June 23, 2018
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Assault victim still in hospital after 15 days


The 37-year-old Hancock Street man who was badly beaten at his home on Dec. 29 is still at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

The victim is “stable and still at EMMC,” he said.

The man was home alone when the attack occurred and he suffered severe facial injuries, including broken bones, Edwards said. The investigation is ongoing and police want to hear from people who have information about what happened, he said.

Those with information about the case are asked to call Detective David Bushey at the Bangor Police Department at 947-7385, ext. 95762. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by selecting ext. 6. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Bangor police officer working the door at Barnaby’s at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road told a man leaving the bar late Wednesday that he should not be driving, then saw him behind the wheel of a vehicle, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

“Sgt. [Garry] Higgins warned a person not to drive and he watched him get in the car,” he said. “Sgt. Higgins and Detective [Cliff] Worcester were running after the car.”

Michael Komorowski, 40, of Cranston, R.I., was pulled over by Officer Josh Kuhn and failed a field sobriety test and refused to have his blood alcohol level tested, which resulted in a trip to Penobscot County Jail, Edwards said. He was released Thursday afternoon, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A Hermon woman who was driving through Brewer with an obstructed windshield early Thursday morning was stopped by Brewer police Officer Liz Kelley and found to be driving around with a man she is barred by court orders from being with, Lt. Chris Martin said.

Jayme Gibson, 28, was arrested for violating her bail conditions. Her passenger, Philip Santacroce, 26, of Bangor, also was arrested for an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines and for diverted pharmaceuticals — Ritalin — reportedly found on him during the 12:02 a.m. Thursday traffic stop. Both were taken to Penobscot County Jail and Gibson remained there Thursday night, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A carload of young people was stopped late Thursday on South Main Street in Brewer after Officer Liz Kelley and Cpl. Nelson Feero saw one of the passengers purchase alcohol, Lt. Chris Martin said Thursday.

“The investigation determined the alcohol was purchased for all of them,” he said, referring to the four people in the vehicle.

The driver of the car, Anthony Emerson, 20, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol; passenger Joshua Lung, 22, of Brewer was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors; and a 17-year-old male from Old Town was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for a pot pipe he reportedly had. A 17-year-old female passenger from New York was not charged.

Police confiscated four 40-ounce malt beverages and two six-packs of beer. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


Fire investigators still are investigating what caused a Jan. 4 fire that destroyed an expansive home on Balsam Drive in Holden and resulted in two floors collapsing inside the building, Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday.

“The origin of the fire is in the basement, and the cause is undetermined,” he said. “We’re working on it, but it’s going to be a longtime thing. We don’t have enough information.”

A state electrical inspector reviewed the fire scene Tuesday, he said.

A couple of passers-by saw thick, black smoke billowing above Wiswell Road on Jan. 4 and went to investigate. They found homeowner Shane Geiser and his yellow Lab, Alley, on top of a porch roof trying to get away from the flames. Geiser lived at the home with his wife and three children. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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