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Criminal Mischief (07/17/2019)

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Bangor PD seeks vandals

BANGOR – Officials from the Bangor PD are asking people for help in identifying the perpetrator(s) of recent acts of vandalism.

Over the past several days, Bangor PD has been investigating what appear to be random acts of vandalism. Officers believe more than one person is responsible for the actions, consisting of breaking several windows around the city. The suspects are using projectiles to break car windows along with the windows of private residences and some businesses as well.

Currently, law enforcement is working to identify those responsible for these crimes. They are interested in any video and/or pictures that will aid in our investigation. Early indications are that one of the vehicles possibly related to the investigation is maroon/red colored SUV that appears to be a GMC (possibly an Envoy).

If anyone recognizes that vehicle or has other information that may lead to those responsible, they should contact Det. Dustin Dow at 947-7384 x5737 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Callers can also press option #5 to leave a message on the anonymous tip line.

Turnpike overpass accident

SOUTH PORTLAND – An incident involving a truck colliding with an overpass left the driver injured and the highway temporarily shut down.

On the morning of July 15, State Police say the driver of a large truck, whose load struck a bridge in South Portland, suffered serious injuries. The driver in question was 58-year-old Loel Faulkinham of Auburn; as of press time, he was being treated at MMC for multiple injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. 

Faulkinham was transporting a large industrial man lift on a trailer when the equipment struck the overpass at Mile 45 of the Maine Turnpike. The impact destroyed the truck, trailer and the equipment. Part of the equipment also ripped through the cab of the truck, missing the driver by inches. The truck and equipment are owned by W. D. Matthews Machinery of Auburn. 

Traffic in the northbound lanes was disrupted for hours as the wreckage was removed and spilled fuel oil was cleaned from the crash site. Troopers said the truck and its load had cleared two prior overpasses as it was traveling north. Turnpike officials were assessing damage to the overpass. No charges were filed.

Mysterious church thefts in Durham

DURHAM (AP) — A 214-year-old church where Stephen King once spoke has been the victim of mysterious thefts.

The leader of the Durham Historical Society tells the Sun Journal that thieves took several items that can be seen in a photo taken of the horror writer at the pulpit in 1984.

Historical society Chairwoman Tia Nadeau Wilson said those items included a flag, a cross and a memorial plaque. She said they seemed to be so specifically targeted that she wondered if there was a connection to the photo of King’s appearance.

The thieves also stole historic photos but left the frames.

She said: “I think there’s something morbid going on.”

Police are investigating.

The Methodist Church in West Durham is not far from King’s childhood home. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

South Portland chief retires after nearly 50 years

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — A police chief in Maine is retiring after nearly 50 years in law enforcement.

South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down in January.

The Portland Press Herald reports that 66-year-old Googins is credited with revitalizing the department which had a tarnished reputation when he took over in 1994.

Googins says his primary focus as chief has been fighting for and providing resources and equipment for officers to do the job safely.

He says “It’s been quite a career” and that he’s “loved every minute.”

Googins became chief of the South Portland force after working for 23 years in the Portland Police Department.

He became a police cadet right out of high school and at 21 was sworn in as a patrolman.

OUI charge in Stonington boat crash

STONINGTON (AP) — Officials say a lobsterman whose vessel collided with a recreational boat at the Stonington dock has been charged with operating under the influence.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department cited 22-year-old Brandon Murphy, of Trenton, after he allegedly failed a blood-alcohol test on Sunday.

A Coast Guard response boat on hand for security during lobster boat races on Sunday saw Murphy operating his boat, Black Thundah II, at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.

Crew members on the Coast Guard craft boarded the lobster boat as part of their investigation, and notified the sheriff’s deputies. It was unknown if Murphy has an attorney. A phone number for him could not be located on Tuesday.

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