Brewer bike rider hurt in collision with a van

Posted July 05, 2009, at 9:56 p.m.

A 15-year-old boy riding his bike in Brewer was taken to the hospital Sunday with minor injuries after he hit a van driven by a boy who had received his learner’s permit three days earlier.

Brewer police Officer Peter Rancourt, who did not release the names of the boys involved, said the incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. near the former Brooks Pharmacy building at the intersection of Wilson and Main streets.

It is believed the boy riding the bike was attempting to reach Summer Street on the other side of Wilson Street, crossing Wilson just as the boy in the Dodge Caravan was driving by.

The bicycle rider was not wearing a helmet and did not hit his head. He was conscious when he was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Rancourt said, and had an abrasion on his left elbow. He was expected to be released later Sunday.

Witnesses told Rancourt the van driver was going 25 mph or less when he collided with the bike. The newly permitted driver was with his parents and a sister, Rancourt said. Rancourt did not give the age of the driver, but Maine Instruction Permits are available to those over age 15 who have completed certain requirements.

No citations were issued, Rancourt added. (Jessica Bloch, BDN)

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A Newport woman was arrested Thursday night and charged with two counts of Class C felony theft and one count of Class E criminal trespass after she tried to steal more than $1,000 in merchandise from two Bangor Mall department stores, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a release.

Bangor police Officers Chad Foley and Joshua Wotton went to the mall after a shoplifting complaint was made against Trista McGibney, 39, at the mall’s J.C. Penney store, Edwards said. Foley and Wootton recovered merchandise that had come from both J.C. Penney and Macy’s department store.

McGibney was also found to be in violation of a written trespass order she had received in November 2008 prohibiting her from being on Bangor Mall property.

McGibney was still in Penobscot County Jail on Sunday night. No bail was set because she violated a previous bail condition. She is set to appear July 7 in Bangor District Court.

If convicted, McGibney could face a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000 per theft count and six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the criminal trespass charge. (Jessica Bloch, BDN)

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