Police: Orono teen stole 2 snowmobiles to ride with father

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 11:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

A local teenager who was charged late last month in connection with the theft of a snowmobile in Orono and a trailer in Veazie also has been charged with stealing a snowmobile in Veazie.

The trailer, which was used in the Orono snowmobile theft, belonged to a State Street resident whose 1997 Ski-Doo snowmobile also was taken, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old suspect, whose name is being withheld because of his age, has been charged with felony theft in connection with the episode. He was arrested the night of Dec. 28 after a man on Gould Road in Orono reportedly saw him loading his neighbor’s Arctic Cat Z240 snowmobile onto a trailer and called police.

According to Leonard, the youth told officers that he had taken the two sleds and trailer because he wanted to go riding with his father.

The Veazie snowmobile was the first to be stolen, Leonard said.

“He had done some work to get it running,” Leonard said, noting that the teen had fixed a broken taillight, among other things.

The teen was released to the custody of his parents, and he has a February court date, according to police in Veazie and Orono. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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A local man who fled the scene of alleged assaults on three of his relatives was arrested by Bangor police Tuesday night after a brief search.

Dennis Wood, 46, was arrested at an apartment on Union Street about 8:40 p.m., a little more than two hours after Bangor police were called to Wood’s sister’s Langley Street residence for a report that Wood was assaulting his sister and her two children, ages 10 and 18, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Tuesday night.

According to investigators, Wood fled the scene because he has a criminal record and was afraid he would be arrested, Weber said.

Weber said the Police Department sent its special response team to Langley Street because of Wood’s record and because it wasn’t clear whether he was still inside his sister’s apartment or whether he had a weapon. After determining that Wood no longer was there, police went to a nearby Union Street residence where they lo-cated Wood, who was arrested without further incident, Weber said.

According to the Bangor Daily News archives, Wood was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in May 2008 on charges of operating after revocation and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and in 1999 for failure to appear. He also was fined $200 in 2002 for possession of marijuana and sentenced to four days in jail in 1998 for two violations of bail conditions

As of late Tuesday night, Wood remained at Penobscot County Jail, where he was being held on one count of domestic violence assault and two counts of assault, Weber said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Brewer police arrested a Bangor man early Tuesday morning after he was spotted driving without a license on Wilson Street.

Shawn Gardner, 23, was driving along Wilson Street near the intersection with Green Point Road about 1:30 a.m. when Brewer police Officer Jeff Gotreau saw him while monitoring traffic, Cpl. Nelson Feero said Tuesday, citing a police report.

Feero said that Gotreau recognized Gardner and his vehicle and was aware that his driver’s license was under suspension. As Gotreau was writing out a summons, Gardner began behaving in a manner that the officer described as aggressive and disorderly.

When Gardner refused to comply with requests to put his hands behind his back, Gotreau and fellow Officer Elizabeth Kelley subdued and arrested him, Feero said.

Gardner, who was arrested on charges of operating after suspension and refusing to submit to detention or arrest, was released from Penobscot County Jail later in the day, Feero said. Gardner is scheduled to make a court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center next month. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Bangor police arrested a local woman on two charges early Tuesday morning after a nurse in the emergency department at Eastern Maine Medical Center noticed she had been in seeking prescription painkillers within the past week or so — but under a different name.

The woman, identified as 26-year-old Amanda Hutchinson, was charged with acquiring prescription drugs by deception and violating the conditions of her release from a prior arrest, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Tuesday night, citing a police report.

A police report written by Officer Dan Sanborn indicated that Hutchinson admitted that she had been using different aliases, but her actual birth date, to acquire painkillers.

Hutchinson remained at Penobscot County Jail late Tuesday night, a jail official confirmed. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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