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Bangor man charged in sexual assaults

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BANGOR A Bangor man has been arrested and is facing charges in a sexual assault and another attempted sexual assault that occurred over the summer.

The first assault was reported on June 15, where patrol responded to a woman who had been assaulted in the downtown area by a male suspect.

On July 9, police responded to the report of an attempted sexual assault in the area of Hammond Street. According to police a weapon was brandished during the incident. 

After an extensive search of the area, the case was transferred to the Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.

As a result of the investigation, Ernest Nieders, 55, of Bangor was arrested on Sept. 9 and charged with gross sexual assault, attempted gross sexual assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Nieders is a registered sex offender with multiple convictions in Colorado and California.  He is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail on $150,000 cash bail.

MDEA arrests three in drug bust

THOMASTON  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency recently announced the arrest of three people as a result of an investigation into the illegal distribution of heroin and cocaine throughout the Mid-Coast region.

On Sept. 11, MDEA agents, along with Maine State Police, Thomaston Police, Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Rockland Police executed a search warrant on a residence on Water Street in Thomaston. Police arrested Stafford Goodman, 27, of Biddeford, Lauryn Smith, 20, of Biddeford and Alicia Santamore, 30 of Thomaston.

Police seized 21 grams of heroin, 26 grams of cocaine and other items indicative of drug trafficking. The MDEA said the street value of the drugs was estimated to be approximately $10,000.

All three were transported to Knox County Jail. Goodman was charged with class A aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs (heroin and cocaine); and Smith and Santamore were charged with class B trafficking in scheduled drugs (heroin and cocaine. 

The MDEA Mid Coast DTF serves Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties.

Bangor shop owner summoned for selling Spice'

BANGOR  A local pawn shop owner has been charged with selling the banned substance known as 'Spice' at the JG Pawn Shop, according to police. 

Joshua Gallant, 31, of Bangor, who owns JG Pawn Shop on 105 Center Street, was summoned for sale of synthetic cannabinoids by the Bangor Police Department's Special Enforcement Team (SET). 

SET had received anonymous tips and other intelligence, which was reviewed and then corroborated this past summer when a memember of the SET team was able to purchase a banned substance known as spice (specifically 'Black Mamba') valued at $23 at the pawn shop.

Gallant was issued the summons on Sept. 9 and faces a mandatory fine of $500 if he is found guilty.

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