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Criminal Mischief - March 12th, 2014

March 11, 2014
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From the past to the present, there's something here for you. Well, not for you.

BANGOR A Bangor man is facing felony theft charges after reportedly stealing thousands of dollars' worth of memorabilia from the Bangor Public Library.

On Feb. 26, the owner of Maritime International, Paul Zebiak, reported to the police that a man had come into his store on Feb. 25 trying to sell a large number of Civil War photographs and World War II memorabilia. Zebiak thought the situation was suspicious and refused to buy the items, telling the man he had to have picture identification from him before he would make a purchase. Knowing that the Bangor Public Library has a collection of similar war memorabilia, Zebiak contacted them after the man left his store. Staff at the library checked the archives and confirmed they were in fact missing a large number of items from their collection. They estimated the value of the missing items at approximately $31,000.

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On Feb. 27, a woman came into Maritime International with the stolen items and again tried to sell them. Zebiak called the Bangor Police and stalled the female until officers could arrive. Detective Tim Cotton responded to the store, and interviewed the woman.  

As a result of his investigation, Cotton was able to recover all of the stolen items from the suspect, who has been identified as Russell Graves, 27, of Bangor. At the time of the theft, Graves had been working in the library as a volunteer.

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Russell Graves has been arrested and charged with a class C (felony) theft and violation of conditions of release.

Half dozen arrested in Aroostook County

AROOSTOOK COUNTY  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested five men for trafficking in synthetic hallucinogens (Bath Salts) and a sixth man for tracking in Oxycodone, according to police.

During a coordinated investigation, agents infiltrated the group and made a number of purchases of bath salts. Agents also purchased Oxycodone from one of the men (Roston). Agents seized more than 12 pounds of bath salts and approximately $40,000 in case.

Keith Cochran 38, of Mars Hill; Karter Burtt 24, of Mars Hill; Brandon Mills 24, of Mars Hill; Doil Hayes 33, of Fort Fairfield; Ryan Brewer 21, of Blaine; and Eric Rosten 50, of Presque Isle were arrested.

For the past month agents from MDEA's Aroostook District Task Force conducted an investigation into the illegal distribution of synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as 'bath salts', throughout central Aroostook County. Assisting in the investigation and arrests were representatives from the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, Fort Fairfield Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations.

The six men were transported to the Aroostook County Jail where bail was set at $10,000 cash each.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected. 

Two charged with trafficking heroin in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH  The Maine Drug Enforcement agency recently announced the arrests of two people for allegedly trafficking heroin in Ellsworth. 

On March 6, agents from the Downeast and Mid Coast District Task Forces executed a search warrant at 857 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth. The search warrant was executed after several purchases of heroin were made from the residence by undercover agents.

As a result of the search approximately 10 grams of heroin was seized along with $1,200 dollars in drug proceeds. Also seized was approximately 116 grams of processed marijuana.

Justin Pinkham, 24, and Logan Hanson, 23, both of Ellsworth, were arrested at their residence and transported to the Hancock County Jail where bail was set at $500 dollars cash for Hanson.

Pinkham is being held without bail due to violating his conditions of release on a pending possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

Agents were assisted by officers of the Ellsworth Police Department and Deputies of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

Meth arrests

OAKLAND/WATERVILLE  Six people have been arrested in connection with a methamphetamine manufacturing operation centered out of a Waterville motel room. Maine Drug Enforcement agents found several active 'one-pot' labs in a room at the Waterville Fireside Inn & Suites on Upper Main Street.

Over the last month, as part of a joint investigation with the Oakland and Waterville Police Departments, MDEA agents have been investigating the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine in the Waterville/Oakland area. 

During the investigation, agents gained substantial evidence that Eric 'Joe' Finnemore of Linneus was the central figure of a local group involved in the manufacturing and sale of the drug. Agents made undercover purchases of methamphetamine from members of the group. In addition, others individuals have been identified as assisting the operation by purchasing antihistamine drugs containing pseudoephedrine, a necessary ingredient in the production of meth.

In addition to the search in Waterville, other search warrants were served simultaneously at two Oakland apartments at 11 Center Street. The decision to evacuate a wing of the Waterville motel was made because of the extremely unstable and volatile potential of these types of labs.

Police ultimately arrested six people: Eric 'Joe' Finnemore, 35, of Linneus, charged with class B trafficking/manufacturing of methamphetamine - a schedule W drug;  Christopher Mceachern, 27, of Oakland, charged with class B trafficking of methamphetamine and class C possession of methamphetamine;  Corey Stevens, 22 , of Oakland, charged with class B trafficking of methamphetamine and class C possession of methamphetamine; James Bell, 43, of Oakland, charged with class B trafficking of methamphetamine; Katherine Tibbetts, 48, of Oakland, charged with class B trafficking of methamphetamine; and  Rachel Wolfe, 26, of Oakland, charged with class C possession of methamphetamine.

All were transported to the Kennebec County Jail.

MDEA's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team is being assisted at the scenes by the Waterville Police and Fire Departments, the Oakland Police and Fire Departments, the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Skowhegan Police Department and chemists from Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.

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