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December 19, 2012

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Police seek pickup in hit and run

BANGOR Bangor police are looking for leads about a pickup truck that struck a parked car and kept driving over the weekend.

On Dec. 15, around 9:17 p.m., a pickup truck driving on Summer Street crashed into a parked vehicle in front of the police station and drove away towards Cedar and Main Streets.

Police said that evidence suggests the vehicle could be a full-size 1996-2002 Dodge 2500 pickup truck with cab lights. The damage is to the right front headlight and front corner of the truck, which is also missing the front right valance and may not have a tailgate.

If anyone saw this accident or knows someone who has recent damage consistent with this release, you are urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382 and ask for Lt. Tom Reagan. If you wish to remain anonymous, press 6 to utilize the department's Tip Line.

Best to keep it down if you are violating your bail

ORONO When police were called to a ruckus caused by an argument, they ended up arresting a woman for reportedly violating her bail.

Employees of Lakeview Motel called police to report a loud argument between a man and woman outside of one of the rooms. When police arrived to investigate, they found the man had left, but the woman was identified as Melissa O'Neill, 31, of Washburn. Police learned she had bail conditions that included submitting to random search.

When police searched her person and subsequently her room, they located drug paraphernalia and, stored inside a Tupperware container, a white powder that field tested positive for possible cocaine.

She and another man in the room, identified as Dean King, 42, of Fort Fairfield, were arrested. Both were charged with unlawful possession of schedule W drugs and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. O'Neill was also charged with violation of conditions of release.

DriveSober, Maine!

MAINE Maine police agencies are sharing more than $440,000 in a statewide effort to combat drunk and impaired driving. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety distributed the federal money this month and launched a program they are calling DriveSober, Maine! The crackdown is designed to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on Maine roads this holiday season and throughout next year. 'Alcohol related traffic deaths doubled in the first six months of 2012, with 32 OUI deaths compared to 15 deaths during the same period in 2011. The numbers were alarming and a call to action,' said Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

The program provides funding to 52 Maine law enforcement agencies to combat impaired driving by conducting overtime patrols at times and locations where drunk driving is most common. 'Highway Safety is partnering with Maine police to make our communities safer. Local law enforcement know their communities and know when and where an impaired driver is likely to be,' said Stewart. The DriveSober, Maine! effort kicked off Dec. 1 and runs through Labor Day of 2013. In addition, a special holiday enforcement crackdown takes place between Dec. 14 and New Year's Day. That holiday effort coincides with a national campaign - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

'No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, in a hospital or in the morgue,' said Stewart. 'But combining alcohol and driving can lead to one of those three locations. That's why we are stepping up enforcement of impaired drivers."

The Bureau of Highway Safety offered these tips:

Be responsible: If you will be drinking, plan not to drive. Designate a sober driver or find another way home by using a taxi or public transportation, if available, calling a sober friend or family member or plan to spend the night.

Watch out for others: If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact police. Your action may save someone's life.

Here kitty, kitty

BANGOR A woman trying to help an injured animal realized she may have bitten off more than she could chew when she discovered the animal she mistook for a housecat was in fact a wild bobcat.

On Dec. 12, Office John Robinson saw a vehicle pulled over on Harlow Street with its hazard lights on. He spoke to the unidentified driver, who told him she had struck an animal while driving through Veazie. Thinking it was a house cat, she put the unconscious and injured animal in her car to take to medical care. But while driving, the animal regained consciousness and she realized that it was actually a bobcat, at which point she stopped and got out of the car. The bobcat followed her out of the car and hid under the vehicle.

Sgt. Robert Bishop, Sgt. Larry Weber and Officer Gary Decker arrived to assist. Bishop used a catch pole to secure the animal until Maine Game Warden Fahey arrived to take control of the bobcat.

Sgt. Paul Edwards noted in his release that even though the account seems amusing, people should always use caution when handling injured animals and call animal control officers or game wardens when in doubt.

Due to its injuries, the bobcat was subsequently euthanized.

Man calls police, gets arrested

TRENTON An area man called police, and when his report was determined to be unfounded he ended up being the one on his way to jail.

On Dec. 13, Trooper Greg Roy, Trooper Cliff Peterson and Sergeant Alden Bustard responded to an assault complaint in Trenton. Michael McFarland, 52, of Trenton, reported that he had been assaulted. The complaint was determined to be unfounded. Police noted that McFarland had been drinking heavily and was on bail conditions that prohibited him from possessing or consuming alcohol.

McFarland was arrested for violation of conditions of release.

Taking care of the trash

ORONO An Orono man is facing charges for allegedly trashing someone's apartment.

A woman called police to report that she had woken up to her roommate arguing with a man at around 3 a.m. and heard things being thrown around. When she awoke the next day she found that the room had been trashed. Police spoke to the roommate, who told them that she had attended a party with the man, later identified as Glenn Michaud, 24, of Orono, and left because she was feeling ill. Michaud showed up at her apartment and accused her of stealing money. He began to reportedly throw things, empty the trash and damage their furniture.

Police located Michaud and summoned him for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. Police said alcohol was a factor and noted that there had been no theft complaint received by the police from Michaud in regards to the theft accusation.

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