July 2020

  • Troop G promotes two to rank of Corporal

    Cpl Elgin Physic
    Cpl. Elgin Physic

    Troopers Elgin Physic and Jesse Duda were recently promoted to the rank of Corporal. 

    Cpl. Physic is a 12-year veteran of the Maine State Police and previously served two years with the Brunswick Police Department. 

    “He is known for his strong work ethic and his determination and skills in detecting and arresting impaired motorists,” said Col. John Cote. “[Elgin] is active in his community as a coach and mentor and leads a drug resistance education program in the local schools.”

    Cpl. Physic was recently selected for a State Police Colonel’s Award.

    Cpl Jesse Duda
    Cpl. Jesse Duda

    Cpl. Duda is an 8-year Maine State Police veteran, who previously served five years as a Kennebec County Deputy. He is an Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control (EVOC) instructor, K-9 handler, as well as being a member of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Team, and a member of the Motor Unit. His hard work earned him several awards, including Troop G Trooper of the Year Nominee, Colonel’s Award, Meritorious Service Awards and a New England Narcotics Officer’s Award.

    “Cpl. Physic and Cpl. Duda bring different specialties to the midnight shift. Cpl. Physic is one of the top OUI producers in the state and teaches at the academy with his knowledge and experience,” said Lt. Erik Baker, Commander of Troop G (Maine Turnpike). “Cpl. Duda is one of the best interdiction troopers we have and with the assistance of his K9 he is helping keep opioids off the street. These two will help lead the troopers they work alongside and keep the people in the state of Maine safe!”  
     

  • Hollis Man Arrested for Violating His Probation.

    McGahey Booking Photo
    Alan McGahey, 36, of Hollis

    A Hollis man is facing charges after police found him violating his conditions of release during a welfare check.

    On July 1, 2020, at approximately 10 p.m., Troopers from Troop A responded to a house in Hollis for a welfare check of individuals at the residence. When the Trooper’s arrived at the residence, they observed Alan McGahey, 36, of Hollis, in the backyard holding a beer in his hand.

    The Troopers were familiar with McGahey from a previous encounter, and knew he was on Probation for Reckless Violation of a Protection From Abuse Order (Class C Felony) and Domestic Violence Assault (Class D). Part of Alan’s probation conditions included not to use or possess alcohol, and that he was subject to search and testing for alcohol. McGahey fled and attempted to hide the beer he had been holding, and then was subsequently taken into custody.

    McGahey's Probation Officer was contacted, and a probation hold was placed on Alan. He is currently being held without bail, pending a court appearance next week.

  • Mars Hill Crash

    Mars Hill CrashMARS HILL, Maine – A Fort Fairfield man is facing charges after crashing his vehicle in Mars Hill over the holiday weekend.

    On July 4, 2020, at approximately 10:53 p.m., the Houlton Regional Communication Center received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  At approximately 11 p.m. Houlton RCC received a report via 911 of a single vehicle crash on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  

    Tpr. Steve Mahon responded and determined that Grayden Griffeth, 18, of Fort Fairfield, was traveling south on Route 1A in his 2008 Chevy Avalanche when he lost control and struck the guardrail.  Griffeth left the roadway and went down a steep embankment rolling the vehicle onto its side.  He was wearing his seatbelt and his airbags deployed but he still suffered minor injuries in the crash.  

    Griffeth refused medical treatment.  Speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash and as a result Griffeth was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.    
     

  • Maine State Police Memorial Scholarships Awarded

    Julia Brooks
    Julia Brooks – Daughter of Retired LT Mark Brooks – Pensacola Christian College

    Over the last two weeks Col. John Cote traveled around the state to meet up with some amazing students who are part of the Maine State Police family.  In 1983, through the generosity of Henry Ferne of Wiscasset,  the Maine State Police Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to high school seniors who are the children of active, retired or deceased State Police officers.  The competition for these scholarships, which are several thousand dollars, is stiff and those who received these awards have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in academics, extra-curricular activities, community and character.
      
    Normally we would publicly recognize these students during our annual awards ceremony.   However, this year’s ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We congratulate them on their awards and wish them all the best in the future.

    Burton
    Jack Burton – Son of SGT Kevin Burton – University of Maine - Farmington


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Charette
    Luke Charette – Son of LT Rod Charette – Eastern Maine Community College

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    D'angelo
    Joseph D’Angelo – Son of TPR Josh D’Angelo – Southern New Hampshire University

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Meserve
    Delaney Meserve – Step-Daughter of TPR Adam Fillebrown – Roger Williams University

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pion
    Jillian Pion – Daughter of SPEC Michael Pion – Kennebec Valley Community College

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vittum
    Zoe Vittum – Daughter of TPR Darren Vittum – University of Maine – Orono

     

  • Troop J Weekly Report (06-28-20 to 07-05-20)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 3

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 0

    06-28-20

    Sergeant Tim Varney summonsed Brandon Tibbetts (25) of Columbia for Operating After Suspension after stopping him for speeding on Rt 9 in Aurora.

    06-29-20

    Trooper Dana Austin responded to a business in Otis for a theft complaint, as a result of the investigation, Douglas Bryant (60) of Portland was summonsed for Theft. Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

    Trooper Dana Austin responded Waltham for a personal injury accident, as a result of the investigation, Harvey Springer (24) of Ellsworth was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence.

    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 1 in Hancock, as a result of the investigation, Fred Johnson (45) of Hancock was summonsed for Operating after Suspension.

    Trooper Caleb McGary summonsed Christopher Sullivan (37) of Orland, for Criminal Speed and Violation of Conditional Release after a traffic stop in Dedham.  102mph in a 55mph zone.

    07-01-20

    Trooper Andy Foss arrested Neval Adams (44) of Tennessee, for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol after a traffic stop in Aurora.  Adams was transported to a local hospital for medical issues and blood test results are pending.

    07-02-20

    Trooper Jeffrey Taylor summonsed Luke Smith (35) of Jonesport for Operating After Suspension as result of a traffic stop for a vehicle defect in Jonesport.

    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on Route 1A in Dedham, as a result of the investigation, Benjamin Arsenault (28) of Corinna was summonsed for Exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more. Benjamin was travelling 90 miles per hour in a posted 55 mile an hour zone.

    07-03-20

    Trooper Jeffrey Taylor arrested Shannon R Bebout (45) of Blue Hill for Operating Under the Influence in Sullivan. Shannon refused the test.

    Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Ellsworth, as a result of the investigation, Amanda O’Rourke (38) of Ellsworth was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

    Trooper Miles Carpenter arrested Douglas Roman (34) of Robbinston for Operating Under the Influence in Calais. 

    07-04-20

    Trooper Gavin Endre, Sergeant Jason Sattler and Trooper Dana Austin responded to Hancock, for the report of a man allegedly threatening to burn a building down.  After an investigation, Derek Martin (40) of Hancock was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Hancock County Jail.

     

  • Nunez Released from Maine General for Rehabilitation

    Troopers Salute
    Troopers lined up to salute as Tpr. Nunez was escorted to Massachusetts for rehabilitation.

    AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine State Police are pleased to report that Trooper Mikael Nunez was recently released from Maine General Medical Center via Delta Ambulance on July 2, 2020, at 10 a.m. He was escorted by Troopers to Massachusetts to begin his rehabilitation process. The Massachusetts State Police graciously assigned a Massachusetts State Trooper to be a liaison for Tpr. Nunez and his family. 

    Tpr. Nunez was struck on June 14, 2020 as he was attempting to deploy a tire deflating spike mat on Route 3 in China when a fleeing vehicle struck him at a high rate of speed.

    He is expected to be out of state for approximately three weeks, and the rehabilitation is geared towards getting him back to work. We all continue to pray for his continued recovery.
     

  • Troop D Weekly Report

    Troop D weekly activities for time June 29th to July 5th, 2020

    On 6/29/2020 Sgt. Quintero performed a traffic stop on Rt. 17 in Augusta of a vehicle operated by Paul Hodge (54) of Chesapeake Virginia.  A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Sebastain Moody- Dabney 29 of Lewiston. Hodge was arrested for possession of cocaine.  Sebastain Moody-Dabney was found to be in possession of weapon and drug needles.  Moody Dabney admitted the recent use of cocaine. Moody Dabney was already on probation for Possession of Weapon.  Dabney Moody was arrested for his probation violation and transported to Kennebec County Jail. 

    On 6/29/2020 Tr Mattson stopped CASEY PALMER (28) and ALLYSON AMES (20) on Gordon Hill Rd in Thorndike for no registration plate.  Casey was driving the vehicle and has a suspended license.  Casey is on bail with search conditions for weapons.  Casey was summonsed for OAS and issued a citation for no proof of insurance.  Allyson drove the truck to Thorndike FD where it was parked until insurance could be obtained.

    On 7/1/2020 Tr. Martin responded with Waldo SO to a report of a family fight on the Roberts Shore Road in Liberty. The SO gave disorderly conduct warnings to Zebediah Maker (35) and Cassandra Lucas (28) as a result of the disturbance.

    On 7/3/2020 Tr. Dunn stopped and charged Maximilian Jacobs (30) of Massachusetts for criminal speed on I-295 in Richmond.

    On 7/3/2020 Trooper Belanger and Cpl. Robinson went to the residence of Tammy Pagliaroli (49) of Freedom. Pagliaroli was arrested on a warrant for FTA.

    At approximately 0610 hours on 7/3/2020, Tr. Lauren Roddy and Sgt. Scott Quintero responded to a crash involving a commercial motor vehicle and a pedestrian in Topsham on I-295. A 41-year-old Woolwich man was standing on the shoulder of the road, securing items in his vehicle when he was struck. The commercial motor vehicle was operated by a 42-year-old man from Waltham, MA. The victim was transported to Maine General Medical Center with significant life-threatening injuries. Investigation is currently ongoing. Troopers from Troop D, Troop K and Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene as well as local rescue staff.

    On 7/3/2020 Tr. Mattson stopped EDWARD MYLEN (62) on Moosehead Trail in Brooks for an expired registration.  The vehicle is a red Subaru Legacy.  Edward was summonsed for an unregistered MV > 150 days then released.

    On 7/3/20 Cpl. Pelletier stopped Joshua Crabtree (22) on the Alexander Rd. in Dresden for operating an unregistered MV. He was summonsed for the offense. 

    On 07/4/2020 Trooper Belanger stopped a vehicle on Main St Unity for a seatbelt violation. The passenger, Dylan Carr (24) of Burnham, was arrested on a warrant for FTA.

    On 7/4/2020 Tr. Dunn stopped Andrew Truman (25) of Chelsea on Rt. 201 in Richmond for a speeding violation. Truman was charged with Attaching False Plates and VCR and was summonsed for FT Provide Proof of Insurance.

    On 7/4/2020 Tr. Adams stopped Lilly Crawford (23) or China for not having an inspection sticker. Crawford had a suspended driver’s license. Crawford was issued a criminal summons for OAS. 

    On 7/5/2020 Sgt. Quintero performed a traffic stop Clint Deming (35) of Thomaston was stopped on Rt. 3 in Palermo.  Deming was found to be on probation for an armed robbery offense. Deming was found to be in possession a crack cocaine pipe which still contained a small amount of cocaine.  Deming was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Schedule W Drug, Sale and Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and released.  

  • Troop F Weekly Report 06-29 to 07-05-20

    Incident Type:         erratic driver

    Date:                          6/29/2020

    Town:                        woodland

    Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was responding to an unrelated 911 call (hang-up) and was flagged down by a pedestrian in Woodland.  The man stated there was a pickup driving erratic and “drifting” in the intersection.  Tr. Desrosier drove in the direction the pickup was last seen and as he crested a hill, he observed the described vehicle “drifting” through an intersection while another male recorded.  Tr. Desrosier spoke with the driver and camera man.  After an investigation, the driver, a juvenile, was issued a summons for violating his intermediate driver’s license and for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          6/30/2020

    Town:                        monticello

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint was conducting traffic enforcement in Monticello.  He observed a vehicle not displaying a front registration plate and it had an expired Maine inspection certificate.  A stop was made, and it was discovered the driver of the vehicle had a suspended Maine driver’s license for not paying his child support.  The passenger had a valid license and was able to drive the vehicle.  Cpl. Quint issued the man a criminal summons for OAS and a warning for the front plate and expired inspection sticker.


     

    Incident Type:         WARRANT

    Date:                          6/30/2020

    Town:                        westfield

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins located a Westfield man that had two active warrants for his arrest.  The warrants were for domestic violence and the man had been avoiding police.  Tr. Kilcollins located the man at his residence and arrested him without incident.  The man was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.


     

    Incident Type:         WARRANT

    Date:                          7/05/2020

    Town:                        washburn

    Trooper:                   Tr. Martin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Martin assisted the Washburn PD with a male who was wanted by PIPD for violating a protection order.  PIPD entered a temporary warrant into the system.  A Washburn Officer located the man near an apartment complex but was not able to take him into custody and he fled.  More information came in later in the evening stating that the man was in an apartment in the apartment complex that he was last seen near.  Tr. Martin arrived and was invited into the apartment by the resident.  Tr. Martin located the man hiding under a bed and took him into custody without incident.  Tr. Martin transported the man to PIPD where he was booked on his charges.

     

    Incident Type:         oas/ vcr

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        MARS HILL

    Trooper:                   Tr. Rider

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Rider was conducting traffic enforcement in Mars Hill when he observed a tan Toyota Camry.  Tr. Rider ran the plate and it came back to a 2000 red Ford Taurus.  Tr. Rider pulled the vehicle over and after investigation, it was determined that the driver was suspended and had bail conditions.  Tr. Rider charged the driver for OAS, VCR, and false attached plates and towed the vehicle.   


     

    Incident Type:         PI crash

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        NEW LIMERICK

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton responded to a roll over crash in New Limerick on I95. After an investigation, Tr. Cotton determined that the operator lost control of his 2019 Ram pickup after hydroplaning in rain storm. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and only two occupants had minor injuries. 

     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        New Sweden

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Curtin charged a local man with Operating After Suspension.  The man was charged after he drove his car off the road and crashed into some trees.  He suffered minor injuries and his vehicle was towed from the scene.  He was treated at a local hospital and released.


     

    Incident Type:         VCR

    Date:                          7/05/2020

    Town:                        Fort Kent

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Curtin charged a local man with Violating Conditions of Release after stopping him in Fort Kent.  Tr Curtin had received a report of an erratic operator when a concerned citizen called and complained about the operation of a vehicle in the area.  Tr Curtin found the vehicle and after conducting his roadside investigation found alcohol and evidence of drug use in the vehicle.  Further charges are anticipated once chemical test are conducted on items found in the vehicle.  The man was on conditions of release stemming from previous criminal charges.


     

    Incident Type:         Criminal Speed

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        Mapleton

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Michaud

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Michaud pulled over a vehicle in Mapleton after getting it on radar at 87 MPH in a 50 MPH zone.  Cpl. Michaud cited the local woman for her speed. 


     

    Incident Type:         OAS / Warrant

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        Presque Isle

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Michaud

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Michaud pulled over a vehicle in Presque Isle after the operator committed several traffic infractions.  The roadside investigation revealed that the operator’s license was under suspension, he was out on several sets of bail conditions, and he had a warrant out for his arrest. Cpl. Michaud arrested the man for the warrant and transported him to the local police department.  He was charged with Violating Conditions of Release, Operating After Suspension, and Improper Plates.  He was also cited for several motor vehicle violations as well.  The vehicle was towed from the scene and the man posted bail and was released with a Presque Isle Court date.


     

    Incident Type:         Trespass

    Date:                          6/30/2020

    Town:                        Hodgdon

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Mahon responded to a local Hodgdon business when the owner reported having an issue with an employee they had recently fired.  The employee had left after he created a disturbance in front of customers.  Tr. Mahon located the man at his home and served him a trespass notice.


     

    Incident Type:         Criminal Speed

    Date:                          7/03/2020

    Town:                        Monticello

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Mahon was in Monticello patrolling Route 1 when he clocked a vehicle traveling north at 91 MPH in a 55 MPH Zone.  The operator was charged with Criminal Speed and summoned to Houlton District Court for the violation.


     

    Incident Type:         Operating after suspension

    Date:                          7/03/2020

    Town:                        Monticello

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Mahon responded to a car / moose crash in Monticello. During the course of his investigation he learned that the operator’s license was currently under suspension.  The man was summoned to Houlton District Court for Operating After Suspension.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        Bridgewater

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Mahon pulled a vehicle over on Route 1 in Bridgewater in the early morning hours of July 4.  Through his investigation her learned that the operator of the vehicle had a suspended license.  There were other passengers in the vehicle, but none of them had valid licenses either.  The male subject was charged with Operating After Suspension and the vehicle was towed.  The occupants made arrangements for and received a ride from the scene.

     

    Incident Type:         Crash OUI

    Date:                          7/04/2020

    Town:                        Mars Hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       The Houlton RCC received a report of an erratic driver traveling south on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  At approximately 11:00 PM Houlton RCC received a report via 911 of a single vehicle crash on Route 1A in Mars Hill.  Tr. Steve Mahon responded and determined the following from his subsequent investigation.  Eighteen-year-old Grayden Griffeth was traveling south on Route 1A in his 2008 Chevy Avalanche when he lost control and struck the guardrail.  Grayden left the roadway and went down a steep embankment rolling the vehicle onto its side.  Grayden was wearing his seatbelt and his airbags deployed but he still suffered minor injuries in the crash.  Grayden refused medical treatment.  Speed and alcohol were a factor in the crash and as a result Grayden was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.   


     

    Incident Type:         Theft

    Date:                          6/30/2020

    Town:                        Island falls

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Saucier was called to a local construction project in Island Falls when a construction company found that several of their cameras at the worksite had been stolen.  Construction repairs had been being done on a railroad bridge in the area.  The investigation is active and ongoing.


     

    Incident Type:         Warrant Arrest

    Date:                          7/05/2020

    Town:                        Patten

    Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr Saucier was in Patten when he saw a local man drive into the parking lot of a local business.  Tr. Saucier knew the man’s license was currently under suspension and pulled him over.  Once the vehicle stopped, a male passenger exited the vehicle and started to leave the scene.  Tr. Saucier apprehended him and realized that it was another local man who had a warrant for his arrest and was supposed to be under 24/7 house arrest for a drug trafficking charge.  The man was arrested by Tr. Saucier and transported to the Aroostook County Jail.  The operator was charged with Operating After Suspension and allowed to leave the scene.

  • Troop G Weekly Report 06/29/2020 - 07/05/2020

    On 06/29/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Gregory Forget (42) of Buckfield on the ME Turnpike southbound in Portland. He was found to be under the influence. He was put through a battery of field sobriety tests and arrested. He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail where he was administered a breathalyzer test. The results were over the legal limit. He was charged with Operating Under the Influence (Class D).

    On 06/29/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Frederick Johnson (42) of Portland on the ME Turnpike southbound in Portland.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension (Class E) and Possession of a Suspended License (Class E). 

    On 07/01/2020, Cpl. Physic summonsed Christina Bernabaum for Criminal Speed for traveling 103 MPH in a 70-MPH zone.

    On 07/04/2020, Sgt. Pappas arrested Zachary Meader of Salem, NH for OUI. He blew over the legal limit.

  • Lagrange Fatal Crash

    Lagrange CrashUPDATE (July 9, 2020, 8:18 a.m.): 

    The Maine State Police is investigating a fatal car crash that claimed the life of a 35-year-old woman from Lagrange.  At approximately 6:55 p.m., on July 7, 2020, State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash on the Medford Road in the town of Lagrange.  Investigators learned a 2003 Dodge Durango, operated by 39-year-old Randall Hamm of Lagrange rolled over after he lost control around a corner.  Passenger Desarae Bourgoine was ejected and killed in the crash.  Hamm was extricated by Fire and Rescue personnel and flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.  State Police continue to investigate.  
     

    This is the only information available at this time.  
    If anybody has information in relation to this please contact Tr. Kurth at 207-973-3700.
    The Maine State Police was assisted by the Bradford, Lagrange and Milo Fire Departments, as well as Three Rivers Ambulance and Life Flight.  
     

    Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened in Lagrange. 

    On July 7, 2020, at approximately 6:20 p.m., a passerby called Bangor Regional Communication (RCC) and informed dispatchers of a single-vehicle crash on the Medford Road in Lagrange (Near the Brimstone Road). Trooper Kari Kurth arrived on scene to find a Dodge Durango had traveled off the righthand side of the road and rolled onto its roof, trapping the occupants inside. One occupant has died the other has been transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center with what are considered non-life-threatening injuries. The names of the occupants will not be released until next of kin can be notified. 

    The cause of the crash is under investigation. Bradford Fire, Lagrange Fire, Hudson Fire, Milo Rescue, LifeFlight, all assisted with the extrication and rescue efforts. Sgt. Alden Bustard, Sgt. Jeff Ingemi, and Tpr. Andrew Peirson assisted on scene. 

    No further information is available at this time.