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Criminal Mischief - 07/30/14

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Man steals car and flees into woods

BANGOR A Bangor man is facing charges for reportedly stealing a car and fleeing police.

On July 24, around 3:45 p.m., a resident of Milford Street in Bangor reported his Chevy Camaro stolen from his driveway. A separate witness called in an erratic driver on Interstate 95 matching the description of the stolen vehicle. The vehicle then stopped on the side of the road, and the driver fled into the woods.

Officer Jason Linkletter and his canine partner Lex responded to the scene and tracked the suspect, who was apprehended and identified as Lucus Qualey, 29, of Bangor.

He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and may face additional charges.

Man faces felony charges after stealing paint

OLD TOWN An Old Town man is facing charges after he was reportedly caught on tape shoplifting.

On July 23, Aubuchon Hardware employees called Old Town Police officer Joshua Tilton to report that they had surveillance video of a person who stole from the store. Tilton reviewed the footage, and employees identified the man as Ryan King, 38, of Old Town. The footage showed King picking up a can of spray paint and concealing it in his waistband. He then left without paying for it.

Tilton went to King's residence and arrested him for class C felony theft due to three previous theft convictions.

MDEA make several arrests in Bangor and Ellsworth

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says three people have been arrested this week for heroin sales in Bangor and Ellsworth.

BANGOR/ELLSWORTH In two separate operations, Maine Drug Enforcement and local police arrested three people on drug-related charges.

On July 21, Alfred Ruiz Garcia, 50, of Portland was arrested in Ellsworth and charged with distribution of heroin. As part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Ellsworth area, drug agents arrested Garcia and charged him with aggravated trafficking of schedule W drugs (heroin) after he drove from Portland to distribute a significant amount of heroin in Hancock County. Garcia was found to be in possession of approximately seven grams of heroin with a street value of $4,000, according to police.

Following his arrest, Garcia was transported to the Hancock County Jail. Police noted that Garcia was recently released from federal prison after serving a lengthy sentence for drug distribution. Garcia was still on federal supervised release (probation). Bail has been initially set at $25,000 cash. The Ellsworth Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department assisted MDEA with this investigation.

In an unrelated case, drug agents this week re-arrested a New York man for selling heroin in Bangor. This was a month after he had been also charged with selling heroin and was free on bail. An Ellsworth woman was also charged.

After several weeks of investigation, agents from MDEA's Downeast Task Force in Ellsworth and MDEA's North Central Task Force in Bangor arrested the two for selling heroin in Bangor and Ellsworth.

For the past several weeks, drug agents have been involved in a joint investigation with Bangor Police into the suspected distribution of heroin by Isaiah 'Izzy' Lammar Orane, 18, from Brooklyn, New York.

On June 26, Orane was arrested by Bangor Police and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief and trafficking in Schedule W drugs. At the time of this arrest, Orane was found to be in possession of a large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine. Orane was released the following day after posting a $20,000 cash bail. This week, Orane was re-arrested after selling heroin to an undercover drug agent.

On July 21, Orane was arrested in Bangor and charged with two counts of trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin) and class C violation of conditions of release due to the fact that he was out on bail from the prior arrest. When arrested this week, Orane was in possession of crack cocaine. Orane was transported back to the Penobscot County Jail.

That same day, as part of Orane's investigation, Noelle Hansen, 22, of Ellsworth was also arrested. Hansen also sold heroin to an undercover MDEA agent and has been charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs. At the time of her arrest, she was found to be in possession of a gram of heroin. She was transported to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworthand is being held on $10,000 bail.

Drug agents say the investigation continues and more arrests are expected. MDEA was assisted extensively in this investigation by the Bangor and Brewer police departments and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Snake on the loose

HERMON - An animal owner in Hermon needed backup from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office last week when her pet snake escaped from its cage. The Sheriff's Department received a call at approximately 8:40 p.m. on July 23 for a reported animal problem. It was only after a deputy from the department arrived at the Route 2 apartment that he discovered the occupant's eight-and-a-half-foot boa constrictor was roaming freely around the place. Authorities say it took the officer as well as the snake's owner and a dog catching pole to successfully gain control of the massive reptile and return it to its cage. The pet owner told police she inherited the snake from someone else. Authorities are still trying to determine exactly what type of boa constrictor they encountered.

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:33

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