TC, Bangor Police Department, Maine - A man who did not understand why the local pharmacy did not sell or distribute medical marijuana, made statements which made the employees feel uncomfortable. For a short time, he wandered around the store until they called for a police officer.
Patrol Officer Tyler
Rusby was sent to speak to the man and found him at a nearby
convenience store. As Rusby explained to the gentleman that he could not
return to the pharmacy for a year, the clerk from the convenience store
came outside and asked Rusby to remove the man from their property.
the man had gone into the store to tell the clerk that the bottle
return machine was refusing to pay him for some returnables he had put
inside. The machine had been checked and it became clear the machine was
empty, essentially because the man had not placed any returnables
inside. This is called lying. It used to be unacceptable. Now it seems
like it’s mandatory. And I will tell you people are very good at it.
man became angry and began to use coarse language toward the clerk and
Officer Rusby. He even called Rusby an A**#0!#. I can vouch that Rusby
is not an A**#0!#, and so can his mother. She called him a dip@$*1. I
agree with Mrs. Rusby.
Rusby told the man that he had to leave the property. The man complied.
April Fools day, two participants pulled into the parking lot of our
station and began to berate one another in a manner not conducive to our
Officer Duncan Bowie went outside to find out
what he could do to calm them down. Their story was one which we hear
all too often; one car cutting off another car. This sometimes leads to a
mutual display of middle digits, which then turns into people taking
both hands off the wheel to “one up” the other finger-flinger and pretty
soon it starts to look like a bad family reunion in the north end of
Boston. Hands, fingers, harsh words, and no pasta or garlic bread in
Bowie used his Scottish gibberish to confuse
them, and they calmed down enough to mutually agree that flipping each
other off was probably at the root of the problem. He told them to leave
the lot and go about their business. They did. Because “adulting” is
sometimes the best answer to the question.
A woman who
lives in an apartment over a local business called to report the sounds
of crashing and banging downstairs. The business was closed and she
reported that no one should have been inside.
Aaron Brooker found that windows were smashed and badly damaged.
Witnesses had noted the man who did it was now back in his own apartment
across the street.
Oddly, when he police officers
knocked on the door of the suspects apartment, the music volume changed
but he did not answer. Officer Brooker saw him sitting on the couch
through an open window and asked the man to come outside. The man walked
over to the window and shut it with his foot and returned to his couch.
We get used to this.
then went back across the street to meet the owner of the business to
find out the glass replacement would be in the area of three thousand
dollars. It was a big window.
In an attempt to talk to
the man again, Brooker and Officer James Burns knocked on the door and
the man told them he was a United States Marshal and would only come
outside once the officers were dead.
This is always concerning.
man asked the officers to leave but before they did, he would like to
have a beer with them. Seeing this as an opportunity to speak to the man
face to face, Brooker agreed to the invitation.
who has met Brooker knows that in order to talk to him for any length
of time, you need to give him beer. This suspect was insightful.
the door opened a crack, only limited in its movement by the safety
chain, and a Molson Canadian beer was handed out through the slot.
Brooker graciously took the beer but before the conversation could even
get off the ground the man slammed the door in Brooker’s face again.
has been in this type of situation in the past, most likely when he was
trying to get a date to the Millinocket Senior Prom in the early 90s.
He didn’t drink the beer this time. The officers made the decision to
leave the gentleman for a few minutes to allow him to calm down.
was not long before another complainant came forward after he received a
similar invitation to have a beer with the man. Only this time the beer
was thrown at the man as he passed by the residence.
beer wielding gentleman was arrested a short time later and charged
with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Brooker was somewhat
disappointed that the Molson had to be placed into evidence. He was
later overheard mentioning that “it was warm anyway.”
Here is my final, and my favorite story, of the week.
week a complainant reported that a male was drinking a beer near a
rental car facility on outer Hammond Street. The complainant said he was
no longer “on scene” but gave a clear description of a man wearing
black pants, red/black shoes, and a leather jacket.
Officers checked the area and did not find the man. They cleared the scene.
short time later, in the time frame it would take to walk from outer
Hammond Street to our location on Main Street, a man walked into the
station and said he wanted to be arrested for violating his bail.
Officer Farrar asked him, “Why?”
The man said he had
been drinking beer and taking medications that were not prescribed to
him. Farrar found in our system that the man also had an active warrant.
noticed that the man was wearing black pants, red/black shoes, and a
leather jacket. He had heard the radio call earlier. Farrar realized
this must have been the individual that was reported to be drinking near
the rental car facility.
Farrar asked the man if he
had called the police on himself earlier. The gentleman confirmed he had
called in his location to try to get a ride to jail, but the cops must
not have seen him as he walked to the station.
Sometimes, it’s even hard to get arrested in Bangor.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
All we have is each other.