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Criminal Mischief - 06/11/14

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Meth lab dismantled in Ellsworth

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's clandestine lab enforcement team took down a suspected meth lab at a Hancock Street apartment building in Ellsworth, making it the state's 14th suspected methamphetamine laboratory-related incident of 2014.

Acting on information received early last week, investigators from MDEA's Downeast District Task Force opened an investigation into the suspected manufacturing of methamphetamine by a resident of 18 Hancock Street in Ellsworth. Based on information gathered during the investigation, agents obtained a search warrant on June 5 for the apartment, along with a 1999 Cargo van and a dumpster, both of which were located adjacent to the apartment building.

Specially trained agents from around the state, along with a government chemist, collected a substantial amount of evidence during the search that indicated meth manufacturing using a process commonly referred to as a 'one pot' or 'shake and bake' method. As a precaution, all residents of the apartment building were evacuated during the search by the lab team.

MDEA was assisted at the scene by the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Ellsworth Police and Fire Department, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and Hancock County EMS.

Police charged Bridgett Spencer, 30, of Bangor with class B felony trafficking in schedule W drugs; Jack Lint, 34, of Bangor with class C felony possession of schedule W drugs; and Stanley Swallow, 30, of Ellsworth who is being held on a probation violation.

Police anticipate that some of the charges could be upgraded and that others are likely to be charged.

Manhunt ends with capture of Marquis

ST. FRANCIS Police captured Jesse Marquis alive in the woods of St. Francis Friday morning, according to public safety officials.

Marquis was the focus of a massive manhunt, spurred by the shooting death of his long-time girlfriend the previous Saturday.

Marquis was found sitting at the base of a tree, approximately three miles into the woods of St. Francis near the dump, which is located on Sunset Drive, off of Route 161. He was arrested at gunpoint and surrendered without incident.

Searchers were led to the spot by a bloodhound, Daisy Mae, and her handler Deputy Keith MacKenzie, from Strafford County New Hampshire Sheriff's Office, which joined the hunt that morning. The team had picked up the scent about 90 minutes prior to finding Marquis.

Police seized a hunting rifle that was near Marquis.

ELLSWORTH Police, fire, EMS and emergency services converged on the Ellsworth Elementary School for a training in dealing with an active shooter scenario on Saturday.

The training was spearheaded by Tpr. Greg Roy, and included various agencies in Hancock County, including Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Ellsworth Police Department, County Ambulance, Hancock County RCC, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Ellsworth Fire Department and more.

All parties had to approach the school as if there were several active shooters, casualties and other threats, such as fire, improvised explosive devices, and an uncertain number of shooters. Role-players from the community (including the author) were involved in the scenarios and given different roles to play (some just panicking civilians, others having sustained various levels of injuries).

Roy said that the training is really designed to help agencies learn how to coordinate efforts in a high-risk scenario. He explained that the approach to active shooters has changed drastically over the years.

'[Police] would surround the area and call in a specialty team to handle it, but in reality that's how a lot of people die, so the response has evolved,' he said. 'Now with an active shooter, everyone moves directly to the threat and eliminate the threat.'

But even with that, he said that there was a belief that the scene had to be cleared (a thorough sweep of the building to ensure there were not threats to rescue personnel) before EMS and fire could be brought in, which is problematic if there are wounded.

'Police, fire and EMS need to work together in a setting and this training allows us to work on communication and tactics and gives us the chance to get to know each other and how we work,' he said. 'Then if we go to a real-life incident we will do better to serve the public and the goal is to save as many lives as possible.'

People from the community and schools who expressed an interest were able to watch the training in action.

He said there are plans to make this an ongoing training at least twice a year.

'Everyone thought it was a great idea. We put it together and Ellsworth Elementary and RSU 24 have been incredibly supportive of this. It's really been great. The cooperation we have in this county shows in how seamless this was put together,' said Roy.

Police investigate Patten assault

PATTEN - Police are looking for the person responsible for assaulting a woman in Patten last week. Authorities were called to a home on North Road around 7:45 p.m. on June 3, where a woman said she had been assaulted by an unknown male in her garage. The subject made off on foot shortly after the attack. The woman suffered minor injuries.

State police, Penobscot County Sheriff's deputies and a K9 unit searched the area but came up empty-handed. The male involved was thought to be wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt and baseball cap. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office at 947-4585.

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