Taxi driver arrested by Bangor police

Posted Aug. 12, 2009, at 11:22 p.m.

A driver for Ace Taxi was arrested early Wednesday morning on a charge of driving with a suspended license.

Patrick McCaffrey, 38, of Bangor was driving his taxi about 4:45 a.m. when he went through a flashing red light without first coming to a complete stop, as required by state motor vehicle law, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Wednesday.

When Bangor police Officer Kyle Pelkey pulled McCaffrey over for the driving violation, he learned that McCaffrey’s license was under suspension, charged him with the offense and took him to Penobscot County Jail, Millard said.

McCaffrey since has been released on bail, a jail official confirmed Wednesday night. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Holden police are asking the public to be cautious when dealing with unsolicited telephone calls regarding fundraisers .

Within about a week’s time, two Holden residents reported having received telephone calls from a man with a thick foreign accent asking for personal information, among other things, Holden police Officer Chris Greeley said Wednesday night.

“In both cases, they were scams,” he said.

The first suspicious call occurred last week, then the heavily accented man called a Holden woman asking her to support a fundraiser for an unspecified veterans home, Greeley said.

“So the very wise Holden resident was suspicious and told him to take a hike and then called us,” Greeley said, adding that he called the local veterans home to see if they were in fact conducting a fundraiser.

“Clearly they were not and they appreciated the phone call,” he said.

On Tuesday night another Holden resident reported that he received a call from a man with a thick accent claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, Greeley said. The alleged scammer said that the resident was eligible for a rebate and asked the resident for personal information so that he could process the claim.

“The IRS doesn’t offer rebates, so that in itself was suspicious,” he said.

“Essentially, it was probably the same person [who called the two Holden residents]. It’s my concern that if two people were called there are probably many others who received calls but did not report them,” Greeley said. He said scammers are becoming increasing crafty and are getting better at using such details as one’s hometown or birth date to obtain other information, including Social Security numbers, which can be used to access bank and credit card accounts, to name a few.

Greeley said that even if the calls sound legitimate, residents should ask for the caller’s name and a callback telephone number for further information. They also should double-check those numbers in the telephone book or on the Internet before providing information that could be used by scammers and identity thieves.

Greeley asked Holden residents who receive suspicious telephone calls to contact him at the police station. The telephone number is 843-5442. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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