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Criminal Mischief (09/11/2019)

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ATV chase leads to drug arrest

LEBANON – An ATV chase in Lebanon has led to multiple charges against a North Berwick man.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, a State Trooper attempted to stop a side-by-side ATV on Route 202 in Lebanon for a traffic infraction. The ATV fled, driving on the wrong side of the road. The pursuit was terminated for safety reasons.

Witnesses later stated that the ATV was driving at a high rate of speed and almost struck other ATV riders as it entered a trail. About an hour later, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the ATV was located on Depot Rd., in Lebanon and stopped.

Dennis Laing, 41, from North Berwick, was identified as the operator of the ATV when it fled from the state police. Laing had a Revoked Driver’s License. He was on bail from prior charges of Kidnapping and Tampering with a Witness out of York County Superior court.

A roadside investigation discovered that Laing had violated bail conditions and was in possession of $14,674.00 in suspected drug proceeds as well as approximately a half-pound of marijuana and 47 marijuana concentrated capsules.

Laing was transported to the York County jail where he was charged with Operating after Revoked (habitual offender), Violation of Conditions of Release, Trafficking in Marijuana, and Failure to stop for a Law Enforcement Officer.

State Police will request the D.A.’s office review the case for additional charges of Driving to Endanger, Obstructing Government Administration, Falsifying Physical Evidence, Operating an Unregistered ATV, and Operating an ATV on a Public Way. The State Police will also request forfeiture of the cash.

Inmate escape short-lived

PORTLAND (AP) — Officials say an inmate who hopped out of his second-floor window at the Cumberland County Community Corrections Center is back in custody.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department said 44-year-old Joseph Buzzell, of Windham, was seen leaving the corrections facility in a woman’s car Saturday night. He was located in Biddeford at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was returned to the jail.

Officials say Buzzell was due to be released in December after serving a sentence for a probation violation following a conviction for robbery and OUI.

An investigation determined he slipped out of his assigned room even though he was not authorized to leave the property. Additional charges are expected.

Wrong-way Mainer in NH

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say tragedy was avoided when a Maine motorist drove the wrong way on Interstate 95.

Troopers say they began fielding calls early Sunday about a wrong-way driver on I-95 in Greenland. Then the motorist continued driving the wrong way on Route 16.

Troopers caught up with the vehicle in Dover.

They say the motorist, 47-year-old Theresa Ronco, of South Portland, Maine, was charged with aggravated operating under the influence and reckless conduct.

Ronco, who was released on bail, is due in court later this month. It wasn’t known Sunday if she had a lawyer, and a phone number for her could not be located.

Stolen RV in Chelsea

CHELSEA - State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a camper trailer, stolen from Chelsea last week.  

The camper disappeared from the parking lot of the Crystal Falls banquet hall located on Route 17. A witness saw a pickup truck leave with the camper either on Aug. 28th or 29th. 

The camper is a 2000 Fleetwood Mallard 19N, with Maine license plate 929660. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 624-7076.

Last modified on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:14

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