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Criminal Mischief - (05/12/15)

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Guns seized from convicted felon

GRAY Police seized guns from a man who is a convicted felon.

On May 5, Maine State Police seized 10 guns from Troy Babb, 49 of Gray, who is a convicted felon, according to police. Babb was summoned on charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, making a false statement on an application for a concealed handgun permit and fraudulently obtaining a hunting license.

Babb will make his first court appearance on the charges in Portland next month. Seized from Babb's house and pickup were seven rifles and shotguns and three handguns. Nine of the guns were in a locked room in his house, and a handgun was recovered from his truck.

Babb has two felony convictions from the 1990s that are motor vehicle related. Felons cannot possess guns.

Babb had applied for a concealed weapons permit from State Police and his felony convictions were found as a result of that background check.

MDEA agents seize heroin in Presque Isle

PRESQUE ISLE - Maine Drug Enforcement Agents have seized a significant amount of heroin in Aroostook County. Agents arrested a man and woman in Presque Isle Wednesday and seized $5,000 worth of heroin. Recently, $20,000 worth of heroin was seized from a Fort Fairfield house, and a Miami man was arrested.

The latest arrests came as drug agents were conducting a search of a home on May 6 as part of an on-going heroin investigation being conducted by investigators assigned to the MDEA Aroostook County Task Force office in Houlton. The home of Katie Ramus, 37, of Presque Isle was searched as a result of her being on probation for an unrelated charge. Also at the house was Norberto Colon, 31, of Brockton, Massachusetts, who agents learned was also out on bail.

MDEA Commander Peter Arno said that agents located nearly 13 grams of heroin with a street value of $5,000, both inside the house and in Colon's car, parked in the driveway. Arno said drug agents suspect Colon brought the heroin to Presque Isle from out of state in what agents have been seeing as a growing trend of out of state drug dealers using Maine homes as a base of operation.

Colon was charged with class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin) and violations of conditions of release. Ramus was charged with class C possession of schedule W drugs (heroin) and a probation violation. Both Colon and Ramus were transported to the Aroostook County Jail.

Minot man pleads guilty in theft from disabled brother

AUGUSTA Attorney General Janet Mills announced recently that John M. Look, 52, of Minot, has been sentenced in Cumberland County Superior Court for conduct related to his theft of funds that rightly belonged to his disabled brother.

Following the death of their mother in 2008, Look became the conservator and legal guardian of his brother, who suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident as a teenager. Look's brother resides at a treatment facility and receives federal and state benefits. Look's mother left a life insurance policy for the benefit of his brother, of which Look was the conservator. The policy paid out to a trust in his brother's name in September 2011 and February 2012.

Between September 2011 and October 2012, Look deposited money from this trust into his checking account for personal use. Upon discovery of this unreported income in the fall of 2012, benefits ceased to Look's brother, and the residential facility was not compensated for services provided.

'When anyone is granted the power and authority to serve as the legal guardian of another person, they take on great responsibility to act in the best interest of that person,' said Attorney General Mills. 'Having access to the finances of someone who cannot make decisions for themselves does not give you the right to spend that money as you please, let alone to use it to line your own pockets. We will defend those who cannot defend themselves from anyone who will take advantage of a disability to steal. Cases like this one are very difficult, but very important.'

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published guides for people who are serving as powers of attorney, trustees, court appointed guardians and government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries). These guides lay out what is expected of anyone who must serve in these important roles.

Look pled guilty to one count of class B theft and one count of class D misuse of entrusted property on April 29 and was sentenced by Justice Warren the same day. On the felony charge of theft, Look received a sentence of six years, all but 13 months suspended, and three years of probation. Look received a six-month concurrent sentence on the misdemeanor misuse of entrusted property. Both convictions are attached to a condition that Look pay $133,000 in restitution to his brother. Look will report to begin serving his sentence 60 days from the date of sentencing.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Carrie Carney and was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General.

Man assaults trooper

GARDINER A Portland man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a trooper and having drugs and cash in the car.

On May 5, Trooper Mark Ferreira stopped a car for speeding. The trooper was attempting to search the passenger who was identified as Andre Hicks, 27, of Portland. Hicks reportedly lowered his shoulders and rammed the trooper into the driving lane of the highway, and the two began to wrestle on the tarmac. Passersby stopped to assist the trooper and Hicks was subdued and handcuffed. The car was searched, and police located money hidden behind the glove box. Police also found oxycodone pills, heroin and some marijuana.

Hicks was charged with assaulting a police officer, possession of heroin, criminal mischief, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. The driver, Michelle Bourget, 23, was also arrested and charged with possession of suboxone. Both were taken to Kennebec County Jail.

If you have information concerning drug trafficking in your community, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement agency or the closest MDEA task force office. You may also call MDEA and leave a message on MDEA's tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

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