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Criminal Mischief (12/26/2018)

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Crash leads to naked chase

YORK — Officers arrested a naked man after a crash on Route 1, according to police.

On the afternoon of Dec. 21, a pickup truck being driven by Richard Stickney III, of Saco, apparently attempted to squeeze between stopped cars and wound up striking three other vehicles, law enforcement officials said.

The crashes were reported at the intersection of Route 1 and Spur Road around 3:30 p.m.

It seems that one of the crashes caused Stickney to lose the steering mechanism of the truck, which then went through the intersection and hit a group of small trees. Police said Stickney then fled the scene, ditching his clothing and shoes in the process. According to police, several callers reported a man running down Route 1 naked.

Stickney was arrested on Route 1 after a short chase that involved a York police officer and a bystander.

Stickney is due to appear in court in February on charges of driving to endanger, operating under the influence of drugs, failure to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to stop at a red light.

No one was hurt in the crashes.

Stickney was taken to the hospital.

Trooper injured in turnpike accident

AUBURN – A State Trooper was injured and rushed to the hospital following an accident on the Maien Turnpike near Auburn.

State Police say Trooper John Davis remains hospitalized following a crash on the Maine Turnpike on the morning of Dec. 21 when his cruiser was rear-ended by a tractor trailer in New Gloucester. Davis is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for multiple injuries –none of them life-threatening.

The impact of the crash turned the Ford Explorer around in the roadway and forced it into the guardrail where it came to rest on its side. Davis was pinned inside the cruiser for a time.

The crash took place just after 5 a.m. at mile 70, near the Auburn town line. The crash closed the northbound side of the turnpike for four hours between Gray and Auburn.

The trooper had earlier responded to the scene for two vehicles which had slid off the road. He was sitting in the cruiser with its emergency lights on, parked in the breakdown lane, when it was struck by the big rig. Troopers cited the truck driver for imprudent speed and a log book violation. The driver is 28-year-old Aminder Munday of Westland, MI. The truck was loaded with food goods bound for the Wal-Mart distribution center in Lewiston. The truck is owned by Northstar Carriers of Canton, MI.

Davis is a 17-year veteran of the State Police and is assigned to Troop G, which patrols the turnpike.

Plow collides with bus in Winslow

WINSLOW (AP) — Police say a school bus collided with a snow plow truck in Winslow, causing one student to be hospitalized.

Officials say between 15 to 20 middle school students were onboard the bus when it struck a truck attempting to make a left turn Thursday afternoon in Winslow.

The bus was taking students from Palermo Consolidated School to a basketball game in Waterville.

Police reported minor injuries in the crash, and one student was hospitalized and later released.

No charges have been filed.

The crash remains under investigation.

Deadly crash in Winterport

WINTERPORT (AP) — A Maine county sheriff’s office says an 18-year-old man was killed in a roll-over crash.

The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office says the crash took place around 1 a.m. Friday in Winterport, and the car had three occupants. WGME-TV reports Isaac Miller, a passenger, was killed.

The others, a 23-year-old and a 21-year-old, were injured in the crash and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Deputies say they believe speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Guilty plea for fake emails

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in Maine says a man pleaded guilty to sending false, threatening emails that appeared to be from police.

The Portsmouth Herald reports U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said Monday 23-year-old Austin Santoro, of York, Maine, pleaded guilty.

Santoro was accused of sending emails that appeared to be from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, police chief to female department members, containing threats of rape at gunpoint.

Other emails went to the York and Kittery police departments. Others involved Boston University, York County Community College, the town of York and the York School Department.

Police determined the emails were sent from a Czech-based electronic service.

Santoro had informed the court he was planning an insanity defense. Five weeks ago, a psychiatric report was submitted to the U.S. District Court of Maine under seal.

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