January 2020

  • Troop F Weekly Report 01-06 to 01-12-20

    Incident Type:         traffic offense

    Date:                          1/09/2020

    Town:                        stacyville

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement on State Route 11, Stacyville.  He observed a vehicle with an expired Maine inspection certificate and conducted a traffic stop.  The driver admitted to not registering the vehicle and was using an expired transit placard.  He also had no proof of insurance for the vehicle.  Cpl. Quint issued the man a criminal summons for the unregistered motor vehicle and a traffic summons for not having proof of insurance.


    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          1/07/2020

    Town:                        crystal

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement on State Route 159, Crystal, and observed a pickup speeding.  The truck was stopped, and it was discovered the man had a suspended Maine driver’s license and did not have proof of insurance.  Cpl. Quint issued the man a criminal summons for OAS and a traffic summons for the insurance violation.  The man arranged to get himself and the vehicle back to his residence.


    Incident Type:         theft of motor vehicle

    Date:                          1/10/2020

    Town:                        saint john

    Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier investigated the theft of a motor vehicle from Saint John.  The vehicle owner reported the car missing and suspected her son stole it from her home.  Tr. Desrosier, working with Fort Kent PD, located the vehicle and the suspect.  He was taken to Fort Kent PD and issued a criminal summons for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  The car was returned to its owner.


    Incident Type:         warrant arrest

    Date:                          1/09/2020

    Town:                        perham

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque, Cpl. Hafford and Tr. Casavant along with the US Marshal’s Service arrested James Clark for several outstanding warrants.  Surveillance was set up and James Clark was identified as a passenger in a vehicle, the vehicle was stopped in Caribou and James Clark was taken into custody without incident.  Also in the vehicle was Kyli Harris who had several warrants.  The driver was also charged with hindering apprehension. 

    Incident Type:         assist local pd

    Date:                          1/10/2020

    Town:                        caribou

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque, Cpl. Hafford, Tr. Bell and  Sgt. Fuller assisted Caribou PD with a shooting they had on the River Road in Caribou.


    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          1/07/2020

    Town:                        Castle Hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Casavant took a theft complaint from the resident of an apartment in Castle Hill.  The woman had recently moved from the property and it appears that at some point during the transition the property had been left unlocked and some items had been stolen.  The landlord and tenant had been at odds over the condition the apartment had been left in, and Tr Casavant continues to follow-up on the case.

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          1/07/2020

    Town:                        oakfield

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Saucier charged a local man for Operating After Suspension after pulling him over for traffic infractions on the River Road in Oakfield.  The man’s right to operate had been suspended for several things including Operating Under the Influence. 

    Incident Type:         OUI

    Date:                          1/11/2020

    Town:                        Silver Ridge

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Saucier arrested a local man for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.  The man drove his vehicle off the road and was stuck in the snow when Tr.  Saucier located him.  He was arrested without incident and transported to the Aroostook County Jail.

  • Troop J Weekly

    # of School Visits conducted – 5

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 1


    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle on the Ashville Road in Sullivan, as a result of the investigation, Cody Jordan (29) of Gouldsboro was summonsed for Operating after Suspension. Trooper Gavin Endre assisted.


    Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Matthew Greenburg (33) of Calais for Operating After Suspension, Class E after a traffic stop for speed in Calais.

    Corporal Daniel Ryan investigated a hit & run personal injury pedestrian auto accident that occurred in the parking lot of the Dollar Store, Blue Hill. Ethelyn Swazey (64) Blue Hill was summoned for Leaving the Scene of Personal Injury accident.

    Trooper Blaine Silk stopped Steffen Manheim (55) of Mariaville on the Mariaville Road in Ellsworth for speeding 84 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. MANHEIM was charged with Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit by 30 MPH or More.


    Trooper Keith York responded to a theft complaint in Perry where money and a passport was reported stolen from a vehicle.  Investigation continues.


    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle on Route 1A in Dedham, as a result of the investigation, Stacy Thayer (48) of Bangor was summonsed for Exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more.


    Sergeant Timothy Varney summonsed Caleb Curtis (19) of Buxton for Illegal Transportation of Liquor by a Minor after he was stopped for speeding on Rt. 9 in Aurora.

    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on High Street in Ellsworth, as a result of the investigation, Gregory Gilley (32) of Ellsworth was charged with Unlawful Possession of Fentanyl. Also charged during the traffic stop was Kennedy Smith (23) of Ellsworth. Kennedy was charged with Violation of Conditional Release. Corporal Christopher Smith, Trooper Gavin Endre, and the Ellsworth Police Department assisted with the traffic stop.

    Trooper Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop on Falls Court in Ellsworth. The operator David Briggs (37) of Ellsworth was arrested for two active warrants. Briggs was transported to the Hancock County Jail for the warrants and summonsed for Operating after Suspension as well as Violating Bail Conditions.


    Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Ieisha Mitchell (22) of Perry for Operating After Suspension, Class E after a traffic stop on Rte. 1, Princeton for her headlights not being on in inclement weather.

  • Tractor Trailer and Plow Truck Crash

    Crash Maine State Police are investigating a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling natural gas and a plow truck.

    On Jan. 13, 2020, around 9:35 p.m., Thor Cote was driving north in a Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) plow truck, plowing in the left lane, on Interstate 95, Island Falls.  William Curvin was also driving north in a tractor trailer unit hauling compressed natural gas.  William thought the plow truck was in the middle of the roadway, went to pass on the left, and struck the wing of the plow truck.  William lost control of the tractor trailer and went off the left side of the roadway into the median.  The truck tipped onto its left side and came to rest against some rocks.  No one was injured in this crash.

    Crash 2The tractor trailer suffered major damage to the tractor.  No hazardous material was released during the crash.

    The MDOT plow truck sustained heavy damage to the plow wing and its components.  Thor was able to drive it from the scene to a highway crossover.

    Crews will work to remove the rig from the median during daylight hours.

    The tractor trailer was scheduled to deliver the natural gas to a local startch factory.  The truck and trailer are owned by Keenan Advantage Group, Clearmont, Indiana.

    The crash is still under investigation by Sergeant Jeffrey Clark.

  • Woman seriously injured in a collision met up with the Trooper who assisted her during the ordeal

    Vance ThuOn Dec. 23, 2019, Cpl. Diane Vance responded to a serious personal injury accident in Sidney where Emily Thu had lost control of her vehicle and become grievously injured. Passer-by, John Kay, stopped to render assistance and comfort to Emily until help could arrive. 

    “To be honest, I’m not sure what made me stop. I think maybe just human nature. We all have it, it’s just a matter of whether or not you act on it,” said Kay in an email. “If you see that someone needs help, it really shouldn’t be a question. The events of that night will stay with me forever. Emily was in the vehicle in front of me when her accident occurred, there is no way I could have just continued down the road. For this, I am forever grateful.”

    Kay noted the reason for his being out that evening was far from a happy one, as he was on his way to the emergency vet where he had to unexpectedly put his family dog down.

    “But now we have a new friend from the outcome,” he said. “Emily will hopefully always be a part of our life.”

    Cpl. Vance was able to provide first aid, including a tourniquet, staying with Emily and holding her hand during the ordeal. Thu was flown by LifeFlight to Lewiston, and while being treated, Thu requested a visit so she could thank Cpl. Vance. Cpl. Vance went in to CMCC on her day off to visit with Emily. Cpl. Vance also helped connect Emily with Kay who stopped to render aid and comfort. Kay and his wife have also been to visit Emily while she was in the hospital. We are happy to report that Thu was recently released from the hospital. 

    Thu Kay“[Kay’s] Presence kept me strong until responders arrived. I have developed a strong bond with John and his wife Lulu, and Cpl. Vance,” Thu said in an email. “This may seem like an ordeal to some, but it introduced me to some of the kindest people, and I am forever thankful for that.”

    We are sharing this post with Emily Thu and John Kay’s permission. We would like to thank them for allowing us to share this post with you.

  • New Hampshire Man Charged with Endangering Welfare of a Child

    Christopher Dube, 34, of Rochester, New Hampshire

    A New Hampshire man was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he was found overdosing in his vehicle earlier today.

    On January 14, 2020, at approx. 8:50 am, Troopers out of Troop A were called to a parking lot on Rt. 202 in Lebanon for a report of an unresponsive man in a vehicle. It was also reported that there was a small child in the vehicle. Troopers arrived on scene and found a man that appeared to be suffering from an overdose. As the Trooper was about to administer Narcan, the subject woke up. The subject was identified as Christopher Dube, 34, from Rochester, N.H. Troopers located an 18-month-old child in the vehicle with Dube.

    Dube was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Possession of a Schedule Drug (heroin/fentanyl). He was transported to the York County Jail where bail was set at $500.00. State Police contacted the New Hampshire Department of Children and Youth Services who responded to the scene. The child was later turned over to a family member.

    (Note we blocked the logo on the shirt as he is no longer affiliated with  that company).

  •  Maine State Police K9 Dutch has received donation of body armor

    Dutch VestMaine State Police K9 Dutch has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Madeline Hamersley of Sorrento, ME and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Detective Benjamin Campbell, EOW 4/3/19”.

    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. 

  • Macwahoc Plantation Crash

    KenyonA Weston woman and her passenger suffered minor injuries after the vehicle they were in went off the road and flipped end-over-end earlier today.

    On Jan. 16, 2020, around 12 noon, Joan Kenyon, 81, of Weston, Maine was driving her 2004 GMC Tahoe northbound on Route 2A in Macwahoc Plantation. Kenyon’s vehicle caught some slush on the side of the roadway pulling the vehicle into the ditch. Kenyon’s vehicle then struck a rock in the ditch causing the vehicle to flip end over end. Kenyon and her passenger were both wearing their seat belts and only suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries.

  • Troop J Weekly

    # of School Visits conducted – 1

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 2


    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle on Route 1A in Dedham, as a result of the investigation, Clarence Grant (57) of Columbia was summonsed for Operating after Suspension.


    Trooper Jeffrey Taylor responded to a vehicle off the road on the Mason Bay Road in Jonesport. No one was with the vehicle at the time and it was towed. The next day, Jason Ramsdell (27) of Whiting reported he was the driver who crashed. Jason was summonsed for Leaving the Scene and issued a traffic ticket for Failure to Maintain Control.


    Trooper Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop on Douglas Highway in Lamoine for a vehicle defect. During the stop, Trooper. Endre identified Neil Salisbury (68) of Lamoine as the operator of the vehicle. Salisbury’s driving status is suspended. Salisbury was summonsed for Operating After Suspension.

  • Troop F Weekly Report 01-13 to 01-19-20

    Incident Type:         ASSIST OTHER AGENCY

    Date:                          1/15/2020

    Town:                        presque isle

    Trooper:                   Sgt. Clark

    Brief Synopsis:       Sgt. Clark was driving through Presque Isle when he came upon a crash on US Highway 1.  A vehicle had rolled onto its roof and the PD had not yet arrived at the scene.  Sgt. Clark rendered aid to the driver and stayed on-scene to assist the PD with traffic control.  The driver was not seriously injured in the crash.


    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          1/15/2020

    Town:                        fort kent

    Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement and was driving through Fort Kent.  He observed a vehicle speeding and initiated a traffic stop.  During the course of the stop, Tr. Desrosier found the driver had a suspended Maine driver’s license.  The man stated he was not aware of the suspension.  Tr. Desrosier issued the man a traffic summons for speeding and a criminal summons for OAS.  He gave the man a ride to his residence and helped him arrange for a licensed driver to get his car.


    Incident Type:         warrant arrest

    Date:                          1/18/2020

    Town:                        houlton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Bell

    Brief Synopsis:       – Tr. Bell arrested a male in Houlton on a warrant stemming from a December 2019 hit and run crash.

    Incident Type:         oas

    Date:                          1/17/2020

    Town:                        sherman

    Trooper:                   tr cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton conducted a welfare check on a male subject in Sherman. Ultimately, the male was all set, but Tr. Cotton found out the male’s license was suspended. Shortly after clearing the call, Tr. Cotton observed the male pull out of his driveway in a friend’s vehicle. Tr. Cotton conducted a traffic stop and issued the man a citation for OAS. Tr. Cotton escorted the male back to his house where the vehicle was parked.

    Incident Type:         pi crash

    Date:                          1/18/2020

    Town:                        dyer brook

    Trooper:                   tr cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Houlton Regional Communications Center received a call from an owner of a local restaurant in Oakfield who reported that there was a male at their restaurant that had been in an accident on the interstate. The male was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash as well as case of hypothermia/frostbite. Tr. Cotton located the vehicle in the area of I 95 285 South Bound in Dyer Brook in the ditch. Tr. Cotton determined that the operator of the vehicle swerved to avoid something in the roadway and went off the road. The operator ran approximately 1 mile to get help. Investigation is on-going.

    Incident Type:         snowsled theft

    Date:                          1/12/2020

    Town:                        mars hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque received a complaint of a stolen snowmobile.  The victim had gotten information that the sled was in Houlton and Troopers and Houlton PD began looking for it.  Houlton PD located the sled and got into a chase with the operator who got off the sled and ran on foot.  The operator of the sled was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property.  The investigation is ongoing


    Incident Type:         assist fmo

    Date:                          1/15/2020

    Town:                        fort fairfield

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Hafford

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl Hafford assisted the FMO at a fatal fire in Fort Fairfield as an ERT.

    Incident Type:         OUI

    Date:                          1/17/2020

    Town:                        Mount Chase

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier responded to a vehicle off the road in Mount Chase.  A local towing company had reported that they were called to tow out a vehicle that had a small amount of damage, but when they arrived it appeared that the vehicle was a total loss.  After Tr. Saucier concluded his investigation, he arrested a Bangor woman for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.  She was arrested without incident and transported to the Aroostook County Jail.


    UPDATE: State Police say 21 year old Dylan Ketcham of Gardiner has been arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault as a result of the investigation that began earlier in the day on Lincoln Avenue in Gardiner.  He is being held at the Kennebec County Jail. Ketcham was arrested this afternoon at the Gardiner Police Dept. where he had been questioned . The names of the two victims are being withheld tonight as police continue to monitor their conditions.  Both men are being treated at Maine Medical in Portland

    State and Gardiner Police are investigating the shooting and stabbing of two men early this morning in Gardiner and they are questioning a third man in connection with the incident.  The two injured men were found outside a home on Lincoln Ave. just after 1 AM.  Both were taken by ambulance to MaineGeneral in Augusta and have been flown by the Lifeflight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland where they have been undergoing emergency surgery.  

    Gardiner Police had been called by a Lincoln Ave. resident after one of the injured men came to the door and asked for help.   Gardiner Police and rescue personnel responded and located both men outside the home.  One had been shot and the second man had been stabbed. 

    A State Police canine assisted Gardiner and State Police with tracking the suspected assailant, who was found about a half mile away in the foundation of an abandoned building.  He was taken into custody and has been questioned by State Police detectives during the day.