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Criminal Mischief (12/06/2017)

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Protesters arrested in Bangor

BANGOR – Five protesters were arrested recently after refusing to leave the office of Senator Susan Collins. 

At approximately 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, the Bangor Police Department received a call from an official with the Department of Homeland Security. The official reported six people were refusing to leave the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins. The Official requested the individuals be removed from government property and arrested if necessary. Senator Collins’ office is located inside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building on at 202 Harlow Street.

Bangor Police Officers responded and Sgt. Myron Warner read aloud a dispersal order to the individuals involved. Afterwards, one individual chose to leave the property. The other five did not comply with the dispersal order and were peacefully arrested then taken to the Penobscot County Jail.  All were charged with criminal trespass, a class E misdemeanor.

The five people arrested are as follows:  

Sarah Bigney, 33, of Hallowell; Nicholas Paquet, 39, of Benton; Tina Davidson, 47, Portland; James Betts, 66, of Winthrop; and Erin Oberon, 37, of Old Town.

The five have since posted bail. 

Thanksgiving thief

HARRINGTON – A Machias man has been arrested and charged with robbery following an incident at the Irving Gas Station in Harrington on Thanksgiving Day.

At approximately 10:29 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, a tall white male wearing a hoodie robbed the Irving Gas Station in Harrington with a knife. The man displayed a knife – judged to be approximately 6-inches in length - and demanded all the money in the cash register. He then climbed into a light blue crossover SUV and left the premises.

Two days later, on Nov. 25, the investigation led to the arrest of 26-year-old Cameron Reed of Machias. He was arrested on Main Street in Harrington and is being held at the Washington County Jail. Reed is being charged with Class A Robbery.

Information sought on Howland thefts

HOWLAND – Maine State Police are reaching out to the public to get information about a burglary that recently took place at the Howland Post Office.

At some point between Nov. 29 at 4:15 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 30, 8:30 a.m., a theft took place at the Howland Post Office. The lobby is open 24 hours a day, but the office/storage area is kept locked. Entry was forced into that area; law enforcement is looking for suspects.

Most of the items taken were packages that were awaiting pickup (likely Christmas presents). Not all items missing are accounted for, pending contact with owners, but they range from male/female footwear, children and adult clothing, electronics and medication.

Troopers are looking for anyone who may have been in the area around those times dropping off mail who may have seen someone. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Adam Gould by calling 207-973-3700.

Bangor crack bust 

BANGOR - A crack cocaine investigation conducted by MDEA’s North Central Task Force in Bangor has led to the arrest of a Dorchester, Mass man with a long criminal history, along with a husband and wife from Bangor.

During this investigation, agents were able to determine that a male from Dorchester, Massachusetts - initially known only by the street name of “Chosen” - was selling crack cocaine from an apartment located inside 175 Hammond Street in Bangor. As the investigation progressed, “Chosen” was identified as 49-year-old Shawn Larts of Dorchester, Mass. Larts has a long criminal history in Massachusetts which contains drug and firearms offenses.

Agents were able to make a number of undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Larts and his associates from inside of apartment #4 at 175 Hammond Street apartment. On the night of Nov. 28, agents - along with Bangor Police Officers - took Larts into custody as he was leaving 175 Hammond Street. A search warrant was then executed on apartment #4. This apartment was occupied by 64-year-old Paul Ness and 59-year-old Yvonne Ness; the pair are husband and wife.

During the search, agents seized approximately $2500 in cash that suspected to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales and an additional 10 grams of crack cocaine, as well as other evidence of drug trafficking.

Because 175 Hammond Street is located within 1000 feet of a City of Bangor park (Coe Park) which has been designated a drug-free safe zone, Larts was charged with Aggravated Class A Trafficking in Scheduled W Drugs. Because of their roles in facilitating the trafficking activity by Larts, both Paul and Yvonne Ness were charged with the same offense. All were transported to the Penobscot County Jail where bail was set at $10,000 cash.

This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

Crashing Christmas

BOOTHBAY (AP) — Hundreds of people were disappointed over the weekend after a car accident shut down power to a popular holiday display of Christmas lights in a Maine community.

The blackout was caused by a car striking a utility pole Sunday night, knocking out power to the Gardens Aglow display in Boothbay. The Portland Press Herald reports visitors were then told the display would be closed for the rest of the evening and were escorted off the property.

It is only open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. A staff member at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens says anyone who paid to visit the gardens Sunday will automatically receive a credit card refund.

The vehicle crash shut down the display only 45 minutes after it opened to the public.

Standoff ends with arrest

CHESTERVILLE (AP) — Maine police say they arrested a man armed with a crossbow and high-powered pellet gun after a 10-hour standoff at a mobile home.

Maine State Police say that 41-year-old Vance Billings was charged with aggravated criminal trespass and mischief and violating bail conditions.

State police spokesman Steve McCausland says Carthage resident Billings surrendered to state police Saturday night at a Chesterville mobile home.

Police allege Billings assaulted a man earlier Saturday and then holed up in that man’s mobile home.

Police have not identified the man that Billings allegedly assaulted. That man was released from a hospital after receiving treatment.

McCausland says Billings refused to talk to police during the day.

Billings is being held at the Franklin County Jail. It wasn’t immediately clear Sunday if he had a lawyer.

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