Baton-wielding Plymouth man turns himself in

Posted May 21, 2009, at 11:35 p.m.

A Plymouth man who apparently used a collapsible baton to beat an Old Town man in the head on Wednesday afternoon turned himself in to police on Thursday, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Anthony Barnes, 28, reportedly attacked the 28-year-old victim on Hammond Street in Bangor, near its junction with Ohio Street, and a witness called for help. After hitting the victim in the head with the baton an unknown number of times, Barnes ran off and the victim was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

About an hour after the initial attack, a security guard at the hospital noticed a man, later identified as Barnes, in the patient waiting area with the baton in his belt, Edwards said.

“He claimed to be a police officer,” the sergeant said, but the guard did not believe him.

Police searched for Barnes on Wednesday night, and after learning he was wanted, he turned himself in to police just after noon Thursday. Barnes was charged with felony aggravated assault and was taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was released on bail later that day, a jail official said.

Barnes has a criminal history that includes convictions in 2008 for attempting to stab a man outside of The Tavern with a knife. For that crime, he was sentenced for terrorizing, 15 days in jail; carrying a concealed weapon, 15 days in jail; violating condition of release, a $250 fine; assault, a $300 fine and 45 days in jail. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A Holden man faces multiple charges after police reportedly found drugs in his possession during a routine traffic stop Wednesday night on U.S. Route 1A.

Daniel Carnes Speed, 32, was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over about 10:30 p.m. because one of its headlights was out, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Thursday.

During the traffic stop, Holden police Officer Nick Fletcher determined that Speed was out on bail for his April 17 arrest for operating under the influence and possession of cocaine and the prescription drugs Suboxone, used to treat opiate addiction, and Klonopin, prescribed for seizures, panic disorders and epilepsy.

Because of his bail conditions, Speed had to submit to a search during which Fletcher allegedly found four small bags of a white powdery substance, the largest of which tested positive for cocaine.

Speed was arrested that night on charges of violating the condition of his bail that he not possess illegal drugs and for trafficking in cocaine, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. During an appearance Thursday in 3rd District Court in Bangor, Speed was given an additional charge of Class B felony drug possession, Fizell said.

Speed remained behind bars late Thursday, unable to make $500 cash bail, a jail official confirmed. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Though it didn’t rank as one of the week’s most spectacular motor vehicle crashes, a rear-end accident in Bangor on Thursday might elicit groans from antique car buffs because a red 1957 Chevrolet was the one damaged.

The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m., when Galen Flagg, owner of the classic car, was struck from behind while stopped at the intersection of State Street and Broadway waiting to make a left turn, Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said Thursday night.

Though police estimated damage to the Chevy at about $1,000, Hodges said the actual repair cost could be higher, depending on the extent of work that needs to be done.

The vehicle that struck Flagg’s car, a 1992 Jeep driven by Mary Arisimeek of Eddington, was virtually undamaged, Hodges said.

No one was injured in the crash and no charges are pending, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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