Transient accused of soiling bathroom, damaging Bangor college security vehicle

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 10:26 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 28, 2011, at 11:27 a.m.
Jeffery M. Howard
Penobscot County Jail
Jeffery M. Howard

BANGOR, Maine — Police arrested a local transient early Saturday after an employee at Eastern Maine Community College on Hogan Road discovered a mess in one of the bathrooms and a damaged security vehicle, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

“The campus was entered illegally including a bathroom where water was found to be left running in a sink and what appeared to be feces and toilet tissue strewn about the floor,” the sergeant said.

Officer Mike Brennan was dispatched to EMCC around 1:30 a.m. after a school official reported the suspicious activity and trespassing.

While en route to the call, Brennan saw transient Jeffery Howard, 58, on Hogan Road. Brennan had dealt with Howard on other occasions and stopped to talk to him before making his way to the nearby campus, Edwards said.

After seeing Howard on the EMCC surveillance videos, Brennan located him and charged him with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

While Brennan was writing the tickets, campus security contacted him and reported a security vehicle was found with more than $3,000 in damage. Howard was arrested and charged with felony aggravated criminal mischief and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. He remained in jail Monday morning.

If convicted of felony aggravated criminal mischief, Howard could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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