November 2019

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

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    Tpr. Adam Gould with K9 Partner Keet

    Maine State Police K9 Keet will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Keet’s vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Heather McKibben of HeatherFest, Norton, MA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by HeatherFest in memory of Jerri, Drew & Cluck”. 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. 
     

  • Litchfield Fatal Crash

    Litchfield FatalA Litchfield man is facing charges after the fatal collision that killed two people. 

    On Nov. 9, at approximately 7:39 p.m., State Police received an erratic operation-related traffic complaint in Litchfield, and several minutes later at approximately 7:49 p.m. a report of a crash was called in to dispatch. State Police out of Troop D investigated a two-vehicle crash in Litchfield on Nov. 9, 2019. Troopers James Moore, Nicholas Gleeson, and Kyle Pelletier determined that  a Lincoln SUV driven by Shawn Metayer, 60, of Litchfield apparently crossed the centerline on the Hallowell Road and struck an oncoming vehicle. The occupants of the other vehicle, a full-sized pickup truck, were Derek Trudeau, 48, and his wife Stephanie Trudeau, 40, both of Litchfield, were killed upon impact. The Trudeaus were travelling to pick up their 9-year-old child from a friend’s house. Metayer was transferred to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers believe speed and alcohol to be factors and charges are pending Metayer’s release from the hospital.

    Troop D was assisted by Litchfield Fire, Gardiner Rescue, Maine State Police Accident Reconstruction, and AC Towing.
     

  • Augusta Investigation

    UPDATE: State Police are investigating the murder-suicide deaths of a couple in Augusta as a domestic violence homicide. The woman who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Augusta is 30 year old Loryn McCollett. Her boyfriend is 30 year old Eric Ryan, formerly of Clinton, who shot and killed himself as Augusta Police Officers knocked on the apartment door. Loryn McCollett’s body was found in her bed, and Eric Ryan’s body was found in a bathroom with a handgun at his side. The couple shared an apartment with a friend at 93 Northern Avenue in Augusta. It was that apartment in Augusta where the two bodies were found.

    Detectives continue to conduct interviews today while Evidence Response Team Members process the apartment for evidence.   

    Autopsies on the two bodies are taking place Tuesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.  

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    State and Augusta Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman at an apartment in Augusta. The bodies were discovered at 1:30 p.m., when Augusta Police responded to a welfare check at 93 Northern Avenue in Augusta. While knocking on the apartment door. Officers heard a gunshot from inside the apartment. Officers made entry and found a deceased male. A deceased female was then located in a separate room. 

    Detectives from Augusta Police and Maine State Police will be on scene throughout the night. State Police Evidence Technicians will also be working inside the apartment throughout the evening. There is no threat to the public. An autopsy and positive identification of deceased is expected Tuesday or Wednesday (Nov. 12 or Nov. 13). There is no further information at this time.
     

  • Three Arrested After Traffic Stop

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    Sasha Wooster, 28, of Berwick, Maine

    Three people are facing charges after a traffic stop in Lebanon.

    On Nov. 10, 2019, a Trooper from Troop A stopped a vehicle on Route 202 in Lebanon for multiple violations. During the course of the stop, it was determined the driver was attempting to provide a false name, and another Troop A Trooper arrived to assist. A roadside investigation revealed the driver was in fact Sasha Wooster, 28, of Berwick, who had a felony warrant out of New Hampshire for Possession of Dangerous Drugs. The warrant was extraditable out of the Eastern United States. Troopers learned that two out of the reaming three people in the car were also providing false names. A passenger, Shaun Laws, 29, of Rochester New Hampshire, was prohibited from having contact with another female (also inside the car) due to multiple Protection From Abuse Orders. Another woman inside the car, Shannon Houle, 27, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was found to have an active Maine warrant for her arrest for failing to pay fines for a Drug Possession and OUI charge. The warrant was for failing to pay fines for a Drug Possession and an OUI Charge. Houle was  taken into custody without incident.

    A search of the car yielded a significant amount of drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of illegal narcotics. After the individuals were transported to York County Jail, it was determined Wooster was concealing a small amount of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine on her person, and was also on probation for a drug charge. A Corporal from Troop A, who is also a member of the PACE Team also assisted with the stop.  The individuals were held on the following charges:

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    Shaun Laws, Rochester, New Hampshire 

    Sasha Wooster: Held Without Bail as a Fugitive from Justice; Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drugs (Class C felony); Failure to Provide Name to Law Enforcement (Class E), and a probation hold.

    Shaun Law:  Held Without Bail for two counts of Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order (Class D); and Unlawful Possession of a Schedule W Drug (Class D).

    Shannon Houle was issued a $250 bail for the Arrest Warrant and Unlawful Possession of a Schedule W Drug (Class D).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Shannon Houle, 27, of Rochester, New Hampshire

     

  • Troop J Weekly

     

    # of School Visits conducted – 1

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

    # of OUI Drug Arrests –  0

    # of DV Arrests –  0

    11-04-19

    Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Nicholas Wood (22) of Penobscot, for Operating an Unregistered Vehicle after an investigation in Castine.

    Trooper Jeffrey Taylor arrested Timothy Ciarcia (26) of Steuben as result of a traffic stop on the Mogador Road in Steuben for unnecessary acceleration. Ciarcia was also summonsed for Operating Without a License due to consuming alcohol against his license restriction.

     11-05-19

    Trooper Andy Foss responded to a burglary complaint in Machias were tools were stolen from a garage during the past two weeks.  Investigation continues.

    11-06-19

    Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested John Page (60) of Danforth for Failure to Appear.

    Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested Theodore P. Sperdakos (69) of Alexander for Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon after an incident in Crawford.  Sergeant Tim Varney and Corporal Micah Perkins assisted.

    11-09-19

    Trooper Andy Foss arrested Christopher Grant (26) of Lubec, for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol after a traffic stop in Machias.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi assisted. 

     

     

  • Bowdoinham Drug Trafficking

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    Terrel Walker, 28, of Orono

    An Orono man is facing drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop in Bowdoinham over the weekend.

    On Nov. 11, 2019 ,Troopers from Troop D performed a Traffic stop in Bowdoinham on I-295 of a vehicle headed south bound out of State operated by Terrel Walker, 28, originally from New York and now residing in Orono.  

    Troopers learned that Walker was the subject of an outstanding Federal Arrest Warrant related to a drug trafficking arrest by Maine State Police PACE Team members in August of 2019. Walker was also found to be in possession of over 15 pounds of Marijuana, packaged for commercial sale; $2,000 in cash; and a quantity of unmarked and unlabeled pills. The identification of the pills are pending a laboratory analysis.  The marijuana is valued at $30,000.

    Walker was arrested and charged with Class C Unlawful Trafficking of Marijuana and Class C Bail Violation.  Also, in the vehicle was Eimel Evans, 25 ,of Augusta.  Evans was arrested for a separate outstanding arrest warrant. Troopers were assisted on scene by Topsham Police MarijuanaDepartment.
     

  • Farmingdale arrest

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    Eric Colbert, 38, of Farmingdale

    State Police arrested a Farmingdale man after a bail check over the weekend.

    On Nov. 10, 2019, Maine State Troopers out of Troop D conducted a bail check on Eric Colbert, 38, of Farmingdale at his residence. Colbert was on bail for multiple drug trafficking offenses and on probation for drug trafficking offenses.  Colbert has been incarcerated multiple times in Maine and New York related to drug distribution charges.  

    During the check, Colbert was found to be in possession of handgun ammunition and a 20-gauge pump-action shotgun with shells loaded and chambered. Colbert was arrested for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Violating his Conditions of Release by committing new Criminal Conduct.  Colbert was transported to Kennebec County Jail where he was held without bail. 
     

     

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  • Westbrook Missing Person (UPDATED)

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    Henry Jaques, 45, of Westbrook is missing. He is 5'9", 200 lbs, blond hair and blue eyes. 

    UPDATE: An autopsy was completed today. Additional testing needs to be done, but the death of Mr. Jacques is not considered suspicious. Westbrook PD will be continuing to investigate.

    An update to earlier information released by the Maine State Police:

    Henry Jacques, who was reported missing in Westbrook, was located deceased this afternoon in the woods behind Saint Anthony’s Church on Brown Street. By State statute, the cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No further information is being released at this time.

    The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit is assisting the Westbrook Police Department with a missing persons case.  Henry Jacques, 45 years old, was last seen at 55 Brown Street, APT 2 on Friday, November 8th at approximately 3:00 PM by his live-in girlfriend.  He left the residence on foot wearing blue jeans, multiple layers of shirts (unknown color) and no shoes.  Jacques is described as 5’9” tall, 200 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes.  He has a tattoo on his right arm with the initials “H.J.”  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Westbrook Police Department at (207) 854-0394 or Maine State Police at (207) 624-7076.

  • Augusta Domestic Violence Homicide

    State Police are investigating the murder-suicide deaths of a couple in Augusta as a domestic violence homicide. The woman who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Augusta is 30 year old Loryn McCollett. Her boyfriend is 30 year old Eric Ryan, formerly of Clinton, who shot and killed himself as Augusta Police Officers knocked on the apartment door. Loryn McCollett’s body was found in her bed, and Eric Ryan’s body was found in a bathroom with a handgun at his side. The couple shared an apartment with a friend at 93 Northern Avenue in Augusta. It was that apartment in Augusta where the two bodies were found.

    Detectives continue to conduct interviews today while Evidence Response Team Members process the apartment for evidence.   

    Autopsies on the two bodies are taking place Tuesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.  
     

  • Troop F Weekly Report 11-04 to 11-10-19

    Incident Type:         warrant

    Date:                          11/08/2019

    Town:                        houlton

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint responded to the Houlton Port of Entry for a Canadian citizen with a Maine warrant.  The man was stopped in Clinton by a Trooper from Troop K, issued a criminal summons, and then failed to appear in court.  The man was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton until he could arrange to post bail.        


    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          11/04/2019

    Town:                        Grand isle

    Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in Grand Isle.  He observed a man driving that he knew was suspended.  Tr. Desrosier conducted a traffic stop and issued the man a criminal summons for OAS.  The man’s passenger had a valid license and was able to drive the vehicle.


    Incident Type:         unregistered motor vehicle

    Date:                          11/08/2019

    Town:                        monticello

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins was conducting traffic enforcement in Monticello.  He stopped a vehicle for speeding and discovered it had not been registered in over a year.  The vehicle was licensed out of Ohio.  Tr. Kilcollins issued the owner of the vehicle a criminal summons for operating an unregistered vehicle.

     

    Incident Type:         burglary of m/v, criminal mischief

    Date:                          11/04/2019

    Town:                        amity

    Trooper:                   tr cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Follow up with suspicious incident from previous week in Linneus. -Tr. Cotton was able to locate the suspect involved in a suspicious incident in Linneus. After an interview with the suspect, Tr. Cotton summonsed the male for Burglary to a motor vehicle and Criminal Mischief.


    Incident Type:         warrant arrest

    Date:                          11/05/2019

    Town:                        island falls

    Trooper:                   tr cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton became aware of a male subject who had a warrant for failing to pay fines, that lived in Island Falls. After a brief investigation, Tr. Cotton was able to locate the male and placed him under arrest. Tr. Cotton transported the male to the Aroostook County Jail.


    Incident Type:         warrant arrest

    Date:                          11/07/2019

    Town:                        oakfield

    Trooper:                   tr cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton became aware of a female subject who had a warrant for failing to appear in Court on an OUI Crash that Tr. Cotton investigated. Tr. Cotton located the female and transported her to the Aroostook County Jail without incident


    Incident Type:         oui

    Date:                          11/05/2019

    Town:                        woodland/ perham

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque received a call in Woodland stating that there was a male off the road and he was possibly intoxicated.  Tr. Levesque arrived and the male was already gone.  He looked in the area but did not meet or locate the vehicle.  A short time later someone called in another crash in the town of Perham and it was believed to be the same driver.  Tr. Levesque arrived and spoke to the male who admitted to causing the other crash and being intoxicated.  The male performed field sobriety test and was arrested for Operating Under the Influence and Failure to Report Accident by Quickest Means. 


    Incident Type:         theft

    Date:                          11/06/2019

    Town:                        mars  hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque was called to Mars Hill for a theft from a grocery store.  Tr. Levesque arrived and was shown security footage of a female walking around the store and putting a large amount of food in her bag.  The female left in a vehicle and Tr. Levesque was given the description and registration number.  Tr. Levesque located the vehicle parked on a field road, unoccupied and observed stolen items in it.  Tr. Levesque had the vehicle towed and impounded until he can speak to the registered owner


    Incident Type:         pr talk

    Date:                          11/04/2019

    Town:                        van buren

    Trooper:                   Tr. Bell/ sgt fuller

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Bell and Sgt Fuller taught a TIMs class at the Van Buren Fire Department. There were about 30 people in attendance.

     

    Incident Type:         PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Date:                          11/08/2019

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:         Tr. Curtin represented the State Police at a job fair held at the Houlton Armory.  He spoke with students from Houlton, East Grand, and Southern Aroostook Schools.  The job fair consisted of representatives from many public and private sector employers.

     


    Incident Type:         WARRANT

    Date:                          11/7/2019

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

    Brief Synopsis:        Tr. Casavant arrested and Oakfield man on a warrant out of Lewiston District Court.  The man was wanted on several drug charges from Auburn PD.  The man posted bail from the barracks in Houlton and was released.


    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          11/07/2019

    Town:                        Island Falls

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier received a theft complaint from a business in Island Falls.  A subject had been seen shoplifting in the establishment.  Tr. Saucer located the individual and charged the local man with theft.


    Incident Type:         OUI

    Date:                          11/07/2019

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier was asked to assist the Houlton Police Department with a Drug Evaluation on a suspected drugged driver.  The evaluation was conducted by Tr. Saucier and the subject was found to be under the influence of drugs.