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Criminal Mischief (07/18/2018)

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Men’s room meth

LINCOLN – Two men were arrested on drug charges following reports of meth sales out of a motel men’s room in Lincoln.

MDEA Agents, assisted by the Lincoln Police Department, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and State Police, arrested the two men - 27-year-old Jared Fogg of Florida and Maine and 29-year-old Rogelio Rios of Florida - for selling methamphetamine. Drug agents and police searched the men's room at the Briarwood Motor Inn on July 13 and arrested the pair.

 MDEA Agents began to investigate reports of drug activity by the two men earlier in the week. Agents found the pair and put them under surveillance. The investigation culminated with the search of Rios’ vehicle and the motel room, which netted the seizure of 125 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 42 grams of heroin and more than $19,000 in cash. Two 9mm handguns were also seized, one of which was found to have been stolen.

Fogg and Rios, who are both charged with multiple counts of aggravated trafficking, were taken to the Penobscot County Jail. Their bail is set at $75,000.

Waterville bank robbery

WATERVILLE – A Waterville man was arrested less than an hour after allegedly robbing a bank in that city.

At just before 11 a.m. on July 10, a man walked into the Key Bank branch on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. According to witnesses, the man was wearing a cap and mask and brandishing a gun. The man demanded money before fleeing the scene on a bicycle.

According to police, the money given the robber by the teller contained a GPS tracker, which allowed authorities to track the suspect. A perimeter was established and the suspect was apprehended at around 11:30 a.m.

The accused robber is 38-year-old Kevin Barr of Waterville. The charges against him include criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and terrorizing. No one was injured in the course of the robbery, though Barr was treated for injuries unrelated to the arrest.

Barr was taken to Kennebec County Jail; bail was set at $165,000.

Dual drug busts

BREWER/NEWPORT – Late last month, law enforcement officials intercepted two separate shipments of drugs bound for Washington and Hancock counties; these incidents led to four total arrests.

On June 29, two Waterville men were stopped on I-395 in Brewer. This came after drug agents assigned to MDEA’s Downeast District Task Force identified a vehicle traveling from Central Maine that likely contained drugs destined for the two counties. Just before noontime, MDEA agents, who had the vehicle under surveillance, requested Brewer and State Police to assist them with stopping the vehicle.  A state police drug detection dog was then used to help locate 35 grams of cocaine base, a few grams of cocaine and more than $3,500 in cash. Agents arrested 22-year-old Kenneth Ortega and 45-year-old Wayne Sudborough, both of Waterville, and charged them with trafficking. Both were transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Bail for both men was set at $50,000 each.

In an unrelated investigation, MDEA agents learned that two women from the Machias area were traveling out of state to pick up drugs that they planned on selling in Washington County.  The women’s vehicle was stopped around 1:20 a.m. on June 30, along I- 95 in Newport, with help from State Police. A state police drug detection dog was again brought to the scene and helped agents found 75 grams of heroin and 100 Oxycodone tablets. Arrested were 38-year-old Meredith Hinerman of Machiasport and 51-year-old Holly Pellon of Machias; both were charged with aggravated trafficking and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Hinerman’s bail was set at $50,000 and Pellon’s bail was set at $75,000.

MDEA Commander Darrell Crandall said 86 Mainers died from accidental drug overdoses during the first quarter of this year. In 2017, Maine saw a record 418 overdose deaths. Crandall said anyone with information on drug crimes is encouraged to contact MDEA’s Tip Line at 800-452-6457.

Suspensions for unpaid fines to cease

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine will no longer suspend driver’s licenses over unpaid fines once a new law goes into effect.

The law says until October 2021, Maine will no longer automatically suspend driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines unrelated to driving.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said suspending driver’s licenses make it harder to pay a fine. The advocacy group said courts can instead garnish wages or order community service.

Lawmakers overrode GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s veto Monday. He said the bill leaves violators no sense of urgency to pay fines.

Maine annually processes 7,500 reinstatement fees for those whose driver’s licenses were suspended over unpaid fines. Those fees amount to about $190,000 annually.

The law won’t go into effect until 90 days after the Legislature’s ongoing special session adjourns.

Armed dine-and-dash

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Police in Maine say a man and a woman who tried to skip out on their bill at a restaurant threatened staff with a box cutter and hatchet when confronted for not paying.

Police arrested the couple following the attempted “dine and dash” at Imperial China restaurant in South Portland on Saturday night. The Portland Press Herald reports they threatened the staff during a confrontation over the $40 bill.

Customers from a nearby business intervened, disarming the two. The couple was taken into custody jailed Monday night. They were charged with robbery, aggravated assault, criminal threatening and refusing to submit to arrest.

It wasn’t immediately known if they had lawyers.

A third member of the group was issued a summons.


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