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Criminal Mischief (08/01/2018)

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Lighting the way

KITTERY – A Massachusetts man recently got stopped on the turnpike for an inspired but very much illegal improvisation intended to illuminate his way.

At a little before 1:30 a.m. on July 27, Trooper Scott Harakles of Troop G stopped a motorized scooter operating on the Maine Turnpike at mile marker 3 northbound in Kittery without headlights.

The 26-year-old male – later identified as being from Fairhaven, Massachusetts - stated that he had traveled from New Bedford, Massachusetts using his cell phone as a headlight. The operator did not have a valid drivers’ license and the scooter was not registered. Thankfully, he was stopped after traveling only a couple miles into Maine as he was very difficult to see at night without lights.

The man was summonsed for operating without a license and operating an unregistered vehicle. He was also given a warning for using the scooter on the turnpike. The scooter was towed.

It is not clear why he was traveling in the middle of the night other than his reasons were good enough that troopers helped him out. They gave him a ride to his destination, which was about 70 miles up the road.

Just a reminder that mopeds and motorized scooters are prohibited on the Maine Turnpike.

Title 29A §1252-3: Mopeds and motorized scooters

A moped or motorized scooter may not be operated:

By a person who does not possess a valid license of any class or a license specifically endorsed to operate a motorcycle or a moped; or on an interstate highway or on a way in which a bicycle is prohibited.

Brunswick art theft investigation

BRUNSWICK – Brunswick police are asking for the public’s assistance with a case involving the theft of artworks from an area business back in May.

According to reports, the two paintings – both by artist Vern Broe – were stolen from a Brunswick establishment sometime between May 11 and May 13. The pieces were titled “The Lobster Boat” and “The Sail Boat.” Each painting is worth a considerable amount – $7,500 for the former and $3,900 for the latter.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the theft or the whereabouts of the paintings contact Detective William Moir at (207) 721-4321 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you wish to remain anonymous, you can send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Drug bust in Jay

JAY – Two people in Jay have been arrested on drug charges related to selling heroin and crack cocaine.

On July 29, Jay Police and MDEA received information that drugs were being sold out of an apartment located at 446 Main St in Jay.  Early on the morning of July 30, drug agents went to the apartment and located two people inside.

A search yielded a large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine pre-packaged for street sales.  Agents located 121 grams of heroin (1200 dosage units) and 82 grams of cocaine base (Crack).  Street value of the drugs is $45,000.  Agents also seized other items related to drug trafficking.

The two people arrested were 37-year-old Angie Braley of Jay and 20-year-old Darnell Smith of Bronx, New York. Both were charged with aggravated trafficking of Schedule W Drugs – Heroin (Class A) and aggravated trafficking of Schedule W Drugs – Cocaine Base (Class A). In addition, Braley was charged with violation of conditions of release.

Braley and Smith were both arrested and transported to the Franklin County Jail without incident. Bail was set at $20,000 cash for Braley, while Smith’s bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Assisting drug agents were officers from Farmington and Wilton Police, and Deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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