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Criminal Mischief (02/27/2019)

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Police yoga

ELIOT (AP) — Police Chief Elliot Moya spoke enthusiastically about a yoga class on Monday. Members of his department have been taking a “Yoga for First Responders” class at Yoga in ME.

Moya said the yoga connection was made a few months ago when his department had a health meeting, with experts on nutrition and wellness invited.

“There’s big push for officer wellness,” Moya said.

Part of that meeting was a demonstration and sample yoga class by Nancy Garnhart, co-owner of Yoga in ME.

“It is something we wanted to try. After an hour, we felt relaxed,” he said.

After a couple of months of yoga classes, Moya said, “We can get the job out of our heads, and have an hour in the present,” he said, “We have definitely stretched parts of our bodies we didn’t know we had.” And, he added, “After class, everybody sleeps great.”

Yoga in ME has been holding free “Yoga for Veterans” classes, and instructor Kathy Stanton has molded a similar class for first responders. She said there are concerns for post-traumatic stress disorder.

On Monday, Moya, Sgt. Ron Lund, officer Ryan Mazur, police auxiliary member Chuck Creteau, and Lund’s fiancé Naomi McCormack participated. Other department members attend when they can, including Administrative Assistant Judy Smith.

Under Stanton’s instruction, the group is relaxed after two months with the breathing regimen and the various postures, from balance posture, to tree, to chair, warrior and wisdom.

As hamstrings stretched, Stanton said it should not hurt.

“This is not a no-pain no-gain sort of place.”

After an hour, the class ended with five minutes of rest with cool music playing. Stanton asked the class to center and said, “Think of something you are grateful for,” she said and thanked them for coming.

“It’s great for mental health and wellness” said Lund, a 26-year police officer. “I wish it was more. I thank the chief for exposing us to this.”

Mazur added, “It’s nice after a hard day — it resets you.”

Yoga in Me, at Eliot Commons, has openings for more first responders and welcomes more veterans. For more information, visit www.yogainme.com.

Officials urge snowmobile caution

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) — Authorities in both Maine and New Hampshire are urging snowmobile riders to slow down and be careful after a series of crashes left riders with serious injuries.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say a Connecticut man likely will be charged after losing control of his snowmobile and crashing in Gorham on Saturday. Elsewhere, a Massachusetts man was ticketed after he failed to stop at a driveway crossing and struck a car in Colebrook, and a Massachusetts woman was hurt when she was thrown from a machine in Pittsburg and struck a tree.

In Maine, a crash near Stacyville Friday left a Massachusetts man in critical condition, and an Auburn woman broke her leg when she was ejected from her machine when it struck a pressure ridge at 60 miles per hour.

Rabbit hunt gone wrong

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Game wardens say a New Hampshire man was struck in the head with shotgun pellets while rabbit hunting in Maine.

Authorities say 36-year-old Shawn Hunt, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was on a guided hunt Tuesday morning in Pleasant Ridge Plantation when he was injured.

Lt. Kevin Adam with the Maine Warden Service says Hunt had instructed a teen to shoot a hare. He was hit with several pellets from the teen’s gun.

Hunt was taken to a hospital in Skowhegan for treatment. Adam says the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Game wardens are still investigating.

Window escape attempt fails

BIDDEFORD – A Biddeford man is heading back to jail for a probation violation despite his best efforts to escape through a second-floor window

On Feb. 18, State Police checked several homes in the Biddeford area for 47-year-old Jamison Snyder of Biddeford. Snyder had a nationwide warrant for Probation Revocation from a Class B Trafficking Case. Snyder had recently been released from prison but had already violated his probation. Snyder has approximately seven years of his nine-year sentence still pending. According to several individuals spoken to by law enforcement officials throughout the day, Snyder was acting strange and appeared to be under the influence of unknown narcotics.

At just after 6 p.m., State Troopers along with the Biddeford Police Department arrived at a Main Street Apartment. Information had been developed that Snyder was staying in a second-floor apartment. A female would not initially answer the door and advised she needed to get dressed. An officer on scene was watching out a rear window and observed Snyder jump from the second floor onto the ground that was covered in ice. Troopers located Snyder on the ground bleeding from a head injury.

Snyder refused repeated demands to show his hands and was tased in order to effect the arrest safely. Snyder was also found to be holding in his hand a plastic baggy containing suspected heroin/fentanyl, cocaine, and crack. At the hospital, he was found to be holding a large amount of cash.

Snyder will have a new charge of Aggravated Trafficking in a Schedule drug due to his prior history.

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