Orono man arrested in pot-furnishing incident

Posted Feb. 03, 2009, at 11:26 p.m.

From Police Files

An Orono police officer detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle he stopped on Saturday and after questioning its four passengers charged the driver with felony furnishing drugs to minors.

William Torres, 18, was arrested just before midnight for Class C aggravated furnishing of marijuana after apparently giving his teenage passengers and a fifth teen, who lives at Talmar Woods, the drug, Detective Andrew Whitehouse said on Tuesday. Talmar Woods has a day care center and is designated a drug-free zone, he said.

“The aggravated furnishing charge is because marijuana was given to someone under the age of 18,” Whitehouse said. “The juveniles — some were from Old Town High School and some were from Orono High School — were released to the custody of [their] parents.”

Those convicted of a Class C offense face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Discussions are under way with the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office about whether to charge any of the juveniles, some of whom had marijuana on them, the detective said.

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Bangor police have arrested a Bangor man who allegedly used a hammer on Monday night to attack another man that he knew, who was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room.

After the 11:15 p.m. incident, Gregory Fellows, 36, was charged with felony aggravated assault, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release on a previous charge, Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Tuesday.

Police are not releasing where the incident occurred, where Fellows lives or if they recovered the hammer.

“He just walked in [the victim’s home] and hit him with the hammer and then pounded on the wall above his head with the hammer,” striking it several times, the sergeant said. “I think the victim will be fine.”

Edwards said the reason for the attack is still under investigation and that “evidence related to the crime” was recovered. Police arrested Fellows at his home on the West side of Bangor, he said.

If convicted of the felony assault charge, Fellows faces a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A jail official said Fellows was in the process of being released on bail Tuesday evening.

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