Veazie police solve anonymous cyber-bullying case

VEAZIE, Maine — A former Orono High School student is facing felony terrorizing and harassment by electronic communication charges after posting dozens of threatening, anonymous messages on an Internet account of a former classmate she thought was flirting with her boyfriend, according to Veazie police.

Although the Bangor Daily News usually does not identify crime victims, Orono High School sophomore Alexis Henkel, 15, her parents, Norbert and Judy Henkel, and her twin brother, Austin, agreed to talk publicly about what they’ve experienced in the hope of educating others about the impact that cyberbullying has on those who become targets.

The alleged cyberbully — a 16-year-old girl who used to go to Orono High School with the victim but now attends a high school in southern Maine — was charged with the offenses on Nov. 1 by Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery.

“I’ve handled harassment calls for 24 years and have never seen threats as violent, disgusting and vulgar as these,” Emery said of the anonymous posts, which began appearing on the victim’s Tumblr blog account in late September.

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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.