Stories about Bangor Police Department

Bangor police Officer David Farrar releases a mother and her eight baby ducks in a pond Saturday, May 23, 2014, after he picked up the stranded family near the Texas Roadhouse on Stillwater Avenue.

Police are people, too: Several local departments taking to Facebook to prove it

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Police are people, too. Bangor Police Department has garnered a lot of attention in recent months because of its efforts to remind Facebook users of that fact. A few months ago, Sgt. Tim Cotton took over social media duties as part of his new role as public …

Bangor police launching Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign over Fourth of July weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on July 03, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
As part of the 2014 Drive Sober Maine grant it recently received from the Bureau of Highway Safety, the Bangor Police Department will beef up patrols starting over the Fourth of July weekend. This program will continue throughout the summer, Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Thursday …
Bangor Police officer Rob Angelo and his K-9, Karan, search for clues near 67 First street during a stabbing investigation in May 2012.

Bangor police dog dies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 07, 2013, at 12:38 p.m.
The German shepherd named Karan who wore a Bangor Police Department badge on his collar and spent years searching for lost children, digging up evidence in homicides and other crimes and sniffing out drugs has died. “Rest In Peace Partner. I will miss you,” Bangor police Sgt. …
Bangor Police Officer John Robinson takes a minute to look around Pickering Square while on a downtown foot patrol Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2012. Responding to complaints of disorderly behavior, the city has expanded downtown foot patrols. Bangor Police Sergeant Paul Edwards said officers are able to keep a close eye on a several-block area effectively.

After long absence, police foot patrols back in downtown Bangor

By Andrew Neff on Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.
Downtown merchants are happy Bangor police officers have their feet planted more firmly on the ground these days. After an absence of nearly two decades, Bangor police officers resumed regular foot patrols in downtown Bangor two months ago. “It was discontinued in the 1990s,” said Bangor police …

Bangor police order test kits to identify bath salts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 09, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
Police Chief Ron Gastia says he has ordered newly available test kits to help his officers immediately identify the synthetic drug bath salts when they encounter it on the streets. The test kits should arrive in the next two weeks and will detect mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, known …

Bangor police investigating possible drug-related illnesses

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 05, 2011, at 10:16 p.m.
Members of the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division were called to an apartment building at the corner of Ohio and Hudson streets to look into what caused two tenants to become ill. The two people, a man and a woman whose names and ages were not …
Dr. Anthony T. Ng (right), medical director of Acadia Hospital's psychiatric emergency services, speaks about the dangers of bath salts to a packed house at Gracie Theatre at Husson University on Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011. Ng was one of four guest speakers at the forum, which was hosted by Mike Dow (left) and Mike Elliot (center) of the Mike and Mike show on Kiss 94.5 FM.

Bangor conference explores medical, police response to bath salts problem

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 05, 2011, at 9:22 p.m.
Police encountered a half-dressed man bleeding at the wrists last Sunday and quickly realized they were dealing with a bath salts user, Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said at a conference held Wednesday on the state’s growing problem with the synthetic drug. When officers approached the man, …
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Belgrade man on eve of 21st birthday accused of assaulting police officer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 03, 2011, at 7:38 p.m.
ORONO | Police were called into downtown late Thursday night after a highly intoxicated man reportedly punched a taxicab, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Monday. The same man later was charged with felony assault on a police officer in Bangor, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards, spokesman for the …

Bangor police, Acadia Hospital to host bath salts conference Wednesday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 03, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
The Bangor Police Department and The Acadia Hospital will host a daylong conference Wednesday about the synthetic drug bath salts, a dangerous — and often psychosis-inducing — street drug that police and medical staff in the region are dealing with daily. Bath salts first emerged in Maine …

Bangor police brief school committee on bath salts

By Andrew Neff on Sept. 27, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
Monday night’s 20-minute presentation and update on Bangor’s bath salts scourge was both alarming and reassuring to members of the school committee. While Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia and Lt. Tom Regan credited the Bangor school system’s existing drug policy for being adequate and effective, they cautioned …

Educators, officials look to get students involved to fight cyberbullying

By Andrew Neff on Sept. 08, 2011, at 8:50 p.m.
BANGOR | With the end of summer vacation and the excitement of coming back to school ebbing, school officials, educators and police officers are hoping to curtail a growing problem before it leads to a tragic ending. The Acadia Hospital hosted a 90-minute forum on cyberbullying that drew an …

Folk Festival has friendly feel for Bangor’s finest

By Andrew Neff on Aug. 27, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
While the prospect of safeguarding an event attracting tens of thousands of people to a space not even quite a square mile in size seems daunting, Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia and his officers not only don’t mind it, they look forward to it. Like most others …
Sgt. Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department looks over law enforcement Facebook pages on Monday, August 22, 2011. Edwards said using Facebook has helped the department solve numerous crimes in recent months, including a bank robbery and many shoplifting cases.

Maine police, fire, drug enforcement agencies increasing use of Facebook

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 24, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Surveillance images of thieves stealing scrap metal were posted on the Ellsworth Police Department’s Facebook page on Friday, and by Monday the perpetrators were arrested and in custody, Police Chief John DeLeo said. “That got solved because of the Facebook page,” he said this week, explaining that …
Members of the Bangor Police Department's accident reconstruction team, working with Chris Watson of the Orono Police Department, were at the scene of a fatal accident Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

Man fleeing police dies in Hampden crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 22, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
A driver fleeing police died after crashing into a tree on Route 1A on Monday afternoon, according to a public safety official. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m. at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Joe Rogers, …
Maine Robotics Lego Camp at Bangor Parks and Recreation Department during Bangor Police Department bomb squad demonstration.

Young Lego fans learn robotics at Bangor camp

By Andrew Neff on Aug. 11, 2011, at 9:21 p.m.
Judging from the questions they asked members of the Bangor Police Department’s bomb squad Thursday, Wyatt Daigle and Nate Wilcox could very well be running the unit in another 15 years. “They probably will be,” agreed Bangor Police Lt. Mark Hathaway, who along with Sgt. Paul Kenison, …

Bangor police announce KahBang street closures

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.
The Bangor Police Department has announced plans to temporarily close several streets near Bangor Waterfront Friday and Saturday to accommodate the KahBang Music Festival, which runs from noon to 11 p.m. each day. Set to close to motor vehicle traffic at 11 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. …
Bangor Police Officer Jamie Fanning was among the participants in a departmental recruitment video recently produced by students at the New England School of Communications.

Bangor police, NESCom team up for promotional video

By Andrew Neff on Aug. 09, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
It won’t be confused with “Law and Order,” “CSI,” or “Miami Vice,” but there’s a new police video out that may get your attention, especially if you’re thinking about a career in law enforcement. The Bangor Police Department’s new recruitment and promotions video has been airing only …
Bangor Police Chief Ron Gastia in September 2009.

Bangor police chief says bath salts creating crisis

By Andrew Neff on Aug. 01, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.
Saying Maine in general and the Bangor area in particular will see things get worse before they get better, Police Chief Ron Gastia said bath salts problems are rapidly approaching epidemic levels. “Over the last two months, it has gotten out of control quickly and as bad …

Bangor police investigating TV theft

By Dawn Gagnon on July 26, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.
City police are looking into the theft of a flat-screen television from the basement of the Bank of America building on Exchange Street. The burglary was reported shortly after noon Monday, when a Dead River Co. employee reported that it was missing from the company’s gym, Sgt. …

Bruises, burns and broken bones: Are doctors ready to call it child abuse?

By Meg Haskell on June 23, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
ORONO | Physicians are often the first to examine babies and children who have been injured deliberately at the hands of their parents or other adults. The locations of bruises or burns, specific types of fractures and elevated levels of certain blood enzymes are among the red flags that …