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Criminal Mischief (04/24/2019)

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Jail drug smugglers busted

WISCASSET - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says six people have been charged with smuggling drugs into the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Charged are: Alexander Laurelez (23) of Topsham, Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class B (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C; Female Juvenile (17) of Topsham, Unlawful Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class C (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C; Kyle Brady (19) of Topsham, Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class B (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C; George Markos (29) of Bath, Unlawful Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class C (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C; Devin Leonard (26) of Wiscasset, Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class B (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C; and Brianna Ayers (23) of Lewiston, Unlawful Furnishing of Schedule W Drugs, Class C (Suboxone & LSD), Trafficking in Prison Contraband, Class C.

Beginning in January, agents from the Mid-Coast District Task Force and investigators at the Two Bridges Regional Jail began investigating the smuggling of drugs into the jail. The investigation focused on Laurelez, who had enlisted the help of the 17-year-old and Kyle Brady to send Suboxone and LSD to him through the mail while he was an inmate at the jail.

Laurelez instructed the two to hide the drugs between pieces of paper inside an envelope marked as “Legal Correspondence” and addressed and mailed to fellow inmate George Markos. The envelopes had a return address of a Maine law firm to give the appearance it contained legal papers in attempt to avoid jail authorities from opening the letters. The law firm had no knowledge or involvement in the scheme.

The investigation also revealed that fellow inmate Devin Leonard, coordinated with Laurelez to have suboxone smuggled into him. Leonard had his girlfriend Briana Ayers mail Suboxone to the teenager involved, who then mailed off the letters to the jail.

On February 27, jail investigators intercepted an envelope to the jail addressed to Markos, containing 17 Suboxone strips and 3 tabs of LSD. On April 20, Laurelez, who had been released from the jail, was re-arrested in Topsham and transported back to the Two Bridges Jail. Bail was set at $10,000 cash.

The juvenile was charged and released to her parents in Topsham.

Leonard was charged at the Androscoggin County Jail where he was being held on unrelated charges. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.

Brady was charged at the Cumberland County Jail where he is being held on a probation hold. No bail was set.

Markos was charged at Two Bridges where he is still an inmate on a probation violation. No bail was set.

Brianna Ayers had been in contact with agents on her charges but failed to turn herself in. An arrest warrant has been issued for her.

In addition to representatives from the jail, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and Topsham Police assisted in the case.

Soda shipment fire

KENNEBUNK – A tractor trailer loaded with soda caught fire on its way north to Bangor on Monday morning.

State Police say the tractor trailer was destroyed early on the morning of April 22 after it caught fire on the Maine Turnpike in Kennebunk. The truck was loaded with Coca-Cola products and was headed north to Bangor when the driver discovered the fire and pulled the truck over into the breakdown lane at Mile 26 just after 1 a.m. All three northbound lanes were closed for a time as the fire was put out by firefighters.  

The driver, 46-year-old Corey White of Virginia, was not injured. The 2017 Kenworth is owned by Bale Brothers from Fayetteville, NC.  The trailer was owned by Falcon Transportation from Presque Isle. The load of soda was also destroyed. 

Real-time traffic reports

PORTLAND (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority say signs with real-time traffic conditions are going to be ready in time for the summer travel season.

MaineDOT officials said some of the 10 signs that are being installed along I-95 and I-295 will alert motorists to how long it’ll take to reach certain destinations.

Others will alert motorists which route — I-95 or I-295 — is faster based on traffic conditions.

MaineDOT officials said the installation of the signs is nearly complete and they will be tested before being put into full use.

Repairs made after school break-in

ROCKLAND (AP) — School officials have managed repairs to a Maine elementary school where student medications were stolen during a break-in.

Officials at Rockland’s South Elementary school had said classes would be cancelled Monday while repairs were made after the break-in, reported Saturday.

But a quick response from the school custodial staff and a local glass company means classes can be held Monday.

Rockland Police detective Alex Gaylor says medications appear to be the only thing stolen.

School superintendent John MacDonald says medications were stolen from the school during another break-in two years ago.

A post on the school’s Facebook page says parents of students whose medications were kept at the school “should make arrangements to replace them.”

The school serves children in grades kindergarten through grade 5.

Cyberattack in Augusta

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Augusta City Center in Maine’s capital city will remain shut down until at least Monday because of damage inflicted by a computer virus.

Fred Kahl, director of the information technology department, tells the Kennebec Journal that malicious software swept through the city’s computer network, damaging servers.

City offices closed Thursday after municipal financial systems, billing, automobile excise, assessor’s records and general assistance were frozen. Kahl said the computer network became inaccessible early Thursday, but there’s no evidence any data was stolen.

The city’s phone system and the public safety radio system remained up and running, allowing dispatchers, police, fire and ambulance staff to communicate.

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