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Criminal Mischief (04/04/2018)

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Special cookies not so special

BANGOR – A batch of suspected special treats from a few weeks back turned out to be not so special after all.

Back on February 14 of this year, some staff members at 28 Gilman Plaza reported feeling symptoms of intoxication after eating some homemade cookies. At that time, investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division responded and collected several of the cookies for testing.

Those cookies were sent to the state crime lab for analysis and after thorough testing, none of the cookies tested positive for controlled substances.

The cause of the staff’s feeling of intoxication is currently unknown. There are no charges pending.


Escaped bull in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A 600-pound bull bound for the butcher escaped its trailer and led authorities in Maine on a 90-minute chase before it was fatally shot by the police chief, who said it posed a threat to onlookers.

The bull broke loose from its trailer around 4:30 p.m. Monday in Skowhegan. The bull ran around a few buildings before jumping in the Kennebec River.

Skowhegan Police Chief David Bucknam says authorities tried to catch the bull by luring it with a steer, but were unsuccessful.

He says he shot the bull when it climbed a riverbank and started acting aggressively toward a group of 50 onlookers.

Bucknam said the dead bull slid back into the river and floated downstream, and then down the falls at a dam. He said he didn’t know what happened to the bull.


Athens couple arrested

ATHENS – A couple from Athens have been arrested on charges related to cocaine.

On March 29, State Police arrested the couple – 26-year-old Tyler Watson and his wife 28-year-old Tara Watson. State Police Troop C Troop Detectives Blake Conrad, Reid Bond and Tr. Eric Bronson responded to a residence in Athens to assist probation officers with a check on Tyler Watson. Also present at the home were Tara Watson, along with two of their four children. Troopers located 12 baggies of suspected crack cocaine, weighing seven grams total and having a street value of $1500.

Also seized were 57 hypodermic needles, crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia including scales and $248 in suspected drug proceeds. Troopers contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services who took custody of the children. The husband and wife were charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (crack cocaine) Class B, Endangering the Welfare of a Child Class D, Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses Class D and Sale and Use of Drug Paraphernalia Class E.

Tyler and Tara Watson were transported to the Somerset County Jail where their bail was set at $50,000.


Man sentenced for hundreds of burglaries

BANGOR – A local man was recently sentenced to jail for his involvement in a spree of well over 200 burglaries.

On March 22, Dack Gallagher was sentenced for the 250 burglaries in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Waldo Counties. Gallagher was sentenced to 6.5 years with all but 2.5 suspended with 3 years’ probation.

In May and June 2016, Troopers Jarod Stedman and Toral Nelson investigated a theft in Carmel involving Gallagher. While following up at an area pawn shop, hoping to get information about the whereabouts of Gallagher, Stedman saw a man in a vehicle in possession of jewelry and identified him as Gallagher, who was at a pawn shop in the process of pawning the jewelry. Stedman developed a rapport with Gallagher, and with the approval of the District Attorney, Stedman interviewed Gallagher on his other criminal activities.

As a result of this interview, Gallagher admitted to involvement in 100-200 firearm and jewelry burglaries and thefts spanning Penobscot, Waldo and Hancock Counties. He also admitted to the involvement of several other suspects against whom charges will be pursued.

Gallagher and some of his associates were involved in several daytime burglaries in Penobscot, Waldo, and Hancock Counties last year. Stedman drove Gallagher to the burglary scenes and documented the thefts, which he confirmed against existing police reports. The details provided by Gallagher mirrored the information reported to police, though many of the crimes went unreported as the homeowners knew they had missing property but didn’t realize that they had been burglarized and thought the items were misplaced.

Stedman’s investigation was assisted by Bangor Police Department, Hampden Police Department, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, Ellsworth Police Department, Bucksport Police Department, Maine State Police Troop D and Maine State Police Troop J.


FBI seeks robbery suspect

PORTLAND (AP) — The FBI has released a compilation of surveillance videos of the suspect in a spree of armed robberies in and around Portland.

The Portland Press Herald reports that police in six communities are investigating the robberies with help from the FBI.

Police say the suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

He’s described as a white man between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-9 inches tall, with a thin build, blue eyes and light-colored hair.

The six robberies have occurred at convenience stores, Chinese restaurants and coffee shops in Portland, Falmouth, Westbrook, Cumberland, South Portland and Old Orchard Beach since March 20.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI during business hours and Portland police after hours and on weekends.


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