October 2020

  • Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Charges

    Drugs and CurrencyOn Oct. 1, 2020, at approximately 1:52 a.m., Troop C Troopers stopped a vehicle for several motor vehicle violations to include speed and defective equipment on I-95 in Augusta. 

    During the traffic stop, Troopers identified several indicators of criminal activity, and a drug-sniffing K9 was requested to the scene, who subsequently indicated to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. A search was conducted of the vehicle and it’s passengers and Troopers located $6,485.00 in assorted cash, 69 grams of Heroin, 63 grams of crack cocaine, 1 gram of cocaine, and nearly a half a pound of assorted Oxycodone and Xanax pills pre-packaged for sale. 

    Troopers arrested John Wesley Clement (22) of Bangor and charged him with two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs, Class A felonies, Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Z Drugs, a Class C Felony, Failing to Give Correct Name and Date of Birth, and Violating Conditions of Release, a Class C Felony. Also arrested was Mollie Robichaud (19) of Brewer and charged with two counts of Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule W Drugs, Class A Felonies, and Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Z Drug, a Class C Felony. 

  • Sidney Fatal Accident

    Sidney Fatal CrashOne person is dead after a crash in Sidney. 

    On Oct. 2, 2020, at 3:03 p.m., Troopers responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on I-95 northbound at mile 116 in Sidney.   The preliminary investigation suggests that the orange 2005 Honda Element utility vehicle was traveling north in the right lane during a rainstorm.  Witnesses stated that the vehicle suddenly crossed into the passing lane, went off the roadway into the grassy median where it side-swiped a tree with the passenger side of the vehicle.  The driver, Nicholas Caron, 18, of Bangor, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics on scene.  The vehicle sustained massive passenger side and top damage.  Both airbags deployed and the driver was wearing his seatbelt.  Maine Department of Transportation, Sidney Fire Dept., and Delta Ambulance responded to the scene.  A Kennebec Sheriff’s detective came upon the scene and assisted with interviews of witnesses. 

    The crash is still under investigation from Troopers from Troop C.  
     

  • Winthrop Death Investigation

    State and Winthrop police are investigating a death at Squire Court in Winthrop. On the evening of Oct. 3, 2020, at approximately 10:53 p.m. Winthrop Police received a call reporting the death. The Winthrop Police Department responded and requested the State Police Major Crimes Unit. Investigators worked throughout the night and into this morning. That work will continue Sunday. 

    This is being investigated as a suspicious death. The Medical Examiners office responded to the residence last evening and will be conducting an autopsy today (Oct. 4, 2020) or tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2020). 

    State Police recommend residents take normal precautions and report anything suspicious to the Winthrop Police. 
     

  • Troop J Weekly Report (09-27-20 to 10-04-20)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 2

    09-27-20

    Trooper Gavin Endre responded to a vehicle rollover on Newman Street in Winter Harbor. The operator Chun Hung Tseng (28) of New York was not injured.

    09-29-20

    Detective Sergeant Greg Mitchell stopped a vehicle for erratic operation on Route 1 in Ellsworth.  As a result of further investigation conducted by Corporal Chris Smith, STARR FERRIS (39) of Ellsworth was arrested for Operating Under the Influence.  Additional charges are pending. 

    10-03-20

    Corporal Chris Smith investigated a reported trespassing incident on the Morrison Farm Road in Mariaville.  As a result, Joseph Martin Vachon (83) of Ellsworth was summonsed for Criminal Trespass.

    Trooper Dana Austin responded to Orland for a report of a man who had stolen a trailer from a yard sale, as a result of the investigation, Gary Ashe (57) of Bucksport was summonsed for Theft by Inauthroized Taking or Transfer.

    Corporal Micah Perkins stopped Jay Preston (30) of Edmunds, in Cooper and issued him a summons for Operating After Suspension.

  • Troop F Weekly Report 09-28 to 10-04-20

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          9/29/2020

    Town:                        mapleton

    Trooper:                   Sgt. Clark

    Brief Synopsis:       Sgt. Clark was assisting Tr. Kilcollins with a theft investigation in Mapleton.  He was checking the area for a man that was thought to be part of the theft investigation and observed him driving and quickly pulling into a neighbor’s driveway.  After an investigation, the man was issued a criminal summons for OAS.  The man admitted to knowing he did not have a valid driver’s license.

     


     

    Incident Type:         suspicious incident

    Date:                          9/29/2020

    Town:                        westfield

    Trooper:                   Sgt. Clark

    Brief Synopsis:       A couple walking their dog in Westfield found what they thought may be a burned carcass of some sort.  Sgt. Clark responded and conducted an investigation.  The couple stated their dog brought something out of the woods they thought may have been a skull.  Sgt. Clark examined it and the area where it was found.  It was found that someone either discarded old food or set a poorly constructed bear bait.  There were blue berries, meatballs, and other food items.  Nothing suspicious was discovered.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          9/29/2020

    Town:                        Littleton

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint responded to a two-vehicle crash in Littleton.  The vehicle was driving in the opposite directions on the narrow back road and both were too close to the centerline.  As they passed, their mirrors hit and broke.  During the crash investigation, it was discovered one of the driver’s had a suspended Maine driver’s license from 2018.  The man was issued a criminal summons for the violation and arranged for a licensed driver to come get him and the vehicle.  No one was injured in the crash.


     

    Incident Type:         VIOLATION OF BAIL

    Date:                          10/03/2020

    Town:                        westfield

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins received a complaint of a vehicle driving slow in Westfield and it appeared the driver was looking into people’s yards.  Tr. Kilcollins checked the area and located the described vehicle.  The man stated someone stole a truck belonging to him and he was looking for it.  The man had numerous sets of bail conditions (5) and two stipulated he remain on house arrest in Ludlow.  The man was arrested for violating his conditions of release and was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.


     

    Incident Type:         operating without a license

    Date:                          10/04/2020

    Town:                        mars hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins, and other Troopers, have been receiving complaints on a motorcycle driving criminal speeds between Mars Hill and Presque Isle almost daily.  Tr. Kilcollins received a complaint from a driver stating the motorcycle passed at an estimated 100 mph in the 55-mph zone.  Tr. Kilcollins checked the area and located the motorcycle in Mars Hill.  After an investigation, it was discovered the man does not have a motorcycle endorsement.  He was issued a criminal summons for operating without a license and a warning for having an unregistered motorcycle.  The man denied the speeding allegations. 


     

    Incident Type:         DRUG POSSESSION, WARRANT, OAS

    Date:                          10/014/2020

    Town:                        mars hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. RIDER

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Rider pulled over a vehicle on Route 1 in Mars Hill for a 2018-2019 inspection violation.  After some investigation, it was found that the driver and three passengers were suspended.  The rear passengers were on probation for drug offenses and one of the rear passengers had a no bail probation warrant.  After a consent search of the front passenger’s purse, a useable amount of admitted heroin was found along with a scale and drug paraphernalia.  Driver was issued a criminal summons for OAS, front passenger was issued a criminal summons for unlawful possession of schedule W, and rear passenger was transported to ACJ.  Vehicle was towers by Brewers towing service.  


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          10/01/2020

    Town:                        Nashville plantation

    Trooper:                   Tr. Martin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Martin is investigating a theft of license plates from a Sawmill in Nashville Plantation.  The vehicle the plates were removed from had been parked in a storage facility on the property in the Fall of 2019.  The theft was only recognized when Massachusetts EZ Pass sent the company a fine for unpaid tolls.  The plates were entered as stolen and Tr. Martin is working to develop a suspect.  

     


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          9/30/2020

    Town:                        NEW LIMERICK

    Trooper:                   Tr. MaHON

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Mahon responded to a reported theft of a gas can at a local camp. The homeowner had security footage of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


     

    Incident Type:         OUI

    Date:                          10/01/2020

    Town:                        Island fals

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton was patrolling Island Falls on Houlton Road when he was flagged down by a motorist. The motorist advised him that a pickup truck backed into his motor home and drove off. An investigation revealed that a male subject who has been reported to drive under the influence of alcohol by concerned citizens, was the operator of the truck that backed into the motor home. The operator of the pickup truck came back to the scene and confessed to backing into the motor home as well as drinking. Tr. Cotton put the male through field sobriety and placed the male under arrest for OUI.


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          10/01/2020

    Town:                        Masardis

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Maine Guide called HRCC to report that a trailer and UTV had been stolen from a wood’s road in Masardis within the last 24 hrs. The male told Tr. Cotton that he had stashed it there for moose recovery. The male advised that he had a lock on the trailer, and it must have been cut off. Investigation is on-going.


     

    Incident Type:         Criminal Speed

    Date:                          9/28/2020

    Town:                        Smyrna

    Trooper:                   Tr. Sylvia

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Sylvia was monitoring traffic on I-95 in Smyrna when he clocked a vehicle at 112 MPH in a 75 MPH zone.  The Windsor Man was headed north on the interstate when he was pulled over.  He was charged with Criminal Speed and is now awaiting a Houlton Court Date.

  • Winthrop Death Investigation Update

    State Police say the man who died at a Squire Court residence in Winthrop Saturday night was shot to death. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide. Investigators continue to investigate the circumstances of the death. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Joshua Martin, formerly of Rochester, NY. Martin was last known to be staying in the Augusta area.   

    Investigators will continue to review evidence, the autopsy results and interviews in consultation with the Attorney General’s office. 
     

  • Troop G Weekly Report 09/28/2020 - 10/04/2020

    On 09/29/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped a male operator of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike northbound in Gray.  His registration was found to be Suspended for Tolls.  His vehicle was towed.  He was not charged and will be following up with MTA and BMV.

    On 09/29/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped a male operator of Turner on the ME Turnpike northbound in Gray.  His registration was found to be Suspended for Tolls.  His vehicle was towed.  He was not charged and will be following up with MTA and BMV.

    On 09/29/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Tyler Dery (36) of Auburn on the ME Turnpike northbound in Gray.  He was charged with Failing to Register Motor Vehicle Expired More Than 150 Days.

    On 09/30/2020, at approximately 0127 hours, Tr. Davis responded to a report of a tractor trailer unit rolled over in the area of mile marker 77 northbound on the Turnpike in Auburn. The operator, David Hand (28) of New Jersey, fell asleep and drove off the roadway to the right, striking the guardrail before rolling over and down the embankment. Hand was able to get out of the truck on his own accord and was transported to Central Maine Medical Center for further evaluation; his injuries were non-life threatening. Lewiston Fire Department and United Ambulance Service responded. The right lane of the Turnpike was shut down for an extended amount of time. Sgt. Wilkinson, Tr. LiBritz, and Tr. Murray also assisted.

    On 09/30/2020, Tr. Paradis responded to a complaint of a wrong way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lane around mile marker 58 on the Maine Turnpike in Cumberland. Several callers stated that the pickup struck several vehicles just north of the Cumberland service plaza. Upon arrival, Troopers discovered there were five vehicles involved in the crash. A witness reported the pickup left the Cumberland service plaza and drove north in the southbound lane, striking the vehicles within a half mile of the plaza. The operator of the pickup was a 73-year-old male who was not believed to be impaired. Both the operator of the pickup and another driver received minor injuries. No charges are expected at this time. Sgt. Porter and Tr. Keim also assisted.

    On 09/30/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Volkan Karayastik (25) on the ME Turnpike northbound in Portland.  He was charged with Criminal Speed for traveling more than 30 miles over the posted work zone speed limit.

    On 10/01/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Curtis Devaul (40) of New Gloucester on the ME Turnpike southbound in Gray.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension.

    On 10/01/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Austin Collar (24) of Lewiston on the ME Turnpike southbound in Gray.  He was charged with Operating after Suspension.  His registration was also Suspended but no charges were brought forward.  He will be following up with MTA and BMV.

    On 10/02/2020, Cpl. Cote investigated the unattended death of an adult male truck driver from Ft. Worth, TX who was found in his tractor trailer unit on the ME Turnpike at the Cumberland Service Plaza (southbound).  It appears he had passed away from a medical condition and foul play is not suspected.  The Medical Examiner’s Office is involved and will be attempting to learn his cause of death. MCU South Sgt. Harriman, Det. Rose, CMV Tr. Northrup, Cpl. Rogers, Tr. Keim, and Sgt. Porter also assisted.

    On 10/03/2020, Tr. Keim was dispatched to MM 97 NB in Litchfield for a vehicle that spun out and went into the median. Justin Mitchell (32) of Portland was charged with OAS and Violation of Conditions of Release.

    On 10/03/2020, Tr. Paradis, Cpl. Cloutier, and Sgt. Burton responded to assist Troop B at the Portland protest as members of a quick response team.

    On 10/04/2020, at 2250 hours, Tr. Vanadestine stopped Skylar Waller from Rhode Island for operating 103 MPH in the posted construction zone in Portland.

    Lt. Baker, Sgt. Burton, Sgt. Doughty, Sgt. Wilkinson, Cpl. Physic, and Tr. LiBritz represented Troop G for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics of Maine.  The team volunteered their time to raise support and log miles to create awareness for this great cause. The virtual event was from August 14 through September 30, 2020. The initial goal was to cover 109 miles, representing the coverage area for the Maine Turnpike. The team excelled and successfully logged a total of 444 miles! Not only was this a great way to give back to the community, but it also encouraged health and wellness among the Troop.  

    Troop G Troopers participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run

     

  • Waldo Double Homicide

    State Police arrested a local man and charged him in connection with the deaths of his sister and her husband. 64-year-old Glenn Brown of Lincolnville was charged with murder around 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, and taken to the Waldo County Jail. He is charged with the deaths Monday night of 64-year-old Richard Bowden and 64-year-old Tina Bowden. The State Medical Examiner’s office said the Bowden’s died from gunshot wounds. 

    Glenn Brown walked into the Belfast Police Department to report the shooting. The Belfast Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s department responded to the Bowden’s home on Bonne Terre Road in Waldo. Medical personnel arrived at the residence and transported Richard Bowden to Waldo County General hospital in Belfast where he died. Tina Bowden was located deceased at the residence. 

    State Police Detectives and Evidence Response team members worked through the evening at the Bowden’s residence and conducted interviews. Detectives will continue this work throughout the week. 

    Glenn Brown will make his first appearance in Waldo County Superior court on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 7).  
     

  • Waterville Richmond Search

    Farrow Christopher
    Christopher Farrow, 32, of CT.

    Maine State Police, Skowhegan Police, and Waterville Police are looking for two men who fled after leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

    Police are seeking Christopher Terenc Farrow (AKA Young), 32, of CT. who is described as a black male, 5’11 200lbs, with brown hair, and brown eyes; and Dayshawn Middleton (AKA Day Day or Christopher Jones), 29 Waterbury, CT, who is described as a black male, 6’5”, 150lbs, brown eyes black hair.  

    There may be a young-looking female with them.  Hailey Goeltz, 26, Out of Connecticut, she is described as  5’7” with green eyes. We have no information on weight, race, or hair color. 

    On Oct. 6, a pursuit began in Waterville after Waterville Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle they articulated

    Dayshawn Middle
    Dayshawn Middleton, 29, of Waterbury CT

    was occupied by an adult male who was wanted on robbery charges from Connecticut.  The vehicle failed to stop and the pursuit began moving through Waterville, Clinton, then into Augusta where Troopers became involved.   Several attempts were made to deploy spike strips in an effort to terminate the pursuit however due to the high speeds that topped 100 MPH, no Law  Enforcement Officer was able to get ahead of the pursuit.
     
    At times, the suspect vehicle was operating in the wrong lane of travel forcing vehicles to move off the roadway. As the vehicle continued south on from I 95 onto I295 it abruptly exited in Richmond onto Rt. 197 then made a turn onto Rt. 201 north where Tr. Tyler Harrington had an opportunity to apply the PIT maneuver.  Both the suspect vehicle and the State Police cruiser exited the roadway and came to rest off the road.  The suspects fled on foot into the area that consisted for field and woods.
     
    A K9 track was started in an attempt to locate the suspect that was not successful.  Tr. Harrington was transported from the scene via ambulance for concussion symptoms.  He was treated and later released from Maine General Medical Center.
     
    Waterville Police are the lead agency on the criminal investigation that lead to the original traffic stop. The suspects remain at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see them call 911 or 207-624-7076 x9.
     

  • Troop J Weekly Report (10-04-20 to 10-11-20)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 1

    # of DV Arrests – 0

    10-04-20

    Trooper Dana Austin responded to Township 10 for a motor vehicle crash, as a result of the investigation, Joshua Greenlaw (31) of Mariaville was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence. Sergeant Jason Sattler and Trooper Gavin Endre assisted.

    10-05-20

    Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested William Gibson (21) of Baileyville for Operating Under the Influence-Drugs after a traffic crash on Main Street in Princeton.  Indian Township Police Officer Aaron Dana and Officer Jess McCook assisted on scene.  Pleasant Point Police Officer Ethan Stevens performed the Drug Recognition Evaluation.

    10-06-20

     Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Donald Holmes (59) of Alexander for Violating Conditions of Release, Failure to Report by Quickest Means and for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle (expired 3/31/2019) after a crash on Conant Hill in Meddybemps on 10/5/2020.