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Criminal Mischief (07/05/2017)

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Bangor car burglars busted

BANGOR – A pair of erstwhile car burglars were busted in Bangor.

At approximately 4 a.m. on the morning of June 30, patrol officers of the Bangor Police Department were called to a location on Fifteenth Street to investigate a report of two males attempting to make entry into parked motor vehicles.

Officers Shane Smith and Jordan Perry took the opportunity to leave their vehicles, conceal themselves and approach the area on foot. Soon, the officers observed two men rummaging through a number of parked cars.

After several minutes, the officers announced their presence; when they did, the two male suspects attempted to leave the area rapidly.

After a very short foot pursuit, the two suspects were taken into custody and charged with Burglary to a Motor Vehicle (Class D), Theft by Unauthorized Taking (Class E) and Refusal to Submit to Arrest and Detention (Class E).

The two men – 24-year-old Jonathan Singleton of Bangor and 31-year-old Harold Parsons - were both taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

In addition to the other charges, Parsons was also charged with Violation of Conditions of Release (Class E).

As always, the Bangor Police Department urges residents to remain alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and also ask that you call the Bangor PD to report such incidents immediately. In addition, you should remove items of value from automobiles and lock your doors.

Hit and run leads to heroin

BREWER – A hit-and-run accident in Brewer had even greater repercussions when the culprit’s arrest led to the discovery of heroin.

On June 17, 29-year-old Justin Grover of Bangor was operating a motor vehicle that was involved in a hit and run accident; the incident was investigated by Brewer PD. Grover was located, arrested and charged with Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation, Violation of Conditional Release, and Failure to Report Accident by Quickest Means; 29-year-old Tylor Harriman, also of Bangor, was a passenger in the vehicle. Harriman was arrested on a warrant for Probation Revocation.

As a result of observations made by law enforcement officials at the scene, the vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained by Det. Sergeant Fred Luce. The search uncovered a significant amount of cash and an estimated 28 grams of heroin that were seized, along with some other items. 

At the completion of the search warrant, the following additional charges were lodged against the two:  Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of Schedule W Drugs (cocaine), and Illegal Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses. In addition, Harriman was charged with Violation of Conditional Release.

Dodge ram

FAYETTE – An altercation between two women led to one deliberately ramming the other’s car into a garage.

On June 27, the Maine State Police responded to a noise complaint on the Gail Road in Fayette.

Upon arriving on the scene, Troopers discovered there had been a disturbance and altercation between two women. It was determined that 40-year-old Breanne Hewins allegedly drove her 2015 Dodge Ram truck into a parked BMW in the driveway.

In the process, the BMW crashed into the garage at the address, causing extensive damage to the building. Hewins then got into an altercation with a woman at the residence. Hewins subsequently left the residence, taking the female victim’s cellular telephone in the process to prevent her from calling the authorities.

Hewins was located at a residence in Jay and taken into custody. She was transported to the Kennebec County Jail where she has been charged with Aggravated Criminal Mischief, Theft, Obstructing Report of a Crime and Refusing to Sign a Uniform Summons and Complaint.

Unauthorized urchins

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Portland company has been put on probation for illegally importing nearly 50,000 pounds of sea urchins.

Prosecutors say ISF Trading Company will be on probation for a year and must pay a fine of more than $550,000 and forfeit nearly $300,000. The company buys seafood such as sea urchins from Maine and Canadian suppliers, processes it and sells it.

Court records say ISF bought urchins from a Canadian supplier that wasn’t authorized to export to the U.S. Records say ISF then brought the urchins into the country under the false label of another Canadian supplier.

Prosecutors say the processed roe of the 48,000 pounds of sea urchins was worth more than $170,000.

ISF owner Atchan Tamaki says the imports were a mistake and won’t happen again.

Don’t drink and boat

PORTLAND (AP) - The Maine Marine Patrol paid special focus on keeping an eye out for drunken operators on the first weekend of July; said weekend essentially marks the point where the boating season gets underway in earnest.

Maj. Rene Cloutier says coastal patrols from Kittery to the Canadian border focused on boaters who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The plan also included raising awareness of boating safety and the importance of wearing a lifejacket.

The effort was part of Operation Dry Water, which is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Nationally, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. The law for operating a boat is the same as operating a car. Also worth noting: the law is the same for operators of boats of almost any size, from rowboats to the largest ships on the water.

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