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Criminal Mischief (03/27/2019)

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Pepper spray at PTC

BANGOR – Bangor Police have announced the results of their investigation into an incident involving pepper spray at the Bangor Opera House during a Penobscot Theatre production.

At approximately 6:40 p.m., Bangor PD officers and Bangor firefighters responded to the Penobscot Theatre to investigate an accidental exposure to an airborne irritant. Theater staff turned over a canister of what was labeled inert (training) pepper spray. The canister had been used in a stage performance of the play “Ripcord” that same evening.

The canister was sent to the laboratory for testing. That testing confirmed the canister did contain oleoresin “capsicum” – more commonly known as pepper spray.

The investigation revealed no criminal intent; therefore, the Bangor PD investigation into the matter is closed.

Ice break rescue

RUMFORD (AP) — Firefighters say they rescued a teenager who floated away on ice that broke free in the Androscoggin River in Rumford, Maine.

Officials said the teen and a friend were fishing when some ice broke free, trapping one of them while the other made it to shore. The triangle-shaped ice floe was spinning in circles about 15 to 20 feet offshore by the time help arrived.

Firefighter Ray Crockett said he and a rescue swimmer went into the water on Tuesday. They were able to move the ice back to shore before it got caught in stronger currents.

Fire Chief Chris Reed said the teen didn’t realize the danger. He said it would’ve been “fatal” if the ice chunk had flipped and the teen ended up in the icy water.

Snow escape

WEST PARIS (AP) — Police say a Maine man fired at officers serving an arrest warrant before attempting to escape on a snowmobile, then snowshoes.

Oxford County deputies say deputies were investigating 43-year-old Neil Lanteigne for criminal trespass and threatening with a firearm when they realized he was a convicted felon. There was a standoff when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant.

WCSH-TV reports that Lanteigne was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun Wednesday when he fled on a snowmobile and then ran into the woods on snowshoes.

The state police tactical team was called, and the West Paris man was eventually arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and with criminal trespassing. More charges are likely. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

Shed-stealing fugitive arrested

ROCHESTER, NH – A man from Lebanon has been arrested in New Hampshire after initially evading arrest on burglary charges.

Maine State Police out of Troop A have been actively looking to arrest 39-year-old Matthew Thompson since September of 2018 for a burglary committed in Lebanon in which tools worth hundreds of dollars were stolen from a residence.

Thompson also had an outstanding warrant from an incident on May 22 of last year in which he and two other defendants attempted to steal a shed in Lebanon and drag it down the street. Thompson was wanted for Violation of Condition of Release from that arrest. Thompson had previously fled from a home in Lebanon when Troopers attempted to arrest him, but he was able to evade arrest.

On March 17, Tpr. Kyle Wells developed information that Thompson was hiding at a home in Rochester, New Hampshire. The State Police requested assistance from the U.S. Marshal-N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force in assisting in locating and arresting Thompson.

On March 19 at approximately 8 a.m., the U.S. Marshal-N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force located Thompson at a home in Rochester and placed him under arrest without incident. Thompson was transported to the Strafford County Jail where he will be held pending extradition back to Maine.

Ice fishing season extension

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has signed emergency legislation designed to extend the state’s ice fishing season.

Mills, a Democrat, signed the extension on Monday. The governor’s office says the move allowed Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso the authority to extend the fishing season beyond March 31, when it normally closes.

Camuso says the season will be extended to April 21 in northern Maine.

Maine ice fishing season typically closes March 31 and is followed by open water season on April 1. But the governor’s office says fluctuating temperatures have resulted in colder northern waters this year.

The office says extending the ice fishing season beyond the typical closing date will allow for more ice fishing opportunities in northern Maine.

PI plane missed runway entirely

PRESQUE ISLE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a United Express regional jet didn’t slide off a runway in Maine — it missed the runway altogether.

A preliminary report Thursday indicates the 50-seat Embraer 145 approached to the right of the runway on an aborted first landing attempt and then again when it touched down March 4 at Presque Isle International Airport.

The document indicates it landed between the runway and taxiway.

Photos suggest the jet plowed through the deep snow alongside the runway before coming to an abrupt stop. Some of the landing gear was ripped off and ended up stuck in an engine cowling.

The NTSB report said one crew member and two passengers being hurt. The Commuter-operated flight from Newark, New Jersey, had 28 passengers and three crew members.

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