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Criminal Mischief (06/07/2017)

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Bedbug bad guy

AUGUSTA (AP) - The city manager in Augusta says the municipal office building had to be sprayed for bedbugs after a man threw a cup of the pests onto an office counter and about 100 of them scattered off.

City Manager William Bridgeo told the Kennebec Journal that the man apparently complained Friday to the code enforcement office about bedbugs at his former apartment then left, but returned after he showed the cup of bugs to a manager at his new apartment and was told he couldn't live there.

Bridgeo says the man let the bugs loose in the General Assistance Office where he asked for a form to request assistance and apparently was told he didn't qualify.

Police didn't immediately release the man's name or say if any charges would be filed.

Camp burglar caught

SAINT ALBANS - Troopers recently made an arrest in connection with a camp burglary that occurred in May 2017.

On May 16, 2017 Maine State Police investigated a camp burglary on the Devils Head Road. 

Trooper Jillian Monahan responded to the scene and learned that the home owner was missing two shotguns along with game cameras and ammunition. Tr. Monahan collected valuable evidence from the scene and a suspect was developed. Troop C Investigators Blake Conrad and Reid Bond joined the investigation, where it was learned that the stolen property was at a residence in Dixmont.

On May 22, 2017 Maine State Police executed a search warrant at the Dixmont residence and recovered the stolen property. 

On June 1, 2017 Cody Weeman, 22, of Dixmont was arrested without incident for Burglary Class B, Theft By Unauthorized Taking or Transfer Class B, Theft By Unauthorized Taking or Transfer Class C, Possession of a Firearm By Prohibited Person Class C and Violating Conditional Release Class E. Cody was transported to Somerset County Jail by Trooper Conrad and Trooper Bond, where he is being held until seen by a judge where bail will be set.

Exploding lawnmower causes fire

WAYNE (AP) — A lawnmower that exploded as it was being charged is to blame for a fire that destroyed a home in the Maine town of Wayne, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Officials say the fire on Friday started in the garage where the homeowners were charging their lawnmower.

The fire spread from the garage to the home.

The fire chief tells WCSH-TV that when firefighters responded to a call shortly after 6 p.m. the home was fully engulfed.

No one was injured.

The fire chief is recommending that people charge any equipment outside, away from the home.

Clowning around

ORONO – This is an older story, but we weren’t able to share it at the time. Still, better late than never. After all, this is a pretty funny story.

Not funny “ha ha,” though. More funny “horrifying clown doll in a spot where it probably shouldn’t be.”

The Orono Police Department posted this story – along with a couple of pictures – on their Facebook page about three weeks ago. A pair of officers were investigating an apartment only to get a creepy little surprise.

Here’s the story from the post.

“While on patrol, Officer Wentworth noticed an open door to an apartment that was supposed to be vacant. We started to clear the apartment and the first image is what we saw in the basement. We clear a lot of apartments/ businesses but this was a first.”

The image was of, well … a clown doll. A clown doll that for whatever reason was simply lying there on the floor in this apartment that was supposed to be empty.

The post concluded: “I'd be lying if I said that didn't startle us slightly... On a side note, if Stephen King is looking for extras in "It", we found one.”

So if mysterious horror movie-type stuff starts going down in Orono, we might not be able to do anything about it, but at least we’ll have an idea of how it started.

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