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Criminal Mischief (03/06/2019)

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Arson arrest in church fire

MILLINOCKET – A Millinocket man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection to a church fire last summer.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office, working with both the Millinocket police and fire departments, have charged a local man with setting fire to a Millinocket church last June. The man – 21-year-old Adam Turner of Millinocket – was taken into custody on Feb. 28 following his indictment this week by the Penobscot County grand jury on burglary and arson charges. 

According to investigators, Turner set three separate fires to the inside of the Church of the Nazarene at 134 Forest Ave in Millinocket on June 20. Damage to the church was $60,000.

Fire investigators say DNA evidence led to Turner after evidence was processed at the State Police DNA Lab in Augusta. Turner was arrested by Millinocket Police and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail. 

There is no clear motive to the fire and Turner had no affiliation with the church.

Spectator ejected from b-ball game

ORONO (AP) — Maine police say a charity basketball game at Orono Middle School was disrupted by a spectator who was hauled away by law enforcement officers.

Police tell WABI-TV that 52-year-old James Parsons Jr., of Albion, refused to leave after a disagreement with game officials led to his ejection on Sunday.

WABI reports that there were minor injuries and fans restrained Parsons until police arrived.

Parsons was charged with assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

He was released from the Penobscot County Jail after making bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney, and a phone number for him could not be located.

Presque Isle plane problems

PRESQUE ISLE (AP) — Officials say a pilot and four passengers suffered minor injuries when a United Express regional jet slid off a runway during a snowstorm in northern Maine.

An official said the pilot aborted the first landing attempt and requested that the runway lights be turned on due to low visibility before the second attempt at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The 50-seat Embraer 145 came to a rest on the east side of the runway.

Images from the scene showed the jet in deep snow at the Presque Isle Regional Airport. Part of the landing gear was torn away and the nose cone was damaged.

Officials said the CommutAir-operated flight from Newark, New Jersey, had 28 passengers and three crew members. A city spokeswoman said the injured were treated and released.

Berwick firefighter laid to rest

BERWICK (AP) — The Maine town of Berwick and first responders around New England are mourning the loss of a Berwick firefighter who died while battling an apartment building fire.

Captain Joel Barnes died and four other firefighters were injured Friday. Berwick Fire Chief Dennis Plante says the 32-year-old Barnes “died a hero, battling a large and dangerous building fire” and “made the ultimate sacrifice for his community.”

The town says the Berwick police and fire crews escorted the captain’s body from the medical examiner’s office in Concord, New Hampshire, to the funeral home in Dover, New Hampshire, on Saturday while firefighters and police were stationed in salute over major overpasses of Route 4.

Gov. Janet Mills says Barnes “will be forever remembered for his courage and service to our state.”

Snowmobile fatality in Wayne

WAYNE (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been killed in a snowmobile crash in Maine.

The Maine Warden Service says 56-year-old Martha Carroll of Brighton, Massachusetts, died when the snowmobile she was operating crashed into trees at a high rate of speed in Wayne on Saturday evening. Officials say the crash happened on the west shore of Wilson Pond. Carroll was wearing a ski-type helmet.

The warden service it appears that inexperience, speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.

Authorities say Carroll’s death is the ninth snowmobile related fatality this season.

Collins warns of SSN scam

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is warning people about a telephone scam involving social security numbers.

Collins, a Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Aging Committee, said Saturday that the committee’s fraud hotline has received several reports from Maine residents who have gotten calls saying their social security number is at risk of being deactivated or deleted. Other callers have said the social security number is locked because it’s linked to a crime.

Collins says the call may be disguised to display a Social Security Administration phone number and the caller may ask for personal information, such as a social security number or bank account information to try to steal the person’s identity or money. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up and not give out that information.

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