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Kids n' Kops trading cards promoting healthy messages for youths
BANGOR/ORONO The Bangor and University of Maine police departments have launched a new Kids n' Kops trading card program intended to raise awareness about bullying and substance abuse prevention among elementary and middle school youngsters.
The series of 14 trading cards features male and female UMaine student-athletes who play Division I sports at the state's flagship university. Members of the Bangor and UMaine police departments will distribute the cards at community events, including university athletic games at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and on campus.
Youngsters can collect five cards and bring them to one of the two police departments for a free Kids n' Kops T-shirt and two tickets to a UMaine basketball game.

The goal, say the organizers, is to foster positive interactions between police officers and youths and reinforce important messages about health and well-being.
'We are pleased to be part of a program that promotes an active lifestyle for the youngsters in our community by using student-athletes as an example of hard work and healthy choices,' says Bangor Police Chief Mark Hathaway. 'We appreciate our partnership with UMaine and thank the UMaine student-athletes for their participation.'
'We want to be proactive in promoting quality goals for healthy living to young people, many of whom we hope will be future UMaine Black Bears,' says UMaine Police Chief Roland LaCroix. 'It's important that youths know that police officers can be helpful resources and UMaine student-athletes are role models they can look up to.'
In 198688, a similar program called Kids & Kops, spearheaded by then-UMaine men's basketball coach and UMaine alumnus Skip Chappelle, featured UMaine and other area law enforcement officials distributing trading cards as part of an anti-drug campaign. Those trading cards also featured UMaine student-athletes, several of whom went on to professional sports careers.
'We believe in the long-term value of a program that brings together the youth of our community and the police,' says Chappelle, who is helping coordinate this campaign with another UMaine alumnus Irv Marsters, owner of Bangor Letter Shop. 'This program also communicates the messages of health and well-being through sports.'
Maine Savings Federal Credit Union is a corporate sponsor of this year's Kids n' Kops campaign.

Three arrested in Deer Isle drug bust
DEER ISLE As part of a joint investigation with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, MDEA's Downeast District Task Force based in Ellsworth has arrested a Bronx, New York man and two residents of Deer Isle and charged them with trafficking in crack cocaine. Seized were approximately 150 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $25,000, as well as some $9,000 in suspected drug proceeds.
For the past several months, MDEA, working closely with the Hancock County deputies, have been investigating a group responsible for the importation of crack cocaine and other drugs into the Deer Isle and Stonington areas of Hancock County. This investigation included the undercover purchase of crack cocaine. Recently, MDEA agents, along with Hancock Deputies, searched the home of Michael Brown and Shannon Gray on Horseshoe Lane in Deer Isle. Also there was Barry Glover of the Bronx, New York.
The trio was arrested:
1. Barry Glover- 19, of the Bronx, New York. Glover has been charged with Class 'A' aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (crack). His bail has been set at $200,000 cash.
2. Shannon Gray- 32, of Deer Isle. Gray has been charged with Class 'A' aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (crack cocaine). Her bail has been set at $5,000 cash.
3. Michael Brown- 39, of Deer Isle. Brown has been charged with Class 'A' aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (crack cocaine). His bail was set at $5,000 cash
The above charges were aggravated due to the amount of drugs that were seized.
This is the second time in a week that major sources for the supply of drugs in Hancock County have been apprehended and their distribution network disrupted. Sheriff Scott Kane and MDEA Director Roy McKinney said the work will continue to stem the flow of illicit drugs to the county and both acknowledge there is more work to be done.
All three are being held at the Hancock County Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned in the Ellsworth Unified Court.

Deaths attributable to heroin and fentanyl continue to jump
AUGUSTA Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have released drug overdose statistics for the first nine months of 2015. The numbers paint a dire picture of Maine's opioid crisis. From January through September of 2015, deaths attributable to drug overdoses stood at 174. The state is on pace to reach between 230 and 250 overdose deaths this year. In 2014, there were a record 208 overdose deaths.
'Maine's opioid epidemic continues to rage,' said Attorney General Mills. 'This problem seems to have the attention of everyone but the users. I am heartened by the response I have seen from leaders in our state who all want to solve this problem. In recent days the police have taken major actions to disrupt the supply of heroin and other opiates into our state and to protect our citizenry from those who would sell it. We can and must do more. We must also begin the long effort of curbing the demand for these deadly substances by educating people of the dangers and supporting people in recovery from addiction.'
Of the deaths in the first nine months of 2015, 113 (65 percent) involved at least one pharmaceutical drug and 111 (64 percent) involved at least one illicit drug. Many of these deaths (29 percent) were caused by a combination of pharmaceutical and illicit drugs. Pharmaceutical opioids remain a key substance category, with 70 deaths (40 percent) caused by at least one pharmaceutical opioid. Heroin and Fentanyl are increasingly named as a cause of death, with 71 (41 percent) deaths caused by heroin and 54 (31 percent) caused by fentanyl or acetyl fentanyl. In 74 percent of all the cases, multiple drugs are listed as a cause of death.

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