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Criminal Mischief (09/25/2019)

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Naked kidnap victim escapes in Casco

CASCO (AP) — Police in Maine say they’ve arrested four men on drug trafficking charges in connection with a report that a man was shot at while running through the woods naked.

Police say a man told them early Monday he was taken at gunpoint from his Naples home, put in the trunk of a car, driven to an area in Casco and told to strip naked. The man said he feared for his life and began running while he was shot at. The man was injured and taken to a hospital, where he’s in stable condition.

The men were stopped in Windham. They were jailed on $150,000 bail each. It wasn’t immediately known if they had lawyers.

Police are still investigating and said additional charges are possible

Norway woman buries friend in backyard

NORWAY (AP) — A woman says she buried her friend in the backyard of a home in Norway, Maine, where officials discovered the body this week.

Vernelle Jackson says she fulfilled the dying wish of her friend — and has no regrets.

The 83-year-old Jackson says her friend died 18 months ago. She said it took her two days to bury her because she suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Jackson said her friend moved in with her when she fell ill.

Jackson said state police told her she needed a permit to bury her friend in her backyard. She said she’s not sure if she is in any legal trouble.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said an autopsy began Wednesday. The medical examiner has yet to identify the woman.

Old Town drug disposal development

OLD TOWN - The Old Town Police Department is pleased to announce a safe way to dispose of drugs without the police department taking possession of them.  

The Old Town Police Department had a drug box for many years, but was unable to account for all those drugs like they would with evidence. They could only destroy collected drugs a couple times a year when the Federal DEA had their drug takeback, so in 2015, they stopped the process.  

They were able to secure a grant through Rali Maine, who provided them with the Deterra Deactivation System. It is a pouch in which drugs are placed and then warm water added; after following all the instructions, the bag is simply thrown away.

Below is a section from Deterra’s website explaining how it is environmentally sound material and safe for landfills:

“The Deterra pouch is made from environmentally sound materials. This allows for the degradation of the plastic pouch and zipper through the use of organic additives that are consumed by microbes found in landfills. The result is the release of the water and carbon dioxide, with little organic biomass left behind. This greatly reduces the amount of material left in landfills. The incineration process releases smog-inducing gases, ozone depleting agents, carcinogenic compounds and other by-products that can cause negative effects on the environment.”

You can get the bags by stopping by the Old Town Police Department; if you can’t get to the police department, people can contact the OTPD non-emergency number and arrangements will be made to get the bags to you. Each bag can destroy up to 45 pills.  

Distracted driving fines in flux

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s Judicial Branch says the first offense penalty for drivers who violate the state’s new distracted driving law will be $85, which is more in line with lawmakers’ intent.

The new law bans drivers from holding phones while driving. It took effect Thursday morning. The law passed by the Maine Legislature called for a first offense fine of no less than $50, but a judge with the ability to set the fine placed it at $230.

The Judicial Branch released a statement Friday that it altered fine, which will be $50 plus surcharges that raise it to $85. The branch says it made the change “in recognition of the Legislature’s apparent expectation regarding that fine.”

It says the change also allows lawmakers to clarify the law if they choose.

Maine Warden Service chief retires

AUGUSTA (AP) — The leader of the Maine Warden Service for 11 years is retiring.

Col. Joel Wilkinson’s retirement was effective Friday. Lt. Dan Scott has been named acting colonel by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso.

Wilkinson said in a statement that he was proud to have worked “with, for and beside the greatest professionals in conservation.”

Camuso thanked him for his service.

Wilkinson began working for the Maine Warden Service in 1992 as a deputy game warden. He served many roles, including acting commissioner during the transition from Democratic Gov. Baldacci to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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