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Criminal Mischief - September 11, 2013

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Maine State Police seek robbery suspect

GLENBURN Maine State Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a robbery suspect who stole money from The Checkout Market, located on the Pushaw Road in Glenburn.

Police say the robbery took place on Sept. 8 around 1:24 a.m. The white male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. The robber was seen running from the store and getting into the pictured vehicle.

Anyone with information about the vehicle, suspect, or the crime itself, should contact Trooper Jarod Stedman at 866-2121.

House crashers

KENDUSKEAG/LAGRANGE Two separate drunk drivers crashed into houses over the weekend, and though the crashes were unrelated both of the drivers were from Milo.

On Sept. 8, around 8:30 p.m., Penobscot County Deputies were called to a residence on the Mudgett Road. Authorities said that Bo Richards, 21, of Milo, was driving east when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve. He went off the road and struck a house that was occupied by two people. The vehicle took out the corner of the home causing approximately $35,000 worth of damage, according to police. No one was injured.

The investigation revealed that Richards was operating under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and found to have a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. He was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail. His passenger, Michael Seymour, 20, of Levant, was found to be in possession of alcohol and a usable amount of marijuana. 

Several hours later in Levant, police were called to another vehicle house collision on the Bennoch Road. Kala Decker, 29, of Milo was travelling south on the Bennoch Road when he drove into the northbound lane, struck a utility pole and then collided with a home. Decker was transported to an area hospital, but her husband, a passenger in the car, was uninjured. No one was in the home at the time. Decker reportedly caused approximately $25,000 worth of damage to the home. Chief Deputy Troy Morton said alcohol appeared to be a factor in this case as well.

DIY severance package

ORONO A former employee was arrested for attempting to rob The Big Apple on Main Street in Orono. Officer Chris Watson was called to the store around 4:13 a.m. on Sept. 5 for the report of a fight behind the counter. When he arrived, Watson didn't immediately see anyone until he approached the counter where he saw a male employee pinning a female to the floor. 

After the officer secured the woman, who was later identified as Cara Hussey, 31, of Bangor, he spoke to the employee. The man told Watson that a man had come into the store saying his car had run out of gas and he needed help pushing it to the pumps. The clerk obliged, but when he went back in the store to activate the pumps he saw Hussey kneeling next to the floor safe with the bank bag in her hand. When he asked her what she was doing, she told him she needed the money, according to police. He took the bank bag back from her, placed it back into the safe which he shut and locked (being a former employee, police learned she knew where the key was kept). At that point, he said she assaulted him, kicking and hitting him. The employee attempted to call 911, but she knocked the phone away from him. When another customer came in, the employee directed him to call 911.

Hussey was arrested and charged with robbery and obstructing the report of a crime. The incident is still under investigation and further charges may be pending.

Police presence deters party scene

ORONO Compared to 2012, move-in day this fall was quieter at Orono's new student housing facility The Grove. This year, there have been several multi-agency details patrolling the grove, and so far there have been no large parties, according to Chief Josh Ewing of the Orono Police Department.

'This year, because of increased police presence during the afternoon, evening and early morning hours, there have been no large crowds gathering in the parking lots. There have been small parties inside apartments, but very few noise complaints,' said Ewing. 'Underage drinking has been the main issue, and we (along with other agency's officers that have supplied personnel) have summoned around two dozen people for possession. Without our presence, there would likely be a repeat of last year's crowds.'

Since Aug. 31, there have been approximately 243 calls for service in the Town of Orono, which doesn't take into account calls to other agencies, such as the University of Maine Police Department, the Maine State Police or Penobscot County Sheriff's Office. 

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