Pizza with a side of ‘gotta run’
BANGOR – A Bangor man faces weapons charges after he allegedly fled from police who were investigating gunshots.
Officer Brandon Vafides responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Finson Road on Nov. 1, around 9:30 p.m. He arrived at Seamus’ and spoke with a witness who reported seeing two men walking out of the woods and entering the store.
The officer identified two men coming out the building with their New York ID cards. When Vafides asked about a weapon, the man identified as Eurick Jackson, 18, of Bangor, allegedly dropped the pizza he was carrying and took off running.
The officer pursued him to a nearby apartment house, where Jackson surrendered. He denied being in the woods and told police he ran because he was scared. While retracing their steps, Vafides located a red bandana that was wrapped around an unloaded handgun. He secured the weapon.
After further investigation, he placed Jackson under arrest and charged him with possession of a concealed weapon and failure to submit to arrest and detention. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail.
Don’t do this
ORONO – A woman was arrested for reportedly chucking beer bottles at a member of the rap group Onyx as they played at the Bear Brew over the weekend.
Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Bear Brew Pub on Oct. 31, around 1:02 a.m. When officers arrived, they were approached by a woman covered in fake blood who wished to speak with them. She was identified as Michelle Ouellette, 23, of Bangor, but at the same time employees of the Bear Brew pointed her out as the instigator of a ruckus.
Witnesses told police that Ouellette had allegedly thrown a beer bottle, striking Kirk Jones, aka Sticky Fingaz, one of the members of Onyx, a rap group performing at the time. Several witnesses pointed out Ouellette, including Jones. After being struck, Jones began fighting with the crowd.
Ouellette denied throwing a beer bottle. She was summoned for disorderly conduct.
Partiers make cops wait
ORONO – Partygoers allegedly refused to answer the door for police, despite one of their fellows being passed out in the basement.
On Oct. 30, around 12:07 a.m., Officers Jason Zalva, Stephen Marko, Ed Leskey and Dan Merrill and Sgt. Scott Wilcox responded to a report of people fighting outside 5 Coburn Drive. When they arrived, no one was engaged in fighting, but the caller told police that the people fled into the apartment at the sound of sirens. Police knocked on the door and announced their presence repeatedly but no one would come to the door.
Marko and Merrill went around the house to watch the back door and saw people hiding in the basement, as well as a man who appeared to be unconscious on the couch. The officers also could see a red glass bong on the washing machine in full view.
People still refused to answer the door. Police learned that one of the residents was Bradley Boutet, 19, of Saco, and contacted his father and explained the situation. At some point, another person checked on the unconscious man on the couch. Boutet’s father called Wilcox back and said that the person on the couch was OK, but Wilcox explained that because of the drug and alcohol activity at the house, the police wouldn’t be leaving until they spoke with the tenant. Boutet was able to convince his son to speak with officers.
Police were allowed into the basement to check on the unconscious man, who was later identified as Edward Benner, 19, of Belfast, and were unable to wake him by shaking his arm or applying a sternum rub. They called Orono Rescue.
Rescue personnel were able to revive Benner; he was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center and was also summoned for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.
The following were also charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor: Brooke Cleaves, 18, of Old Town; Shelby Hogan, 18, of Belfast; Donna Candelmo, 19, of Princeton; Cmisha Doten, 18, of Perry; and Michael Miller, 19, of Bangor. Justin Bragg, 22, of Bangor, was arrested on two outstanding warrants and taken to Penobscot County Jail. Bradley Boutet was charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and allowing a place for minors to consume.
The drug paraphernalia and alcohol were seized and logged as evidence.
Can’t drive in these shoes
ORONO – A woman reportedly made her minor friend drive her and her alcohol because of her high heel shoes.
Officers Chris Watson and Wilfred King were observing customer traffic at Burby & Bates on Oct. 30 around 7:36 p.m. when they saw a woman with a box of Miller Lite beer place it in the back seat before getting into the passenger seat. Officers noted that the male driver looked young, so they stopped the car.
The driver, Edsel Brown, 20, of Orono, admitted to police that he knew it was illegal to transport alcohol and told them he was driving because his passenger was wearing high-heeled shoes.
The beer was confiscated and destroyed; Brown was summoned for illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor.
Don’t do this either
ORONO – An Orono man allegedly claimed police were called on him because he was black and not because he drove his car through another man’s yard to turn around.
On Nov. 1 around 11:48 a.m., Officer Derek Dinsmore was called to an address on Forrest Avenue where the caller reported a person in a black SUV had pulled into his driveway and then drove over the lawn, narrowly missing flower beds, pulled along the fence and stopped. The caller told police he was dumbfounded as to why anyone would do that, and very concerned because his granddaughter enjoys playing in the yard the man drove over. He confronted the driver, who told the man he was looking for a friend’s house, but couldn’t explain why he had driven over the lawn, and drove away. The caller was able to give police an accurate description of the vehicle and its license number.
Police were able to locate the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who was identified as Juliano Hall, 35, of Orono. Hall reportedly told police that he had made a mistake and the neighbor had called police because he was black.
Hall told the officer that he had been looking for a friend, but was only able to provide a first name of his friend and was unable to come up with an address, according to police.
He was charged with criminal trespass with a motor vehicle and driving to endanger.
How to go to jail twice in the same weekend
ORONO – An Orono man was arrested twice over the Halloween weekend.
On Oct. 31, around 1:10 a.m., Officer Jason Zalva responded to a noise complaint on Peter Street. When he arrived, he saw people drinking outside as well as a lot of people inside. He knocked on the door and asked to speak with the tenants. Christopher Robba, 19, of Orono, came out and told the officer he was the only tenant present, according to police. But shortly thereafter Michael Torres, 20, of Orono, also came out and identified himself as a tenant. Both reportedly appeared intoxicated.
Zalva informed them he was going to charge them with illegal possession of alcohol by minors, and they insisted the numerous bottles and cans inside were empty, but declined to let the officer check.
While Zalva was issuing the summonses, Sgt. Scott Scripture issued a disorderly conduct warning for swearing. Zalva gave the pair the summonses; Torres initially refused to sign, and then Robba looked at Sgt. Scott Wilcox and reportedly said “f—k you, mother f—ker.”
He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and taken to Penobscot County Jail.
Around 8:29 p.m. that same day, Zalva and Scripture returned to perform a bail check. Robba was not home at the time, and the officers returned about an hour later to find him at home.
Police reportedly found some drug paraphernalia and alcohol, which violated his bail conditions (not to possess or consume alcohol or drugs).
He began changing out of his Halloween costume; when officers asked him why, he reportedly responded, “I’m going back to jail, ain’t I?”
He was taken into custody and escorted to Penobscot County Jail.