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Criminal Mischief - (12/23/15)

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Don't blow the toll if you have blow

YORK Maine State Police say a man and woman from Portland were charged early this morning on cocaine and heroin charges after their speeding car was stopped on the Maine Turnpike in York. Troopers said the car was returning from New York and the driver also had in the vehicle his wife and two young children.

Troopers charged 29-year-old Christopher Rickett of Portland with possessing cocaine. Rickett was the driver. The only passenger not related to him was 23-year-old Sierrha Frisbie of Portland, who was in possession of 50 grams of cocaine and heroin. She was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking. Rickett was summonsed on the cocaine charge but was not arrested.

The car was stopped by Troopers Justin Huntley and Kristy Libritz at about 3 a.m. after it sped through the York tollbooth. A State Police drug dog was then brought to the scene and indicated that drugs were in the car.

Frisbie was taken to the York County Jail. After the arrest and seizure of the drugs, Rickett and his family were allowed to drive home.

Citizen helps nab drunk driver

OLD TOWN An alert citizen called authorities when an alleged drunk driver nearly struck other vehicles on the road.

On Dec. 16, dispatch received a call from a concerned driver that was following a possible drunk driver. The caller told the dispatcher that the vehicle was traveling on Main Street and nearly struck two other vehicles. The caller followed the vehicle onto Labree Lane, when the driver pulled into her driveway. A minute later, Sgt. Keith Emery and Officer Ryan Bailey arrived and spoke to the driver, Kristine Johnson, 48, of Old Town.

Johnson was reportedly visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking. According to police she was unable to complete field sobriety tests, and when she was placed under arrest she became verbally aggressive and resisted arrest. While being escorted to the cruiser, Johnson reportedly started pushing against the officer before dropping to the ground. Sgt. Emery said he had to jump over her to avoid tripping over her. She was placed into the cruiser and taken to the Old Town Police Department, where she ultimately refused to take the Intoxilyzer test.

She was then taken to Penobscot County Jail.

MCJA graduates

VASSALBORO Maine's 60 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new officers, who mostly come from the local and county ranks, spent 18 weeks at the academy in study and training. Among the many topics the officers studied were crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault. Most of the new officers will begin patrolling immediately, in time for Christmas and New Year's enforcement efforts.

The new officers are Reid A. Clark, Aroostook County Sheriff's Office; Pedro Becerra-Avilez and Christopher P. Saunders, Auburn Police; Brian A. Cronk, Daniel Perez, Shane O. Smith and Brandon A. Sperrey, Bangor Police; Nicholas A. Green, Bath Police; Victor E. Parker, Biddeford Police; Samuel R. Butler, Camden Police; Aaron M. Marquis, Caribou Police; Jesse A. Clement, Carrabassett Valley Police; Rafael M. Mendoza, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office; Erick J. Halpin, Damariscotta Police; Patrick S. Roy, Eliot Police; Toni E. Ryan, Ellsworth Police; Blake M. Wilder, Fairfield Police; Curtis J. Picard, Fort Kent Police; William M. Janakis, Houlton Police; Garrett M. Clark and Andrew M. James, Lewiston Police; Joshua W. McKechnie, Lincoln Police; Stephen E. Gould, Livermore Falls Police; Nicholas A. Covell, Newport Police; Michael D. Mizzoni, Old Orchard Beach Police; Casey J. Ashey, Old Town Police; Dakota Dupuis, Orono Police; Joshua H. Daley, Oxford County Sheriff's Office; Kari A. Kurth, Penobscot County Sheriff's Office; Ayaovi B. Alognon, Blake Cunningham, Kyle A. Knutson, Morgan G. MacLean, Brent M. Ross, Portland Police; Tyler G. Cote, Presque Isle Police; Lawrence G. Briggs, Rumford Police; Alexis D. Ivy, Saco Police; Adam M. Linden, Saco Police; Michael C. Bachelder and Christopher J. Viera, Skowhegan Police; Caleb R. Gray, South Portland Police; Donald R. Cowles, Topsham Police; Luis M. Rodriguez, Waterville Police; Kipp S. Bleicken and Julian G. Kingsley, Westbrook Police; Dale A. Martin Jr., Winslow Police; Joshua M. Hammond and Tyler W. Nadeau, Winthrop Police; Levi P. Johnson, York County Sheriff's Office.

Also graduating were 11 State Trooper recruits who will now take part in an additional 10 weeks of State Police training beginning in February. They are Nathan R. Bernier, Justin M. Carter, Travis R. Chapman, Sander M. Cowie, Matthew P. Curtin, Patrick R. Flanagan, Toral K. Nelson, Patrick T. Pescitelli, Tyler S. Plourde, Jacob M. Roddy and Richard E.A. Spicer.

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