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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:36

Criminal Mischief (01/22/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Pane pain

BANGOR – An attempt at vandalism at a Bangor bar backfired spectacularly recently when a man’s efforts to break a window bounced back in a most unexpected way.

It all went down on the evening of Jan. 15. According to reports, at approximately 10:40 p.m., a man walking by Nocturnem Draft Haus, a bar located on Main Street in downtown Bangor, decided to pick up the sandwich board set up on the sidewalk outside and attempt to throw it through the large front window.

It did not go according to plan.

The window, made of tempered glass, did not shatter. Instead, the sandwich board rebounded and hit the man – later identified as 35-year-old Deng Rag – in the head, leaving him stunned on the sidewalk.

Authorities arrived soon after the incident, with Rag being transported to a local hospital for treatment. From there, he was issued a summons and cited for criminal mischief. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crime.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:25

Criminal Mischief (01/15/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Massive jet makes emergency landing at BIA

BANGOR (AP) — One of the world’s largest passenger jets made an unscheduled landing at Maine’s Bangor International Airport because of a medical emergency involving a passenger, officials said.

The fire department needed to use its aerial ladder to retrieve the patient from the second level of the double-decker A380, which landed at the airport at 9:30 a.m., said spokeswoman Aimee Thibodeau.

The firetruck ladder expedited the passenger’s removal because the airport’s steps wouldn’t reach the airplane’s upper doors, Thibodeau said.

The Emirates Airbus A380 from Dubai took off from Bangor at 12:15 p.m. to continue its flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:54

Criminal Mischief (01/08/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Samurai sword assault

MILLINOCKET (AP) — A Maine man who police say cut another man’s arm with a samurai sword during a fight was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Jeremy Rideout, 35, of Millinocket, turned himself in Wednesday, police said. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and made bail a few hours later.

Police were called to a high school parking lot in Millinocket on Sunday where they found the injured man. He was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

Court paperwork didn’t indicate if Rideout had a lawyer. He’s due back in court in Bangor on Feb. 13.

Monday, 23 December 2019 21:38

Criminal Mischief (12/25/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Shoplifter stop leads to shots fired

WATERVILLE – A traffic stop in connection with a shoplifting complaint led to a wounded police officer, a car chase and shots fired by law enforcement.

State Police say a 29-year-old man is being treated for multiple wounds after he was shot by police in Canaan following a chase from Waterville, after a Waterville Police officer was shot and wounded. Richard Murray-Burns of Harmony is being treated at EMMC in Bangor.

The Waterville officer – Timothy Hinton – was shot in both arms and was treated and released about 4:30 p.m. from the Thayer unit of MaineGeneral in Waterville. Hinton had stopped a car along Route 201 after a shoplifting complaint from Waterville’s Wal-Mart. Hinton was fired upon as he in his cruiser and as the gunman’s car left the scene, Hinton, who was wounded, began the pursuit until other officers could pick up the chase. Police officers from several police agencies were involved in the pursuit, along Routes 201 and 23, ending at Route 2 in Canaan when several officers fired and wounded the suspect.

Several police cruisers in the chase were struck by gunfire from the suspect, including a couple of cruisers which were disabled. Murray-Burns was armed with an assault styled weapon.

As is standard in officer involved shootings, the Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident and a team of investigators were sent to Canaan. Eight police officers shot at the suspect and they have each been placed on administrative leave with pay, which also is standard procedure.

In addition to Hinton, the officers involved were State Troopers Eric Sucy, Rick Moody, Daniel Murray and Garret Booth, Fire Marshal Investigator Ken MacMaster, Somerset Deputy Sheriff Stephen Arminger and Winslow Police Officer Cameron Huggins. 

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 12:43

Criminal Mischief (12/18/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Bus crash cancels Christmas Carol

BURNHAM – A bus carrying a touring theatre group bringing a show to Orono overturned on the highway last week. Four people suffered minor injuries when the charter bus overturned late on the night of Dec. 10 on Interstate 95 in Burnham, north of Waterville. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:22

Criminal Mischief (12/11/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Cianbro chairman’s cannon charges

BANGOR — The chairman of construction company Cianbro Corp. is facing charges over the firing of a small cannon that injured a referee at a Maine Maritime Academy football game earlier this fall.

According to reports, Peter Vigue was indicted in Hancock County on Dec. 5 on charges of aggravated assault, reckless conduct with a firearm and possessing or discharging a firearm on a school property.

Law enforcement officals say that the 72-year-old Vigue, an alumnus of MMA, fired his own cannon in tandem with the school’s tradition of firing one when the team scored a touchdown. In the process, something discharged and hit a referee in the head. The referee was subsequently treated and released.

Vigue served as CEO of the Pittsfield-based Cianbro from 2001 to 2018, when he stepped down from that role to be replaced by his son. The elder Vigue remains chairman of the board.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:23

Criminal Mischief (12/04/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

MCJA graduates 62 new officers

VASSALBORO - Maine’s 62 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  The new officers completed eighteen weeks of study and training.  Among the topics studied were crime scene processing, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck, who is President of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, told the new officers to “stay humble, polite and professional. Have compassion, and always be fair.”  

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:41

Criminal Mischief (11/27/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

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. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 11:32

Criminal Mischief (11/20/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Fire station vandal arrested in Bangor

BANGOR – A Bangor man has been arrested after breaking a number of windows at a Bangor fire station.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 15, Bangor Police responded to 289 Main Street (Central Fire Station) because a man – later identified as 55-year-old David Bileau of Bangor – was breaking windows. Upon arrival, the responding officer witnessed Bileau punching out one of the fire station’s garage door windows. Further investigation revealed that six garage door windows had been damaged.

According to reports, Bileau was allegedly belligerent and cursed out the responding officer and a fire fighter who’d stepped outside to help. Bileau was subsequently arrested and charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Alcohol was a factor in this crime.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:09

Criminal Mischief (11/13/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Maine State Police to start e-citation program

PORTLAND (AP) — Busted for speeding? Maine State Police have an app for that.

Maine troopers are preparing to issue traffic citations via computers in their cruisers. The motorist gets a printout of the citation, which is electronically sent to court.

Trooper Anthony Keim, the first to test the “e-citation program,” tells WGME-TV that it’s easier to type out the ticket than to write it out by hand.

“When they first came out with the program, I was sort of a little skeptical that it was going to slow my process down on how I do things out here. But it really hasn’t,” Keim said.

It’ll be rolled out to all state police cruisers in December.

It comes with a cost of about $1,000 per cruiser, which is a problem for smaller departments. But some of them are hoping grants may eventually cover those costs.

Supporters say the system makes officers more efficient and keeps them safer by reducing the amount of time on roadsides during traffic stops. One of the makers of such systems said they reduce the amount of time for a traffic stop by half.

Buxton Police Chief Troy Cline said the system makes officers more efficient and allows them to be more cognizant of their surroundings.

“It would help the officers become more efficient and effective, it’s just a matter of getting the funds to do that,” he said.

Lobsterman rescues deer from water

HARRINGTON (AP) – A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch five miles off the coast - a live deer.

Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore.

He and his crew hauled the 100-pound buck aboard.

Having a wild animal in a confined space could be trouble. But Dorr told the Bangor Daily News that the deer was so tuckered out that he “laid right down like a dog.”

He says it took a half-hour to return to Harrington, where the deer was set free.

Dorr says that he has seen deer swimming before but that this was different.

He says that if he and his crew hadn’t intervened, the deer would have been “a goner.”

Body found in Saco woods

SACO – The body of a man involved in a high-speed motorcycle chase was found days later in the woods by hunters and reported to law enforcement.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 7, two hunters reported that they had discovered the body of a male subject in the woods nearby. Investigators from the State Police and Saco Police Department responded to the scene, located approximately a quarter of a mile into the woods from the Flag Pond Road overpass.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Herbert Winship of Saco. Winship was involved in a high-speed chase just before midnight on the night of Nov. 2 with Saco Police when an officer directed him to stop his motorcycle in the parking lot of VIP Tires and Service on Route 1 after observing a traffic violation. Winship failed to comply with the officer and traveled northbound on Route 1 eluding police. He parked his motorcycle at Rinaldi Energy on Route 1 in Saco and fled the area on foot.

A Scarborough Police officer found the abandoned motorcycle and began a canine track in an effort to locate Winship, but was unable to find him.  

An autopsy has been completed, but authorities are waiting on toxicology reports and further tests before releasing findings. It is expected to take upwards of four weeks before results will be returned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

No further updates are expected until that time.

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