Former Island Falls firefighter indicted

Posted Nov. 06, 2009, at 6:54 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The former deputy chief of the Island Falls Fire Department was indicted Friday by the Aroostook County grand jury on a theft charge in connection with the alleged misappropriation of about $10,000 in town funds.

Aroostook County District Attorney Neale Adams said Friday afternoon that Paul A. Breton II of Island Falls was one of 55 people indicted by the grand jury.

Breton II, 27, was arrested and charged in July with Class B theft. If convicted, Breton could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Breton had been the assistant fire chief in Island Falls for two years and also was a paramedic with the town’s ambulance department.

State police allege that Breton presented receipts for purchases he had made from various businesses for reimbursement from the town that were not related to the Fire Department. Investigators believe that some of the invoices in question may date to 2007.

Police were made aware of Breton’s alleged activities by the town’s Board of Selectmen.

Breton resigned from his post in July.

Also indicted this week in an unrelated incident was a Houlton man on charges of cutting another local man at his former girlfriend’s home in September.

Jeffrey A. Webb, 32, was indicted on charges of aggravated criminal trespass, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and driving to endanger.

The incident that led to Webb’s arrest occurred when the Houlton Police Department received a report of a fight at a High Street residence. When officers arrived, they were told that Webb had forced his way into the home of his 32-year-old former girlfriend. Once inside, he allegedly began assaulting a 34-year-old Houlton man, who reportedly was dating his former girlfriend.

The 34-year-old victim tried to defend himself and left the home for his truck, which was parked outside. When he tried to leave, Webb allegedly rammed the rear of the victim’s truck, pushing it farther into the driveway. Webb left his vehicle and sliced the rear tire of the victim’s truck with a utility knife.

The victim left his truck and another altercation occurred, police said. Webb then allegedly sliced the victim in the abdomen with the knife. The victim suffered a cut several inches long.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and then released.

If convicted of elevated aggravated assault, Webb could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Both aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated criminal trespass are Class C felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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