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Criminal Mischief (11/07/2018)

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Presque Isle arrest for arson, theft

PRESQUE ISLE - State Fire Marshals and Maine Forest Rangers say a Presque Isle man was arrested this week and charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a large truck parked along a woods road in northern Maine in September. 

The man – 27-year-old Spencer Goodine of Presque Isle - is charged with Arson, Burglary and Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer. He was arrested on Oct. 30 at his home and was held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Aroostook County Jail

Back on Sept. 3, Fire Marshal Investigators and Forest Rangers responded to the Bogan Brook Road in T10 R3, near Westfield.  A service truck for a woods operation being run by TNT Road Company of Fort Kent had been destroyed by fire and a large number of tools on the truck had been stolen.  A small woods fire had also occurred as a result of the fire. The value of the truck and the stolen equipment was estimated at $100,000.  Investigators determined the fire was arson.

The service truck was a 2002 Sterling M8500 Diesel and contained thousands of dollars worth of tools, parts, supplies, fuel and gear to support a timber operation. Among the equipment stolen was a Miller Trailblazer 302 Airpak Model 907376 Welder/Generator/Compressor.

The joint investigation resulted in the recovery of the stolen compressor and some of the tools and supplies taken from the truck.  Many of the stolen tools and equipment are still missing and Investigators are asking the public for help in locating them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Houlton at (207) 532-5400.

Bangor bust

BANGOR – A Connecticut man was arrested in Bangor last week on drug charges.

On the evening of Nov. 1, MDEA Agents and Bangor Police wrapped up a week-long investigation by arresting 37-year-old Jason Pete, of Waterbury, Connecticut, in Bangor. The investigation revealed that Pete, who is currently on probation in Maine for drug trafficking, was bringing drugs from Waterbury, CT to Bangor for distribution.

Agents located Pete’s rental vehicle travelling north on I-95 and followed him to a Bangor residence. Agents and Bangor Police searched Pete and the vehicle seizing over 900 individual bags of suspected heroin, along with 13 grams of cocaine base (crack) and $700 in cash. The street value of the drugs was at least $25,000.

Pete was taken into custody and charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin & cocaine base, both Class A felony crimes. He will also have to answer for violating his probation. As of press time, Pete remained at the Penobscot County Jail.

Holden heroin arrest

HOLDEN – A recent traffic stop led to the arrest of four Ellsworth residents on drug charges.

Late on the night of Nov. 1, a vehicle was stopped in Holden after traveling from Massachusetts. MDEA agents seized nine grams of heroin and a small amount of crack cocaine. 

The four people arrested were 54-year-old Dwight Norwood, 50-year-old Melissa Norwood, 32-year-old James Richardson and 24-year-old Mariah Ryan. Melissa Norwood and Richardson were charged with Class B trafficking in heroin; Dwight Norwood was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin; and Ryan was charged with possessing heroin.

Melissa Norwood is currently on probation from a 2018 conviction in Massachusetts for possession of cocaine and selling heroin. Dwight Norwood was released from prison in September, completing a 10-month sentence for trafficking in heroin; he had received a sentence of three years with all but 10 months suspended and 3 years’ probation.

All were transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Bail for Dwight Norwood was set at $7,000. Bail for Melissa Norwood was set at $5,000. Bail for Richardson was set at $2,000 and bail for Ryan was set at $200.

Assisting MDEA were Hancock and Penobscot Sheriff Offices and Holden Police.

Bucksport standoff

BUCKSPORT (AP) — Police say a man who caused in a standoff in Bucksport, Maine, started the incident by firing a shot and threatening to detonate a grenade.

Police said 57-year-old William Benjamin is charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. They say more charges are pending.

The Bangor Daily News reports that one of Bucksport’s busiest roads, U.S. Route 1, was shut down for at least seven hours on Wednesday. Several businesses were forced to close their doors.

Police say the episode unfolded with a medical facility reporting that Benjamin threatened to use a grenade. Police called the home, and a woman reported that a shot had been fired.

It was unclear if Benjamin had a lawyer. Police took him into custody following a “lengthy negotiation.” No one was hurt.

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