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Troop J Weekly Report (05/15/22-05/22/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

05-16-22

Trooper Steven Mahon responded to a theft complaint in Hancock where metal building items were reported stolen from a construction site.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi and Trooper Josh Lander assisted.  Investigation continues.

05-18-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a speed detail on Route 1A in Dedham. During the detail, many operators were stopped for speeding 15mph or more through the active construction zone. The construction zone is clearly posted at 40mph. Citations were issued.

05-20-22

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a crash in Sedgwick shortly after 2200 hours where a gray 2008 Subaru Legacy, operated by Dakota Markham (18) of Sedgwick, was travelling South on the Caterpillar Hill Road and drove across the oncoming lane and off the opposite side of the roadway.  Markham was deceased at the scene.  A 15-year-old passenger was transported to a local hospital for injuries.  Speed and driver inexperience were factors in the crash.  Both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts. Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Hancock Sheriff Office, Peninsula Ambulance and Sedgwick Fire Department assisted at the scene.

05-22-22

Trooper Steven Mahon responded to a crash in Cherryfield where a side by side operating on the roadway left the roadway and crashed into a telephone pole. Three occupants were injured in the crash.

 

 

Troop J Weekly Report (05/09/22-05/15/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 2

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 1

# of DV Arrests – 1

More news from the week prior…

05-01-22

Trooper Travis Chapman stopped a vehicle on Route 1 in Sullivan. As a result of the roadside investigation the operator Tony Bates (44) of Belfast was arrested for Operating Under the Influence. A drug recognition evaluation was conducted, and Tony was suspected to be under the influence of drugs. Tony was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs and Possession of a Schedule W Drug. Sergeant Gavin Endre assisted

05-07-22

Trooper Travis Chapman responded to a fatal car versus motorcycle crash in TWP 22. The operator of the motorcycle, Charles Brown (49) of Indian Township was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the other vehicle, Daniel Lyons (46) of Veazie had fled the scene on foot and was apprehended after a search of the area. Daniel was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and was subsequently arrested for class B Operating Under the Influence and Class A Manslaughter. Corporal Blaine Silk, Troopers Josh Lander, Jarid Leonard, Taylor Dube and his K9 partner assisted on scene as well as Warden Alan Curtis, Maine DOT and the Osborn Fire Department.

Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Dustin Ramsdell (28) of Calais for breaking the driver’s side window on a vehicle while in Princeton.

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This week’s news….

05-10-22

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi responded to a rollover crash in Jonesport and as a result of the investigation Damian Reyes (20) of Jonesport, was summonsed for Operating after Suspension.

05-11-22

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft complaint in Brooksville where an antique sink was reported stolen.  Investigation continues.

05-12-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a motor vehicle stop in Baring Township. Walter Tomah (39) of Indian Township was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Expired Registration Exceeding 150 days.

05-14-22

Brian Colby (64) of Bucksport and Brandi Rossell (41) of Hudson were involved in a single vehicle motorcycle crash. Brian and Brandi were travelling southbound on Route 9 in Crawford. They approached a sharp curve and Brian lost control of his motorcycle. Brian suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Brandi suffered serious injuries. It’s not yet known if her injuries are fatal. Trooper Leonard is conducting an ongoing investigation. Downeast EMS, Life Flight, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and local fire departments assisted.

Trooper Miles Carpenter responded to a civil complaint in Franklin. While on scene, he discovered a camper that was stolen out of Ohio. Trooper Carpenter recovered the stolen camper and summonsed Lisa Brooke Saunders (40) of Michigan for theft of services.

Trooper Travis Chapman and Sergeant Gavin Endre responded to the intersection of Macquinn Road and Douglas Highway in Lamoine. A passerby reported a male operator was passed out in his vehicle at the stop sign. The operator of the vehicle, Joseph Fallica (31) of Lamoine, was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence.

 

Hancock County Fatal

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.


On Saturday, May 7, 2022, at approximately 8:23 p.m. the Maine State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash in Township 22 on Airline Road. The crash involved a four-door sedan and a motorcycle. The investigation revealed that the sedan crossed the centerline and into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle, driven by 49-year-old Charles Brown of Indian Township was hit head-on, and Brown was thrown from the motorcycle. Brown sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the sedan, 48-year-old Daniel Lyons of Veazie fled on foot and was taken into custody a short time later near the scene of the crash. Lyons was arrested after being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. He was charged with aggravated operating under the influence and manslaughter. The Maine State Police would thank the Maine Warden Service, Maine DOT, and the Osborne Fire Department who assisted them on scene. Alcohol is considered a factor in the crash.

Troop J Weekly Report (05/01/22-05/08/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

05-01-22

Sergeant Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop in Lamoine on Jacob Murphy (42) of Surry.  Jacob was charged with Violating his Conditions of Release and Possession of Scheduled Drugs.

05-02-22

Sergeant Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop on Nicole Green (33) of Ellsworth and Aaron Gallegos (30) of Trenton, in Lamoine. Green was charged for Possession of Firearm by Prohibited Person and Possession of Scheduled Drugs. Gallegos was charged with Violating Conditions of Release.

05-03-22

Sergeant Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop on David Lentz (22) of Hancock. Lentz was charged with Attaching False Plates and Violating Conditions of Release.

Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 191 in Meddybemps involving a black 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Austin Porter (26) of Alexander.  Porter was deceased at the scene and was the sole occupant of the vehicle.  Porter was traveling in the southbound lane when he crossed the center line and onto the shoulder of the northbound lane and then overcorrected and went back across the road off the southbound shoulder and into some parked vehicles.  Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.  Porter was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Corporal Jeffrey Taylor responded as the primary investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi.  Charlotte First Responders, Charlotte Fire Department, Meddybemps Fire Department, Downeast EMS and Lyon’s Towing also assisted.    

05-05-22

Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to Lubec for a report that Dari McConnell (36) of Lubec, had made threats to harm with a firearm, to a third party that was at a local school causing the school to go into lock down.  As a result of the investigation, Dari McConnell was arrested for terrorizing and given a trespass warning not to return to the Lubec Elementary School at the request of the school.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Washington Sheriff Office and Marine Patrol assisted.

05-08-22

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft complaint in Sedgwick where it was reported that clamming equipment was stolen from a truck.  Investigation continues.

 

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Maine State Police investigating fatal crash in Washington County

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at approximately 12:00 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 191 in Meddybemps involving a black 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 26-year-old Austin Porter of Alexander.  Porter, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates Porter was traveling in the southbound lane when he crossed the center line went onto the shoulder of the northbound lane and then overcorrected and went back across the road off the southbound shoulder and into some parked vehicles.  Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.  Porter was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

Assisting the Maine State Police was Charlotte First Responders, Charlotte Fire Department, Meddybemps Fire Department, Downeast EMS and Lyon’s Towing.   
 

Troop J Weekly Report (04/24/22-05/01/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

04-24-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a motor vehicle stop in Calais. Justine Cheney (19) of Calais was found to be operating an expired motor vehicle with a registration that exceeded 150 days. Justine was charged as a result of the investigation.

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 1 in Jonesboro. Christopher Chaponis (62) of Harrington was found exceeding the posted speed limit by 30 mph. Christopher received a summons as a result of the investigation.

04-27-22

Sergeant Gavin Endre responded to Acadia Highway in Orland for the report of a male trying to get run over by traffic. The male had also laid down in the roadway in front of a school bus. Once on scene, Sergeant Endre along with Marine Patrol Officers arrested Kyle Ellis (39) of Orland for Obstructing a Public Way.

Trooper Keith York arrested Nathan Moffett Sr (45) of Calais. Nathan was charged with Violation of Conditions of Release.

04-28-22

Trooper Owen Reed arrested Cullen Schneider (42) of Orland for Operating Under the Influence as result of a wrecker request in Blue Hill.

Troop J Weekly Report (04/18/22-04/24/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 2

04-18-22

Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Joel Fickett (62) of Marshfield for Operating After Suspension, Class E after a traffic stop for an expired registration (8/31/2021) on RT 191 in Meddybemps.  Joel’s inspection had expired in 5/2009, and he was unable to provide an insurance card.  His vehicle was towed.

04-19-22

Trooper Einar Mattson received a complaint of a missing person in Dedham. Subsequently James Melanson (62) of Dedham was located and arrested for Violation of Bail Conditions.

Corporal Jeff Taylor investigated a report of property damage on the Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan. Several mailboxes had been run over during the night. Investigation continues.

04-22-22

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft reported in Blue Hill. It was reported a large amount of jewelry stolen from a vehicle. Investigation continues.

04-23-22

Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested Ashton O’Reilly (22) of Calais for Operating Under the Influence after a traffic crash in on RT 191 in Meddybemps. 

 

Troop J Weekly Report (04/11/22-04/17/22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 1

04-12-22

Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Trevor Moon (50) of Sedgwick, for Operating with a Revoked License after a traffic stop in Penobscot.

04-14-22

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a theft complaint in Deer Isle where money was reported stolen from a wallet that was left in a vehicle during the past few days.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Jarid Leonard investigated a crash on US Route 1 in Columbia. Woodrow Richardson (61) of Columbia left the roadway suddenly and crashed into a telephone pole. Woodrow suffered minor injuries from the crash. An investigation is ongoing, but the cause of the crash is from a medical event. Versant Power, McLaughlin’s Towing, and local fire departments assisted.

04-15-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a motor vehicle stop in Calais. Austin Serrato (24) of Calais was found to be operating after revocation and operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration that exceeded 150 days. Austin was charged as a result of the investigation.

Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a theft complaint in Danforth where a .45 caliber Sig Sauer handgun was reported stolen from either a vehicle or a workplace.  Investigation continues.

Troop J Weekly Report (04-04-22 to 04-10-22)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 2

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

04-04-22

Sergeant Daniel Ryan stopped a vehicle for speeding through a construction site on RT 1A in Dedham. The operator, Tyler Tibbetts (29) of Addison was summoned for the Speed, Operating After Suspension and Violation of Condition of Release.

Corporal Blaine Silk was involved in a vehicle chase that started on RT 1, Hancock.  It ended at a residence on the Washington Junction Road in Hancock. James Lane (29) Hancock was arrested for Operating Under the Influence and Failing to Stop.

04-07-22

Trooper Kim Sawyer received a complaint that a shed in the town of Danforth had been broken into and two chain saws were stolen.  Investigation continues. 

04-08-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard conducted a motor vehicle stop on Tracey Wallace (51) of Crawford. She was found to be operating with a registration the exceeded 150 days of expiration. She was charged as a result of the investigation.

04-09-22

Trooper Jarid Leonard investigated a traffic complaint in Calais. Wayne Kelly (63) of Calais was reported to be driving while under the influence of alcohol. Trooper Leonard found Wayne at his home. Wayne was heavily intoxicated and was violating his conditions of release. A bail search was conducted, and Wayne was found to be in possession of 18 full beers among several hundred empty beer cans. Wayne’s alcohol was seized, and he was summonsed for Violating his Conditions of Release.

Twenty minutes after leaving Wayne’s residence, he was observed driving his car on North Street in Calais to a Shell gas station. Wayne purchased more beer and tried to drive home. Wayne was arrested for Operating Under the Influence and Violating his Conditions of Release.

Trooper Miles Carpenter responded to a rear end crash on the Douglass Highway in Lamoine. Minor injuries were reported.

Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a crash in Danforth where a vehicle had struck a business.  As a result of the investigation, Lawrence Oliver (59) of Danforth, was summonsed for Operating after Suspension.

04-10-22

Trooper Keith York responded to a report of an erratic vehicle in Calais.  Several people called to report a truck driving erratically and doing burnouts in the roadway between Calais and Robbinston.  A short time later this truck was reported to be involved in a crash and had driven into a ditch in Robbinston.  Upon arrival the operator, Jonathan Brooks (43) of Robbinston, was found in the vehicle and was acting erratic in his behavior.  Brooks was arrested for Driving to Endanger, Failure to Submit to Arrest and Violation of Conditions of Release.  Two civilians, Pleasant Point Police Department and Eastport Police Department assisted.

 

Head-on Crash in Hancock Closes Route 1

Hancock Tractor Trailer CrashOn April 7, 2022, at approximately 11:49 a.m., a wide load was being escorted from South Paris to Lubec. As the vehicle was traveling east on Route 1 and was approaching the Sullivan bridge. There was a van crossing the bridge in the oncoming westbound lane. The driver of the wide load applied brakes as the van approached, causing the load to shift and the tractor skidded and the vehicles collided. 
 
The driver of the van was Clarence Hardwick, 65, of Gouldsboro. He was injured and taken to  Northern Light EMMC with injuries that are not life threatening. 
 
The driver of the tractor-trailer is Aaron Small, 41, of Oxford, was not injured. 
 

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UPDATE: Rt. 1 in Hancock has reopened

A head-on crash on Route 1 in Hancock has shut down the road near the town line of Sullivan. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternate route. Hancock County Deputies are re-routing traffic in the vicinity of Tideway in Hancock.

The accident was caused by a mobile home being escorted, the load shifted causing the tractor trailer to jackknife and strike an oncoming vehicle head-on. There are possible injuries, but no further details at this time.

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