OLD TOWN – A man went to jail after allegedly striking two people with his vehicle on Friday.
On June 10, around 6:35 p.m., police were called to a personal injury accident on Union Street. When officers arrived, they found a man lying in the road and a vehicle with a man and woman in it nearby.
The investigation revealed that the driver, identified as Frank Merrill, 26, of Bradley, had allegedly struck both the man in the road and Merrill’s own fiancée with his vehicle.
Merrill told police that after his fiancée had an argument with another woman about a cell phone, he was sitting in his car when the other man approached his vehicle holding objects in a threatening manner. He told police he put the car in reverse and then punched it into drive in an attempt to get past the man, but struck him on the driver’s side with the fender and also struck his fiancée.
His fiancée also told police she did not believe it was intentional. Both the man and the woman were transported to the hospital and later released.
After interviewing other witnesses and collecting evidence, police arrested Merrill and charged him with class B aggravated assault, domestic violence reckless conduct, reckless conduct, driving to endanger and possession of a usable amount of marijuana. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail.
Brewer Police arrest man for making bomb threats
|Michael Baker, photo courtesy of Brewer Police|
On April 30, around 7 p.m. the Brewer Police Department responded to a bomb threat incident at a Wilson Street hotel. Due to the nature of the threats, which were made directly to hotel staff via telephone, the hotel was evacuated and a search was conducted. The investigating officers determined that no bomb was present. Additionally, officers on scene determined that a similar call had been placed to a nearby restaurant. The evacuation lasted for approximately one hour until it was determined the threat was not valid.
A potential suspect was identified early on in the investigation. After conducting interviews with witnesses and obtaining subpoenas for telephone records, detectives determined that Michael Baker, 35, of Brewer, had made the threatening calls. Baker was charged with two counts of class C terrorizing and two counts of class D false public alarm or report on June 8.
Don’t flee from State Troopers, even on an ATV
FRANKLIN – A Maine State Trooper chased down a man reportedly trying to flee on an ATV. The Trooper was on foot.
On June 10, Tpr. Greg Roy observed three ATVs operating in the roadway on Route 182 in Franklin near the intersection of the Cards Crossing Road. One of the ATVs separated from the others and fled into a gravel pit off Route 182. Roy lost contact with the ATV in the gravel pit. The trooper remained in the area for some time and eventually located an ATV in the gravel pit that was operating without headlights. Roy shined his flashlight on the driver and the ATV began to flee through the woods.
The trooper gave chase on foot, caught up to the ATV and removed the driver while the ATV was still in motion.
The driver, Nicholas Tracy, 22, of Franklin, was arrested for operating an ATV under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Tracy was transported to the Hancock County jail where an Intoxilyzer test was administered.
The law won
BREWER – An area teen reportedly attempted to flee from police when they discovered an active warrant. He didn’t make it far.
On June 13, around 11 a.m., Officer Amy Nickerson responded to a suspicious persons call on State Street where a caller reported three juveniles carrying a toolbox.
The officer located the three, who told Nickerson that they were walking to a pawn shop to sell a nail gun. Nickerson found the story of how the young people came into possession of the nail gun to be suspect. When she ran their names through dispatch, Nickerson learned that Dustin Badger, 19, no listed address, had an active warrant.
When the officer took hold of Badger to place him in custody, he broke from her grip and fled, jumping over a concrete retaining wall.
After a brief foot chase, Badger was tackled by Cpl. Nelson Feero and placed under arrest. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail on the warrant and additionally charged with resisting arrest or detention.
Things we love not: jerks stealing flowers
DEER ISLE – April showers may bring May flowers, but thieves might just take them.
On June 9, Tpr. Greg Mitchell received a theft complaint from an employee of the Blue Poppy Garden. The business had been hired to landscape a Deer Isle residence, but someone stole the $1,000 worth of flowers from the jobsite.
This won’t help your case
FRANKLIN – A Franklin man was taken to jail after the trooper noticed something suspicious in his pocket.
On June 10, Tpr. Tom Pickering conducted a traffic stop on Route 182 in Franklin of a vehicle being operated by Michael Church, 39, of Franklin. As Pickering was speaking with Church, he observed something bulging in Church’s pocket. After further questioning, Church removed a baggie of marijuana from his pocket and handed it to the trooper.
Church reportedly became increasingly agitated and uncooperative. According to police, Church grabbed Pickering’s wrist in an effort to grab the baggie of marijuana. Church then got out of the vehicle and reportedly began pulling baggies of marijuana out of his pocket and throwing them into the pickup and at one point shoved something into his mouth. Church was noncompliant and tried to flee from the scene.
After a brief struggle, Pickering subdued Church and took him into custody.
Church was charged with assault, possession of marijuana and refusing to submit to arrest.
It isn’t fun and games if you try to make someone lose an eye
LUBEC – Two young men are facing charges for allegedly shooting a young boy in the face with an air gun.
On June 10, Tpr. Staci Carpenter received a complaint from a woman from Lubec who told her that an 11-year-old boy had been shot in the face with an air gun. The boy was not seriously injured. There were also two other victims who refused to cooperate.
Carpenter summonsed Michael Lock, 18, and a 17-year-old youth, both of Lubec, for reckless conduct and illegal possession of liquor by a minor.