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January 16, 2013

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Bangor Police new officers on the beat

BANGOR - Last fall, the Bangor Police Department hired seven new police officers, and all have completed the 23rd Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. All seven graduated from the academy on Dec. 14, 2012 after 18 weeks of intense training.

Timothy Wheelden grew up in Bangor and graduated from Bangor High School in 2004. He joined the Army in 2007 and attended Beal College from 2010 to 2011 for criminal justice. Wheelden considers working for the Bangor Police Department to be an honor. 'To be able to be a police officer in the town that I grew up in is a great privilege, and I look forward to serving the people of Bangor,' he said.

Jeremy M. Brock is from Easton and received a BA in criminal justice from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He wanted to work for a large department in a good community, and he's interested in helping improve the community and helping people.

Dustin Dow is from Lincoln and attended high school at Mattanawcook Academy. He has his BS in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Husson University. He has an associate's degree in fire science technology from Southern Maine Community College.

Dow wanted the opportunity to work for the Bangor Police Department because it allowed him to make a positive impact on the community.

'Every day on the job I get to see something different. The Bangor Police Department gives me the opportunity to specialize in fields such as K-9, SRT (Special Response Team), explosives, evidence collection or an assignment as a detective,' he said. 'It's a good fit for me.'

Jermaine Walker was born in Jamaica. He lived in New Jersey for nine years and attended Teaneck High School. He went on to attend the University of Maine, played football for Maine Black Bears and graduated in 2006. Walker returned to UMaine, earning a master's degree with a concentration in special education in 2010. He worked for the Brewer Special Education Department as an education tech until 2012 before applying at Bangor Police Department.

Nickolas Huggins grew up in Waterville and graduated Waterville High School in 2007. He attended Southern Maine Community College from 2007-2009 and earned an associate's degree in criminal justice. Then attended Husson University in 2010 and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Derek Laflin lived in South Portland and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School and studied criminal justice at Southern Maine Community College. He worked two years at Scarborough Police Department.

David Olmstead, Jr. graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 2008 and is from Milo. He has served in the Maine Army National Guard for six years and was deployed for 10 months to Paktia Province Afghanistan in 2010 as a combat medic.

He called his own number

BANGOR A man who called police to report assault is now facing felony assault charges of his own.

On Jan. 9, around 12:45 p.m., several officers were called to the area of Acadia Place and Moosehead Blvd to a disturbance. The initial call came from a Christopher Stone, 29, of Bangor; Stone reportedly called 911 and told the dispatcher that he was attacked by two men and a woman at a home on Acadia Place and that the three had knives and brass knuckles.

Lt. Steve Hunt made contact with Stone at the corner of Moosehead Blvd. and Bald Mountain Drive. He was holding a field hockey stick and told Hunt that the he was attacked over an argument about a cell phone. Hunt placed the stick in his car and noted that Stone did not have any physical injuries consistent with being attacked with knives or brass knuckles.

Officer Jim Dearing interviewed several witnesses and determined that Christopher Stone was the aggressor and had assaulted a female about the upper torso and head with the field hockey stick. Officer Dearing also learned that during the assault Stone had run inside the house of his ex-girlfriend. She has a protection order against Stone.

Christopher Stone was arrested and transported to the Penobscot County Jail charged with Class B felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and violation of protection order.

Musical chairs is frowned on

BREWER Switching seats didn't get a man out of a felony charge.

Officer Tom Tardiff was on patrol on Jan. 11 around 12:53 a.m. when he stopped a vehicle on Chamberlain Street because of a broken taillight. While he was watching, he saw the male driver switch places with the female passenger. After speaking with her, the woman ultimately admitted that the man had been driving, according to police. The man was identified as Brandon Shaw, 28, of Brewer, and his licence was revoked habitual offender. He was placed under arrest and taken to Penobscot County Jail where he was charged with felony operating after revocation.

New year, new stickers

ORONO Anyone with expired registrations and inspections may want to fix that before they get spotted by police. Now that it's 2013, expired stickers are just that much easier to spot, as several people learned to their sorrow.

On Jan. 10, Officer Wilfred King spotted a car with an expired registration. He stopped the car and learned the registration was expired since February of 2012. The West Gardner driver was issued a summons.

On Jan. 11, King summoned an Old Town man for a similar offense, but it was the expired inspection sticker he noticed first. He stopped the car, noting that the inspection had expired in May of 2012 and the registration had expired in February of that same year. The driver told the officer he had been warned two months previously and knew he was taking a risk driving the car, but it was his only means of transportation.

Purse thefts hitting shoppers

BANGOR Bangor Police have received sporadic calls for purse thefts while shopping since December of last year.Sgt. Paul Edwards said that the cases are being investigated and photographic evidence is being looked through.

He noted that though they investigate these cases, it's important that women not leave their purses or pocketbooks unattended, even for brief moments. He said that suspects taking the purses do so swiftly while the women are browsing.

If anyone has any information about these purse thefts, they are urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382, and as always if you wish to remain anonymous, press 6 and leave a message on the tip line.

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