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Criminal Mischief - May 21st, 2014

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Unnamed donor drops off hand-made bears

ELLSWORTH An unnamed elderly woman donated hand-crafted stuffed bears for the Maine State Police to hand out to children who are in crisis. She promised to make more and bring them in a couple of weeks.


Wine and hot sauce

COLUMBIA An area man is facing charges for theft after reportedly stealing from a local grocery store.

On May 17, Trooper Chris Smith responded to Delia's Branch Grocery Store in Columbia for a shoplifting incident.

Delia's owner reported that a man had entered the store and taken a bottle of wine along with other small items. The owner provided a detailed description of the male along with the vehicle and the registration.

Trooper Smith located the vehicle on Route 182 and stopped it on the Spragues Falls Road in Cherryfield and spoke with Alexander Mecklin, 27, with no listed address. A bottle of wine and a bottle of Tabasco sauce were recovered. Smith noted that Mecklin expressed a preference for Sriracha.

Mecklin was arrested and charged with theft.

Wait, let me finish my beer

HARRINGTON A man is facing charges after allegedly damaging parked cars with his vehicle before driving off.

On May 17, Trooper Chris Smith responded to the Harrington VFW hall for a report of a hit and run crash. Witnesses told police that Darwin Golding, 54, of Addison was very intoxicated and left driving his GMC Jimmy. The witnesses provided a registration number and said that Darwin backed into a vehicle, causing damage before leaving.

Sergeant Timothy Varney and Smith located Darwin sitting in his vehicle while consuming beer in his driveway. Darwin was agitated and uncooperative during the investigation. Darwin was arrested for leaving the scene of a property damage crash and operating under the influence.

DIY towing with someone else's truck is bad

MILBRIDGE A Jonesport woman is facing several charges after stopping her in Milbridge for a possible OUI.

Trooper Staci Carpenter arrested Ashley Fenton, 27, of Jonesport for operating under the influence as the result of a traffic stop in Milbridge.

Fenton was also charged with driving to endanger, operating after suspension, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and violation of conditions of release.

The vehicle that Fenton had been driving had run out of gas and she took a wrecker from a residence nearby that had the keys left in it. She did not have permission.

Heroin ring busted up in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN Maine Drug Enforcement Agents from the South Central Task Force in Augusta arrested and charged Dominic Deon Currie, 24, and David Sincyr, 52, both of Skowhegan, with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (heroin) today.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, with substantial assistance from the Skowhegan Police Department, Somerset County Sheriff's Department and the Maine State Police, have for several months been conducting an investigation into the distribution of heroin and other drugs from a North School Street residence in Skowhegan.

On May 14, investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Currie in Skowhegan. At the time of the stop, the vehicle was being driven by Currie's father, Dwayne Currie, 42. In searches of the vehicle and of the younger Currie, agents located approximately nine grams of heroin, with a street value of $3,000, according to police. Based on this seizure, Dominic Currie was taken into custody and charged with class A trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin), and his father was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Following the arrests, investigators searched the single family residence on North School Street where Dominic Currie has been living. The home is also occupied by the owner, David Sincyr. Found during the search were more heroin and other evidence consistent with drug trafficking. As a result, Sincyr was also charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (heroin).

All arrested have been transported to the Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan for processing. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

No excuse for elder abuse

Maine State Police cruisers around Maine recently began displaying a bumper sticker 'No Excuse for Elder Abuse', to help raise awareness of the problem. The bumper sticker will be displayed through June 15 which is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams said more than 33,000 older Mainers are abused each year, either by financial exploitation, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment. Williams said, 'Where one form of abuse is present, other types of abuse are often there as well. There are many agencies in Maine to address the problem of elder abuse, and law enforcement is taking a lead role in helping prevent and respond to the issue, including state troopers.'

'Elder abuse cases are very complex and in order to properly address them, it's important for a team of people to be at the table,' says State Police Sergeant Patrick Hood, who has spearheaded the State Police effort. Hood said 'We know that we need to work with advocates, health care representatives, financial institutions, legal aid services, and others to effectively respond to all forms of elder abuse.'

Hood said that raising awareness about elder abuse is helpful to remind the public that the problem exists; and family, neighbors and friends may see signs of concern about elderly family members or neighbors. Hood said that checking in on a neighbor or speaking up when you notice something amiss could change someone's life.

'We've had cases where people don't want to be in someone else's business, so they just don't say anything,' Hood said. 'However, that is often how elder abuse cases come to light. A report to law enforcement can be confidential, so if you see something, say something.'

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day officially takes place on Sunday, June 15.

To learn more about how to prevent and respond to elder abuse in Maine, visit

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