May 21, 2019

Old Town woman arrested on assault charge

Bangor police were sent to Stillwater Avenue near the mall early Tuesday morning for a report of a domestic fight in a parking lot.

Police found a woman and her soon-to-be ex-husband outside Blue Seal Feeds ‘n’ Needs, although the dispute apparently had occurred across the street.

The husband admitted to taking the wife’s checkbook but said his wife had grabbed him with both hands and had been pulling him around trying to get the checkbook back.

A witness who had been landscaping in the area reported hearing the woman yell for help and told police he looked up and saw the couple about 10 feet apart. He said the woman then got into a pickup truck and headed out, but drove close to the man and may have hit him.

The husband reported that the truck brushed him, and he showed police abrasions on his left arm.

Officer Brad Johnston arrested Veronica Bas, 20, of Old Town and charged her with assault. —-

Old Town police are looking for a very large white dog and the person or people who took it.

The dog has been described as being 15 feet high and 7 feet wide when fully inflated. It last was seen outside Martin’s General Store on Gilman Falls Avenue where the balloon dog was an advertisement for Slush Puppies.

The Slush Puppie dog was taken from the store sometime between late Friday night after the store closed and early Saturday morning when it reopened, reported Sgt. Scott Casey.

Also apparently missing was the blower fan that kept the puppy inflated.


An 18-year-old wanted for nearly a week in connection with a robbery in Old Town turned herself in Saturday.

Christina Jackson of Old Town was arrested and charged with robbery and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Jackson and at least three others were reportedly involved in trying to take money by force from a 16-year-old Oct. 12. Jackson, Jennifer Dyer, 18, and a 17-year-old reportedly beat up the 16-year-old underneath the Center Street bridge, but didn’t get any of the $27 the teen said he had with him.

Police caught the 17-year-old, and he was returned to the Maine Youth Center in South Portland. They also arrested Arnold Hill, 19, of Old Town, who police said knew about the robbery and drove the assailants away after the incident.


A Bangor motorcyclist received minor injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle on Kenduskeag Avenue at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A car driven by Stacey Middlebrooks, 37, of Bangor stopped at the intersection of Kenduskeag and Glenwood Drive to allow a pedestrian to cross the street, reported Bangor police Officer John Robinson.

Kenneth Arey, 32, of Bangor was on a motorcycle behind Middlebrooks and apparently wasn’t prepared for the car stopping and lost control of the motorcycle. The motorcycle slid underneath the back of the car.

Arey was wearing a helmet and leather jacket and received medical attention at the scene, but wasn’t taken to a hospital. Robinson said Arey had cuts on his hands.


A three-car accident in Bangor on Tuesday afternoon sent one person to the hospital.

Florence Lilley, 61, of Orrington was in the middle car and suffered a bump on the head and abrasions on one leg as a result of the accident on Grandview Avenue.

Motorist Maria McGrath, 17, of Bangor was apparently not paying attention and struck Lilley’s car, which she had been following. Lilley’s car then struck the car ahead, driven by Eric Vogell, 19, of Bangor.


A man identifying himself as Jeff Brawn called state police early Saturday morning to report that his pickup truck broke down on Interstate 95. The report was turned over to an Old Town police officer, who found a man named Jeffrey Thurlow unconscious on the interstate.

He was both men, and more.

Brawn, alias Jeffrey Braun, alias Jeffrey Thurlow, 41, of Howland, was arrested by Old Town police and charged with drunken driving, operating after license suspension, failure to give correct name, and failure to sign a uniform summons and complaint.

Old Town police Officer Seth Bear reported finding the pickup truck about 3:45 a.m. near mile marker 189, and said it took several attempts to wake up the driver. Once awake, the driver identified himself as Thurlow and explained that he had been coming home from work in Brewer and said he had been there 45 minutes.

He also said he had drunk a couple of beers three hours earlier.

Bear reported that he knew Brawn’s license had been suspended, and later learned there was a warrant for Brawn’s arrest for failure to appear in court on a drunken driving charge.

The driver continued to claim to be Thurlow.

His health care card and a sales slip identified him as Brawn. At the Penobscot County Jail, Bear said Brawn refused to take the Intoxilyzer test and wouldn’t sign the summons. When confronted with four sets of pictures of Brawn, he admitted to his identity, Bear reported.

— Compiled by NEWS reporter Doug Kesseli

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

comments for this post are closed

You may also like