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Criminal Mischief - (10/14/15)

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Obstacle course honors fallen trooper

VASSALBORO The Maine Criminal Justice Academy recently had the inaugural run of the Jeffery S. Parola obstacle course on Sept. 25. Members of the Jeffery S. Parola Foundation, the Maine State Police Tactical Team, and employees of Cianbro were in attendance.

The Jeffrey S. Parola Foundation made the decision to dissolve; they donated $38,000 to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Director John Rogers said they would take half that money and continue the annual scholarship program that awards $1,000 to the best tuition student in the class. The rest would be going towards the Jeffrey S. Parola Memorial Obstacle Course. Five of the obstacles were installed last year, but the remaining five required the placement of telephone poles no small task. Cianbro stepped up, donating not only the poles but the machines and labor needed to install them. All told, there were about 18 to 20 telephone poles used.

'Without my staff and Cianbro and the Parola Foundation, there is no way this could have happened. Even with the hours my staff worked, there is no way I could have dug the holes six- to seven-feet underground,' said Rogers. 'The staff worked really hard and most of the labor was done by the training staff here. My Cadre staff (Cadre are police officers dedicated to training cadets at MCJA) picked nice days [and] worked around their regular jobs to make it happen. They literally have hundreds of hours into this.'

To commemorate the occasion, members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team, as well as the cadets from the current Basic Law Enforcement Training Program, participated in the course, which spans much of the grounds of the academy.

The obstacles were designed to withstand the harsh Maine weather the ropes and netting used in the obstacles will stand up to rain and cold weather. And though challenging, each station was chosen with great deliberation and thought toward health and safety. And though some may mirror obstacles seen in other endurance courses like Tough Mudder or The Spartan race, Rogers noted that some extreme obstacles are just not possible for a training ground.

Stations include a wall climb with heavy netting, ascending and descending monkey bars, pull-up station, balance beams, tunnel crawl, rope bridge, sit up station, steep hill climb and more. If cadets can't complete one of the stations, they have the option to two 10 burpees (a combination press-up and jumping jack).

'I see this as a nice weather break from working out in the gym,' said Rogers. 'And using it in team-building exercises by having one squad against another in a race.

Three Connecticut men charged with drug trafficking

ELLSWORTH The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Downeast Taskforce has charged three people for drug trafficking last week.

On Oct. 8, investigators assigned to MDEA's agents in Ellsworth served a search warrant on a room at an Ellsworth motel. Agents and police charged Carlos Mercedes Pemberton, 39, of Waterbury, Conn., with class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone). The charge was aggravated due to Pemberton's criminal history. Jose Javier Maisonet Jr., 22, of Waterbury, Conn. was charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs and violation of conditions of release. Luis Angel Hernandez, 33, of Waterbury Conn. was charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs.

The trio were taken to the Hancock County Jail. All have an initial court date of Dec. 11, 2015 in the Ellsworth Unified Court.

Ellsworth Police Chief Christopher Coleman and MDEA Director Roy McKinney said this is yet another example of out of state drug dealers setting up shop in Maine communities.

The MDEA was assisted during this investigation by Ellsworth Police, the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Bar Harbor and Brewer Police Departments.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen

BANGOR Police arrested a man wanted for reportedly biting off another man's ear in an altercation last week.

On Oct. 2, around 11:30, police were called to a fight at an apartment complex on Hammond Street. One man was reportedly severely injured, having lost a significant portion of his ear. The suspect, Casey Cole, 27, of North Anson, fled the scene.

Maine State Police were able to locate Anson and take him into custody without incident. He was charged with aggravated assault.

Man facing drug charges

GRAY The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says Dennis A. Russell, 28, of West Paris has been charged with selling heroin.

On Oct. 7, drug agents and State and Oxford Police, arrested Russell in a vehicle parked at a convenience store on the Portland Rd. in Gray. Agents located 85 grams of heroin with a street value of $17,000. Drug agents believe the heroin was destined for Oxford County.

Russell was transported to the Cumberland County Jail and bail was set $40,000. MDEA is continuing the investigation. Additional arrests are expected.

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:13

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