Officials cite Canadian manfor smoke bomb at border

Maine officials have summonsed a Canadian citizen who had a homemade smoke bomb in his car while trying to cross the border at Houlton.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection shut down the border crossing for more than two hours Sunday after a border officer discovered a suspicious device in the trunk of a vehicle. The state police bomb squad eventually used a water cannon to eliminate any hazard.

Steve McCausland of the Maine Public Safety Department said 22-year-old Trevor Hickerson of Trenton, Ontario, told investigators he made the device in case he got lost in the woods in eastern Canada. He was denied entry and returned to Canada.

Maine’s fire marshal issued a summons for illegal transportation of fireworks. Hickerson also was cited for possessing a small amount of marijuana.


Police look for two believed to have planned burglary

Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men who they believe planned to burglarize a home in Baldwin.

A woman who lives on Pequawket Trail spotted two men, wearing dark clothing and ski masks, at the edge of the woods near the house at 1:20 p.m. Monday. The homeowner called 911 and confronted the pair, who ran.

A neighbor saw the two run past his house carrying a dufflebag. No weapons were seen.

State police dispatched an airplane, which was already airborne, to help deputies and other officers from other agencies, including the state Fire Marshal’s Office, search for the pair.

They were not found, but a vehicle was seen leaving the area and investigators want to talk to its occupants.

Police are looking for a maroon Dodge minivan with a front plate reading “Dodge” in yellow, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 774-1444, ext. 2118.


Illegal-drinking surveillance results in marijuana arrests

Saco police, conducting an underage drinking detail outside the Hannaford supermarket on Main Street, instead charged three people with marijuana offenses.

The officers were conducting surveillance at the store at 7 p.m. Saturday, looking for people who were under 21 and were trying to get adults to buy alcohol for them, said Deputy Chief Jeff Holland.

They became suspicious of a group of people in a Subaru filled with smoke and could smell marijuana when they approached, he said.

Police charged Jeffrey Bergeron, 23, of Biddeford with trafficking in marijuana and issued court summonses to Jacob Deschambeault, 28, and Paul Bolding, 36, on charges of possession of marijuana.


Bath man faces charges after dog finds pot in car

A Bath man faces drug trafficking charges after he was arrested Saturday with a pound of marijuana, police said.

Bath police stopped Jason J. Keenan, 32, on Drayton Road and called in a police dog to check the car for drugs. After the dog indicated the presence of drugs, officers searched the car and found the marijuana and $7,000.

Keenan was arrested and later released on bail. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 13.

A passenger, Marcel C. Gosselin, 32, of Bath, was issued a summons to appear in court Nov. 22 on a civil charge of possession of marijuana.


Motorist hurt, street closed after vehicle hits utility pole

Allen Avenue, between Woodlawn Avenue and Yale Street, remained closed late Monday night after a car crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

Lt. Scott Pelletier said the driver of the 1998 Dodge Neon, 42-year-old James Bowie of Portland, was able to get out of the car just before it started burning. Bowie was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center after complaining of neck pain.

Pelletier said that crews from Central Maine Power Co. were called in to repair the pole, which snapped in half.

Police are still not sure what caused the accident, which was reported just after 7 p.m.

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