Suspect learns: Don’t bring a chain saw to a fistfight

Posted Sept. 07, 2010, at 11:14 p.m.

A Brewer man was arrested Sunday night after he took out a chain saw to break up a fight between his girlfriend and another woman, Brewer Cpl. Steve Boyd said Tuesday.

The original call that came in to police was about a fight behind a Holyoke Street residence, but the two men involved decided not to fight, Boyd said. That is when a girlfriend of one of the men and the girlfriend of Matthew Herrick, 26, got into it and a full-blown fight reportedly ensued.

“Everybody decided to jump into the fight,” Boyd said. Herrick was pulling people off and “pushing and punching and ended up punching his girlfriend in the face.”

That’s when “he went and grabbed a chain saw,” the corporal said.

When Herrick heard the sirens of approaching police, he hid the chain saw in a basement furnace room, but it was found still warm, Boyd said.

Herrick was charged with felony aggravated reckless conduct and assault and taken to Penobscot County Jail around 9 p.m. He later was released, a jail official said. If convicted of the aggravated reckless conduct charge he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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The Bangor Mall was evacuated Tuesday night when the fire alarm began ringing around 5:55 p.m., said Assistant Bangor Fire Chief Scott Bostock.

“It was system malfunction,” he said. Mall staff “did a pretty good job of getting people out” safely.

Once fire crews were able to identify the problem, everyone was allowed to return to the building, which occurred around 6:10 p.m. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A 57-year-old Brewer man was arrested Sunday after taking a swing at Brewer police Officer Jeff Gotreau and a corrections officers at Penobscot County Jail, Cpl. Steve Boyd said Tuesday.

John Kossowan was standing in the middle of South Main Street, near Grove Street, when he was almost hit by a car, so the officer stopped to check on him and “he took a swing at [Gotreau] for absolutely no reason,” Boyd said.

Kossowan was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing a public way, refusing to submit to arrest and felony assault on a police officer. He was taken to jail and remained in jail Tuesday night, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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An intoxicated Indian Island man used a butterfly knife to threaten several people on Saturday outside The Dime bar in downtown Old Town, Sgt. Mike Hashey of the Old Town Police Department said on Tuesday.

Officer Lee Miller noticed a disturbance in front of the bar at 1:09 a.m. and when he stopped several people told him a man in a striped shirt, later identified as Gary Tanguay, 28, was armed with a knife.

Tanguay sat down on a brick wall and was put in handcuffs while interviews were conducted. The knife was found behind the wall by Officer Mike Holmes.

One man said Tanguay had chased him with the knife and another group of people said he threatened to stab them and was swinging the knife back and forth. Tanguay was arrested on charges of felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and trafficking in dangerous knives. If convicted of the criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon charge, Tanguay could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and remained in jail on Tuesday night, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A Bangor man who punched another man in the face at The Dime bar in Old Town was arrested after refusing to sign the ticket, Sgt. Mike Hashey of the Old Town Police Department said Tuesday.

Joseph Johnson, 21, punched the victim in the face, possibly breaking his nose, and was only going to get a ticket, the sergeant said, but Johnson refused to sign it even when he was told if he didn’t sign he would be arrested.

“He put his hands behind his back and told us to arrest him and we complied,” Hashey said.

Johnson was arrested for refusing to sign a citation and misdemeanor assault and taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was later released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A 50-year-old man riding his bicycle down Shirley Road in Old Town on Sunday evening crashed into a mail box when he took his eyes off the road to adjust his mirror, Sgt. Mike Hashey of the Old Town Police Department, said Tuesday.

The man, who was not identified, was injured and taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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