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Criminal Mischief (11/15/2017)

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ATM kidnapping

BANGOR – Three men who picked up a local resident and forced him to make a withdrawal from an ATM have been arrested and charged with kidnapping.

On Nov. 10, the Bangor Police Department received a report that an adult male had been picked up in Brewer and driven to a bank in Bangor where he was forced to make a fraudulent bank transaction. After he was released, the victim was able to provide a vehicle description along with an accurate registration number.

Bangor Police patrol officers located and stopped the suspect vehicle on Interstate 395 in Bangor at approximately 3 p.m. As a result of the initial investigation, the following three individuals have been arrested and were each charged with kidnapping, a class B felony.

Isaiah Roberts, 20 years old, of Villa Rica, Georgia; Jeral Blackmon, 39 years old, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Anthony Foster, 44 years old, of Decatur, Georgia.

All three suspects have been taken to the Penobscot County Jail and were arraigned on Nov. 13.

The matter is still actively under investigation by detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division. More information will likely be made available as the case develops.

ATM missing

BRUNSWICK (AP) — Authorities in Maine continue to search for an ATM that was stolen from a restaurant.

According to the Brunswick Police Department, the ATM was stolen from the Miss Brunswick Diner on Oct. 31. Police say the company that owns the ATM is offering a $2,500 award to anyone who can help in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. Specifically, Detective John Roma of the Brunswick Police Department; he can be reached at 721-4341 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MDOT seeks source of overpass crack

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Transportation is asking the public for help in tracking down the driver responsible for damage to an I-95 overpass that could wind up costing as much as $3 million to repair.

According to MDOT, the incident took place sometime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 3. They say the vehicle in question was greatly overloaded and traveling in the northbound lane; the collision would have been extremely loud and sent reverberations throughout the surrounding structures. Officials also believe that the vehicle was pulling heavy equipment or some other extremely heavy payload.

The price tag for repairing the bridge will be a hefty one – millions of dollars all told – and MDOT is seeing the culprit in order to recover the cost of the emergency repairs, which otherwise will have to be pulled from the state’s current highway fund.

These repairs – to the overpass and off-ramps – mean that southbound traffic should avoid the 109A exit on the interstate, instead using one of the subsequent exits.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call MDOT at 624-3020 or go to mdot.gov to submit a message.

Newport drug bust

NEWPORT – Maine Drug Enforcement Agents have arrested a Massachusetts man and seized 250 grams of heroin and cocaine destined to be sold in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. 

The months-long investigation, which involved the undercover purchase of heroin, centered on 38-year-old Don Twiggs of Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Agents suspected Twiggs was making regular trips to Massachusetts, obtaining significant amounts of heroin and then transporting the drugs back to Maine for redistribution in the two counties.  

On the night of Nov. 6, agents stopped Twiggs’ vehicle at the Newport exit off I-95 with the help of State Police. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 200 grams of suspected heroin, along with 50 grams of cocaine. The combined street value of the drugs seized is $55,000. The heroin seized represents about 2,000 individual dosage units of the drug.  

Agents also searched a home on New Jersey St. in Millinocket where Twiggs had recently been staying. Additional evidence of drug trafficking was found there.

Twiggs was arrested and transported to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with Class “A” aggravated trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin/Cocaine). The offense was aggravated due to the amount of heroin that was seized. Twiggs was being held on $15,000 cash bail.

Also assisting drug agents in the investigation were the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, Bangor and Millinocket Police, the Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

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