Veazie police arrest two men on drunk driving charges

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VEAZIE, Maine — Veazie police have charged two men with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants in two separate incidents.

Both cases involved male drivers with female passengers, both arrests started with traffic stops for speeding, and Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery, who arrested both men, was watching traffic from the parking lot of the same State Street business when both men allegedly sped past it.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Emery was monitoring traffic around 9:30 p.m. when he saw a vehicle speed past on State Street headed toward Bangor. Emery pulled the vehicle over and approached the male driver, Peter Cooley, 44, of Milford. A female passenger also was in the car.

Emery reported that he smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and that Cooley’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Cooley told the sergeant he hadn’t had anything to drink that night, the report states.

Emery asked Cooley to step out of the vehicle and conducted a field sobriety test, which Cooley failed. Cooley was arrested, charged with operating while under the influence, and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

An intoxilyzer test showed Cooley had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, according to the police report. The threshold for OUI is 0.08.

Cooley had no record of any convictions, the report states.

Six days earlier, on Aug. 12 around 1:20 a.m., Emery had been watching the road from the same parking lot when he clocked a vehicle traveling on State Street into Veazie at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Emery stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Benjamin Malo, 29, of Veazie, who had a female passenger in his vehicle. The sergeant reported smelling the odor of alcohol in the vehicle and that Malo’s speech was slurred.

Malo admitted to drinking two beers that night, but failed a field sobriety test. During a portion of the test in which he was asked to write the alphabet from “c” to “w” on a piece of paper, Malo dropped the pen twice and did not sign or date the paper as the officer had requested, according to Emery.

Malo, who has a history of driving-related convictions dating back more than a decade, was charged with operating while under the influence and speeding 30 mph above the posted speed limit.

A intoxilyzer test later showed Malo had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent.

Veazie Police charge three with burglary

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Veazie police charge trio with stealing jewelry, electronics
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

VEAZIE, Maine — Two men and a woman are facing felony burglary charges in connection with the burglary of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics from a home in the Silver Ridge neighborhood, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said Thursday afternoon.

Charged with Class B felony burglary were: Timothy Starr, 25, whom police described as a local transient; Meghan Coulombe, 22, whose last known address was in Searsport; and Tyler Baker, 20, of Hampden, Leonard said. He said Coulombe also was charged with receiving stolen property.

All three are scheduled to make initial court appearances on June 18 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The three are accused of taking an estimated $15,000 worth of jewelry and a computer and video game system valued at about $1,000 during the burglary, which occurred on May 5, Leonard said.

Leonard said the three also are suspects in other open burglary cases and that additional charges might be filed.

On Thursday, Leonard attributed the charges to good police work on the part of his officers.

Leonard said that he and Officer Jacob Ferland began an investigation into the Silver Ridge burglary when it was reported but weren’t immediately able to identify a suspect or suspects.

Investigators, however, got a break in the case on May 25, when Officer Dain Bryant spotted a suspicious vehicle in a different subdivision, stopped it and identified the driver and passenger, Starr and Coulombe.

Veazie police then began looking into possible links between the two and the May 5 break-in.

“On the 29th of May, [Officer Ferland and Sgt. Keith Emery] interviewed those people and they ultimately confessed to the Silver Ridge burglary,” Leonard said.

Starr and Coulombe allegedly admitted they were planning another burglary on May 25 but got cold feet after their encounter with Bryant.

“They implicated a third person [Baker] and also admitted to numerous thefts at Walmart and Best Buy,” Leonard said, adding, “They said all of this [activity] was done to support a drug habit.”

Leonard said that some of the jewelry stolen during the Silver Ridge break-in has been recovered but that police believe the rest of the items have been sold at local pawn shops.

He asked that local pawn shop owners and employees who may have done business with the trio call Emery at the Veazie Police Department at 947-2358.

Veazie Police charge couple with drug trafficking

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VEAZIE, Maine — A local couple was charged with felony drug trafficking after Veazie police executed a search warrant last week at their home in Greystone Trailer Park.

Seized during the April 4 search were nearly a pound of marijuana — separated into 25 plastic bags apparently ready for sale — and drug paraphernalia, Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery said Wednesday.

Police also found a stolen Maine Department of Transportation stop sign in the couple’s bedroom, Emery said.

Nicholas Guiod, 28, is charged with Class C unlawful trafficking in marijuana, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property, Emery said.

Although Emery said the police report indicated that Guiod “took full responsibility” for the contraband, his 24-year-old girlfriend, Jacki Lemerich, was charged with the same three offenses.

Lemerich, however, was not arrested because she has a child, Emery said.

Emery said Wednesday that Veazie police obtained a search warrant for the couple’s mobile home as the result of an investigation into alleged drug activity.

Guiod’s criminal history includes fines in 2007 and 2009 for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked and a fine in 2005 for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

Guiod and Lemerich both are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on May 23, Emery said.