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August 29, 2012

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A real ladies' man (if you count robbing women)

BANGOR An area man is facing a slew of charges after going on an alleged crime spree.

A woman called police to report that a man, later identified as Brian Swett, 31, no fixed address, had ordered her out of her car before stealing it. Swett allegedly became involved in a high-speed chase with Maine State Troopers before crashing the vehicle on I-95 while attempting to exit the highway. Maine State Police reported that he was attempting to exit the interstate by going on a ramp in the wrong direction and ended up crashing into a vehicle that was already on the ramp. A Maine State Police detective then boxed Swett in, preventing him from leaving. He was arrested and charged with felony robbery, three other felonies and four misdemeanors, including driving to endanger and eluding a police officer.

Police learned that earlier that morning around 2 a.m. that Swett had allegedly stolen a cell phone from another woman. She reportedly chased him on foot, but he got away. When she spotted him a few hours later, she confronted Swett and demanded her cell phone back, according to police. He again took off running and she again gave chase. Swett reportedly ducked around a corner, and when she followed him he kicked her, knocking her to the ground. Police said he kicked her several times while she was still on the ground before he ran off.

Officer Mike Brennan interviewed Swett while he was incarcerated at Penobscot County Jail, and he was also charged with another count of felony robbery.

Nine burglaries reported in five days

PENOBSCOT/PISCATAQUIS COUNTIES Maine State Troopers out of Troop E are investigating multiple residential burglaries in the towns of Corinna, Winn, Milford, Chester, Greenbush, Mattamiscontis and Charleston.

In all, nine burglaries were reported between Aug. 20 and Aug. 25. Anyone with information should contact the Maine State Police at 207-866-2121.

Please recycle and avoid felony assault

BANGOR A Bangor man is facing charges after a confrontation in which he allegedly struck and wounded another man with a beer bottle.

On Aug. 25, around 8:15 p.m., officers were called to Center Street for the report of an assault involving a hammer. When officers arrived, they found a 64-year-old man bleeding from the head. The victim's wife told police that someone had struck her husband in the head with a beer bottle before fleeing inside a nearby apartment building.

The woman said that altercation came about after she returned to her residence and was talking on her cell phone while still inside her car. While she was talking, a man walked up behind the car and punched out the tail light for seemingly no reason. She told police that she yelled at the man for breaking the light, and her husband heard the altercation. Thinking his wife was being assaulted, he came outside with a hammer to protect her. At that point, the man grabbed the hammer from the victim, and another man struck him with the beer bottle before fleeing.

Police interviewed several witnesses and then located Michael Owen, 32, of Bangor and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. He was also charged with class B felony aggravated assault and was taken to Penobscot County Jail.

The victim was treated by Bangor Fire Rescue.

Enfield man reportedly runs over girlfriend

ENFIELD An Enfield man is in custody after allegedly running over his girlfriend.

On Aug. 25 around 9:56 p.m., Penobscot County Deputies responded to a domestic incident in Enfield where a caller reported that Clarence Ketch, 53, of Enfield had driven over his girlfriend with his vehicle.

Ketch had reportedly left the scene before law enforcement arrived. Dep. Michael Knight arrived to see the female being treated by EMS. Maine State Trooper Thomas Fiske was able to locate the vehicle involved in the incident.

Ketch was also located and arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault, operating after suspension with injury, criminal operating under the influence and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Trick or treat?

OLD TOWN A Milford man was reportedly trick-or-treating a couple months early and several decades late.

On Aug. 26, Officer Brent Fournier responded to the Riverfront Pub to deal with Michael Thibodeau, 40, of Milford. Previously, Thibodeau had been warned not to return to the tavern, so police were called when he returned, this time allegedly carrying some type of sword or sickle.

Thibodeau had left by the time Fournier arrived, but was located on Center Street heading towards Milford by Officer Jim Fearon. He was carrying a sickle, and the officer ordered him to place it on the ground. It was later determined that the sickle was a plastic Halloween prop. Fearon also located a badminton racket stuffed into the back of Thibodeau's shorts. According to police, Thibodeau, thinking it was Halloween, entered the pub and was soliciting the patrons for candy. Police noted that Thibodeau appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

He was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with criminal trespass. 

How to get police to notice you

OLD TOWN An Old Town man ended up facing charges after he pulled in behind a police vehicle and drew attention to his reported underage drinking and driving.

On Aug. 25, around 10:57, p.m., Sgt. Michael Hashey was parked on the shoulder on Water Street acting as backup for officers who were responding to a domestic violence investigation. While he was on the shoulder, he saw a vehicle driving along the shoulder up behind his parked car. Hashey was preparing to move his vehicle out of the way, fearing that the driver was going to strike the cruiser, but the driver stopped behind him. Hashey attempted to wave the vehicle to go around him, but the driver remained parked.

Hashey approached the driver, who was later identified as Samuel Morris of Old Town. Morris initially gave him a date of birth that indicated he was 21, but Hashey learned that Morris was only 20, according to police.

Morris reportedly told Hashey that he had a beer at the Folk Festival and that he was on his way home.

He was placed under arrest and taken to the police station for an Intoxilyzer test which resulted in a 12 percent breath alcohol content. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.

Gone fishing?

OLD TOWN A long-forgotten citation led to the arrest of a Lincoln man last week.

Officer Josh Loring was on patrol when he ran the plate of Bruce Smith, 46, of Lincoln. The driver's history indicated that he had an active warrant for arrest. After confirming the warrant and matching the driver's description to the information in the computer, Loring stopped the vehicle as it entered the McDonald's parking lot.

Loring confirmed Smith's identity and informed him that he had an active warrant for failure to appear for fishing without a license. Smith was arrested on the warrant. A small amount of marijuana was located in the vehicle and he was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

The warrant had been issued in 1996.

Woman arrested for domestic violence

OLD TOWN An Old Town woman is facing domestic violence charges after an alleged assault.

On Aug. 25, police were called to a residence on College Avenue where a woman reported that her partner had punched her. When the victim attempted to flee, her girlfriend dragged her and threatened to kill the victim and the victim's family.

Police located Samantha Kocach, 24, of Old Town, near Water and Center Street. After they interviewed her, she was placed under arrest, taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with domestic violence assault.

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