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Criminal Mischief (12/13/2017)

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Bad Santa

BANGOR (AP) — Bangor police say they’ve gotten a complaint about a department store “bad Santa” who apparently wasn’t working there.

Police posted on Facebook on Thursday that a woman walking around the store with her daughter recently was approached by a man dressed as Santa, who handed out a candy cane.

A short time later, they ran into him again and he said, “Good girls get candy, naughty girls get jewelry.”

The woman complained to a store manager, but was told they didn’t have a Santa on the payroll or in the store. They looked around and couldn’t find him.

Police are advising him to do the right thing: “Put yourself on the naughty list and stop by to speak to us.”

Mistaken identity

BANGOR (AP) - Police in Bangor say a reported intruder turned out to be a roll of duct tape.

Officers responded to a call from a woman who heard noises from her basement and reported that her dog was barking aggressively at the noise.

Police said it turns out a ``thump-thump-thump'' sound the woman heard was a roll of duct tape that fell off a shelf and bounced down the stairs.

Sgt. Tim Cotton wrote on Facebook that the woman had already investigated before the first officer arrived. The officer felt that the woman could've held her own until police arrived because she was ``from Maine, had a dog, and a roll of duct tape.''

Waterville man arrested after standoff

WATERVILLE (AP) — Maine police say a man is in custody following a 15-hour standoff with an armed suspect in Waterville.

Waterville police say 23-year-old Michael Joslyn was taken into custody around noon Sunday after firing multiple gunshots. No one was injured.

Police say Joslyn’s landlord reported he was attempting to shoot through his apartment floor into the landlord’s ground floor apartment. Deputy Police Chief Bill Bonney says Joslyn was intoxicated at the time and was in a dispute with the landlord.

Officers say they used pepper balls to subdue Joslyn. He was charged Sunday with aggravated reckless conduct and criminal mischief, both felonies.

A court clerk said Joslyn was expected to be arraigned Monday. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer and a number couldn’t be found for him.

Officer-involved shooting Down East

MACHIASPORT – Law enforcement officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in Machiasport on the evening of Dec. 8.

According to reports, the story began earlier that day, with a home invasion that took place in East Machias. In that incident, a woman called police to report that a man had entered her home and brandished a weapon, demanding money. This led to an arrest warrant being issued for 33-year-old Jason Jackson of East Machias.

Later that evening, Washington County deputy sheriffs – along with a Marine Patrol officer – located Jackson at a residence in Machiasport. A confrontation ensued, during which both Jackson and a woman at the home being shot and wounded by the Marine Patrol Officer.

The officer is currently on administrative leave.

Gun incident on Penobscot Narrows Bridge

VERONA ISLAND - State Police say a middle-aged woman was taken into protective custody following an incident on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

According to a release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, the 54-year-old woman was on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge with a loaded shotgun on the morning of Dec. 7. Motorists began calling police starting at about 10:30 a.m. to report that the woman had walked across the bridge from the Prospect side and was sitting on the bridge railing, with the gun, on the Verona Island side. 

Troopers, deputies and Bucksport Police converged on the bridge and shut traffic down as police communicated with her using a PA system in one of the cruisers.  

The woman complied, put down the gun, and was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m.  The bridge was shut down to traffic for about 20 minutes. The woman has not been charged and was transported to a Bangor hospital for evaluation. 

Suspect sought in Parsonfield incident

PARSONFIELD – Law enforcement officials are still looking to locate a man accused of grabbing a child after she got off a bus in Parsonfield.

Maine State Police are investigating the incident that took place at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. A male grabbed a 13-year-old girl after she got off the bus and tried to bring her behind a building in Parsonsfield – specifically, Kezar Falls Village.

The male is described as being approximately 5’7” – 5’10” tall, scruffy beard and a light-colored sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about or who has seen a male matching the above description seen in the area on Dec. 4 at approximately 4:30 p.m. is asked to call the Maine State Police at 207-657-3030.

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