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Camden Pharmacy standoff
  • Published
    September 16, 2014

    Pharmacy hostage-taker had history of alcohol, mental health issues

    Robert J. Beerman, the man discovered dead by police inside the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Camden following a lengthy standoff Sept. 16, had a history of run-ins with police as well as hospital visits for mental health issues. Most recently, Beerman was charged with robbing Cuzzy's Bar and Grill on Bay View Street in Camden. He was arrested Aug. 23 and charged with the crime after police viewed a video of the incident, ...

  • Published
    September 16, 2014

    Pharmacy robberies on the rise in the Midcoast

    Since September 2010, there have been six pharmacy robberies in Knox County, an increase that follows similar trends across the state and nation. In all these cases, the person was seeking prescription pills. On Sept. 9, 2014, Donald Keating Jr., 55, of Owls Head was arrested after police said he entered Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care on Commercial Street in Rockport at approximately 4:30 p.m. with a paper bag ...

  • Published
    September 16, 2014

    Rite Aid hostage released, gunman takes own life

    A hostage standoff at the Rite Aid in Camden ended with the release of the hostage and the gunman taking his own life. "At approximately 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Robert Beerman, 34, of Camden, entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Elm Street in Camden with a sawed-off shotgun and when he made the initial entry he released everyone in the building except for one pharmacist," said Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne. "State ...

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