June 21, 2018
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Hampden woman arrested on probation violation

By Jamison Cocklin, Special to the BDN

A Hampden woman was arrested on a probation violation after a concerned relative called police fearing for her safety and well-being, according to Officer Ben Eyles.

After visiting the residence of Jennifer Seekings, 35, on Main Road North in Hampden, the relative told police that Seekings was clearly under the influence of both her prescription medication and alcohol, said Eyles.

The relative asked police  to perform a “well-being” check after she removed two of Seekings’ children from the residence. According to Eyles, the relative told police Seekings was on probation for drug violations.

When Officer Mark Egan went to Seekings’ residence and knocked on the door, he reportedly received no response. Eyles said Egan “ultimately opened the door” to see whether Seekings was OK and found her to be mostly unresponsive.

“By her own account she had overdosed on pills,” Eyles said.

Police also confirmed that Seekings’ pills had in fact been abused as the number left in the bottle did not equate with the amount and date listed on the label.

“Her pill count was short. She had been taking more than she needed to” said Eyles.

After confirming that Seekings was under the influence and did not require medical attention, Egan called her probation officer, who authorized an arrest.  Seekings was taken to Penobscot County Jail on a probation violation. (Jamison Cocklin, BDN)


A disturbance at the Hope House on Texas Avenue in Bangor at around 7 p.m. Tuesday allegedly resulted in a scuffle between a man staying there and an officer, according to Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber.

Weber said that when Officer Chris Blanchard arrived at the Hope House he was met inside by Luis Garcia, 30, who was “yelling and screaming.” Blanchard allegedly asked the man to calm down numerous times, but after “several minutes” passed, according to Weber, Blanchard was compelled to give Garcia a warning for disorderly conduct.

Weber said that Garcia continued his tirade by drawing his wife, who also was staying at the shelter, into an argument. When Blanchard stepped between the couple, Garcia became combative and began to yell louder, according to Weber.

Weber said Blanchard then asked Garcia to leave the property. Garcia refused to leave, and when Blanchard tried to arrest him, Weber said Garcia “clenched his fists and took a defensive stance.”  Blanchard was forced to “ground” Garcia and wrestle him to the floor in order to cuff the suspect, according to Weber.

Garcia was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and since has been released. (Jamison Cocklin, BDN)


Brewer police Officer Elizabeth Kelley and Cpl. Nelson Feero received an anonymous tip at around 9 p.m. Tuesday that a local man was selling his prescription marijuana.  

When officers arrived at the apartment on Rinfret Drive, Mathew Vurrill, 29, told them he did not have a prescription for the drug.

Pinette said Vurrill then consented to a search of his residence. Kelley and Feero allegedly found 3 grams of marijuana in the residence in addition to a glass pipe used for smoking the substance and a Schedule Z drug, according to Pinette.

Pinette said that when the search was complete, Vurrill admitted he had more marijuana on him and proceeded to hand the officers approximately 1 ounce of the substance.

Vurrill was charged with possession of a Schedule Z drug, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was not arrested, according to Pinette. (Jamison Cocklin, BDN)

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