Orono woman faces charge after boy treated for fracture

Posted Nov. 09, 2010, at 10:41 p.m.

The Orono Police Department was notified by a local health care provider on Saturday that child abuse was suspected after a 9-month-old boy was brought in for treatment of a broken leg, according to Sgt. Josh Ewing.

After police investigated, Lynn Crossman, 23, of Orono was charged with felony aggravated assault and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

“The baby is going to be fine,” Ewing said Tuesday. “The injury was a leg fracture. It’s serious bodily injury; that elevated it to aggravated assault.”

The Department of Health and Human Services was called and the baby is now in its custody, he said.

Crossman spent the weekend in jail and was released in court on Monday on personal recognizance. If convicted of the aggravated assault charge, she could face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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Old Town police warned a resident that he was in no condition to drive, then several hours later found him behind the wheel of a car that carried his 2-month-old child, Sgt. Scott Casey said Tuesday.

Derek Schramm, 23, was issued the verbal warning around 8 p.m. Nov. 5. Officer Christine McAvoy stopped his vehicle on Stillwater Avenue at 1:25 a.m. Nov. 6, after he almost hit a guardrail, Casey said.

Schramm failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, the sergeant said. In addition, his child wasn’t secured properly in a car seat, which was installed backward and tilted to one side, Casey said.

Schramm was arrested and charged with criminal operating under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Tuesday evening, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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Brewer police Officer Rodney Gerald was on patrol on North Main Street on Sunday when he decided to check the Penobscot County Conservation Club and caught a thief red-handed, Lt. Chris Martin said Tuesday.

When Gerald drove onto the club’s property, he found Richard Geaghan, 45, of Brewer with a pile of copper that an investigation determined he had removed from an exterior air-conditioning unit, Martin said.

The copper was valued at around $250, he said. Geaghan was charged with theft. He was not arrested. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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