Major Crimes

Major Crimes South Bell Statement

Michael Bell, age 44, formerly of Leeds, Maine, was being investigated by Maine State Police for allegations of Gross Sexual Assault against a woman in Maine (name is not being released).

On Oct. 9, 2020, Androscoggin District Attorney’s Office reviewed the evidence in the case and granted a nationwide arrest warrant for Bell charging:  one count each of Unlawful Sexual Contact Class A and Class B four counts of Gross Sexual Assault Class A.  

Bell was located in Kankakee, Illinois but died shortly after being located by police due to an ongoing medical issue.

If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse and want to talk to someone about it, please call the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services at 207-784-5272.

Waldo Double Homicide

State Police arrested a local man and charged him in connection with the deaths of his sister and her husband. 64-year-old Glenn Brown of Lincolnville was charged with murder around 7 p.m. on Oct. 5, and taken to the Waldo County Jail. He is charged with the deaths Monday night of 64-year-old Richard Bowden and 64-year-old Tina Bowden. The State Medical Examiner’s office said the Bowden’s died from gunshot wounds. 

Glenn Brown walked into the Belfast Police Department to report the shooting. The Belfast Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s department responded to the Bowden’s home on Bonne Terre Road in Waldo. Medical personnel arrived at the residence and transported Richard Bowden to Waldo County General hospital in Belfast where he died. Tina Bowden was located deceased at the residence. 

State Police Detectives and Evidence Response team members worked through the evening at the Bowden’s residence and conducted interviews. Detectives will continue this work throughout the week. 

Glenn Brown will make his first appearance in Waldo County Superior court on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 7).  

Winthrop Death Investigation Update

State Police say the man who died at a Squire Court residence in Winthrop Saturday night was shot to death. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide. Investigators continue to investigate the circumstances of the death. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Joshua Martin, formerly of Rochester, NY. Martin was last known to be staying in the Augusta area.   

Investigators will continue to review evidence, the autopsy results and interviews in consultation with the Attorney General’s office. 

Winthrop Death Investigation

State and Winthrop police are investigating a death at Squire Court in Winthrop. On the evening of Oct. 3, 2020, at approximately 10:53 p.m. Winthrop Police received a call reporting the death. The Winthrop Police Department responded and requested the State Police Major Crimes Unit. Investigators worked throughout the night and into this morning. That work will continue Sunday. 

This is being investigated as a suspicious death. The Medical Examiners office responded to the residence last evening and will be conducting an autopsy today (Oct. 4, 2020) or tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2020). 

State Police recommend residents take normal precautions and report anything suspicious to the Winthrop Police. 

Unsolved Homicide Unit Makes Arrest in 1984 Stockton Spring Murder

State Police have arrested a 57-year-old Stockton Springs man and charged him in connection with the death of 63-year-old Dorothea Burke in the summer of 1984. Charged with Murder is Kirt Damon who was 20 years old at the time of Dorothea’s death. Damon was taken into custody Tuesday evening at his residence in Stockton Springs and taken to the Waldo County jail. Damon’s first court appearance was Wednesday in Waldo county Superior court. 

Dorothea’s family was notified of the arrest on Sept. 23, 2020 by members of the State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit. 
On Saturday, June 23, 1984 Dorothea Burke attended a family wedding and was preparing to celebrate her birthday. Dorothea was well known in Stockton Springs and had retired from a Sardine Plant in Belfast. She had lived in the Stockton Square for a number of years.  
The Attorney General’s Office, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Maine State Police were part of the initial investigation in 1984.  Detectives never stopped working this case and pursed all possible leads and avenues over the past 36 years. 
That work culminated with the case being presented to the Waldo county grand jury where an indictment for murder was handed down for Kirt Damon. Although Detectives have done a number of recent interviews in the Stockton Springs area, Detectives are asking the public to contact them if they have any new information. Detectives can be contacted at the Unsolved Homicide Unit in Augusta by calling 207-624-7143.

Human Remains Found in Sherman

Maine State Police Detectives were called to Sherman yesterday because of human remains discovered in the woods near mile 269 off Interstate 95.  The remains have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta where an exam will be conducted later.  It is believed that the remains are those of an adult male.  Investigators are working on determining the identity of the deceased.  No foul play is suspected. 

Murder-Suicide in Greenville

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit responded to a residence located at 18 Beech Street in Greenville yesterday to investigate the death of two adults found deceased inside the residence.  The remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta. 

The remains have been identified as Stephen Coffman,71, and Linda Coffman, 73.  The couple purchased the residence in Greenville in March of 2018.  

The Medical Examiner’s office determined that both Stephen and Linda died as a result of gunshot wounds.  The investigation has determined that this was a Murder-Suicide.  Investigators have established that Stephen shot his wife and then shot himself.  Investigators believe the last time anyone had contact with the couple was in June of this year.  

If anyone has information about Stephen or Linda, or had any contact with them, please contact the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit by calling 207-973-3700 x9.

Coleman Arrested in Mississippi

Maine State Police Major Crimes unit working with the Lewiston Police, United States Marshals Service and Vermont State Police were successful in developing information that has led to the arrest of Jaquille Coleman in Mississippi.  Deputies from the Hancock County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office located Coleman and placed him under arrest without incident.  Coleman will be returned to Maine to face charges that he murdered Natasha Morgan.

Lincoln Death

Adam Groves
Adam Groves, 44, of Lincoln

UPDATE: The Maine State Police arrested Adam Groves, 44, of Lincoln and charged him with Murder for the death of Pauline Taylor at 940 Transalpine Road in Lincoln.  Groves was taken into custody without incident and has been transported to the Penobscot County jail.
Maine State Police personnel are still at the residence and will remain there throughout the day as they continue their investigation. 

Maine State Police are investigating the death of a Lincoln woman. At approximately 8 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2020,  the Penobscot County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a residence located at 940 Transalpine Road in Lincoln.  

The Lincoln Police Department and the Lincoln Ambulance Service responded to the call.  The initial responding officers determined that there had been a shooting at the residence.  The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was notified and responded to the scene.  As result of the shooting, one person is deceased and a second has been transported to a local hospital.  

The deceased has been identified as 63 year old Pauline Taylor who lived at the Transalpine Road residence.  Her remains are being transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta where an autopsy will be performed later today, Aug. 20, 2020. 

The Lincoln Police Department, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Warden Service have assisted with the investigation.   

There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time.  If anyone has information about the shooting they can contact the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit by calling 207-973-3700 x9. 

Auburn Death Investigation

Major Crimes South was called to Auburn to assist in the investigation where a man died after an altercation in a parking lot on Center Street. 

On July 29, 2020, at approximately 8:37 p.m., Auburn Police were called to 138 Center Street to the McDonald’s parking lot for a reported altercation. 

A man in his early twenties was injured, transported to CMMC, where he later died as result of the altercation. Multiple subjects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to the arrival of officers. State Police and Auburn Police Detectives are conducting interviews to obtain more information about the circumstances surrounding the incident. An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta on Thursday (July 30). The victim’s identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

There is no threat to the public. 

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Auburn Police Department at 207-333-6650

There is no further information at this time.

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