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Criminal Mischief (11/22/2017)

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Lincoln mill fire arsonist arrested

LINCOLN - The State Fire Marshal’s Office, assisted by State and Lincoln Police, arrested a Lincoln man in connection with the Nov. 15 fires at the former Lincoln paper mill.   

A scale house and a vacant storage building were destroyed in the fires, which were fought by nearly a dozen fire departments. A third fire at the mill’s wastewater facility went out by itself.  

Arrested around noon today and charged with three counts of arson was 59-year-old David Parsons of Lincoln. Parsons is a former employee of the mill and has been taken to the Penobscot County Jail.  He was arrested at the Lincoln Police station, where he had been questioned by fire investigators.   

State Trooper Tom Fiske, who lives in the town, received information that Parsons might be involved in the fires and worked with fire investigators.

Police warn of trash turkeys

FALMOUTH (AP) — A Maine police department is warning residents to steer clear of black market Butterballs.

The police department in Falmouth reports a Hannaford supermarket had to discard frozen turkeys that thawed out because of a mechanical failure. Police say the problem is that someone collected them from a trash bin with the idea of redistributing them.

Police say people should beware of the black market turkeys because they’re dangerous to consume. They urge any consumers who came across them to put them in the trash where they belong.

Drinking party leads to gun arrest

YORK (AP) — Police in York, Maine, say a tactical team responded when a man brandished a gun after officers broke up an underage drinking party.

Police tell the Portsmouth Herald that the man apparently became agitated early Sunday when police foiled the party because of an accidental 911 call.

Police arrested a woman for furnishing alcohol to minors when they responded to the 911 call. They were called a second time about a man pointing a gun.

Police say the incident ended peacefully when 36-year-old Joseph David Coreau, of Kittery, emerged from the attic where he was hiding. He was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. He was being held at the York County Jail. It was not known if he had a lawyer.

Turnpike chase leads to crash, arrest

 

SACO - State Police have charged a Biddeford man following a chase and crash on the turnpike in which the man’s 2 1/2-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle.   

The incident took place on the night of Nov. 15. After the SUV had crashed at the Saco exit, the man – later identified as 25-year-old Michael Messier - ran off into nearby woods, leaving his daughter behind. The girl, who was in a child safety seat, was not injured. Troopers discovered her still strapped in her seat in the back after the vehicle’s air bags deflated. After a quick check at the hospital, the girl was reunited with her mother.

Messier is now at the York County Jail charged with eluding a police officer and violating his bail. Additional charges are expected.  Messier had been released from jail only days before after serving time on domestic violence charges.

Just before 9 p.m. on the night in question, Messier’s GMC Terrain passed Trooper Gavin Hagar’s marked cruiser on the turnpike in Portland at 111 mph.  Messier refused to stop, then proceeded to lose control of the SUV at the Saco exit, where it went down an embankment. Messier then fled into the woods and a search involving troopers and Saco and Biddeford Police did not locate him.  

At about 3 a.m., Messier was taken into custody after attempting to wave down turnpike motorists near the crash site. Messier suffered from mild hypothermia and was treated and released at the Biddeford hospital before being transported back to jail. 

 

He was later released on $1,500 bail and is due back in court in February.

Arrests in bulldozer arson

RANGELEY - The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a second man has been charged in connection with an arson fire that destroyed a bulldozer in Sandy River Plantation, near Rangeley, earlier this month. 

Fire Investigators charged 37-year-old Alexander Allan of Dallas Plantation with arson. Allan’s roommate, 18-year-old Devon Clark, was also arrested. The two men were taken to the Franklin County Jail. 

The burned-out Caterpillar D-5 bulldozer was discovered in a swamp by hunters on the morning of Nov. 14; the damage was estimated at $100,000. The bulldozer is owned by Cousineau Wood Products of Wilton, the company that owns the land. The equipment had been brought to the site to repair a road on the property. An excavator also has been taken from the work site and was damaged, but not by fire. 

Franklin Deputies and the Maine Warden Service assisted in the investigation. Fire Investigators say more arrests are likely. 

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