Glenburn man in custody after standoff

Posted Feb. 20, 2009, at 10:22 a.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — The Maine State Police tactical team on Friday morning arrested a Simpson Lane resident who reportedly barricaded himself in his home after a fight with his girlfriend, said Stephen McCausland, state police spokesman.

State police troopers and deputies from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department converged on the home after a 911 hang-up call about 2 a.m., McCausland said.

“When police arrived at the scene, the woman ran from the house and he ran inside,” McCausland said, adding later that the woman was barefoot.

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After learning that there were guns in the home and that the man, Cecil Worster, 41, had a criminal history that included threatening with a firearm, the state police tactical team and Sheriff’s Department special response team were called to the scene, according to state police Sgt. Sean Hashey

Several attempts were made to contact Worster using the phone, bullhorns and a loudspeaker, McCausland said.

“We found out later he ripped the phone out of the wall,” McCausland said.

Worster was taken into custody when he went out onto his porch just after 10 a.m. reportedly to shovel it, McCausland said. He was charged with obstructing the report of a crime and for an outstanding domestic violence warrant issued from 3rd District Court in Bangor.

Police found two rifles and two shotguns in the home, “but they were in a case and it was apparent they were not used” during the incident, McCausland said.

Hashey confirmed there were bruises on the neck of Worster’s girlfriend.

Worster “had been choking her. She did not seek medical attention,” the sergeant said.

Simpson Lane is located off Orono Road, which becomes Forest Avenue at the Orono town line. The roadway was blocked from the Orono Road junction with Pushaw Road to the Forest Avenue junction with Essex Street until around 10:30 a.m.

After his arrest, Worcester was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained Friday night, a jail official said.

Details about the domestic violence warrant were not available Friday, but Worster does have a list of prior arrests, according to police.

Worster was arrested in 1994 for criminal threatening with a firearm and assault, and was sentenced to a nine-month jail sentence for that crime with all but five days suspended, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News. He also was given one year of probation for that crime.

Worster is scheduled to make his first appearance in 3rd District Court on Monday for his actions this week.

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