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Criminal Mischief (10/03/2018)

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Camera found in EMMC bathroom

BANGOR – The discovery of a camera in an EMMC restroom has led to an investigation by law enforcement and hospital officials.

According to reports, a camera was discovered in one of the staff bathrooms at the hospital, located on State Street. After the camera was found, the staff person suspected of placing the camera in the bathroom was suspended and barred from entering the building.

It is not believed that any patients were filmed.

The investigation is ongoing. Bangor PD has assigned the case to the Criminal Investigation Division. More information will be released when the CID investigation is complete.

Stick in the mud

STACYVILLE (AP) - A man who found himself stuck in the mud is now free.

WMTW-TV reports that game wardens rescued a duck hunter early Wednesday morning in northern Penobscot County.

Wardens say that at 2 a.m. on Sept. 26, they found the 57-year-old man standing on top of his boat in waist-deep water. The man had been standing there since 2 p.m. the previous afternoon.

The man's wife had called wardens and said he was overdue from a hunting trip. Warden didn't release the identity of the man, who told wardens that the mud and vegetation prevented him from swimming to shore.

Shaker land vandalized

NEW GLOUCESTER (AP) — Vandals have damaged parts of a hayfield in the nation’s only Shaker community in Maine.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village curator Michael Graham tells the Sun Journal someone drove onto the field in New Gloucester sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Graham says the vehicle cut deep ruts into the soil, and he estimates it will cost several thousand dollars to repair.

The Shakers use the field to grow 50 tons of hay to feed livestock.

Graham says there has been a series of illegal dumping and vandalism at the property over the past year. He says the religious community is planning to put up gates to prevent more damage to the property.

Bangor crack bust

BANGOR – Four people have been arrested on drug charges following an investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

As part of a month-long investigation into the importation and distribution of crack cocaine in Penobscot County, MDEA’s North Central Task Force in Bangor - working with Bangor Police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s office - made four arrests. 

The four men charged with trafficking crack cocaine are as follows: 24-year-old Jason Arnold, 28-year-old Tyler Smith and 29-year-old Rickey Johnson Jr, all of Detroit, Michigan;  and 29-year-old Derek Auger of Brewer.   

MDEA agents have spent the past month investigating the four men; the investigation culminated with a search of Auger’s vehicle after it was stopped in Hermon on Sept. 21, as well as a search of a residence on Pier Street in Bangor.  In the course of those searches, agents seized approximately 15 grams of crack cocaine and $4,000 in suspected drug proceeds. 

As of press time, the investigation is continuing; more arrests could take place.

Etna robbery

ETNA – Three juveniles have been charged with robbery following an incident at a convenience store in Etna.

Just before 9 p.m. on the evening of Sept. 25, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police responded to a reported armed robbery at the Etna Village Variety Store, located on Rt. 2 in Etna.

Surveillance video of the robbery was posted on the PCSO Facebook page on that night; the footage showed three subjects entering the store, one with a shotgun, and then fleeing the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Bangor Police Department and State Police, have identified three juvenile males as the three suspects who entered and robbed the store. Each has been charged with Class A Robbery. Because they are juveniles, their identities had not been released as of press time. The shotgun used in the commission of this crime has been recovered. PCSO investigators are continuing to investigate this incident.

If anyone has information concerning this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 947-4585.

Boat crash

TOWNSHIP C (AP) — The Maine Warden Service says four people were injured in a boating accident on Lower Richardson Lake in northern Oxford County.

The crash was reported to the state police about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service says the people in the boat included people staying at a local camp. The boat operator worked for the camp.

WGME-TV reports three of the four injured people were taken to Rumford Hospital, while the fourth, who suffered a slight laceration, drove himself.

Two of the more seriously injured people were flown to a Lewiston hospital while the third was taken there by ambulance. The fourth injured person drove himself to the hospital.

All are expected to survive.

The incident remains under investigation.

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