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Criminal Mischief (04/10/2019)

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Big pot arrest in Houlton

HOULTON – A Border Patrol Agent working in Houlton discovered 5.3 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle last week.     

The discovery took place on March 30. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who is not a medical marijuana care giver, admitted to possessing marijuana and was found to have an expired Maine Medical Marijuana program card. The amount of marijuana also exceeded the allowable amount under the State of Maine recreational marijuana guidelines. 

The marijuana was seized and the driver released pending further investigation. The marijuana has an estimated value of $48,000.

 “Although Maine has very strict marijuana possession guidelines, marijuana possession is still against federal law,” said Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. “When our agents become aware of a federal law violation they have a duty to act and will continue to do so.”  

Woman charged in Collins letter case

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine woman is facing federal charges of mailing a threatening letter to the home of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins last year.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor says 37-year-old Suzanne Muscara, of Burlington, mailed starch to the Republican senator’s husband, Thomas Daffron, with a letter that claimed to have been coated with “ricin residue.”

Muscara was arrested Friday. Daffron received the letter in October at the couple’s Bangor home. It was unsigned and accused Collins of having “betrayed the people of Maine.”

The mailing came after Collins cast a key vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Muscara is due in court Monday afternoon. She faces up to 10 years in prison. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney to comment on her behalf.

15 hurt in Bridgewater crash

BRIDGEWATER – Over a dozen people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in northern Maine last week.

On April 4, State Police say 15 persons were injured in the collision of two vans on Route 1 in Bridgewater, during high winds and whiteout conditions. About a dozen other crashes took place during the day in Aroostook County, all attributed to weather conditions. 

The injured were taken to the hospitals in Presque Isle and Houlton, some with serious injuries, but none life-threatening. 

The collision of the two vans took place about 7:30 a.m. on Bunker Hill. The vans were owned by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and the Full Gospel Assembly of Mars Hill. The sheriff’s transport van had nine inmates headed to court in either Presque Isle or Caribou. The church van contained some adults, but mostly teenagers. The injuries included broken bones, lacerations, bumps and bruises and complaints of pain. Some of the injured were extricated from the vans by fire department personnel. 

Six ambulances were called to the scene to transport the injured to the hospitals. One of those ambulances was involved in a crash of its own when it was unable to stop because of the icy road conditions near the crash site of the two vans. The ambulance from Houlton did not have any patients on it at the time; it sideswiped a car and ended up off the road. An EMT on that ambulance had minor injuries. 

Other crashes in Aroostook County took place in Westfield, Caswell, Easton, Monticello and Nashville Plantation. There were some injuries from those crashes, but none life-threatening. Both vans involved in the crash on Route 1 were demolished.

Worst roads where?

PORTLAND (AP) — An organization in Maine is asking drivers in the state to nominate roads they think are the worst in the state.

The Maine Better Transportation Association says it’s looking for roads that pop with potholes, rattle rims with rough pavement and generally make driving difficult. It says the state’s roads, highways and bridges have had an especially bad year, in part due to weather.

The winner of the contest will receive a very specific prize of $529. The group says that’s the amount researchers say every resident of the state pays in extra maintenance, repairs and accident costs as a result of bad roads.

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Maine section says 18 percent of the highways in the state are in poor condition or worse.

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