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Criminal Mischief (11/14/2018)

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Dexter drug bust

DEXTER – An investigation has led to the arrest of a Dexter man on drug charges.

On the evening of Nov. 5, MDEA Agents and Dexter Police wrapped up a month-long investigation by arresting 30-year-old Herbert Simonds Jr. in Dexter. The investigation included purchases of drugs directly from Simonds.

On the day in question, MDEA Agents and Dexter Police searched Simonds’ residence at 120 Main St. Agents seized over 80 grams of suspected heroin and more than $2,600 in cash that is suspected to be proceeds from drug sales. The retail street value of the drugs is estimated to be at least $15,000.

Simonds was taken into custody and charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin, which is a Class A felony crime. Simonds was at the Penobscot County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 cash.

NH man impersonates officer

KENNEBUNK (AP) — Police in Maine say a New Hampshire man posed as a police officer looking for a missing boy at a playground.

The Portland Press Herald reports 30-year-old Ryan Calista, of Dover, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged Wednesday with impersonating a public servant.

Police say Calista was dressed in a police hat and vest and had a flashing blue light on his truck when he drove over to a recreation center in Kennebunk. Investigators say Calista told onlookers he was searching for a missing 13-year-old boy.

Police say they received information about a similar event in Dover before they arrested Calista.

A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

Crying fowl

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine animal control officer had been on a mission to find a loose chicken when he decided to whack a few branches, exposing a black fowl lurking below.

The Kennebec Journal reports that Paul Frye on Thursday solicited the help of another officer and two nearby citizens to wrangle the bird, saying it took four people to not “look stupid doing it.”

The bird was captured and is being cared for at Officer Brad Chase’s home. Police say it had been roaming the area for weeks. They’re not sure who it belongs to.

Frye says the department has received more calls about loose chickens in recent years because more people are raising birds at home farms. Chase had to catch another chicken in March.

Food fight

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine man has admitted he threatened to shoot his neighbors with a shotgun as they tried to bring him a plate of food.

Bruce Roy was ordered to serve four months behind bars with the rest of the three-year term for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon suspended. The Kennebec Journal reports he was also sentenced to two years’ probation during the Tuesday hearing in Augusta.

Police say Roy rejected a meal from two neighbors before threatening to shoot them with a loaded shotgun.

Police say the victim and a neighboring woman were trying to bring food to Roy because he had mentioned not eating.

During Roy’s probation, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and must undergo a psychological evaluation and counseling.

Info sought on camp burglary

LAKEVILLE – The Maine State Police Trooper are asking for the public’s help in tracking down suspects involved in a camp burglary earlier this month.

Trooper Andrew Peirson is attempting to identify the individuals in reference to a camp burglary on Sysladobsis Lake in Lakeville. Pictures were taken by a security camera, but the times were off on the camera.

The owner believes they were there on the afternoon of Nov. 1. A 32” LED flat screen television and ammunition were stolen from the camp.

If you have information, please call the Troop E Barracks at 207-973-3700.

Hunters rescued from Maine bog will help of cell coordinates

NEW GLOUCESTER (AP) — Rescue workers say they saved three hunters from a Maine bog when the sportsmen were up to their hips and stuck.

The hunters got stuck in the bog in New Gloucester and were rescued on Monday evening.

Capt. Scott Doyle of the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department says the hunters’ call for help was sent via an Apple Watch. He says 20 responders from the department went to the scene, along with members of the Maine Warden Service.

The Portland Press Herald reports the hunters’ cellphone coordinates helped rescuers find them. Responders did not immediately identify the hunters, who refused to be taken to a hospital and were allowed to leave.

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