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Criminal Mischief (11/21/2018)

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Pig in a poke

PALMYRA (AP) — Maine State Police say they helped corral a rather “unruly’ pig on the run along Interstate 95.

State police say in a Facebook post they were alerted to the “uncooperative” pig along the interstate in Palmyra on Wednesday.

Police say the pig was spotted several times over the past week, but had managed to elude capture.

Authorities say Cpt. Rick Moody and Trooper Jeremy Caron moved the pig off the highway with the help of a town animal control officer.

When asked if police read the pig its Miranda rights, police jokingly responded “he waived the right to remain silent.”

No injuries were reported.

Neighbor beef

EMBDEN (AP) — Both the owner of a pet cow in Maine and a neighboring man who shot it have pleaded not guilty to related charges.

The Kennebec Journal reports Jaime Danforth, the owner of the 3-year-old cow named Sophie, entered her plea to a charge of animal trespass Wednesday.

Her family says 24-year-old Mason Sparrow shot and killed Sophie after the cow wandered onto their property in Embden and damaged a vehicle. Sparrow has been charged with animal cruelty. He pleaded not guilty last week.

The Sept. 5 shooting sparked outrage, and Sparrow’s father says their family has received numerous threats.

The Sparrows say the cow was acting aggressively and charged at Mason Sparrow before the shooting.

Danforth has declined to comment on Sparrow’s allegations.

Standoff in Rockland

ROCKLAND (AP) — Police in Rockland, Maine, say a standoff ended with the suspect surrendering and no one getting hurt.

Police say the state police tactical team was deployed before 34-year-old Joshua Ellis surrendered Saturday evening.

The incident started when police tried to arrest Ellis for failing to report to a correctional facility to serve a sentence for prior crimes. With police in pursuit, he sped away, drove home, and refused to leave.

He was being held Sunday at the Knox County Jail where he faces multiple charges, including creating a police standoff. It’s not known if he has a lawyer.

Slip shot

TOPSHAM (AP) — Game wardens say a Maine hunter was wounded when his girlfriend accidentally discharged her shotgun when she slipped on ice.

Wardens say 25-year-old Joshua Stark was hit by the shotgun blast Saturday morning caused when his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sasha Leslie, slipped and fell in icy conditions caused by a snowstorm the day before. The shooting happened at 7:30 a.m. in Topsham.

Wardens say Stark, who was struck in the hip, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment, and that he’s expected to survive the injury.

Wardens say Stark and Leslie, both from Sabattus, were part of a party of four hunters. The investigation into the shooting is continuing.

Murder arrest made in Bangor

BANGOR – A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a Bangor man.

Donald Galleck, 29, of Bangor and Michigan was arrested on Fifth Street in Bangor at approximately 11 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 16. He was found hiding in an apartment located there; he was then taken into custody by officers from the Bangor Police Department. Galleck was sought in connection with the recent homicide death of 40-year-old Jason Moody of Waldoboro.

Moody was unresponsive when found at the intersection of Cumberland and Center Streets on Nov. 11. He later passed away at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Law enforcement officers had been looking for Galleck for several days as he was wanted in connection with Moody’s death. Galleck also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest which charged him with domestic violence assault and violation of condition of release. Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Division took Galleck into custody.

Galleck was taken to the Penobscot County Jail that same afternoon. In addition to the arrest warrant, Galleck was charged with one count of Murder class A. As of press time, no bail has been set.

In addition, 33-year-old Mary Molnar was taken into custody. Molnar was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution class B. Her bail was set at $750.

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