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CASTLE HILL MURDER INDICTMENTS

The Aroostook County Grand Jury has handed down indictments against 38 year old Bobby Nightingale of Presque Isle, charging him with two counts of murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in Castle Hill in August . Nightingale has been in Aroostook County Jail on an unrelated  weapons charge since a week after the deaths.  He is expected to be arraigned on the new charges sometime next week in Aroostook Superior Court.  
 
The indictments against Nightingale stem from three separate incidents.  Below is a summary of the charges for each incident. 

For the deaths of 25 year old Allen Curtis and 51 year old Roger Ellis on August 13 on Route 227 in Castle Hill:

  • 2 Counts: Intentional and Knowing Murder 
  • 1 Count: Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Class C)

The following charges were issued as a result of an incident in Presque Isle on August 5: 

  • 1 Count: Burglary (Class A)
  • 1 Count: Robbery (Class A)
  • 1 Count: Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Class C)

The following charges resulted from an incident on August 10 at the residence located at 1961 State Road in Castle Hill.  

  • 1 Count: Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon (Class C)
  • 1 Count: Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Class C)

The deaths of Curtis and Ellis were investigated by the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, the Maine Warden Service, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine Forest Service and the Presque Isle Police Department, along with State Police .
 

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Troop F Weekly Report 09-02 to 09-09-19

Incident Type:         oui drugs

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        saint agatha

Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in Saint Agatha.  He observed a vehicle committing a traffic infraction and conducted a stop.  During his investigation, Tr. Desrosier suspected the driver was impaired.  After conducting Field Sobriety Testing, the driver was arrested and transported to Fort Kent PD for an Intoxilyzer test.  Tr. Desrosier concluded the driver was impaired by drugs.


Incident Type:         oas

Date:                          9/04/2019

Town:                        blaine

Trooper:                   Sgt. Clark

Brief Synopsis:       Sgt. Clark was conducting traffic enforcement in Blaine.  He observed a vehicle not displaying a front registration plate coming off a side street.  Sgt. Clark stopped to wait for the vehicle and observed it cutting through parking lots to avoid contact with him.  Sgt. Clark stopped the vehicle and during his investigation discovered it was not registered as well as the driver being suspended.  Sgt. Clark issued the woman a criminal summons and had the vehicle towed from the roadway.

 


Incident Type:         warrant

Date:                          9/05/2019

Town:                        e plantation

Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins was attempting to serve a protective order in E Plantation.  During that service, Tr. Kilcollins recognized a female he knew had an active arrest warrant.  Tr. Kilcollins arrested the woman without incident and transported her to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.


Incident Type:         ASSIST ANOTHER AGENCY

Date:                          9/06/2019

Town:                        Allagash

Trooper:                   Cpl. Hafford

Brief Synopsis:       Cpl Hafford assisted the Maine Warden Service with an ATV crash that occurred on an ATV trail in Allagash.  The victim had struck a tree and was ejected from the ATV.  Cpl Hafford, Warden Raymond, EMS and FK fire and rescue hiked in and located the male then EMS transported him to NMMC in Fort Kent for head injury treatment.  


Incident Type:         THEFT

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        Blaine

Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Casavant was notified by a property owner in Blaine that he had discovered items missing from a storage building he owned in Blaine.  The owner had reported a theft in the spring of the year, but recently discovered more items missing than he had originally thought.  The investigation is ongoing.


Incident Type:         burglary

Date:                          9/04/2019

Town:                        Mapleton

Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Casavant responded to a vacant residence in Mapleton when a real estate agent discovered a house had been burglarized.  It appeared that a pellet stove had been stolen from the house, and an outbuilding had also been broken into.  The investigation is ongoing. 


Incident Type:         chase

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        Island Falls

Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier was in Island Falls when he recognized a local man drive past him.  Tr.  Saucer was aware the man had a felony warrant out for his arrest on a probation revocation charge.  Tr. Saucier attempted to pull the man over, but he refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.  After a brief time, the offender’s operation became dangerous and reckless, so Tr. Saucer terminated the pursuit.  2 days later, the Island Falls man was arrested by Tr. Peirson in Staceyville.  The man will face a variety of charges including Driving to Endanger and Eluding.


Incident Type:         K-9 ACTIVITY

Date:                          9/08/2019

Town:                        Houlton

Trooper:                   Tr. Sylvia

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Jared Sylvia and K9 Ziva were requested by Houlton PD to track two suspects who had stolen items from Marden’s and fled on foot into the woods. K9 Ziva picked up the track next to Burger King and continued onto a nearby ATV trail to some train tracks where Tr. Sylvia saw the two suspects duck off into the woods. Tr. Sylvia and K9 Ziva continued to the location where Tr. Sylvia had seen the suspects and cut through a small patch of woods to the back side of the Houlton Regional Hospital. Again, Tr. Sylvia saw the two suspects walking and caught up to them. Both suspects were ordered to the ground and complied. Houlton PD took the two into custody.

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Presque Isle Northern Road press release

Jomo White
Jomo White, 31, black male; 6'0", 220 lbs; black hair; brown eyes; LKA Atlanta, Ga.

At approximately 5:47 a.m., a man called 911 reporting that he’d been shot on Northern Road in Presque Isle.
Officers arrived on scene and began administering first aid to the victim until the Presque Isle Fire and Ambulance arrived.  The victim was taken to A.R. Gould hospital where he underwent surgery and was later life-flighted to Northern Maine Light Health in Bangor where he remains in critical condition.

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was notified due to the seriousness of the injuries and possible loss of life.  MSP, PIPD and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office remain in the area this evening and will continue with the investigation.  The crime scene is currently being processed by the State Police ERT.  

Although many schools and businesses were closed or locked down today, police are considering this an isolated incident and believe the victim and shooter(s) knew each other.  The public is asked to remain vigilant, but go about their normal daily routines.

Several witnesses have been identified and interviewed to this point.  Presque Isle PD and State Police have identified suspects in the shooting and issued warrants for their arrest.  

Police are seeking the public’s

Alexander
Jason Alexander, 44, white male, 5’9, 220, brown hair, blue eyes, last known address Blaine, ME.

assistance in locating Jomo White, 31, black male, 6’0, 220, black hair, brown eyes, last known address Atlanta, GA.  Mr. White may have shaved his head and/or beard to change his appearance.  
The second suspect is Jason Alexander, 44, white male, 5’9, 220, brown hair, blue eyes, last known address Blaine, ME.

Both men should be considered armed and dangerous.  If anyone sees either of these two men, please call the Maine State Police at 532-5400, Presque Isle PD at 764-4476, or Aroostook County CRIME STOPPERS at (800) 638-8477.  CRIME STOPPERS is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these two suspects.  Anyone found to have aided either of these men in evading arrest will be subject to prosecution.
 

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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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DOUBLE HOMICIDE

State Police say the deaths of two men inside a pickup truck in the Aroostook County Town of Castle Hill are being investigated as a double homicide. Troopers were called to the scene along Route 227 just after midnight.  The road has been closed between Turner and Waddell Roads since the early morning hours and is not expected to reopen until this afternoon. Castle Hill is between Presque Isle and Ashland.

 

The identifies of the victims are not being released at this point.  The two bodies are being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for autopsies, and the truck will be towed to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

 

A team of detectives, evidence technicians, and troopers have been assisted by the Aroostook Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service.  Police are asking anyone who saw any suspicious activity along the road late last night, or has information, to call State Police in Houlton at 207-532-5400.

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Easton Fatal Crash

Easton Crash
An area man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a mini-van.

On July 31, 2019, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the State Police received a 911 call reporting a personal injury crash involving a minivan and a motorcycle on Rt. 10 in Easton.  

Trooper’s learned that a motorcycle, operated by Vance Smith, 62, from Easton, was overtaking a vehicle that was making a right turn onto the Richardson Rd.  The vehicle making a right turn, was following a Toyota minivan, operated by Mary Johnson, 60, from Easton.  Johnson was making a left turn into the J&B Trailer park, as Smith was overtaking the right turning vehicle.  Smith could not avoid the minivan and collided with it.  Smith was thrown from his motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries on scene.  

Rt. 10 was shut down for approximately two and a half hours while Trooper’s reconstructed the crash scene.  The investigation is ongoing.

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CARIBOU MAN REMAINS MISSING

Kurtis
Kurtis Madore, 31, LKA Caribou

Kurtis 2Maine State Police continue to ask for the public’s help in locating a young Caribou man who has now been missing for two months.  31 year old Kurtis Madore is 5’8” tall, weighs 140 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was wearing blue jeans and dark colored Vans sneakers when last seen on June 1 on the Woodland Center Road in Woodland. His last known contact was a cell phone call with an acquaintance on June 2.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.

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Troop F Secretary Retires after 28 Years

Viola "Vi" Pelletier
Viola "Vi" Pelletier retired after 28 years of service

On Friday, June 28, 2019, friends, family and coworkers of Viola “Vi” Pelletier gathered to celebrate her retirement after 28 years of service to the Maine State Police family. Vi has been the secretary for Troop F in Houlton. She has trained no fewer than seven Lieutenants in her tenure with the Troop, including Malcom Dow, Barry Smith, David McPherson, J. Darrell Ouellette, Mark Brooks, John Cote, and current Lt. Brian Harris.

“Vi is a vital part of Troop F and one of our unsung heroes. She knows our past and our history, knows how things are done and how not to do things and she keeps us on the path every day,” said Lt. Brian Harris.

“It has been a wonderful journey,” said Vi. “I found myself saying that more and more through the years. It’s been great.”

 

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MAPLETON OUI CRASH

Mapleton OUI

Maine State Police arrested a Presque Isle man after he fled into the woods after crashing his vehicle.

On June 24, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Maine State Police received a report of a vehicle crash on the Pease Rd. in Mapleton.  Tr. Ted Martin responded and observed a car parked in a private driveway with damage.  Tr. Martin learned that the vehicle was traveling north on the Pease Rd. at a high rate of speed and lost control in the curve going off the roadway.  The operator moved the vehicle into the private driveway.

Before Tr. Martin arrived on scene, the male operator fled into the woods.  A description was given to Tr. Martin and Trooper’s, Deputies, and Wardens converged to the area.  There were several sightings during the search but the man would run back into the woods where officers would lose sight of him due the thick underbrush.  At approximately 9 p.m.,  Tr. Martin located the man in a swamp and took him into custody. 

The operator, Andrew Legassie from Presque Isle, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, OUI, refusing to submit to arrest or detention, and violation of conditions of release.  Legassie was transported to the Aroostook County Jail. 

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Two men arrested in Fort Kent charged with Drug Trafficking

Jandreau
Jacob Jandreau, 38, of Saint Francis

Two men were arrested in Fort Kent and are facing drug trafficking charges. 

On May 25th just after 8 a.m., Trooper Matt Curtin stopped a vehicle on Caribou Road in Fort Kent. After speaking with the  occupants, the Trooper determined the driver was currently out on bail with conditions to search. Tpr. Curtain located over 5 grams of Methamphetamine,  as well as numerous items related to drug trafficking.

As a result of his investigation, Trooper Curtin arrested Jacob Jandreau, 38, of Saint Francis for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Violating his previous Conditional Release. Trooper Curtin also arrested Corey Raymond, 20, of Fort Kent for Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Both men are being held at the Aroostook County Jail.

Raymond
Corey Raymond, 20, of Fort Kent

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