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Criminal Mischief (10/10/2018)

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First fatal moose crash of 2018

MEDWAY – The State of Maine has marked its first fatal moose crash of 2018.

According to State Police, Maine's first fatal moose crash of the year took place late on the night of Oct. 5 along Interstate 95 in Medway.  Killed in the crash was 54-year-old Donnie Wilcox of Winslow. 

Troopers said Wilcox's Subaru struck the bull moose in the southbound travel lane, two miles south of the Medway exit, at about 10 p.m. The impact threw the moose into the windshield and peeled back the car's roof.  Passersby found the crash shortly after it happened, but there were no witnesses. Wilcox died at the scene and the moose also was killed.

It was the first fatal crash of a moose and a vehicle in 2018 in Maine. 

Standoff in Brewer

BREWER - A Brewer man faces charges after causing a standoff near the Village Green Motel in that city.

The man – 63-year-old Gary Green - faces charges of criminal threatening and terrorizing after police say he refused to drop what appeared to be an AK-47 rifle in the parking lot of the Village Green.

Green told police that the gun was real; however, it ultimately proved to be a replica.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies – Brewer and Bangor PDs, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office and the Maine State Police foremost among them - responded to the scene. Businesses in the area were evacuated and then locked down; this wound up lasting about two hours.

Green was apprehended after the Bangor Police Department’s Special Response Team deployed an impact munition – one intended to be less lethal - which caused Green to drop the rifle, according to law enforcement officials.

Green was taken to a hospital for mental health evaluation. Following that evaluation, he was subsequently taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Bridge named for fallen deputy

NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) — A bridge over Maine’s Kennebec River now bears the name of a deputy killed in the line of duty.

The dedication of the Corporal Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge was held Sunday in the deputy’s hometown, Norridgewock, on what would’ve been his 62nd birthday.

Cole was shot and killed April 25 while on patrol in Norridgewock. He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Maine in nearly three decades.

His family attended on Sunday, along with dignitaries including Sen. Susan Collins.

John D. Williams was arrested after a four-day manhunt and is awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty.

Cole’s family joined Gov. Paul LePage when he signed the bill renaming the bridge. LePage called it “a fitting tribute to his service and sacrifice.”

Bogus ad leads to looting

GREENE (AP) — The district attorney says he’s confident police will track down the person who posted a bogus Craigslist ad that led to a man’s property being looted in Maine.

The hoax advertisement promised free items up for grabs at a Greene, Maine, property whose owner was away in Florida. George Stanley said the stolen items included lawn mowers, tree trimmers, generators, solar lights, roofing materials and even landscaping plants.

Androscoggin County District Attorney Andrew Robinson tells the Sun Journal that he doesn’t think the perpetrator will get away with it, even if he or she placed the ad at an internet cafe or library.

He said that if the thefts top $10,000 in value then the person who placed the phony Craigslist ad could be charged with a felony.

Man charged in dual robberies

AUGUSTA — A man has been charged with committing two robberies of Augusta businesses a day apart, according to police.

The alleged robber – 27-year-old Ellis Williams of Augusta - was arrested on the night of Oct. 3 after a Maine State Police dog team followed a track from the Circle K convenience store on Eastern Avenue after a robbery report from there at a little before 8:30 p.m.

Williams also is suspected in the robbery of the Subway located on Bangor Street on the previous afternoon, in which the robber was alleged to have fled in a dark sport utility vehicle, according to a release from law enforcement officials.

According to reports, in the Circle K robbery the robber demanded money and fled on foot. Williams was found in a residence nearby and arrested without incident.

Numerous tips were received by law enforcement in the course of their investigation of the Subway robbery. A surveillance image from that robbery was posted showing the suspect.

As of press time, Williams is being held at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta on two charges of robbery as well as two of violating conditions of release.

At the time of the robberies, Williams was free on $2,500 unsecured bail after having been arrested on charges of burglary and theft. He is accused of breaking into a residence on Cross Hill Road last month and stealing an Xbox and games worth a total of $700. According to an affidavit, Williams said he had been feeling sick from heroin withdrawal and pawned the items to get money to support his drug habit.

In addition, last year Williams was sentenced to nine months and a day in prison for forging a check to get cash and stealing metal roofing in two incidents earlier that year. Williams had also been convicted previously of metal thefts in both 2011 and 2014.

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