Police Beat


Police close South Freeport Road after report that man with gun had gone to ex-wife’s home

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
Police from three towns closed South Freeport Road and surrounded a home there Monday afternoon after receiving a report that an apparently suicidal man with a gun refused to emerge from the home of his former wife. Freeport and Yarmouth police were notified Monday morning that a …
Marc Alberi

Sex offender accused of taking photos of boy, 11, in Walmart bathroom

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 09, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
NEWPORT | A man on the state’s sex offender registry is in more trouble after he was arrested Monday for allegedly taking photos of a boy in a Walmart bathroom. Marc Alberi, 46, was taken into custody at his Elm Street home without incident, according to Maine Department of …
Nicholas J. Coggins

Biddeford man arrested, charged in connection with graffiti in Kennebunk, Saco

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on Sept. 08, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
Police have arrested a Biddeford man who they suspect spray-painted the graffiti on numerous private and public properties in Kennebunk and Saco. Following a combined investigation by the Kennebunk and Saco police departments, Nicholas J. Coggins, 22, was arrested and charged with six counts of criminal mischief. …
Theodore E. Poland

Nobleboro man accused of punching, strangling woman over food stamp balance

By Lincoln County News staff on Sept. 08, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
A Nobleboro man allegedly punched a woman in the mouth and strangled her after he became upset about the food stamp program balance on her electronic benefit card the night of Aug. 28. Theodore E. Poland, 46, was arrested Aug. 29 for aggravated assault, a Class B …
Jason Fogg

Man charged with driving ATV while drunk

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 08, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
WINTERPORT | A 24-year-old local man was arrested Friday night after he reportedly was driving his ATV while intoxicated at nearly three times the legal limit. Jason Fogg, who has been staying at his father’s house in Winterport, came to the attention of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at …

Brunswick men free on bond after pleading not guilty to federal tax fraud, conspiracy charges

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
Two Brunswick men indicted on federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday and were released pending an Oct. 7 court appearance. F. William Messier, 70, who was indicted on seven federal tax fraud and conspiracy, was released on a $100,000 …

Biddeford man accused of vandalizing several buildings in Saco, Kennebunk

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 08, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
A joint investigation by Saco and Kennebunk police has led to the arrest of a Biddeford man who allegedly vandalized several buildings with graffiti. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Nikolas Coggins, 22, began on Aug. 30 when Saco police fielded complaints from several …

State police locate SUV involved in Durham pursuit; driver charged

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
A sport utility vehicle involved in a police chase last week was located in Durham on Friday and the alleged driver charged, police said. The purple Chevrolet Tracker was found behind a home on the Leighton Road, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. The …
Bath police released this sketch of the man they suspect broke into a woman's home early Wednesday morning and punched her in the face.

Bath police searching for man who allegedly broke into home, punched woman in face

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Bath police said Monday that a home invasion and assault in a High Street home last week were likely part of an isolated incident and they are not concerned about a threat to the general public. Early Wednesday morning, a High Street man reported to police that …

Sheriff’s deputies seek woman who robbed Manchester Rite Aid

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 08, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
A Rite Aid on Western Avenue was robbed on Saturday for the second time in a month, according to police. Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said police are seeking a solo female suspect. Police were called to the store shortly after 3 …
Olger Bicaj

Workers catch Rockland man stealing lobsters, police say

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 08, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.
A 29-year-old Rockland man was charged Saturday night after returning to the scene of a crime, according to police. Olger Bicaj was charged with theft, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. According to police, Bicaj had been seen on a …
Adam Hall

Police: Rockland man steals Dunkin’ Donuts sign after being denied sandwich

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 08, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
An unhappy customer is in legal trouble after allegedly stealing a sign when he couldn’t get a sandwich. Adam Hall, 22, of Rockland was arrested and charged with theft after Rockland police said he stole a stand-up vinyl sign from outside the Dunkin’ Donuts in Rockland. Police …
John Cella

Rockland police catch suspected burglar inside restaurant

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 08, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
A Massachusetts man is being held at the Knox County Jail after Rockland police said they caught the suspect inside a restaurant early Monday morning. Police said they then linked him to a break-in at a second restaurant Sunday night. John Cella, 49, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, was …

Passenger allegedly assaults taxi driver in Portland

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 07, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
Police say a taxi driver was assaulted by his passenger, which resulted in a car crash at around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The driver picked up the passenger on the 800 block of Forest Avenue and drove him to an area near Walton Street and Bigley Court, where …

Police searching for man who allegedly attempted robbery with knife in Brunswick driveway

By Staff, CBS 13 on Sept. 07, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Police are searching for a masked man they say flashed a knife and tried to rob someone in their driveway Sunday morning in Brunswick. About 8:22 a.m. Sunday, a man told police he was approached in his driveway on Union Street by someone wearing a mask. After …
 Bryan Clark

Houlton pair charged with trafficking after agents discover suspected meth lab

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
A Houlton man and woman were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after police discovered Friday what they suspect to be an operation for manufacturing the drug in a single-family home. Bryan Clark, 25, and Ashley Eastham, 22, were charged Friday with Class B trafficking in Schedule W …

Circle K clerk subdues man who allegedly tried to rob South Portland store

By CBS 13 on Sept. 06, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Police are crediting a Circle K clerk with taking down a man who allegedly tried to rob the South Portland convenience store Saturday morning. Ronald Castrello, 45, of South Portland, allegedly entered the store around 5:48 a.m. Saturday, wearing a red hoodie and black ski mask, …

Ellsworth man faces charges after pursuit by officer ends in accident

By Tim Cox on Sept. 06, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Main — An Ellsworth man was arrested and charged with three traffic offenses after being pursued by a police officer for speeding and striking a tree, police reported Saturday. Nelson Aviles, 50, was speeding 77 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 1A, according to Ellsworth police Sgt. …

Winslow man in protective custody after police called to China Road residence

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
A Winslow man was taken into protective custody Friday afternoon after Winslow police were called to a China Road residence for a possible domestic violence situation. Winslow police officers and Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the area, Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said Friday in …

Woman accused of attacking boyfriend with sword

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 05, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
WATERVILLE | A woman is facing felony charges after allegedly threatening her boyfriend with a sword saying she was going to kill him. Jane Allen, 50, is accused of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey. Police were summoned to …
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