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Criminal Mischief - (12/31/14)

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Bangor man facing felony robbery charges

BANGOR A Bangor man is facing felony charges after he reportedly assaulted a Wal-Mart employee while attempting to steal a laptop.

On Dec. 26, around 2:30 p.m., Bangor Police were called to the Wal-Mart in Stillwater Avenue for a reported shoplifter. Police learned that a man had assaulted an employee when he confronted the subject for leaving without paying for a laptop. The subject allegedly punched the employee in the head before fleeing on foot.

Officers Brian Smith and Steve Pelletier searched the area and were initially unable to locate the man, but he was spotted a short time later after leaving a hiding spot in the Blue Seal parking lot. He was apprehended in the parking lot near Day's Jewelry Store.

He was identified as Daimon Clark, 35, of Bangor. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with felony robbery.

Holiday five-finger discount caught on tape

OLD TOWN Two women are facing charges for allegedly stealing packs of cigarettes on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, at 10:24 a.m., Detective Jaime Slauenwhite was dispatched to the Maine Smoke Shop for a reported shoplifting. The clerk told the detective that two women stole cigarette packs and another customer was able to get the license plate on the car they were driving.

Slauenwhite reviewed surveillance footage and was able to see one woman placing cigarettes into her purse and the other woman concealing them up her sleeve.

Police were able to locate the registered owner of the vehicle and learned that the daughter of the owner had a local connection. Police were able to locate one of the women, who was identified as Alicia Rudge, 26, with a listed address in Patton, but whom police said is working in Old Town. They questioned Rudge, and when they noted they had video evidence she reportedly admitted to the theft and said that her aunt, Jean Hersey, 44, of Medway, was with her.

Police were able to contact Hersey, and she agreed to come to the Old Town Police Station to speak with officers. Police were able to recover some of the packages of cigarettes, but not all could be located. Both Rudge and Hersey were summoned for theft and issued criminal trespass warnings not to return to the Maine Smoke Shop.

Cabby arrested for driving under the influence of drugs

OLD TOWN An Old Town Taxi driver is facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

On Dec. 26 around 6:20 p.m. Officer Christine McAvoy responded to an accident that occurred at the intersection of Stillwater Avenue and the Bennoch Road. Once she was there she spoke with the driver of an Old Town Taxi Cab, Donald Nickerson, 52, from Milford, who said he became upset that the other driver reportedly ran a red light. McAvoy noted that Nickerson's pupils appeared constricted and that he had trouble walking. After talking with him, he told the officer that he hadn't been drinking but was taking a new medication.

He performed poorly on the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest and taken to the Old Town Police Department for an Intoxilyzer test which showed he did not have alcohol in his system. McAvoy, who is a certified drug recognition expert, performed an evaluation of Nickerson and determined he was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic. He was escorted to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

Searsmont teen facing charges

OLD TOWN A young Searsmont man is facing charges after being found in a business parking lot after hours and refusing to identify himself, according to police.

On Dec. 27, around 1:30 a.m., Officer Keith Emery was on patrol on Stillwater Avenue and was passing Bruce's Tractor Sales when he saw a vehicle with its headlights on in the parking lot. He pulled in and noticed the motion light in the back was activated. As he was checking the area between the business and the detached garage, he saw a man on a trailer attached to a pickup truck. When the man saw Emery, he ducked behind the truck and initially wouldn't come out of hiding even when ordered, according to police. When the man finally emerged, Emery noted that he seemed quite young and quite intoxicated. The man became immediately uncooperative and confrontational, and Emery had to repeatedly create space between himself and the subject. The man refused to give his name, or tell the officer why he was there.

Emery informed him that since he appeared under 21 years of age, if he didn't identify himself he would be placed under arrest. He still refused to cooperate and was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Police then spoke to a female passenger, who identified the man as Tyler Tran, 18, of Searsmont, which the man did confirm.

Tran was charged with failure to give correct name and address as well as resisting arrest. He was transported to Penobscot County Jail.

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