Feb 9, 2011

The Maine Edge Criminal Mischief

Robbing the robber

MILFORD – Things went a little meta when an alleged robbery suspect was allegedly robbed of some of his ill-gotten goods.
On Feb. 3 around 11:24 a.m., a man later identified as Albert Harnois, 27, of Greenbush, walked into the People’s Bank inside the Milford Mobile and reportedly demanded money. The teller complied with the demands and Harnois left with more than $10,000.
According to police, Sean Michael Lenane, 31, of Greenbush, followed Harnois out of the building, words were exchanged, and Lenane received an undisclosed amount of money. Lenane then remained at the scene and gave pertinent information to police, who quickly apprehended Harnois in approximately 31 minutes. Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputies, Maine State Police, Old Town Police, The Maine Warden Service and Det. Bill Flagg of the University of Maine Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Once police apprehended Harnois and interviewed him, he reportedly confessed to the crime, but told investigators about Lenane receiving some of the money.
Lenane was located in Old Town; police learned he had an active warrant for arrest and took him into custody. He allegedly admitted that he had received some money.
Police were able to recover more than $10,000 to the bank, but noted that Lenane had spent some of his portion prior to being arrested.
Lenane was summoned for receiving stolen property. Harnois was charged with class B felony theft and bank robbery.

Police resolve dishwashing dispute

ROBBINSTON – Police were called to a dishwashing dispute in Robbinston over the weekend.
On Feb. 3, Tpr. Jason Fowler and Tpr. Tim McCadden responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in Robbinston. The investigation disclosed that the man and his wife, who are both elderly, were arguing over which one of them should wash the dishes.
The man wanted the Troopers to resolve the argument.
Tpr. Fowler determined that since the wife had done all the cooking without any assistance, then the man, he should wash the dishes. The man agreed to this and no further action was taken.

Scuffle leads to arrest

(Dale Pomeroy, photo courtesy of Bangor Police)

BANGOR – A Bangor man went to jail after police were called to investigate an altercation on Division Street.
On Feb. 6, around 9:25 p.m., Officers Joshua Wotton and Kevin Murphy responded to a Division Street address for the report of disorderly people. As Wotton arrived at the residence, he was stopped by a female witness who told him that she observed a man in the street with no shirt or shoes on and two other men that appeared to be bleeding from the face also in that area.
The officer identified the three men and attempted to interview them as to what happened. The shoeless, shirtless man was identified as Dale Pomeroy, 42, of Bangor. All three men appeared to be intoxicated and tried to tell the officer that they were all “jumped,” and beaten up. The officer tried to make sense of their complaint, but their statements were not consistent.
At that time, Bangor Fire department paramedics were called to check on the injuries of the trio; all three declined to be transported to the hospital. Their injuries were non-life threatening. By that time, other officers were assisting, and the three victims were brought inside their apartment to again try to determine what happened. At that point, Pomeroy became very aggressive and disorderly and after being warned was arrested for disorderly conduct.
While trying to place Pomeroy inside the police car, he refused to comply, and when he was finally slid into the back seat he raised his leg and kicked Wotton in the chest. The officer did not require medical attention.
Pomeroy was charged with assault on a police officer, a class C felony; refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct.

Shoplifting: you’re doing it wrong

BREWER – A man who allegedly attempted to steal some boots from Wal-Mart ended up leaving his own shoes behind.
On Feb. 4, around 12:28 p.m., Officer Eduardo Olivera and Cpl. Nelson Feero responded to a shoplifting complaint at Wal-Mart. The loss prevention officer was able to give police a description of the vehicle the subject left in, and Olivera located him at the intersection of Wilson Street and Parkway South. He noted that the driver, later identified as Scott Langton, 32, of Bangor, wasn’t wearing anything on his feet. When the officer asked why, Langton reportedly told police that employees hadn’t given them back to him.
According to store employees, Langton had left without paying for the boots. They escorted him back inside, where he removed the boots, valued at around $24. He then left the store without his original footwear.
He was summoned for theft.

Police seek stolen car

BANGOR – Police are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a stolen vehicle.
On February 7, 2011 Officer George Spencer received a complaint of a stolen vehicle. A 29-year-old Hudson woman stated that her grandfather dropped off her 2001 Silver Pontiac Grand AM four-door with a Maine license plate 107RU to have work done to it on Feb. 6. The grandfather arrived at The Westgate Gulf on Union Street and walked up to a man standing outside the business. The grandfather assumed the man worked for the business and asked if he could take the keys and make sure the mechanic got the work done. The man receiving the keys said he would make sure of that and the grandfather left. The man taking the keys is described as about 5-foot, 10-inches and wearing a black puffy coat.
Unbeknownst to the grandfather, the male subject he spoke to did not work there and apparently stole the vehicle; when a call was placed to the business today to check on the car, they had no knowledge it was even there.
The car was pulled over this morning at about 12:30 a.m. in Westbrook for a minor infraction and released.
Anyone with information as to the location of this car or the person operating it should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. Feel free to utilize the tip line at extension 6 if you wish to remain anonymous. Police said that if you see this car, do not approach it or the operator, but call your local police department immediately.

Making bad situations worse

OLD TOWN – An Old Town teen is facing several charges after he allegedly failed to stop for police who clocked him speeding in inclement weather.
On Feb. 1, around 4:35 p.m., Officer Josh Loring was on the Bennoch Road when he observed a pick up truck travelling at a high rate of speed; he clocked it going 59 miles per hour in 40 mph zone. Loring activated his blue lights before the vehicle passed him in an effort to get the driver to slow down since it was snowing out and road conditions were unsafe. The vehicle did not slow, and as the officer pulled out behind it seemed to increase in speed, according to police. The vehicle reportedly took several turns in the course of the pursuit, spinning its tires and striking snow banks, before the driver lost control completely on College Avenue. The driver, later identified as Joseph Doucette, 19, of Old Town, was ordered out of the vehicle, and as he was being placed in handcuffs told the officer that he had recently received a speeding ticket and he was trying to avoid getting another one.
Doucette was charged with driving to endanger and failure to stop for a police officer. He also received traffic citations for speed and failure to stop at a stop sign. Police noted that Doucette had recently been caught doing similar antics on Indian Island where he received a warning.

Hampden man charged with OUI after accidents

BANGOR – On Feb. 5, around 3:45 a.m., Officer Kevin Murphy was on patrol in the area of Hammond and Union Streets when he was called to respond to the Columbia Street parking garage to the report of a dark colored Ford F-150 that had just crashed into three cars while attempting to exit the garage.
As Murphy approached Columbia Street he was advised by dispatch that the truck was now travelling in the wrong direction on Columbia Street, which is a one-way street. The officer saw the vehicle going the wrong way on Columbia Street, then turn onto Hammond Street and run through the red blinking red light at the intersection of Hammond and Main Street, at which point Murphy pulled the truck over.
Murphy made several observations as he spoke to the driver, Anthony A. Parks, 29, of Hampden, and eventually transported him to the police station, where he was given a breath test and further interviewed about the accidents he was involved in.
Parks was charged with operating under the influence and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Four people facing drug trafficking charges appear in court

ETNA – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said four people arrested last week on cocaine and heroin charges have made their first appearances in court. The four were stopped by the Maine State Police along Interstate 95 in Etna on Feb. 3. Drug agents say the quartet were returning from Massachusetts where the drugs were obtained. Bangor Police also assisted in the investigation.
The following were taken to the Penobscot County Jail:
Jose Vazquez, 24, of Milo;
Phillip Herbest, 24, of Milo;
Emily Spinney, 23, of Corinth;
Denise Sibert, 32, of Milo.
All are charged with trafficking in cocaine and the illegal importation of cocaine. Additionally, Sibert is also charged with possessing and trafficking in heroin. Spinney is also charged with possessing heroin. Herbest was also charged with being an habitual offender.
The four were arrested after Spinney's car, driven by Herbest, was stopped along the Interstate. Drug agents had trailed their car from the Newport area after getting information the group had traveled to Massachusetts to purchase drugs. Seized were about three ounces of cocaine, 16 grams of heroin and six grams of crack cocaine.
Spinney is free on bail, while the three others remain in jail. Sibert made her first court appearance today, while the three others were in court on Friday.

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