Police Beat


Police arrest Clinton man after he had been on the run for two days

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 24, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
CLINTON, Maine — A local man with a lengthy criminal record, who had been on the loose since Monday, was captured by police Wednesday. According to Clinton police Chief Craig Johnson, an officer went to the residence of James Simonson, 54, Monday with intent to arrest and charge him with …

Two wanted men arrested in Biddeford, US marshal says

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two men who were wanted on active warrants were arrested Wednesday by a team of law enforcement officers, U.S. Marshal Noel March said Wednesday. Jessy Kehling, 27, of Biddeford, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. at a residence on Prospect Street in Biddeford, March said. The Maine Violent …

Sanford police ask public to keep eye out for suspect in attempted kidnapping

By Dawn Gagnon on July 23, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — Sanford police are asking local people to keep an eye out for a suspect in a possible attempted child abduction that occurred on Tuesday evening. The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the corner of High and Bates streets, Cpl. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department …
Head coach Jack Cosgrove looks on as sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins scrambles for yardage during the 10th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage at Morse Field at the University of Maine.

Members of UMaine football team accused of illegal drinking at Sand Beach

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A gathering Saturday at Sand Beach that included members of the University of Maine football team resulted in four players being charged with alcohol violations, according to national park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said three people were charged with underage drinking after being seen drinking …

Police: Bucksport man damaged cruiser while being arrested

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Bucksport man was arrested Monday after he reportedly tried to elude local authorities and damaged a police cruiser while doing so. The damage to the cruiser was minimal, according to Sgt. David Kerns. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning after Officer Brad O’Neill …
Alfred Ruiz Garcia

MDEA arrests 3 in 2 heroin investigations

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three people have been arrested on drug trafficking charges as a result of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigations in the Ellsworth and Bangor areas. Alfred Ruiz Garcia, 50, of Portland was arrested Monday on a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin. Garcia recently was released …
John Doe

Man accused of touring US hospitals, injuring himself to get painkillers, arrested in Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 22, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — A man who intentionally injured himself and used at least 10 different aliases while trying to obtain painkillers at hospitals around the country was apprehended in Maine last week, according to local, state and federal officials. Inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service are still …

Pennsylvania teen charged with alcohol possession after running boat aground off South Bristol

By Tim Badgley, Lincoln County News on July 22, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — A 17-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, faces an alcohol possession charge after running a boat aground on Outer Thrumcap Island, off the southern shore of South Bristol, early Tuesday. South Bristol Fire Chief Mark Carrothers said he received a page at 12:42 a.m. regarding a …
Michael Grant

Skowhegan man charged in central Maine copper thefts

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — A Skowhegan man is facing multiple charges after a lengthy investigation regarding copper thefts in central Maine. Michael Grant was charged Monday with aggravated criminal mischief and felony theft in connection with copper thefts in Winslow, Waterville, Augusta, Farmingdale and Windsor, according to Winslow Police Chief Shawn …

Newport police arrest woman after complaints of drug activity at residence

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — A local woman was arrested on Monday afternoon after police had received numerous complaints of alleged drug activity occurring at her Highland Avenue home. Amy Boudreau, 40, was taken into custody without incident, according to Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid. Macdaid said police had been receiving calls …

Franklin County man accused of stealing check from ex-roommate

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 22, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
WILTON, Maine — A local man is facing a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing a check worth more than $600 from his former roommate, according to police. Tristan Ridlon, 29, faces up to five years in jail if convicted of the Class C crime. Wilton police Officer Derek Daley …

Gunshot fired during armed home invasion in Portland, police say

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are searching for two men they say broke into an apartment on Sunday night brandishing firearms and demanding money. According to a Monday afternoon announcement by Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department, the two men entered the unit at 66 Smith St. at …

Man accused of holding up Lewiston convenience store at gunpoint arrested

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 21, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday evening following an armed robbery at a College Street convenience store, according to police. Jacob Koch, 31, is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on charges of robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, Lewiston police Lt. Michael …

‘Sextortion’: Hackers extorting with stolen photos increasing focus of police

By Del Quentin Wilber, Bloomberg on July 21, 2014, at 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The email terrified the young mother. “What if I told you I had pics of you?” the unknown writer asked. “Like a lot. Would you send me more?” “They were pretty x-rated,” he added. To prove he wasn’t bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs …

Newcastle woman arrested on charge of selling heroin

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on July 21, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
NEWCASTLE, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested a 28-year-old Newcastle woman for allegedly trafficking heroin. Nichole L. Brackett was allegedly selling 25-milligram bags of heroin, which sell for $25 to $30 apiece, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor Jim Pease said. “We seized heroin during our investigation,” Pease …

Underage drinking party at Wallagrass gravel pit leads to charges against 18 minors

on July 20, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
WALLAGRASS, Maine — A drinking party at a local gravel pit led to charges being filed against 18 minors, according to a release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. Maine State Troopers and Game Wardens responded on Saturday to a wooded area in Wallagrass for a report of a …

Rockland man held in jail, accused of biting woman

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old man remains at Knox County Jail after being arrested Wednesday night, accused of biting a woman during an argument. Derrick J. McDuffy of Pleasant Street in Rockland was charged with felony domestic violence assault. The charge is a felony because he has two recent prior …

US marshals search for wanted man in Standish

By WGME on July 18, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
STANDISH, Maine — U.S. Marshals were searching for 27-year-old Jessy Kehling in Standish near Route 113 and Job Road. Kehling is wanted on several outstanding warrants, including robbery, domestic assault and assault, among other charges. According to police, Kehling was pursued when he ditched his car along Route 35 and …
Fuquan Prince Wilson, 34

Police say victims of Biddeford double shooting may have been shot in self-defense

By Seth Koenig on July 18, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine State Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a New York man they believe shot two others in Biddeford earlier this month. Fuquan Prince Wilson, 34, of the Bronx, New York, is wanted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. …

Carmel woman facing charges in domestic incident at Bangor convenience store

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 18, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Carmel woman is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident at Leadbetter’s on outer Hammond Street on Monday, police said. Vicki Koehler of Carmel was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with domestic violence criminal threatening, violation of a protection order, domestic violence reckless conduct …
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