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Criminal Mischief (11/06/2019)

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Firearm incident at Bangor High

BANGOR – A Bangor High School student was arrested on school property for possession of a firearm and a number of other offenses.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 31, staff at Bangor High School searched a juvenile student’s belongings and discovered a firearm and what is believed to be marijuana along with some drug paraphernalia.  

One of the Bangor PDS’s school resource officers was at the high school when this happened. The resource officer immediately responded and took the student into custody. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division investigated.

In the course of that investigation, it was learned that the recovered firearm had been reported stolen a few days prior. The student now faces several charges to include: Theft of a Firearm - a class B felony, Burglary to a Motor Vehicle - a class D misdemeanor, and Possession of a firearm on School Property - a class E misdemeanor.

A juvenile corrections officer has placed restrictions on the student. The student was subsequently released into the custody of a parent.

As of press time, the case remained under investigation.

Impaired bus driver arrested

SCARBOROUGH - A bus driver for Biddeford is facing multiple charges after he was stopped for driving erratically with a bus full of students.

At just before 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, a Maine State Trooper on routine patrol southbound on I-95 in Scarborough had his attention was drawn to a school bus operating in front of him. The Trooper noted that bus was speeding in a construction zone, failing to signal lane changes and failing to maintain one lane. The bus was stopped for the erratic operation and speeding.

The bus was filled with Biddeford High School Students returning from a field hockey game. Operating the bus was 68-year-old Richard Tanguayof Biddeford. Signs of impairment were observed and field sobriety tests were conducted.

The results of those tests led Tanguay to be taken to Cumberland County Jail for an intoxilyzer breath test and an exam by a drug recognition expert. As a result of the investigation, Tanguay was charged with OUI - Drugs, Driving to Endanger and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Bail was set at $500.00 which Tanguay posted and was released. Tanguay’s first court appearance will be on January 9, 2020 in Portland District court. The State Police have notified the Biddeford School District of the incident.

Turnpike drug bust

YORK - For the second time in two days, State Police arrested a group of New Yorkers on the Maine Turnpike on drug selling charges. The arrests took place on the night of Oct. 30 and are in connection with an investigation of drugs sales out of a home at 33 Main St. in West Paris. 

On the evening of Oct. 30, troopers stopped a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica van on the turnpike in York.  At the same time, a team of Troopers, Deputies from Oxford Sheriff’s Department and officers from Norway and Rumford police searched the West Paris home.  Seized in the van were 382 grams of cocaine and crack.  Items seized from the house were other items related to drug selling. 

The four arrested on the turnpike were taken to the York County Jail and all are charged with aggravated drug trafficking.  Investigators say the group has been active importing and selling drugs from Oxford Hills to the Rumford area and also in southern Franklin County in recent months. 

Arrested are: Yashim “Scotty” Gomez, 35, Raymond “T” Vasquez, 26, Geraldine “GiGi” Rodriguez, 31, and Princes Munoz-Cordero, 19, all from Bronx New York. Bail was set at $20,000 for Gomez and $10,000 for the other three. 

On Oct. 29, troopers arrested two NY men and a Bangor woman after their vehicle was stopped on the turnpike in Kennebunk. Seized were cocaine and heroin, headed for Bangor.

Last modified on Tuesday, 05 November 2019 06:51

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