A 91-year-old man who became confused Wednesday prompted a flurry of police activity after he got on Interstate 95 in Orono and headed north — in the southbound lanes — in his green Buick Century.

Maine State Police Trooper Chris Cookson said Wednesday that the man, who was not identified, managed to make his way from mile marker 197 to mile marker 204 before his wrong-way drive came to an end.

“When he realized traffic was coming toward him, he drove into a snowbank,” Cookson said.

The man was not injured, Cookson said. He said family members picked the man up and took him home. No charges are pending for the man, who Cookson said was born in October 1919. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A couple of friends from Hampden decided to select new swimsuits while shopping at Target in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon and then attempted to leave without paying for them, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

Megan Sommers and Morganne Hopper, both 19, were charged with theft at around 4:40 p.m. They were not arrested.

Edwards said one had $79 in stolen items and the other had $140 worth of goods. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)


A man who was warned by police to stop yelling at his neighbor Tuesday night was arrested when police had to return to his Court Street apartment, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

Anthony Marchese, 52, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct at around 10:40 p.m. and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

“He was yelling at the guy across the hall,” Edwards said.

When given a disorderly conduct warning earlier, “he said that he wouldn’t do it again, but he did,” the sergeant said.

Marchese was released on bail on Wednesday, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker,BDN)