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May 1, 2013

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Maine State Police seek Jamie Cox

ELLSWORTH Maine State Police are seeking the public's help in locating Jamie L. Cox, 36, of Stonington, who is wanted for sexual contact with a teenage girl. Cox was indicted earlier this month by the Hancock County Grand Jury. He faces three felony counts of unlawful sexual contact. 

Cox is 5-foot 10-inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has blue eyes and light brown hair. Police think he is still in greater Hancock County area, likely staying with friends. 

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call State Police in Orono at 207-866-2122, or 911.

Mark Hathaway appointed as Bangor police chief

BANGOR  Mark J. Hathaway of Bangor was recently appointed as the new chief of the Bangor Police Department, subject to the confirmation of the Bangor City Council at its regular meeting on May 13. Hathaway was selected from a field of 38 applicants, four of whom recently interviewed for the position.

Hathaway said he was excited and humbled at his appointment.

'The other applicants were fantastic,' he said. 'I know two of them personally and I think a great deal of both of them. I was humbled by the whole thing.'

Hathaway has served in a variety of communities during his career, including the town of Veazie and the cities of Biddeford and Bangor. He recalled that his interest in law enforcement began when he was working at his family-owned gas station in Orono that used to service police cars for area departments.

'I was offered a job by the Veazie Police Department and I took it. When you're young, it's an exciting job and I've enjoyed it ever since,' Hathaway said.

He began his career with Bangor in 1987 and currently serves as interim deputy chief of police. During his tenure with the department, he has held the positions of lieutenant in both the Support Services and Patrol divisions, a sergeant and before that detective in the Criminal Investigation Division, and as a patrol officer. He has also served as Youth Services supervisor and is currently the supervisor of the department's Bomb Squad. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds professional certifications in a number of areas, including hostage negotiation, accident reconstruction, emergency medical dispatch, homicide investigation and bomb technician.

'Mark possesses the broad knowledge, experience, and professionalism the City was searching for to lead the department,' said Cathy Conlow, city manager for Bangor. 'His extensive career in Bangor positions him well to build on the department's strengths and to move the department forward. Those involved with the interview process were impressed with his experience, passion and accomplishments, and those who know and have worked with Mark have been very supportive of his candidacy.'

His vision for the department includes addressing quality of life issues that people who live, work or visit the city have reported. But he hopes to continue to broaden and expands the department's stance on community policing. 

'We are becoming more and more community-minded. I think Officer Jason McAmbley has done a great job with the Citizen Police Academy,' he said, referring to the departments community project that allows civilians to learn how police officers enforce the law and learn about their training and procedures. 

He also noted that he hopes to continue to foster the collaborative relationship with other nearby law enforcement agencies.

'Law enforcement has become a collaborative effort,' said Hathaway. 'We rely on our neighboring police departments for assistance. We're ready to help our neighbors and we're counting on our partners in the region for assistance as well.'

Hathaway is scheduled to formally assume his position on May 14. The chief's position had been filled temporarily by former Deputy Chief Peter Arno, who succeeded Chief Ron Gastia upon his retirement in Sept. 2012.

'I am truly honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve as Bangor's 29th police chief. The department has a strong and proud tradition of providing residents and businesses with outstanding police services. I am looking forward to working with the department, City manager and City council and building upon the efforts of those before me. I am excited about this opportunity and will work very hard to ensure that the department is ready to accept the challenges ahead.'

Police investigate crash on Ohio Street/Griffin Road

BANGOR  Bangor police are looking for eyewitnesses to an accident that occurred at the intersection of Griffin Road and Ohio Street.

The accident occurred a little after 6 p.m. on April 28. According to Officer Jeremy Brock, a 2004 Ford sedan operated by Cameron Russell, 19, of Bangor, and a 2002 Honda Sedan operated by 21-year-old John Blouin of Framingham, Mass., collided at the intersection. The accident is still under investigation by Brock and members of the department's Accident Reconstruction Team. The condition and location of these men are unknown at this time. 

If anyone witnessed the accident, please call 947-7382 and ask to speak to Brock. 

Don't drink and drive and speed and be underage

BREWER  A Sherman man was arrested for operating under the influence after police stopped him for speeding. 

On April, 26, Sgt. Nelson Feero observed a vehicle exceeding the limit on South Main Street. He stopped the car and spoke with the driver, Braden Cunningham, 19, of Sherman, and noticed that Cunningham appeared intoxicated. Police said Cunningham had reportedly admitted to drinking.

Feero administered field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested Cunningham for operating under the influence. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with OUI and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.


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