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Suspect demands pack of cigs during alleged robbery

ORONO - Police are looking for the public's help to try to solve an alleged robbery of the Circle K store in Orono on Sunday.

Authorities say a white female entered the store on Stillwater Avenue at 1:38 a.m. on Sept. 9 with her sweatshirt hood pulled over her head. She then slid the cashier a note indicating she had a weapon and demanded that the cashier hand over all the money in the drawer and a pack of cigarettes. The employee, who was not injured during the incident, gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and a pack of Marlboro Red Shorts before the woman took off on foot toward the Bennoch Road in Old Town.

The alleged suspect is described as 5'-5'4" tall, weighing about 115-130 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans, a black coat with white and gray stripes down the side of it and a yellow hood. Anyone who can identify the female is urged to contact Detective Derek Dinsmore at the Orono Police Department at 866-4000 or send an anonymous tip using the Crime Watch link on the department's website.

Hampden man arrested for OUI

BREWER - A get together in Brewer landed one man in handcuffs this weekend.

Corporal Steve Boyd was called to a Getchell Street residence around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 for a disorderly complaint. As he was pulling into the driveway, a red pickup truck was attempting to leave. The officer stopped the driver, 20-year-old Korey King of Hampden. When he approached King, Boyd detected the odor of intoxicants, so a field sobriety test was administered. King failed the test and was arrested for operating under the influence. 

Alleged beer thieves identified in Orono

ORONO - Authorities have identified two females they believe are responsible for stealing alcohol earlier this month from the Thriftway store in Orono.

Police say just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 2, two women and a man walked into the Park Street business. The ladies asked the clerk if they could use the store bathroom. Normally, the staff declines to let customers use the restroom, but for some reason the clerk decided to go ahead and let the two do so. The staff later noticed a tear in a box of beer near the restroom and discovered three cans missing from the case. After reviewing security footage, the photos of the females were released to the public, and the women were identified as 19-year-old Shannon Courtney and 19-year-old Erin Swaney, both of Orono. A few days later, Sgt. Stephen Marko tracked them down and interviewed them separately before charging them both with one count of theft. 

Lead foot motorists charged with criminal speeding on I-95

CARMEL - A couple of speedy drivers were stopped on Interstate 95 in Carmel Sunday evening.

Trooper Darren Vittum pulled over 19-year-old Nathaniel McArthur of Bangor after he clocked McArthur traveling 106 miles per hour in the 65 mile per hour zone. Moments later, Vittum pulled over a second motorist, 22-year-old Erik Hayes of Londonderry, New Hampshire, in the same exact area for driving 103 miles per hour. Both drivers were subsequently charged with criminal speeding.

Milbridge man arrested following crash in Steuben

STEUBEN - A Milbridge driver is lucky he wasn't injured when he crashed his pick-up truck last week in Steuben.

Trooper Reid Bond responded to Route 1 in Steuben after receiving a call of a single motor vehicle accident in that area. When Bond arrived, he discovered that 22-year-old Colby Fickett of Milbridge had been traveling west on Route 1 when his 2001 GMC Sierra left the roadway. Fickett was not injured during the crash, but he was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol.

Odd array of items stolen during Washington County burglary

BEDDINGTON - Maine State troopers are continuing to investigate an alleged burglary at a seasonal residence in Washington County.

On Aug. 31, Trooper Reid Bond received a complaint that someone had gained entry into a seasonal residence in Beddington. The items reported stolen from that location include alcohol, a keg tap, propane cooker and a large amount of returnable cans. But that's not all. Upon further investigation, state police discovered several pieces of copper had been cut from the home's plumbing system in the basement.

Authorities are still searching for the person or persons responsible for the burglary.

New Orono housing complex keeps police busy

ORONO - Since students have moved into The Grove at Orono apartment complex on Park Street, Orono police have been busy. Authorities say last week alone they dealt with roughly 25 possessions of alcohol by minors, two possessions of marijuana and one possession of drug paraphernalia as well as one disorderly conduct, one failure to submit to arrest and provide proper identification and one criminal trespass complaint - all of which took place at The Grove at Orono between Thursday and Saturday night.

This new housing complex just opened this month. It consists of a pool, several apartment buildings and two non-apartment buildings that can accommodate up to 620 students, according to the college's student newspaper, The Maine Campus.

One more reason why Yankees suck

PORTLAND (AP) - A New York Yankees fan was arrested over the weekend after allegedly throwing a brick through a glass door at the Portland police station on Middle Street.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jeffrey Nason, address unknown, walked into the station with his Yankee baseball hat on his head Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. to report that someone in the street had just yelled at him for wearing his cap. As he left the station, Nason reportedly threw a brick through the lobby door of the station. He was caught just a short distance away, charged with aggravated criminal mischief and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Police say no one was hurt during the incident. But damage to the door is estimated to be around $1,000.

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