Police Beat


Bear sighting results in Westfield crash

on June 23, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
Police say driver caused crash with another vehicle traveling behind her when she attempted to make a U-turn to take a picture of the bear.
Willis L. Jordan

Parking violation leads to arrest of Brunswick man for theft of dog’s ashes, other items

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
A Brunswick man whose illegal parking in Massachusetts connected him to a burglary there has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury for receiving more than $10,000 in stolen property from a Brunswick burglary.
Dex, a Dutch-German shepherd mix set to become the Belfast Police Department’s first police dog since 1989, runs an agility course at the Maine State Police Canine Unit training center in Vassalboro with his handler, officer Travis Spencer of the Belfast PD.

Belfast police dog finds suspect who left shorts behind after crime spree

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
The newest addition to Belfast’s police force is already earning his stripes.
Wells Police station in Wells, Maine.

Wells police cruiser runs over suspect fleeing from officer, police say

By CBS 13 on June 22, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
Maine State Police are investigating an incident in Wells Wednesday night in which a Wells Police cruiser struck a man who had run off into a field after officers attempted to arrest him for drunk driving.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday charged four men with aggravated trafficking in cocaine after allegedly seizing more than $140,000 of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl in Sanford.

Drug agents seize 3 pounds of cocaine and heroin from southern Maine home

By Beth Brogan on June 21, 2017, at 6:23 p.m.
Drug enforcement agents seized nearly three pounds of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl that they say was headed for greater Brunswick and York County.
Democratic Rep. Mick Devin

Maine legislator charged with OUI

By J.W. Oliver on June 21, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
State Rep. Michael G. “Mick” Devin, D-Newcastle, faces a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence.

Three people accused of attacking, hindering police at NH homeless shelter

By Ethan DeWitt, The Keene Sentinel on June 20, 2017, at 2:06 p.m.
Keene police arrested three people Saturday night after an altercation at a men’s homeless shelter in which officers were attacked.

Man dies in shooting outside West Gardiner home

By Dawn Gagnon on June 17, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
James Haskell, 41 and who most recently lived in Chelsea, was found dead outside the residence on Yeaton Drive in West Gardiner, according to police.
Michael Brown, 40, wanted by Presque Isle police in connection with an alleged sexual assault, is dead following a car chase and gun battle with police that started Thursday night in Massachusetts and ended around midnight in New Hampshire.

Wanted Maine man killed in gunfight with police in New Hampshire

By The Eagle-Tribune on June 16, 2017, at 8:43 a.m.
Michael Brown shot at the pursuing state police cruisers, police said.

PIPD seek man in connection with sexual assault

on June 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Michael Brown, 39, has been missing since June 7 when he was accused of a sexual assault in Presque Isle.

Teen with keys under his pillow charged with Skowhegan car fires

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
A 15-year-old local boy has been charged with arson and burglary in connection with four car fires set early Monday morning.
Dog tags

Historian accused of stealing American war heroes’ dog tags to sell on eBay

By John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
If convicted, prosecutors say, he could face up to a decade in prison.

Maine man pleads guilty to selling heroin, crack

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
Daniel Pallis faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of probation, according to a release from acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy.
Rion Smith

Harpswell man accused of assaulting two men with pipe or bat

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2017, at 10:03 a.m.
One of the men was taken to Mid Coast Hospital after he was allegedly struck several times in the head.
Police in Augusta are looking for a suspect after a stabbing in the city Sunday night.

Augusta police seek stabbing suspect

By CBS 13 on June 13, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
Police in Augusta are looking for a suspect after a stabbing in the city Sunday night.

Brunswick man fires gun, holds police at bay with wife trapped in home

By Beth Brogan on June 12, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
An elderly man kept officers at bay for nearly an hour Monday, allegedly shooting a gun and destroying the inside of his home where his wife was trapped.
Kimberly Hayford

Woman rescued from Saco River, then arrested

By CBS 13 on June 12, 2017, at 9:03 a.m.
An Old Orchard Beach woman is expected to be arraigned Monday after she was rescued from a river.

A mentally ill man died after Nebraska police shocked him 12 times

By Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post on June 12, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
In the moments before Zachary N. Bearheels died, Omaha, Nebraska police officers shocked the handcuffed man with a stun gun 12 times in matter of minutes.
Brandon Gignac

Man who terrorized grandparents charged with assaulting another relative

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on June 08, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
He became argumentative with relatives on Tuesday morning at a home on Old Limington Road and began destroying property for unknown reasons.
Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff, and Brewer police work on the scene where 54-year-old Mark Ellis was killed after more than a 12 hour standoff with police at his home in Orrington on Wednesday.

Fatal police shootings surge in Maine in 2017

By Judy Harrison on June 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Twice as many people have been fatally shot by Maine police so far this year as in all of 2016 and 2015 combined.