side of the road. He drove up into the front yard of a nearby residence - where the vehicle ran over a small tree - before continuing to drive into the ditch, where it struck the embankment.

Castonguay again completely crossed the roadway as the vehicle moved down the shoulder of the road traveling south. Castonguay then turned to the right - completely crossing the roadway for a third time - before traveling back into the same yard, then came back out onto the roadway where he continued to drive his very damaged vehicle over a half of a mile to his own residence, where he stopped and exited his vehicle.

The crash was reported by the property owner whose front yard was damaged.

Trooper Patrick Pescitelli assisted with the investigation. Castonguay was transported by Crown Ambulance to the Aroostook Medical center where he was treated and released.

Castonguay was charged for operating under the influence of alcohol and for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Orono Bog Walk vandalized again

ORONO – For the fourth time since May, vandals have done damage to the Orono Bog Walk.

This latest incident – believed to have taken place sometime on the night of Aug. 9 – involved nearly a dozen railings being kicked loose or otherwise torn off the boardwalk. Some of the railings were then thrown into the bog. This according to Boardwalk Director Jim Bird in an interview given to WABI.

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