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Criminal Mischief - June 4th, 2014

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Armed and dangerous man still at large

ST. FRANCIS Police are still looking for Jesse Marquis, 38, who is considered armed and dangerous. He is wanted in connection with the murder of his long-time girlfriend.

On May 31, the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. to respond to a domestic violence call at Main St. in St. Francis, Maine. Maine State Police were called as well to respond. Before officers arrive, they received information that the 31-year-old woman was shot and killed, and witnesses saw Marquis leave the residence and enter the woods behind the house carrying a rifle.

State Police, Aroostook County Sheriff's office, US Border Patrol and US Customs and Border Protection are still actively searching for Marquis. He is described as 5-foot7-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, a green hooded sweatshirt and a Cabela's ball cap. Marquis was last seen entering the woods on the south side of Rt. 161.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating Marquis. They ask if you see Marquis or someone matching his description to call the State Police in Houlton at 207-532-5400 or Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-638-8477.

You left what is known as a clue'

OLD TOWN A Kenduskeag man went to jail after allegedly leaving a pretty big clue behind about who broke into a local redemption center.

On June 2, around 12:30 a.m., Officer Justin Angelo was called to Anderson Lane for a suspicious complaint about man hanging around the area. As he was responding he saw a door open at Skeeter's Redemption Center, so he radioed dispatch and stopped.

Officer Keith Emery arrived and assisted in checking the building, which triggered an alarm. They asked dispatch to try to find a key holder of the building.

Officer Joshua Tilton located a man lying in the woods. He was identified as Michal Bickmore, 19, of Kenduskeag, and he told the officer that he was homeless and simply sleeping in the woods. Tilton expressed doubt about this claim, noting that he was wearing only pajama pants and a short-sleeved shirt, and it also didn't appear that he had been spending a great deal of time in the woods.

Emery radioed that they should place Bickmore under arrest. While waiting for a key holder to respond, Emery was checking the area and located a backpack with Bickmore's identification still inside.

Police learned that when Bickford had entered the redemption center, he grabbed the cash register, but also triggered the alarm. He panicked and fled, leaving his backpack behind. He then fled into the woods and ditched the cash register. Police were able to locate the register where Bickford indicated it was, according to police.

Bickford was arrested, taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with burglary.

Man threatens officer with chain

BREWER A man is facing several charges after he allegedly stole a carton of cigarettes and became confrontational with police.

On May 31, Sgt. Fred Luce was called to The Maine Smoke Shop on Wilson Street for a reported shoplifter who had allegedly taken a carton of cigarettes. The man had left prior to Luce's arrival, and the officer had seen him leaving the area on a bicycle as he approached the store, though he didn't know he was the suspect at the time.

The man was later identified as Bruce Clark, 32, with no fixed address. Luce pursued him as he began to cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge towards Bangor. Clark got off the bike, and took a two-foot long chain with a padlock attached to the end and began swinging it while advancing on the officer. Luce drew his sidearm, and Clark threw his weapon to the ground, but continued to advance in a threatening manner. Luce then holstered his weapon, drew his Taser and ordered Clark to the ground.

A large knife was found concealed under Clark's sock.

Clark was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was charged with theft by unauthorized taking, carrying a concealed weapon (the knife) and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon (the chain). The cigarettes were valued at $64.

Familiar places and faces

OLD TOWN An Old Town man returned to jail after buying some beer.

On May 28, around 1:45 p.m., Officer Brent Fournier received a call from Deputy Ryan Fitch of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office who was off duty at the time. Fitch told Fournier that he saw Jherad Welch, 30, of Old Town buying a beer. The deputy was aware that Welch had bail conditions not to possess or consume alcohol.

Officer Fournier located Welch walking on a path with his family, and when Welch spotted the officer, he concealed the bag containing two cans of beer in his coat. Fournier explained that he was violating his bail and walked with Welch towards the cruiser. Welch dropped the cans, and one exploded when it hit the ground.

He was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail for violation of conditions of release.

Hit and run driver leaves a big clue

BREWER Sometimes when a driver strikes a parked car and leaves the scene, the mystery can go unsolved. But sometimes police are able to use clues that are left at the scene to find out who did the deed like the bumper with the license plate attached.

On June 1, around 3:41 a.m., Officer Ed Benjamin was dispatched to a property damage accident on South Main Street. A resident had heard a crash, and saw that her vehicle that was parked outside had been struck. The offending vehicle had driven off into the small hours of the morning.

The officer located the bumper of the car that had struck the victim's parked vehicle with the license plate still attached. With the assistance of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, a 17-year-old juvenile from Winterport was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Woman charged with domestic assault

BREWER An area woman went to jail after reportedly calling police and telling them she struck her husband.

Officer Zachary Caron and Cpl. Steve Boyd responded to a reported domestic on Alan A Dale Road, Bethany D'Salva had allegedly called police. Officers learned that she had struck her husband several times. When they asked if she was injured, she told officers that he had not hit her.

She was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Police search for potential witness of fatal crash

HERMON - The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to locate a potential witness to last Saturday's fatal crash in Hermon.

Authorities say at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Route 2 near Pomroy's Logging in Hermon, a 2003 Suski SUV appeared to have crossed the center line before leaving the roadway and striking several trees. The driver of the vehicle, 51-year-old Daniel Gray of Glenburn, was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His juvenile passenger was not injured in the crash. The Hermon and Levant Fire Departments responded to the scene along with the Hermon Ambulance Service. Now, authorities are searching for the cause of the crash and hoping to locate a potential witness that was operating a dark colored pickup truck with a prominent 55 attached to the back. This potential witness, along with anyone else who may have information about the accident, is urged to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office at 947-4585.

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