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Gunshot fired during scuffle outside bar

BANGOR Bangor Police are investigating an incident involving a reported gunshot. Authorities are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

On Aug. 25, around 12:45 a.m., someone reported a gunshot victim in the area of Main, Water and Middle streets. Officer Shawn Green and other officers responded to the area, and witnesses pointed out a handgun magazine in the road, indicating that the suspect had fled down Columbia Street.

Some officers searched the area while others interviewed witnesses. One woman told Green that she was in a local bar, and when she came out she saw her male friend engaged in a fistfight in the back parking lot with several men. When she attempted to break up the fight, she was punched in the face.

Her male friend then chased the man down Main Street and onto Middle Street when she subsequently heard the gunshot. She found her friend lying on the ground, but he was not wounded.

The suspect fled near Columbia Street and was not located. He is described as a black male, medium to heavy build, wearing glasses and a black or blue ball cap with New York or NY on it.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division. You can remain anonymous if you press 6 to leave a message on the Tip Line.

Police officer saves suicidal man

BANGOR  A city police officer saved a man who attempted suicide on Aug. 16.

It was around 6 p.m. when Officer Jeremy Brock responded to the I-395 overpass for the report of a suicidal subject. Witnesses told dispatch a man had dropped his identification off at the Circle K and told the employee he was going to hang himself off the bridge.

Brock, along with Officer Joe Baillargeon and Lt. Steve Hunt, searched for the man and he was soon located on the bridge tying a rope to the guardrail. As the officer approached and tried to speak with him, the man began tying the rope more quickly.

Brock was able to move close enough to grab the man and pull him to the ground safely. The man was taken to a local emergency room for an evaluation.

Hunt, Brock's supervisor, wrote in part, 'We are truly blessed to have some very fine young officers and he is certainly one of them.'

Brock is also credited with saving the life of a man who overdosed on heroin in late July.

Brewer police captain arrested for OUI

BANGOR  Bangor police charged Brewer's police captain with operating under the influence after his car was reportedly found parked off Griffin Road in Bangor. 

According to spokesperson Lt. Paul Edwards, Christopher Martin, 41, of Bangor, was charged shortly before 8 p.m. on Aug. 24 as a result of the investigation of an errant driver complaint. Martin, a 19-year veteran of the department, was not on duty at the time of his arrest.

Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt said in a press release that Martin has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Always wear your seatbelt

AUGUSTA  An area man is facing several charges after what started out with a simple seatbelt violation revealed warrants and drugs.

Tpr. Niles Kretch stopped a vehicle on Route 9 in Augusta when he saw the driver not wearing his seatbelt. The trooper learned that Edward Arbour, 34, had two active warrants for his arrest. Arbour also admitted to having heroin in his possession.

He was taken into custody on the active warrants, and also summoned for unlawful possession of schedule W drugs, violation of conditions of release, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia

Pants theft leads to felony charges

BANGOR  An Old Town man is facing felony charges after he fleeced a man who was trying on suits for a wedding.

On Aug. 21, around 9 p.m., Officer Dick Polk was called to Macy's at Bangor Mall for the report of a theft. While speaking with a manager and the male victim, he learned that the man was trying on suits for a wedding and returned from the fitting room to find his shorts with his wallet and other personal effects were missing.

The Macy's manager provided a pair of shorts to the victim, and an employee, who had noticed the police presence, told Polk that a 50-year-old man with gray hair and a thick Boston accent had made transactions at her register and was acting strangely. She told the officer that he had showed her staples in his shoulder from a previous injury.

Pold offered to take the victim back to his residence in Orono, but first checked on a couple of local bar establishments in the area. At his second stop, a bartender pointed out Dennis Duval, 48, of Old Town, who matched Polk's description.

Duval reportedly claimed he was the victim and showed Polk the stolen card. Still, he was placed under arrest and charged with class C felony theft, and misdemeanor receiving stolen property and misuse of identification.

All of the victim's property was recovered and returned.

Kevin MacLaren promoted to sergeant

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BANGOR  The Bangor Police Department recently announced that Officer Kevin MacLaren was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 20. 

MacLaren graduated from Hampden Academy 1986. Soon after he joined the Air Force and served in the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. MacLaren returned to Maine in 1994 and worked as a dispatcher for the Old Town Police Department and as a patrol officer for the University of Maine Police Department. He started his career with the Bangor Police in 1996.  

MacLaren is a highly respected patrol officer who has spent the majority of the past several years patrolling the west side of Bangor. He is a field training officer, member of the Crisis Intervention Team, and was one of original members of the department's Special Enforcement Team. He also was a member of the department's motorcycle officers.

MacLaren is a resident of Bangor.

Police warn of increase in motor vehicle break-ins

BANGOR  Bangor police is warning residents to remove valuable items from vehicles, including electronics, cash and other items and to always lock a vehicle when leaving it unattended even if it's only for a few minutes.

Since the beginning of August, the department has responded to 62 motor vehicle burglaries. Many items were taken from vehicles that were left unlocked. Lt. Paul Edwards also suggested owners keep track of the serial numbers and take photographs of their valuables to make them easier to identify in the event they are stolen and then recovered. Cash should be kept out of plain view.

Edwards noted that his law enforcement colleagues have also noted an increase in the number of break-ins in their jurisdictions and suggests people in surrounding communities also take precautions by locking their vehicles.

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