Major Crimes

Waterville Shooting

Waterville Police Detectives and State Police Major Crimes Detectives continue to investigate a shooting occurring on Western Ave in Waterville on Jan. 2, 2021.  

A 911 call was received at the Waterville Police Department at approximately 11:52 a.m.  Waterville Police responded and were later assisted by Maine State Police Major Crimes - Central.  A 2-year-old male was initially transported to Thayer Hospital in Waterville with a gunshot wound to the head.  He was later transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland.  He is listed in critical condition at this time.

Investigation revealed one of the three siblings living in the home found the gun that was secured in a closet, loaded it, and a round was fired.  Police continue to investigate the incident and monitor the status of the juvenile. 

Arson Murder Arrest

Charles “Chip” Townsend, 32, of Robbinston, has been arrested for Arson and Depraved Indifference Murder following the investigation into the fire that claimed the life of 66-year-old Wayne Morrill. On October 7, 2020, the State Fire Marshall’s Office was called to investigate a fire at Wayne Morrill’s residence located at 88 Ridge Road in Robbinston. Morrill was located in the home and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Morrill died as a result of smoke inhalation. The State Fire Marshall’s Office contacted the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit North to help investigate Morrill’s death. With the assistance of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Calais Police, and Washington County Sheriff's Office, the investigation determined that Townsend set the fire that caused Wayne Morrill’s death. Townsend was arrested and has been transported to the Washington County Jail where he will await his initial appearance. 

Lewiston Shooting Update

The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit-South, and Lewiston Police Department have charged a 20-year-old Auburn man with Murder in connection to the October 31, 2020 shooting of Hassan Hassan on River Street in Lewiston.  Abdikadir A. Nur was arrested by the Auburn Police Department on November 2 at approximately 9:00 p.m. at his mother’s residence on Aspen Street in Auburn.  Nur was arrested on a Maine State Police warrant for Violation of Conditions of Release. Nur was out on $10,000 bail since September 30 after being arrested by Lewiston Police for Elevated Aggravated Assault in July for his involvement in a previous shooting in May.  He is currently being held at the Androscoggin County Jail.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office approved an arrest warrant for Nur this afternoon for the additional charge of Murder.  The charges are a result of an extensive investigation by the Maine State Police, Lewiston Police Department, Auburn Police Department, Portland Police Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, US Marshal’s Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security.  

Richmond Update

Maine State Police have identified the deceased male and female discovered yesterday in Richmond.  The male was identified as Dana Shulman, 49, and the female as Robin Bowler, 47, both of 48 Main St. Apt 7 in Richmond. The autopsies are still pending.
Maine State Police were assisted by Richmond Police.

Richmond Investigation

On Nov. 2, 2020, at approximately 11 a.m., Richmond Police responded to an apartment on Main Street in Richmond, Maine for a welfare check. Unable to make contact with persons inside, authorities asked for the assistance of Maine State Police. Authorities determined the male and female inside were deceased. Currently, members of the Major Crimes Unit Central are on scene and will be investigating the scene into the evening. There is no ongoing threat to the public. The deceased will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The identities of the male and female are not being released at this time.  

Lewiston Shooting Update

The victim of the shooting in Lewiston on Oct. 31, 2020, has been identified as Hassan Hassan, 18, of Lewiston. He died at Central Maine Medical Center this morning (Nov. 1, 2020) at 2:44 a.m. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed the autopsy and ruled the death a homicide.
Detectives continue to work with the Lewiston Police Department in interviewing witnesses. Authorities still believe there is no ongoing threat to the public. 
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Lewiston Police Department at 207-513-3000 or Maine State Police at 207-624-7076 x9.

Lewiston Shooting

Maine State Police and the Lewiston Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred in Lewiston.
On Oct. 31, at approximately 7:35 p.m., Lewiston Police learned of a shooting on River Street. The victim was transported to Central Maine Medical Center and is being treated for critical injuries.  Maine State Police and Lewiston Police are on scene and will be investigating this throughout the evening. They are not releasing the victim’s information at this time. Investigators will release more information tomorrow afternoon (Nov. 1, 2020).  Authorities do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public. Anyone with information about this incident should call Lewiston Police Department at 207-513-3000 or Maine State Police at 207-624-7076 x9.

Old Town Investigation Update

The death of 42 year old Derek Blyth has been ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s officer.  Blyth was shot to death in the apartment located at 345 Brunswick Street in Old Town at approximately 1:30 pm, Saturday afternoon.  The shooter has been identified and has been interviewed.  The investigation will continue to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting.  At this time, no charges have been filed.  

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).  

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