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October 3, 2012

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Eastbrook man arrested following Bangor pharmacy robbery 

BANGOR - An Eastbrook man is behind bars for allegedly robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Union Street in Bangor on Sunday.

Authorities say at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 they received a 911 call that the Rite Aid at 556 Union Street had just been robbed and the suspect had fled in a 1995 gold Pontiac Bonneville. Sgt. Robert Bishop and officers Jim Dearing and Dan Sanborn spotted the vehicle behind a maintenance building near the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. They attempted to stop the motorist, who drove onto the golf course instead with the police in pursuit. The suspect, later identified as Jeffrey Macy, 46, of Eastbrook, drove on and around the 17th and 18th fairways before eventually hitting Bishop's Chevy Tahoe in the left front fender.

Macy was eventually apprehended near the 18th tee box when Dearing drove his vehicle's push bar into Macy's left front wheel, rendering the car immobile according to police.

Macy was charged with robbery, possession of schedule W drug, trafficking in prison contraband, criminal threatening, aggravated criminal mischief, refusing to submit to arrest, operating under the influence of alcohol, refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer and an outstanding warrant.

Damage to the Tahoe is estimated at $2,500, while damage to Dearing's police cruiser is considered to be minimal. The total amount of damages to the golf course is still unknown.

Brewer police searching for suspect in Rite Aid pharmacy robbery

BREWER - Authorities are on the lookout for a man they say robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy on Wilson Street in Brewer on Sunday.

Police received a call at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 stating the pharmacy at the intersection of Wilson Street and Parkway South had just been robbed. Authorities are releasing very few details about the robbery other than a description of the alleged suspect, who is believed to be a white male in his 30s, standing approximately 5'6" tall and last seen wearing a blue hooded jacket.

Authorities, who are looking into whether the robbery is linked to two other pharmacy robberies that took place in Bangor around the same time on Sunday, say no one was injured during the incident.

Hancock driver arrested for OUI 

HOLDEN Police say a motorist traveling along Route 1A in Holden was found to be nearly three times over the legal drinking limit on Sunday.

Officer Chris Greeley pulled over a 2004 Ford van that was being operated erratically just before 7 p.m. on Sept. 30. When Greeley approached the driver, he detected a strong odor of intoxicants.

The motorist, later identified as Biu Vo, 40, of Hancock was eventually taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he was given a field sobriety test. A subsequent Intoxilyzer test revealed his blood alcohol level to be nearly three times the legal limit, and he was charged with operating under the influence. 

Police pull over driver watching TV

BANGOR - A Carmel motorist accidentally drove off the roadway in Bangor after reportedly attempting to watch television while driving.

Bangor police say they were called to Outer Hammond Street around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 after a motorist simply drove off the road. When Officer Wade Betters arrived on the scene and looked into 25-year-old Christopher Cunningham's vehicle, he saw comedian Dennis Leary playing on a TV set.

Cunningham, whose license was suspended for a prior incident, eventually admitted to the officer he was watching TV when he became distracted and left the roadway, according to police.

As a result, the Carmel resident was summoned for operating after suspension.

N.Y. teen arrested in Orono for allegedly possessing marijuana

ORONO - Police were called to the Thriftway in Orono on Saturday night where a parked car full of teenagers was allegedly attempting to get people to buy alcohol for them.

Authorities say they arrived at the store around 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 29. When they approached the driver of the vehicle in question, officers could smell the odor of fresh marijuana. That's when they searched the vehicle and found marijuana residue, a metal marijuana grinder, a glass pipe and a usable amount of the drug.

Nathaniel Sheildlower, 18, of Pleasantville, N.Y., was summoned for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Area teens charged in graffiti spree

BANGOR - Police believe they've found the individuals responsible for damages recently caused at the Congregation Beth Israel and Beth Abraham synagogues in Bangor.

Swastikas and upside-down crosses were spray painted on those buildings. Other downtown businesses reported being tagged with graffiti as well.

After investigating the crimes, Det. Jim Carr arrested three 17-year-old Bangor boys on Sept. 25, charging two of them with criminal mischief. An Orrington teen was also charged with criminal mischief for his alleged involvement in the vandalism complaints.

The public is urged to call Bangor police at 947-7384 if they see any suspicious behavior or other cases of graffiti in the area. 

Graffiti suspect arrest for third time in three days

BANGOR - A 17-year-old Bangor boy who was arrested for criminal mischief on Sept. 25 and 26 in connection with several reports of graffiti to local businesses and two Jewish synagogues was arrested again on Sept. 27 for theft.

Authorities say the teen, who was being observed by Bangor's Special Enforcement Team (SET) officers, was seen walking into a local hardware store on Thursday, Sept. 27 and leaving several minutes later without making a purchase. Officers followed the teenager to his residence, where he was searched.

Police found the minor to be in possession of several paint markers that appeared new. As a result, the teen was arrest for violating his conditional release, which included not possessing paint.

SET officers then returned to the hardware store where they reviewed video surveillance showing the teen had concealed the markers and left the store without purchasing them.

The boy was later transported to the Penobscot County Jail until arrangements were made for him to be taken to Mountain View Youth Development in Charleston.

Maine man arrested after attempting to steal scrap metal in VT

WESTFIELD, VT. (AP) - Vermont police arrested a Dixfield man after he was allegedly caught attempting to steal scrap metal from his former employer on Saturday.

Troopers say Michael Adams, 24, of Dixfield attempted to elude authorities who noticed his vehicle with its headlights off behind PLC construction Co. in Westfield, Vermont on Sept. 29. While being pursued by the troopers, Adams crashed into equipment in a lot used by the construction company.

Adams, who was eventually arrested just a half mile away, told investigators that he'd been laid off from PLC and planned to take scrap aluminum from the company.

The Dixfield resident has since been charged with attempted larceny and attempting to elude an officer.

Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia retires

BANGOR - After more than 30 years of service, Bangor Police Chief Ronald Gastia has hung up his badge for good.

The chief, who retired on Friday, Sept. 28, began his career in Bangor as a patrol officer in 1982. He eventually rose through the ranks to sergeant in 1995, lieutenant in 2001 and finally chief in 2007.

Gastia plans to spend his retirement with his family and enjoying the outdoors. 


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