Major Crimes

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.

Mapleton Arrest

On May 29, 2020, Charles C. Lagasse , 75, was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m. at 412 Carvell Road in Mapleton.   He was charged with 1 Count of Gross Sexual Assault to a Child Under 12, 2 Counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact to a Child Under 12, and 2 Counts of Visual Sexual Aggression of a Child Under 12. The arrest was made by Det. Chad Lindsey of MCU-North and Trooper Kyle Rider of Troop F.  Det. Larry Anderson is the primary investigator.  Lagasse was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Auburn Death Being Investigated

Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit-South and Auburn Police are investigating the death of a man outside of an apartment complex at 116 Hampshire Street during the night.  Auburn Police responded to the scene Wednesday night, shortly after 11:00 PM after a witness called 911 and reported that two men were involved in a physical altercation.  Auburn Rescue also responded to the scene and transported the victim, who is in his 40s,  to the Central Maine Medical Center where he later died.  The other man involved in the altercation left the scene on foot. Investigators say there is no threat to the public and that they know who the man is, but have not been able to locate him.

The victim’s identity is being withheld until family members can be notified.  An autopsy will take place later today at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.  Detectives from both agencies and the State Police Evidence Response Team will remain on scene throughout the day conducting interviews and collecting evidence.  

Anyone with information regarding this case, should contact State Police at 624-7076 or Auburn Police 333-6650.  

Human Remains Found in Unity

State Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in Sandy Stream in Unity.  The discovery was made by kayakers last Friday.  They contacted the Waldo Sheriff's Office.   State Police Detectives collected the remains and have consulted with the State Medical Examiner’s office. The remains appear to be an adult man and likely have been in the stream for several years.  Detectives, Game Wardens and State Police Evidence Technicians conducted searches of the area this week and more are planned, both in the stream and in the immediate area.  Investigators also have reviewed missing persons cases on file, but there is no obvious match.  Anyone with information about the case is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 207-624-7076. 

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. 

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