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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 15:14

Criminal Mischief (06/05/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

High-speed chase leads to charges

FRYEBURG (AP) — Police say a New Hampshire driver faces numerous charges after leading police on a chase that neared speeds of 100 mph through Maine’s Oxford County.

The Oxford County Sheriff’s Department said deputies observed the car traveling at 30 mph over the speed limit early Friday in Lovell. They backed off when the car neared speeds of 100 mph.

Deputies say the car eventually spun out of control and crashed into a tree in Fryeburg.

They say the driver, 20-year-old Hunter Coburn, of Chatham, New Hampshire, was arrested on charges including driving to endanger, eluding a police officer, operating after suspension and operating under the influence of alcohol.

Oxford County Jail officials said Coburn was released on bail Friday morning. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:06

Criminal Mischief (05/29/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Local restaurant victimized by scam

BANGOR – A local restaurant was apparently the victim of a sophisticated scam earlier this week.

At just after 8 a.m. on the morning of May 26, Bangor PD received a call from a manager of a local fast food restaurant. The manager reported having sent an employee to make a cash deposit earlier in the morning. The money wasn’t deposited, and the employee never returned to work. At that point, no one had been able to make contact with the now missing employee.

Officers and members of the Bangor PD Criminal Investigation Division began investigating. At approximately 11:00 a.m. that same morning, the missing employee was located in the parking lot of Walmart in Brewer.

After further investigation, it appears as though the restaurant was victimized by a sophisticated and well-organized telephone scam. Law enforcement officials do not believe the employee sent to deposit the money had any criminal intent nor will that person face charges in relation to this incident.

Bangor PD wishes to warn the public and local businesses about telephone calls or email requests for check cashing/money depositing. Some of these calls and/or emails may look and sound legitimate, but they are in fact a scam. When in doubt, officials recommend that you try to verify the authenticity of the request before following the caller/sender’s instructions.

In addition to notifying your local police department, people are encouraged to report these types of scams directly to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.

The investigation into the matter remains open as of press time.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:36

Criminal Mischief (05/22/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Cocaine bust in Machias

MACHIAS – Three people have been arrested on drug charges in Machias.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agents arrested three people in Machias on the night of May 16 and charged them with selling cocaine. The investigation centered on the acquisition of the drugs from New York City being distributed in Hancock and Washington counties.  

MDEA agents assigned to the Downeast District Task Force, based in Ellsworth, recently purchased drugs from suspects at a multi-unit apartment building on Main Street in Machias. At around 9 p.m. on the night of May 16, MDEA agents, assisted by deputy sheriffs and state troopers, served a search warrant on that apartment and seized approximately 64 grams of cocaine base (crack) and over $13,000 in cash.

Arrested and taken into custody were: 44-year-old David Dowling and 36-year-old Angela Ward, both of Machias, and 30-year-old Jeffrey Sherrills of New York, New York. All three were taken to the Washington County Jail and charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Cocaine Base.

Bail was set for each of them at $250,000 cash.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:40

Criminal Mischief (05/15/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Principal charged with drunk driving

FARMINGTON (AP) — Police say an elementary school principal in Maine has been charged with drunken driving.

Brenda Sue Dwiggins told the Sun Journal that she issued verbal and written apologies to the school board, superintendent and community following the incident.

Police say an officer made the arrest after Friday night stopping the 61-year-old Dwiggins because of a defective headlight. The officer became suspicious that she’d been drinking and performed a field sobriety test. She’s due in court next month.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 10:57

Criminal Mischief (05/08/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Getaway dad

LEWISTON (AP) — Police in Maine say a man who robbed a bank used his unwitting father as a getaway driver.

An affidavit written by a police detective says Keith Tilton dropped his 39-year-old son, Joseph Donald Tilton, at a Lewiston bank Tuesday afternoon, believing his son needed to cash a check. In the few minutes he was inside, police say Joseph Tilton actually robbed the bank.

After dropping his son off in a different part of Lewiston, Keith Tilton drove past the bank, and was stopped by police who had the getaway car’s description. Keith Tilton isn’t charged, as police don’t think he knew what was happening.

The Sun Journal reports Joseph Tilton is charged with felony robbery, accused of stealing $620. His attorney Richard Charest didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 09:46

Criminal Mischief (05/01/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Applications open for Junior Trooper Academy

VASSALBORO - The Maine State Police will be hosting a three-day Junior Trooper Academy. This is a Career Orientation Program to be held from July 16 through July 18, 2019.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:45

Criminal Mischief (04/24/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Jail drug smugglers busted

WISCASSET - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says six people have been charged with smuggling drugs into the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:59

Criminal Mischief (04/17/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Funny money warning

BANGOR – The Bangor Police Department is warning people in the area about counterfeit money that is circulating.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 11:51

Criminal Mischief (04/10/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Big pot arrest in Houlton

HOULTON – A Border Patrol Agent working in Houlton discovered 5.3 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle last week.     

The discovery took place on March 30. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who is not a medical marijuana care giver, admitted to possessing marijuana and was found to have an expired Maine Medical Marijuana program card. The amount of marijuana also exceeded the allowable amount under the State of Maine recreational marijuana guidelines. 

The marijuana was seized and the driver released pending further investigation. The marijuana has an estimated value of $48,000.

 “Although Maine has very strict marijuana possession guidelines, marijuana possession is still against federal law,” said Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. “When our agents become aware of a federal law violation they have a duty to act and will continue to do so.”  

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 11:59

Criminal Mischief (04/03/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Bangor robbery suspect caught in Conn.

BANGOR – The suspect in the robbery of a Bangor credit union has been taken into custody in Connecticut.

The suspect – 59-year-old Ronald E. Tilley of Hampden – was taken into custody on March 31 by officers of the South Windsor Police Department in Connecticut on a local theft charge. In the course of their investigation, officers discovered that Tilley had an extraditable warrant.

Said warrant was issued in connection to the robbery of the Downeast Credit Union that took place on March 27. At approximately 2:40 p.m. on that date, Bangor officers responded to the credit union – located at 24 Springer Drive – for the report of a robbery where a lone male suspect made a getaway with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The next day, Bangor Police Department Detectives, along with investigators from the Hampden Police Department and a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant at a single-family home in Hampden.

As a result of the investigation, witness interviews, and evidence recovered during the execution of the search warrant, an arrest warrant was issued for Tilley.

Tilley is currently being held in Connecticut, on the warrant and theft charges. At some point, Tilley will be extradited to Bangor where he will face the robbery charge against him.

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