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Criminal Mischief - (09/23/15)

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Heroin Alert Drug Awareness Program

BREWER The brewer Police Department in conjuction with the Brewer School Department and the Bangor Area Recovery Network is hosting Heroin Alert Program on Oct. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brewer Performing Arts Center at 92 Pendleton Street in Brewer. The event is free to the public.

'It is imperative that we, as a community, recognize the significant impact drug abuse and addiction has in our area. Opiate abuse and addiction are at critical levels and heroin has made an alarming comeback. As community members, educators, neighbors and most importantly parents, we must educate ourselves and our youth on the deadly consequences of heroin use,' said Perry Antone, the public safety director for the City of Brewer in a release. 'One of the best and most recognized programs in the country, New Castle County Police Department's (Delaware) Heroin Alert Program delivers this important information. The Brewer Police Department has utilized drug asset forfeiture monies to bring this program to Brewer. We have partnered with the Brewer School Department and the Bangor Area Recovery Network to host this event. On the evening of Oct. 21, 2015, the Brewer Performing Arts Center will be the venue for this presentation open to parents, students, educators, community leaders and all members of the community. This is a great opportunity for all of us collectively to gather together in support of making our community more aware, involved, and ultimately safer. I urge you to make this small time investment and attend this event. Together we can make a difference.'

The Heroin Alert Program is an education and emotionally moving multimedia presentation. The program guides the audience through the destructive path of heroin. The program eliminates the stereotypical views of heroin use and the addict themselves. Legal consequences are discussed the harmful effects of heroin use are amplified through images depicting death and trauma to the body.

Research shows that 65 percent of teens who have abused prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends and relatives. Children as young 12 are abusing drugs, and many teens incorrectly believe that taking a prescription medication to get high is less dangerous than taking illegal drugs. Misuse of prescription opiates can quickly spiral out of control. Currently prescription drug abuse or misuse is the number one public health epidemic and it is fueling a rise in heroin addiction across the state of Delaware.

The program is presented by New Castle County Police, New Castle County Paramedics and Mrs. Marie Allen, a local parent and author of the book Dope/Help that portrays her family's victimization by heroin, which ultimately resulted in the death of her daughter Erin.

Heroin and rack bust in Wells

WELLS A traffic stop in wells led to drug bust for Maine State Police.

On Sept. 19, around 4 p.m., police stopped Jason Alexander, 26, of Kennebunk, on the Mile Road in Wells. Troopers had learned that Alexander was in possession of a large quantity of heroin. During the subsequent investigation, troopers located 30 grams of suspected heroin and a small amount of suspected crack cocaine.

Alexander was arrested for aggravated trafficking in a schedule W drug (heroin) and was transported to the York County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000.

Man causes wreck, flees, steals vehicle tries to flee, fails

TRENTON/BANGOR Three vehicles were involved in a wreck in Trenton and one of the occupants fled from the scene.

On Sept. 18, Deputy Robert Morang responded to the report of a crash on Route 2 in Trenton. According to the report, one vehicle pulled off of a dirt road too fast, causing it fishtail into oncoming traffic. The vehicle in that lane came to a stop to avoid the collision, but the driver behind him rear-ended that vehicle, causing him to strike the first vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle that pulled out into traffic from the dirt road, exited his vehicle and fled the scene. The passengers of the vehicle told the deputy that the driver was Gregory Gilley, 27, of Ellsworth.

Gilley reportedly ran to the Bar Harbor Golf course and stole a vehicle, which was reported stolen by a Trenton man shortly thereafter.

The vehicle was located in Bangor by Bangor Police; it was being driven by Gilley. He again tried to flee but was taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Gilley was charged with driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, unauthorized use of property and violations of conditions of release.

Fraud Watch Network turns the tables on con artists in Reverse Boiler Room'

PORTLAND The AARP Fraud Watch Network lit up the phone lines recently as part of a 'reverse boiler room,' dialing hundreds of people to warn them about two leading 'imposter scams' hitting thousands of Mainers.

Borrowing a favorite tactic of con artists, AARP Fraud Watch Network staff and volunteers operated their own telemarketing boiler room. However, instead of hearing from crooks, local residents received tips and information on how to protect themselves from 'imposter scams.' Impersonating police officers, federal agents or financial service companies, scammers use their 'authority' to scare a person into paying them. They may also pretend to be a friend or loved one in trouble who needs money.

Attorney General Janet Mills joined the volunteers as they made calls to hundreds of Maine residents warning them of two key imposter scams: IRS and 'tech support.' According to the most recent Federal Trade Commission list of top consumer fraud complaints last year, 814 Maine residents were victims of imposter scams.

'The first step in fighting consumer fraud is prevention,' said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. 'An informed consumer is a secure consumer. I thank AARP for their work in educating their members and all older Mainers about what to look for and how they can protect their nest egg from scammers.'

'Con artists will stop at nothing to separate people from their hard-earned money,' said Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications director. 'That's why today, we're turning the tables on them, arming Americans with the information they need so they can be on the alert and protect themselves and their families from certain scams.'

In the IRS scam, individuals receive a phone call from an IRS official ordering them to pay thousands in back taxes to avoid being arrested. In the tech support scam, they are told their computer has a virus and that only through remote access can the computer be fixed.

'We're giving people the facts: The IRS will never call you over the phone and demand payment,' said Margesson. 'Any initial communication will come through the mail. Furthermore, Microsoft or other large computer companies will not call you unsolicited asking for access to your computer and demand payment.'

'Reverse boiler room' is part of a partnership between the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the Attorney General's Office and brings together volunteers from across the state trained in coaching people on how to detect scams. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is free for anyone of any age.

The Fraud Watch Network arms people with the information they need to spot and avoid scams so they can protect themselves and their families. By signing up for the Fraud Watch Network, consumers get access to:

The latest scam alerts, delivered right to your inbox.

A scam tracking map featuring warnings from local law enforcement and first-hand accounts of breaking scams from people in your state.

The Con Artist Playbook interviews with con artists who reveal how they steal your hard-earned money.

A fraud hotline you can call to speak with a trained volunteer for advice if you are concerned you or a loved one has been scammed or if you suspect a scam in your community.

The Attorneys General from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts joined the AARP volunteers in Boston to share the following tips with call recipients:

Know that the IRS does not:

call to demand immediate payment about taxes owed without first sending you a notification by mail,

ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone,

threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment.

Other Fraud Watch Network scam protection tips:

Scammers claim affiliation with Microsoft, 'Windows,' computer manufacturers or others, but legitimate employees of those companies don't make phone calls or send 'personal' email warnings about an infection in a particular computer. When real threats are detected, a security update or warning is usually sent en masse and directly to your computer by the manufacturer of the antivirus protection installed on your machine.

Unless you initiate contact with a trusted technology assistance firm, never give strangers remote access to your computer. (They may get it by asking you to type a certain code, download a program they provide, or provide them with your username and password.)

Don't be fooled if a fake tech support representative knows your name, address or even the operating system you're using. Cybercrooks glean their targets through public phone directories and often 'guess' your operating system by citing more popular ones.

At least once a week, check for updates in your security software and run scans several times a week.

For legitimate tech support, Microsoft users can call (877) 696-7786 and Mac users can call Apple at (800) 275-2273. Do not trust other phone numbers provided in calls or emails, as they may belong to scammers.

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