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March 21, 2012

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Heroic bystander stops vicious assault

ORONO A man who witnessed four men assaulting a prone person with a baseball bat intervened and stopped the beating, according to police.

On March 17, around 11:14 p.m., Officer Jason Zalva was informed that there was a fight happening on in front of Dick's Barber Shop on Mill Street and that one man had been assaulted by four others, one of whom was wielding a baseball bat. The men had fled before police arrived due to a bystander coming to the defense of the victim.

According to police, when the bystander saw the four men attacking the victim, he ordered the man holding the baseball bat to stop. When it appeared that the man was going to attempt to strike the prone victim, the unidentified bystander grabbed the man with the bat and pulled him away. When another man also acted aggressively towards him, he pulled that man off the victim as well. The other two then dispersed.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a hospital with serious facial injuries but was later released.

Police were able to identify one of the men allegedly involved with the brutal attack and have charged Christopher Duffey, 22, of Situate, Mass., with elevated aggravated assault, a class A felony. The other three have not been located. Anyone who witnessed the events or has any information about the incident should contact the Orono Police Department at 866-4000.

Grand theft tractor

UNION Maine State Police are looking for a new $40,000 tractor that was stolen early on March 19 from a sales lot in Union. The 2011 Kubota model L45, with a bucket loader on the front and a backhoe on the rear, was stolen from Union Farm Equipment on Route 17 about 2 a.m. Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock said a lone male jumped the fence, started the tractor and then used the tractor's bucket to ram through the front gate, where it was then driven onto a ramp truck.

A motorist on Route 17 later reported seeing the ramp truck with the tractor on it driving toward Augusta at about 2:20 a.m.

Wesbrock said there could be some scrapes on the bucket from ramming the gate. The theft was discovered Monday morning when workers arrived at the dealership. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.

When push comes to shove

BREWER Not content with receiving a summons, a man's alleged disorderly behavior ended up landing him in jail on St. Patrick's Day.

On March 17, around 1:13 p.m., Officer Jeff Gotreau was called to North Main Street for a reported assault. The victim told police that Roland Devoe, 47, of Brewer had pushed him to the ground, and he had the bleeding scrapes to show for it. The investigation confirmed the victim's account. During the investigation, Devoe reportedly became agitated and informed Gotreau that he would be leaving. The officer advised Devoe that he would not be leaving. He was summoned for assault.

Sgt. Dave Lord arrived to assist and warned Devoe for disorderly conduct because the man was swearing loudly and there were children across the street buying ice cream. Devoe didn't heed the warning according to police and was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Can't a man ride his bike with an assault rifle in peace without being hassled by the cops?

SULLIVAN On March 17, Trooper Greg Mitchell responded to the Sullivan Bridge for a report of a pedestrian walking with an assault rifle. Mitchell spoke to the man, who had been riding his bicycle with an AK-47-style assault rifle slung across his back.

The weapon was found to be unloaded and the cyclist was traveling to the quarry to target practice. No enforcement action was taken as no violation was found.

Marine Patrol assisted.

Hey, slow down!

DEDHAM On March 15, Trooper Michael Southard arrested Billy Grindle, 39, of Bucksport for criminal speeding in Dedham. Grindle was reportedly traveling 88 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

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