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Criminal Mischief (11/08/2017)

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Fight leads to three arrests

BANGOR – An incident at a Court Street apartment led to three arrests, including one man whose fake ID was that of a deceased person.

At a little after 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, Bangor Police Officers responded to a fight at 176 Court Street. The investigation led to the arrests of 59-year-old Harrel “Ray” Spann of Bangor; his son Benjamin Birmingham, 33, of Bangor; and 24-year-old Dominique Hill of Brooklyn, NY.

Upon arrival, officers located the male victim who reported he’d been assaulted by Spann. He also reported his wallet missing. The victim had no serious injuries and did not need medical attention. The officers quickly learned Birmingham and Spann live together and had returned to their apartment just prior to the arrival of law enforcement. 

The officers attempted to make contact with Spann and Birmingham, but neither would come to the door. Officers surrounded the building and applied for a warrant to search Spann’s and Birmingham’s apartment.

During the meantime, a male exited Spann’s apartment and attempted to evade the officers waiting outside. He provided a false name and a fake Delaware ID card. Officer Dan Perez contacted officials in Delaware and learned the man on the ID card was actually deceased. Shortly thereafter, Officer Perez confirmed the man was in fact Dominique Hill.

Officers arrested Hill on four outstanding warrants. The warrants charged Hill with drug possession, drug trafficking, unpaid fines and a probation revocation.  

Upon executing the search warrant, officers located and arrested Spann and found the victim’s missing wallet inside Spann/Birmingham’s apartment. Birmingham failed a drug test and was arrested for violating his bail. All three men have significant criminal history and were taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Harrel Spann was charged with Aggravated Criminal Trespass Class C, Assault Class D and Theft Class E.

Buggy business

WHITEFIELD (AP) — Members of a newly arrived Amish community in Maine say they’re working with their new neighbors to improve roadway safety after two minor crashes involving horse-drawn buggies.

Mose Yoder tells the Kennebec Journal that he expected some issues when he moved to Whitefield from upstate New York with his wife and 10 children. But he says he has had “great” conversations with local and state officials about possible safety improvements, including additional signage.

The Amish in Whitefield use reflective tape on their buggies, as required by the state transportation department, but are reluctant to use the bright triangular emblem for slow-moving vehicles.

Officials say no one was seriously hurt in two crashes on Sept. 28 and Oct. 4.

Palmyra shoplifter sought

PALMYRA – Officials are searching for a man who has attempted to steal from a local Wal-Mart several times.

Maine State Police are looking to identify this subject who has been targeting electronics at the Walmart in Palmyra. Employees caught him stealing high-value electronics on Oct. 26 and again on Nov. 2, but the man fled both times and has yet to be located.

The suspect is described as thin, standing roughly six feet tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds, with blond hair. He was wearing a puffy North Face jacket and fled on a bike.

Anyone with information about this person can contact Trooper Tyler Maloon by calling 207-624-7076.

State Police remind hunters about missing persons

State Police are reminding hunters in Piscataquis and Hancock counties to be on the lookout for any clues into the whereabouts of two persons who have been missing in the past year. 

Extensive searches for the two in Franklin and Medford by the Maine Warden Service, State Police, and the two county sheriff’s offices, but have failed to turn up any signs of Russell Burnett and Diana Estey. The two disappearances are not related.

Estey was 71 when she disappeared from her home on the Medford Center Road in Medford last November. She is 5’2” tall, weighed 95 pounds with gray hair and wore glasses. 

Burnett was 48 when he disappeared from his home on the Eastbrook Road in Franklin in February. He was believed to be wearing a maroon sweatshirt, green or gray Carhartt jacket and blue jeans.

State Police are asking hunters to be aware of the two missing persons and to report anything they think might be connected. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Bangor at 973-3700.

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