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March 7, 2012

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Three arrested on drug charges

ELLSWORTH – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three men in Ellsworth this week following a three-month investigation into the distribution of narcotic prescription pills. Ellsworth police also assisted in the Wednesday arrests of Scott E. Conlin, 37, of Ellsworth, for unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone); Melvin L. Reynolds, 30, of Bronx, New York, for unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone); and Timothy D. Kane, 27, of Trenton, for failure to appear in court.

MDEA Supervisor Corey Bagley said the trio was arrested at a Deane Street apartment where agents seized a handgun, shotgun, a small quantity of suspected LSD and ecstasy, over 180 oxycodone pills and $ 8,000 in cash.

Bagley said that the sale of narcotic painkillers such as Oxycodone is a significant problem in Hancock County and throughout the state. The street value of the pills is valued at over $5,400, according to police. Bagley said the investigation will continue with additional charges and arrests likely .

Rude awakenings

CARMEL – An area man had a rude awakening when a motorist driving too fast for road conditions drove into his home.

Around 4:50 a.m. on March 5, Penobscot County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of an accident. A motorist driving on the Irish Road was reportedly driving too fast for the snowy conditions and was unable to stop. He traveled through the intersection of Route 2 and collided with a house, striking the exterior chimney and causing it to collapse.

The owner, a 95-year-old man, slept through the incident. The driver was not injured.

One way, the wrong way

ORONO – Police look for clues of impairment - which can include, but are not limited to, driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

On March 3, Sgt. Scott Wilcox was on patrol when he saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Mill Street turn onto Main Street. He stopped the car near Pine Street and spoke with the driver, Zackary Williams, 21, of Manchester, Maine.

Wilcox determined that Williams had consumed alcohol, so he administered field sobriety tests and subsequently placed the Manchester man in custody for suspicion of operating under the influence. A search of Williams produced a a marijuana pipe and a small baggie of marijuana. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with OUI, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Snowy day rumpus

LEVANT – Fun and games came to an abrupt halt after a third party called the sheriff's department reporting dangerous driving activities on a snowy day.

On March 1, Deputy Garrit McKee responded to a complaint about an vehicle driving erratically in the Levant Elementary School's parking lot. The caller told authorities that a car was driving through the freshly-fallen snow, pulling a person in a sled behind it.

McKee arrived and saw the two-door vehicle traveling at an unsafe speed with the sledder in tow. As the car came from around the back of the school, it sped towards the road, making an abrupt turn and allowing the sled to hit a jump that had been constructed, hurling the sledder between the guard rail and a tree. He landed about 10 feet from the roadway.

McKee spoke with the 17-year-old driver from Levant, and ultimately contacted his mother to inform her that her son was being charged with driving to endanger.

No one was injured in the incident.

Let me make this easy for you

EDDINGTON – A Bangor man made it easy for the deputy that stopped him by giving precise directions to where the drugs were stashed.

On Feb. 27, Deputy Daren Mason recognized the driver of a white Jeep who didn't have a license to drive in Maine. While the deputy was speaking with the driver, identified as Edward Wilkins, 46, of Bangor, he could detect the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Wilkins reportedly admitted that he had smoked pot before leaving Bangor. When Mason informed him that he would be searching the vehicle, Wilkins allegedly said, “Let me make this easy for you,” and proceeded to tell the deputy where to find the marijuana.

Sgt. William Birch arrived to assist and located the drugs in a red bag that was in plain view in the back of the vehicle, where Wilkins had indicated it would be. There was marijuana and Vicodin found in the bag.

Deputies also learned that the passenger, Howard Eaton, 52, had active warrants. Wilkins was charged with possession of schedule W drugs and furnishing marijuana.

Man arrested and charged with domestic assault

KINGMAN – An area man was arrested and faces charges stemming from a domestic assault incident.

Deputy Patricia McLaughlin responded to a residence in Kingman for a reported assault on Feb. 27. The victim reported that she had been in an argument with Nicholas Perry, 47, and claimed that he had grabbed her by the throat and slammed her face into the side of the house, causing swelling to her face, bruising on her neck and cracking the vinyl siding. The victim reported that he also threatened to kill her. He then left the residence. He was located the following day by deputies of the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office.

As a result of the investigation, Perry was arrested and charged with domestic assault, violation of conditions of release and criminal mischief.

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