April 21, 2018
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Man arrested after fight with pregnant girlfriend

A Bangor man was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and then followed her until she reached a convenience store, where a clerk called the police on her behalf.

Perry Newell, 19, was charged with domestic violence assault for hitting his girlfriend and with criminal mischief after he allegedly hit a Bangor Police Department cruiser with his head, causing a dent in the police car’s top rear quarter panel, Bangor police Sgt. Jim Buckley said Thursday.

Citing arrest reports written by Officers Taylor Bagley and Chris Blanchard, Buckley said the assault occurred after an argument between Newell and his live-in girlfriend, who is more than five months pregnant, in their Ohio Street apartment.

After the assault, the girlfriend left the apartment on foot, Buckley said. Newell reportedly followed her as she knocked on several doors seeking help. When she arrived at Leadbetter’s Mini Stop, at the intersection of Ohio and Hammond streets, she went into the store and a clerk called police, who conducted separate interviews with the woman and with Newell.

Police noted that the woman had injuries to her hand, Buckley said. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Though Newell reportedly head-butted the cruiser as well as the plastic divider between its front and back passenger compartments, he did not hurt himself seriously enough to warrant medical attention and was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained late Thursday night. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A 19-year-old local man was arrested on two active warrants after Bangor police Officer Joe Baillargeon spotted him walking downtown while enjoying a beer.

When Baillargeon stopped him, Zachary Elkins handed over the beer, saying a friend had given it to him. Though he was underage and drinking in public, Elkins was arrested on two active warrants and was not charged with any alcohol violations, Bangor police Sgt. Jim Buckley said. He since has been released on bail from Penobscot County Jail. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A Sanford Street woman was arrested after a brawl with another woman early Thursday morning at the Bangor apartment building in which they both reside.

Lynn Szczech, 48, reportedly gave her neighbor some cash for a beer run. When the neighbor did not do the errand quickly enough for her liking, Szczech reportedly broke through her door and tackled her, scratching her and ripping off her necklace in the process, Sgt. Jim Buckley said.

Szczech was charged with assault and criminal trespass and taken to Penobscot County Jail, Buckley said. She has since been released on bail. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


Though it snowed lightly much of the evening, Maine State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson cited driver inattention as a factor in three separate accidents involving seven vehicles during the busy Wednesday evening commute.

The accidents occurred between 5 and 6 p.m. on the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, near the exits to Hammond Street and Interstate 395, Simpson said Thursday.

The accidents sent three people to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, he said.

Simpson said the accidents were attributed to such factors as motorists missing their exits and slamming on the brakes and the use of cell phones while driving, among other things.

He reminded motorists to keep focused on driving while on the road and to pay close attention to their surroundings, including other vehicles. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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