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Criminal Mischief (11/29/2017)

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Brewer crash leads to multiple charges

BREWER – A Brewer man has been charged with multiple offenses following a series of motor vehicle incidents last week.

At just before 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, Brewer PD Officers were dispatched to an accident scene on Summer Street near the Wilson Street intersection. It was reported that a vehicle had struck a utility pole, struck a house, and then left the scene of the crash. The suspect vehicle was described as a 2010 gray Hyundai Accent. 

As a result of the crash, a utility pole and multiple wires were knocked down on the street.  A parked vehicle had been damaged by the pole when it fell.  While officers were responding to the scene, a motorist that did not see the downed wires drove through the scene and became caught in the wires.   Emera employees were able to successfully assist the trapped motorist to safety without damaging his vehicle. 

Brewer officers determined from eyewitness accounts the vehicle had left the scene toward Wilson Street.  Also, it was reported that a young female child was in the back seat of the suspect vehicle was yelling for help as the vehicle sped away.  Brewer PD issued a request for neighboring agencies to assist in locating the vehicle. While officers were still on scene, the car was reported stolen by the owner. 

The vehicle was located by a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy who had arrived to assist in the search.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the owner of the vehicle had been driving it during the crash.  He left the scene of the accident and filed a false report, stating the vehicle was stolen.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Brewer officers developed probable cause to believe there was a minor child in the car when the crash occurred.  

The driver of the vehicle – 35-year-old Aaron Spinney of Brewer - has been charged with the following offenses: 

Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident; Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Expired Registration > 150 days; Driving to Endanger; Permitting Display of a False Registration Validation Device; False report of a vehicle theft; Failure to provide evidence of insurance; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

It was determined that no injuries occurred in the crash and all parties are currently safe. Bangor PD and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department assisted during the investigation. 

Dogs gone

HANCOCK (AP) — Maine sheriff’s deputies are looking for four pit bull puppies that were reported stolen from a home.

Jeffrey Long told police someone broke into his home in Hancock on Sunday afternoon and took four of his six puppies.

Long says his home was locked.

The puppies are 6 ½ weeks old. Three are black and white and one is a brownish, tawny color.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is asking if anyone has information about the stolen puppies to call them.

(Note: The four puppies in question were tracked down by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and returned to their rightful owner. As of press time, the investigation remains ongoing.)

Waterville man charged with arson

WATERVILLE - The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Waterville man with setting fire to his apartment over the weekend.  

Investigators charged 46-year-old Michael Jerrier of Waterville with arson on Sunday, Nov. 26.  Investigators say Jerrier set fire to a mattress in the bedroom of his residence at 17 College Ave. late on the night of Nov. 25. The fire was quickly extinguished by Waterville firefighters and there was no damage to the other 14 apartments in the building. 

Jerrier has a history of self-inflicted burn injuries; Fire Marshals investigated two instances in 2016 where Jerrier burned himself with a cigarette lighter.  Jerrier was taken to MaineGeneral in Waterville for evaluation after the latest fire and was arrested the next morning upon his release from the hospital; he was subsequently taken to the Kennebec County Jail.

Waterville Police assisted fire investigators.

Third arrest in bulldozer arson

SANDY RIVER - A Massachusetts man is now the third person charged with an arson fire discovered earlier this month that destroyed a bulldozer in Sandy River Plantation, near Rangeley. Two Maine men have already been arrested and charged with arson.  

The third person charged is 23-year-old Michael Stanley of Gardner, MA.  He was arrested by the Gardner, MA police department on Nov. 22 and is being held on a fugitive from justice charge, awaiting his extradition back to Maine. 

Fire Marshal investigators say Stanley was a friend of the two men previously charged in the incident – 37-year-old Alexander Allan and 18-year-old Devon Clark, both from Dallas Plantation. 

The burned-out Caterpillar bulldozer was discovered in a swamp on Nov. 14 by hunters. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Grants for community policing

PORTLAND (AP) — The federal Department of Justice is giving three Maine law enforcement agencies a total of a half million dollars in funding to hire community policing officers.

The department says the largest grant is a $250,000 award to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. The Madawaska Police Department and Jay Police Department are getting $125,000 each.

The grants are among 179 awards totaling more than $98 million that are going to law enforcement agencies all over the country. The funding is through the justice department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, also called the COPS Office.

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