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Criminal Mischief - (01/28/15)

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In out of the cold

CLIFTON/HOLDEN A Penobscot County Deputy and his K9 partner have been credited with saving two autistic individuals from freezing temperatures in two separate incidents after they were reported missing.

The first incident happened on Jan. 1. Parents of a 15-year-old autistic individual reported that he ran away from home. Deputy Ryan Allen responded with his K9 partner Dozer. After speaking to the parents, Allen coordinated with the Maine State Police and Warden Service to bring in other agencies to help with the search. He then started a scent track with Dozer.

The track was successful. The youth fled from police several times. He was eventually apprehended and taken to a local hospital for medical care. Weather that day was in the single digits, and police noted that parents were appreciative that they were reunited with their son before it got dark and even colder.

The second incident occurred on Jan. 5, when a 22-year-old autistic individual from Holden was reported missing. The temperatures were in the single digits with a wind chill of well below zero. The subject had left his home ill-equipped to deal with the freezing temperatures, wearing only khakis, sneakers and a fleece pullover with no hat or gloves, and he had been exposed to the elements for several hours.

Deputy Allen responded, the man's parents were able to track him into Brewer near the railroad tracks. Allen called in the Warden Service, and went out in a scent track. He was able to locate the man about an hour, but he had already been exposed to the elements for three hours prior to that. He was found lying on the ground with severe frostbite.

Two men charged for trafficking heroin

EASTBROOK Investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Ellsworth office have charged two Hancock County men with felony drug distribution offenses following a month-long investigation into the sale of heroin in the county.

On Jan. 15, MDEA Agents with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Ellsworth and State Police served a search warrant at a residence occupied by Sheldon Alley, 30, in Eastbrook. During the search, agents seized about 115 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $40,000. Also seized was $2,200 (which is suspected of being the proceeds from illegal drug sales), a video surveillance system and two firearms, as well as other evidence of drug trafficking.

Alley was charged with class A, aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin). Also arrested the same night was Paul Colbeth, 35, from Sorrento. Colbeth has been charged with one count of class B trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin).

MDEA Commander Peter Arno said the seizure was significant and indicative of disturbing trend in the prevalence of heroin in Hancock County and other communities in Maine. This investigation is continuing and other charges are probable.

Anyone with information about drug trafficking is urged to contact their local police department, the MDEA office nearest them or call the MDEA tip line at 1-800-452-6457 if they wish to remain anonymous.

Active shooter training in Fort Fairfield

FORT FAIRFIELD On Jan. 26-30, the U.S. Border Patrol and law enforcement agencies in Maine will be conducting training exercises on Active Shooter Response at the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station in Fort Fairfield, Maine. The joint training will assist agents and officers in familiarizing themselves with response protocol and procedures during an emergency.

While the Fort Fairfield building will provide law enforcement a realistic environment, at no time will this scenario based training be conducted near residential areas or include any civilian staff.

'If a real world active shooter situation arises, it is imperative for the law enforcement community to work together as one team in combining their skills, knowledge and assets to resolve such a critical situation,' said Acting Patrol Agent In Charge John Bonner, Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station. 'It is paramount that all law enforcement communities have well trained and experienced law enforcement to engage the active shooter and extract any possible victims.'

There will be five sessions of this one-day training course with each officer completing instruction and practical exercises that utilize the concepts and principles of active shooter response and stress the importance of recognizing officer's limitations. Training will cover specialized topics, such as how to move as a team in order to isolate, distract and neutralize the active shooter, as well as address when to move directly to the threat and when to proceed in a slow and deliberate manner.

The full-scale active shooter training is being sponsored by Houlton Sector and instructed by agents from the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station. Local law enforcement agencies will be training with Border Patrol agents as a way to develop and reinforce pre-existing relationships and interoperable communications between agencies.

At the conclusion of this realistic training, a formal debriefing session with all participants and instructors alike will note successes, mistakes and most importantly lessons learned.


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