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Criminal Mischief (04/03/2019)

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Bangor robbery suspect caught in Conn.

BANGOR – The suspect in the robbery of a Bangor credit union has been taken into custody in Connecticut.

The suspect – 59-year-old Ronald E. Tilley of Hampden – was taken into custody on March 31 by officers of the South Windsor Police Department in Connecticut on a local theft charge. In the course of their investigation, officers discovered that Tilley had an extraditable warrant.

Said warrant was issued in connection to the robbery of the Downeast Credit Union that took place on March 27. At approximately 2:40 p.m. on that date, Bangor officers responded to the credit union – located at 24 Springer Drive – for the report of a robbery where a lone male suspect made a getaway with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The next day, Bangor Police Department Detectives, along with investigators from the Hampden Police Department and a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant at a single-family home in Hampden.

As a result of the investigation, witness interviews, and evidence recovered during the execution of the search warrant, an arrest warrant was issued for Tilley.

Tilley is currently being held in Connecticut, on the warrant and theft charges. At some point, Tilley will be extradited to Bangor where he will face the robbery charge against him.

Arrest made in school threats

BANGOR — Bangor police say that a 13-year-old student has been arrested and charged in connection with terrorizing threats that shut down a number of schools.

The student, whose name was not released, stands accused of contributing to the threat, which prompted lockdowns and a heavy police response on March 27. Bangor PD officials say that several students in Bangor learned of threats of violence toward two of the district’s schools coming from a fictitious social media account.

Police conducted multiple interviews and were able to identify the suspect with the help of internet service providers. The teenager faces a charge of terrorizing, a felony.

On the morning of March 27, several students learned of threats of violence towards two Bangor schools. These threats originated from a fictitious social media account and as a result, prompted the response of several police officers to all Bangor Schools as a precautionary measure.

Thanks to the interviews conducted – and with the assistance of Internet Service Providers – the suspect was quickly identified.

The suspect – a student of the Bangor School System – was arrested and charged with Terrorizing, a Class C Felony. The case will be presented to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. The case remains under investigation.

Attempted murder conviction overturned

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s supreme court has overturned an attempted murder conviction because the defendant’s lawyer didn’t let him testify at trial.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Thursday that Bartolo Ford’s attorney, Daniel Lilley, provided ineffective counsel because he didn’t allow Ford to testify in his own defense about the night he led police on a chase in a dump truck.

Ford rammed a police cruiser, and was shot in the hip. He was ordered to serve nine years for aggravated attempted murder and other charges.

The court said that because Ford didn’t testify, the jury was deprived of testimony about his state of mind that evening in 2008. Lilley, who died two years ago, argued Barolo suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in the Gulf War.

Brunswick crack bust

BRUNSWICK - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Brunswick Police have arrested a woman from the Bronx, New York with selling crack cocaine.  Two Brunswick residents were also charged in connection with the arrest.

Arrested are: 33-year-old Unique Douglin of Bronx, New York for Unlawful Trafficking in Crack Cocaine; 36-year old Desiree Swisher of Brunswick for Unlawful Possession of Crack Cocaine; and 39-year-old Dale Havens, 39, Brunswick for Probation Violation

For the past several months, the MDEA Mid-Coast District Task Force and Brunswick Police have conducted an investigation into crack cocaine being distributed in the Brunswick area by a group from New York. The investigation revealed members of the group would travel from New York to Maine with large quantities of crack which would then be sold from several apartments in Brunswick.

At about 6 p.m. on the evening of March 27, agents searched an apartment at 27 Perryman Drive in Brunswick. The Brunswick Police Department’s Special Response Team made initial entry into the apartment and rendered it safe for agents to conduct their search without incident. There were five people at the apartment, including the tenant, Desiree Swisher and the two others who were arrested. The two others in the apartment were not charged but the case is reviewed by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Seized were about 80 grams of crack cocaine ready for sale in individual packages, $4,500 in suspected drug proceeds and additional items indicative of drug trafficking. The street value of the seized crack was $10,000.

The arrested trio were transported to the Cumberland County Jail. Douglin’s bail was set at $5000 cash. Swisher’s bail was set at $500 cash and Havens had no bail set due to his probation violation.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

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