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Criminal Mischief (11/01/2017)

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Safe post-storm driving

State Police officials are urging Maine motorists to drive slower and use additional caution because of the power outages that are impacting huge areas of the state.   

The Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, said there will be vast areas in complete darkness with no street lights, storefronts or homes to help illuminate the way. Williams said hundreds of roads continue to be blocked by downed trees and power lines.

While crews are working non-stop to get electrical service restored, the going is almost certainly going to be slow. People should prepare for the possibility of extended periods without power; people driving in those areas that are still affected should be sure to stay alert and be careful/

“My advice - especially after sunset - is to slow down and be on the lookout for debris in the roadways,” said Chief Williams. “The hazardous driving conditions may last for several days until power is fully restored.” 

LSD bust in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH - An Ellsworth man has been charged with aggravated drug trafficking following an investigation into the sale of LSD in the Ellsworth area.

The investigation, conducted by MDEA’s Downeast Task Force, was initiated after agents learned that a Hancock County teenager had recently been hospitalized and was suspected of overdosing on the drug.

As part of this investigation, agents searched the home of 46-year-old Russell Scott, located on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth. During that search, agents located 35 doses of suspected LSD, five grams of crack cocaine and nine grams of powder cocaine. In addition, $3,700 in cash - suspected to be proceeds from the sale of drugs – was confiscated.

Scott was charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (LSD) and transported to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth where an unsecured bail of $5000 was set by a bail commissioner. Scott was released after posting $60 cash bail.

The charges were aggravated because the alleged sale of the LSD resulted in “serious bodily injury” to the teenager. No information on the condition of the teen was being released.

MDEA agents were assisted during this investigation by the Ellsworth Police Department.

BB gun incident in Old Town

OLD TOWN – Arrests have been made following an incident involving a BB gun in Old Town.

At around 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 29, officers from the Old Town Police Department responded to a report of three males running down Brunswick Street in pursuit of another male. 

Witnesses to the incident reported that one of the three pursuing males was firing a gun at the other male being chased. Officers quickly located the four people involved; the males in question were all recognized as all having been involved in an altercation earlier in Old Town sometime earlier that morning.

After an investigation, it was determined that the gun involved in the incident was actually a gas-powered BB gun. Arrests were made – 19-year-old Teddy Hanson of Old Town was charged with criminal threatening, while 19-year-old Markus Pond – also of Old Town - was charged with disorderly conduct. 

The victim involved in the incident was uninjured.

South Portland getaway thwarted

SOUTH PORTLAND – An attempted getaway by a man after a high-speed chase was thwarted in part thanks to the efforts of a good Samaritan.

On Oct. 27, Tr. Adam Schmidt, a member of the P.A.C.E (Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team and Troop A) attempted to stop a Nissan Altima in the area of MM 45 South on I-95 for a motor vehicle violation.

The Altima initially came to a stop, but as soon as Tr. Schmidt began to approach the vehicle, the operator accelerated and took off at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the vehicle for approximately 2.5 miles when it stopped in front of Best Buy at the Maine Mall in South Portland.

The driver fled the vehicle on foot; it was at this point that a good Samaritan attempted to grab the driver, but the suspect was able to free himself and run into Best Buy. Tr. Schmidt chased after the male on foot and eventually tackled him in an aisle inside of the Best Buy store.

The motor vehicle operator was identified as Steven Curatola, 45, of the Portland area. Curatola's license was revoked and he thought he had warrants out of Massachusetts.

He was transported to the Cumberland County Jail where he was charged with Eluding an Officer Class C, Operating after HO Revocation Class C and Refusing to Submit to Arrest or Detention. Curatola's bail was set at $2060, which he later posted and was released.

The Maine State Police extended their gratitude to the good Samaritan for assisting. Troopers from Troop G, Major Crimes and the South Portland Police Department also assisted.

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