Things not to talk about in front of cops
EDDINGTON/BREWER – A Dixmont man found himself in even more trouble after he allegedly asked his friend to sell the rest of his drugs after he had been arrested.
On Oct. 11, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Daren Mason was called to a residence in Eddington where a man reported that Garret Brooks had threatened him with a knife. Brooks had reportedly left and was at a residence on Liford Avenue in Brewer.
When Deputy Mason and Steven Saucier located Brooks, he reportedly admitted to the threatening charge and he was placed under arrest. He asked to be allowed to say goodbye to his friend. While Brooks was saying his farewells, Deputy Saucier noted that he overheard him tell his friend to sell the rest of the drugs, according to police.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Brooks had around 158 Valium pills in a backpack, along with a crystal-type power in clear plastic bags that Brooks told deputies was Ketamine (a horse tranquilizer that is also used as a date-rape drug).
A Suboxone pill had also been located on Brooks’s person.
He was then taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of schedule W drugs, both class C felonies and unlawful possession of schedule X and Y drugs, both misdemeanors.
Be cool, be cool…
BANGOR – An alert citizen helped police track down an alleged impaired driver.
On Oct. 21, around 12:30 a.m., Officer Josh Kuhn received an erratic vehicle call and learned that a car almost hit a telephone pole. The caller followed the Ford Explorer onto Second Street, and the officer approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who was identified as April Kane, 26, of Bangor. Kuhn reported that she appeared to be under the influence when he spoke with her and had to tell her several times to get off her cell phone while trying to interview her. Police said that Kane also attempted to light a cigarette backwards in her mouth.
The officer performed sobriety tests on Kane and as a result, arrested her for operating under the influence. After a search two pipes, a knife and a container with five Ritalin pills not prescribed to her were found. The car was also searched, and white powder consistent with bath salts and one and a half Xanax pills were found.
Kane was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of hallucinogenic drug, two counts of unlawful possession of drugs, operating under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon.
With a friend of a friend like that…
BANGOR – A “friend of a friend” didn’t act so friendly when he allegedly made off with a woman’s prescription medication and other personal items over the weekend.
On Oct. 23, at about 1:30 p.m., Officer George Spencer responded to a Moosehead Blvd. address to the report of a man, later identified as Damien Woods, 29, of Bangor, that had just stolen various items from the caller’s home.
The caller described the suspect as a “friend of a friend,” who had been staying with her, but he had left taking her prescription medication and other personal items. Woods was seen walking on Sugarloaf Lane and detained on a warrant for his arrest. A subsequent search of his person yielded the victim’s pain killer medication and cash, which were all returned.
Woods was transported to the Penobscot County Jail on the warrant and charged with theft and stealing drugs.
BANGOR – Times are tough when you allegedly try to dodge a $3 cover charge.
Detective David Bushey and Sgt. Garry Higgins were working a hired shift at the Ramada Inn, Barnaby’s on Oct. 21 around 10:40 p.m., when an employee at the door to the bar asked Rolando Warren, 23, of Bangor, be removed as he believed he tried to enter the bar without paying.
The employee alleged that Warren had a bar stamp on his hand that was backwards, which was indicative of pressing his unstamped hand onto someone else’s in an attempt to get in without paying the $3 cover charge.
When police asked Warren to leave, he became argumentative, belligerent and refused to leave and was escorted to the parking lot, according to police.
Warren was given several more warnings to leave, but he continued to swear and yell at the officers, at which point he was placed under arrest. Warren fought with the officers, and after a struggle he was placed into a cruiser.
Warren was transported to the Penobscot County Jail, charged with failure to submit to arrest, criminal trespass and outstanding warrants for assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest.
BANGOR – A teen was arrested on felony charges for allegedly smashing out windows in a police cruiser.
On Oct. 22, at about 6:20 p.m., Officers Gary Decker and Joe Baillargeon ran to the police department’s parking to the report of someone actively smashing windows from one of the police cars.
Baillargeon arrived too late and observed a windshield smashed from a police car. When he asked the suspect why she did it, she responded with a disparaging profane remark. Alyssa Savage, 18, of Bangor, was arrested and transported to the Penobscot County jail charged with class C felony aggravated criminal mischief.
Fast way to jail
OLD TOWN – Speeding was just the beginning for an Old Town man who was stopped by police last week.
On Oct. 21, around 8:24 p.m., Officer Christine McAvoy was on patrol when she stopped Derek Comingo, 31, of Old Town for speeding. When she spoke with Comingo, he initially gave her a different name and date of birth, but the officer realized that the physical description didn’t match Comingo. She was eventually able to get his correct information and learned that not only was his license revoked as a habitual offender, but he was also out on bail, according to police.
He was arrested for violating his bail and taken to Penobscot County Jail where he was charged with operating after habitual offender revocation, failure to provide correct name and date of birth and violation of conditions of release.
There’s a right way and a wrong way
ORONO – An Old Town man went to jail after police said he was travelling the wrong way down a one way street.
On Oct. 22, around 1:10 a.m., Officer Jason Zalva observed a car driving the wrong way exit Mill Street and turn onto Main Street. He stopped the car and noted that the driver, later identified as Khaleid Butoto, 25, of Old Town, exhibited signs of intoxication, according to police. The officer administered field sobriety tests and Butoto did not perform to the officer’s satisfaction. He was placed under arrest and taken back to the Orono Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test. He was then taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.
Nanners’ napper nabbed
ORONO – Police have charged the man they think responsible for making off with Nanners the monkey from the Circle K gas station on Main Street in Orono.
Police received a tip from the public which eventually led them to Noah Tetu, 22, of Castine. He was charged with theft.
Nanners is still at large. The lavender monkey’s monetary value is estimated at $10, though it is suspected that the sentimental value is much greater.
Driving – you’re doing it wrong
HANCOCK – What happens when you text and drive, while speeding after losing your license? This.
On Oct. 21, Tpr. Cliff Peterson was on routine patrol when he saw a male driver in Hancock village operating 72 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone and texting while driving. Erik Tozier, 24, of Hancock, was stopped and subsequently arrested for operating after suspension and violating conditions of release.
I know that you know that you shouldn’t be driving
ELLSWORTH – Police recognized a driver who really shouldn’t be driving last week.
On Oct. 19, Tpr. Cliff Peterson was on routine patrol when he recognized Harold Chang, 22, of Hancock driving on Route 1 in Ellsworth. Tpr. Peterson was aware that Chang was a habitual offender, whose license was revoked. Chang was arrested for operating after revocation.