April 05, 2020

Electricity questions dominate weekend police calls

Bangor area police and Penobscot County dispatchers said the number of requests for law enforcement was down this weekend in the aftermath of last week’s ice storm, but the missing volume was more than made up for in calls about downed power lines and tree limbs.

By Sunday night, the pace was slowing for dispatchers called in to work extra shifts. “People are just realizing we’re not the power company,” said one woman working the phones at the Sheriff’s Office.

At the Orono police station, the story was the same. “The biggest thing has been people asking what time the power will be on, which we don’t know,” a dispatcher said. “That’s the most frustrating thing.” —-

Saturday, Bangor police arrested Matthew Wilbur, 19, of Glenburn and charged him with robbery in connection with a robbery last Monday at Technology Source Computer Store, 572 Odlin Road. Wilbur remained at Penobscot County Jail Sunday. His arraignment was expected today.

Most of the stolen property, which included three laptop computers and other equipment, has been recovered. Additional arrests are possible, police said.

The alleged robber carried a gun to the store about 7:20 p.m. Monday and ordered an employee to lie on the floor while he gathered equipment, then fled by car. The employee was unharmed. —-

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy John Skroski said Friday that a Glenburn man had been arrested on charges of domestic assault, violation of bail conditions and terrorizing, after an incident at a home in Greenville.

Skroski was called Friday morning to a woman’s home on Cardville Road after John Sebastian, 41, allegedly assaulted one of the woman’s sons and threatened her and her sons. Skroski said Sebastian had been charged about two weeks ago with assault on another of the woman’s sons and had been free on bail.

When Sebastian was arrested Friday on the new charges, bail was denied and he was held at Penobscot County Jail until his court hearing, which Skroski said would be today in 3rd District Court in Bangor. —-

The $94 stolen Jan. 2 from the parish office at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor was taken from a desk drawer and not the office safe, an amended Bangor police report recently stated. Also reported as taken were a duffel bag that contained personal papers and two checkbooks belonging to the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

The theft is believed to have taken place around 12:30 p.m. while two parish staff members and several other parishioners were attending a prayer service in the Bethlehem Chapel, according to a statement issued by the church. —-

Not all of the falling ice in Bangor on Friday was the fault of nature, according to a Pine Street woman who called police Friday afternoon to report a “large chunk of ice” thrown through her son’s bedroom window.

The woman estimated damage of $70 to the window and $150 damage to a stereo that was smashed by the ice chunk. Police reported that a group of neighborhood children seen outside the house ran toward Essex Street after the incident. —-

Bangor police officers were busy Saturday with three separate arrests of drivers operating under the influence of alcohol, including one at the Ground Round restaurant just after midnight. The incident involved an 18-year-old passenger who was issued a summons for possession of alcohol by a minor. —-

An Ellsworth woman called police Saturday to report a lost half-carat diamond and gold ring. The 25-year-old ring is her wedding and engagement bands soldered together, according to a police report.

The woman said she had shopped at Home Depot, HQ, Tools and Tarps, and the Wendy’s restaurant near the Bangor Mall.

— Compiled by the NEWS Staff

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