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Criminal Mischief - (09/09/15)

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Area woman wanted for drug trafficking

OLD TOWN Old Town Police are searching for a woman facing felony drug trafficking charges after a search of her residence reportedly yielded cash and drugs.

On Sept. 1, police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Brunswick Street and reportedly seized $1,800 in cash, 370 individual packets of heroin along with packaging materials and cocaine. No one was home at the time of the search and police are currently looking for Liza Parker, 24, of Old Town, who police say was renting the apartment. Parker is facing aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a class A felony, according to police.

Anyone with information about Parker's whereabouts should call the Old Town Police Department at 827-3984.

Portland crash hospitalizes man

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PORTLAND A driver was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he reportedly drove the wrong way on Interstate 295 before flipping his car.

Just before midnight on Sept 4, state troopers and Portland police were called to a rollover crash at mile marker 7 in the northbound lanes of I-295 in Portland. A man was reportedly trapped inside his silver sedan, which police say was the same vehicle that had been involved in a separate crash just minutes before at the Exit 7 northbound ramp. The driver had fled the scene and reentered the interstate, traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to police. The vehicle became airborne and landed on its roof in the northbound lanes near Turkeys Bridge.

The driver, identified as Jabril Mohamud, of Portland, was taken to Maine Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. The interstate, which had been shut down for a reconstruction of the crash, reopened around 3 a.m.

Drunk driver in Dedham

DEDHAM/ELLSWORTH A Gouldsboro man was arrested for drunk driving last week.

On Sept. 2, Hancock County deputies were advised of an erratic driver who was making unsafe passes in Dedham and otherwise driving erratically. Deputy Dana Austin located the vehicle in Ellsworth and ultimately arrested the driver, who was identified as Sherman Merchant III, 30 of Gouldsboro, and charged him with operating under the influence.

Teen charged with arson in Baileyville fires

BAILEYVILLE The State Fire Marshal's Office said a 17-year-old boy has been charged with arson in connection with three fires in August in the Washington County town of Baileyville. Investigators say two vacant buildings on Mill Street, a storage building and a two-bay garage owned by Woodland Pulp and Paper Co, were heavily damaged by the fires that occurred Aug. 25. In another incident that same night, a nearby resident reported that the teen also stole mail from their home and then set the mail on fire alongside a road.

On Aug. 28, four fire marshal Investigators and Indian Township police arrested the teen in Indian Township. When officers approached the boy on his bicycle, he ran off into the woods and then reportedly threatened them with a knife. Investigators drew their guns and the boy dropped the knife. He was subsequently taken into custody after a struggle with police and was taken to the Charleston Correctional Facility.

The teen faces charges of arson, criminal threatening and aggravated criminal mischief. Due to his age, the teen's identity was withheld pending his court appearance.

Peeper caught in Old Town

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OLD TOWN An area man is facing charges for reportedly peeping under the door of bathroom stalls to watch a child use the facilities.

On Sept. 4, several Old Town police officers responded to the Hannaford on Stillwater Avenue after someone reported a man, later identified as John Wilson, 28, of Bangor and Greenbush, looking under the doors of restroom stalls to watch children use the bathroom.

The victim's mother was able to point out the suspect to police. Upon approaching him, Wilson reportedly admitted that he was looking under the stalls and told police he was a registered sex offender.

Motorcyclist dies in Portland crash

FALMOUTH A man died after crashing his motorcycle into the rear of another vehicle Saturday afternoon before both driver and bike struck a guardrail.

Just after noontime on Sept. 5, Maine State Police responded to the crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 295 near mile marker 11 in Falmouth. Witnesses told police that the driver, identified as 21-year-old Alexander Small, of Richmond, had been operating his motorcycle erratically at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic.

Small came upon the other vehicle, a sport utility vehicle, in the travel lane and was unable to slow down to avoid hitting the rear bumper of the SUV. He then lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guardrail, according to police.

Small, who was wearing a helmet, died shortly after being taken to Maine Medical Center. Blood tests taken to see if intoxicants were involved are pending.

The driver and passengers in the SUV were uninjured, and police say no charges are pending as Small appeared to have caused the accident.


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