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Criminal Mischief (04/17/2019)

April 17, 2019
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Funny money warning

BANGOR – The Bangor Police Department is warning people in the area about counterfeit money that is circulating.

Bangor PD has taken complaints from three different local businesses after they received fraudulent $50- and $100-dollar bills; officials state that they have reason to believe more of these bills are currently being circulated.

Bangor PD is encouraging the public, retail establishments and financial institutions to double check any $50- and/or $100-dollar bills they receive. Oftentimes, counterfeit bills are slightly different in size and off-color when compared to authentic bills. They usually have the same serial number as well.

The investigation into these cases is ongoing and the Bangor PD will pursue those who produce and or pass counterfeit bills. Anyone with information on the person(s) responsible is asked to notify the Bangor Police Department. A message can be left on their anonymous tip line at 947-7384, option 5.

Elver poaching arrest

PERRY (AP) — Authorities in Maine say two people have been arrested and charged with illegally possessing baby eels after officials found them taking the fish from a stream.

Maine has a fishery for baby eels, which are called elvers and are valuable as seed stock for aquaculture companies. The fishery is tightly regulated and requires a license to participate in.

The Bangor Daily News reports two people from Washington County were arrested last week for poaching the elvers from a stream in Cumberland. A spokesman for the Maine Marine Patrol says 25-year-old Saucony Apt and 26-year-old Tabitha Carroll of Perry were charged with misdemeanor possession of elvers without a license.

It was unclear if the pair is represented by an attorney. Elvers are often worth more than $2,000 per pound to fishermen.

Horse whisperer

CORNISH (AP) — A deputy-turned-horse-whisperer is getting credit for saving a wandering horse in Maine.

The York County Sheriff’s Department received a report early Tuesday of a horse wandering in the middle of Route 25 in Cornish.

Sgt. Steve Thistlewood calmed the skittish horse, fashioned a halter and used some almonds to lure the horse close enough to catch.

A rancher agreed to keep the horse temporarily. The rancher said the 32-year-old horse was later returned to its owner.

Veterans insignia for police?

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine lawmaker is introducing a proposal to allow law enforcement officers and emergency responders to wear insignia that identify them as veterans.

Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig says allowing officers to wear the insignia would recognize them for their service. She says it would also “deescalate difficult situations between law enforcement and the public when they are fellow veterans.”

Herbig says she got the idea when it was brought to her attention by members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in Belfast. She says Maine law doesn’t currently allow law enforcement officers or first responders to wear such insignia.

Herbig’s proposal was the subject of a public hearing on April 10. It will face a vote from the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee before it can move forward.

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