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February 22, 2012

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Mississippi man assaults bowling alley employee
BANGOR - A man from Raleigh, Mississippi was arrested for felonious assault after he allegedly attacked an employee leaving a local bowling alley.

On Feb. 19, around 2 a.m., Officer Kyle Pelkey and back up units were dispatched to Family Fun Bowling Alley to the report of a 911 call made to send help there immediately.

An employee was leaving for the evening when he was reportedly attacked by Randy Barner, 30, of Raleigh, Miss. with a tire iron after the employee refused to let him into the bowling alley after hours.

Barner was uncooperative with police and was placed under arrest. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail, and a bag with a white substance was located on his person. It tested presumptively positive for cocaine. He was charged with class B aggravated assault, burglary to a motor vehicle (the tire iron had been removed from the employees truck), and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Oh, that meat
ORONO - Police were called to Bell's IGA, where employees reported an area man had accidentally on purpose forgot to pay for around $70 worth of meat.

On Feb. 17, around 9:04 a.m., Officer David Silk spoke with employees at the IGA who told the officer that John Lheureux was shopping with a relative and neglected to pay for a substantial amount of meat products that had been stored in the bottom rack of the cart. Employees said that Lheureux had also placed his coat over the items and then left without paying for it. When employees approached him after he left the store, he made a statement to his relative about forgetting to pay for the meat.

He was placed under arrest for theft and a search of his person revealed four pills that were determined to be Adderol concealed in a glue container in Lheurueax's sock. He told police that he thought the pills belonged to his girlfriend who would often wear his coat.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with theft and illegal possession of scheduled drugs.

Could you give me directions to over there?

ORONO - One drunk college kid led to another.

Officer Wilfred King was on patrol on College Avenue on Feb. 18 around 12 midnight when he saw two men walking down the street. One appeared to have difficulty walking and was being assisted by the other. King checked on the pair and determined that Joseph Drew, 18, of Biddeford was intoxicated. He was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

Sgt. Scott Wilcox had arrived on scene to assist, and while King was dealing with Drew, another man, identified as Joseph Varraso, 18, of Hanover, Mass., approached the officer and asked for directions to campus. Wilcox was on College Avenue about 50 yards from the University of Maine campus. Varraso appeared intoxicated, according to police. He was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and the alcohol he was carrying in his backpack was seized.

Love bites

ORONO - A Saco woman is facing charges for reportedly breaking into someone's apartment to assault her ex-boyfriend by biting him.

On Feb. 19, a woman called police to report that Gabriella Sanchez, 18, of Saco had broken into her apartment and accosted a man who was spending the night. She claimed Sanchez had bitten the man on his arm and she thought he could use medical attention.

Police spoke with the victim and Sanchez and placed her under arrest for aggravated criminal trespass and domestic assault. She was taken to Penobscot County Jail.

What's in a name?

ORONO - A local man is facing OUI charges after being stopped over the weekend.

On Feb. 19, around 9:24, p.m.,Sgt. Wilcox was on patrol on Park Street when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. He attempted to stop the vehicle on College Avenue, but it continued onto Bennoch Road before coming to a stop.

When Wilcox asked for the man's name, he replied, 'Jose.' When asked for his last name, he said, 'Jose.' When the officer attempted to clarify if that was his first or last name, he was able to identify him as Jose Nieves, 50, of Orono. The officer noted signs of intoxication and conducted field sobriety tests, which he did not pass to the officer's satisfaction. Nieves was placed under arrest and taken to the police station where he refused to take the Intoxilyzer test.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.

Last modified on Saturday, 25 February 2012 11:58

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