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Criminal Mischief (02/20/2019)

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Patten bank robbery arrest

PATTEN – A Patten man has been arrested after a robbery committed at a credit union in the town.

At a little after 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Feb. 12 Maine State Police received a 911 call reporting that the East Mill Credit Union on Church St. in Patten had just been robbed. The caller reported that a male subject had entered the bank, demanded money, and then fled on foot. Troopers, Game Wardens and deputies from Aroostook and Penobscot Sheriffs Depts. converged on the area and began a search for the suspect. A State Police K-9 team was also brought in to assist in the investigation.

While the search was underway, members of the State Police Evidence Response Team began processing the crime scene for evidence. A canvass of the area neighborhoods was also conducted; in addition, witness statements were collected. Troopers remained in the area throughout most of the evening continuing to interview witnesses and follow leads.

The next day, officers arrested 59-year-old Bryan Ingalls of Patten; Ingalls was charged with robbery. Bail was set at $40,000 cash and Ingalls was brought to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. 

An undisclosed portion of the stolen money was recovered during the investigation.  The investigation is continuing with other leads being investigated and evidence was recovered. State Police continue to ask the public for assistance in the case by calling the State Police Barracks in Houlton at 532-5400. 

Drunk bail

ALFRED (AP) — Police in Maine say a woman who they say was trying to provide bail for her boyfriend while she was intoxicated has been taken into custody.

Police say the 38-year-old woman was arrested Friday after she drove into an off-limits area of the York County Jail complex in Alfred. WGME-TV reports a deputy pulled the woman aside and determined she appeared to be intoxicated.

Police also say the woman was driving with a suspended license for a previous intoxicated driving charge. The York County Sheriff’s Office says police transported the woman to the nearby jail where she was charged.

The woman posted bail and is scheduled to appear in court in April.

Ellsworth heroin arrest

ELLSWORTH – A Hancock county couple has been arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Ellsworth.

According to reports, a car driven by 32-year-old William Smeal and 21-year-old Savanna Adams was pulled over by police in order to serve a search warrant. In the course of the search, officers found more than 100 grams of heroin and well over a thousand dollars in cash. The couple’s Hancock home was subsequently searched, turning up an additional 40 grams of heroin.

The total street value of the heroin was estimated to be in excess of $50,000.

Smeal and Adams were arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin. Both were taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Arrest made in 25-year-old crime

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Court documents say police in Alaska were able to make an arrest in a quarter-century-old cold case with the help of DNA voluntarily submitted by an aunt of the man charged.

Alaska State Troopers have said 44-year-old Steven Downs of Auburn, Maine, was arrested in his hometown Friday on murder and sexual assault charges related to the 1993 death of Sophie Sergie. Sergie’s body was found in a dorm bathtub at University of Alaska Fairbanks when she was 20 years old.

The Portland Press Herald reports a charging document filed Friday in District Court in Alaska provides new details about how police identified Downs. Genealogical study traced Downs to Maine.

Court documents say Downs told investigators he recalled Sergie’s murder but had never met her. He’s due in court Tuesday.

Wardens investigate snowmobile deaths

POLAND (AP) — The Maine Warden Service says it’s investigating a fatal snowmobile crash that killed a 17-year-old Massachusetts resident.

The service says the crash occurred on Thompson Lake in Portland just before 11 p.m. on Saturday and killed Troy Marden of Amesbury, Massachusetts, a city on the New Hampshire border. The service says two snowmobiles were operating on a plowed portion of the lake when the snowmobile operated by Marden failed to negotiate a corner and hit a snowbank.

Wardens say the operator of the other snowmobile tried to assist Marden before getting help. Marden was pronounced dead at the scene.

The warden service is also still investigating another snowmobile crash that resulted in a death on a Norway lake Saturday. The service says that crash killed 52-year-old Gracie Herrick Onofrio of Norway.

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