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Criminal Mischief (05/31/2017)

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President Bush poses with Maine State K9 Patrol School grads. The photo was taken at Walker's Point in Kennebunk. President Bush poses with Maine State K9 Patrol School grads. The photo was taken at Walker's Point in Kennebunk. (Photo courtesy of Maine State Police/Facebook)

K9 grads joined for photo by President Bush

KENNEBUNKPORT – Each year, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s K9 Patrol School decides on a location for a class picture that will help maintain the history of the unit. The class photos are displayed in the classroom at the MCJA. 

But according to a recent Facebook post from the Maine State Police, things turned out to be a bit more exciting than anyone anticipated.

On May 26, Trooper Brian Hink of the 32nd Patrol School coordinated with the Secret Service to organize a class photo to be taken at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport.

During the screening process for things like this, the Secret Service must receive permission from the Bush family. They got that – and a whole lot more. Once former President George H.W. Bush got wind of what was happening, he said that he wanted to become a part of the class photo.

And so he did, joining the new K9 graduates and making an already memorable day into a truly unforgettable one.

The Troopers and Police officers of the 32nd Patrol School graduating class are as follows:

Officer Lucas Shirland of the Topsham Police Department with K9 Jobe; Officer Travis Spencer of the Belfast Police Department with K9 Dex; Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with K9 Finn; Cpl. Seth Edwards of the Maine State Police (Assistant K9 Instructor); Sgt. Scott Dalton of the Maine State Police (Principal K9 instructor); Cpl. Chris Smith (Assistant K9 Instructor); Trooper Taylor Dube of the Maine State Police, Troop E in Bangor, with K9 Odin; Trooper Brian Hink of the Maine State Police, Troop B Gray, with K9 Berry; and Officer Joshua Robinson of the Yarmouth Police Department with K9 Matrix.

And of course, front and center in the group photo is President Bush.

The K9 Patrol school takes place at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro; the teams must master obedience, tracking, evidence searches, building searches, aggressive work and agility among other things. The training is layered and intensive, building on skills over the weeks that the troopers, deputies and police officers attend the academy.

The training isn’t only geared towards the dogs. The handlers must learn how to give the proper cues to make sure that their partner has the ability to respond properly and not respond to signals their partner may be sending unintentionally. It’s as much about controlling the handler’s behavior and cues as it is the K9 learning the commands.

The 32nd K9 Academy will officially graduate on June 9, 2017.

Suspects in multiple robberies apprehended by Bangor PD

BANGOR – A pair of people from Connecticut have been arrested and charged with two robberies in the Bangor area on Memorial Day weekend, according to Bangor law enforcement officials.

On Sunday, the TD Bank branch on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor was robbed. The next day, a Dollar Tree store – also located on Stillwater Ave. – was robbed.

According to releases from Detective Sgt. Brent Beaulieu, the two charged were 29-year-old Seth Blewitt and 30-year-old Cara Blewitt, both of Oakville, Connecticut.

The Sunday bank robbery took place a little after noon. At around 12:45 p.m., a man walked in and demanded cash from a teller. On Monday at just after 4 p.m., a male in a ski mask went into the Dollar Tree wielding a weapon.

According to one of the press releases, it was shortly after that second incident that an off-duty officer spotted a vehicle in the downtown area that resembled the one believed to be involved with the TD Bank robbery. Not long after, Officer David Farrar located the vehicle on Harlow Street. The eventual traffic stop took place near the intersection of Third and Union.

Upon subsequent investigation, the pair were determined to also have been responsible for the robbery at the Dollar Tree. Seth Blewitt and Cara Blewitt were charged and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Detective Tim Shaw at the Bangor Police Department or leave information on the tip line – (207) 947-7382, ext. 6.

Sanford meth arrest

SANFORD - Maine Drug Enforcement and Sanford Police have arrested a Sanford man and charged him with selling methamphetamine, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Stephen McCausland. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Shane Thyng of 11B Emery Street is charged with Class “B” Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Methamphetamine). 

For the past two months, agents assigned to MDEA’s York District Task Force have been investigating the sale of methamphetamine in the Sanford area and made several undercover purchases from Thyng.

On May 18, MDEA agents along with Sanford Police and the Southern Maine Violent Offenders Task Force served arrest and search warrants at Thyng's Emery Street apartment, but could not locate him. Agents did find 5.8 grams of manufactured methamphetamine there.

On May 23, agents located Thyng at 321 Grammar Road in Sanford; with assistance from Sanford Police and the Southern Maine Violent Offenders Task Force, he was arrested without incident.

Thyng was transported to the York County Jail; where his bail was set at $10,000 cash.

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