On Feb. 7, 2019, Trp. Andrew Levesque and Trp. Robert Flynn of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit responded to a two-vehicle head on crash on the Van Buren Road in Cyr Planation.
Melvin Ray of Dayton Ohio was operating a 2013 Volvo trailer truck southbound on the Van Buren Road when he lost control on a steep hill. The truck and trailer jackknifed and was fully blocking the northbound lane. David Lamoreau of Caribou Maine was traveling north on the Van Buren Road in a 2015 Western Start trailer truck. Lamoreau could not stop in time due to poor road conditions and stuck the 2013 Volvo and the trailer. Both vehicles and trailers are considered a total loss. Lamoreau was transported to Cary Medical Center with minor injuries.
Rt. 1 was down to one lane of travel for approximately 5 hours while crews removed the two trucks from the roadway.
PATTEN, Maine - On Feb. 12, 2019, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Maine State Police received a 911 call reporting that the East Mill Credit Union on Church St. in Patten had just been robbed. The caller reported that a man had entered the bank, demanded money, and then fled on foot.
Troopers, Game Wardens, and Deputies from Aroostook and Penobscot Sheriffs Depts., converged on the area and began a search for the suspect. A State Police K-9 team was also brought in to assist in the investigation. While the search was underway, members of the State Police Evidence Response Team began processing the crime scene for evidence. A canvass of the area neighborhoods was also conducted and witness statements were collected. As the investigation unfolded, leads were developed in the case and the investigation is ongoing. Troopers remained in the area throughout most of the evening continuing to interview witnesses and follow leads.
Although it is not believed that there is any immediate threat to the public, the Maine State Police urge residents of Patten to remain vigilant and keep their homes and vehicles locked. Anyone who noticed any suspicious individuals or activity in the area are urged to contact the Maine State Police, Troop F in Houlton at 207-532-5400 or Aroostook County Crimestoppers at 1-800-638-8477. Trooper Tim Saucier is the lead investigator in the case.
SAINT JOHN, Maine - On Feb. 12, 2019,Trooper Matt Curtin was investigating the whereabouts of a wanted Saint John man when he received information that he was staying at the “American Dream” apartment complex in Saint John. With the information Tr. Curtin learned in his investigation, he sought and obtained a search warrant for an apartment at that complex. Troopers, Wardens, a Deputy, and a Border Patrol agent executed the warrant at approximately 7 p.m.
As a result of Tr. Curtin’s investigation, police located and arrested Jason Faggiole, 36, on two outstanding warrants. While inside the residence, police also located 20-year-old Corey Raymond, of Fort Kent, and arrested him on eight Outstanding Warrants. Additionally, State Police arrested and charged 45-year old Jonathon Faggiole of Saint John with Hindering Apprehension for his role in harboring the fugitives.
Jonathan Faggiole is due to appear in Fort Kent District Court on April 1, 2019. Jason Faggiole and Corey Raymond were both transported to the Aroostook County Jail, while Jonathan Faggiole was transported to Fort Kent Police Department where he posted bail.
Trooper Curtin was assisted with his investigation by other members of the State Police, Maine Warden Service, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, US Border Patrol, and the Fort Kent Police Department.
On February 18, 2019, State Police checked several homes in the Biddeford area for a Jamison Snyder, 47, of Biddeford. Snyder had a nationwide warrant for Probation Revocation from a Class B Trafficking Case. Snyder had recently been released from prison but had already violated his probation. Snyder has approx. 7 years of his 9 year sentence still pending. Troopers spoke to several individuals throughout the day that advised Snyder was acting strange and appeared to be under the influence of unknown narcotics.
At around 6:04 p.m., Troopers along with the Biddeford Police Department arrived at a Main Street Apartment. Information had been developed that Snyder was staying in a second floor apartment. A female would not initially answer the door and advised she needed to get dressed. An officer on scene was watching out a rear window and observed Snyder jump from the second floor onto the ground that was covered in ice. Troopers located Snyder on the ground bleeding from a head injury.
Snyder refused repeated demands to show his hands and was tased in order to effect the arrest safely.
Snyder was also found to be holding in his hand a plastic baggy containing suspected heroin/fentanyl, cocaine, and crack. At the hospital he was found to be holding a large amount of cash.
Snyder will have a new charge of Aggravated Trafficking in a Schedule drug due to his prior history.
Snyder is presently being held at Maine Medical Center under police guard and will be transported to the York County Jail upon his release.
YORK, Maine - On February 22, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Troop G Troopers, who are also members of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Team, stopped a vehicle traveling on the Maine Turnpike in York. The roadside investigation, which included K9 Mack indicating to the presence of narcotics, led to 102 grams of fentanyl being located.
Michael Peavy-Wright, 20, of Presque Isle, was arrested and charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs. He was transported to the York County Jail in Alfred where bail was set at $10,000.
CONCORD, NH – The US Marshals “Fugitive of the Week,” Sasha Rand, 33, was tracked down yesterday, hiding out in West Baldwin, Maine. Rand was wanted on an outstanding federal arrest warrant issued out of the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire. The warrant was for bail violations on an underlying offense of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled drug. Rand, along with her husband, Derek Rand were originally arrested on these offenses in December, and Sasha Rand was released on bail after a court hearing.
On Feb. 27, 2019, members of the US Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force, with the assistance of the Maine State Police Troops A and B, went to a residence on Chase Road in West Baldwin, Maine. At this residence, Sasha Rand was located hiding in a closet and arrested without further incident. During the search of the residence, Ashley Cameron, 36, another fugitive being sought by the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force was located and arrested. Cameron was wanted by the Carroll County (NH) Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for probation violations, stemming from her original conviction and sentence for drug offenses. Cameron was also found hiding in another closet inside the Chase Road residence.
As part of this investigation, Sasha Rand had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on February 13th. This feature was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link, The Rochester Voice and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.
Although, the “Fugitive of the Week” feature produced numerous valuable tips on the location of Sasha Rand, it was the hard work of investigators from countless federal, state, and local agencies that ultimately developed the information leading yesterday’s arrest.
Rand was transported to the Strafford County Jail, where she was held on behalf of the US Marshals pending her initial court appearance in Concord later today. Custody of Ashley Cameron was transferred to the Maine State Police, so she could be charged as a fugitive from justice based on her outstanding Carroll County arrest warrant. Cameron will be held at the Cumberland County Jail pending her court appearance today. Cameron will likely be detained until she is returned to New Hampshire to face her probation violation charges in the Carroll County Superior Court.
U.S. Marshal Nick Willard said, “This arrest is another example of the outstanding interstate cooperation between law enforcement agencies to capture fugitives.”
HOLLIS, Maine – A warrant has been issued for a Cumberland County Jail inmate for felony Terrorizing.
On January 28, 2019, a letter was received at a residence on Bean St. in Hollis. The letter was sent from Shaun Webster, 25, of Buxton, who is an inmate at the Cumberland County Jail. The letter was threatening in nature and was directed to a female that was a prior Domestic Violence victim of his and a third party.
An investigation was conducted by Cpl. Doug Cropper of Troop A and on February 27, 2019, an arrest warrant was applied for and granted for felony Terrorizing, Class C, for Webster.
Previously, Webster was incarcerated at the Windham State Prison, but was transferred to Cumberland County Jail after he reportedly assaulted a corrections officer at the prison (charges are pending). He has approximately two years left on his probation.
Bail was set at $10,000 cash and Webster will be transported to York County at a later date.