March 2021

  • Troop G Weekly Report 03/01/2021 - 03/07/2021

    On 03/02/2021, the Augusta RCC received a call on a vehicle that was traveling 100+ MPH southbound in Kennebunk before it pulled over abruptly.  Tr. Loder found the vehicle abandoned at the Wells line and discovered it had been reported stolen from Portland the night before.  A few minutes later, Cpl. Rogers came upon a man hitchhiking just south of Exit 19.  The subject – identified as Jacob Bowman (20) from Florida - admitted driving the car but denied stealing it.  Bowman said he borrowed the car from a friend and was headed to Tennessee when the car ran out of gas.  After coordinating with Portland PD, Bowman was charged with Theft by Unauthorized Use of Property.

    On 03/07/2021, Cpl. Duda and Sgt. Pappas assisted in locating a reportedly armed suspect that had committed a home invasion in Massachusetts. The suspect was ultimately located in Scarborough and taken into custody without incident during a felony stop on Payne Road in Scarborough. Sgt. Kennedy and Sgt. Bryant also assisted.

  • UPDATE: Located Safely Silver Alert: Stephen Salisbury

    Stephen SalisburyUPDATE: Mr. Salisbury has been found safe by Cpl. Jonathan Russell walking on I-295 in Topsham after a passerby called it in. He is currently being evaluated by rescue.

    Farmington Police have issued a Silver Alert for Stephen Salisbury, 79, from Farmington. He was last seen on March 11, 2021, at approximately 3:44 p.m. at his residence on 153 Galilee Road in Farmington. He may be traveling in a red Toyota Corolla with Maine license plate 9894NA. Mr. Salisbury is described as a white male, 6’02” 135 lbs., with blue eyes and gray hair. Mr. Salisbury has Dementia and may be en route to New Hampshire. If you see him, please call 911 or the Farmington Police Department at 207-778-6140.

  • Troop G Weekly Report 03/08/2021 - 03/14/2021

    On 03/11/2021, Sgt. Pappas investigated an OUI drug crash.  The subject refused the DRE evaluation.  He was summonsed for OUI.

    On 03/11/2021, Sgt. Wilkinson was dispatched to a domestic assault at the Gray Park & Ride. Upon arrival, Sgt. Wilkinson gathered further information that an assault had occurred. The victim currently had a protection from abuse order against the suspect. The suspect was also on bail conditions for domestic violence assault regarding a different ex-girlfriend. Sgt. Wilkinson gained information to the whereabouts of the suspect. Sgt. Wilkinson and Sgt. Bureau located the suspect at a residence in New Gloucester. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Cumberland County Jail without incident. The suspect was charged with domestic violence assault, violation of a protection from abuse order, and violation of conditional release. Sgt. Porter also assisted.

    On 03/13/2021, Cpl. Duda summonsed a female operator from Connecticut for traveling 104 MPH on the Maine Turnpike in Wells.

    On 3/14/2021, Tr. Kelley responded to a traffic complaint in West Gardiner involving a motor vehicle traveling at approximately 20 MPH with a mechanical issue.  The operator was a 45-year-old Massachusetts resident alone in the vehicle who refused to stop and continued driving north between 25-30 MPH in lane one.  The vehicle had an obvious wobble in the front end.  Tr. Verhille from Troop D assisted and Tr. Harrington from Troop C deployed spikes at mile 110.  The operator was arrested shortly afterwards.

    Cpl. Physic, along with other Lewiston Rec staff, concluded a basketball program which was one of the first programs to open up since the building was shut down to Covid-19. Cpl. Physic was instrumental in implementing safety procedures to keep everyone healthy, and there were no positive cases.

  • Troop F Weekly Report 03-08 to 03-14-21


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          3/11/2021

    Town:                        Patten / mt. chase

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint received five separate reports of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Patten and Mount Chase.  Cpl. Quint is working on possible leads in these thefts. 


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          3/11/2021

    Town:                        oakfield

    Trooper:                   Cpl. Quint

    Brief Synopsis:       Cpl. Quint received a report of a theft of a snowblower in Oakfield.  Cpl. Quint learned that the man let a couple borrow the snowblower and now the woman who lives with them will not return it.  Cpl. Quint responded to the residence and arranged for the man to get his snowblower. 


     

    Incident Type:         VIOLATION OF BAIL

    Date:                          3/14/2021

    Town:                        van buren

    Trooper:                   Tr. Rider

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Rider was conducting traffic enforcement in the town of Van Buren when he conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for not displaying a front registration plate. The driver was on bail conditions that included a curfew of 7 PM to 6 AM.  Tr. Rider issued the man a summons for violation of his conditions of release due to it being after 7 PM.

     

    Incident Type:         TRAINING

    Date:                          3/08/2021

    Town:                        York

    Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton attended a week - long CNT training programs instructed by the FBI.


     

    Incident Type:         THEFT

    Date:                          3/08/2021

    Town:                        mapleton

    Trooper:                   tr. mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Mahon responded to an apartment complex for a theft report.  A resident reported there had been a package stolen from the mailroom.  Video footage at the complex showed a female resident going into the mailroom and going back into her apartment with the package.  As a result of Tr. Mahon’s investigation, he charged the 42-year old woman with Theft. 


    Incident Type:         ASSIST ANOTHER AGENCY

    Date:                          3/08/2021

    Town:                        weston

    Trooper:                   tr. sylvia

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Sylvia responded to a vehicle parked sideways blocking a road in Weston.  Tr. Sylvia located the vehicle and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Lincoln.  There was nobody with the vehicle when he arrived.  The vehicle was towed back to Lincoln for processing. 


     

    Incident Type:         instructor

    Date:                          3/09/2021

    Town:                        houlton

    Trooper:                   sgt. haines

    Brief Synopsis:       Sgt. Haines provided instruction at the 200 Hour Pre-Service Course hosted by Houlton PD.  Sgt. Haines taught Use of Force to the 13 students.


     

    Incident Type:         OAS

    Date:                          3/09/2021

    Town:                        westfield

    Trooper:                   tr. mahon

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Mahon received an anonymous report of a suspended driver in Westfield.  Tr. Mahon was able to locate the suspect and conducted a traffic stop.  Tr. Mahon charged the 59-year old Westfield man with Operating after Suspension. 

     

     

    Incident Type:         trespass

    Date:                          3/14/2021

    Town:                        sherman

    Trooper:                   tr. saucier

    Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier took a call from a local gas station in Sherman reporting a suspicious female in the store that was making strange comments and making the employee nervous.  Tr. Saucier located the 47-year old Sherman woman and issued her a Criminal Trespass notice.

  • Troop J Weekly Report (03-08-21 to 03-14-21)

    # of School Visits conducted – 0

    # of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

    # of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

    # of DV Arrests – 1

    03-09-21

    Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft complaint in Brooklin where a package was delivered to the end of a driveway and stolen sometime during the day.  Investigation continues.

    03-10-21

    Corporal Daniel Ryan responded to a telephone harassment complaint in Brooklin.

  • Troop B Weekly Report 03/08/21-03/14/21

    Incident Type:   motor vehicle fire

    Date:                                     3/10/2021

    Town:                                   I-295 Freeport

    Trooper:                              SGT. FARLEY Tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: Sgt. Farley and Tr. Lemieux were dispatched to the area of mile marker 24 on I-295 (North) for a vehicle smoking. Tr. Lemieux arrived on scene to see a vehicle in the shoulder fully engulfed in flames. I-295 (North) was shut down for approximately fifteen minutes while Freeport Fire Department extinguished the flames. No injuries were reported in the fire. 

     

    Incident Type:   OAS, VCR

    Date:                                     3/11/2021

    Town:                                   Portland Road, Gray

    Trooper:                              Tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: At approximately 1222 hours, Tr. Lemieux stopped a motor vehicle on Portland Road in Gray for no inspection. He identified the driver as Jason Goan (35) of Falmouth. Goan noted his license was suspended for OUI. It was determined GOAN' license was in fact suspended and he had three sets of bail conditions. GOAN was cited appropriately.

     

    Incident Type:   Carrying a conceal weapon, vcr

    Date:                                     3/11/2021

    Town:                                   I-295 Brunswick

    Trooper:                              Tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: At approximately 1740 hours, Tr. Lemieux was posted in a cross over in Brunswick. He observed a vehicle traveling South on I-295 at a speed much greater than the posted speed limit of 65mph. Tr. Lemieux locked the speed of the vehicle at 97mph. Tr. Lemieux conducted a motor vehicle stop and identified the driver as Matthew Maldonado (18) of Brunswick. MALDONADO had a set of bail conditions listing he could be searched at any time without RAS. A search of the vehicle found a Glock handgun in the center console. Due to MALDONADO age, not being an active member of the armed forces, or possessed a license to carry. The firearm was seized as evidence. MALDONADO was issued a USAC for Carrying a Concealed weapon and VCR. 

     

    Incident Type:   OAS

    Date:                                   3/03/2021

    Town:                                 Windham

    Trooper:                             CPL. HINK

    Brief Synopsis:  Cpl. Hink stopped a vehicle on Rt. 35 in Windham for erratic operation.  Upon contacting the female operator, Cpl. Hink learned she was on bail conditions and her license was under suspension.  Cpl. Hink charged the operator with OAS and VCR. 

     

    Incident Type:   MISSING PERSON

    Date:                                   3/12/2021

    Town:                                 Brunswick

    Trooper:                             CPL. RUSSELL

    Brief Synopsis:  On 3/12/21 Cpl. Russell was on routine patrol on I-295 traveling south bound at the Brunswick/Topsham town line when he observed an elderly male walking a dog on the shoulder of the highway.  The male was identified as a 79-year-old who had been reported missing 24 hours prior in Farmington.  He was also the subject of a silver alert activation.  He was transported to Mid-Coast Hospital and reunited with his family there.  Cpl. Russell later located his vehicle at MM32 NB abandoned, out of gas and with a dead battery.

  • Troop B Weekly Report 03/01/21-03/07/21

    Incident Type:   Pi-Crash, Oui

    Date:                                     3/05/2021

    Town:                                   I-295 South Portland

    Trooper:                               Tr. Doughty, tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: At approximately 2038 hours, Tr. Doughty was dispatched to the area of mile marker South for a motor vehicle crash. On scene, it was determined that one of the vehicles was traveling South on I-295 when the driver crossed over the median, drove through a guard rail and struck another driver traveling North on I-295. Both drivers were transported to Maine Medical Center. Tr. Lemieux submitted a preservation order and will be drafting a search warrant for medical records for the driver who was traveling South on I-295.

     

    Incident Type:   OUI

    Date:                                   3/07/2021

    Town:                                 Canton

    Trooper:                             Tr. WATSON

    Brief Synopsis:  Tr. Watson stopped a Toyota Tacoma towing a snowmobile trailer after making a bad pass on Rt 108 in Canton. The operator, Jeffrey Blanchard (37) showed multiple signs of impairment. Field Sobriety was completed, and Blanchard was subsequently arrested. Dep. Carrier assisted with the stop and remained with the vehicle until a wrecker arrived. Blanchard was transported to the Rumford Police Department for a breath test and charged for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. 

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  • Troop B Weekly Report 02/22/21-02/28/21

    Incident Type:   OUI drugs, DTE, Endangering the welfare of a child, & Other Pending Charges

    Date:                                     2/20/2021

    Town:                                   I-295 Freeport

    Trooper:                               tr. lemieux

    Brief Synopsis: At approximately 1638 hours, Augusta RCC received several complaints of a motor vehicle traveling North on I-295 swerving. Tr. Lemieux located the vehicle on I-295 in Freeport swerving over both lanes almost striking the guardrail. Tr. Lemieux conducted a motor vehicle stop. After approximately one mile, the vehicle pulled over. The driver (later identified as Paul Trask) showed signs of impairment. Tr. Lemieux noticed a single pill on the passenger floor. Tr. Lemieux spoke with TRASK outside of the vehicle. TRASK had a large bulge in his pants pocket. In his pocket was a large pill bottle with two types of pills inside. The name on the pill bottle was his fiancés. Field Sobriety was conducted. TRASK was placed under arrest for OUI drugs. A DRE performed several more tests. While waiting for a Bail Commissioner, TRASK mother in-law called looking for her grandchild. TRASK said his son was with his mother in law. The mother in-law informed me she did not have TRASK son. Portland PD was requested to go to TRASK residence in Portland. It was found that TRASK left his 8-month-old child inside of his apartment alone for approximately six hours. DHHS was called. TRASK was transported to Cumberland County Jail. The pills inside were counted (593 unknown pills) (8 Xanax pills). All pills will be sent to the lab for testing.

     

    Incident Type:        OUI       

    Date:                          2/28/2021

    Town:                      Brownfield                   

    Trooper:                   Tr. Willard

    Brief Synopsis: On 2/29/2021, Trooper Willard was traveling west on Route 113 in Brownfield, when he observed a single vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction.  The vehicle was confirmed to be traveling at 76 mph in a posted 55 mph zone.  Once Trooper Willard reversed direction and began catching up, the vehicle quickly turned left onto the Wakefield Road.  Trooper Willard closed the distance and the vehicle finally stopped.  The truck was a red 2007 Chevy Colorado pickup which had no registration plates.  Subsequent investigation led to the driver, Michael Shuman of Brownfield to be arrested for suspicion of OUI.  Shuman was transported to Fryeburg Police Department for a breath test.  Shuman was charged with Operating Under the Influence.

     

    Incident Type:   OAR

    Date:                                   2/22/2021

    Town:                                 Bridgton

    Trooper:                             Tr. Knight

    Brief Synopsis:  Tr. Knight was traveling south on Rt 302 in Bridgton when she recognized a vehicle traveling north. Trp. Knight turned around, caught up to the vehicle and through prior knowledge and investigation, believed it was being operated by Tiffany Tolman, of Sweden. Tr. Knight conducted a traffic stop and confirmed Tiffany was the operator. She was also on multiple sets of bail. Tiffany was again arrested and booked at the Cumberland County Jail on felony OAR and VCR.

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  • Maine Turnpike Worker Injured

    Wine Truck From the desk of Shannon Moss

    A Maine Turnpike worker escaped serious injury this morning when a tractor trailer, half loaded with wine, sideswiped a turnpike truck.

    This happened on Thursday at 9:45 am at Mile Marker 92 North in Litchfield.

    According to The Maine State Police the turnpike truck was parked in the breakdown lane with amber lights flashing. The driver and passenger had exited the vehicle to retrieve construction signs.

     

    Turnpike TruckThe crew was finished picking up trash for the day when the loaded tractor-trailer truck was northbound and drifted into the breakdown lane hitting the rumble strip. The noise alerted the workers who were able to get into the ditch safely. The tractor-trailer sideswiped the pickup and then continued into the ditch where the truck rolled over.

    The truck spilled its load of wine in the ditch.

    The truck was driven by William Rodney Harrington, 59, from Hartford Conn.

    A worker from the Turnpike, Michael Robinson, 43, was hit in the leg from debris flying from the crash. He was treated at the hospital.

    Harrington was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital.

    Harrington was summonsed for a logbook violation and failure to move over.

  • Oakfield Crash

    Oakfield CrashAn Island Falls woman escaped serious injury after a crash involving a tractor trailer in Oakfield. 

    At approximately 7 a.m., on March 19, 2021, Tpr. Hunter Cotton and Sgt. Chadwick Fuller responded to a crash in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Oakfield.  The investigation revealed that 32-year-old Audrey Violette, of Island Falls, was traveling north on the interstate when she became distracted by something in her vehicle.  As she became distracted, Ms. Violette drifted into the adjacent lane and drove under the rear tractor wheels of a northbound tractor trailer being driven by 50-year-old Kenneth McNally, of Sherman.  Her vehicle went under the rear wheels of the trailer, flipped over, and then skidded down the interstate coming to rest on a guardrail.  Ms. Violette was eventually helped out of her vehicle by a Good Samaritan.  

    She was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation; however, the primary cause is distraction.