Fake sticker leads to charges against Old Town driver

Posted Dec. 30, 2009, at 10:20 p.m.

An Old Town woman was charged with two motor vehicle violations Saturday after an Old Town policeman noticed something odd about the inspection sticker on her vehicle’s windshield — namely that it was about twice the size of an official one.

Old Town police Sgt. Mike Hashey said that Officer Lee Miller was on patrol on Stillwater Avenue when he pulled the vehicle over to check the sticker out and determined it was phony.

As a result, Jeanette Smith, 33, of Old Town, was charged with displaying a fictitious inspection sticker. She also was charged with failure to provide proof of insurance, Hashey said.

Miller removed the inspection sticker and had the vehicle towed, Hashey said.

“The operator said she didn’t know why she was being stopped,” Hashey said, adding that she told Miller that her husband takes care of vehicle-related issues.

According to Hashey, finding fake inspection stickers isn’t that unusual.

“We get them all the time,” he said. Sometimes they are made by copying real ones on a color photocopier or making them by hand. Some telltale signs that the copies are fake are that the color, size or both can be slightly off, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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A Burnham woman was charged with theft Sunday night after admitting to police that she stolen a pound of coffee from the Dunkin’ Donuts on Stillwater Avenue, according to Old Town police.

Though the theft occurred at about 5:30 a.m., it was not reported until several hours later, Sgt. Mike Hashey said Wednesday.

According to a police report prepared by Officer Lee Miller, employees of the doughnut shop reportedly saw a woman they identified as Courtney Stevens, 20, hide a bag of pre-ground coffee, worth about $8, behind her back. Stevens then allegedly took the coffee back to her table and then took it with her out of the store.

“It was on video,” Hashey said.

Miller eventually located Stevens in Bangor, where she agreed to meet with him, Hashey said.

“She said she didn’t drink coffee and didn’t know why she stole it,” Hashey said. In addition to being summoned for theft, Stevens was issued a criminal trespass warning, banning her from the doughnut shop for a year, Hashey said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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A truck fire in Brewer Wednesday tied up traffic on State Street hill in Brewer for at least an hour during the busy evening commute, Brewer fire Capt. Gary Parent said.

The fire, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was extinguished by Brewer firefighters. The water they applied, however, quickly froze, creating slippery driving conditions. Traffic was temporarily rerouted around Penobscot Square until public works crews could arrive to sand the street. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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