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September 4, 2013

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Attempted robbery in Brewer

BREWER The Brewer Police Department is investigating an attempted robbery that occurred at the Circle K on North Main Street.

On Sept. 3, around 5:26 a.m., police responded to the convenience store and learned that a suspect, described as a white woman, approximately 5-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing around 100 pounds, dressed in blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a white Nike simple and a blue fleece under the sweatshirt, entered the store. The woman passed the clerk a note demanding money and indicating she was in possession of a firearm. The clerk refused to provide the money and the suspect fled on foot, traveling toward the North Brewer Shopping Center.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a woman fitting the suspect's description to call the Brewer Police Department at 989-7001 and speak with Det. Kristie Bouchard or Det. Sgt. Anthony Pinette.

Bangor Neighborhood Watch helps nab burglar

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BANGOR  Concerned citizens alerted authorities to an alleged burglar early Monday morning. 

On Sept. 2, shortly after midnight, a concerned citizen called the Bangor Police Department to report that a suspicious man was going through cars as he walked down Parkview Avenue, according to police.

Officer Nick Huggins and Sgt. Dave Bushey located the man, later identified as Ryan Lane, 20, of Bangor, who was carrying plastic bags full of items. Police searched Lane, and one of the nearby residents claimed that some of the property in the bags belonged to him. The victim was able to prove ownership and the items were returned to him on the spot.

The male victim told police that a woman who had called police had posted on the East Side [Neighborhood] Watch Facebook page that she had spotted Lane in her driveway trying to hide under a vehicle.

Another female victim approached police and was able to identify property that belonged to her, which was also returned. During this process, Lane reportedly began to threaten victims. He was separated from them and subsequently arrested and transported to Penobscot County Jail.

Lane was charged with misdemeanor burglary to a motor vehicle, two counts of theft and violation of bail conditions from a previous incident.

Lt. Paul Edwards noted in a press release that this was a case where the citizens in Bangor helped authorities apprehend suspicious persons in their area.

'Thank you to East Side Neighborhood Watch for stepping up,' Edwards said. 'Please, become involved in East and West Side Neighborhood Watch Programs by contacting Community Relations Officer Jason McAmbley at 947-7382.'

Drunk driver totals cruiser

ORONO/OLD TOWN  A suspected drunk driver reportedly plowed into a cruiser that had established a road block last week. The trooper was not in the cruiser at the time and was unharmed, according to police.

Around 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 29, the Orono Regional Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a vehicle that had struck a utility pole on Mill Street in Orono and then left the scene. Police subsequently determined the vehicle was being driven by McKenzie Kaphammer, 22, of Corinth. Then, the county dispatch center received the first of three 911 calls at around 11:56 p.m. about a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of I-95 from exit 191 that matched the description of the vehicle from the Orono incident, according to police.

Tpr. Christopher Hashey was on the interstate in the area of exit 193 traveling in the southbound lane when he met the offending vehicle. He attempted to stop Kaphammer's vehicle, but she reportedly continued driving. Hashey took a crossover and began to parallel the vehicle in the northbound lane as Kaphammer continued to travel north in the southbound lane.

Hashey was able to get ahead of the vehicle and establish a roadblock with his cruiser and a tire-deflating device in the southbound lane near mile-marker 197 in Old Town.

When Kaphammer reached the roadblock, she did not stop or take evasive action, according to police, but instead stuck the stationary cruiser broadside. The patrol car caught fire under the hood. Hashey, who was not in his vehicle at the time, was able to remove Kaphammer from her vehicle and use a fire extinguisher to put out the flame.

Police said both vehicles are considered a total loss.

Kaphammer was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. Once out of the hospital she was arrested, taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence, aggravated criminal mischief, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and passing a roadblock. The Orono Police Department is also charging Kaphammer with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating the wrong way on a one-way road.

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BANGOR  Police were able to unite a woman with her missing property via Facebook on Sept. 3.

The Bangor Police Department posted that they had the woman's property, included the case number it was attached to and asked their fans to have the woman contact them if she would like to get her items back. Less than 20 minutes after the post went up, she called the station.

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