April 26, 2018
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Accident in funeral procession leads to summons

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

A Bangor driver heading with several other vehicles to Belfast for a funeral Saturday morning caused a collision on Route 202 in Hampden when he slammed on his brakes, causing the vehicle behind him to hit his vehicle, police say.

Brian Erving, 38, “was part of a funeral procession … [and] in an attempt to slow down, the driver behind him pushed his brakes,” causing the 10 a.m. collision, Hampden police Sgt. Scott Webber said.

Four vehicles stopped and there was a verbal confrontation in the middle of Route 202, Webber said.

A pregnant passenger in the vehicle behind Erving was examined at the scene by emergency personnel, the sergeant said. Erving was given a summons for driving to endanger. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Bangor transient was arrested early Saturday for endangering the welfare of a child after he reportedly gave alcohol to several underage people at an Orono party that caused one teenager to be taken to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, said Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing.

Brandon Hamilton, 25, was arrested at Talmar Woods apartments at 2:30 a.m. and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and furnishing liquor to minors. He also was wanted on an outstanding warrant, but details about the warrant were not immediately available Monday. Hamilton was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Monday evening.

An 18-year-old woman was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and treated for alcohol poisoning. She later was released and told police Hamilton provided the alcohol to her and others. Dawn Mushero, 17, also listed as a transient, was at the party and was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. Her mother, who lives in Stetson, was called and picked her up, Ewing said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Hartland man, who was hunting on Hatch Hill in Gar-land on Saturday, accidentally shot himself in the foot, Sgt. Bill Chambler of the Maine Warden Service said Monday.

Joshua Burke, 27, apparently was resting the barrel of his firearm on his foot when the gun went off around 1 p.m., hitting the tip of one of his toes, Chambler said.

“It was actually a very minimal injury,” he said. “It could have been much, much worse.”

Burke was hunting with his father and a friend who took him to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft for treatment. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


An Argyle man riding a very small pink and silver girls bicycle on Monday afternoon caught the attention of an Old Town police officer who stopped him, and found he was carrying marijuana and a pipe, Sgt. Scott Casey said Monday.

Nathan Doucette, 22, was stopped at 2 p.m. and admitting to police that he had stolen the bike from a home in Bradley. He was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The bike was returned to its rightful owner, who decided not to press charges, Casey said. Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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