May 23, 2018
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Mooning incident nets charges for Bangor man

Bangor police say they arrested an intoxicated male on several charges Friday evening after he mooned an officer on Vine Street.

Ray Smith, 48, was still at Penobscot County Jail late Friday night, where he was being held on charges of indecent conduct, obstructing a public way and possession of scheduled drugs, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said Friday night.

Rumsey said the incident began when Bangor police officers were called to a Bangor residence to deal with Smith, who refused to leave after the homeowner asked him to. Smith, who left when police arrived, later was seen walking down the middle of Vine Street.

Smith, who eventually complied with Officer Mike Brennan’s request to move to the sidewalk, pulled down his pants as the officer was leaving, exposing his buttocks and genitalia, Rumsey said.

The drug charge was added after Bangor police found two tablets of diazepam, also known as Valium, in his pocket. Smith did not have a prescription for the anti-anxiety drug, Rumsey said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A Gorham man was arrested Thursday night for operating under the influence after he was found behind the wheel of a truck stopped in the middle of downtown Bangor traffic waiting for a nonexistent traffic light to turn green, police said Friday.

“The guy said he was waiting for the light to change, but he was parked in an area with no light,” Bangor police Sgt. Chip Hodges said.

Christopher Pray, 24, first was noticed at 10:40 p.m. stopped near the intersection of Harlow and State streets by Maine State Police Trooper Forrest Simpson, who was on his way to the Penobscot County Jail and stopped to make sure Pray was OK.

Simpson called Bangor police. Officer Chris Blanchard arrived and gave Pray a field sobriety test, which he failed.

“He kept falling asleep,” Hodges said.

Pray was taken to jail on a charge of OUI and later was released, the sergeant said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Bangor man was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly passed a stopped school bus while his driver’s license was under suspension.

Miguel Dominguez, 21, who was charged with the two traffic offenses, was taken to Penobscot County Jail and released later in the day, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said Friday night, citing an arrest report.

The incident, which happened about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Ohio and Charles streets, was witnessed by Bangor police Officer Steve Jordan, who was monitoring traffic nearby at the time, Rumsey said. She said Dominguez passed the stopped school bus, which was picking up pupils at the time, while turning onto Ohio from Charles. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A 19-year-old Hermon woman was summoned for operating after suspension Friday morning after a Bangor police officer saw her make an illegal left turn onto Stillwater Avenue from the Interstate 95 offramp.

Gabrielle Nyer’s license was suspended for “an accumulation of violations,” Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said Friday night. Rumsey said the incident, which occurred about 8:20 a.m., was seen by Officer Jason Linkletter, who was stopped at a red light near the offramp. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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