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Criminal Mischief (02/06/2019)

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OOB bigamy

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is accused of marrying a New Hampshire woman while married to women in Alabama and Georgia and officials say it is possible there were more marriages, as well.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Michael Middleton of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, had a pattern of marrying women he met online and then vanishing after gaining control of their assets.

The Journal Tribune reports that detectives painstakingly obtained and reviewed records from other states to build a case.

The investigation revealed that he was married to women in Alabama and Georgia, and that there may be other undiscovered marriages.

In New Hampshire, bigamy carries a penalty of up to 7 years in prison. Middleton is in jail pending a hearing on Thursday. It’s unknown if he has a lawyer.

Bomb threat from 10-year-old

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — Police have charged a 10-year-old elementary school student with felony terrorizing in connection to a bomb threat to school buses in Maine.

Regional School Unit 9 Superintendent Tina Meserve says first responders received a call from someone saying there was a bomb on a bus in the Farmington-based district around 4 p.m. Thursday.

The district canceled after-school activities and evacuated school buildings and buses in response.

Meserve says police determined the call was a hoax and arrested the student.

The student’s name and sex have not been released.

Meserve says school will be in session as usual Friday. She says the student will be referred to a juvenile corrections officer.

Limington meth bust

LIMINGTON – A man from Limington has been arrested on charges related to methamphetamine production.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and York County Sheriff’s Office says a Limington man has been charged with operating a meth lab.

The man in question is 33-year-old Andrew Sweeney. Sweeney was arrested and charged with unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory. 

Deputies conducted a bail compliance check on Sweeney at his home on 18 Hemlock Lane on the evening of Jan. 30.  Sweeney had been released on bail earlier in the month on a drug possession charge. During the bail check, deputies recognized several items consistent with a meth lab underway inside Sweeney's mobile home. They secured the scene and contacted MDEA for assistance.  

MDEA's lab team arrived the next day (Jan. 31) to process the scene and found five active one-pot meth labs inside the residence. They also located another 40 inactive meth lab containers in a shed on the property. 

Meth is typically made from household ingredients reacting inside a plastic soda bottle. The State Environmental Protection Agency also responded to take custody of the dangerous chemicals and its by-products seized from the scene.

Sweeney was arrested without incident and transported to the York County Jail.   

This is the third meth lab incident MDEA has responded to this year. There were 52 meth lab-related incidents MDEA responded to in 2018.

Man dies in Orland fire

ORLAND (AP) — Investigators say an Orland man died when he returned to a burning house to get his dog.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the man escaped with the rest of his family before going back inside on the evening of Feb. 4 in the town of Orland. Firefighters recovered the body of 40-year-old Sam Crawford hours later, after the fire was extinguished.

Two other adults and two children escaped the fire uninjured.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a space heater in the garage. They say Crawford moved a skidder, a vehicle used in logging, to safety before telling others he was going back to look for his dog.

The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Firefighters had to use tanker trucks to haul water to the rural site.

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