Nuisances plague Bangor market

Posted July 08, 2009, at 10:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Public defecation, urination and trespassing are just “icing on the cake” in a long list of troubles for the Court Street Market, according to owner-manager Sandi Healey.

On Tuesday, police responded to three complaints from the Court Street Market, resulting in one arrest and two summonses. The incidents happened over the course of three hours.

At around 4:20 p.m., Bangor police arrested Jeremy Smith, 26, of Bangor for trespassing on the back driveway of the market and refusing to give a correct name. According to Sgt. Paul Edwards, Smith walked onto the property, stood in front of a No Trespassing sign and refused to leave. When approached by police, he offered a false name. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday in District Court, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

At around 6:15 p.m., Officer Chris Blanchard issued a summons to Holly Boutilier, 19, of Old Town for disorderly conduct. Blanchard arrived after police received a complaint from the clerk at the market that Boutilier had urinated on the outside wall of the store.

At 7:21 p.m., Blanchard issued a summons to Roberta Kohrs, 58, of Bangor for disorderly conduct. Blanchard responded to a complaint from a clerk who said that she saw Kohrs defecating on the back lawn of the business while reviewing the security tapes from the earlier urination. She told police that Kohrs then ran down Nelson Street.

According to Edwards, police can’t arrest somebody for urinating or defecating in public unless they see it happen themselves.

Healey says the problems at her business have grown worse.

“Just recently it’s become more of an issue,” she said. “There’s a couple of unsavory apartment buildings” in the area whose tenants and guests have caused problems for Healey.

“Yesterday was not an exception to the rule; it wasn’t even a month ago that somebody literally did the same thing on my front step,” said Healey, referring to the public defecation.

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