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August 1, 2012

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Lobster spill in Hampden slows traffic

HAMPDEN - A load of lobster had a bumpy commute on their way to Prince Edward Island this weekend.

On Sunday, July 29, an 18-wheeler driven by Jen Meadows of Gardiner rolled over at the intersection of Route 202 and the Coldbrook Road when the load of crustaceans shifted.

"One moment I was on all 18 and the next minute I'm on nothing," said Meadows, who has been a truck driver for the past nine years. Fortunately, she was not injured during the accident.

Hampden police directed traffic around the rollover and stayed on the scene while another truck came to salvage as many of the lobsters as possible.

Police searching for alleged downtown Bangor burglar

BANGOR - Bangor detectives are searching for a man they believe had something to do with the recent rash of burglaries in the downtown business district.

Since July 21, businesses on Columbia Street and Harlow Street have reported cameras, computers and cash missing from their buildings. Now authorities are looking for 18-year-old Jonathan Matute. Detectives executed a search warrant at Matute's apartment at 19 Clinton Street last Wednesday, where authorities say items from those businesses were found.

Matute is described as a 5'3" white male with black hair and brown eyes, weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen in a four-door gold Buick Century with Maine registration 5147SL. That's the same car that was reported stolen to the University of Maine Police Department on July 26. Police say Matute may have a male and female juvenile with him.

Anyone with information about these burglaries or the whereabouts of Jonathan Matute is urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384.

Man arrested for aggravated assault

BANGOR - A Rockwood man was arrested earlier this month after allegedly tackling and beating a Bangor man with his fists and feet.

On July 20 at 8 p.m., police were called to the Second Street park area where they found a 39-year-old Bangor resident bleeding from the head. An ambulance transported the victim to the hospital but not before he and other witnesses were able to supply authorities with a description of the alleged suspect. The victim told authorities he was minding his own business when another man approached him and began beating him in the face repeatedly.

Three days later, 21-year-old William Wheelock of Rockwood was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The victim has since been released from the hospital.

State police thwart alleged burglary in process in Washington County

ALEXANDER - Police aren't always able to catch a potential burglar in the act, but they did two weeks ago in Alexander.

State police trooper Jason Fowler was called to a possible burglary in process at a home on the Airline Road. Not knowing what he'd encounter when he arrived at the residence, Fowler planned for the worst. After investigating the scene, it was determined there was no burglar at all but rather a bear outside the residence digging in the garbage.

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 when 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, the two agreed they need to find a better way to communicate. No charges were filed.

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