Bangor Muni Burglary
BANGOR – Bangor Police are investigating a burglary at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
On Nov. 10, Bangor Police responded to the Bangor Municipal Golf Course’s maintenance building for the report of a burglary.
During the overnight hours of Nov. 9 into the 10th, suspect(s) broke into the maintenance building on Webster Avenue, causing several hundreds of dollars in damage, according to police.
Numerous tools and equipment were stolen, including a Dell computer tower and two large bags of returnable bottles.
Also, at least one golf cart and other lawn tractors were heavily damaged, which cost several thousands of dollars.
If anyone has information about the identity of those responsible, call the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 947-7382.
Fire fighter charged with arson
PRESQUE ISLE – The State Fire Marshal's Office says it has charged a volunteer firefighter with arson in connection with the fire that destroyed a large warehouse in Presque Isle.
The fire at the Northeast Packaging Company storage facility on Rice Street was reported about 10 p.m. Friday and destroyed the 150-foot by 300-foot metal building and its contents.
Timothy MacFarline, 23, a paid call firefighter for the Presque Isle Fire Department, was arrested midday on Sunday, Nov. 15. MacFarline was released from the Aroostook County Jail this morning on $5,000 bail and will make his first court appearance Jan. 15 in superior court in Caribou.
MacFarline's arrest followed a joint investigation by the Presque Isle Fire and Police Departments, State Police and Fire Marshal investigators. MacFarline was arrested by Senior Investigator Tim Lowell of the State Fire Marshal’s Office after the collection of evidence from the scene and witnesses statements. MacFarline was taken to the Presque Isle Police Department for booking and was later transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
“The department conducts a background and reference checks as a standard procedure on all potential call firefighters before they are hired,” said Presque Isle Fire Chief Darrell White. “There were no indications of any concerns in hiring him as a call firefighter. After his arrest, he was suspended from the department pending further investigation.”
Investigator Lowell attributed the success of the investigation to the cooperative efforts of all agencies involved.
ORONO – An Orono man now faces felony charges after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from his grandmother.
A woman called police on Nov. 11 around 9 a.m. to report that someone had stolen her OxyContin that she had been prescribed for a back injury. She told Officer Chris Watson that she kept her pills hidden, and didn’t think anyone but her husband knew about them. She had last seen them the previous day, Nov. 10.
Police spoke with her live-in grandson, Christopher Wing, 23, of Orono, who denied taking the pills. He told Watson that he had a friend over, who had brought another person, to show them a video game. During the course of that day, the person that had accompanied the friend used the bathroom, and Wing surmised that he may have taken the drugs, but he didn’t know the name of that person.
Police contacted Wing’s friend who had purportedly invited the stranger along. This friend showed police text messages from Wing that stated he (Wing) may have gotten him (the friend) involved in something, but wouldn’t tell his friend what.
Believing that Wing had been less than truthful, Watson returned to speak with Wing the following day. Wing reportedly admitted taking the pills, telling Watson it was because he owed someone money, but then revised the story and admitted that he was still in possession of the medication.
Police searched his room and located the pills, as well as two bags of DVDs from Wing’s place of employment. He apparently did not have permission to have the DVDs. They also located a marijuana pipe and a useable amount of marijuana.
He was charged with stealing drugs, a class C felony.
‘If I was sober we wouldn’t be having this conversation’
OLD TOWN – Police arrested a Bangor man in Old Town for operating under the influence Saturday evening.
On Nov. 14, around 7:52 p.m., a warden stopped a vehicle fro driving erratically in Old Town and contacted Old Town Police. Officer Ryan Fitch arrived on scene and administered filed sobriety tests to the driver, Shawn Ross, 43, of Bangor. When asked to touch the tip of the pen to ensure that he could see it, Ross missed it, according to police. Fitch also noted that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He asked Ross to rate himself on a scale of one to 10, one being sober and 10 being falling down drunk. Ross allegedly replied, “if [I] was sober we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” He denied being falling down drunk, and said he was around a five or a six on the scale.
He did not pass the other tests to the officer’s satisfaction and was placed under arrest for operating under the influence. He was taken to the police station, where his BAC registered at 0.15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.
He was then taken to Penobscot County Jail.
ORONO – A Madawaska man was arrested for disorderly conduct after police were called to a disturbance at a nightclub.
On Nov. 8, around 1:49 a.m., police were called to the 103 Ultra Lounge for the report of a fight. When Sgt. Scott Scripture arrived on scene, no one was fighting. He and Officer Christine McAvoy spoke with several groups of people who were reportedly involved in a heated argument. Employees of the Ultra Lounge pointed out a couple of men to Sgt. Scripture who were also reportedly involved, including Craig Daigle, 20, of Madawaska. Scripture issued them disorderly conduct warnings, at which point Daigle reportedly declared, “This is f—king ridiculous,” and told police that his taxes paid for them to “stand around.” He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.
Daigle also reportedly informed police that he knew his rights and pointed out that no one had read him his rights. He also inquired if the arrest was going on his record, but then told officers that he was going to be an engineer and it didn’t matter, according to police.
He was escorted to Penobscot County Jail.
It should be noted that taxes pay for public safety in the municipality or county one hails from. Also, Miranda rights are typically only read to a person who has been taken into custody and subsequently interviewed by officers.