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Criminal Mischief (02/19/2020)

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House cleaner charged with theft

BANGOR – The operator of a local cleaning service has been charged with theft following the disappearance of a client’s property.

On Feb. 11, a resident of Bangor reported that she had recently hired the cleaning services of Cynthia Daigle who had been advertising her services on Facebook as Cynthia’s Cleaning Service. After Mrs. Daigle’s first cleaning appointment, the homeowner discovered jewelry missing from her residence. One of the items missing was a three-carat diamond ring valued at over $15,000.

On the afternoon of Feb. 13, detectives of the Bangor Police Department Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at the Hermon residence of Mrs. Daigle. At the conclusion of the search warrant, Daigle was placed under arrest for theft, a class C felony, and transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

Law enforcement officials note that any other individuals who have utilized the services of Cynthia’s Cleaning Service and have discovered items missing are encouraged to contact their local police department.

As of press time, the investigation is continuing.

Lawnmower DUI in Augusta

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine man fired up his lawnmower and went for a ride — in the dead of winter — leading to a drunken driving arrest, police said.

The Augusta Police Department posted a photo on Monday of two police cruisers pulling over a small riding lawnmower.

Edson Moody, 44, Augusta, was issued a summons and his tractor was towed away, said Deputy Police Chief Kevin Lully.

Police said people are occasionally arrested for operating under the influence on a lawn mower on a public road in the summer. But it’s rare to find someone on a riding lawnmower in the winter.

It’s unclear why Moody was headed during winter conditions. A phone number for Moody couldn’t be located.

Rabies plan facing obstacles

BATH (AP) — A city in Maine’s mid-coast area is having a difficult time managing cases of rabid wild animals, and a government plan to stop the disease has been met with some opposition.

Bath, a city of 8,000 people on the Kennebec River that is home to a large shipyard, had 16 animals test positive for rabies in 2019, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said. There were also 18 fox attacks on people and pets, and 11 of the attacks resulted in a person being bitten or scratched, the department said.

The wildlife department said in a statement that the “unusual number of aggressive fox attacks on people and domestic pets has raised human health and safety concerns.” U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services is proposing a “focused, localized trapping effort” to counter the problem, Maine’s statement said.

The state said raccoons, skunks and foxes caught in traps will be euthanized and tested for rabies. The plan to kill the trapped animals has prompted some animal lovers to protest, and they have created a Facebook group that had more than 300 members Friday. The group has called the euthanasia plan an “extreme measure.”

The Maine wildlife department said simply trapping and testing the animals won’t work because the rabies test requires brain tissue. It’s urging residents to vaccinate pets and livestock and stay away from wild animals.

State and federal government agencies use controlled trapping to manage some wildlife populations, Nate Webb, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife division director, told the Portland Press Herald.

Rabies is a viral disease that infects the nervous system of mammals, including humans, so stopping the spread of the disease is a public health issue, he said.

Hospital sanctioned for improper doctors

YORK (AP) — A Maine hospital broke federal rules when it allowed two improperly licensed doctors to participate in surgeries last year, inspectors found.

In one instance in August, a woman who was having a cesarean section birth requested that her father, a trained doctor, join her in the operating room, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The father wasn’t licensed to practice in Maine and hospital administrators “were not positive that he held a valid medical license,” according to a report by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The father assisted with the operation, according to the report. He was also the first to hold the infant after the operation was complete.

The hospital reported the situation to federal authorities two days later. Both the anesthesiologist and surgeon who carried out the operation later accepted fault for allowing the woman’s father to participate.

Though the patient asked for her father to be present, the situation created confusion, according to the report. A worker texted a supervisor “with concerns about an unknown individual scrubbing in to assist” the surgeon. And a nurse wrote in the medical record that the father was a “Surgeon Assist,” while the surgeon wrote in another record that there were no assistants present.

The surgeon admitted the mistake in an interview with an inspector and said that two years earlier a father had been in the operating room for a child’s birth and she thought there’d be no issue. “In my mind, the father had a medical license and he did the same as a student would do. I’m 100% responsible,” she said.

Per federal requirements, the hospital filed a corrective plan in November that outlined new policies to prevent similar violations from occurring again.

The hospital acknowledged the violation, but said clinical staff prioritized the patient’s safety and wishes and no harm was caused.

The hospital was first sanctioned in March when the state found a vascular surgeon operated on a patient despite not being licensed to practice in Maine. The federal report did not outline what happened in the March case.

Last modified on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:17

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