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October 24, 2012

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The customer isn't always right

ORONO A Bethel man is facing charges springing from an ID issue at the Thriftway.

On Oct. 19 around 10:30 p.m., Officer Stephen Marko was called to the Thriftway to check on a suspicious identification. The employee told authorities that the man was being uncooperative. When Marko arrived he saw a man running out of the store with an employee following behind and yelling at him. Unsure if it was the same subject he was called about, Marko ordered the man to stop, but instead he fled across the Islamic Center and the Washburn Apartments and into the woods. Due to the thick undergrowth, he was unable to proceed and Marko took him into custody.

He was identified as Jordan Bean, 20, of Bethel. The officer noted signs of intoxication. He was taken to Penobscot county jail and charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and refusing to stop for a police officer.

State Police release distracted driving and seat belt stats

During the past three months, State Troopers in Maine have cited nearly 3,000 motorists for seat belt, distracted driving or texting violations. That is in addition to over 13,000 motorists stopped for speeding. The chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, said he asked troopers to beef up enforcement of those violations during July, August and September.

"We all see motorists not paying attention while they are driving or not buckled up and the numbers from the past three months confirm it. Our goal is for voluntary compliance as we work with motorists to make Maine roads safer. When behind the wheel, drivers need to concentrate on driving, not texting, reading, eating or the many other distractions that take place," Williams said.

The chief said during the three month effort, 2,486 motorists were stopped by troopers for not wearing their seat belts and another 493 for distracted driving and/or texting.

The chief said during the same period, 13,134 motorists were pulled over for speeding. Williams said the enforcement efforts will continue for the rest of the year.

Erratic driver faces charges

BREWER Erratic driving lead to charges for an Orrington man over the weekend.

On Oct. 20 around 9:34 p.m., Officer Liz Kelley was on following a green car in traffic when she observed the vehicle driving erratically, swerving and nearly going off the road. She stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, later identified as Ryan Simpson, 18, of Orrington, and she saw several plastic baggies with pills.

He was ultimately charged with possession of usable amount of marijuana, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor.

The officer had also noted that the driver's cell phone was in his lap, but Simpson denied texting and driving.

Wait, I know you

ORONO Sgt. Scott Lajoie was on patrol on Oct. 19 around 7:18 p.m., when he recognized Kevin Lane, 41, of Old Town. The officer conducted a warrants check and learned that Lane had three active warrants for arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Invitation only

ORONO A reportedly intoxicated man wanted to get to a party that he probably wasn't invited to with people he might not even know. And then the cops were called.

On Oct. 20, around 11:40, police were called to The Grove by KE Security for a man who was being disruptive by allegedly kicking on a door and acting 'out of control,' according to police. When Sgt. Scott Lajoie arrived, security informed him that Matthew Foster, 20, of South Portland had been attempting to get into a party in building 17, but people weren't letting him in.

Foster insisted he knew people inside the building but was unable to recall their names. Witnesses said that Foster became belligerent and started getting in people's faces, one of the residents pushed him back and that was when security became involved.

Foster was summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and issued a criminal trespass warning.

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