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Police Beat – Aug. 30 through Sept. 8

Aug. 30 – 10:45 p.m.

While on duty, an Orono police officer noticed a vehicle on Park Street driving without headlights on. The officer conducted a traffic stop on College Avenue. When the officer talked to the driver, Mario Pantoja, 21, of Belfast, the officer could clearly smell the odor of marijuana. After talking to the driver, the officer determined that Pantoja was in violation of bail conditions, which stated that Pantoja was prohibited from the possession or intake of marijuana. Pantoja was placed under arrest on the grounds of “violating conditions of release on bail,” was charged with violation of bail conditions and taken to Penobscot County Jail. 


Aug. 31 – 12:41 p.m.

An Orono Police Department (OPD) officer was called to Bells IGA in Orono for an ID check. The officer was informed that Aiden Place, 20, from Elliot had attempted to purchase alcohol with a fraudulent ID. The officer interviewed Place and examined the ID. Place was summoned for possession of a fraudulent ID. 


Aug. 31 – 11:50 p.m. 

While on duty an OPD officer noticed a vehicle parked at the end of the visitor parking lot at Orchard Trails apartments. As the officer approached the car, he noted the strong smell of marijuana. The officer interviewed the driver, Cameron Jourdain, 18, from Sanford. Jourdain was summoned for “possession of drug paraphernalia,” and released on a civil violation. 


Sept. 1 – 1:45 am

A University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) officer responded to a report of an unconscious male in Cumberland Hall. The student was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. The underage student was referred to judicial affairs. 


Sept. 1 – 5:48 p.m.

UMPD received a report of erratic driving near the J. Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center. The officer interviewed the driver of the car, and was informed that the occupants of the car were participating in the filming of a promotional video for a sorority. The officer instructed the driver to subdue their driving, and the driver agreed with no issue.


Sept. 2 – 11:48 p.m.

A UMPD officer responded to a noise complaint about the residents at 79 College Ave. The residents, the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, commonly known as Fiji, had a loud sound system, and were asked to turn it down by the officers. The residents were compliant.


Sept. 3 – 12 p.m.

UMPD was called and informed of a vehicle collision by Nutting Hall on Portage Road. No one was injured in the collision.


Sept. 3 – 4:35 p.m. 

UMPD was called and informed of a vehicle collision in the Hilltop parking lot. No one was injured in the collision.


Sept. 3 – 11:14 p.m.

UMPD received a call from a student in Oxford Hall, who called for assistance in the removal of a black beetle from their room. An officer responded, and removed the offending beetle from the student’s residence with no issue.


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