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Criminal Mischief - April 16th, 2014

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Eastside burglaries

BANGOR Police are investigating a string of burglaries to vehicles and residents that occurred last week.

Overnight between April 8 and 9, there were a number of residential and motor vehicle burglaries in different areas on the east side of Bangor. The incidents are being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division, and they determined that the person or persons typically entered the victims' homes or garage areas via unlocked doors. Once inside, they took items that were in sight of the door (money, wallets and car keys). In several instances, they used the keys to access the cars in the garage or driveway and stole items from the car as well. In one case, the suspect entered an unsecured garage and, while there, found a spare house key which was used to access the house.

Police believe the person or persons involved were on foot and going house-to-house. Streets that were affected were Poplar Street, Nowell Road, Grant Street, Judson Boulevard and Maple Street. Police believe that the crimes occurred after midnight. Police are asking anyone who observed any unusual activity, suspicious persons or vehicles in these areas to report them to CID at Bangor PD, as they may be helpful in solving these cases. Anyone with information can call 947-7384. People who know who may have been involved in the burglaries and would like to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 947-7384, ext. 6.

Police are reminding residents to minimize their risk of becoming victims by securing homes by locking doors, including entrances between the garage to house. If someone does gain access to the garage, it will make it more difficult to enter the home. Lock vehicles, be prudent about leaving spare keys, lock vehicles and consider not leaving valuables, purses and keys near the entryway. Homeowners may also consider installing an inexpensive door alarm that will alert or wake you when someone opens the door. They also strongly urge anyone who thinks they see suspicious activity to call police.

'You know your neighborhood and if something doesn't seem right, (i.e. someone walking near houses at 3 a.m.), it probably isn't right,' said Lt. Catherine Rumsey in a recent press release. 'Please call us and an officer will be dispatched to your neighborhood to investigate.'

New troopers join the ranks of MSP

VASSALBORO Maine's 13 newest troopers joined the State Police after recent  graduation ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. With Governor LePage looking on, the new troopers received their badges from the chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams. The new troopers have spent the past nine weeks in specialized State Police instruction and procedures and will now begin patrolling with a veteran trooper. 

The chief told the new troopers that expectations for them were high. 'You will see the best and worst of people and be called upon to make decisions in a fraction of a second. The public expects nothing less,' Williams said. 

Assigned to Troop F in Aroostook County is Adam Bell from Sanford, who graduated from Hodgdon High School and Maine Maritime Academy;  John Darcy of Thompson, Conn., who graduated from Worcester State University; and Ethan Doody of Wade, a graduate of Washburn High School and the University of Maine.

Assigned to Troop E in Bangor is Taylor Dube of Bangor, who graduated from John Bapst High School and Husson University; and  Andrew Peirson from Old Town, formerly a police dispatcher with Maine Public Safety at Orono.

Assigned to Troop C in Skowhegan is  Randy Hall of Carthage, a graduate of Dirigo High School and the University of Maine at Augusta, who is an Air Force veteran; George Neagle of Vassalboro, a former Kennebec County deputy who graduated from Mt. Blue High School; and Michael Pion of Vassalboro, a former Kennebec County deputy who graduated from Messalonskee High School.

Assigned to Troop D in Augusta is Sarah Ferland of Winterport who graduated from Master's Christian Academy;  Nicholas Gleeson of Belfast, a graduate of Belfast High School and University of VT who served in the Army; and James Moore of Pittston, a Gardiner High School graduate and a former State Police mechanic.

Assigned to Troop B in Gray is Brian Hink of Porter, a graduate of Sacopee High School and an Army veteran; and Shane Sullivan of Auburn, who grew up in Brunswick and is a graduate of John Jay College.

Hearse overturns on highway

PITTSFIELD The driver of a hearse was injured when he apparently fell asleep and the vehicle overturned on Interstate 95 in Pittsfield.  


Photo courtesy: Maine Department of Public Saftey 

On April 10, traffic in the northbound lanes was stopped as rescue personnel tended to the driver. The crash was reported at 3:30 p.m. The hearse, owned by Jordan - Fernald Funeral Home in Ellsworth, was transporting a body, which remained in the vehicle. The body and casket were transferred to another hearse. 

State police identified the 55-year-old driver, who was transported to a hospital. His injuries, although serious, were not life threatening. 

Trooper Joseph Chretien reported that the hearse overturned three or four times before coming to rest upright in the road. The northbound side of the Interstate in Pittsfield was reduced to one lane, but was not shut down.

Bangor PD promotions

BANGOR The Bangor Police Department recently promoted two within the ranks.

Sergeant Catherine Rumsey, the public information officer, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Rumsey will oversee the management of evening and overnight patrol crews.  

Rumsey has been with the Bangor Police Department since 1996. Before joining the Bangor Police Department, she was a police officer at the University of Maine and with the Minot, North Dakota Police Department. 

Rumsey has been assigned to the Detective Division as the domestic violence investigator, was a certified polygraph examiner, a nationally recognized RAD Instructor and has been public information officer since October 2013. Rumsey is the first woman to attain the rank of sergeant in the history of the Bangor Police Department.

Detective Timothy Cotton will be promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Cotton will be assigned to the evening and overnight patrol crews.

Cotton joined the Bangor Police Department in 1997. Before becoming an officer in Bangor, he was a police officer in Hampden for nine years. 

Cotton has been one of Bangor PD's lead homicide investigators since 2002, and worked as a DARE Officer and Bangor High School liaison officer. Cotton is a nationally recognized polygraph examiner, crisis negotiator and firearms instructor.

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