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Criminal Mischief (03/21/2018)

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Winterport man charged with privacy violations

BANGOR – A Winterport man has been charged with multiple crimes following an investigation into his secret video recording of women.

In recent weeks, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division were investigating 30-year-old Benjamin Emmott of Winterport. The investigation began after detectives became aware that Mr. Emmott had been secretly video recording women at various public locations in the city of Bangor.  

The investigation revealed Emmott had been involved in this activity for the past few years. At this point in the investigation, detectives have identified several of the women depicted in the videos.

As a result of the investigation, Emmott has been charged with seven counts of Violation of Privacy (17A Section 511.1.D), which is a class D crime.

It should be noted that investigators have no evidence to suggest Emmott recorded videos of anyone less than 18 years of age. Due to privacy concerns for the victims, the locations where the videos were taken are not being released.

The investigation is ongoing and Mr. Emmott will likely face additional counts of Violation of Privacy.

Drunk driver crashes into cruiser

ORONO – A driver in Orono was arrested for driving under the influence after hitting what she thought was a snowbank – but was actually something else altogether.

According to a post on the Orono Police Department’s Facebook page, an Orono PD officer was on patrol on the night of March 15 when someone hit the side of her cruiser and drove away. Another officer was able to locate the driver. Said driver was subsequently arrested them for OUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

We’ll let the Orono PD take it from here.

“The driver’s excuse you ask?” the post reads. “She thought she hit a snowbank... When you can’t tell the difference between a car and snow, that may be a sign that you shouldn’t be driving.”

No one was hurt in the incident.

Three arrested in Warren crack bust

WARREN - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrests of three people in Warren for selling crack cocaine.

For the past three weeks, MDEA agents conducted an investigation into the distribution of crack in Knox and Lincoln Counties. Two women from New York – 20-year-old Shaundrea Fuller of Buffal and 18-year-old Raquel Renfro of Rochester - were staying at local motels and residences in the two counties where they would sell crack cocaine to local users. Agents conducted several undercover purchases of crack cocaine from the two during the investigation.

On the night of March 15, drug agents from the Mid-Coast District Task Force, assisted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and State Police, searched a home at 3270 Atlantic Highway in Warren, owned by Joseph Malburg. The trio was arrested there without incident.

Seized from the residence was 50 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of cocaine HCL, $1000 in suspected drug proceeds along with other evidence of drug trafficking. The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $9,000.

All three were arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine) and were subsequently transported to the Knox County Jail where bail was set at $50,000 cash for Fuller and Renfro. Malburg’s bail was set at $2,500 cash.

Also assisting in the investigation were the Rockport and Waldoboro Police Departments.

Police warn about Facebook scam

MACHIAS (AP) — Police in Maine are warning residents about a Facebook scam that promises grant money.

According to reports, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints about the scam. Police say Facebook users receive messages from people pretending to be their friends. The accounts offer a $12,000 grant through the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency if users send $3,000.

Police say Facebook users should check suspicious messages and avoid sending personal information.

Goat killing suspect barred from farm

SCARBOROUGH (AP) — A man questioned in the death of a pregnant goat killed with a crossbow has been barred from the Maine farm where the animal was found.

According to media reports, a judge issued a protective order for the owner of Smiling Hill Farm against 40-year-old Daniel Arnold.

Police investigating the goat’s death arrested Arnold last month on suspicion of possessing a crossbow in violation of a previous probation order. He has not been charged with killing the animal.

Investigators say he was seen near the farm on Feb. 17, the night before the goat was found dead. Police say he has denied shooting the animal and says he did not have his crossbow with him that night.

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