June 23, 2018
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Mars Hill teen arrested in connection with firearm incident

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

MARS HILL, Maine — A 17-year-old from Mars Hill has been arrested and charged with criminal threatening and reckless behavior with a firearm after an altercation early Friday afternoon, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.

According to information provided by Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall, a woman residing on Grass Road in Blaine contacted the sheriff’s office and reported two men and a 17-year-old male had entered her home and an argument ensued soon after between the woman and one of the men, whom she said she knew.

The argument reportedly escalated to the point where the juvenile brandished a handgun and fired it into the air before leaving the home with the other two men, Crandall said.

A short time later, according to Crandall, one of the men and the juvenile were located by sheriff’s officers at an East Ridge Road residence in Mars Hill where the juvenile was arrested, charged and taken to the Aroostook County Jail for questioning.

The adult was also questioned by authorities and released.

The third man involved was later questioned at his Robinson Road home in Blaine and released.

After executing a search warrant at the East Ridge Road residence, sheriff’s deputies and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency recovered a firearm, ammunition, drugs and other evidence, in addition to evidence recovered from the scene on Grass Road.

“Luckily, no one was injured during this altercation or the investigation into it,” Crandall said in the release.

The investigation continues with the focus on determining the motive behind the incident, Crandall said, adding that more charges could follow.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Maine State Police, game wardens and agents with Customs and Border Protection.

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