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November 7, 2012

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CORINNA An area garbage man called the cops when he thought a resident target shooting was targeting him.

On Oct. 30, Maine State Police responded to Corinna for a report from a garbage truck driver that he had been shot at as he emptied a dumpster.

The investigation revealed that the homeowner was sighting in his rifle by firing out his window across the road.

The garbage truck driver heard the shot, looked up to see the subject in the window with the weapon and surmised he had been shot at.

Don't you hate it when your roommate hogs the assault charges?

ORONO A disagreement between roommates led to blows on Saturday, which in turn led to charges.

On Nov. 3, around 10:25 p.m., officers responded to The Grove for a report of assault. The investigation revealed that two female roommates had been involved in a disagreement for some time over purportedly minor issues. When Mariah Warren, 18, of Orono, confronted her roommate, the 18-year-old victim attempted to shut her door to keep Warren out, and then a fight that involved hitting and hair pulling allegedly took place.

The fight spilled over into the living room, and Warren's boyfriend broke it up, according to police.

Officer Stephen Marko determined that Warren was the primary aggressor and summoned her for assault. No arrests were made.

Six-hour standoff in Dedham

DEDHAM A Dedham man is under arrest after a six-hour standoff with police Sunday morning at his home in Dedham. James Garland, 46, of Green Lake Road, surrendered to the State Police Tactical Team about 8 a.m. Garland is charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence assault and was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Troopers, Hancock Sheriff's deputies, Ellsworth and Holden police responded to the lakeside home about 2 a.m. after a woman at the home said she had been assaulted by Garland and that he had fired a shot from a handgun. The woman fled the home when police arrived.

Garland then barricaded himself inside the house. Officers on the scene requested assistance from the tactical team and State Police negotiators, who talked to Garland over the phone and a PA system before he surrendered.

Walk this way

ORONO A Swanville man was arrested for allegedly violating his bail last week.

Officer Dan Merrill was keeping an eye on the crowds as they exited the bars around 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 1. He saw a man who had difficulty standing make his way through the parking lot, leaning on vehicles and stumbling. Concerned about the man's level of intoxication, Merrill caught up with him. He identified him as Lee Slagle, 36, of Swanville, and found out he had active bail conditions that included not possessing or consuming alcohol. The officer also learned that Slagle was in violation of his Volunteers of America curfew, which required him not to be out between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Slagle was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he was charged with violation of release conditions.

Maine police to aid victims of super-storm Sandy

A team of State Troopers and Cumberland County Deputies headed for New Jersey Sunday morning to assist local law enforcement in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The team was assembled in the past two days with assistance from the Maine Emergency Management Agency. They will arrive in New Jersey this evening, stay at the Fort Dix Army base and begin patrolling Monday, after being sworn in as New Jersey law enforcement officers.

Of the 11 troopers, two previously lived in New Jersey, and two of the four Cumberland deputies served in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

The Chief of the Maine State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, was on hand as the team prepared to leave Sunday morning from the Maine Turnpike Authority offices in South Portland. He thanked the team for volunteering for the eight-day assignment and said, 'We are proud to have you represent Maine on the streets of New Jersey and to assist the residents of that state in their recovery from this hurricane. Stay safe.'

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