June 24, 2018
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Three accused of having drug paraphernalia

University of Maine police received a report late Monday of a smell of marijuana at Knox Hall. When they arrived, they charged three on-campus students with possession of drug paraphernalia.

“They found three subjects in the room and each had a marijuana pipe in their possession,” Joe Carr, university spokesman, said Tuesday.

Kathryn Meuse, Monika Kasiulis and Dylan Dean, all age 18, were charged around 11:50 p.m. with possession of marijuana paraphernalia. They were not arrested. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Hermon driver and his passenger were arrested Monday in Holden after the vehicle they were riding in was pulled over because of a cracked windshield.

Steven Eck, 37, initially came to the attention of Holden police Officer Scott Hendee about 4:30 p.m. on Route 1A when Hendee spotted the vehicle’s defect, Holden police Sgt. Gene Fizell said Tuesday.

Once Hendee approached the vehicle, Eck rolled his window down to speak with the officer. Hendee detected the odor of burning marijuana, Fizell said.

When Hendee asked Eck about the smell, Eck handed him a small plastic bag containing a usable amount of marijuana, Fizell said. A subsequent background check showed Eck was on probation for an August 2008 conviction for unlawful furnishing of cocaine.

As part of the same traffic stop, Hendee arrested Eck’s passenger, 27-year-old Rochelle Johnson of Hancock, after learning she was wanted on a warrant for failure to pay fines for operating under the influence and operating after suspension of her driver’s license.

Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail, where Eck remained Tuesday night on a probation hold, a jail official said. Johnson has been released on bail. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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