Troop F Weekly Report 07-26 to 08-01-21

Incident Type:         warrant arrest

Date:                          8/01/2021

Town:                        Bridgewater

Trooper:                   Tr. Cotton

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Cotton stopped a vehicle in Bridgewater for an expired inspection sticker and a vehicle defect.  Tr. Cotton identified the operator as a local woman and discovered that she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for failing to appear on multiple charges.  Arrangements were made for the vehicle to be secured at another location and then the operator was arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks where she was able to post bail on her warrant and was later released. 

Incident Type:         Improper Plates

Date:                          8/01/2021

Town:                        Fort kent

Trooper:                   Tr. Martin

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Martin stopped a vehicle in Fort Kent after a registration check revealed that the license plates on the vehicle belonged on a different vehicle.  Once the stop was made, Tr. Martin learned that a local woman had falsely attached the plates from another vehicle.  She was cited to FK District Court for the registration violation and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

Incident Type:         Fraud

Date:                          7/28/2021

Town:                        Van Buren

Trooper:                   Tr. Levesque

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Levesque met with a Van Buren resident after she reported fraudulent use of her credit card.  The woman was working with her bank in order to rectify the situation and the investigation is ongoing.


Incident Type:         TRAINING

Date:                          7/26/2021

Town:                        Augusta

Trooper:                   tr. curtin

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Curtin attended a weeklong training as part of the Evidence Response Team. 


Incident Type:         ACCIDENT

Date:                          7/27/2021

Town:                        mapleton

Trooper:                   Tr. mahon

Brief Synopsis:       At approximately 1:00 AM State Police received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 163 in Mapleton.  Tr. Andrew Levesque and Tr. Steven Mahon responded and determined the following from their investigation.  An International flat-bed wrecker was hauling a 2007 GMC pickup traveling West on Route 163 when the wrecker left the roadway striking an embankment and coming to rest in the ditch.  The cab and engine compartment of the wrecker was burned completely.  The GMC pickup flew off the flatbed and rolled over into the roadway coming to rest on its side blocking both lanes of traffic.  Neither of the vehicles had registration plates.  The driver of the wrecker fled the scene and was likely injured.  The crash remains under investigation by Tr. Mahon.


Incident Type:         BURGLARY

Date:                          7/29/2021

Town:                        fort fairfield

Trooper:                   Tr. mahon

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Mahon responded to a vacant house after the caretaker for the property discovered it had been broken into.  Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing. 


Incident Type:         THEFT

Date:                          7/30/2021

Town:                        oakfield

Trooper:                   tr. saucier

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier took a theft report from a camp in Oakfield.  The caller reported someone had stolen a 100-pound Dead River tank with regulator.  The investigation is ongoing. 


Incident Type:         ACCIDENT - FATAL

Date:                          7/30/2021

Town:                        littleton

Trooper:                   tr. merchant, Tr. Mahon

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Laney Merchant and FTO Tr. Mahon responded to Rt 1 in Littleton for a report of a multi vehicle crash with injury involving a van, a passenger car, and a tractor trailer unit.  A 2005 Dodge van, operated by Robert Havrin, age 65 of Lake Bluff, Illinois was southbound on Rt 1 when it drifted onto the shoulder of the road, striking a guardrail, and veering across the road into the path of a northbound tractor trailer.  The tractor trailer was a 2020 Freightliner owned by Ascent Trucking and operated by Bruce Hanning, age 67 of Houlton.  Hanning could not avoid Havrin’s vehicle and they collided head on in the northbound lane of Rt 1.  The tractor trailer continued on, jackknifing in the roadway and there was a secondary crash involving a 2014 Subaru passenger car that was traveling southbound on Rt 1.  The Subaru was operated by Staci Merritt, age 30 of Hodgdon and Merritt could not avoid striking the rear of the tractor unit. Merritt sustained minor injuries and was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.  Hanning was not injured in the crash Havrin suffered serious injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Tr. Merchant was assisted by Lt. Harris, Tr. Saucier, Tr. Sylvia and personnel from Houlton and Littleton Fire Depts, Houlton Ambulance, Maine DOT, and DEP.  Rt 1 was shut down to all traffic for approximately 8 hours while the investigation was conducted.