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Criminal Mischief (08/14/2019)

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Toddler left alone leads to charges

BANGOR – Two people have been charged with child endangerment following the discovery of a two-year-old boy found alone outside a Bangor apartment building.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 9, officers responded to Moosehead Blvd in Bangor to investigate a report of a two-year-old male crying outside of an apartment building. Upon arrival, officers were able to determine in which apartment the two-year-old resides. Further investigation reviewed that that no one was home at that time.

While the officers were on scene with the child, both parents arrived at the residence in a cab. In the course of investigating, officers discovered that the parents had left the child unattended to go to an early morning appointment.

Duane Dunifer, 34 years old of Bangor, and Heather Kennedy, 28 years old, also of Bangor, were both charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class D misdemeanor. Both individuals are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on September 18, 2019 for their initial appearance.

Rabid fox bite in Bath

BATH (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old girl in Maine was bitten in the leg by a rabid fox.

Julia Davis, of Bath, was playing outside a friend’s house when a fox ran at the girls and chased them inside. The fox bit Davis on the back of her leg.

Police Chief Michael Field says the male homeowner kicked the fox until it ran outside.

The friend’s family dog, Socks, killed the fox.

Police say it was confirmed Thursday that the fox had rabies.

Julia has been receiving the necessary shots.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture spread more than 300,000 rabies vaccine baits in northeast Maine earlier this month to stem the spread of the disease. The baits are designed for raccoons but are also effective at targeting foxes and coyotes.

Lifeguards busy in OOB

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (AP) — Lifeguards are getting a reprieve now that the surf is calming down this weekend in Maine. At Old Orchard Beach, lifeguards rescued 18 swimmers in a single day on Friday.

Lifeguards tell WGME-TV that the Ocean Park area is where most riptides form — and that they stayed on duty an extra two hours past normal shift to keep watch.

Keith Willett, lifeguard captain, said warning flags should not be ignored.

He said swimmers should talk to lifeguards if there’s a yellow flag. If there’s a red flag, then swimmers should stay out of the water altogether.

He said most of the rescued swimmers on Friday were children. Sunday’s forecast called for calmer conditions, with a surf of 1 to 2 feet.

Horse-drawn accident in Clinton

CLINTON (AP) — Maine police say four people were injured when a horse-drawn wagon struck a vehicle and a telephone pole.

Officer Phil DiLuca of the Clinton Police Department says the “freak accident” happened Sunday when a loud noise spooked the two horses, causing the driver to lose control.

The Portland Press Herald reports one person with critical injuries was flown by helicopter to a hospital while the other three passengers were treated for less serious injuries at nearby hospitals.

The accident remains under investigation by Clinton police and the Kennebec County Sherriff’s Office.

Double homicide suspected

CASTLE HILL - State Police say the two men killed found dead a pickup truck in Castle Hill early this morning are residents of that town.  They are 51-year-old Roger Ellis and 25-year-old Allen Curtis.  Autopsies on both men will take place Wednesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta. 

Troopers were dispatched to 2052 State Road just after midnight for a suspicious noise complaint.  That road is also Route 227.  Initially troopers thought they were dealing with a collision between an ATV and a pickup truck in the roadway, but quickly determined that was not the case when the bodies of the two men were found inside the truck.

The truck, a 2007 red Chevrolet Silverado, is owned by Ellis.  The ATV’s ownership has not been determined.  It is a unregistered 2006 Suzuki LTZ 400, painted black over the original yellow paint.  Some of the yellow is still visible however and the ATV has a loud exhaust. Area residents who heard a loud ATV late last night in Castle Hill are asked to call State Police in Houlton .  In addition, detectives are asking area homeowners who have video surveillance systems pointed at the road to also contact them. 

Troopers, Detectives and Evidence Technicians worked throughout the day at the homicide scene and the investigative work will continue during the night and Wednesday.

Anyone with information that may be related to the homicides are asked to call State Police in Houlton – 532-5400.

Coast guard commander relieved

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the commanding officer of a cutter that’s homeported in Maine has been relieved of his duties.

The Coast Guard says Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson, the First Coast Guard District Commander, removed Chief Warrant Officer J.L. Horne on Aug. 7. It says in a statement the decision was made “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

A spokeswoman for the Coast Guard says no more information’s available about the decision. Horne has been temporarily assigned to Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. The spokeswoman says it wasn’t clear Monday if Horne would be available for comment.

The ship is the Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna, which is a 175-foot buoy tender. The cutter has a crew of two dozen.

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:02

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