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Criminal Mischief (03/13/2019)

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Waterville man arrested in California after Google threats

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A man who said he drove cross-country to confront Google officials has been arrested in California with three baseball bats in his car’s trunk.

Police in Mountain View, the San Francisco-area city where Google’s based, were warned by two other agencies that Kyle Long was on his way and arrested him Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Police say the 33-year-old Waterville, Maine, man was upset because his YouTube channel had been shut down. He allegedly told his hometown police that he’d get violent if his Google confrontation didn’t go well.

Google owns YouTube.

Last April, a video maker with a grudge over YouTube policies, Nasim Aghdam, shot and wounded three people at the YouTube campus in San Bruno before shooting herself.

Hot pursuit

BIDDEFORD - State Police have arrested a Portland man after a chase on the Maine Turnpike from York to Biddeford.

The driver – 21-year-old David Logugune – was charged with a number of offenses and taken to the York County Jail.  He does not have a driver's license and bail conditions from prior charges prohibit him from driving. 

The pursuit began on the night of March 8 in York on the turnpike when a trooper saw Logugune's car with its muffler dragging on the road causing sparks.  After stopping his car, Logugune then took off in the northbound lanes reaching speeds of over 100 mph.  Troopers used spike mats 20 miles later in Biddeford and deflated the fleeing car's tires, bringing the chase to an end.  Logugune's car struck a second vehicle as the chase ended and the driver of that second car was treated for minor injuries. 

Northbound traffic on the turnpike was disrupted for a time as troopers investigated the crash, which took place about 8 p.m.  

Hot pursuit, part 2

AUBURN - A 19-year-old is facing multiple charges after being stopped travelling at double the posted speed limit.

At just after 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of March 9, Trooper Nathan Jamo of Troop B was patrolling eastbound on Minot Avenue in Auburn when he noticed a vehicle approaching him at an extreme rate of speed.

This particular portion of Minot Avenue is a four-lane two-way road in which the traffic saturation was steady due to the Saturday evening commute. Trooper Jamo confirmed the operator’s speed at more than double the posted speed limit - 109 miles per hour in a 50 MPH zone. Trooper Jamo was able to stop the operator of the Audi A4 and identified him as Benjamin Gosselin, 19, of Auburn.

After a roadside conversation about his dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Gosselin was cited for criminal speed and failure to produce evidence of insurance. In addition to the criminal speed offense, it will be requested that the District Attorney’s Office consider a driving to endanger charge.

Dumpster disaster

BANGOR (AP) — The Bangor Fire Department says a man who was sleeping in a trash bin survived getting dumped along with the other contents into a garbage truck.

Officials said passers-by heard the man’s cries for help Friday morning and alerted the garbage truck driver, who was unaware of the perilous situation.

Bangor Fire crews assisted in getting the man out.

The episode unfolded at the Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The transient man was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Animal cruelty arrest warrant

FARMINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Maine say there is an arrest warrant out for a woman who was sentenced to nearly a year in jail in an animal cruelty case and has not served it.

A jury convicted 74-year-old New Sharon resident Carol Ann Murphy of contempt of court in 2016 after she violated a court order banning her from possessing animals. Maine Animal Welfare agents and law enforcement officials seized 14 animals from her property in 2014.

The Sun Journal reports a judge stayed Murphy’s sentence until the Maine Supreme Judicial Court could weigh in on her appeal, which she lost in 2017.

The New Sharon town clerk says the taxes have been paid on Murphy’s house through 2018, but she has not been living there.

Lions release Bates

DETROIT – Former University of Maine star linebacker Trevor Bates has been released by the Detroit Lions as a result of his arrest back in January.

Bates was released from the team on March 11.

The charges stem from an incident that took place on Jan. 26. According to reports, the 25-year-old Bates allegedly refused to pay a $32 cab fare for a ride from Manhattan; he was subsequently arrested at around 1:30 a.m. at a hotel near LaGuardia Airport afterward.

Bates went on to plead not guilty from a hospital psychiatric ward that following morning to charges including assault, resisting arrest and theft of services.

Previously, police officials have said they were ready to let Bates go with an appearance ticket if he didn't have any outstanding warrants, but that Bates refused to be fingerprinted and punched a sergeant in the face.

The officer in question – Sgt. James O'Brien – was hit as he tried to calm Bates down; he reportedly suffered a concussion and needed three stitches over his left eye, according to police.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Bates was subdued with a stun gun and taken to a hospital.

He was arraigned Feb. 5 from a psychiatric ward, pleading not guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and obstruction of governmental administration.


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