June 06, 2020

Canaan man swallows marijuana, is arrested

Told by Bangor police to hand over the smoldering marijuana cigarette Tuesday night, the Canaan man crumpled it between his fingers and proceeded to chew and swallow it.

James Cummings, 34, later was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution. He also was summoned for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The case has been turned over to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for possible additional charges.

Bangor police on bike patrol reportedly found Cummings and a woman sitting in a car near the Second Street park at 9:45 p.m.

In passing the car, Officer Chris Morley noticed a red ember — resembling a lit cigarette — and detected the odor of marijuana, he reported.

Taking a closer look, Morley noticed the marijuana cigarette now near Cummings’ feet and asked him to hand it over. Without hesitation, Cummings took the cigarette and swallowed it, Morley said.

Outside the car, police searched Cummings, but not before asking if he had any knives or sharp instruments in his possession. Cummings said nothing.

Morley reportedly found a small knife, a small bag containing marijuana seeds and a blue pipe with marijuana residue on it. As he lifted Cummings’ shirt to search a pocket, an uncapped hypodermic needle fell to the ground, Morley said.

Asked about the exposed needle, Cummings told Morley that he didn’t know anything about it and that police must have planted it. —-

An 11-year-old Hampden boy was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and later released after the bicycle he was riding struck a van Wednesday.

Jared Bragg was traveling west on the Kennebec Road about 6 p.m. when a van also traveling west and driven by Renee Dunton, 19, of Hampden tried to pass him, reported Hampden police Officer Scott Jakins.

Dunton was traveling slowly and tried to move farther out from Bragg, Jakins said. The boy and bike kept drifting into the traveling lane and struck the front side of the van. Jakins reported that Bragg suffered bumps and extensive bruises.


Anthony Lombardo, 18, of Old Town was summoned for criminal threatening Tuesday afternoon by Old Town police.

Witnesses said Lombardo had argued with teen-agers and young people inside a Hayes Street residence and then outside threatened to kill them if they stepped off their property.

It was out on the street near the residence that police found Lombardo, still making the threats, reported Sgt. Steven Hatch. Warned by police that he faced arrest if the threats continued, Lombardo told police he wasn’t making threats, just promises. Hatch reported that Lombardo also said that if he couldn’t get the people inside, he’d have someone else do it for him. —-

Brewer police went to a local hotel about 6 p.m. Wednesday on a report of the pungent odor of marijuana wafting through the hallway. Police located the origin of the smell and knocked on the door.

Officer Fred Luce said he was let in and, smelling even more marijuana smoke, asked the room’s occupant where the marijuana was. Luce said the man opened up a nightstand drawer and handed over a small bag of marijuana.

Michael Gordon, 36, was summoned for possession of a usable amount of marijuana and with possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Compiled by Doug Kesseli

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