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Criminal Mischief (01/10/2018)

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Vermont man arrested for Milford burglary

BANGOR – A Vermont man is in custody on burglary and other charges following an incident in Milford. 

At 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 7, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a residential burglary on the Call Road in Milford. When deputies arrived, they found the residence had received substantial damage and several items were taken. Along with personal property stolen, military awards from a family member’s shadow box were also taken. The owner of the residence was not home at the time of the crime.

After a thorough investigation, deputies located and arrested 26-year-old Joshua Francis of Vermont. He was located at a residence in Greenbush and most of the stolen items - including the military awards - were recovered.

Francis was charged with burglary, theft, and aggravated criminal mischief.

Arrest made in fatal Etna crash


ETNA – A man has been charged with manslaughter and other violations following a fatal automobile crash in Etna.

According to a news release, on Jan. 8, Richard Lupo II, age 32, of Etna was arrested by members of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office after an arrest warrant was issued for manslaughter (Class A) and aggravated driving to endanger (Class C).

These charges are connected to his involvement in a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Route #2 in Etna on Aug. 4 of last year. The investigation, which lasted several months, revealed that Lupo was traveling on the wrong side of the road at a high rate of speed when he collided head on with 73-year-old Debra Calderwood of Etna. Mrs. Calderwood died instantly as a result of this crash.

The case will be presented to the Penobscot County Grand Jury in the near future where further charges are likely. Richard Lupo was taken to Penobscot County Jail where he remains on $50,000 cash bail.

First fire death of 2018


SKOWHEGAN - The State Fire Marshal's Office says a Skowhegan man died sometime on Jan. 5 in a fire inside his mobile home. 

The body of 53-year-old William Lashon was found on the afternoon of Jan. 6 after Skowhegan Police entered the home in Harvey's mobile park for a well-being check. The fire was confined to a room Lashon had converted into a theater room and investigators think electrical wiring is the likely cause of the fire.

A neighbor and Lashon's mother, who also lives nearby, had both called police to check on Lashon, who had not been heard from since the large snow storm on Jan. 4. Investigators think the fire likely took place sometime on the day following the storm. 

This incident marked the first fire death of the new year in Maine.  Lashon worked as a projectionist at the Strand Theater in Skowhegan.

Roofer charged with theft

ROME – A contractor who failed to follow through on the promised work has been arrested for theft.

On Dec 27, Tr. Reid Bond received a theft complaint from a homeowner on the Watson Pond Road in Rome. The homeowner reported that they had given a down payment for a new metal roof to two individuals, one of which was Gary Page who operated a roofing business under the name Weather Tek. The down payment was made early in the month of November and the job was supposed to be started on Nov. 20.

However, no further contact was made from Page to the homeowner about the status of the roofing job after Nov. 18.

It was determined that Page had ordered the roofing for the job from Lakeview Lumber in China, only to return a few days after ordering the materials; he subsequently requested and received a refund. Page informed Lakeview Lumber that the homeowners in Rome had decided not to have their roof replaced.

Tr. Bond obtained an arrest warrant for Gary Page through the Augusta District Court for Class C theft by deception. On Jan. 8, Tr. Bond arrested Page who was then transported to the Somerset County Jail.

Ellsworth man dies during storm

ELLSWORTH (AP) — Police say the body of an Ellsworth man was found a short distance from the spot where his car got stuck during last week’s powerful storm.

Police say 54-year-old Paul Bouffard’s body was found on Friday. Police say his car became lodged in a snowbank, after which he left the car and succumbed to the cold during the blizzard on Thursday. An autopsy is set to be conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bouffard is one of two deaths attributable to the storm in Maine.

Authorities say a body of 35-year-old clammer Paul Benner was found on Monday. The Maine Marine Patrol says Benner went missing after he headed out Thursday to go clamming.


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