May 28, 2020
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Police say Key Plaza bomb threat phony

A bomb threat at Key Plaza early Wednesday morning turned out to be a dud, according to Bangor police.

The threat, which was scrawled on a mirror in a men’s room, read: “Bomb in building,” Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Wednesday evening.

The threat, Millard said, was discovered shortly after 7 a.m. by someone working inside the building, located at 23 Water St. The worker immediately pulled a fire alarm to get others to head outside until the threat could be checked out, he said.

The fire alarm activation brought out city firefighters, who called the police, Millard said.

After a search by Lt. Steve Hunt and Officer Paul Colley turned up nothing suspicious, employees were allowed to re-enter the building, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


Two University of Maine students were summoned Tuesday after what started as a routine traffic stop on Route 2 in Old Town.

The episode began shortly before 4:30 p.m., when Old Town police Officer Joshua Loring pulled over a 1997 Honda Accord belonging to 20-year-old Davis McCarthy, who resides on the UM campus in Orono, according to Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy.

Roy said the reason Loring stopped the car was that it did not have an inspection sticker affixed to its windshield, as required by state law, and that McCarthy was summoned for that violation.

After he detected the aroma of burned marijuana wafting from the car, Loring called for the police department’s canine team, Pumba and his handler, Officer James Fearon, Roy said. A search by the team turned up a marijuana grinder, Roy said.

That discovery led to a summons for backseat passenger Lisa Desrochers, 18, also a campus resident. Roy said Desrochers was charged with the sale and use of drug paraphernalia after she claimed ownership of the grinder. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A Bangor man pulled over in Old Town on Monday because of an expired inspection sticker wound up being charged with driving while his license was under suspension.

Jason Melanson, 28, was summoned for both violations after Old Town police Officer Joshua Loring pulled him over about 5 p.m. on Route 2 because his sticker had expired in November of last year, Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy said Wednesday.

When Loring had a dispatcher run Melanson’s name through the county’s law enforcement computer system, he learned that the motorist lacked a valid license. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


Old Town police officers continue to investigate the theft earlier this month of an elderly woman’s wallet from a local fast food restaurant. Police have received an undisclosed number of tips after last Thursday’s release of video surveillance images showing a “person of interest” in that case.

The unidentified person was shown wearing a dark-colored jacket with writing on the back of it and appears to be in his late teens to mid-20s, and between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall.

“We’re working on leads, but so far no one’s been charged,” Sgt. Travis Roy said late Wednesday afternoon.

The wallet, which belonged to an 80-year-old woman, disappeared around lunchtime on Feb. 3 after she accidentally left it behind at the KFC restaurant in Old Town, Roy said last week. When she realized that she had left the wallet, the woman returned to the restaurant, and it was gone, along with the cash she was carrying af-ter just cashing her Social Security check.

Anyone with any information about the theft should call 827-6358 and ask for Sgt. Roy or Detective Tom Adams. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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