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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:14

Criminal Mischief (02/19/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

House cleaner charged with theft

BANGOR – The operator of a local cleaning service has been charged with theft following the disappearance of a client’s property.

On Feb. 11, a resident of Bangor reported that she had recently hired the cleaning services of Cynthia Daigle who had been advertising her services on Facebook as Cynthia’s Cleaning Service. After Mrs. Daigle’s first cleaning appointment, the homeowner discovered jewelry missing from her residence. One of the items missing was a three-carat diamond ring valued at over $15,000.

On the afternoon of Feb. 13, detectives of the Bangor Police Department Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at the Hermon residence of Mrs. Daigle. At the conclusion of the search warrant, Daigle was placed under arrest for theft, a class C felony, and transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

Law enforcement officials note that any other individuals who have utilized the services of Cynthia’s Cleaning Service and have discovered items missing are encouraged to contact their local police department.

As of press time, the investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 10:51

Criminal Mischief (02/12/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Deal reached in cannon charges

ELLSWORTH (AP) — A criminal case against the chairman of a construction company over the firing of a small cannon that injured a referee is expected to be dismissed.

Cianbro Corp. Chairman Peter Vigue was indicted on criminal charges on Dec. 5. The aggravated assault and reckless conduct charges were dismissed in a deal reached with the Hancock County district attorney’s office last week, according to court documents.

The third charge, possessing or discharging a firearm on school property, will be dismissed if Vigue doesn’t break any criminal laws in the next six months.

Vigue is accused of firing a cannon during a Marine Maritime Academy football game in Castine in September. Authorities said Vigue, a Maine Maritime alumnus, fired the cannon in tradition when the team scored a touchdown. But something discharged and hit a referee in the head.

The referee was taken to a hospital but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The agreement does not require Vigue to enter a plea, and there will be no criminal record. Vigue has also agreed to pay a $250 court fee and donate $1,000 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 109 in Ellsworth.

Vigue and his attorney did not respond to request for comment.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 10:23

Criminal Mischief (02/05/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Sheriff helps save men in ATV incident

WARREN (AP) — Two Warren men remain were hospitalized after their ATV fell through the ice.

Craig Dennison, 38, was driving the ATV with Donald Holbrook, 28, as a passenger Saturday night when they hit open water about 100 yards from shore on Crawford Pond, authorities said Sunday.

Dennison was able to get himself out of the water, but Holbrook had to be rescued by Knox County Sheriff Sgt. Arthur Smith, who secured himself to shore with a rope, jumped in the water and held Holbrook upright until they could be pulled out.

Dennison was in stable condition Saturday night. Holbrook was transferred to Maine Medical Center in stable but serious condition.

Authorities said the incident is a warning that ice conditions along the coast can be hazardous.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:24

Criminal Mischief (01/29/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Woman stalked by drone

GORHAM (AP) — A Maine woman who was harassed by a drone for two days says police told her they could do nothing about it.

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.

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