POLICE BEAT

Wanted Orono man nabbed in New Hampshire

Posted Aug. 20, 2012, at 8:31 p.m.
Brandon Kahl
Brandon Kahl

ORONO, Maine — A wanted Orono man who managed to elude police for months was arrested earlier this month in New Hampshire and brought back to Maine on Friday, police officials from Bangor and Manchester, N.H. said.

At the time of his arrest by Manchester, N.H., police, on Aug. 1, Brandon Kahl, 27, was the subject of a fugitive warrant that authorized nationwide extradition, Manchester police Lt. Michael Hurley said Monday evening.

Hurley said Kahl was arrested about 2 a.m., after Manchester police were called to a disturbance on Elm Street and a bystander pointed out Kahl as one of the people involved, Hurley said.

His bail was set at $50,000 cash during his initial court appearance in Manchester, according to the Union Leader, a New Hampshire daily newspaper.

At a pre-arraignment session, Kahl reportedly told the court clerk he had no idea why he was being sought by Maine, the New Hampshire newspaper noted.

Bangor police had been searching for Kahl for months when they asked the public for help in early May. At that time, police said Kahl was wanted on six warrants and for violating his probation for robbery, theft and assault.

When he was booked into Penobscot County Jail, he was wanted on eight warrants.

Later that month, Kahl was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury on a felony domestic violence charge.

Kahl was brought back to Maine by Officer Shawn Green and Officer Taylor Bagley of the Bangor Police Department, Sgt. James Buckley said Monday evening.

As of Monday night, Kahl remained at Penobscot County Jail, where he is being held on $1,000 cash bail, a jail official confirmed.

According to the Bangor Daily News archives, Kahl was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury in January 2010 for the robbery, theft and assault for which he is on probation. He was an Orono resident at that time.

The previous year, he was fined $500 and sentenced to 48 hours in jail for driving with a suspended license and given a 10-day jail sentence and ordered to pay $10.64 restitution for theft.

Kahl’s criminal history also includes a 24-hour jail sentence and $150 fine for violation of bail conditions in 2008 and convictions for violation of a protection order and driving with a suspended license in 2007, for each of which he was fined $250.

After Kahl was indicted, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said city police “received several tips from the public when his photograph was released to the media and on Facebook back on May 8, 2012.”

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