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Criminal Mischief (10/17/2018)

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Suspicious letter at home of Sen. Collins

BANGOR (AP) — A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Monday after her husband received a letter with a note saying the envelope contained ricin.

The FBI said preliminary tests on the letter and its contents indicated that there was no threat to the public, and the senator and her husband were allowed to stay in the home Monday night.

It was unclear who sent the letter and why. But critics have hurled threats at Collins and her staff over her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Today’s incident is the latest in a series of threats against Senator Collins, her loved ones, and her staff,” said Annie Clark, the senator’s spokeswoman.

The senator’s husband, Thomas Daffron, was at home when the letter arrived on Monday, but Collins wasn’t there.

Police and fire vehicles were parked outside her home, and several people in hazmat suits were seen going inside. Yellow police tape was wrapped around the property’s perimeter.

Collins issued a statement expressing her thankfulness for the professionalism of first responders and other agencies participating in the investigation.

“Our friends and neighbors have been incredibly kind and have even offered to open their homes to us. We feel blessed to live in such a supportive community,” she said.

The investigation into the letter, its contents and origin was continuing.

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, who voted against Kavanaugh, came to his fellow senator’s defense.

“Regardless of any political differences, @SenatorCollins, her family, and her staff should not have to be subjected to these threats — there’s just no place for it in our discourse,” he tweeted.

Apple orchard accident

LIVERMORE – An accident at an apple orchard last week landed an elderly woman in the hospital.

State Police say an elderly woman was injured on the afternoon of Oct. 8 when she was accidentally run over in an apple orchard in Livermore. The victim – 87-year-old Vivian Buotte of Mexico – was treated at CMMC in Lewiston for hip injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.  

Buotte was with family members in the orchard picking apples when she was struck by a Subaru driven by her daughter, 53-year-old Nina Langervan of Dixfield. The mishap took place at the Berry Fruit Farm on Crash Road in Livermore about 4:20 p.m. 

No charges are expected, but the investigative report will be reviewed by the Androscoggin District Attorney’s Office once it is completed.

Hog wild

AUGUSTA (AP) — It was a classic case of a ham on the lam.

Police in Maine’s capital city are looking for the owner of a 50-pound piglet that wore itself out while dodging traffic Saturday evening after presumably escaping.

The Portland Press Herald reports Augusta police went door to door looking for the animal’s owner without any luck.

They say the pig is being cared for by a person familiar with farm animals until the owner can be found.

The animal was in good condition other than being tired out from running around.

Cops seek Clifton crasher

CLIFTON (AP) — Maine State Police are looking for the driver of a truck after it crashed and sparked a power outage.

Trooper Joshua Lander told WABI-TV that the truck traveled off Route 9 Thursday night, went airborne, snapped a utility pole in Clifton.

Lander said the driver wasn’t at the scene, at home or in the nearby area.

About 600 people in the Clifton area lost power as a result of the pole being snapped. Power has since been restored.

Sword standoff

NEWPORT (AP) — Authorities say a man armed with a sword held off police for several hours at a Maine hotel.

Police were called to Pray’s Motel in Newport on Thursday after 60-year-old Louis Irish threatened a housekeeper and the motel owner with a knife.

Police say the man was highly intoxicated and pulled out a sword when officers knocked on his room door.

Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid says officers backed off, secured the scene and then entered the room only after failed attempts to get him to surrender.

Irish was hospitalized for evaluation and later taken to Penobscot County Jail. It is unclear if the knife motel staff saw was the sword Irish brandished to police.

He was due to appear in court Friday. Irish could not be reached for comment.

Rubber buddy bullet banger

WINDHAM (AP) — A South Carolina man is accused of shooting his best friend with a gun loaded with rubber bullets in an argument about the friend’s wife.

The Portland Press Herald reports 43-year-old Ace Haseltine was released Tuesday from Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail. He’s charged with elevated aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for shooting Galen Gullatt on Sept. 29 in Windham.

Haseltine told the newspaper he used the gun after an argument escalated into a brawl. It was unclear who owned the gun. His friend was struck three times.

Rubber bullets are less lethal than standard bullets and are often used in riot control. However, they have been blamed for serious injury and death.

Bangor PD pet food drive

BANGOR – The Bangor Police Department went to the dogs last weekend – for a good cause.

The Bangor PD collaborated with Shaw’s and Eastern Area Agency On Aging’s Furry Friends Food Bank to hold a pet food drive on October 13. The event took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shaw’s supermarket located at 353 Main Street.

The drive was intended to collect a litany of donated items, including but not limited to: Wet and dry dog and cat food, cat litter, toys and treats. Cash donations were also accepted.

Everything collected went to the Furry Friends Food Bank, which helps seniors provide for the pets that, for many, are their primary companions.

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