April 08, 2020

Drunken driving charge follows accident that hurts 2

A Bangor man was arrested and charged with drunken driving following a three-car accident that injured two people Wednesday afternoon in Glenburn.

Arrested was Roger Hastings, 46, who had been heading north along Route 15 shortly before 6 p.m. when he allegedly crossed the center line and sideswiped a pickup truck, reported Maine State Police Trooper Darren Vittum.

Hastings’ vehicle spun out of control and went down an embankment, Vittum said, although Hastings was not injured. The driver of the pickup truck, Jason Clark, 16, of Kenduskeag, was injured and complained of pain in his back and neck. He was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and later released, a hospital official said.

A third vehicle that had been following Hastings’ minivan became involved in the accident. Morgan Kneeland, 20, of Bangor, driving the third vehicle, tried to avoid the accident ahead of him and spun out of control, Vittum said. Christina King, 28, a passenger in Kneeland’s car, was injured and taken to the hospital where she was treated for whiplash.

Hastings’ blood-alcohol content was measured at .16, twice the limit that the state considers as intoxicated, said Vittum. —-

Fire damaged a section of the R. Leon Williams Lumber Co. in Clifton on Wednesday evening.

It took firefighters from Eddington, Holden and Brewer only about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire inside the company’s planing operations. Eddington Fire Chief Arnold Grover estimated that the smoke and fire had damaged an area about 50 feet by 50 feet.

The fire was called in around 7:10 p.m., and firefighters arrived within minutes. Grover said later that the cause of the fire is under investigation, although he didn’t think it was suspicious. Grover said one possible cause could have to do with heating equipment used to warm pipes that had frozen in the mill earlier in the day.

The fire damaged some power lines that ran into the building, and Bangor Hydro-Electric was there at around 8 p.m. trying to bring the nearby transformer back on line and restore power to the mill.


Remi F. Greenwood, 27, of Bangor was arrested and charged with domestic assault late Tuesday night after a woman said he hit her, including with a telephone.

Police were called in at about 11:30 p.m. and were told that an hour earlier, the woman and Greenwood had been arguing and she had asked him to leave. Greenwood refused to leave, she said, and as they were arguing, he allegedly punched her in the head.

The woman showed officer John Robinson a bruise on her left arm where she said Greenwood had grabbed her before he threw her to the floor. She also said Greenwood had grabbed the phone out of her hands while she was calling police and hit her with it. At one point, she said Greenwood, who she said had been drinking since 5 p.m., threatened to kill her if she called anyone.


Amaranth A. Pieciak, 19, of Hancock went into the Bangor Police Department late Tuesday night expecting to pay a fine to settle a warrant that was out for her arrest. Sgt. Steve Hunt explained to the woman that wasn’t how it worked, and he and Officer Ed Potter walked the woman to the Penobscot County Jail, where bail for her release was set at $200 cash. The warrant was for failure to appear in court.


Someone broke into the John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor recently, taking more than $400 worth of equipment from the private school.

There were no signs of forced entry into the building, although the burglar broke the glass in one door to get into one room. Taken from that room was a portable compact disc player, while a VCR, boombox and a can opener were taken from another room that apparently was left unlocked.


Sometime between late Tuesday and early Wednesday, someone jacked up a 1998 Honda Accord at the Darling’s Honda dealership in Bangor and removed all four tires and alloy rims. The tires and rims were valued at $1,300.


A caretaker for a vacant house on Center Street in Bangor reported that someone broke into the building sometime between Friday and Wednesday. The burglar jimmied a door to get in.


A Pearl Street woman told Bangor police that two man stopped by her residence Sunday evening to pick up some beer they had left behind. She was upstairs when they left. Then she left for work. When she came back from work Monday morning, she said her home’s back door was open and some of her belongings were missing.

Taken were 15 compact discs, a 12-pack of beer, $20 in cash and some cigarettes. The cigarettes had been stored in the freezer, and the thieves took three packs but left seven packs behind.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli

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