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Compiled by Steve McCausland, Public Information Officer

December 23, 2014




Corporal Jerry Carr and Trooper Eric Verhille at the memorial bench of Trooper Drew Griffith at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde. 

This is the second year that Christmas wreaths have been placed on the graves of Maine’s fallen Troopers.

Griffith died in a car crash in 1996.


Trooper Stephen Morrell at the gravesite of Trooper Lewis Howard at Arlington National Cemetery.  Howard was killed in WWII.

He is one of two troopers buried at Arlington.

Morrell, along with three others from State Police, escorted the

Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine.






The Governor and First Lady at the USS Maine memorial at Arlington with all of the Maine officers who escorted the convoy to Washington. 

The Troopers from L to R are Stephen Morrell, Lt. Mark Brooks, Sgt. Mike Field and Trooper Trevor Snow.  The other officers are from the Portland, Westbrook and Scarborough Police Departments.




Trooper Mark Coleman died in 2012 and is also buried at Arlington


The most remote grave of the fallen Troopers is Frank Wing’s in Monson. Here Trooper Tom Fiske (in the 1930s uniform), and retired Trooper Gerry LaPointe

walk into the Hillside Cemetery to clear the gravesite and place the wreath. Wing died in 1928 and was the last of the three early Troopers killed on their motorcycles.



Three of the ten Trooper recruits who graduated from the academy last Friday. The ten will join five others for the start of the Recruit Training Troop which begins Feb. 2 for another ten weeks of study and training. 

In addition to the ten Trooper Recruits – 46 other police officers graduated from the academy last week.

 From L to R – Martin Royle, Caleb Poirier and Klayton Peckham.  The other Trooper Recruits are Travis Belleard, Nathan Drost, Gavin Endre, Michael Lane, Travis Luce,

Stephen Macumber, and John McEwen.


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Fire Marshal Joe Thomas (standing) at the studios of WGME-TV in Portland to talk about fire prevention and the value of smoke detectors. 

2014 will be the deadliest year for fire deaths in Maine since 1993. 

As of today, 25 people have died in Maine fires this year – ten of them in two fires last month in Portland and Caribou.

 Fire Marshals have teamed up with the Red Cross to distribute hundreds of free smoke detectors in Maine. Two mobile home parks in Lewiston were visited by the agencies this past weekend. 



HIGHWAY DEATHS - 2014 is likely to be the safest year on Maine roads in 70 years. The Bureau of Highway Safety says 125 persons have been killed in crashes this year. Unless there are multiple fatals in the next eight days, 2014 will be the safest year since 1944. That was in the middle of World War II when there were 113 highway deaths. Last year in Maine, 145 people were killed in crashes.


HOMICIDES - As of today – there have been 20 homicides, including 13 that were domestic violence. If those numbers aren’t depressing enough, seven of the 13 DV victims were children under the age of 13.


METH - MDEA reports there have been 28 meth labs discovered during the year, in addition to seven meth dump sites. That’s the most ever for the state.


PHARMACY ROBBERIES total 20 for the year, which is more than last year’s 13, but much less than the all-time high of 56 robberies in 2012. 




From the State Police Facebook page – “Maine State Police – Headquarters” 

Lt John Cote staged this photo on Route 2 in Houlton, about a mile from the border, featuring Trooper Jared Sylvia and Trooper Recruit Eric Sucy. 



HO HO HO --- from the P I O