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Criminal Mischief (11/28/2018)

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Mystery machine

DEER ISLE – There was a terrific mystery going on in the woods on Deer Isle recently. A. Terrific. Mystery. ATM.

You’ll understand soon enough.

According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, at around 7:15 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 20, a woman out on a walk discovered something unusual in the woods – an ATM machine, sitting in the middle of nowhere with no real indication of how it got there.

Obviously, the HCSO investigated, because why wouldn’t you?

Upon further review, the machine, which was found nearly half-a-mile off Dexter Farm Road, a dirt road in Deer Isle. The machine appeared not to be in working order.

It wasn’t until the next day that the mystery was solved.

The owner of the ATM reached out to the HCSO to let them know that the machine was hers; she had apparently picked it out of the trash. She had put it out there in the woods herself in an effort to play a joke on some nearby neighbors.

No charges are expected to be filed, though as of press time, littering was still potentially on the table.

Cab crime in Brewer

BREWER – An armed robbery of a cab driver in Brewer has led to the arrest of a New York man.

At just before 7:30 p.m. on the evening of November 24, police officers responded to a reported armed robbery on Wilson Street in Brewer. 

The victim, a cab driver, reported that he had picked up to individuals at a Bangor residence to take them to the Brewer Walmart. While travelling to the Brewer location, an argument about the cab fare ensued. The cab driver reported that one of the individuals put a handgun to his head and used physical force against him. The two passengers left the cab and entered the Brewer Walmart without paying the driver. 

Investigating officers located two suspects and detained them. They also located a BB gun pistol designed to look like a handgun that the suspect had discarded.  

The resulting investigation led to the arrest of 20-year-old Johnathan Guitierrez-Gomez of Amityville, NY.  Guitierrez-Gomez was charged with robbery, criminal threatening and assault.  The other passenger in the cab was not charged. 

As of press time, Guitierrez-Gomez was still confined at the Penobscot County Jail.

Skydiver suicide

LEBANON - State Police say the investigation into a skydiver’s death in Lebanon on Sept. 27 has been completed. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded that the death of 41-year-old Brett Bickford of Rochester, NH was a suicide.

State Police interviews with other skydivers and industry officials concluded that no experienced skydiver would loosen a parachute harness by mistake.  Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England, was jumping with a second man at the time. Investigators concluded that Bickford loosened his harness in midair and it was an intentional act.  The second jumper landed safely with the parachute.

Family members and Skydive New England officials have been informed about the investigation’s conclusion. Bickford’s body was located the following day in woods near the skydiving facility.  

Murder investigation still open 12 years on

NORRIDGEWOCK (AP) — Maine authorities say they continue to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found in the woods more than a decade ago.

The Press Herald reports Maine State Police considers the death of Amy Drake to be “open and active” 12 years after her death. State police posted the message Saturday on their Facebook page on the 12th anniversary of her death.

The Skowhegan woman was reported missing Sept. 20, 2006, by her mother.

The then 18-year-old was the mother of a 2-year-old child and was found two months after she went missing in the woods by a pair of deer hunters in Norridgewock.

State police have interviewed a suspect in the past but stopped short of naming any persons of interests in the case.

Officials have not said how Drake died.

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