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Criminal Mischief (09/19/2018)

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Three arrests in Bangor burglary

BANGOR – An investigation into a burglary at a local fitness facility has led to three arrests.

Last week, members of the Special Enforcement Team began investigating a burglary which took place at the facility. The suspect(s) allegedly damaged property inside the building and made off with some cash and checks.

As a result of their investigation, 38-year-old Bradford Chesley of Dixmont, and 34-year-old Amy Nadeau of Orrington were arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. Both were found in possession of stolen property from the fitness facility at the time of their arrest. Neither has made bail.

Chesley has been charged with Theft class C, Theft class E, Aggravated Criminal Mischief class C, Aggravated Forgery class C, Possession of a Scheduled W drug class D (suspected crack cocaine). Chesley is also being held on a probation violation.

Nadeau has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property class C, Forgery class C and with Possession of a Schedule W Drug class D (suspected crack cocaine).

A third person, 54-year-old Rebecca Mountain of Bangor, was summoned in connection with this incident as well. Mountain was charged with Forgery class D, Theft by Deception class E and receiving stolen property class E.

The name of the facility in question was not included in the initial release regarding the arrests.

Prison escapee recaptured

PORTLAND (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time from prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.

A sheriff’s deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, in Piscataquis County, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. He was last seen Thursday evening at the minimum-security unit at Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, several miles down the road from where he was found.

Nash was serving a 45-year sentence for killing his former neighbor in 1991. He was due to be released last year and had previously escaped from Maine Correctional Center in Windham in 1973 and from the Maine State Prison in 1981.

Nash was taken to Piscataquis County Jail, McCausland said. The Maine Department of Corrections will attempt to determine where Nash has been since Thursday night, he said.

“The corrections officials can learn where he has been, and whether our search efforts were close. They were extensive over the weekend,” McCausland said, adding that bloodhounds were used to try to find Nash. “Having that information would be helpful as we prepare for future searches and manhunts.”

Nash has been charged with escape, which is a felony, said Piscataquis County Sheriff Robert Young. He has been transferred to the custody of the Department of Corrections, said Young.

It was unclear on Tuesday morning what Nash’s next stop would be or whether he was represented by a lawyer, he said.

Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick floated the theory on Monday that Nash had spent much of his life in prison and that his escape may have been his way of ensuring he would go back to prison.

But Young said on Tuesday that Nash “wasn’t trying to run, but he wasn’t trying to be caught,” and that the apprehension was a case of a deputy “being in the right place at the right time.”

Fitzpatrick had called on the public to offer any tips they had about Nash’s whereabouts, and stressed that “we do consider Mr. Nash dangerous.”

Nash was due to be released in December 2019, thanks to credits for time served in jail and good behavior. He was convicted of killing the neighbor in North Sullivan, a small community about 145 miles northwest of Portland.

Missing woman found

MILLINOCKET (AP) — Maine game wardens have found a missing woman whose car became stuck on a remote dirt road about 40 miles northwest of Baxter State Park.

Wardens say 52-year-old Nancy Michaud planned to hike around the Mount Katahdin region on Sunday.

They say she was found Monday afternoon near Hurd Pond, about 40 miles from Baxter State Park. A spokesman said she was a bit dehydrated but otherwise in good health.

WLBZ-TV reports that her daughter said the vehicle was found Sunday evening in the middle of the road with lights on, “and no one around.”

Crashed driver still at large

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — Police in Maine say they are searching for a driver who crashed his vehicle fleeing police and then clambered down into the Kennebec River.

Skowhegan Fire Department crews swept the river on Sunday afternoon looking for the driver. The Kennebec Journal reports police made contact with the man’s father later that afternoon and called off the search.

Early Sunday, officers pursuing a man saw him crash into a fence before running away from the vehicle and jumping into the Kennebec River.

Police were unable to find the man during multiple searches.

Police say they believed the man survived the swim and they are looking to make contact with him. Police will continue to investigate.

State Police issue special plates

Maine State Police are using their license plates to benefit a special cause.

State Police have issued commemorative license plates for their fleet that honor the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. The license plates will be attached to State Police cruisers until the end of September. The plates will then be signed by the individual troopers and collected to be sold via on-line auction and at other special events to benefit the Children’s Hospital. 

It is the fifth time State Police have issued special plates to benefit nonprofit organizations. Past recipients have been Breast Cancer Awareness, Wreaths Across America, Special Olympics and the Travis Mills Foundation. The previous commemorative plates have raised between $15,000 and $20,000 for each of the organizations. 

The commemorative plates are a collaborative effort with the Maine State Troopers Association and the Maine Troopers Foundation. The plates began appearing on State Police vehicles September 2 and will be displayed until the end of the month. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

 The Chief of the Maine State Police, Colonel John Cote, said the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and State Police have had a long association. Troopers have brought presents in for patients at the hospital annually at Christmas for several years.

“State Police have been a strong supporter of the hospital and its mission,” Cote said. “Our hope is these plates will raise awareness of the high-quality services the hospital provides to our most vulnerable citizens and the funds raised will benefit those most in need.”

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