Major Crimes

Jonesport Body Update

State Police say they believe the body found yesterday in Jonesport is 43 year old William Merchant, who has been missing for nearly 11 months. An autopsy was completed today at the State Medical Examiner's Office and no determination was made on the cause of the death because of the condition of the remains.  However detectives say there was no evidence of foul play.   Additional work will be completed by the State Police DNA Lab to determine Merchant's positive identification, however items found with the body indicate it is him. 

Old Town Shooting Follow-Up

On Monday, April 13, 2020,  at approximately 3 p.m., Troopers from Troop J responded to a report of a burglary in Surry.

Their investigation determined a white Honda Pilot SUV had also been stolen from the scene. Through their
investigation, Troopers developed Thomas A. Powell III, 31, of Old Town as a suspect. A statewide teletype was broadcast with the information on the stolen SUV.

Old Town Police checked the residence where Powell lived during the evening and around midnight, Officers found the Honda parked at Powell’s residence at 28 Bodwell St. Subsequent to the arrival of the SUV, Old Town Police received a call reporting gun shots in the area of that address Old Town and State Police established a perimeter around the residence, secured search and arrest warrants for Powell and did a limited evacuation of adjacent residences. State Police Crisis Negotiators and the Tactical Team were sent to the scene EMS personnel were also staged a short distance from the scene.

Around 2:30 a.m., officers made attempts to contact Powell through a PA system and got no response. Attempts to contact Powell remained unsuccessful until approximately 8:30 a.m., when Powell briefly appeared in a doorway and fired shots from a rifle at officers before retreating back into the residence. A few minutes later Powell again exited the home and an armed confrontation resulted in Powell being shot and killed by State Police. The incident ended just before 8:40 a.m.

The Troopers using deadly force were Trooper Garret Booth and Detective Scott Duff -- both members of
the Tactical Team. As with all police use of deadly force cases, the Maine Attorney General’s Office is the primary investigating agency.

The two State Police officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is normal protocol in these cases. 
 

Old Town Shooting

State Police say a man was shot and killed this morning in Old Town in an armed confrontation with troopers.  The incident took place outside a home on Bodwell Street on French Island . No police officers were injured. The State Police tactical team and negotiators were called to the home after Old Town Police requested assistance around midnight.  The shooting took place just before 9 AM.   As is the case with every officer involved shooting, the Maine Attorney General's Office will investigate the incident and they have sent a team of investigators to Old Town. 

Oakland Death Investigation

State Police say the death of an Oakland man appears to be accidental. The body of 25 year old Robert Wade was found in his apartment Tuesday night by Oakland Police. They had gone to the apartment at 3 Heath Street after a relative of Wade's had asked police to check on his well being. An autopsy was conducted today at the State Medical Examiner's Office.   Wade's car was located Wednesday afternoon at another location in Oakland.   Police are now seeking information from anyone who had contact with Wade in the past few days as they continue the investigation.  Anyone with information should call State Police in Augusta at 624-7076 or Oakland Police.

Stonington Death Ruled Suicide

State Police say the death of a Stonington man inside his home is a suicide.  That determination was made today in the death of 41 year old Matthew Billings.  Investigators spent Monday night and most of Tuesday at Billings' home and told his relatives late today of their findings. 

Stonington Death Investigation

State police say the death of a man inside a home in Stonington is  being considered suspicious.   The man's body was found inside the home at 44 Weed Field Road about 2 PM Monday afternoon.  The man's body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta for an autopsy that will take place this morning.  Detectives and Evidence Technicians remained at the home during the night and that work will continue today.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the case to contact State Police in Bangor at 207-973-3700. 

Blue Hill Shooting Update

State Police say the victim of last night’s shooting in Blue Hill is 31 year old Joshua Clarke. He was shot outside his home at 646 Ellsworth Road. An autopsy was conducted today at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta. Detectives say the person who shot him has been identified and interviewed, and they continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. No one has been charged.  

Blue Hill Death Investigation

State Police say they are investigating the shooting death of a man in Blue Hill tonight.   The incident took place at a home on the Ellsworth Road just before 6 PM. Detectives say one person is being questioned and there is no threat to the public.  Additional details are likely to be released Monday.  

Millinocket Shooting Victim Dies

State Police say a 23 year old Millinocket man has died following a weekend shooting inside a home in Millinocket.   Cameron Pelkey died overnight at EMMC in Bangor where he had been treated since the shooting on Sunday.  An autopsy today at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta determined Pelkey died from a single  gunshot wound. Earlier this week, 45 year old Jason Mulligan was charged with aggravated attempted murder and made his first appearance in court.  Mulligan is being held at the Penobscot County Jail. State Police detectives continue to work with the Maine Attorney General's in the investigation.

Millinocket Shooting

Mulligan
Jason Mulligan, 45, of Bangor

State Police say a Bangor man has been charged in connection with a shooting inside a home in Millinocket Sunday afternoon where another man was seriously wounded.   45 year old Jason Mulligan was taken into custody Sunday evening by the State Police Tactical Team after they entered the home at 298 Penobscot Ave.  Millinocket Police responded to the house about 5 PM to find Mulligan had barricaded himself inside.  

The wounded man is in his 20’s and was taken to EMMC in Bangor by the Life Flight helicopter from Millinocket Regional Hospital during the night.  He suffered a serious gunshot wound and his name is not being released at this time.  The injured man, along with a man and woman, were rescued from the home after the tactical team entered it around 8 PM.  The man and woman freed were not injured. 

Mulligan is charged with aggravated attempted murder and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail. He likely will make his first court appearance either today or Tuesday.

(Note: We uploaded a more recent booking photo on 3/17/2020)
 

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