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Criminal Mischief (01/23/2019)

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Three arrested in hospital incident

ELLSWORTH – Three men have been arrested on multiple charges following an incident that took place at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

On the afternoon of Jan. 20, Ellsworth PD received a call from a motorist reporting that one of the occupants of a truck had been indicating the presence of a weapon at a vehicle behind it.

The truck was pulled over soon afterward, but the three occupants reportedly ignored the officer’s commands and took off running. The hospital had received a call regarding a lockdown, but the three men apparently gained entrance with the assistance of another individual.

The three were found on the hospital’s second floor; following an altercation, the men were taken into custody. Two were treated for minor injuries; all were transported to Hancock County Jail. No officers were harmed in the course of the altercation.

The three men – 35-year-old Byron Grant of Harrington, 22-year-old Dirk Sawyer of Beals and 21-year-old Brighton Sawyer of Mercer – were charged with burglary (Class B), terrorizing (Class D), disorderly conduct (Class E), refusing to submit to arrest or detention (Class D), assault (Class D), failure to stop for law enforcement (Class E) and criminal mischief (Class D).

According to reports, the men were attempting to visit their grandmother.

Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sherriff’s Office assisted in the incident.

MDEA debuts tip app

AUGUSTA – Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigations many times start with a tip from the public and now the agency has a new way for citizens to forward those tips and do so anonymously.  

MDEA Director Roy McKinney said the agency gets an average of two dozen tips a month from concerned Maine citizens about suspected drug activity and many of those tips results in seizures of drugs and arrests.

Developed by tip411, the Maine DEA app is available for download free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the MDEA’s website at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.

“Someone dies every day in Maine from a drug overdose and all communities are affected by drug use and abuse. Our partnering with tip411 brings a new investigate tool to forward information to us,” McKinney said.

The new Maine DEA app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with members of MDEA and allows agents to respond back for more information, all as an anonymous two-way conversation.

The Maine DEA app and tip411 texts utilize technology that removes all identifying information before agents see the tip, and there is no way to identify the sender.

Maine residents without a smartphone can also share information with MDEA by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting keyword MDEAand their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the agency’s website.

MDEA’s telephones are another way to forward tips; the MDEA tip hotline number is 800-452-6457. Urgent tips can also be phoned into the Maine Department of Public Safety’s communications center in Augusta; the number is 800-452-4664.

State Police K9 receives donated body armor

A Maine State Police Department K9 named Junior has received a donation of body armor.

Maine State Police K9 Junior has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. K9 Junior’s vest is sponsored by Madeline Hamersley of Sorrento, ME and embroidered with the sentiment "In honor of Ken Colpaert & Suzanne Kane."

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3,200 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, with an average weight of four to five pounds. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, you can call 508-824-6978.

Firearms theft arrest

FALL RIVER, Mass. – A man connected to the theft of firearms from a Maine Police cruiser last summer has been arrested in Massachusetts.

The Maine State Police Troop B arrested of James “JayJay” Burns, 23, of Fall River Mass., in connection with the firearms theft from a Maine State Police cruiser in Norway in June of 2018.

The result of the months long investigation lead to warrants being issued on Burns for the following charges: Class B theft of firearms; Class D theft and Class D burglary of a motor vehicle.

Troopers working in conjunction with the Fall River Police Departments Gang Unit arrested Burns on at a residence in Fall River on the morning of Jan. 17. Burns waived extradition and was transported back to Maine by Troopers from Troop B.

As of press time, the investigation was still ongoing.

Fatal crash in Old Town

OLD TOWN – An Old Town man has died in a single-car crash.

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 17, the Old Town Police Department took a call of a single motor vehicle crash on College Ave Ext. When the police and fire departments arrived, the operator of the vehicle was already deceased inside the vehicle.

The operator – 38-year-old Eric Lieberman of Old Town – was the only occupant of the vehicle.  

The Old Town Police Department reconstructed the crash with the assistance of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s office. Early indications were that speed was a factor in the crash.

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