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June 19, 2013

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Just a bad day

OLD TOWN Police say a man who was being fired also ended up being arrested after his employers suspected he was under the influence of an illegal substance.

Just after noontime on June 12, Officer Brent Fournier was called to the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Mill at the employers' request. They told the officer that they were going to terminate the employment of Joshua Hall, 33, of Charleston, because they suspected he was under the influence. They had called police because they were concerned that Hall might attempt to drive while intoxicated, according to police.

Fournier spoke to Hall, who initially told the officer that he had taken Nyquil, an over-the-counter cold medication. Fournier pointed out that his mannerisms did not seem to fit with someone who had taken Nyquil, and Hall reportedly admitted he had taken Suboxone, a drug he no longer had a prescription for. 

Fournier asked Hall if he could search him, and Hall, who was holding a cigarette package, reportedly agreed. Fournier didn't locate any contraband on him, but after clearing the scene with the employers, the officer remembered the cigarette box. He saw Hall walking and asked if he could look in the cigarette box. Hall reportedly agreed and handed it over. The officer located two baggies containing what was suspected to be Suboxone.

Hall was arrested, taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with unlawful possession of a Schedule W drug.

Troopers track stolen items to Brewer

OTIS  Maine State Police arrested two people in Brewer in connection with items that had been stolen in Otis last week.

On June 14, Tpr. Miles Carpenter handled a theft complaint in Otis where a Sea Doo jet-ski was reported stolen along with an unregistered trailer. The items were located in Brewer the following day in the possession of Stephen Batson, 30, and Jessica Lane, 31, by Tpr. Darren Vittum and Sgt. Jeffrey Ingemi.

Vittum arrested Lane for having an active warrant for her arrest and Sgt. Ingemi arrested Batson for felony theft. Also stemming from this, Ingemi also charged Batson for being a felon in possession of firearms after it was found that he had stolen firearms from a family member and pawned them.

Robbery suspect arrested in Bangor

BREWER  A Bangor woman was arrested and charged with the June 10 robbery of a Big Apple Convenience Store in Brewer.

Brewer Police arrested Meagan Herbert, 23 of Bangor and charged her with the robbery after detectives Sgt. Jay Munson and Sgt. Tony Pinette determined that Herbert was involved in the incident. She was located in Bangor with the assistance of Bangor Sgt. Bob Bishop and officers Jamie Fanning and Derek Laflin. Bangor police also secured evidence related to the investigation.

Herbert was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where she was charged with robbery, a class A felony, and trafficking in schedule W drugs, a class B felony. She is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Herbert is accused of walking into the convenience store at around 7 a.m. that day and demanding cash from the clerk before fleeing the scene. No weapons were used in the robbery.

The investigation is ongoing, and police said additional criminal charges are anticipated for others who assisted Herbert with the crime. 

Brawling brothers

OLD TOWN  Police were called to a Water Street apartment for an apparent case of domestic violence last Thursday that saw one brother arrested and another issued a summons for carrying an illegal knife.

On June 13, neighbors called police to report yelling and blood all over the hallway at the apartment. When officers arrived, they found three brothers: John and Mark Woods, along with a third brother who wasn't charged.

They separated the three and officer Christine McAvoy went inside the residence to speak with a woman, who was reportedly injured by John Woods, possibly breaking her nose.

Police learned that after John Woods allegedly assaulted the woman, one of his brothers physically intervened. He was arrested, charged with domestic violence assault and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Mark Woods had a knife in his pocket when police arrived on scene. When Officer Josh Loring took it for precautionary purposes, he determined it was illegal since it opened automatically by applying pressure to the handle. Mark Woods was charged with possession of an illegal knife and issued a summons.

Woman fights off attacker

BANGOR  Police are investigating a robbery that occurred early Sunday morning on Franklin Street.

On June 16, at about 2:15 a.m., officer Josh Kuhn was dispatched to investigate the report of a woman who was assaulted. Kuhn spoke with a 30-year-old woman he found crying on the edge of the sidewalk near the Kenduskeag Stream Bridge and surrounded by several people. 

Kuhn determined that the victim had been walking alone on Franklin Street and crossed the bridge toward Hammond Street when she was attacked by an unknown man. She told the officer that as she crossed over the bridge, she came to an opening near a section of a walking trail behind the Penobscot County Jail. A person grabbed her by the neck and tried to drag her onto the path. The victim screamed and was able to fight him off by scratching at his face and eventually kicking him in the groin area with her knee. The victim also may have bit the suspect on the hand. The suspect took off running down the path with her purse and contents, none of which has been recovered. 

The suspect is described as a male wearing a black hoodie, black gloves, and some sort of mask over his face.

Police are looking to speak with anyone who witnessed this attack or knows of anyone who might be suffering from recent injuries to the face, groin and hand. Anyone with tips should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. If you wish to remain anonymous, press 6 to leave a message on the Tip Line.

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