Augusta man arrested after police hunt

AUGUSTA — City police on Sunday arrested a man wanted on charges domestic violence assault and obstructing report of a crime.

Benjamin Robert Beland, 33, of Augusta had been the subject of a police search after his girlfriend told them Beland had hit her and stolen $120 in cash from her on Jan. 14.

Beland was arrested shortly before 11:06 a.m. Sunday at the Circle K on Civic Center Drive and taken to Kennebec County jail.

An affidavit by Augusta Police Officer Matthew Estes, filed in Kennebec County Superior Court, says the woman reported that Beland came to her home on Hope Way Jan. 14 knowing she was getting public assistance money that day. Estes’ affidavit says the woman refused to give him money, telling him she needed it for her children. According to the affidavit, Beland struck the woman in the face, leaving her with a bruised eye, and took $120 from the kitchen counter. She said that she threatened to call police if he didn’t give it back, and he took the phone from her and threw it.

Beland allegedly fled the scene in a pickup truck driven by another person.

Police checked several residences looking for Beland before asking the public to call if he was spotted.

While police initially said Beland was facing a robbery charge, that charge was not pursued in court on Tuesday when Beland made an initial court appearance via video in Kennebec County Superior Court. Justice Michaela Murphy set bail at $250 cash.

Published reports from September 2011 show Beland was sentenced to nine months in jail concurrent to a probation revocation and fined $2,500 after being convicted of operating after revocation.

He was also arrested in Augusta in November on a warrant after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Leighton Road.

Augusta

Sunday: At 10:31 a.m., there was an accident on the exit 113 on ramp from Interstate 95.

10:36 a.m., there was an accident on the exit 113 on ramp from Interstate 95.

10:37 a.m., there was an accident near mile marker 109 on Interstate 95.

Monday: At 3:28 p.m., there was an accident at the intersection of Stone Street and Eastern Avenue.

5:28 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Valley Street.

6:25 p.m., a 26-year-old Farmingdale man was charged with theft by police responding to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart on Civic Center Drive.

7:33 p.m., there was a traffic complaint on Civic Center Drive.

Tuesday: At 7:43 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at Camp Keyes on Winthrop Street.

8:43 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Western Avenue.

8:55 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on South Belfast Avenue.

9:09 a.m., there was a report of a hit-and-run accident on Western Avenue.

10:34 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Amherst Street.

10:44 a.m., there was a traffic complaint on Civic Center Drive.

12:29 p.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

1:13 p.m., shoplifting was reported at Walmart on Civic Center Drive.

1:44 p.m., there was an accident on North Belfast Avenue.

2:37 p.m., an assault was reported on Northern Avenue.

3:27 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm on Court Street.

4:35 p.m., there was an accident on Riverside Drive.

Belgrade

Saturday: At 8:29 a.m., there was a report of a vehicle off the road on Route 11.

Sunday: At 7:45 p.m., there was an accident on Route 27.

Chelsea

Friday: At 11:36 a.m., theft was reported on Eastern Avenue.

Farmingdale

Monday: At 12:22 a.m., an alarm sounded on Wedgwood Drive.

Fayette

Sunday: At 1:05 p.m., there was an accident on Route 17.

Gardiner

Friday: At 4:46 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on West Street.

10:24 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Adams Street.

Saturday: At 2:34 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Brunswick Avenue.

9:54 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Highland Avenue.

11:34 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on the waterfront.

3:04 p.m., an assault was reported on Marston Road.

4:05 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Market Street.

4:40 p.m., a person was reported missing from Winter Street.

4:49 p.m., theft was reported on Marston Road.

8:38 p.m., an assault was reported on Winter Street.

Sunday: At 12:01 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Mechanic Street.

2:47 a.m., an alarm sounded on Maine Avenue.

1:49 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Mount Vernon Street.

11:24 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Route 126.

Monday: At 2:50 p.m., a 27-year-old Readfield woman was charged with operating after suspension and failure to give correct name, address or date of birth.

4:33 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Enterprise Avenue.

Hallowell

Monday: At 4:59 p.m., a burglar alarm sounded on Middle Street.

Litchfield

Sunday: At 2:07 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Hardscrabble Rod.

1:05 p.m., mischief was reported on Hallowell Road.

1:52 p.m., there was a report of suspicious activity on Richmond Road.

Monday: At 8:35 a.m., a 34-year-old Litchfield woman was charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry on Plains Road.

Manchester

Friday: At 9:51 a.m., there was an accident on U.S. Route 202.

Monday: At 11:38 a.m., there was an accident on Western Avenue.

Monmouth

Sunday: At 9:40 a.m., there was an accident on U.S. Route 202.

Mount Vernon

Sunday: At 7:03 p.m., there was a 911 hang-up on Staples Drive.

Pittston

Saturday: At 6:29 p.m., there was a crash involving a state Department of Transportation plow truck on Wiscasset Road.

Randolph

Saturday: At 12:50 a.m., there was a noise complaint on Pleasant Street.

Sunday: At 7:39 a.m., there was an accident on Kinderhook Street.

Readfield

Saturday: At 11:34 a.m., threatening was reported on Sturtevant Road.

Sunday: At 11:58 a.m., an alarm sounded on Main Street.

2:16 p.m., an alarm sounded on South Road.

Sidney

Friday: At 9:48 p.m., there was a report of cars off the road on Lyons Road.

Sunday: At 10:45 a.m., there was an accident on Middle Road.

2:02 p.m., a car hit a deer on Pond Road.

Somerville

Jan. 15: A 2001 Subaru Legacy being driven east on Route 105 by an 18-year-old Augusta man went out of control on a corner, left the road, and flipped over.

Vassalboro

Sunday: At 5:26 a.m., there was an accident on Route 3.

Monday: At 3:13 p.m., an alarm sounded on Sherwood Lane.

West Gardiner

Sunday: At 11 a.m., there was an accident on High Street.

Windsor

Friday: At 8 p.m., there was a report of a car off the road on Coopers Mills Road.

9:34 p.m., there was an accident on Coopers Road.

Winthrop

Monday: At 3:21 a.m., there was a report of suspicious activity.

8:57 a.m., there was a 911 hang-up.

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Monday: At 5:14 p.m., Steven G. Flannery, 22, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault by police responding to a report of a disturbance on Boothby Street.

11:07 p.m., Anthony Smen, 28, of Readfield, was arrested on a warrant on Littlefield Street.

China

Friday: At 10:28 p.m., William Karl Scott III, 34, of Vassalboro, was arrested on a charge of violating a protective order on North Vassalboro Road.

Monmouth

Friday: At 1:33 p.m., Amanda Lynn Morse, 29, of Leeds, was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop on U.S. Route 202.

Pittston

Friday: At 10:09 p.m., Mitchell Anthony Wakem, 31, of Wiscasset was arrested on a charge of failure to pay fines on Route 27.

Winthrop

Sunday: At 9:55 p.m., Jeremy H. Craney, 28, of Vassalboro, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence on Main Street.