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Criminal Mischief (07/10/2019)

July 9, 2019
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Parade crasher

ASHLAND (AP) — Police in the northern Maine town of Ashland say a 21-year-old man has been arrested on charges of driving recklessly during a parade in town, assaulting two fire department members and resisting arrest.

Police say they received a report on Saturday morning of a vehicle operating recklessly trying to get through the Ashland Days Parade. Emergency responders said a fire department member who was on foot was hit by the vehicle while trying to stop it. Police say the vehicle also struck another firefighter.

Police were able to stop the vehicle and take the keys but say the driver resisted arrest. He was eventually restrained and taken to the Aroostook County Jail where he was being held on $5,000 bail. It wasn’t known if he’s being represented by an attorney.

Chase leads to arrest

ALBION – A man is in custody after a criminal incident led to a short chase that ended with a crash and an arrest.

According to Maine State Police, a Bath man was arrested following a short chase with a State Trooper in Albion on the morning of July 8. Police were looking for the man following a criminal incident in Shirley a few hours earlier investigated by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. 

A car connected with the incident was spotted a short time later and law enforcement engaged in a pursuit. The chase lasted just a few minutes before the Ford Escape crashed attempting to make the turn at the intersection of Clark Road and Winslow Road in Albion; the vehicle wound up in a field. The crash was reported at around 8:15 a.m.

Arrested at gunpoint was 24-year-old Christopher Hallowell of Bath. Multiple troopers were at the site to assist with the arrest and the crash investigation. Hallowell was not injured and was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail, where he remained as of press time. 

Call for ATV safety

CARIBOU (AP) — Game wardens in Maine are calling for a renewed focus on safety in the wake of several all-terrain vehicle crashes involving children.

The wardens say they responded to a crash in Caribou on the Fourth of July that injured two 14-year-old boys and a 4-year-old boy. They say none of the boys involved in the crash were wearing helmets, but they were wearing seatbelts.

Wardens say another holiday crash resulted in injuries to a Connecticut man in Frenchtown Township. Still another crash, in Burnham on Thursday, resulted in injuries to a 15-year-old and a 25-year-old.

Wardens tell WMTW-TV that yet more incidents were reported on Thursday. They’re calling for ATV users to wear protected headgear and operate the vehicles at safe speeds.

Small plane crash in Montville

MONTVILLE (AP) — A small plane crash at a camp in Maine has left the three people aboard injured.

Sgt. Nick Oettinger of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says none of the three had life-threatening injuries from the Wednesday evening crash. They were taken to Waldo Country General Hospital.

He identified the people as the pilot and two staff members from Hidden Valley Camp in Montville. The rural town is located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Bangor.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells WCSH-TV that the Cessna 172 aircraft crashed into trees at the camp.

The camp’s owner says the camp had rented the plane and hired a private pilot to fly it.

It’s unclear what caused the crash. Federal authorities are investigating.

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