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Criminal Mischief - April 2nd, 2014

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BREWER Two men ended up going to jail after a friendly scuffle in a quiet neighbor sparked calls to authorities. 

On March 29, Corporals Steve Boyd and Levi Sewall responded to the area of Parkway South and Park Avenue East for the reports of a fight in progress. When they arrived they saw two men struggling on the ground. Both were intoxicated and laughing, and indicated they were friends. They were identified as Allen Goldsborough, 26, of Bangor and Dustin Emerson, 26, no listed address. Both were issued disorderly conduct warnings for the fight. Goldsborough began yelling and wouldn't quiet down and was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. 

Emerson began to walk away, but then began yelling for Brewer Police to release his friend. He was also arrested. Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail for disorderly conduct.

One warrant, three arrests

OLD TOWN A warrant check ended with three people being arrested.

On March 25, around 4:30 p.m., Officers Christine McAvoy and Jordan Norton received information that Kyle Engstrom, who had an active arrest warrant, was at a residence at Shelter Lane. When the officers arrived and knocked on the door, Jherad Welch and Jenny Wilson Welch exited the apartment and began to yell at the officers, ordering them to leave, claiming Engstrom wasn't in the apartment.

Both were warned for disorderly conduct. Jherad continued to yell, according to police, and Officer Norton informed him he was under arrest. As police attempted to place him under arrest, Jenny and another female pulled him back into the apartment and shut the door.

Officers informed those inside that Jherad was under arrest and advised them to open the door. While McAvoy stayed at the front, Norton went around and saw both Engstrom and Jherad Welch on a path behind the apartment. Jherad began to run, and was subdued after a brief pursuit. Officers called for backup. Engstrom was arrested without incident. 

Shortly after they cleared the scene, officers received information that Jenny Wilson Welch and the other female were harassing the person who informed the police of Engstrom's whereabouts. When officers returned Jenny Wilson Welch resumed yelling at officers, according to police. She was placed under arrest and while being escorted to the cruiser she reportedly kicked McAvoy.

All three were taken to Penobscot County Jail. Jherad Welch was charged with disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest. Jenny Wilson Welch was charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Come for the coffee, stay for the OUI charges

OLD TOWN Police officers grabbing a cup of coffee were in the right place at the right time when a university student reportedly arrived intoxicated at Tim Hortons.

On March 29, around 4:24 a.m., Officers Keith Emery and Justin Angelo were meeting with Veazie Officer Brian Sirois at Tim Hortons. While in the restaurant, he noticed a vehicle pull into the parking lot and braked suddenly, and looking as though he was going to strike the support post.

When he came inside, Emery noted that he seemed unsteady on his feet and showed other signs of intoxication. He was identified as Travis Polk, 22, a student at the University of Maine. When asked if he would step outside for field sobriety tests, Polk initially refused, but he allowed Emery to check him for HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, one of the tests) and eventually did agree to going outside for the other tests. He performed poorly and was placed under arrest. He was transported back to the Old Town Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test which showed his breath alcohol level to be twice the legal limit at 0.16-percent.

He was then transported to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.

State announces elver fisherman prosecuted for tax evasion

AUGUSTA As the lucrative 2014 elver fishing season is set to begin, Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher and Attorney General Janet Mills announced that an elver fisherman from Ellsworth has been charged with underreporting his 2012 landings, which earned him over $700,000 that season. As a result of a plea agreement, Danny Deraps of Ellsworth will serve jail time, pay restitution and lose his elver harvesting license for the 2014 season.

Deraps, 43, of Ellsworth, was found guilty on Friday of three counts of Intentional Income Tax Evasion and one count of Theft by Deception of funds from the Maine Tax and Rent Refund program.  Deraps also admitted to intentionally underreporting his elver harvest for the 2012 season in violation of State of Maine Marine Resources rules.   

The plea agreement calls for Deraps to serve a jail sentence of 364 days, all but 90 days suspended, followed by two years of supervision. Deraps is prohibited from elver fishing or assisting in elver fishing during the current season. On Friday, Deraps paid $25,338.51 towards his state income tax debt. Before sentence is imposed, the State and Deraps will finalize details of the remaining tax liability, which will be paid in full in the coming months.

The State investigated Deraps's 2012 elver harvest reports and found that Deraps earned over $700,000 from elver fishing in 2012 and nearly $70,000 from lobster fishing the rest of the year. Deraps reported less than half of those earnings on his 2012 Maine income tax return. Deraps also underreported his lobster fishing income for 2010 and 2011. Deraps is cooperating with Maine Revenue Services with respect to his 2013 income taxes, including his earnings from the 2013 elver fishing season. 

'This case underscores the importance of harvester reports,' said Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. 'Our ability to manage and sustain Maine's marine resources relies heavily on accurate reporting of harvester landings data. We take this very seriously and will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to ensure compliance.'

Attorney General Mills said, 'My office will continue to work with other state agencies to pursue those who would cheat the government and those who steal public resources, no matter who or where they are or what they do for work.  In these difficult times, all Mainers must pay their fair share.'

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