Bangor man arrested in Presque Isle court case

Posted Feb. 19, 2011, at 7:41 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man who was wanted by police for failing to show up for Presque Isle District Court on a criminal trespass case from last year was caught Friday night, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Saturday.

“An anonymous caller said that a person had a warrant” and was in an apartment on Third Street, he said.

When police arrived at around 8:50 p.m. they found Michael Jarvis Vega, 27, and arrested him for the outstanding warrant from Presque Isle.

Bangor police had stopped Jarvis Vega two days before in connection with shoplifting at Shaw’s grocery store but before they could charge him, he had some sort of seizure and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, Edwards said.

After being released, police were looking for him to charge him with theft and when they found him, “he claimed he had been punched in the throat” and again needed to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, Edwards said. Police did eventually charge him with theft, he said.

Jarvis Vega was taken to Penobscot County Jail after being arrested Friday for the warrant and remained there Saturday night, a jail official said.

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The Bangor Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team was out Friday night with an underage female volunteer running a sting operation to see whether local stores were selling alcohol to minors and caught one business doing so, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Saturday.

“I don’t know how many they attempted, but they did get one,” he said.

The female volunteer, who is not old enough to drink alcohol, was given a $20 bill and sent into the Broadway Redemption Center at around 6 p.m. Friday and purchased a can of beer, Edwards said.

Both the store and clerk Bernice Carroll, 58, of Greenbush were charged with the sale of alcohol to a minor.

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