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September 26, 2012

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Ellsworth motorist arrested for failing to brake for police 

TRENTON - A motorist traveling along Oak Point Road in Trenton on Saturday night kept at least one resident from getting a good night's sleep.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office says that just after 1 a.m. on Sept. 22, they responded to a complaint made by an Oak Point Road resident that a vehicle was squealing its tires. While two deputies were in the resident's driveway, they saw the suspect's vehicle and immediately activated the emergency blue lights. Instead of coming to a stop, however, authorities said the vehicle sped toward Dep. Chris Sargent on Route 3.

Jason Hinckley, of Ellsworth, eventually stopped at the Trenton IGA where he was arrested for failure to stop for a police officer, operation of a motor vehicle with a prior habitual offender conviction, OUI and violation of bail. Hinckley was then transported to Hancock County Jail.

Sleeping & driving don't mix

BROOKSVILLE - A sleepy driver awoke to find himself and his pick-up truck in a ditch in Brooksville last Wednesday.

According to authorities, a 22-year-old Sedgwick man was traveling south along Caterpillar Hill Road in Brooksville around 2:45 a.m. on Sept. 19 when he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel. Police say that's when his 1989 Ford F-350 pick-up truck swerved into the northbound lane and ran into a ditch before finally crashing into a utility pole.

The vehicle was a total loss. It is unknown whether or not he was injured during the accident.

Woman arrested after alleged involvement in 'murder-for-hire' plot

BROWNVILLE (AP) - A 46-year-old Brownville resident was arrested after allegedly offering to pay a family friend to have her husband killed in a fake hunting accident.

Wendy Farley was taken into custody last week after the so-called "hit man" played authorities a tape recording of Farley's request, during which she allegedly stated she wanted "nothing fancy, nothing stupid, nothing traceable."

Farley, who is described as a church-going mother of 13 who home-schooled her children, offered the family friend approximately $3,000-$10,000 to have her husband killed.

According to a court affidavit, Farley told an investigator that she and her children had not been physically abused and that she pursued a hit man because she needed her freedom.

Can you imagine for 29 years being told that you were not good enough? I finally snapped,'' she said.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Farley made her first court appearance in Dover-Foxcroft where her bail was set at $10,000.

Love quarrel lands Glenburn man in jail

ORONO - Orono police were called to a Main Street residence last Thursday after an argument between the boyfriend and girlfriend apparently escalated.

Authorities say they spoke with the female victim at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, who said her boyfriend, Michael Newberry, 20, of Glenburn threw a backpack at her, hitting her in the side of the head. According to the victim, he also closed the door on her a couple of times during their argument.

This isn't the first time the couple's disagreements have become heated according to police, the victim reported just a few days earlier that Newberry assaulted her by kicking her in the shins during a different dispute,.

When police finally met with Newberry later that afternoon at the police station, he was arrested for domestic assault and transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

Innocent bystander helps unwanted house guest enter apartment

ORONO A woman attempting to get into an apartment at The Grove in Orono eventually got her way after receiving some errant help, but police say she was the one who didn't belong there.

According to police, the third party misunderstood what was happening at the time when he heard Rebecca Desimone, 19, of Waterboro yelling to try and get into the apartment around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22. The bystander told authorities he thought Desimone was in trouble, which is when he put the woman's ex-boyfriend in an arm bar hold in an attempt to allow Desimone entrance into the apartment that she was being kept out of.

However, it was the actual tenant stuck in the arm hold that called police to say he was being restrained. When authorities arrived, they spoke with the parties involved and then explained the miscommunication to the ex-boyfriend and his roommate, who later decided not to press charges against the bystander who helped Desimone break in.

However, Desimone wasn't nearly as fortunate following an investigation by police, she was arrested for causing a disturbance and assaulting her ex-boyfriend for an incident that happened earlier that evening.

Police search for 'sweet-toothed' burglar 

ROBBINSTON - Authorities are still looking for the person or persons responsible for burglarizing a Robbinston candy shop last week.

Tpr. Kim Sawyer received a call on Wednesday, Sept. 19, that someone had broken into the chocolate candy shop overnight. Police believe the burglar gained access to the building by cutting the padlocks to both the business and the garage attached to a residence on the property.

So far the only items reported stolen have been boxes of chocolates and a homemade bracelet. The investigation into the robbery is still ongoing.

Can I see your real ID?

ORONO - A University of Maine student no longer has a fake ID he attempted to use while purchasing alcohol at a local store.

Police say a clerk at Thriftway called them just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 20 to ask if they'd come validate an ID from a customer trying to buy beer. According to the clerk, a gentleman was attempting to purchase an 12-pack of Pumpkinhead Shipyard beer. When asked for his identification, he handed her a Pennsylvania driver's license with the name Casey Scott on it. When she asked for a second proof of identification, the customer handed her a debit card with the same name on it.

Suspecting he wasn't of age, the cashier then told the man she needed to call police to clarify the ID was valid. That's when the man left the business empty-handed, according to police.

Authorities later ran a check on the name Casey Scott and found no such individual living in Pennsylvania, but they did discover there was a Casey Scott, 20, of Rockport enrolled at UMaine's Orono campus. When they contacted him, he told them someone had stolen his ID. When the officer warned him of the consequences of making a false report, Scott reportedly changed his story and admitted he was the individual who had just been at the Thriftway.

Scott then went to the Orono police department where he was issued a summons for the attempted use of a false ID. 

Bangor PD now accepts online incident reports

BANGOR - Individuals can now file a police report with the Bangor Police Department without leaving their own home.

The new web-based reporting system will allow the public to go online to file certain incident reports where there are no suspects and there is no evidence to be collected. Such reports include minor theft, burglary to a motor vehicle, lost property and harassing phone calls. However, the incidents have to have happened within the city limits of Bangor with the exceptions of Interstate 95 and I-395.

Those who take advantage of this new option will also be able to print a receipt of the report upon submission. Once it is reviewed by police personnel, an individual who filed the report will receive an email before the report is transferred into the department's records management system.

To access this new online service, individuals should visit


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