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Criminal Mischief - April 23rd, 2014

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Three arrested following home invasions

VEAZIE/ORRINGTON- Three people were arrested last week following a string of home invasions in Orrington and Veazie. Veazie police started investigating a number burglaries and home invasions back on April 11. One of the many items stolen included a firearm. Meanwhile, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office was busy investigating the same string of crimes in the town of Orrington. After the authorities from both departments joined forces, a joint investigation began which led police to the home of 22-year-old William Cushman of Brewer. On Friday, April 18 Cushman was arrested for his alleged involvement in the burglaries along with 23-year-old Randall Cressey and 18-year-old Courtney Braley, both of Bangor. Authorities believe more arrests could be made as the investigation continues.

Secretary of State issues warning about www.Drivers-License.org scam

AUGUSTA - Numerous Maine residents have contacted the Secretary of State's Office regarding the website www.Drivers-Licenses.org/Maine. Residents have used this website to attempt to renew their driver's license online. After providing the website with personal information and being charged a fee, users receive information on how to renew their licenses but fail to receive a new license. This website is not associated with the Maine Secretary of State's office or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The website correctly states that it is not a government agency, nor is it associated with any government agency.  However, the form of the website and the way the information is presented may create the impression that this is an official government website.

To renew your driver's license online through the State of Maine's Rapid Renewal, please enter www.maine.gov/online/bmv/dlr directly into the address bar on your web browser and not into a search engine bar.

Please contact the Secretary of State's office at (207) 626-8400 should you have any further questions or concerns.

Brewer PD held robbery prevention training

BREWER The Brewer Police Department conducted Robbery Prevention and Response training on April 9 and April 16. Invitations to the training were sent out to all pharmacies and banks in Brewer, resulting in the attendance of over sixty people. 

This training focused on strategies and techniques to make pharmacies and banks harder targets, thus decreasing the likelihood of becoming a victim to a robbery. Topics of instruction included drug and crime trends, the pharmacy robbery trend, motives and opportunities for the crime, offender characteristics, witness development, what to do during a robbery and prevention techniques. A focal point of the session was that the best deterrent for future robberies is to solve the ones that have occurred. 

Brewer officers have been working closely with pharmacies and banks by conducting walk-through checks and having discussions with management and staff about target hardening. 

The Pharmacy Robbery Prevention and Response program has been taught to over 500 people since its inception in 2012. 

Drug take back day

MAINE On April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., various municipal, county and state police agencies in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps - only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

A complete list of drop-off zones can be found online (www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov). 

In Old Town, three agencies (Old Town, Orono and the University of Maine Police Departments) will be available at the Hannaford on Stillwater Avenue. In addition to taking back the medications, they will be holding a food drive. They will be accepting non-perishable food items that will be collected and later donated to the Holy Family Church Food Bank in Old Town.   

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds more than 1,700 tons of pills.  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an 'ultimate user' (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.    

Local agencies to host drug awareness seminar for parents

OLD TOWN The Old Town Police Department in partnership with the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office and the Maine State Police will be hosting a Community Parent Drug Awareness Forum at the Leonard Middle School from 500 to 630 on Wednesday April 30th.    Deputy Chief Troy Morton, Trooper Barry Meserve, and Sgt. Lee Miller will speak about the effects of drugs on the body, the signs of drug use, where and how they are getting drugs, and how to reduce the risk of drug use by youth.   

This program is being sponsored by the River Coalition and RSU 34.   The program will include a light meal, childcare, door prizes, and incentives.   

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