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Criminal Mischief (11/27/2019)

November 27, 2019
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Missing woman found, charged with arson

BUCKSPORT – A missing woman has been found … and charged with arson.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says a Bucksport woman missing for a week after her home was badly damaged by fire was arrested last night and charged with setting the fire.  56 year old Aza Jerome was charged with arson after she was released from Eastern Maine Medical Center on the night of Nov. 20. She was taken to the Hancock County Jail. 

Jerome was located at the Craig's Brook federal fish hatchery in Orland after police and game wardens had been looking for her since the fire that took place on Veteran's Day.  She was taken to the Bangor hospital for evaluation and released. 

It is unclear where she had been staying in her week-long absence, but likely she had sought shelter in some buildings in the area.  The fish hatchery is 12 miles from her home on Town Farm Road in Bucksport.   Fire investigators say the fire caused $50,000 in damage to the house and Fire Investigators say the fire was set inside the home and a second fire was set in a shed on the property. 

Calais teen charged with arson

CALAIS – A teenager has been charged with arson following an attempt to set fire to her room at a Calais youth facility.

The State Fire Marshal's Office have charged a teenage girl with arson after she set fire to her room at the Aroostook Mental Health Clinic Children’s Project on Palmer St. in Calais. Fire Investigators charged the 17-year-old after she set fire to her mattress and bedding. 

A smoke detector was activated and a staffer of the facility dragged the smoldering mattress out of the building, where the fire was extinquished.  No one was injured.

The teenager was transported to Mountain View Correctional Center in Charleston.

Lewiston PD releases accident video of mayor-elect

LEWISTON (AP) — The Lewiston Police Department has released a video of the city’s mayor-elect hitting a woman in a crosswalk with his van.

The crash happened in October, before Mark Cayer won the mayoral election. Cayer has admitted to hitting Julianne Dawson of Lewiston in the crash. He didn’t contest a charge of failing to yield to a pedestrian and paid a $180 fine.

The Bangor Daily News obtained the video via a public records request on Wednesday.

Dawson has said the crash left her arm badly bruised, and she also had a bruised leg and road rash. Her attorney, Alex Spadinger, said in an e-mail the crash is an example of the danger of distracted driving.

Cayer said it was his responsibility “to be aware of everything that was around me.”

Portland man bungles burglary

PORTLAND (AP) — Police in Maine say a man broke into an apartment, but left behind his wallet that authorities later used to find and arrest him.

Authorities say police were called to a Portland apartment early Wednesday when residents awoke to find a stranger in their living room.

Police say 32-year-old Troy Day was gone by the time they arrived, but they said he left his wallet behind with an ID card listing his name.

The Portland man was found a short distance away and arrested.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Day was been charged with burglary, theft and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He is being held on $10,000 bail and is due in court Friday. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

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