May 24, 2018
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Man charged after escape from police station


A local man was charged with escape early Saturday morning after he slipped out of a side door at the headquarters of the Bangor Police Department after being arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Benjamin Cyr, 33, first came to the attention of city police after someone reported seeing a man running around downtown at about 2 a.m., Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said, citing a police report. Edwards said the person who called told a dispatcher that the man, later identified as Cyr, appeared to be hobbling.

When police caught up with Cyr, he told them that he thought he broke his foot while jumping off a retaining wall, Edwards said. After determining Cyr was wanted on a warrant, they took him to the police station where he left through a side door and fled while he was still being processed, Edwards said.

Cyr’s flight to freedom was fleeting. Police caught up with him shortly afterward and took him to Penobscot County Jail. He was still in jail Tuesday evening, held on $5,000 bail related to his escape charge and three warrants for failure to appear. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


Old Town police charged a Greenbush woman with trafficking in dangerous knives Saturday afternoon after finding an illegal butterfly-style knife in her makeup bag, which was in the trunk of a car she was riding in.

Kurstin Kill, 28, also admitted to being the owner of a stun gun disguised as a cell phone inside the car. She was not summoned for that, however, because it’s legal for her to own one as long as she did not conceal it and used it only for self-defense, Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy said Monday.

Citing a police report, Roy said Kill was summoned after Old Town police Officer Ryan Fitch pulled over a car driven by 36-year-old Donald Getchell, also of Greenbush, because Getchell reportedly was tailgating the car ahead of him.

Because Getchell was on probation at the time of the stop, he was required to submit to a search, Roy said. During the search, Fitch found the stun gun on a console in the car, and in the trunk electronics, tools and other items, including a gold-colored makeup bag containing the butterfly knife. Roy said that Kill said the makeup bag was hers. Roy said she told Fitch she bought the knife at a flea market for protection.

Roy said Kill was summoned on the knife charge and Getchell was issued a warning for following too closely. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A Mariaville man faces theft and drug charges as the result of a visit to Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy on Saturday afternoon.

Joseph Arnold Webber, 42, was charged with theft after he allegedly tucked a bottle of rum valued at $19.94 into his jacket, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said, citing an arrest report.

After police were called to the Union Street store to investigate, they found 18 tablets of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel in his possession. Edwards said that as a result, Webber was charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A Bangor woman was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Saturday after leaving Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy without first paying for the CoverGirl makeup she picked up.

Lisa Dill, 46, also was wanted on a warrant, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said. He said the makeup was valued at $8.49. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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