April 01, 2020

Armed robbery suspect sought

Bangor police released this composite of the man believed to have robbed a computer store at gunpoint Monday evening. The robbery happened shortly after 7 p.m. at the Technology Source store on Odlin Road.

According to police, the robber held a handgun and ordered the store’s clerk to lie down on the floor and then the robber took three laptop computers and some other computer equipment and fled.

The man was described as 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He was in his late teens and had reddish blond wavy hair and wore wire-rimmed glasses and a black leather jacket. The robber was reported to be driving a small to medium-size red sedan, possibly a Nissan model car. The car was seen headed for Interstate 395. —-

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 9 in Eddington Tuesday evening and struck a pickup truck, setting off a chain reaction accident that involved two other cars.

The truck was traveling west near the Eddington School when it jackknifed around 6:20 p.m. It struck a pickup truck heading east driven by Normal Long of Eddington. Long suffered some injuries and was being X-rayed at a Bangor hospital. His 18-month-old daughter who was with him was uninjured, reported state Trooper Scott Hamilton.

No other injuries were reported although the accident involved two other vehicles. After the truck hit the pickup, the pickup was hit by a car behind it driven by Julia Keefe, 29, of Aurora. She in turn was struck by a car behind her driven by Rupert Fancy, 46.

Hamilton attributed the accident to a combination of excessive speed by the tractor-trailer and icy road conditions. Hamilton identified the tractor-trailer driver as William Brill, 48, of Canaan, who apparently didn’t have insurance. Hamilton said Brill’s trucking company was summoned for failure to provide evidence of insurance.

As a result of the accident, Hamilton said traffic along Route 9 was blocked off for about 10 to 15 minutes. —-

Tuesday’s continued slip-and-slide road conditions proved difficult for a number of motorists, particularly along Interstate 95. Although numerous cars ran off roads and the highway and sometimes landed on their roofs or sides, most of the accidents involved little to no injuries.

Sgt. Charles Downing, of the state police barracks in Orono, estimated that 21 reports of accidents had come in during a six-hour period Tuesday afternoon. Some of the reports may have actually been duplicate reports while in other cases the motorists were gone by the time police arrived to help out.

Downing said the number of calls was typical of freezing-rain and snowy conditions. He said in such weather, motorists needed to slow down and pay attention to not only their vehicle but motorists ahead as well, and must be prepared to take evasive action if cars ahead get into trouble.

Officer Erik Tall of the Orono Police Department said it didn’t take much to send cars off the road. Roads were so slick that slowing travel to below the speed limit wasn’t enough and some motorists wound up off the road.

After a quiet Monday, accidents picked up in Orono Tuesday, police there reported. Tall said that around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday a Bradley woman in a pickup slid off the interstate. The driver, Cathy Delaware, 25, was uninjured. Her pickup truck was undamaged. Motorist Colleen Whiteley, 25, of Old Town was also uninjured in an accident on Stillwater Avenue and ran off the road into some trees. Her car sustained about $700 in damage, Tall reported. —-

A Bangor woman reported to police Monday that a suspicious man, driving a small red car, has been driving around the Bowdoin Street neighborhood honking the car’s horn and waving at young girls, including her daughter, as he drove by. Police reported they will look at stepping up patrols in the area. —-

A Kirkland Road resident told Old Town police that she lost the brakes on her car recently and thought someone had “messed” with them. Old Town Police Officer Wilfred King reported finding plenty of brake fluid and nothing appeared out-of-the-ordinary underneath, but King recommended the woman have someone with more knowledge about cars take a look at it. If a problem was found, he told her to call the police again. —-

Justin Russell, 24, of Bangor told police recently that at the time of his car accident in late November, he hadn’t known his insurance had expired and that his license had been suspended.

But other people in the accident told police that after the accident at the intersection of State and Essex streets, Russell had approached one of the other motorists and asked if it would be all right if his friend took the blame for being behind the wheel. Russell allegedly told them that he thought his license was suspended.

Bangor Police Detective James Libby said a check with police computer files and with the insurance company showed that Russell’s license had been suspended in late October and his insurance was canceled in September. Russell denied asking the other motorist to place Russell’s friend in the driver’s seat.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli

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