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Criminal Mischief - (11/09/15)

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Man threatens cabbie with gun

BANGOR Bangor police arrested an armed man who reportedly brandished a gun at a cab driver last week.

On Dec. 3, around 2:30 a.m., Bangor Police officers responded to the One Stop convenience store located at 96 State Street in Bangor for the report that a cab driver had been threatened by a male individual brandishing a handgun.

Officers located the suspect in the parking lot. The suspect repeatedly refused to follow simple and clear commands, and he was eventually physically subdued while attempting to walk away from the scene.

The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Arthur J. Beaver, made numerous threats to kill the officers involved during the encounter. He was searched and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was discovered on his person. Beaver is from Penobscot County.

Beaver was arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, terrorizing and refusal to submit to arrest. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

It wasn't a silent night

BANGOR Police were called to an area hospital to deal with a man who had become aggressive and disruptive. Police spoke with Bryan Dodson, 59, no fixed address, who was reportedly acting aggressively toward staff and listening to loud music. After being warned for disorderly conduct, Dodson turned the music down and agreed to be calm. Officers walked around the corner but continued to monitor the situation.

When a nurse walked by Dodson, he allegedly yelled 'bitch.' Officers spoke to the nurse who informed them that his behavior would not be tolerated and that Dodson was medically cleared to leave.

He was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

How not to encourage the spirit of giving

BANGOR Not everyone is down with the spirit of giving, but that doesn't mean you should spit on them.

On Dec. 5, around 4:53 p.m., a woman called the Bangor Police Department and reported that a man and a woman who were asking for money on Stillwater Avenue had allegedly spat on her when she declined to make a donation.

Officers located a man and a woman carrying cardboard signs and identified them. They learned that the woman, Jessica Moores, 35, not fixed address, had an active warrant. She was placed under arrest and taken to Penobscot county Jail.

Calls purporting to be from the IRS demanding a payment are a scam

AUGUSTA The Maine Attorney General's Office has noticed a recent increase in the number of Mainers calling to report they are the target of phone scams in which someone pretends to be calling to collect a debt owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is reminding people to be aware that these are scams and they should not give people credit card information or wire money.

'The IRS scam and others like it are the most common complaint we receive,' said Attorney General Mills. 'However, we have noticed a recent spike in the number of people calling our office to alert us and to complain specifically about IRS scams. On Thursday alone we received 61 contacts from Maine people. These are often randomly dialed calls, but for some reason the 207 area code seems to be their target in recent weeks. People should not engage the callers and hang up the phone. Do not give them personal information and do not wire them money.'

Here's how they work: Scammers posing as IRS officials call and say you owe taxes. They threaten to arrest you, or deport you, or revoke your license, or even shut down your business if you don't pay right away. They may know your Social Security number or at least the last four digits of it making you think it really is the IRS calling. They also can rig caller ID to make it look like the call is coming from Washington, DC.

You are the instructed to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the number something no government agency would ask you to do. Once you do it, you find out it was a scam, and the money is gone.

'No governmental agency or legitimate business will call you up and demand an immediate payment by credit card, wire transfer or by pre-paid debit card,' said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. 'If you receive one of these calls, do not answer any of their questions. Hang up the phone immediately.'

If you owe or think you owe federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. The IRS doesn't ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, and doesn't ask for credit card numbers over the phone. When the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they usually do it by mail, not by phone.

One Maine resident recorded his interaction with a scammer claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and posted it to YouTube. The call illustrates several tactics used by phone scammers. They claimed to be from an entity that the target is familiar with and who he has the potential to owe money to we all have to deal with the IRS at some point. When challenged about his authenticity, the scammer tried to reassure the target by giving a badge number in order to sound official. And finally, the payment could only be made by 'Green Dot Money Pak,' available at places like WalMart or drug store chains, and not by other means. The scammers are also not easily dissuaded; different people called repeatedly making the same claims in order to make him think they were legitimate.

Report IRS imposter scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online or at 800-366-4484, and to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

If you have questions about these or other consumer matters, please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Maine Attorney General's Office at 1(800) 436-2131 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 00:28

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