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Criminal Mischief - 09/03/14

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Festivus comes early this year

BANGOR An area man is facing charges after reportedly destroying a bench while demonstrating some feats of strength.

On Aug. 27, around 12:59 p.m., police responded to a complaint about a man who reportedly picked up a park bench in Pickering Square, lifted it overhead before throwing it to the ground and breaking it to pieces.

Officers were speaking to a parking garage employee who was giving a description of the suspect when the employee pointed out a man and said, 'That's the guy.'

Officers spoke to Joseph Luch, 32, a transient, who reportedly told officers that he was trying to demonstrate his strength, indicating that he had aspirations to become a police officer. He was charged with criminal mischief for destroying the bench, valued at $350, and issued a criminal trespass warning for year for Pickering Square and its environs.

According to police, Luch then asked where he could get a job application.

Brewer PD Bike Auction part of Brewer Days

BREWER The Brewer Police Department will be holding a bicycle auction for all unclaimed recovered bicycles collected over the past few years. There are approximately 50 bicycles up for the auction which will be held at the Brewer Auditorium. Public viewing of bicycles will start at 10 a.m.; the bicycle auction will begin at 11 a.m.

There is a large assortment of bicycles ranging from children's to adult sizes.

Bangor man arrested for unlawful sexual touching of child

BANGOR After an investigation, police arrested a Bangor man for unlawful sexual touching of a child under 14 and for possessing sexually explicit material.

After a month-long investigation, Detectives Brent Beaulieu and Josh Kuhn arrested Roger Severance, 42, of Bangor for the above crimes. The investigation began after receiving a referral from the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force in July.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail. Police are asking for anyone who may have additional information regarding the activity of Severance to contact Det. Beaulieu at (207) 947-7384, ext. 5735.

Man charged with aggravated assault on young child

BANGOR/BERLIN, NH A New Hampshire man is facing charges stemming from an incident in which a young child was seriously injured with a household appliance.

On Aug. 28, police arrested Adam Morton, 27, of Berlin, New Hampshire and charged him with aggravated assault, a class B felony. Police are not releasing the nature of the assault or what appliance was used at this time.

Police expect Morton to be extradited to Maine in the next few weeks. Berlin Police Department assisted in his arrest.

Scam phone calls continue; IRS identifies five easy ways to spot suspicious calls

WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an 'urgent' callback request.

'These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,' IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. 'We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.'

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the treasury inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at

If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their 'FTC Complaint Assistant' at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type 'scam' in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Tumblr, where people can search 'scam' to find all the scam-related posts.

Last modified on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:18


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