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June 12, 2013

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Teen arrested after manhunt

TRENTON An area 16-year-old was arrested after a manhunt involving scores of police officers from a half dozen agencies when it was suspected he may have been armed.

The teen, who was not identified due to his age, was reported missing by his parents at around 1 p.m. on June 7. Police learned he had not been to school, and authorities were notified when his parents returned home to find the house in disarray. Police were told that he may have had a .40-caliber handgun in his possession. 

More than 50 police officers converged on the Trenton area from various agencies, including Maine State Police, Maine Marine Patrol, Ellsworth Police Department with their K9 unit, Hancock County deputies, Maine game wardens and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. State Police also responded with tactical team members and critical incident response negotiators. 

Around 3 p.m. a teenage girl reported that the teen had confronted her and she was able to ward him off and escape. Then, someone reported seeing the teen on Bayside Road, and police saw him emerge from a beach area near a police checkpoint. After a brief foot pursuit he was taken into custody.

He was charged with criminal threatening. Two handguns were recovered from his home, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Man crashes into house

BANGOR  A Bangor man is facing charges after leading police in a pursuit before crashing into a house.

An active car alarm at 2:30 a.m. on June 6 had Bangor officers respond to the area of Dartmouth Street. Officer Shawn Green reportedly found evidence that someone had tried to enter the car, but no one was around. Officer Kyle Pelkey radioed in the plate number of a suspicious vehicle that had passed him, but he had lost sight of the car. Dispatch confirmed that the car had been reported stolen from Bangor.

Green then saw the car traveling on Mt. Hope Avenue and attempted to stop it. The driver did not stop and police began pursuing. The driver, later determined to be Vladamir Zintchenko, 38, of Bangor, reportedly sped through the red light at the intersection of Mt. Hope Avenue and Howard Street, and another at the intersection of Fern Street and Mt. Hope Avenue before crashing into a house on the corner of Grove and Mt. Hope. 

Green reported that the vehicle was destroyed and the house on Grove Street took considerable damage to the foundation. Zintchenko was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center and is in stable condition. 

Zintchenko was charged with eluding an officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal speed and operating after suspension.

Mac Dow named legendary trooper

VASSALBORO  Retired Col. Malcolm T. Dow of Hollis has been named 'legendary trooper,' the highest honor for a State Police retiree. Dow served 23 years in the State Police and retired in 1999. He now serves as security director for Irving Oil, splitting his time between Portsmouth, N.H., and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Dow joined the force in 1976 and served in Aroostook County for the next 17 years, rising in rank to lieutenant as the commanding officer for Troop F in Houlton, where he also lived for a number of years. He was named Trooper of the Year in 1980. In 1993, Dow was promoted to deputy chief by Col. Alfred Skolfield and later succeeded him in the top job. Dow served as chief for two years and also served as acting commissioner of Public Safety for much of that time. Dow and his wife, Susan, have two grown children and four grandchildren. 

Mac Dow was formally presented with his honor on June 11 at the annual State Police Awards ceremony, which will take place at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

K9 Teams graduate from MCJA

VASSALBORO  Maine's newest police canine teams will graduate on June 14. The 14 police officers are their dogs have been training for weeks around the state at various locations. The graduation will take place at 10 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Academy. The teams are as follows:

  • Officer Kimberly Donnell Bangor Police K9 Havoc
  • Officer Tyler Ham Auburn Police K9 Rocky
  • Officer Nathan Hood Lewiston Police K9 Ice
  • Deputy Aaron Moody Kennebec Sheriff K9 Stryker
  • Officer Michelle Small Bath Police K9 Sampson
  • Officer Brian Donahue Maine Correctional Center K9 Rex
  • Officer David Thompson Westbrook Police K9 Brady
  • Officer Kevin Theriault South Portland Police K9 Trigger
  • Deputy Cory Plummer Cumberland Sheriff K9 Vegas
  • Deputy Alfred Winslow Cumberland Sheriff K9 Ruk
  • Trooper Kevin Rooney Troop G K9 Howie
  • Trooper Eric Verhille Troop D K9 Clint
  • Trooper Rick Moody Troop C K9 Foster
  • Trooper Christopher Smith Troop J K9 Winger
  • Trooper Shawn Porter Troop D K9 Myka

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