October 2020

  • Troop G Weekly Report 10/05/2020 - 10/11/2020

    On 10/05/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Cynthia R. Bauer (46) of South Hamilton, MA for speed on the Falmouth Spur.  Bauer was subsequently charged with Operating without a License as her Massachusetts license was currently suspended for failing to pay a 2019 speeding ticket in Maine.

    On 10/05/2020, Tr. Davis was requested to BOLO for a reported rolling domestic from Auburn PD. The male operator and female passenger of the tractor trailer unit were reportedly southbound from the Auburn exit. Tr. Davis located the vehicle and determined this was a verbal argument and no crime had been committed. Upon running the male operator, Tr. Davis learned he was suspended. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was contacted due to the TT unit’s condition. Tr. DeGroot arrived to assist. It was later learned that Tr. DeGroot had put this unit and driver out of service this past summer. The unit and driver were put out of service again by the CVEU and charged accordingly.

    On 10/05/2020, Tr. Welch stopped Tyler R. Palmer (23) of Auburn for speeding at mile 50 northbound in Portland.  Palmer was subsequently charged with OAS.

    On 10/05/2020, Sgt. Pappas arrested Troy Blier of Houlton for an active warrant.

    On 10/08/2020, Tr. Vanadestine stopped David Tuyishime on the turnpike in Gray for operating at 101 MPH and operating without a license.

    On 10/09/2020, Tr. Welch received a York County Grand Jury indictment on Amanda G. Figueroa (38) of Waterville for Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs (Cocaine) related to a 2019 traffic stop in Saco.

    On 10/09/2020, Cpl. Physic summonsed Mark Thomas for Criminal Speed during the morning commute.

    On 10/09/2020, Sgt. Pappas arrested Dalton Sawtelle of Augusta for an active warrant.

    On 10/09/2020, Tr. Vanadestine stopped Brandon Buck on the turnpike in Litchfield for operating at 100 MPH.

    On 10/10/2020, Cpl. Physic summonsed Michael Britz for Criminal Speed and Operating w/o a License.

    On 10/10/2020, Tr. Vanadestine stopped Jesse Almeida on the turnpike in Farmingdale for operating at 101 MPH.

    On 10/10/2020, Tr. Vanadestine stopped Jason Perkins on the turnpike in Farmingdale for operating at 101 MPH.

    On 10/10/2020, Cpl. Duda located a vehicle traveling southbound after Augusta RCC began receiving multiple traffic complaints on it. Cpl. Duda located the vehicle near mile marker 46 SB and observed the vehicle operating all over the road, almost striking another vehicle. Cpl. Duda conducted a traffic stop. The male operator, Adam Manseau (34) of Massachusetts, was intoxicated. Manseau at first refused to get out of the car. Sgt. Pappas and Tr. Burke assisted. Manseau was ultimately arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence and an active warrant for OUI on a snowmobile. Manseau refused to test and was booked into the Cumberland County Jail. 

    On 10/11/2020, Tr. Vanadestine stopped Rebecca Quinlan on the turnpike in Litchfield for operating at 105 MPH.

    Cpl. Physic indicted Lloyd Bethea on Illegal Importation of Drugs and Aggravated Trafficking. Marie Boulier was indicted on the same charges.

    Sgt. Porter instructed at the Scarborough Firearms Range all week.

  • Troop F Weekly Report 10-05 to 10-11-20

    Incident Type:         CRIMINAL SPEED

    Date:                          10/09/2020

    Town:                        sT. fRANCIS

    Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in the town of St. Francis and stopped a vehicle for traveling 30 mph over the posted speed limit.  Tr. Desrosier issued the operator a summons for criminal speed.

     

     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          10/10/2020

    Town:                        WOODLAND

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins received a report of a stolen side by side that had occurred sometime over the past two days.  Tr. Kilcollins is working on this case and there are no active leads at this time.


     

    Incident Type:         CRIMINAL SPEED

    Date:                          10/09/2020

    Town:                        smyrna

    Trooper:                   Tr. Castonguay

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Castonguay was conducting stationary radar enforcement on I-95 in Smyrna when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.  Tr. Castonguay locked the vehicle’s speed at 108 mph in a posted 75 mph zone.  Tr. Castonguay issued the operator a summons for traveling 30 mph over the posted limit.

     

    Incident Type:         Traffic stop

    Date:                          10/05/2020

    Town:                        Presque Isle

    Trooper:                   Tr Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque stopped a vehicle in Presque Isle for operating without headlights.  The driver was a juvenile who did not have a license.  The passenger, also a minor was the owner of the car, but she was intoxicated and did not want to drive.  Tr. Levesque notified both parents and summons the driver for operating without a license and summonsed the passenger for criminal permitting unlawful use.  Both juveniles were picked up by their parents. 

     

     

    Incident Type:         DISORDERLY CONDUCT

    Date:                          10/11/2020

    Town:                        Amity

    Trooper:                   Tr. Mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Mahon responded to a report of an intoxicated male who was screaming and throwing a fit. Tr. Mahon arrived and warned the male for disorderly conduct. A short time later Tr. Mahon was called back to the residence as the male reportedly was yelling outside with a blow torch. Tr. Mahon arrested the male for disorderly conduct without incident. 


    Incident Type:         Troop training

    Date:                          10/08/2020

    Town:                        Houlton

    Trooper:                   Troop F

    Brief Synopsis:       Troop F Troopers went through a vehicle ambush training course at the Houlton Range put on by Sgt. Tyler Stevenson which consisted of classroom and live fire training. 


     

    Incident Type:         Personal Injury Crash

    Date:                          10/09/2020

    Town:                        New Sweden

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       State Police responded to Route 161 in New Sweden for a reported two-vehicle head-on-collision.  Troopers learned that 63-year old Bryan Forbes of Stockholm was traveling north in his 2005 Mercury Sable. At the same time, 32-year-old Stephanie Anderson of Caribou was traveling south in her 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser when the vehicle suffered an apparent equipment failure, causing it to enter the northbound lane. Anderson’s vehicle struck Forbes’s vehicle head-on before ultimately leaving the roadway and rolling over on its side.  Anderson suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Cary Medical Center and later released. Forbes suffered serious injuries and was transported to Cary Medical Center. He was later transferred to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he remains in serious but stable condition. Anderson was summonsed for Operating after Suspension and is due to appear in Caribou District Court in December. State Police were assisted at the scene by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Caribou Fire/Ambulance. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

  • Troop D Weekly Report

    Troop D weekly activities for time September 28th to October 4th, 2020


    On 9/29/2020 Tr. Belanger stopped Dylan Stevens (26) of Limestone on Rt. 3 in Belmont. Stevens had a suspended driver’s license and was charged with OAS.

    On 9/29/2020 Tr. Belanger stopped Christopher Springer of Belmont on Rt. 3 in Belmont. Springer had a suspended driver’s license and was charged with OAS.

    On 09/29/2020 Tr. Webber stopped a vehicle leaving Maritime Farms in Belmont.  The operator, Randy Fairbrother (40) of Prospect, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.   

    On 9/29/2020 Trooper Belanger stopped Robert Cushman (30) of Belmont on Lincolnville Rd Belmont. Cushman had false attached plates and was charged with attaching false plates.

    On 9/30/2020 Trooper Belanger stopped Zacahriah Bormet (21) of Belfast on Swan Lake Ave in Belfast. Bormet did not have a driver’s license and was charged with operating without a license.

    On 9/30/2020 Trooper Belanger stopped Benjamin Watts (19) of Belfast on Swan Lake Ave in Belfast. Watts had a suspended registration and was charged with operating with a suspended reg.

    On 9/30/2020 Trooper Belanger stopped Heather Walsh (39) of Thorndike on Swan Lake Ave in Belfast. Walsh had a suspended driver’s license and was charged with OAS.

    On 10/1/2020 Tr. Dunn stopped Taylor Alley (38) of Dresden on Rt. 1 in Wiscasset and charged her with Operating with Expired License Over 90 days.

    On 10/2/2020 Section 3 was attempting to apprehend William Nunn (25) of Monroe on a PFA violation warrant. Trooper Belanger observed Nunn pull into his driveway and positively identified him as he exited his truck in his yard and fled on foot into the field. An announcement and warning was given to Nunn, however he continued to attempt to flee on foot. K-9 Dallas was deployed and engaged in a pursuit of Nunn through a field then into the woods. K-9 Dallas apprehended Nunn until he was able to be secured in handcuffs and taken into custody. Nunn was charged with Operating After Revoked, Refusing to Submit, and taken on his PFA warrant.

    On 10/2/2020 Tr Mattson and Tr Adams arrested William Beck (56) in Lincolnville on a warrant for failure to appear.  William was transported to Waldo County Jail.

    On 10/3/2020 Tr. Harrington arrested Damien Watts (26) of Westbrook for OUI-Alcohol on I295 in Bowdoinham.  Mr. Watts had been  stopped for a traffic violation when indicators of impairment were observed.   SFST’s were conducted roadside followed by and intoxilyzer test where he tested above the legal limit.

    On 10/4/2020 Tr. Harrington charged Kristen Veayo (25) for operating after suspension on I95 in Augusta as result of a traffic stop.

  • Maine State Police OUI Checkpoints

    Maine State Police will be conducting OUI saturation patrols and checkpoints in the Cumberland County throughout the month of October.

  • Topsham Fatal Indictment

    A Massachusetts man was indicted by a Grand Jury for felony manslaughter charges for killing another motorist on I-295 earlier this year.

    On Oct. 14, 2020, following several months of investigation, a Grand Jury indicted Nasser Tibaijuka, 42, of Waltham, Massachusetts, on a charge of Manslaughter, Class A. This charge is resulting from a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on July 3, 2020, in Topsham on I-295, where Mr. Tibaijuka struck and killed Joseph Fisher, 41, of Woolwich, while he was securing an item in his truck bed in the breakdown lane. Tibaijuka was arrested by New Hampshire State Police and extradited to Maine, where he was transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail and is awaiting arraignment.

  • Troop J Weekly Report (10-12-20 to 10-18-20)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 3

    10-13-20

    Trooper Dana Austin responded Hancock for a report of two lost hunters. The two hunters had gotten lost after shooting a deer. Trooper Austin located one of the hunters and stood by until the Maine Warden Service arrived. Warden Eric Rudolph located the other lost hunter and assisted him with getting him out of the woods. The hunter was checked out by a ambulance due to hyporthermia. Trooper Austin was assisted by Sergeant Jason Sattler.

    10-14-20

    Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Rodney Levesque (41) of Machias for Violating Conditions of Release after a traffic stop in Meddybemps for speed. He was in possession of Marijuana and his conditions were not to use or possess it.

    10-15-20

    Trooper Gavin Endre began investigating the theft of election signs in Trenton.

    Trooper Miles Carpenter investigated a complaint of a political sign being driven over in Machiasport. 

    10-17-20

    Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a theft complaint in Orland where money was paid for services on a house and the work was not completed.  Investigation continues. 

  • Troop F Weekly Report 10-12 to 10-18-20

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          10/12/2020

    Town:                        Blaine

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins is actively investigating a theft in Blaine.  The victim, a local farmer, reported someone stole a variety of tools from a locked tool truck as well as the power cords that run the conveyor system to unload potatoes from the trucks and put them inside bins in the potato house.  Tr. Kilcollins is following leads and the incident was posted to the State Police Facebook page seeking help from the public.


    Incident Type:         ASSIST ANOTHER AGENCY

    Date:                          10/17/2020

    Town:                        New limerick

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Houlton PD requested Troopers check a camp in New Limerick for a man they wanted arrested due to a motor vehicle crash in their town.  The man is also on probation.  Cpl. Quint and Tr. Castonguay checked several camps in the area but did not locate the suspect.  He was later apprehended, in Houlton, by Houlton PD.


    Incident Type:         hit and run crash

    Date:                          10/17/2020

    Town:                        mars hill

    Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins investigated a hit-an-run crash in the IGA parking lot in Mars Hill.  The suspect vehicle struck a parked car in the front driver’s corner and then fled the area.  Using the stores surveillance equipment, Tr. Kilcollins was able to see the suspect vehicle registration and located the driver.  The driver stated he did not think it was that much damage and did not need to wait or report the incident.  He was issued a criminal summons for leaving the scene of a property damage crash. 


    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          10/18/2020

    Town:                        Frenchville

    Trooper:                   Tr. Martin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Martin met with a property owner in Frenchville after she reported that some items she had been storing were missing.  The items had been in storage for some time, and it appears someone had recently stolen items from the property.  The investigation is ongoing.


    Incident Type:         Criminal Speed

    Date:                          10/18/2020

    Town:                        Stockholm

    Trooper:                   Tr. Martin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Martin summoned a local woman for criminal speed when he observed her traveling 96 MPH in a 55 MPH speed zone


    Incident Type:         PURSUIT

    Date:                          10/14/2020

    Town:                        Presque isle

    Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque arrested a woman after she led him and several other law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Presque Isle.  The woman and her boyfriend had led troopers, deputies, and local officers on several pursuits with multiple stolen vehicles over the course of several days.  The night before, her boyfriend had been involved in a high-speed pursuit with Tr. Casavant and Tr. Sylvia.  That chase ended after he crashed and was taken into custody.  Tr. Levesque’s pursuit came to an end after spike mats were used by Presque Isle PD to deflate the tires of the vehicle the woman had stolen earlier in the morning.  Once the vehicle was no longer able to be driven, the woman attempted to flee on foot but stopped voluntarily and was taken into custody by Tr. Levesque.  She is now facing multiple charges, to include burglary, theft, and eluding.  All the vehicles stolen have been recovered and there were no injuries in any of the pursuits.

     

    Incident Type:         PURSUIT

    Date:                          10/13/2020

    Town:                        Littleton

    Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant /TR. Sylvia

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Casavant and Tr. Sylvia responded to the report of a stolen vehicle when OnStar reported a location of a vehicle that had been stolen out of Caribou.  Once they located the stolen vehicle, the operator fled at speeds of over 100 MPH and led the troopers south and then north on Route 1.  The troopers were aware that the vehicle had possibly been stolen by a man and woman that had led other agencies on several pursuits with different stolen vehicles over the last few days.  The operator crashed the vehicle after attempting to make a sharp left had turn and crashing into a deep ditch.  He was taken into custody and his girlfriend was arrested by Tr. Levesque the following morning after leading him on another high-speed pursuit with a separate stolen vehicle.


    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          10/12/2020

    Town:                        Oakfield

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Curtin charged a local man for operating after suspension after watching him drive past him and turn into a convenience store.  Tr. Cotton knew the man’s right to operate was under suspension, and that he had been charged for the same violation the night before by one of the local police departments.  A licensed driver was called to take the vehicle home.


    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          10/17/2020

    Town:                        Oakfield

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton charged a local man with Operating After Suspension after seeing him driving past him on the street.  The man pulled into a convenience store and fled out the passenger side of the vehicle.  A short time later, Tr. Cotton located him and charged him with the violation.  It was the second time in recent days that Tr. Cotton had charged the man for driving without having a valid license.


    Incident Type:         RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE

    Date:                          10/16/2020

    Town:                        Wallagrass

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Curtin recovered a stolen motor vehicle in Wallagrass after a local man reported finding the vehicle crashed in a remote wooded area.  The vehicle had been pursued earlier in the month by a local PD after it was learned that the vehicle had been stolen out of New York.  Tr. Curtin is working with authorities in the area the vehicle was stolen from to have it returned to the owner.


    Incident Type:         warrant Arrest X 2

    Date:                          10/16/2020

    Town:                        wallagrass

    Trooper:                   Tr. Curtin

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Curtin responded to a local apartment complex after Houlton RCC had taken a report this time of a possible drug overdose.  Tr. Curtin was familiar with all the parties involved.  The subject who had reportedly overdosed refused medical treatment and appeared to be fine.  Once the medical issue had been resolved Tr. Curtin learned that the man and his girlfriend both had outstanding warrants for their arrest.  He arrested them both and transported them to the local police department where they were able to post bail.

    Incident Type:         K-9 ACTIVITY

    Date:                          10/15/2020

    Town:                        Presque Isle

    Trooper:                   Tr. Sylvia K-9 Ziva

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Sylvia and K-9 Ziva responded to a call for assistance from Presque Isle PD when a wanted man had fled into a wooded area on the outskirts of town.  The man had been spotted on several occasions, but each time he was found, he would flee into another wooded area.  Tr. Sylvia and K-9 Ziva tracked the wanted man and located him in a wooded area.  He was taken into custody and transported to the PD.


     

    Incident Type:         Burglary

    Date:                          10/16/2020

    Town:                        Hodgdon

    Trooper:                   Tr. Sylvia

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Sylvia responded to a Hodgdon business after some donation jars were found to have been stolen.  The investigation is ongoing, and leads have been developed in the case.

  • Troop G Weekly Report 10/12/2020 - 10/18/2020

     

    On 10/13/2020, Cpl. Cote attended a BMV hearing in the case of Gregory Forget of Buckfield who he had previously arrested and charged with OUI.  Forget’s suspension was upheld at the conclusion of the hearing.

    On 10/14/2020, Tr. Darcy stopped a vehicle off exit 32 in Biddeford. The roadside investigation led to a search where a small amount of fentanyl and paraphernalia was seized. The driver was charged with OAS and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The two occupants were from Hollis.  Sgt. Pappas, Tr. Loder, and Biddeford PD assisted.

    On 10/15/2020, Section 4 received a complaint of vehicle that was operating extremely erratically.  Tr. LiBritz spotted the vehicle and pulled it over.  Cpl. Physic came to the scene and Tr. LiBritz told Cpl. Physic about the observations of the driver.  Cpl. Physic put the driver through SFSTs and arrested Burke O’Donnell.  Cpl. Physic called in a DRE who determined Burke was under the influence of narcotics and not able to operate a motor vehicle safely.

    On 10/17/2020, Cpl. Cote stopped Mary Ellen Remington (30) of Livermore Falls on the ME Turnpike southbound in Gray.  She was charged with Operating after Suspension.

    On 10/18/2020, Cpl. Cote arrested Emily Nelson (21) of Buckfield on the ME Turnpike by the Saco tolls.  She was charged with Operating Under the Influence.  Her BrAC was over the legal limit.

    Sgt. Porter instructed at the Scarborough Firearms Range all week.

    Tr. Kristy LiBritz starting coaching with the GNG Diamonds Cheerleading Rec Program for their 2020-2021 season. It is for grades PK-8th and is a competitive, team-based sport. This year may look different as competitions could be virtual, but it is a great way to keep kids involved and stay active.

  • Troop D Weekly Report

    Troop D weekly activities for time October 12th to October 18th, 2020

    On 10/14/2020 Tr. Belanger, and Cpl. Quintero stopped Clifford Sousa (45) of Gardiner on Water St in Randolph for speeding. Sousa was on probation and was found to be in possession of suboxone. SOUSA was arrested for possession of schedule W drugs and violating probation.

    On 10/14/2020 Tr. Belanger stopped Daniel Wheelock (57) of West Gardiner for an expired inspection sticker on Maine Ave in Farmingdale. Wheelock had a suspended driver’s license and was charged with OAS.

    On 10/17/2020 Tr. Belanger Cpl. Quintero, and Sgt. Couturier stopped Bethany Hasson-Meunier (31) of Oakland for an inadequate plate light on 295 mm 51 South. Hasson was found to be in possession of 5 grams of fentanyl, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia. Hasson was charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drugs, and VCR.

  • Brewer Construction Incident

    Brewer Construction SiteBREWER – Maine State Police, Brewer Police and Fire, along with MaineDOT responded to the scene of a construction accident that happened along I-395 in Brewer at the Wilson Street overpass bridge project.  At approximately 3:24 pm yesterday afternoon 2 construction workers were standing on a temporary wooden walkway on the overpass above the I-395 exit to Wilson Street.  They were removing cross bracing that connected the outer bridge beam to the beam beside it.  They had removed several braces when the outer bridge beam apparently twisted unexpectedly as the support was removed, this in turn caused the platform that they were standing on to shift out of the flange area and fall to the roadway below.  Both workers who were identified as a 19 Y.O. Garrett Mulligan and 56 Y.O. Darren Pelletier fell approximately 20 feet, landing on top of the walkway material.  Fortunately there were no vehicles immediately below the area as the men fell.  The pair suffered injuries and were taken by ambulance to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
     
    This construction site is part of a Maine Department of Transportation project to replace several interstate bridges. The contractor on this project is Wyman and Simpson out of Richmond who the injured men work. Work on the project was suspended, the off ramps were closed for several hours while the debris was removed and the site was made safe for traffic to resume.
       
    Federal officials from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were contacted by the State Police, they are the lead investigating agency.