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2012 Crimees: A chance to look back, point and laugh

December 20, 2012
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For the past six years I've been compiling local arrest reports from area law enforcement agencies. These stories range from the absurd to the tragic, but they have one thing in common you can't make this stuff up. Last year, we presented you with our first round of Crimees (Like the Emmies, but with crime) where we featured some of the silliest or spectacularly odd crimes of the year. Now it's time to look back at 2012.

The hard part isn't finding the funny or absurd crime it's trying to figure out which ones to leave out. I had more than enough for a feature length story by the time I had looked through February's 'Criminal Mischief.'

And the winners, or perhaps losers would be more apt, are:

Police pull over driver watching TV

BANGOR - A Carmel motorist accidentally drove off the roadway in Bangor after allegedly attempting to watch television while driving.

Bangor police say they were called to Outer Hammond Street around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 after a motorist simply drove off the road. When Officer Wade Betters arrived on the scene and looked into 25-year-old Christopher Cunningham's vehicle, he saw comedian Dennis Leary playing on a TV set.

Cunningham, whose license was suspended for a prior incident, eventually admitted to the officer he was watching TV when he became distracted and left the roadway. As a result, the Carmel resident was summoned for operating after suspension.

One more reason why the Yankees suck

PORTLAND (AP) - A New York Yankees fan was arrested over the weekend after allegedly throwing a brick through a glass door at the Portland police station on Middle Street.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jeffrey Nason, address unknown, walked into the station with his Yankee baseball hat on his head Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. to report someone in the street had just yelled at him for wearing his cap. As he left the station, Nason reportedly threw a brick through the lobby door of the station. He was caught just a short distance away, charged with aggravated criminal mischief and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Police say no one was hurt during the incident. But damage to the door is estimated to be around $1,000.

Police searching for alleged bathing suit burglar in Clifton

CLIFTON - It's been over a week since state police were called to a bizarre burglary in Clifton where the alleged intruder was wearing just her bathing suit.

Authorities say around 9 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 6, a resident living on Yawaca Road awoke to find a woman in her late teens to early 20s wandering inside her home. The female homeowner told police the alleged burglar was wearing a bathing suit and swim suit cover up and was just walking around the residence with her flip flops and purse in hand.

The owner said nothing was taken from the home, but authorities are still investigating the incident to determine who the intruder is. Police say the suspect left the residence before they arrived at the scene and before the home's owner could write down the license plate number of the car the suspect appeared to be driving at the time of the incident.

Juveniles damage a resident's mailbox, again

LUBEC - State police were called to Lubec last Wednesday after a resident's mailbox had been damaged for the second time. Four juveniles admitted to Sgt. Jeffrey Ingemi that they were responsible for the damage. So the teens dug a new hole for the new mailbox they bought and paid for the last time they pulled it out of the ground.

The group, which may be feeling a little guilty for their actions, has even offered to go to church with the victim for the next couple of weeks.

Dispute in Hermon causes divorced couple to rethink their communication skills

HERMON - Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest, but last Sunday was anything but peaceful at a residence in Hermon.

State police were called to a domestic dispute just after 3 p.m. on July 22. The original call came from a man claiming his ex-wife came to pick up their kids, they got into an argument. As she was leaving, she allegedly swerved toward him in her vehicle at a very slow speed. When the trooper spoke to the ex-wife about the incident, she claimed her ex-husband walked in front of her vehicle as she was leaving the home and that he spit on her car and struck the vehicle.

In the end, police say the two agreed they need to find a better way to communicate. No charges were filed.

Excuse me, are you with the Sheriff's Office?

ORONO - State police in Orono stopped a Bradley man last Thursday for driving a vehicle that could be considered by some motorists to be a cop car.

Around 3 p.m. on July 12, Tpr. Michael Johnston pulled over 49-year-old Scott Cram, who was operating a 1978 Dodge Monaco outfitted with a working blue and red light bar and siren. According to police, Cram also had a sheriff's hat in the back window and decals on the door that said "Sherriff" and "County Sheriff." Cram told the trooper his set of wheels, which has an antique auto vanity plate that reads "Roscoe," is mostly used in parades. Roscoe B. Coltrane was the bumbling sheriff in the television series "Dukes of Hazard" that ran from 1979-1985.

Cram was given a warning for operating a vehicle improperly equipped with emergency lights and siren. The trooper also explained his concerns to Cram about potential police impersonation.

Leg found after hit & run in Exeter

EXETER - State police were called to an unusual hit and run on the Exeter Road in Exeter last month.

At around 8:41 p.m. on May 17, a man with a prosthetic leg was struck by a pickup truck as he was outside of his own truck checking his trailer. During the incident the victim lost his prosthetic leg and was originally unable to find it. However, it was later recovered at the scene.

No more information on the hit and run has been made available.

Raccoon has rabid fan

SORRENTO An unknown animal vigilante made off with an injured raccoon rather than let authorities euthanize it and test it for rabies.

On Dec. 7, Trooper Cliff Peterson received a report of an injured raccoon in the roadway in Sorrento. The caller requested the raccoon be taken to a veterinarian to be rehabilitated. The warden service contacted the caller as Trooper Peterson was not in the area. When the concerned party learned that the raccoon would have to be euthanized and tested for rabies, she put the raccoon in her vehicle and fled from the area. The caller refused to tell the warden service where she was.

Neither she nor the raccoon has been heard from since.

Pain at the pump

HARRINGTON On Nov. 30, Tpr. Keith York summoned Benjamin Follette, age and hometown unlisted, for criminal mischief. After a disagreement with an employee at the Harrington Irving about pre-paid gas, Benjamin walked out of the store and punched the gas pump screen, disabling the gas pump.

It's a nice day for a wrecked wedding

HERMON At least the wedding was memorable.

On Nov. 23, Penobscot County Deputies were called to the Morgan Hill Event Center, where employees reported there were 20-plus people fighting in the parking lot.

When deputies arrived, they did find a large group of people in the parking lot, and while sorting out the crowd, one deputy saw a man push his way out of the lobby with a woman who appeared to be attempting to restrain him. The man, later identified as William Gillespie, 46, turned and shoved the woman back into the lobby. The deputy told him to place his hands behind his back. Instead of complying, Gillespie reportedly became more belligerent and aggressive.

With other deputies assisting, Gillespie was ultimately subdued, but not before assaulting three deputies, including attempting to bite one, according to police. He was taken into custody and placed into a cruiser.

Then, a younger man, identified as Shawn McLean, 25, became argumentative with deputies. He was issued several disorderly conduct warnings but was ultimately arrested for disorderly conduct. As he was being escorted to a cruiser, Gillespie, who had already been detained, kicked out the rear passenger window of the cruiser he was in.

McLean initially refused to sign the summons, but when he was informed that he would receive an additional charge he signed 'f-ck you' on the form.

Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail. McLean was charged with disorderly conduct, and Gillespie was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, refusal to submit to arrest or detention and three counts of assault on an officer.

Stay on target

CORINNA An area garbage man called the cops when he thought a resident target shooting was targeting him.

On Oct. 30, Maine State Police responded to Corinna for a report from a garbage truck driver that he had been shot at as he emptied a dumpster.

The investigation revealed that the homeowner was sighting in his rifle by firing out his window across the road.

The garbage truck driver heard the shot, looked up to see the subject in the window with the weapon and surmised he had been shot at.

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