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Body Found on Robbinston Beach 

UPDATE (July 9, 2020, 7:17 a.m.): The deceased has been identified as Richard Warnell, 64, of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.  Warnell was the subject of a missing persons investigation being conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  The Maine State Police is continuing to work with the RCMP regarding the investigation.  As there is no indication that Mr. Warnell died in the State of Maine, the RCMP will now become the lead agency in the investigation and further questions should be directed to them.  

ROBBINSTON, Maine – Maine State Police responded to a deceased person that had washed up on a beach in Robbinston. 

On July 7, 2020, A concerned party called the Bangor Regional Communication Center (RCC) and Cpl. Micah Perkins responded to the scene at approximately 2:23 p.m. An autopsy is being conducting by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) to determine the identity of the deceased, along with the cause and manner of death. Because there are no known missing persons from the Robbinston area, Troopers are cooperating with the Canadian authorities regarding the investigation.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Maine Marine Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Robbinston Fire, Calais Fire EMS, and the U.S. Border Patrol. 

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
 

WATERVILLE SHOOTING UPDATE

State and Waterville Police continue to investigate the shooting of a 7 year old girl in Waterville this afternoon.  The shooting was reported about 3:30 PM .  The girl was rushed to the Thayer Unit of MaineGeneral and then LifeFlighted to Maine Medical Center in Portland.  We continue to monitor her condition tonight and remain hopeful.   Police and evidence techs plan to work well into tonight to investigate the shooting and gather evidence from the second floor apartment on Summer St.  Additional information and an update is expected Saturday.   

Brunswick Deceased ID'd

State Police say that the man who was killed in the shooting in Brunswick is Ali Fisher, 40, of Lisbon.

On Nov. 18, 2019, around 10:22 p.m., Brunswick Police received a 911 call about shots being fired. Maine State Police arrived Fisher broke into a residence at 34 Federal Street, which is a temporary housing facility run by Tedford Housing. He had an altercation with the resident (female, 22, of Westbrook) who had a guest over. The male guest (male, 22, of Westbrook) and Fisher fought, and subsequently Fisher was shot by the male guest who was also armed. He left the building and collapsed outside. The resident of Federal Street was also shot in the arm, treated, and released from an area hospital.

The other two people involved will not be identified as no charges are expected.

Brunswick Police Department assisted at the scene.
 

Westbrook Missing Person (UPDATED)

Jaques
Henry Jaques, 45, of Westbrook is missing. He is 5'9", 200 lbs, blond hair and blue eyes. 

UPDATE: An autopsy was completed today. Additional testing needs to be done, but the death of Mr. Jacques is not considered suspicious. Westbrook PD will be continuing to investigate.

An update to earlier information released by the Maine State Police:

Henry Jacques, who was reported missing in Westbrook, was located deceased this afternoon in the woods behind Saint Anthony’s Church on Brown Street. By State statute, the cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No further information is being released at this time.

The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit is assisting the Westbrook Police Department with a missing persons case.  Henry Jacques, 45 years old, was last seen at 55 Brown Street, APT 2 on Friday, November 8th at approximately 3:00 PM by his live-in girlfriend.  He left the residence on foot wearing blue jeans, multiple layers of shirts (unknown color) and no shoes.  Jacques is described as 5’9” tall, 200 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes.  He has a tattoo on his right arm with the initials “H.J.”  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Westbrook Police Department at (207) 854-0394 or Maine State Police at (207) 624-7076.

SACO DEATH INVESTIGATION (UPDATED)

SacoUPDATED Nov. 8, 2019: The autopsy on Herbert Winship of Saco has been completed, but authorities are waiting on toxicology reports and further tests before releasing findings. It is expected to take upwards of four weeks before results will be returned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

No further updates are expected until that time.
 

Original release from Nov. 7, 2019.

The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit assisted the Saco Police Department with a death investigation earlier today.  At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, two hunters approached a State Trooper parked near the Flag Pond Road overpass on the Maine Turnpike to report they had discovered the body of a male subject in the woods nearby.  Investigators from the State Police and Saco Police Department responded to the scene located approximately a quarter of a mile into the woods from the Flag Pond Road overpass.

The victim was identified as 48-year-old Herbert Winship of Saco.  Winship was involved in a high speed chase just before midnight on Saturday night with Saco Police when an officer directed him to stop his motorcycle in the parking lot of VIP Tires and Service on Route 1 after observing a traffic violation.  Winship failed to comply with the officer and traveled northbound on Route 1 eluding police.  He parked his motorcycle at Rinaldi Energy on Route 1 in Saco and fled the area of foot.  A Scarborough Police officer found the abandoned motorcycle and began a canine track attempting to locate Winship, but was unable to find him.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta to determine the cause and manner of death.  The Saco Fire Department and the Maine Warden Service also assisted at the scene.
 

Farmington Update

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a leak in a propane line caused the explosion at the L.E.A.P. building in Farmington last week.  Investigators say they located the leak in the propane line which was buried under the paved parking lot. The line went from an outside propane tank located at the rear of the property, under the parking lot and into the basement of the building. Investigators last week conducted several tests on the propane line which revealed a significant leak and they continue to work on what caused that leak.  Investigators say the leaked propane permeated the ground under the parking lot and some of that gas then made its way into the basement. Normally propane has a distinctive odor from an additive that is added to the fuel, but investigators think that odor may have been filtered by the soil under the parking lot.  

The propane tank had been filled Friday, September 13, with nearly 400 gallons of propane but the tank was empty on Monday morning, prior to the explosion, when it was examined by maintenance supervisor Larry Lord and a second LEAP employee. The propane was used in the building as fuel for the furnace and water heater. 

The work continues to determine how the line was damaged  and what sparked the leaked propane in the building that created the explosion.

More than 100 interviews have taken place as fire marshals continue to work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Farmington police and fire departments and the Maine Solid Fuel Board.

Investigators say Larry Lord was in the basement with Farmington firefighters “TD” Hardy, Joseph Hastings and Scott Baxter when the explosion took place.  Fire Captain Michael Bell was on the first floor, Fire Chief Terry Bell was near the rear door of the building, and Deputy Fire Chief Clyde Ross and Firefighter Ted Baxter were outside the building in the parking lot. 
 

CASTLE HILL MID-DAY UPDATE

Maine State Police continue to investigate the deaths of two Castle Hill men in their hometown late Monday night. Autopsies are underway at the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the results will likely be released later this afternoon. Work also continues in Augusta at the State Police Crime Lab on the pickup truck and the ATV, which were transported from the homicide scene Tuesday. The two men’s bodies were found in the pickup, and the ATV was left abandoned at the scene.  

State Police have increased patrols in the Mapleton-Castle Hill area, as a team of detectives and evidence technicians continue to gather evidence and conduct interviews. Area residents are urged to continue to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity or information that may be related to the case. The State Police barracks in Houlton is 207-532-5400.
 

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