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Criminal Mischief (12/25/2019)

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Shoplifter stop leads to shots fired

WATERVILLE – A traffic stop in connection with a shoplifting complaint led to a wounded police officer, a car chase and shots fired by law enforcement.

State Police say a 29-year-old man is being treated for multiple wounds after he was shot by police in Canaan following a chase from Waterville, after a Waterville Police officer was shot and wounded. Richard Murray-Burns of Harmony is being treated at EMMC in Bangor.

The Waterville officer – Timothy Hinton – was shot in both arms and was treated and released about 4:30 p.m. from the Thayer unit of MaineGeneral in Waterville. Hinton had stopped a car along Route 201 after a shoplifting complaint from Waterville’s Wal-Mart. Hinton was fired upon as he in his cruiser and as the gunman’s car left the scene, Hinton, who was wounded, began the pursuit until other officers could pick up the chase. Police officers from several police agencies were involved in the pursuit, along Routes 201 and 23, ending at Route 2 in Canaan when several officers fired and wounded the suspect.

Several police cruisers in the chase were struck by gunfire from the suspect, including a couple of cruisers which were disabled. Murray-Burns was armed with an assault styled weapon.

As is standard in officer involved shootings, the Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident and a team of investigators were sent to Canaan. Eight police officers shot at the suspect and they have each been placed on administrative leave with pay, which also is standard procedure.

In addition to Hinton, the officers involved were State Troopers Eric Sucy, Rick Moody, Daniel Murray and Garret Booth, Fire Marshal Investigator Ken MacMaster, Somerset Deputy Sheriff Stephen Arminger and Winslow Police Officer Cameron Huggins. 

Man saved from overturned mower

BOWDOIN (AP) — A Maine school bus driver and student saved an 80-year-old man trapped in a ditch under an overturned mower.

Connie Lailer was at the end of her bus route in Bowdoin on Wednesday morning when she spotted Edwin Tynes in a ditch, CentralMaine.com reported.

Lailer reported the emergency and then waded into the icy water to lift the tractor off Tynes with the help of a high school student on the bus, according to Transportation Director Adam Mayo.

Tynes had been clearing his driveway with a snowblower attachment when his tractor rolled into a ditch filled with icy standing water, trapping him underneath.

If it weren’t for Lailer, Tynes may not have survived much longer, said Cpl. Ian Alexander of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayo said Tynes had been trapped in the ditch for 20-25 minutes before Lailer found him.

The Bowdoin resident was taken to a nearby hospital after officials found out he was suffering from hypothermia.

A hospital spokesperson said they had no information about his status as of Wednesday night.

Four arrested in Glenburn standoff

GLENBURN – An attempted burglary in Glenburn led to a brief standoff that ended with the arrest of four people.

At just before 6:30 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 17, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office responded to Cressy Ave. in Glenburn after a woman called 911 and reported that her 17-year-old grandson was at her home, along with three other individuals, and began smashing items and threatened her with a firearm. The female caller was able to escape from the home.

When deputies arrived, the four subjects, who were still in the residence, refused to cooperate and a brief standoff ensued. Deputies from PCSO, along with officers from Bangor PD and the Maine State Police, surrounded the residence and were able to make contact with the individuals inside.

Subsequently, the four individuals peacefully exited the residence and were taken into custody without incident: 19-year-old Isaiah Delosa of Glenburn and 18-year-old Kayla Spain of Brewer, as well as two juveniles – a 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old male. All four were charged with Class B Robbery.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.

Embezzler gets 30 months

PORTLAND (AP) — A former bookkeeper is going to prison for stealing from one of Maine’s best-known lawyers.

Jaime Butler, 41, of Falmouth, pleaded guilty Friday to forging the signature of Daniel Lilley and stealing at least $236,000 from his firm. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and ordered to pay restitution.

Lilley, who died in March 2017 at age 79, was a defense attorney who played a role in a number of high-profile cases over the years.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Lilley’s son said in a statement that his father trusted his employees, and that Butler lied to him. Butler apologized for her actions.

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