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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:35

August 29, 2012

Written by Katy England
A real ladies' man (if you count robbing women)

BANGOR An area man is facing a slew of charges after going on an alleged crime spree.

A woman called police to report that a man, later identified as Brian Swett, 31, no fixed address, had ordered her out of her car before stealing it. Swett allegedly became involved in a high-speed chase with Maine State Troopers before crashing the vehicle on I-95 while attempting to exit the highway. Maine State Police reported that he was attempting to exit the interstate by going on a ramp in the wrong direction and ended up crashing into a vehicle that was already on the ramp. A Maine State Police detective then boxed Swett in, preventing him from leaving. He was arrested and charged with felony robbery, three other felonies and four misdemeanors, including driving to endanger and eluding a police officer.

Police learned that earlier that morning around 2 a.m. that Swett had allegedly stolen a cell phone from another woman. She reportedly chased him on foot, but he got away. When she spotted him a few hours later, she confronted Swett and demanded her cell phone back, according to police. He again took off running and she again gave chase. Swett reportedly ducked around a corner, and when she followed him he kicked her, knocking her to the ground. Police said he kicked her several times while she was still on the ground before he ran off.

Officer Mike Brennan interviewed Swett while he was incarcerated at Penobscot County Jail, and he was also charged with another count of felony robbery.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:40

August 22, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Identities released in Bangor car fire 

BANGOR - Authorities are calling last week's car fire at Automatic Distributors in Bangor a homicide.

A passing motorist called police to report a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the business located at 22 Target Industrial Circle just before 4 a.m. on Aug. 13. When the flames were put out, the bodies of three people were discovered inside. Those individuals have been identified as Daniel Thomas Borders, 26, of Hermon; Nicolle Ashley Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; and Lucas Alan Tuscano, 28, of Bradford. However, the cause of death is not being released at this time.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:12

August 15, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Three bodies found after Bangor car fire 

BANGOR Authorities uncovered a gruesome site when they responded to a car fire at Automatic Distributors on Monday.

Bangor police and fire personnel were called to 22 Target Industrial Circle just before 4 a.m. on Aug. 13, when a passing motorist called to report a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the business. Once the flames were extinguished, the bodies of three people were found inside the charred vehicle.

The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, along with the state Fire Marshal's Office, is now handling the case. The identities of the deceased were not immediately available. 

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:25

August 8, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Bangor juvenile arrested for arson 

BANGOR - A 17-year-old who was waiting for a ride to work ended up being transported to the Charleston Correctional Facility instead after allegedly setting fire to his home.

On July 31, around 9:45 a.m. Bangor police and Bangor fire responded to a report of a fire at 12 James Street. A woman told authorities she returned home to give her 17-year-old son a ride to work when she smelled smoke and discovered a bedroom in the house burning. The juvenile allegedly fled the scene, but was found the next day and taken into custody. He was transported to the Charleston Correctional Facility, where he was charged with arson.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:58

August 1, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Lobster spill in Hampden slows traffic

HAMPDEN - A load of lobster had a bumpy commute on their way to Prince Edward Island this weekend.

On Sunday, July 29, an 18-wheeler driven by Jen Meadows of Gardiner rolled over at the intersection of Route 202 and the Coldbrook Road when the load of crustaceans shifted.

"One moment I was on all 18 and the next minute I'm on nothing," said Meadows, who has been a truck driver for the past nine years. Fortunately, she was not injured during the accident.

Hampden police directed traffic around the rollover and stayed on the scene while another truck came to salvage as many of the lobsters as possible.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:25

July 25, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Alleged burglar obsessed with Coe Building in Bangor 

BANGOR - There is just something about the Coe Building on Columbia Street in Bangor that seems to be attracting the wrong type of customer - or customers.

Police say over the weekend, four businesses were either damaged or burglarized within that stretch of property located between Main and Cross Streets. Officers spoke to a complainant at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, who discovered the building had been broken into. Both the Pulse Marketing Agency and Hometown Newspapers, LLC, informed police that more than $4,000 of equipment was missing from each business. Two other businesses, which authorities say also appear to have been broken into sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning, reported none of their property had been taken. Bangor police say the person or persons responsible for the break-in caused another $2,000 in damages.

In the past few weeks, both Northstar Photography and The Sweetest Thing on Columbia Street have reported similar incidents happening at their places of employment. Bangor's Criminal Investigations Division is now handling the case. Anyone with information about the burglaries is urged to call the department at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to activate the tip line.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:01

July 18, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Pedestrian killed on Union Street

BANGOR - Police are investigating a fatal accident on Union Street that claimed the life of a Bangor woman.

Officer Brian Smith was called to the intersection of Union Street and the I-95 Northbound on ramp at 7:45 a.m. on July 14 to investigate an accident involving a pedestrian. At least one volunteer firefighter was on scene tending to the pedestrian when authorities arrived. The victim, identified as 57-year-old Brecon Oldham of Bangor, was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries. The driver, 78-year-old Marie McBrine, and her 6-year-old granddaughter were not injured in the incident. Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to call Bangor police at 947-7382. Those who wish to remain anonymous should press 6 to activate the tip line.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:43

July 11, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Ted Nugent's drummer arrested for stealing golf cart

BANGOR - While concert goers were enjoying the sounds of Styx and REO Speedwagon Sunday night at the Waterfront Concerts, Bangor police were trying to stop Ted Nugent's drummer, 55-year-old Mick Brown, who was allegedly driving a stolen golf cart recklessly near the concert grounds. Nugent was the opening act in last weekend's Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express Tour.

Officers Steve Jordan and Jim Dearing were on duty at the concert when security personnel approached them around 9:45 p.m. and told them that Brown, who was intoxicated, had allegedly stolen a gold golf cart used by Waterfront Concerts and was driving it around the Front Street area. Although several people had attempted to stop the drummer, he reportedly sped away. A few moments later, Jordan spotted the golf cart near the Railroad Street crossing, with two women also on board. A second attempt to stop Brown failed when he accelerated past authorities. Finally, a security officer got close enough to stop the musician, but not before allegedly being shoved by Brown. The Arizona native was physically removed from the cart by authorities, placed on the ground and arrested.

Brown was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 15.

Tuesday, 03 July 2012 13:24

July 4, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Bangor's police chief set to retire

BANGOR - After more than 30 years of service, Bangor Police Chief Ronald Gastia has announced he'll be retiring from the department on Sept. 30, 2012. Gastia began his career in Bangor as a patrol officer in 1982, where he then rose through the ranks to sergeant in 1995, lieutenant in 2001 and chief in 2007. Gastia said, "I wouldn't trade my time with the Bangor Police Department for anything. I am grateful for the experiences and opportunities that my career has provided."

Chief Gastia plans to spend his retirement in the outdoors and with family.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:16

June 27, 2012

Written by Jodi Hersey
Franklin motorcyclist has a bad day on the roads

TRENTON - A Franklin man was taken into custody after leaving the scene of an accident and speeding away from police.

Bar Harbor police contacted state police in Ellsworth on Friday, asking them to look out for a motorcycle that fled the scene of an accident in Bar Harbor. Trooper Greg Roy later spotted the motorcyclist on Route 3 in Trenton. When he attempted to stop the driver, the motorcyclist sped up. After a two mile chase, the bike's operator lost control while attempting to turn onto the Jordan River Road in Trenton, but that didn't keep him from moving. The driver, who was later identified as 24-year-old Brandon Brown, tried to drive away from police again before he was forcefully removed from the motorcycle by Tpr. Roy.

Brown was arrested and charged with eluding an officer, operating under the influence, resisting arrest, criminal speed, driving to endanger, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He was also cited for having no insurance and an expired inspection sticker.

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