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Criminal Mischief (03/01/2017)

March 1, 2017
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Hancock County drug arrests

SULLIVAN – On the night of Feb. 21, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested five people - two men from the Bronx, New York and three Hancock County residents - following an investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine base “crack” in Hancock County.

As part of continuing efforts focused on the growing presence of out-of-state drug traffickers selling heroin and “crack” cocaine in Hancock County, deputies, drug agents and Maine Marine Patrol Officers searched a home last night at 190 Taunton Drive in Sullivan.

The search followed an investigation which revealed that the individuals inside the home were allegedly selling heroin and crack. Evidence of drug trafficking, along with approximately $6,300 of suspected drug proceeds, was seized.

The five people arrested were as follows:

Christopher Cruz, 28, of the Bronx, New York, has been charged with Class C Conspiracy to Traffic in Schedule W drugs (heroin and crack).

Kevin Barner, 51, of the Bronx, New York, has been charged with Class C Conspiracy to Traffic in Schedule W drugs (heroin and crack).

Sherman Merchant, 32, of Gouldsboro, was arrested on three outstanding warrants

Jade Giger, 30, of Gouldsboro, was charged with Class C violation of conditions of release

Matthew Leise, 39, of Sullivan, was arrested on an outstanding Hancock SO warrant.

All five were subsequently transported to the Hancock County Jail.

The Ellsworth Police Department assisted investigators with a drug sniffing dog during the search last night. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

Meth lab bust in Bangor

BANGOR – Two men have been charged after an alleged manufacturing operation for methamphetamine was discovered in a Bangor apartment building.

The two – 21-year-old Caleb Hathaway and 26-year-old Andrew R. Chalila – were arrested on the morning of Feb. 23 and charged with aggravated operation of a meth lab. The charges were elevated due to the dangers – fire, chemicals and the like – that were presented to other residents of the building.

The lab was discovered during a bail search at the apartment located at 47 Sanford Street. Chalila is on probation, while Hathaway was out on bail following his arrest back in September for his involvement in a robbery.

If convicted of these elevated meth lab charges, both men face up to 30 years in prison and a fine as high as $50,000. As of press time, both Hathaway and Chalila remain in custody at Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Harrison arson

HARRISON - A Harrison man has been charged with arson following a barn fire in that town on the night of Feb. 24. 

On Feb. 27, the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested 44-year-old Dathan Wakefield and charged him with two counts of arson, according to a press release from the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Wakefield’s arrest follows a fire that damaged a barn – located at 1073 Edes Falls Road in Harrison - on the night of Feb. 24. Fire Investigators said the fire started on the outside of the barn and firefighters were able to stop the blaze from seriously damaging the building, according to the release. 

The barn was attached to the home of Michael Giguere, who was home at the time. A neighbor spotted the fire and called Giguere, who escaped the blaze without injury.

Investigators say Wakefield and Giguere know each other and that there is a long-running dispute between the two men. 

Wakefield was taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Alleged bagel break-in caught on camera

BANGOR – Two teens were caught in the act of allegedly attempting to break into downtown Bangor business Bagel Central by the surveillance cameras operated by the business.

The videos showed the two trying to access back doors of the building housing Bagel Central – located on Central Street – and include efforts to shift the camera toward Kenduskeag Stream and a particularly memorable impromptu dance from one of the suspects.

The two suspects were almost immediately identified once the videos were posted on Bagel Central’s Facebook page on Feb. 27. It seems unlikely that charges will be filed, though it is expected that law enforcement officials will be speaking to the teens and their parents.

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