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Criminal Mischief (01/22/2020)

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BANGOR – An attempt at vandalism at a Bangor bar backfired spectacularly recently when a man’s efforts to break a window bounced back in a most unexpected way.

It all went down on the evening of Jan. 15. According to reports, at approximately 10:40 p.m., a man walking by Nocturnem Draft Haus, a bar located on Main Street in downtown Bangor, decided to pick up the sandwich board set up on the sidewalk outside and attempt to throw it through the large front window.

It did not go according to plan.

The window, made of tempered glass, did not shatter. Instead, the sandwich board rebounded and hit the man – later identified as 35-year-old Deng Rag – in the head, leaving him stunned on the sidewalk.

Authorities arrived soon after the incident, with Rag being transported to a local hospital for treatment. From there, he was issued a summons and cited for criminal mischief. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crime.

Snowmobile crash injures Border Patrol agent

JACKMAN (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent was injured in a snowmobile crash in remote northern Maine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In a Friday news release datelined Jackman, Maine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agent was “patrolling his area of responsibility” when the crash occurred on Tuesday.

Due to the remote location of the crash it took nearly five hours for fellow Border Patrol Agents, the Maine Warden Service and others to get the agent, whose name was not released, off the mountain where the crash occurred. It took another hour to get him to the hospital.

The agency did not provide an update of the agent’s condition, but Border Patrol Houlton Sector Chief Jason Owens thanked the crews involved in the rescue and said, “I am grateful that our agent made it home safely to his family.”

Reward offered for info on eagle shooting

AUGUSTA (AP) — Authorities in Maine are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who shot a bald eagle, which later died.

The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for help in finding out what happened to the eagle. It was discovered injured on Sunday in the town of Peru.

A person who found the eagle cared for it until a game warden could arrive, but the bird later died, the warden service said. The service said X-rays showed the eagle had been shot.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction. Maine’s Operation Game Thief is also offering an additional $2,000.

The agencies ask that anyone with information call Operation Game Thief at 800-253-7887, Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Law Enforcement at 207-469-6842 or the Maine State Police’s dispatch center at 207-624-7076.

Loaded handgun found at PIJ

PORTLAND (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration on Friday stopped another loaded handgun from being taken onto a plane at the Portland International Jetport.

A Hampden man tried to board a plane with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets, the agency said. The man told officials he did not know he had his loaded gun in his backpack.

It was the first gun caught at the security checkpoint this year at the Portland International Jetport.

But there were a spate of similar incidents over the past couple of months.

TSA caught three guns at the airport checkpoint last year, including one just last month. Loaded handguns were nabbed on back-to-back days in late October.

In the latest case, airport police confiscated the gun and detained the man for questioning. His wife drove to the airport to pick up the gun and take it home, according to TSA.

Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms only in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared.

Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked and packed separately from ammunition.

Man suffers frostbite after highway crash

DYER BROOK (AP) — A man who crashed his car on Interstate 95 suffered from hypothermia and frostbite, in addition to crash injuries, after having to seek help in bitter cold weather.

Richard Matthews ran about a mile in subzero temperatures to get help after his car went off the interstate and into a culvert early Saturday in Dyer Brook. He eventually reached an Oakfield restaurant, where someone dialed 911.

Matthews, 49, of Bangor, told police he crashed while trying to avoid something on the roadway. He was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries and for hypothermia and frostbite, state police said.

State police are reminding Mainers to keep extra warm winter clothes in their vehicles in case of situations like this.

NH man dies after snowmobile breaks through ice

ROCKWOOD (AP) — A 56-year-old New Hampshire man died when his snowmobile broke through the ice Sunday evening on Moosehead Lake, game wardens said.

Steven Allard, of South Hampton, New Hampshire, was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water about an hour and 15 minutes after he crashed through the ice, wardens said. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Allard and his wife were returning to Rockwood Cottages on separate snowmobiles when he looped toward the mouth of Moose River where he broke through the ice. wardens said.

Using a rescue sled, Rockwood Fire and Rescue followed Allard’s snowmobile track and retrieved him several hundred yards from shore.

“Snowmobilers need to stay aware of their surroundings and understand that ice conditions can change quickly,” Maine Warden Sgt. Bill Chandler said Monday in a statement.

Ice in the area where the Moose River flows into the lake is never safe; there are marked trails on the lake so riders can avoid the area, he said.

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:39

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