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Criminal Mischief (09/27/2017)

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Possible abduction attempts in Knox County

THOMASTON – Investigations continue after a second possible attempted kidnapping incident took place in Knox County.

According to reports, a middle school child was riding his bike on Main St. in Thomaston on the morning of Sept. 20. The boy said a van stopped and an older man asked him if he wanted to get inside the vehicle. The boy refused and reported what had happened.

This comes just days after a similar incident in Owls Head. At approximately 3 p.m. on the afternoon of Sept. 18, a young girl walking home was approached by three men in a van, who asked her if she wanted a ride. The girl refused and wound up fleeing into the woods before returning home to tell her parents what had happened; the parents in turn contacted the police.

Law enforcement officials are urging children and parents alike to be vigilant about who and what is around them. In addition, officials ask that anyone spotting a van that matches the description please attempt to get a plate number.

Package theft suspect arrested

BANGOR – A Bangor woman has been arrested after allegedly stealing unattended packages from a Bangor porch.

On Sept. 20, 28-year-old Veronica Smith of Bangor was arrested and charged with Theft and Receiving Stolen property (Class E). Ms. Smith is alleged to have stolen parcel packages from the porch of a local resident in Bangor. 

The next day - Sept. 21 - detectives from the Bangor Police Department Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at Ms. Smith’s residence. As a result of this search warrant, several items have been seized.

Any resident of Bangor who might be missing any delivered packages from outside of their homes within the past few months are asked to contact Detective Jose Vidaurri at (207) 947-7382, extension 5752.

Car fire on Maine Turnpike

LEWISTON – A Lewiston man escaped injury when his car caught fire along the Maine Turnpike.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on the night of Sept. 24, the car – driven by 46-year-old Reshid Tahir Shankol on his way home from work in Gray – burst into flames. Shankol had pulled the car over to the righthand side of the road shortly beforehand at the prompting of various warning lights.

State Troopers stopped traffic for a short time at the northbound Lewiston exit – located at mile marker 80 – while a Lewiston fire crew battled the blaze.

There were no injuries and the fire was quickly brought under control.

Dixmont man sought

PALMYRA – Law enforcement officers are asking citizens to be on the lookout for a Dixmont man who fled the scene following a traffic stop.

On Sept. 21, Trooper Tyler Maloon attempted to stop a tan Chevy extended cab on Route 100 in Palmyra. The vehicle was operated by 21-year-old Jesse Weeman of Dixmont.

Maloon learned that Weeman's license had a suspended status and that he was on probation. Subsequently, Weeman fled the scene and initiated a chase, eventually turning down the Smith Rd. in Palmyra which dead ends.

Once at the end, Weeman took a right through a standing corn field in an attempt to make it back to the interstate, but the truck became bogged down.

Weeman and his passenger - suspected to be his brother Cody - fled on foot toward Detroit by way of several ATV trails and the railroad tracks.

A K9 track was unsuccessful. Multiple units from Troop C, Major Crimes, Troop K, Troop J and Troop E assisted. A warrant has been filed for Jesse Weeman on several charges.

The suspect frequents Palmyra, Hartland and St. Albans. Any information on Jesse Weeman’s whereabouts can be forwarded to Trooper Tyler Maloon by calling 624-7076 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Out of the frying pan

BEDDINGTON (AP) — Maine forest rangers say the quick actions of a woman armed with a frying pan helped stop a forest fire.

Rangers say Nancy Weeks used a frying pan to carry water back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond in a wooded area near Beddington. According to reporting from WGME-TV, Weeks kept the fire under control until crews arrived.

Officials say the fire was sparked by an unattended camp fire.

Rangers say it’s still fire season in the state, and likely will remain so until the first snowfall.

Fire station fire

PORTLAND (AP) — The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that caused damage at a Portland fire station.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out around 6 p.m. Sunday, and that firefighters had to return when a couple of hot spots flared up Monday morning.

Firefighters were responding to a separate call when smoke was reported at the North Deering fire station. The fire was centered around the kitchen area.

Fire officials said there was no serious damage and no one was injured. Fire crews housed in the station were relocated to other nearby stations.


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