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Criminal Mischief (06/13/2018)

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Highway heroin in Bangor

BANGOR – A highway traffic stop in Bangor has led to two arrests on drug charges thanks to a little help from one four-legged officer.

On June 5, Trooper Jeffrey Taylor and his partner, K9 Oscar, were called to assist MDEA and the State Police with a stop on I-95 in Bangor.

K9 Oscar searched two subjects and indicated to the presence of illegal drugs on one of them. The subject was searched and approximately 188.6 grams of suspected heroin was located.

The two arrested were 54-year-old Michelle Loud of Whitneyville and 27-year-old Christopher Disla of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. After they were arrested, the two were brought to Penobscot County Jail. According to law enforcement officials, the approximate street value of the drugs is $54,000.

Town offices burgled

ENFIELD/MAXFIELD – Law enforcement officials are still seeking leads regarding a pair of break-ins involving town offices.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating burglaries at the Enfield Town Office and Maxfield Town Office. The burglaries occurred during the early morning hours of June 8. Electronics and undisclosed amount of cash were taken.

As of press time, the suspect or suspects were still at large. Law enforcement officials are asking for help from the public. If anyone has information or saw any suspicious activity at either Town Office the morning of June 8, they are asked to please contact the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Division at 947-4585.

Milford robbery suspect at large

MILFORD – A man who robbed a Milford convenience store at gunpoint is still at large.

On the afternoon of June 10 at just before 2 p.m., the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office responded to a robbery at the County Road Store at 81 County Rd. in Milford. Deputies learned that a male subject entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled the store on foot towards the Henderson Ln. subdivision with an undetermined amount of cash. None of the store clerks on duty in the store at the time were injured.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Maine State Police and the Old Town Police Department. 

As of press time, the suspect had yet to be taken into custody. Deputies are actively working the case and are encouraging anyone who might have seen a male subject coming from behind the store and walking through the Henderson Ln. subdivision wearing sweatpants – or who might have any other potentially helpful information - to call the sheriff's office at 945-4636.

OD leads to bust

TURNER – An attempted drug overdose led to the location of a significant cache of drugs in Turner.

On June 7, State Troopers responded to a report of an adult male attempting to overdose on drugs on Fern Street in Turner. Upon arrival, he subject was taken into protective custody and while doing so, evidence of drug activity was observed in the residence.

A search warrant was obtained and a wide variety of drugs were located indicating distribution and manufacturing. The following drugs were located: over 150 doses of LSD, Oxycodone, Xanax, Hashish, 16 containers of marijuana “dab or shatter” and 7.5 pounds of processed marijuana.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was on scene and assisted with the investigation

Roommate removal

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Maine authorities say a South Portland man set his kitchen on fire in an attempt to force his roommate to move out.

City and state officials said Monday that police and firefighters responded to the South Portland home to investigate a reported fire Sunday night. The Portland Press Herald reports the 52-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with arson Monday.

Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ken Grimes reports the man lit a small fire on his kitchen table in an effort to force his roommate to move out. The roommate fled the house as the fire was happening and is unharmed.

Grimes says arson carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Portland officer resigns

PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Police Department’s first Somali police officer has resigned before the department could complete an investigation prompted by her arrest at a Massachusetts night club early this year.

Zahra Abu, of Portland, had been on paid administrative leave since she was charged by Worcester police with assault and battery stemming from her alleged conduct at a Ja Rule and Ashanti concert. The Portland Press Herald reports 25-year-old Abu pleaded not guilty to the charges and has remained free on personal recognizance.

Portland police officials say Abu resigned Sunday prior to the completion of an internal affairs investigation. City officials declined to comment further.

Abu did not respond to a request for comment. She was the first member of Portland’s sizable Somali population to become a Maine police officer.

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