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Criminal Mischief - April 9th, 2014

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Texting behind the wheel leads to arrest

CORINTH - A 47-year-old Corinth man was arrested over the weekend after texting behind the wheel. Authorities say Brian Barnes was traveling along the West Corinth Road around 9:15 p.m. Friday night when he lost control of his vehicle while texting and struck a utility pole. His vehicle then rolled down the snow bank before finally coming to a stop. When officers from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene, Barnes not only admitted he had been drinking but that he was on his way to meet a lady. Subsequently, Barnes was arrested, taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest. 

No fooling, you're under arrest

BANGOR - A Bangor man found himself in handcuffs on April Fools after driving past the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office with his stereo blasting. Around 9:15 p.m. on April 1, 51-year-old Joseph Betts was traveling in his blue Chevy pickup when he came across the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office parking lot. It just so happens Dep. Ryan Fitch was in the parking lot at the time filling out incident reports when Betts's loud music caught his attention. Fitch dropped what he was doing and pulled Betts over only to discover he was out on bail. Part of those bail conditions were that he could be searched at any time and that he not use or possess alcohol. So Fitch searched the pick-up, where he found several unopened cans of alcohol. As a result, Betts was arrested for violating his conditions of release and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. 

MDEA arrest three for trafficking in Rx drugs

WALDO COUNTY The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrests of three people for the possession and illegal distribution of Oxycodone pills throughout Waldo County. Arrested were Arthur Gardiner, 63, and Shelby Tapley, 18, both of Swanville, Maine, and Gary Stevens, 30, of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Beginning in October 2013, MDEA had begun conducting an investigation into the illegal distribution of prescription pills in Waldo County and subsequently arrested Gardiner.  On March 28, 2014, agents from the Mid-Coast District Task force along with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Belfast Police arrested Gardiner and Tapley after they were found to be in possession of various prescription pills not prescribed to either during a bail check. Gardiner was on bail for the pending MDEA charge of Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Oxycodone) Class A. Seized during the bail search were 129 Hydrocodone pills, 10 40-milligram Oxycodone pills, seven 10-miligram Oxycodone pills and 91 Clonazepam and Klonopin pills. Both Gardiner and Tapley were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of schedule W drugs (Oxycodone). Gardiner was also charged with violating bail. Both were transported to the Waldo County Jail. 

Agents continued their investigation into the source of supply for Gardiner and Tapley's Oxycodone. On April 2, an undercover operation was conducted where Stevens traveled from Massachusetts to Maine for the purpose of delivering Oxycodone. Arrangements were made to meet at a parking lot adjacent to I-295 in Topsham and Stevens was arrested when he approached an undercover officer with the Oxycodone pills

Seized from Stevens were 320 30-milligram Oxycodone pills. The estimated street value of the pills is $15,000.

Stevens was charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (Oxycodone) and transported to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset.

Agents were assisted in the undercover operation and arrest by representatives from the Belfast Police Department, Waldo Sheriff's Office, Sagadahoc Sheriff's Office and State Police. The MDEA Mid-Coast District Task force serves the communities of Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties.

Reason No. 37 not to make meth

HOULTON The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has charged a Houlton man with making methamphetamine in his garage. Thursday night, drug agents from MDEA's Aroostook Task Force responded to 5 Johnson Street in Houlton to assist Houlton Police after a fire broke out in the garage and the blaze was being fought by the Houlton Fire Department.

Based upon evidence gathered at the scene, agents say they believe that methamphetamine was being manufactured on the property.

Charged with trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Methamphetamine) was 36-year-old Thomas Lowery, who lives in the house next to the garage. Lowery was transported to the Aroostook County Jail and was being held on $5,000 bail. 

The detached garage was flattened as a result of the fire.  The adjacent house was not damaged.  

Bank robber convicted

BANGOR Arrests have been made in the January robbery of the TD Bank located on Stillwater Avenue.

Police were called to the bank on Jan. 4 shortly after 3 p.m. The following day, Detectives Tim Cotton and Brent Beaulieu went to a residence in Corinth to speak with a possible suspect. The suspect, Earl Gary III, 37, of Corinth fled in his vehicle, crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot into the woods, according to police. 

He was located an arrested and charged with eluding an officer, refusing ti submit to arrest, and other driving offenses. Prior to being taken to the Penobscot County Jail he was treated at the hospital for frostbite.

As a result of the investigation of Cotton and Beaulieu, Gary was charged with robbery. He pled guilty on April 7 in Penobscot County Superior Court and is now required to make restitution of $1,319 to the bank.

Old town man arrested for possessing sexually explicit material

OLD TOWN An Old Town man is facing charges for possessing sexually explicit materials.

On April 4, around 12 noon, Detective James Slauenwhite of the Old Town Police Department arrested Arnold Hill, 60, of Old Town for possession of sexually explicit materials, including images on his computer that were sexual in explicit in nature involving juveniles believed to be between the ages of 14 to 16 years old.

The investigation has been ongoing since December of 2013.

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