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Criminal Mischief (12/27/2017)

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Bangor man charged in car fires

BANGOR – A Bangor man has been arrested and charged for multiple instances of arson that took place earlier in the fall.

On October 23, just before 3 a.m., Bangor Police and Fire Departments responded to Linnehan’s Rightway Auto located on the Griffin Road in Bangor for a report of three vehicles on fire. The fires were extinguished and it was determined to be arson

On November 3, Bangor Police Officers responded to Kenny U-Pull, located on the North Bangor Road in Bangor, for a report of several vehicles that had been burned overnight. The cause of these fires was also believed to be arson.

Both incidents have been under investigation by detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bangor Police Department.

On the afternoon of December 20, detectives arrested 20-year-old Ethan Getchell of Bangor and charged him with two counts of Arson (Class A) and one count of Falsifying Physical Evidence (Class D). 

The charge of Falsifying Physical Evidence was due to actions taken by Mr. Getchell after his meeting with detectives days prior to his arrest.

Mr. Getchell was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation and no further information will be available.

Retired state trooper faces drug charges

GORHAM – A 22-year veteran of the Maine State Police was arrested and charged with selling drugs.

According to the Maine Department of Public Safety, a retired state trooper was arrested on the night of December 20 and charged with selling cocaine and fentanyl.  

Maine Drug Enforcement Agents arrested 51-year-old Jeffrey Linscott of Buxton late on Dec. 20 along Main St. in Gorham. Linscott was charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl) Class A, Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl & Cocaine) Class B (2 counts) and Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drugs (Suspected Fentanyl) Class C.

MDEA agents from the Cumberland District Task Force and Gorham Police arrested Linscott around 11:30 p.m. and he was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Linscott was arrested after agents intercepted him delivering suspected Fentanyl to a customer in a parking lot of the Hannaford Store in Gorham. Several grams of the substance suspected to Fentanyl, packaging materials, scales and $1000 of suspected drug proceeds were seized from Linscott. 

For the past two months, agents have been investigating Linscott and others associated with him for selling heroin, Fentanyl and cocaine throughout Cumberland County. In addition, drug agents conducted several undercover purchases of drugs from Linscott.

Linscott was transported to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $50,000 cash. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

Linscott served 22 years with the State Police and retired in November of 2010.

Singing Portland officer goes viral

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine police officer’s rendition of “O Holy Night” is winning accolades online.

Portland Police Officer Jeremy Turner was a music major at the University of Southern Maine before walking a beat. He recently decided to put his voice to use to spread Yuletide cheer in a city park.

The video posted on Facebook has been shared several thousand times.

Turner says he burst into song on Saturday on a dare by a fellow officer.

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck approves of the singing officer. He says the video’s popularity serves to “humanize” law enforcement officers.

Game warden’s plane breaks ice

EAGLE LAKE (AP) — Authorities say a Maine game warden pilot landed his small plane on thin ice covering a lake, and the aircraft broke through, partially submerging it, but the pilot escaped injury.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says Jeff Spencer was returning from a bear data-gathering flight in a Cessna 185 aircraft equipped with skis Wednesday morning.

He started to taxi across the ice toward the shore of Eagle Lake but crossed an area of thin ice, and the aircraft broke through. The plane was suspended by its wings and tail. Spencer was able to get out of the plane. A family that lives near the lake posted a Facebook photo.

The ice had been determined to be safe for aircraft operations as of Monday.

Joyride ends in New Hampshire

LEBANON – A Lebanon man allegedly stole a neighbor’s car and drove away, only to wind up crashing in New Hampshire, where he was taken into custody.

On December 19, Maine State Police out of Troop A, responded to a residence on the River Rd. in Lebanon for a reported stolen vehicle.

Tpr. Zachary Fancy investigated the complaint and learned the resident was warming up his vehicle and when he returned the vehicle was gone. The resident’s neighbor, Joshua Bragdon, 37, of Lebanon, was observed getting into the vehicle and driving away.

A short time later Bragdon crashed the vehicle in Dover, New Hampshire. Bragdon was taken into custody by the Dover Police Department and is being held at the Strafford County Jail on a Fugitive from Justice charge. He will be extradited back to Maine where he will be charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

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