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Criminal Mischief 5-16-12

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Bangor man robbed after accepting a ride 

BANGOR - An evening at a local downtown bar in Bangor turned scary for one 33-year-old Bangor man who was reportedly choked and robbed after accepting a ride home from an acquaintance.

The man, who was not identified, told Officer Taylor Bagley that when the bar closed Sunday morning at around 1:15 a.m., he accepted a ride from an acquaintance he knew only as “Scott.” When he got into the man’s silver van, he noticed a younger man and three women already inside the vehicle.

The victim told police the younger man choked him from behind until he lost consciousness. He awoke in the parking lot of Angelo's Pizzeria on Hammond Street as the van took off. The victim eventually flagged down a passing motorist and used her cell phone to call police.

When they arrived, the victim told authorities he was missing cash and his cell phone. He also provided a description of the suspect's vehicle and the occupants. The van was located within minutes at the On The Run Mobil gas station on the corner of Union Street and Griffin Road. All the occupants were brought to the police station and interviewed, according to police.

As a result, 25-year-old Adam Freeman of Bangor and 44-year-old Scott Macomber of Lagrange were each arrested and charged with one count of class B felony robbery. They were taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Midnight stroll leads to charges

ORONO – Police say two teens from Orono were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor following a midnight stroll along Bennoch Road on Saturday.

At 12:38 a.m., Sgt. Scott Wilcox and Officer Sarah Exley observed an empty vehicle parked at the entrance of a walking trail off Bennoch Road and decided to investigate. After approaching the car, they stopped three male teenagers who police said were about to enter the walking trail.

After interviewing the trio and searching the vehicle, police determined two of the minors had been consuming alcohol and subsequently charged Nicholas Peterson, 19, and Philip Benoit, 19, both of Orono, with possession of alcohol by a minor. Meanwhile, the third individual, a 17-year-old also from Orono, was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Authorities investigating computer breach at UMaine Orono

ORONO - A computer breach discovered earlier this month on one of The University of Maine campus computer servers could result in the potential exposure of personal information of several individuals.

Authorities say those who made purchases through the campus-based computer store could be at risk. According to authorities, as many as 435 credit card numbers and 1,175 social security numbers were discovered on the server. University officials say the compromised server was used for only online sales made at the campus stores and that particular server is an isolated system that has no relationship with any other UMaine computer systems containing other student or university data.

The server was in the process of being phased out at the time of the alleged hacking. Those potentially affected by the breach will be sent a letter with customized information about how to access identity protection services at UMaine's expense.

The UMaine police department, Maine Computer Crimes unit of the Maine State Police, FBI, University of Maine System Information Security Office and UMaine's Information Technologies Office continue to investigate.

Guilford man arrested after nearly hitting cop car

CORINTH – A Guilford man is facing several charges after he allegedly ran a stop sign in Corinth and almost struck a cop car.

Maine State Tpr. Tucker Bonnevie was traveling on Hudson Road in Corinth at around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 when police say the motorist ran a stop sign at the intersection of Puddledock and Hudson roads. According to authorities, the driver tried to get away until Bonnevie was eventually able to pull the motorist over.

The driver, 33-year-old Joshua Smock, was then arrested and charged with failure to stop for law enforcement, operating after suspension, driving to endanger, operating an uninsured vehicle, and illegal attachment of plates. Smock was then taken into custody.

A passenger in the vehicle was unharmed during the incident.

Lamoine driver charged for allegedly leaving accident scene

TRENTON - Maine State Police were called to a hit and run on Route 3 in Trenton last Tuesday. According to Tpr. Greg Mitchell, 22-year-old Thomas Smith of Lamoine was traveling along Route 3 in Trenton when he allegedly struck another vehicle before fleeing the scene and heading back to his residence. Smith has since been summoned with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and failure to provide evidence of insurance. No more information on the alleged hit and run has been made available.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:33

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