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Criminal Mischief - April 30th, 2014

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I'm not who you think

OLD TOWN An Old Town man who was arrested on nine outstanding warrants reportedly attempted to tell police who wasn't the wanted man.

On April 22, around 6:25 a.m., Officer Jim Fearon was on patrol when he saw Kyle Kelliher walking down the road. Believing Kelliher had warrants, Fearon turned around and had dispatch run a check on him. Dispatch reported that Kelliher currently had nine active warrants for various charges, including operating after suspension and failure to pay fines and fees.

When the officer drove up to Kelliher, the man took off running. Fearon caught up with him in the Rite Aid parking lot and informed him he had warrants. Kelliher reportedly told Fearon he wasn't who he thought he was, but the officer assured Kelliher that he was familiar with him. Photo ID confirmed Kelliher's identity, and he was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

BANGOR A Bangor woman is facing robbery charges after reportedly pulling a knife on a security guard while trying to leave a store without paying.

On April 23, around 6:20 p.m., Officer Jeremy Brock was dispatched to JC Penney on Stillwater Avenue where it was reported that a man and woman were fighting over a knife in front of the store. Prior to the officers arriving, the store manager reported that the woman had allegedly stolen a bag of merchandise and had been confronted by security when she pulled a knife. A struggled ensued, and the woman ended up cutting herself before she took off running and got into a red Subaru, leaving the scene.

Sgt. Rob Angelo located the suspect vehicle on Ohio Street and pulled it over. He identified one of the women inside as Kimberly Kenney of Bangor. He had her step out of the vehicle and she kept her sweatshirt over her injured hand, but blood was actively dripping onto the ground, according to police.

Both women were interviewed, and Kenney was brought to a local emergency room for stitches before being transported to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with class A felony robbery. 

All the property was recovered by JC Penney security, and the security officer received minor scrapes to his hands but was not stabbed.

Stealing a car seems like a good idea when you're drunk

OLD TOWN A resident of Orchard Trails is facing several charges after police learned he had allegedly stolen a vehicle in Old Town.

On April 26, around 11:30 p.m., police received a call about a vehicle that was stolen. The caller told dispatch that he was up from Windham visiting friends, and he had left his keys in the car. When he left he realized someone had made off with his silver pickup truck. He told officers that he hadn't given anyone permission to use it and no one he was visiting would have moved it without permission.

Officer Jim Fearon advised other agencies of the theft and gave them the make and model of the vehicle. Chief Mark Leonard of the Veazie Police Department located it at one of the buildings at Orchard Trails and had detained Isaac Couture, 20.

Police learned that Couture and another person had left another party, saw the truck with the keys in it and decided to use it to get back to their residence. Once back at Orchard Trails, the other person departed and hadn't been located.

Police noted that Couture appeared intoxicated. He was taken to the Old Town Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test and found well over the legal limit. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with unauthorized use of property and operating under the influence.

In efforts against domestic abuse, new report urges Mainers to build bridges towards safety and accountability

AUGUSTA 'Maybe there was something I could have done.' This is the all-too-familiar comment heard in the wake of Maine's 12 domestic violence homicides in 2013, and it has led Maine's top experts on domestic abuse to encourage more Mainers to look for the signs of abuse and to connect victims and their families with assistance when they see it.

The 10th biennial report of the Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel was released recently at a State House press conference. This year's report, entitled 'Building Bridges Towards Safety and Accountability,' makes observations and recommendations for law enforcement, prosecutors, the Judiciary, health providers, state agencies and the general public.

One of the patterns observed by the panel in the report is the connection between suicidal behaviors and the potential for homicide. Of the 21 cases the panel reviewed, 14 of the perpetrators, or 66 percent, exhibited suicidal behavior prior to committing or attempting to commit homicide, and seven of those killed themselves after committing or attempting homicide. These suicidal behaviors included giving large sums of money away, saying goodbyes, making amends, purchasing a handgun, threatening suicide and/or previous threats or attempts to commit suicide.

'Threats of violence and threats of suicide must be taken seriously,' said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. 'Telling your boyfriend or girlfriend, I can't live without you,' can quickly cross from innocuous to devastating. In the context of an abusive relationship, these utterances are veiled threats of violence, with a strong undercurrent of manipulation and control. Recognizing the signs of abuse is key to preventing homicide.'

Chaired by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Marchese, an experienced homicide prosecutor with the Office of the Attorney General, the panel is comprised of physicians, nurses, judges, child-protection advocates, witness and victim advocates, behavioral health service providers, law enforcement officers and others. The panel reviews cases of domestic abuse homicides for the purpose of recommending policy changes so that future tragedies may be avoided.

'This report reflects hours upon hours of work by a tireless, devoted group of panel members who share the common goal of recommending system changes to improve and save lives of domestic abuse victims and hold abusers accountable,' said Assistant Attorney General Marchese. 'I want to also acknowledge the work of the Maine State Police and the many other law enforcement agencies in the state for their investigative work in Maine's domestic abuse homicides. The panel has gained valuable insight to the link of suicide and domestic abuse homicide from reviewing their investigations.'

In making their recommendations for the 10th Report, the panel reviewed 21 homicide cases that occurred between April 2009 and September 2013. Of the 21 cases, 17 were intimate partner homicides and four were intrafamilial homicides. Of the 21 cases, there were 21 perpetrators and 27 victims. Seventeen of the 27 victims were female, and 20 of the 21 perpetrators were male.

This report is longer and more substantive than any prior report. For the first time, panel members formed groups by their respective disciplines to draft observations and recommendations to effectuate change within their specialized field. The result is a more comprehensive report reflecting the wisdom and collaboration of the experts on the panel.

The panel made a total of nearly 60 recommendations ranging from raising public awareness about the connection between threats of suicide and homicide, to including faith communities as allies in providing support for victims of abuse and accountability for offenders. 

Some of the panel's recommendations include:

        Whenever practicable, law enforcement agencies and domestic abuse resource centers create programs that enhance law enforcement and advocacy collaboration. 

        That law enforcement officers routinely offer victims and offenders of domestic abuse referral services and retrieval of belongings information similar to what is found on the Bangor Police Department's 'Blue Card.'

        That the State maintain a repository of concealed handgun permits for law enforcement access only, to include information about the status of a permit (including whether it has been suspended or revoked).

        That healthcare providers screen all their patients, including patients in same-sex relationships, privately, regularly, and especially frequently during pregnancy; for both physical abuse and coercive controlling behavior.

        Increased communication among behavioral health providers, law enforcement, victims and family members regarding assessment and case planning when a domestic abuse offender presents with behavioral health issues.

        Recommending consistent and ongoing school-based education regarding domestic abuse and dating violence at all educational levels.

With the release of the 10th Report, the panel will continue to review more cases and work to implement the recommendations it has made.

More arrests made in area home invasions

VEAZIE/ORRINGTON - Five people have now been arrested in connection with a string of nighttime burglaries and home invasions that allegedly took place earlier this month in Veazie, Orrington and Bangor. Twenty-two-year-old William Cushman and 19-year-old Bianca Trask, both of Brewer, along with 23-year-old Randall Cressey of Hampden, 18-year-old Courtney Braley and a 16-year-old juvenile both of Bangor, have all been charged with burglary stemming from the incidents.

Police say it all started back on April 11, when several homes in Veazie were broken into by one or more of the suspects when the homeowners were inside sleeping. The suspects allegedly made off with cash, a firearm and other valuables. The following night, four more homes were burglarized in Orrington where similar items were reported stolen. Detectives from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office teamed up with investigators from Veazie, Brewer and Bangor to determine the burglaries on April 11 and 12 in Veazie and Orrington were connected to several others that took place in Bangor on April 9 and 10. Authorities were able to recover some of the stolen items after executing a search warrant at a residence on Highland Street in Brewer on April 18. 

Cushman and Cressey remain at the Penobscot County Jail on $25,000 bail. The juvenile from Bangor is currently being held at the Mountain View Juvenile Detention Facility in Charleston while Trask and Braley have been released on bail.

 

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