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Criminal Mischief (10/09/2019)

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Chase suspect arrested

BANGOR – A Bangor man was taken into custody following a high-speed chase through the city.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 1, Bangor Police Officer Michael Pina was at the intersection of Hammond and Ohio Streets when a silver Mercedes passed by him at an extremely high rate of speed. Officer Pina pursued the Mercedes which almost struck another Bangor Police cruiser. A chase ensued which lead the officers through downtown and behind the Waterfront concert area. The Mercedes was able to evade the officers when Officer Pina’s cruiser became disabled.

Information developed during the investigation alleged that the Mercedes had been operated by 37-year-old Brian Saunders of Bangor. At the time of the pursuit, Mr. Saunders had active federal arrest warrants.

On Oct. 3, information was developed that Mr. Saunders was at a residence in Bangor. Maine Drug Enforcement agents and detectives of Bangor Police Criminal Investigation Division began a surveillance of that residence.

As a result of this collaborative investigation, Mr. Saunders was located and arrested at approximately 1:20 p.m. that afternoon.

Arson charges in Hampden fire

HAMPDEN – A Princeton man has been charged with arson following a fire at a home in Hampden.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged the man – 35-year-old Mark Roussel of Princeton – with setting fire to a home in Hampden earlier this week.  Fire Investigators arrested him on Oct. 2 and charged him with arson. 

Investigators say the two-story home, located at 394 Main St in Hampden, was destroyed by fire Mthe night of Sept. 30. The home is owned by a friend of Roussel and he frequently stayed there. He was arrested at his home in Princeton without incident and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Child charged with arson in school fires

PARIS – A student faces arson charges following fires involving two school bathrooms.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office charged an eleven-year-old girl with setting fire to two bathrooms at the Paris Elementary School on the morning of Oct. 1. The sixth grader was charged with arson and released to the custody of her parents.

The fires were reported just before 9 a.m. in two girl’s bathrooms - one on a lower level and a second on the main floor. Investigators say paper products were set on fire at both locations.  The fire on the main floor went out by itself, but moderate fire and smoke damage was reported to the bathroom on the lower level. 

Four Fire Marshal investigators responded to the school and worked closely with its school resource officer to identify the student involved. The school was evacuated after the fire alarm was sounded and there were no injuries.

Meth arrest in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a Brunswick man was arrested on methamphetamine charges as he was getting off the train in Brunswick.

The man – 44-year-old John Katula – is charged with trafficking schedule W drugs and possession of a schedule W drug (both methamphetamine), as well as violating conditions of release. 

At 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Sept. 30, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents, assisted by Brunswick Police, Amtrak Police and State Police, arrested Katula as he returned from Boston with a shipment of “crystal” methamphetamine.  Agents approached Katula as he exited the Amtrak Downeaster in downtown Brunswick. Katula was found to have a large quantity of methamphetamine on him, which drug agents say was going to be distributed in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. Katula was currently out of bail stemming from a Violation of Protection from Abuse Order.

Seized were 108 grams of “Crystal” methamphetamine with a street value of $10,000 and other items associated with distributing the drug. Katula was transported to the Cumberland County Jail; bail was set at $10,000.

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