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Criminal Mischief (03/11/2020)

March 11, 2020
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Stolen property ID sought in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH – The Maine State Police in Ellsworth are seeking to return recovered stolen goods to their rightful owners.

On Feb. 23, Corporal Dan Ryan with the Maine State Police assembled and served a search warrant in Ellsworth. Stolen property from a burglary in Blue Hill was recovered at this address. During the execution of the search warrant, a number of other items were found, including jewelry.

A few pieces of the jewelry have identifiable marks, so if you are in the Greater Hancock County Area and are missing or have reported any jewelry stolen and think one or more of these pieces might be yours, please contact Trooper Joshua R. Lander at 207-973-3700.

In order to make a claim, you will be expected to offer a detailed description of the jewelry or other evidence of ownership – photos, insurance information, etc.

Wedding dress found

BANGOR – The Maine State Police posted recently on Facebook that they had made an unexpected discovery on a Bangor highway.

The post, made on March 3, read thusly:

“Did you lose a wedding dress? This one was found, a little worse for wear, between exits 1 and 2 of Interstate 395 in Bangor on Feb. 29, 2020 around 5 a.m. on the westbound side.”

They also posted a picture of the dress and included the hashtag #NiceDayForAWhiteWedding.

If the dress is yours, contact the Maine State Police to claim it.

Two arson arrests

AUGUSTA/ATHENS - The State Fire Marshal’s Office says two men have been charged with arson in connection with two separate fires in Augusta and Athens.

In Augusta, a 45-year-old man was arrested early on the morning of March 9 after a fire inside his apartment at 23 Western Ave. Larry Doyen was located on a nearby street by Augusta Police shortly after the fire was reported. A sprinkler system in the 10-unit apartment house activated and kept fire damage to a minimum, but the other nine tenants had to spend the night elsewhere. Fire investigators say a cardboard box inside Doyen’s apartment had been set on fire.  

In Athens, a 52-year-old man was charged with arson on the afternoon of March 6. Dwayne Weese of Athens is charged with setting fire to a building next to his home on Vernal Huff Road on Feb. 28. The fire damaged the building.  It had been sold by Weese’s mother to a Standish couple the day before who planned to use it as a recreational camp. Investigators say the fire started in a crawl space under the building and footprints in the snow lead to Weese’s property next door. A State Police tracking dog helped follow the footprints and the Somerset Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. Damage to the house was minor as the fire extinguished itself.

Doyen was taken to the Kennebec County Jail and Weese was taken to the Somerset County Jail.

Fire chief due in court for DUI

MANCHESTER (AP) — A fire chief arrested for drunken driving in Maine’s largest city is due in court next month, officials said.

Manchester Fire Chief Francis R. Wozniak was arrested in Portland after being stopped for driving without his headlights illuminated late on Feb. 22, the Kennebec Journal reported. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a field sobriety test.

Town Manager E. Patrick Gilbert declined to comment on the incident, saying it was a personnel matter. Wozniak. who was released on $2,500 unsecured bail, did not reply to an email seeking comment.

Portland police said Wozniak had a handgun in his vehicle when stopped by officers, but his possessing the gun did not violate the law.

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