November 2019

  • CHILD PORN ARREST

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    Christopher Raiche, 28, of Skowhegan

    Maine State Police are continuing their investigation into a Skowhegan man arrested on child porn charges last month and they say there may be a number of young victims who are from Maine .  28 year old Christopher Raiche continues to be held at the Somerset County Jail on $250,000 bail. He was arrested October 18 after the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Homeland Security searched his home at 57 Hilltop Drive in Skowhegan.  The search followed a tip forwarded to State Police from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    Several electronic devices were seized from Raiche’s home and are being analyzed by the computer crimes unit.  He is charged with a single count of possessing sexually explicit material and investigators think he may have taken dozens of sexually explicit photos of Maine children, all under the age of 12.  Raiche was employed by T-Mobile’s call center in Oakland, but also was a baby sitter at his and other homes .  Some Maine children have been identified and investigators think there may be more Maine victims.

    Raiche made his first court appearance in Skowhegan October 21. He was originally being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, but the judge increased it to $250,000.

    Anyone with information on Raiche or potential victims is asked to contact the computer crimes unit through the Public Safety communications center in Augusta at 207-624-7076.

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  • Bus driver operating school bus with students arrested for OUI on Maine turnpike.

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    Richard Tanguay, 68, of Biddeford

    A bus driver for Biddeford is facing multiple charges after a Trooper stopped his for driving erratically with a bus full of students.

    On Nov.  2, 2019, at approximately 7:57 p.m., Trooper Patrick Hall out of Troop A was on routine patrol southbound on I-95 in Scarborough when his attention was drawn to a school bus operating in front of him. Tpr. Hall noted that bus was speeding in a construction zone, failing to signal lane changes, and failing to maintain one lane. The bus was stopped for the erratic operation and speeding. The bus was filled with Biddeford High School Students returning from a field hockey game.  The bus was being operated by Richard Tanguay, 68, of Biddeford. Tpr.  Hall observed signs of impairment and conducted Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  As a result, Tpr. Hall brought Tanguay to Cumberland County Jail for an intoxilyzer breath test and an exam by a Drug Recognition Expert As a result of the investigation, Tanguay was charged with OUI-Drugs, Driving to Endanger, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  

    Trooper Hall was assisted by Cpl. Ricci Cote and by Sgt. Paul Powers of Freeport PD who conducted the drug recognition testing. Bail was set at $500.00 which Tanguay posted and was released. Tanguay’s first court appearance will be on January 9, 2020 in Portland District court. The State Police have notified the Biddeford School District of the incident.

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  • Troop J Weekly

    # of School Visits conducted – 2

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

    # of OUI Drug Arrests –  2

    # of DV Arrests –  1

     10-28-19

    Trooper Andy Foss responded to a theft complaint in Lubec where a television was reported stolen.  This was determined to be civil.

    10-29-19

    Sergeant Jeff Ingemi summonsed Drew Hayward (19) of Baileyville, for Illegal Transportation of Liquor by a Minor and Possession of a Usable Amount of Marijuana after a traffic stop in Princeton.

    10-30-19

    Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft complaint in Blue Hill where items were reported stolen from a residence.  Investigation continues.

    Trooper Andy Foss summonsed Blaize Grant (22) of Whiting, for Operating after Suspension after a traffic stop in Whiting.

    Trooper Andy Foss responded to a crash in Machias where Dawn Tucker-Mahar (38) of Whiting, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs and summonsed for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Operating After Suspension.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Trooper Jeff Taylor and Washington Sheriff Office assisted.

    11-1-2019

    Trooper Dana Austin received a report of an erratic motor vehicle on Route 1 in Gouldsboro. Trooper Austin was told that the erratic vehicle had nearly hit another vehicle head on. Trooper Austin located the vehicle in Hancock. As a result of the investigation, Cole Kennedy (34) of Milbridge was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs. Sergeant Jason Sattler and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

    11-2-2019

    Trooper Dana Austin received a report of a burglary in Steuben.  This investigation continues.

    Trooper Dana Austin received a report of a burglary in Milbridge. As a result of the investigation, Daniel Graham (37) of Milbridge was arrested for Burglary. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office assisted and more charges are likely.

    Trooper Keith York arrested Carlos Arroyo Perez (39) of Ellsworth, for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol after a traffic stop in Cherryfield.  A blood test was taken.

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  • Troop F Weekly Report 10-28 to 11-03-19

    Incident Type:         OUI

    Date:                          11/03/2019

    Town:                        bridgewater

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint conducted a traffic stop in Bridgewater due to an observed defect on a vehicle.  The female operator admitted to drinking and stated she knew she should not have driven.  After field sobriety testing was conducted, she was arrested for OUI and transported to the Aroostook County Jail for a breath test.


    Incident Type:         WARRANT

    Date:                          11/03/2019

    Town:                        Monticello

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       An anonymous caller reported a man was at an address in Monticello with active warrants.  Troopers had been trying to locate the man on the warrants but he was able to avoid them.  Cpl. Quint went to the residence and located the man under a vehicle in the driveway.  The man was arrested for the warrants and for refusing to submit to arrest/detention after he tried to escape the residence.  He was transported to the Aroostook County Jail and booked for the warrants and new criminal charge. 


     

    Incident Type:         oui drugs

    Date:                          11/01/2019

    Town:                        houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Bell

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Bell responded to US 1 in Houlton for a report a female slumped over her vehicle’s steering wheel.  The female was passed out inside the vehicle when Tr. Bell arrived.  The investigation and field sobriety tests led to the female being arrested for suspected OUI drugs.  A Drug Recognition Expert from Houlton PD assisted with an evaluation, and it was concluded that the female was under the influence of drugs.  The female admitted using prescription medications that were not prescribed to her.  The female was summonsed and released at a friend’s house.


    Incident Type:         BURGLARY

    Date:                          10/28/2019

    Town:                        New Limerick

    Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

    Brief Synopsis:        Tr. Casavant took a burglary complaint in New Limerick.  The owner of an abandoned property reported that someone had been in a structure on the property and had taken some property.  Tr. Casavant learned who the subject was that had taken the property and met with him.  The subject explained that he felt the property was abandoned and that was why he had gone onto the property.  The subject had met with the owner and offered to pay him for the items he had taken, but felt uncomfortable doing so on his own.  Tr. Casavant facilitated the interaction between the two men and the situation was ultimately resolved with no charges.

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  • Troop D Weekly Report

    Troop D weekly activities for time October 28th to November 3rd 2019

    On 10/27/19 Tr. Martin, Tr. Bureau and Sgt. Fowlie responded to a report of an assault in Liberty. As a result of the investigation it was discovered no assault had actually taken place. However, it was discovered that Mitchell Mcpartlin (37) of Augusta was found to be in violation of his bail conditions by consuming and possessing alcohol. Mcpartlin was arrested and transported to Waldo County Jail and charged with VCR.

    On 10/30/19 Cpl. Pelletier stopped Benjamin Kubicki (42) of Mount Vernon on Western Ave. in Manchester for an inspection violation. His vehicle’s registration was expired in excess of 150 days, and he was summonsed for the offense.

    On 10/31/19 Tr. Parks responded to a report of a crash on the Hanson Rd. in China. Brandon Kelsey (22) of Damariscotta, was driving north on the Hanson Rd. when a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. The vehicle sustained operable damage.

    On 10/31/19 Sgt. Quintero responded to a rollover crash in the town of Morrill. Bradley Beeton (33) of Jackson was found to be significantly injured and significantly impaired. Beeton was transported form the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

    On 11/1/19 Trooper Verhille responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash on Interstate 295 in the Town of Richmond. Sharif Abdelrihim (24) of Madison, failed to maintain his lane and struck the vehicle of Joy Metcalf (73) of Northport.

    On 11/1/19 Trooper Verhille responded to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 295 in the Town of Brunswick after Jason Medina (40) of Windham struck a deer.

    On 11/1/19 Tr. Dunn stopped Chrystal Lalli (35) of Waldoboro on the Cushing Rd. in Friendship for an inspection violation. Her license was suspended and she was also charged with False Identification of Registration Plate.

    On 11/1/19 Tr. Peckham summonsed Chad Trussell (37) of Jefferson for OUI after receiving the DHHS lab results stemming from a crash on September 2, 2019 in Pittston.

    On 11/1/19 Tpr. Parks investigated a report of a crash on the Doyle Rd. in Windsor. Stacy Joslyn (34) of Whitefield was driving east on the Doyle Rd. when a deer entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. The vehicle sustained operable damage.

    On 11/1/19 Sgt. Quintero responded to a car vs. deer crash in the town of Lincolnville. Dylan Green (22) of Searsport sustained significant vehicle damage.

    On 11/2/19 Tr. Martin responded to a crash in Lincolnville. While speaking with the operator, Myriah Sochurek (34) of Lincolnville, Tr. Martin detected the odor of intoxicants. Sochurek showed clues of impairment during sobriety testing then was transported to Waldo County Jail for a breath test. The test confirmed she was under the influence of intoxicants. Sochurek was processed into Waldo County Jail for Operating Under the Influence and Driving to Endanger.

    On 11/2/19 Sgt. Quintero responded to a crash on Rt. 17 in the Town of Windsor. Through investigation it was learned that the vehicle was driven by Jeffery Nichols (55) of Windsor. Nichols confessed to fleeing the scene the previous night and abandoning the car and walking home the night before. Nichols was summonsed for leaving the scene of a crash

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  • Lincoln Man Missing After Car Wreck

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    Brett Doane, 25, of Lincoln, 6-feet tall, 150 lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, was last seen walking west on Route 6 in Lee.

    Maine State Police are asking the public's assistance in locating a Lincoln man who reportedly walked away from a vehicle crash in Lee and hasn't been seen since.

    On November 4, 2019, at 3 a.m., The Maine State Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash at 2717 Lee Road in Lee. A grey Volkswagen sedan had crashed into a tree causing severe damage. An investigation revealed that the vehicle was operated by Brett Doane, 25, of Lincoln. Police believe Doane was not wearing his seatbelt and may have been injured. Troopers learned that the homeowner near where Doane crashed spent about 45 minutes with him prior to his walking away from the scene. The crash took place at approximately 2 a.m. and the resident stated that Doane was not bleeding, but mentioned his leg hurt. A neighbor walked outside and called police around 3 a.m. and Doane left walking west on Route 6 towards Lincoln.

    He was last seen in the area of the Dam Road in Lee. Doane was carrying 2 backpacks. He was wearing brown hiking boots, tan/grey Dickie’s style pants, a grey long sleeve shirt, and a canvas Carhartt style vest over his shirt. Information at this time suggests Doane may have been picked up, but he has not been located and his family has not heard from him. Doane is 6’00 tall and approximately 150lbs with brown hair and blue eyes.

    If you have information on Doane’s whereabouts, please contact the Troop E Barracks for Trooper Andrew Peirson at 207-973-3700.

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  • Maine State Police unveil new commemorative plate supporting Honor Flight Maine

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    Maine State Police and the Maine State Troopers Foundation recently announced that the 2019 State Police Commemorative Plate will be supporting Honor Flight Maine. Designated Troopers will start displaying the plates on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2019, and they will remain on the cruisers until the end of the month.

    “We are privileged to team with the Maine State Troopers Foundation to honor all veterans during the month of November and to heighten awareness of the unique mission of Honor Flight Maine,” said Col. John Cote, Chief of the Maine State Police.   “Many of Maine’s eldest and most tenured veterans would have no way to travel to our National Monuments on their own.  Honor Flight Maine provides free transportation to these deserving veterans and allows them the chance to visit and experience the memorials created to honor their service and sacrifice.”

    HFM Detail1Honor Flight Maine is a non-profit organization created to honor American Veterans for their service and sacrifice. They transport veterans to Washington D.C. for tours of the memorials, giving special consideration to frail and terminally ill veterans. Honor Flight Maine frequently hold events welcoming home veterans or celebrating their service to our country.

    “On behalf of all of us at Honor Flight Maine who Volunteer and serve the Veterans of Maine, we thank you dedicated public servants for this opportunity to ’ride with pride’ with our organization’s name and logo on each Maine State Police Trooper’s vehicles,” said Board Chariperson Laurie A. Sidelinger.  “We have been looking forward to this with excitement and anticipation since we heard the news we were chosen for such an honor!”
    How appropriate and very special to us at HFM with November 11, 2019 (Veteran’s Day) approaching, and our great state and nation celebrating Veterans and their families all month!  The plates will be visible as a tribute to our Veterans that have served and continue to protect us as all of you do so selflessly as our State Troopers! 
    “We are so grateful and thank you all for your service every hour, every day, as many of you have years of military service as well!” 

    The Maine State Troopers Foundation (MSTF) was established in 1994 as a non-profit entity dedicated to providing support for programs of public safety and prevention of crime.

    “The Maine State Troopers Foundation is honored to partner with Honor Flight Maine to help raise awareness of their efforts in providing so many of our veterans an opportunity to visit Monuments in our nation’s capital, which honor the dedication and sacrifices they have made to ensure the freedom we all enjoy today,” said Sgt. Aaron Turcotte on behalf of the Maine State Troopers Foundation.   “As a state trooper, I am proud to recognize these efforts, as well as the support from the Maine State Police in allowing our troopers to display these commemorative plates commencing on Veteran’s Day.”
     

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  • TURNPIKE CRASH PORTLAND

    Maine State Police say only minor injuries resulted from a three vehicle wreck on the Maine Turnpike in Portland this morning.  Southbound traffic was disrupted for two hours as vehicles were diverted off the road at exit 48

    The crash took place just after 5 AM in the construction zone at mile 47. A 2012 Nissan Juke operated by Joseph Forestell (35) of Portland broke down in the road.   A Ford F350 one ton construction truck owned by Landry French construction and operated by Trent Filer (32) of Peru stopped behind the Nissan, but was then struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

    A Pepsi tractor trailer truck operated by Michael Gallant (34) of Mechanic Falls crested the hill and was unable to stop. In turn, the Ford then rear ended the Nissan, which then spun into Jersey barriers, blocking both southbound lanes.  The crash site was reopened to traffic just after 7 AM .   Troopers said none of the drivers required hospitalization.

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  • Maine State Police K9 Dallas to get donation of body armor

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    Tpr. Hunter Belanger and K9 Partner Dallas

    Maine State Police K9 Dallas will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Dallas’ vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by the Waterville Elks Lodge #905 BPOE and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Waterville Elks Lodge #905 BPOE”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

    Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars. 

    The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

    The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
     

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  • SACO DEATH INVESTIGATION (UPDATED)

    SacoUPDATED Nov. 8, 2019: The autopsy on Herbert Winship of Saco has been completed, but authorities are waiting on toxicology reports and further tests before releasing findings. It is expected to take upwards of four weeks before results will be returned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

    No further updates are expected until that time.
     

    Original release from Nov. 7, 2019.

    The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit assisted the Saco Police Department with a death investigation earlier today.  At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, two hunters approached a State Trooper parked near the Flag Pond Road overpass on the Maine Turnpike to report they had discovered the body of a male subject in the woods nearby.  Investigators from the State Police and Saco Police Department responded to the scene located approximately a quarter of a mile into the woods from the Flag Pond Road overpass.

    The victim was identified as 48-year-old Herbert Winship of Saco.  Winship was involved in a high speed chase just before midnight on Saturday night with Saco Police when an officer directed him to stop his motorcycle in the parking lot of VIP Tires and Service on Route 1 after observing a traffic violation.  Winship failed to comply with the officer and traveled northbound on Route 1 eluding police.  He parked his motorcycle at Rinaldi Energy on Route 1 in Saco and fled the area of foot.  A Scarborough Police officer found the abandoned motorcycle and began a canine track attempting to locate Winship, but was unable to find him.  

    An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta to determine the cause and manner of death.  The Saco Fire Department and the Maine Warden Service also assisted at the scene.
     

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