April 07, 2020

Brewer man tells police a woman assaulted him

Monday afternoon, Bangor police found a large, disheveled man sitting on a snowbank, groceries strewn about him and his broken glasses in his hands.

The Brewer man, who was nearly blind without his glasses, told Officer James Dearing and Sgt. Robert Bishop that Rebecca Irish, 47, had attacked him when he refused to give her money. Apparently he distributes Social Security payments to her.

The man said Irish knocked his glasses off his face and proceeded to hit and kick him. She reportedly only stopped when a Brewer man interceded and yelled at her.

Irish admitted she confronted the man, but would not admit to the assault.

She was summoned for assault. —-

For the second time in about a week, a motorist reported Tuesday that a man was standing on a snowbank on Route 2 near the Bardon Hill Road in Etna and was masturbating.

The man used a flashlight in one hand to illuminate what the other hand was doing, police were told, apparently to help passing motorists see him in the dark.

State police got the call around 10 p.m. Tuesday but Trooper Rod Charette said that when he arrived, the man was done and gone. About one week ago, Trooper Douglas Franklin covered a similar complaint with similar results. —-

Justin M. Iwaniszek, 23, of Bangor went to the Bangor police station Tuesday morning to see if there was a warrant for his arrest. There was and Officer Phil Moody escorted Iwaniszek to the nearby Penobscot County Jail.

The warrant stemmed from a Nov. 23 incident at a local bar where Iwaniszek allegedly got in a scuffle with a bouncer and bit the man’s left forearm. Iwaniszek left the bar before police arrived, but his girlfriend didn’t.

The 19-year-old woman offered little help to the police, Officer Chris Morley reported at that time. She initially refused to identify Iwaniszek, saying that the police weren’t the ones that would be going home and getting their heads kicked in. She was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension and with disorderly conduct at that time. —-

Area police continued to handle many accidents as roads remained slippery and in some cases bumpy because of all the ice and snow that has been amassing on the surfaces and along the roadsides.

In Bangor around 12:30 p.m., Emil Genest, 41, of Brewer was taken to the hospital after the Jeep he was driving slid on the icy Interstate 395 pavement. The Jeep struck an embankment and flipped over onto its roof, reported Bangor police Officer Paul Colley.

Genest was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and released, a hospital official reported.


A couple from Canada escaped injury in an accident on Route 9 in Clifton Tuesday evening that substantially damaged the pickup truck they were driving.

Diane Vanherk, 54, and her husband, Paul Vanherk, 57, both from Nova Scotia, were headed to Bangor when they lost control of the truck on a sharp corner, about a mile from the Clifton Country Store, reported Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy John Skroski.

The truck spun around three times and hit the snow-covered guardrails. The truck went up over the guardrails and teetered there for a moment, Skroski said, before rolling back. Below them was a fairly steep embankment, the deputy said. The truck lost two tires and its suspension was apparently damaged, Skroski said.


A woman had a very simple shopping list Tuesday afternoon. She walked into a Bangor supermarket and grabbed four 30-can cases of beer. She then left the store without paying for the nearly $50 in beer. The woman, who was described as being in her late 30s, drove off in a late model red pickup truck, reported Bangor police Sgt. James Hodges. —-

Robert M. Boulay, 26, of Bangor initially told police he hadn’t had a drink for some time, perhaps months, and was charged earlier this week with having excessive alcohol in his bloodstream.

According to a Bangor police report, Boulay’s blood alcohol Sunday evening was .11, which is above the .08 intoxication level. Boulay also was summoned for operating a motor vehicle beyond the conditions of his license.

Boulay caught the attention of police around 10 p.m. after he allegedly cut in front of a police cruiser while driving onto Interstate 95 from an on ramp.

Officer Ed Potter reported that despite slippery road conditions and flashing warning signs that meant the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph, Boulay’s vehicle traveled about 58 to 68 mph and was passing other motorists. —-

A Bangor man was summoned for imprudent speed after the car he was driving early Monday morning flipped over on Broadway. Tony Siuhang Cheng, 30, was traveling east on Broadway around 12:45 a.m. and was going too fast for the road conditions, reported Officer James Hassard.

Cheng’s car slid on the road and struck a snowbank before toppling over onto its roof in the westbound lane of Broadway. Damage to the car was estimated at $10,000.

Cheng also was summoned for driving an unregistered and uninspected motor vehicle.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli

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