June 23, 2018
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Police: Man arrested after refusing to sign ticket in barroom assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

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.


A 50-year-old man riding his bicycle down Shirley Road in Old Town on Sunday evening crashed into a mailbox 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 in Bangor for treatment.


University of Maine Police Department officers patrolling around Kennebec Hall early Wednesday suspected that three people outside were smoking marijuana and stopped them, university spokesman Joe Carr said Wednesday afternoon.

As a result of their 12:26 a.m. investigation, students Gregory Maciver and Sean Higgins, both 19, were charged with possession of marijuana and Alyssa Valle, also 19, was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

At the same time someone at the dormitory called police to report the smell of marijuana coming from the fourth floor.

Officers did not find the source of the marijuana from the second report, but did find a 20-year-old student with beer.

Jordan Zwerdling was charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.


A New Gloucester man who left a jacket and wallet on top of his car and drove off, even when Bangor police officers tried to stop him, was later charged.

Kokou Noulilo, 19, told police that he didn’t hear them when he took off at 11:27 p.m. out of Bradford Commons, a housing development near Husson University.

A drug pipe was found in Noulilo’s car, and he was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to stop for police. He was not arrested.

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