Troop B

Casco Remains

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

At approximately 3:26 pm on May 8th, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual reporting the discovery of skeletal remains at 196 Poland Springs Road. The call was made by a family member who was cleaning out their father’s residence who died earlier in the year.  The remains were found in an outbuilding on the property. The deceased father was identified as Douglas Scott, 82- years old.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner begun a post-mortem examination on the remains on Sunday morning, May 9th, 2021.  Additional testing and examination is likely to take place throughout the coming weeks.

Detectives, deputies and troopers worked over the weekend investigating the circumstances surrounding this discovery.  Detectives and Deputies continue interviewing witnesses and other persons of interest at this time.  

The Maine State Police Evidence Response team crime scene technicians are processing the scene and are expected to remain on the scene throughout the day.  The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police Troop B assisted in securing the scene and identifying witnesses.  The investigation is likely to continue into the coming weeks as authorities work to identify the remains and the circumstances surrounding that discovery.  The Maine State Police do not believe that there is any threat to the public and will share more information as it becomes available.
 

Tractor Trailer Jackknifes on I-295 in Falmouth

Jackknifed Tractor trailer on I295From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday May 3,2021 at approximately 1pm, Trooper Willard was traveling south on I-295 around mile 10, when he observed a black Freightliner Tractor with a box trailer start to brake and jackknife.  Trooper Willard was able to reverse direction and arrive on scene a minute later.  

The tractor trailer was now blocking both lanes of travel bringing northbound traffic to a stop.  For a short period the driver, Jesse Philbrick, 66, from Limestone, was unable to exit the truck as one door was blocked and the other stuck.  The passenger side window was broken and Philbrick was assisted out of the truck without injury.

Witnesses say Philbrick was traveling in the right lane, when a vehicle entered 295 from exit 10, failing to yield to Philbrick.  This in turn caused Philbrick to apply his brakes and subsequently jackknife.  No other vehicles were involved in the crash.  

295 in the area of mile 10 was shut down for about 1.5 hours due to a large amount of fuel spilling from the ruptured fuel tanks.  Traffic was diverted to Route 1.    

At this time only one lane of traffic is open as cleanup continues on the left lane.

If anyone witnessed a black sedan that may entered the interstate just prior to the incident is asked to contact Trooper Connor Willard of Troop B in Gray, 207-624-7076.

Other members of Troop B and K along with Falmouth Fire and Police and DEP / DOT assisted.
 

Drug Trafficking Arrest in Turner

Drug Trafficking Turner, drugs, cashOn Monday, April 26, 2021, around 11:45 a.m., an investigation began by the Maine State Police (Troop B) in Turner.  

The interaction started with an individual at B & A Variety in Turner following a suspicious incident nearby. The encounter revealed that the driver, Winston Mcleod (27) was suspended, out of Oregon. 

Further investigation revealed that he had a large amount of cocaine in his jacket pocket. When he was informed by the Trooper that he was being arrested, Mcleod fled on foot. A foot chase ensued which ended with a safe and successful apprehension. Members from Troop B came to assist with further investigation. 

The investigation revealed Mcleod had 1,102 grams of cocaine in the car. Also seized in the stop was $1,446 in suspected drug proceeds. McLeod was arrested and charged with three counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs (Class A), Refusing to Submit to Arrest (Class E), Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License (Class E), and Asset Forfeiture. 

Mcleod was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail and bail was set at $25,000.
 

Lewiston Man Facing Charges for Police Chase

Jeselskis MotorcycleA Lewiston Man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase while driving a motorcycle.

On April 24th, 2021, Trooper Tyler Nadeau was assisting Androscoggin County Sheriffs Office with a traffic stop on Route 202 in Greene. The Deputy attempted to stop a group on motorcycles driving aggressively. Only one of the three motorcycle stopped and the other two continued towards Leeds. Several minutes later one of the suspect motorcycles showed back up to the scene of the traffic stop. 

Trooper Nadeau saw the suspect motorcycle did not have a registration plate. Trooper Nadeau attempted to stop the motorcycle and the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Trooper Nadeau pursued the motorcycle for several miles until speeds were to dangerous to continue the pursuit. The driver continued to do multi vehicle passes in the oncoming lane and his speeds were clocked at 154mph. 

Several minutes later Trooper Nadeau located the suspect motorcycle in the town of Leeds. The driver again refused to stop and continued south bound on Route 202, towards Lewiston. Deputies in the Greene area clocked the suspect motorcycle at 135mph and started a pursuit. The pursuit was quickly terminated due to the speeds.

Hours later, Trooper Nadeau and several Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Devin Jeselskis of Lewiston. Mr. Jeselskis was located standing in the driveway of a residence in Auburn. After a short foot chase, Mr. Jelelski ran to a near by apartment building. Mr. Jeselskis surrendered from the apartment building and was taken into custody by Trooper Nadeau without incident. 

Mr. Jeselskis was charged by MSP with the following crimes:
1.    Eluding Class C Felony 
2.    Driving to Endanger Class C Felony 
3.    Criminal Speed Class E
4.    Operating without a License Class E
5.    Operating after Suspension Class E
6.    Several traffic citations 

A special “Thank You” to the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. This incident is still under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office also charged Mr. Jeselskis with several crimes.
 

I-295 Wrong Way Driver

From the desk of Shannon Moss

A Westbrook Man was arrested for OUI after driving the wrong way on Interstate 295

At approximately 9:20 this morning Maine State Police Troop B received a report of a vehicle going northbound in the southbound travel lane of Interstate 295 in Portland.

Troopers from Troops B, G, the Portland Police Department, and Maine Marine Patrol responded to the area.

The vehicle traveled North for approximately 5 miles to include passing a marked state police cruiser with blue lights on that had been slowing traffic in the southbound lanes. The vehicle eventually pulled into a cross-over upon seeing a Maine Marine Patrol truck with its lights on. The driver of the vehicle, Eric Page, 30, of Westbrook, was arrested and charged with Operating Under the influence and Driving to Endanger.

Page’s blood-alcohol level was more than 3 times the legal limit.

If anyone has any video or witness the incident they are asked to contact Trooper James Leonard at 207-624-7076
 

Oxford Stand-off Ends Peacefully

A Norway man is in custody after peacefully surrendering to Troopers after a stand-off that lasted several hours. 

Brian Cabral, 42, of Norway, had been the subject of an ongoing drug investigation in the Oxford Hills Area. Recently a Class A warrant for Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W drugs ( fentanyl ) was obtained by State Police Investigators. Cabral is on Probation for Drug Trafficking. Cabral also has bail conditions. Cabral has been well aware Troopers have been looking for him.

On Feb. 3, at about 10 a.m., Cabral went to a business in Lewiston and had contacted a protected party in the above-mentioned bail conditions. Cabral fled the area before Police arrived. A vehicle description was provided. Troopers began to check known locations frequented by Cabral. At about 2 p.m., the suspect’s vehicle was located at a residence on French Road in Oxford. Oxford Police and Norway Police assisted State Police Units with surveillance on the residence. Because of Cabral’s criminal history, the seriousness of the new charges, and the presence of firearms inside the residence, the Assistance of the Maine State Police Tactical Team and the Maine State Police Crisis Negotiator Team were requested to respond.

The homeowner came out of the house without incident. The homeowner confirmed Cabral was inside the residence. After several hours of communicating with Cabral, he came out of the residence peacefully and surrendered to Troopers.

Cabral was transported to the Oxford County Jail; Charges of Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs, Domestic Violence Terrorizing Class D, and Violation of Conditions of release Class C.
 

Violent Offender Task Force Arrest

Parsons booking photos
Aaron Parsons, 43, of South Paris

A South Paris man was arrested as a fugitive from justice earlier this week. 

On Aug. 12, 2020, at approximately 1 p.m., Troopers from Troop B and Agents from the Maine Violent Offender Task Force (US Marshals Service), apprehended Aaron Parsons, 43, of South Paris, ME, at a residence on Gary Street in South Paris.  Parsons was wanted on a warrant from Massachusetts State Police charging him with homicide and a sex assault offense.  The offense occurred in March of 2020 but a warrant was not issued until Aug. 11, 2020.
 
Mass. State Police received a tip earlier today and the Maine Violent Offender Task Force, acting on that tip, met with troopers from Troop B and coordinated the apprehension.  Parsons was arrested without incident, charged as a Fugitive From Justice and transported to the Oxford County jail.  He will be arraigned on Friday morning.
 

Falmouth Multi-Vehicle Crash

MM 12 CrashMultiple vehicles were involved in a crash in the Northbound lane of I-295 in Falmouth near mile marker 12 that briefly closed both lanes to traffic.

On Aug. 12, 2020, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Tpr. John Darcy was investigating a hit and run crash in the breakdown lane at mile 12 northbound on I-295 in Falmouth. One vehicle involved in the crash had continued northbound and was later located by Troop D Troopers. While Tpr. Darcy was speaking with the operator of the vehicle at mile 12, vehicles traveling by began to slow. The sudden slowing of traffic lead to several cars slamming on their brakes. One vehicle stopping short caused a rear-end crash. Several more rear-end crashes began happening. In total, an 8 vehicle pile-up occurred, blocking both travel lanes.

3 people were transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland by Falmouth Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

5 vehicles were towed from the scene by Stewart’s Towing and Copp Motors.

Troopers from Troop B and G assisted as well as Maine DOT and the Falmouth Fire Department.

Thanks to all the help from the multiple agencies involved, the scene was cleared in 45 minutes.

There will be no charges in this case.

 

 

Lewiston Man Arrested after Pursuit

LEWISTON, Maine – A Lewiston man is facing charges after fleeing from police in Lewiston.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., on July 9, 2020, Tr. Ryan Phillips was in contact with agents from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) who were requesting his assistance in stopping a motor vehicle in Lewiston.  The vehicle was suspected to be operated by Chad Nichols, 31, of Lewiston.  Nichols was a suspect of drug trafficking, had a revoked license and two active felony warrants for his arrest.  Tr. Phillips intercepted the vehicle near the intersection of Russell St. and College St. in Lewiston and initiated a traffic stop.  While the Trooper was approaching the vehicle, the operator took off, leading Tr. Phillips on a high-speed pursuit northbound on College Rd. into a rural part of Lewiston and into the town of Greene.  

The chase continued into Greene, when the suspect vehicle turned onto Rt. 202 headed back toward Lewiston.  Lewiston Police officers set up spikes on Rt. 202 near the Lewiston/Greene line, but the deployment was not effective.  As the chase continued back into populated area of Lewiston, the decision was made to terminate the pursuit by Sgt. Joseph Bureau.  Simultaneously, Pilot Supervisor Jerry Pearson was airborne and had a visual on the suspect vehicle.  Pearson led responding units to that vehicle and provided a description of the suspect, as the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area off Tall Pines Drive. Cpl. Jonathan Russell and K-9 Gus began a track at that location.

MDEA agents received a tip that Nichols had been picked up and later located him in a vehicle on Scribner Blvd, near the intersection of Webster St.  Lewiston PD officers were first on scene at that location and initiated a felony stop.  Nichols was taken into custody at this location and was charged with Eluding, Driving to Endanger, Criminal Speed, and Operating after Revocation Habitual Offender.  
 

Troop B Weekly Report 03/09/2020-03/15/2020

Incident: Accident

Date:                                     3/12/2020

Town:                                   Falmouth

Trooper:                              DET. ROYLE, TR. FLANAGAN, TR. KEIM

Brief Synopsis:  Det. Royle responded to a Tractor Trailer Unit that had left the roadway in the area of MM 11 NB.  The male operator identified as HATCH, PAUL S (48) stated that he had been suffering from a chest cold for the past couple of weeks and had blacked out.  The TT Unit drifted off into the median and narrowly missed a vehicle travelling in the SB passing lane due to the cable barrier.  The trailer which was loaded with 30,000 lbs. of processed human excrement, separated from the Tractor and overturned spilling a significant amount of its load into the SB passing lane.  I-295 was reduced to one lane in both directions for several hours as Stewart’s Towing recovered the vehicle and MDOT crews cleaned up the median and roadway.  Troopers Flanagan Keim assisted and dealt with three secondary crashes and crossover violators while the clean-up was in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Type:   Honor Guard

Date:                                   03/08 & 03/09/2020

Town:                                  Auburn & Lewiston

Trooper:                              Sgt. Farley, Cpl. Casey, Russell, Hink, Tr. Wells, Plourde, Flanagan, Dunn, Burke

Brief Synopsis: The Honor Guard fulfilled a request for Legendary Trooper Bureau’s wake in the city of Auburn.  Family members had requested a casket watch during the wake. Participating members were Wells, Casey, Hink, Russell, and Farley. On 03-09-20 the Honor Guard fulfilled a request for Legendary Trooper Bureau’s funeral services and Honorable transfer to final resting place in the city of Lewiston.  Family members had requested an Urn team and Honor Transfer from the Auburn funeral home to the Basilica in Lewiston. Participating members were Plourde, Flanagan, Russell, Dunn, Farley, and Burke.  The Honor Transfer was worked in close conjunction with the motor unit and members of Troop B.  Honor Guard personnel also worked with the Marine Corp Honor funeral services unit at the cemetery.

Incident Type:   DV ASSAULT

Date:                                     3/11/2020

Town:                                   WALES

Trooper:                              Trp. Nadeau

Brief Synopsis: On 3/11/20 Tr. Nadeau responded to Wales for a report of a domestic. The caller reported she found a female on the side of the road walking who was all beat up from a fight she had with her husband. The caller reported that the male suspect had fled into the woods. Once on scene Tr. Nadeau spoke with a female (37) of the above address. The female stated she got into an argument with her husband (42). She stated her husband hit her in the face with a storage bin, pushed her down and then fled out the back door. The female had a black eye, a laceration on her neck and stitches on her hand had ripped open from a prior injury. Tr. Nadeau was able to locate he husband down the road and  arrested him, transported him to ACJ, and charged him with DV Assault. DHHS was also called because the female’s 9-year-old daughter witnessed the assault.

 

Incident Type:   OUI

Date:                                     3/13/2020

Town:                                   NAPLES

Trooper:                              CORPORAL CASEY

Brief Synopsis:  Corporal Casey observed a vehicle pull into a parking spot at a business on Route 302 in the Town of Naples and strike a barrier with the front of the vehicle. The operator exited the car and appeared unsteady on his feet. Corporal Casey made contact with the man, determining he had been drinking. He was arrested after failing SFST’S and charged with 1st Offense OUI.

 

Incident Type:   WARRANT

Date:                                     3/09/2020

Town:                                   Brownfield                                                                                                         

Trooper:                              trooper PYBURN, Corporal Russell

Brief Synopsis:  Trooper Pyburn and Corporal Russell arrested Michael Korona, at his residence in Brownfield, for an outstanding warrant for theft. Units had responded to the address a week prior, when Korona overdosed. He was transported to the hospital that evening for treatment, but law enforcement was never notified upon his release. Trooper Pyburn, Corporal Russell, and Deputy George (Oxford County SO) made contact with Korona at his residence on the evening of 3/9. During the interaction Korona became uncooperative and was taken into custody after a brief altercation. Korona was transported to the Oxford County Jail and charged with Refusing to Submit to Arrest (class D).

 

Incident Type:   VIOLATION OF BAIL

Date:                                     3/09/2020

Town:                                   Norway                                                                                               

Trooper:                              Trooper PYBURN

Brief Synopsis:  Trooper Pyburn arrested Daniel Dunn of Waterford, after a traffic stop on Route 118 in the town of Norway. Dunn, who is on probation, was taken into custody after a large number of various prescription pills were located on his person. Dunn was transported to the Oxford County Jail without incident, where he was charged with possession of Schedule Z drugs, Violating Conditions of Release.

 

Incident Type:   ACCIDENT

Date:                                     3/12/2020

Town:                                   Paris                                                                                                     

Trooper:                               Trooper PYBURN

Brief Synopsis:  Trooper Pyburn covered a crash involving a Paris PD cruiser, at the Family Dollar in Paris. No injuries were reported, and the crash was determined to be non-reportable. 

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