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October 17, 2012

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Diamonds patron arrested for drug trafficking

BANGOR - A Massachusetts man was arrested at Diamonds Gentlemen's Club on Harlow Street Friday night after allegedly dropping a bag of cocaine on the floor.

Police say Lakeem S. McFadden, 29, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was inside the club on Oct. 12 when someone reportedly saw him accidentally drop a bag containing a white substance from his pocket while en route to the restroom. Authorities say an employee walking right behind McFadden picked up the baggie and turned it into the office. Management thought it looked suspicious and contacted Bangor police to come check it out.

Officers interviewed both McFadden and the staff on duty. Once police confirmed the substance was cocaine, McFadden was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking scheduled drugs and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Two men arrested in Bangor Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

john-harmonBANGOR - Pharmacies across the state are on high alert after the recent rash of robberies that have taken place in Maine. That increased awareness helped Bangor police capture two men they believe are responsible for a robbery that took place at the Rite Aid on the corner of Union and 14th streets on Oct. 8.

Police were called to the store just before 5 p.m. last Monday, where they were told there was a robbery in progress. Several units responded to the scene and quickly located a gray sedan they believed was used during the crime. That vehicle was found at 513 Hammond Street.

kirk-dephilippoAs a result of the investigation, John D. Harmon, 27, of Dover-Foxcroft, was arrested and charged with robbery.

Then on Monday, Oct. 15, police spotted another man, Kirk DePhilippo, 24, of Bangor, who, according to authorities, was considered a person of interest in the Oct. 8 robbery. DePhilippo was seen near Hammond and Dean streets just before noon. Marked patrol units quickly converged on the area. Officers located DePhilippo a short time later in a bulkhead area of a home and arrested him without incident.

DePhilippo was charged with robbery and is currently at the Penobscot County Jail.

Maine Zumba instructor charged in prostitution ring 

PORTLAND (AP) - A woman who runs a fitness studio in Kennebunk has been charged with over 100 counts of prostitution.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexis Wright, a Zumba instructor, pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution, invasion of privacy and other charges last week. Her alleged business partner, Mark Strong, also pleaded not guilty to 59 misdemeanor counts.

Hancock mom charged with taking neighbor's property

HANCOCK - A Hancock resident who had been on vacation returned home last week to find her property more bare than usual.

The resident contacted the sheriff's office Wednesday, Oct. 10 after she discovered her outdoor children's set, bike and other items had been stolen from her front yard. Deputy Shane Campbell responded to the scene, where he was able to recover the missing property from two male juveniles next door. As a result, the juveniles' mother, Christina Clark, 33, of Hancock, was charged with theft.

Sorrento man victim of alleged grandparent scam

SORRENTO - A Sorrento man is out $2,000 after an alleged scam artist convinced him he was a relative of his and needed the money wired.

Maine state trooper Chris Smith received a fraud complaint from the Sorrento resident on Saturday, Oct. 13, after the man realized he may have been a victim of a grandparent scam. The resident told Smith a scammer called him, portraying himself as the man's grandson who allegedly needed $2,000 in order to be released from jail in New York. However, weeks after wiring the money through a transfer, the complainant realized it was a scam and called authorities for help.

The victim was given the necessary paperwork needed to file a fraud complaint through the Attorney General's office. No word yet on how many other Mainers may have been victims of the same scam.

Maine man refuses to pay cab fare to N.H.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) A Maine taxi driver went for a ride on Friday that she'll never forget.

Tina Shaw drove a man from Portland, Maine to Manchester, New Hampshire on Oct. 12, who allegedly pulled a gun on her after reaching his destination.

The ABC Taxi employee said she picked up the passenger at the Greyhound Bus Terminal on Friday afternoon. When he requested transportation to Manchester, N.H., she informed him it would cost $150.

Shaw said when she eventually arrived in Manchester, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Instead of handing over any cash, Shaw jumped out of the taxi and ran off. She told authorities when she looked back she saw the passenger running away from the vehicle.

The suspect, whose identity is unknown, didn't get any cash, but he didn't pay his cab fare either.

Man pleads guilty to breaking into Jay home

BANGOR (AP) - A New Sharon man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last Wednesday to being in possession of an arsenal of 19 guns as well as other items stolen from a Jay home earlier this year.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Roger Briscoe broke into the Jay home in January and stole 19 guns, a chainsaw, a laptop computer and a container of change. The weapons included six semi-automatic rifles, five semi-automatic pistols and shotguns.

Authorities say Briscoe was identified as a suspect early in the investigation, and most of the stolen items were found during a search of his home, hidden in various places.

Briscoe faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.


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