Major Crimes

Short Sands Beach Murder

At approximately 3:54 pm on Friday, March 26th, the York Police Department received multiple 911 calls for what was reported as a male assaulting a female behind a large rock on the beach.  Upon their arrival, the York Police patrolmen identified the male party in the assault.  York Police detained the male suspect and brought him to the Police Department.  The female party was located deceased behind a rock.  The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South was called to assist York Police with the investigation.  

The female victim was identified as 35-year-old Rhonda Pattelena of Bedford, Massachusetts.  The male suspect was identified as 33-year-old Jeffrey Buchannan also of Bedford, Massachusetts. The two were domestic partners and had one mutual child.  

At 9:00 pm Maine State Police Detectives charged Jeffrey Buchannan with murder and he was taken to the York County Jail.  Authorities are confident that there is no on-going risk to public safety.  

The York Police Department and Eliot Police Department assisted in the investigation.  An investigative team of Maine State Police detectives and crime scene technicians from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team remain at the scene at this hour and are expected to continue the investigation throughout the weekend.  

Rumford Man Arrested in Orlando Fla.

On February 17, 2021, the Maine State Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of 46-year-old Seth Carey of Rumford, Maine.  Carey was arrested this afternoon in Orlando, Florida, and is currently being held at the Orange County Jail.  This investigation began in March of 2018 when a 34-year-old female reported to the Rumford Police Department that she had been sexually assaulted by Carey.  

Because Carey was a locally practicing attorney in the Rumford area, the local District Attorney’s Office (Prosecutorial District III) asked that the Maine State Police handle the investigation in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office from Hancock County.  The Maine State Police worked cooperatively with the Rumford Police Department and the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office to bring a resolution to this complaint.  
Due to the nature of the complaint and the related evidence involved, including the judicial review of warrants and records, this investigation took more than three years to complete.  Today’s arrest is the culmination of three years of investigation by the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South and the review by the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office.  Special thanks to the United States Marshal Service Maine Violent Offender Task Force and the Florida Caribbean/Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in locating and apprehending Carey while he was traveling out of state.  

The arrest warrant was for the following charges:

•    Attempted Gross Sexual Assault - Class B
•    Attempted Aggravated Sex Trafficking – Class C
•    Unlawful Sexual Contact – Class D
•    Domestic Violence Assault – Class D
•    Engaging in Prostitution – Class E

Turner Investigation

At approximately 1:32 am on Friday, February 12th, the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call for what was reported as a home invasion scenario with possible gunshot(s).  When the deputies arrived on scene they found a male unresponsive on the floor and a female in medical distress.  Both male and female victims later died at the hospital.  The victims have been identified as 52-year-old Troy Varney and 48-year-old Dulsie Varney. 

The suspect was located in the house and was taken into custody.  He was identified as Patrick Maher, 24, of Turner.  The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit - South began responding to the incident at approximately 2:19 a.m.  At 2:20 p.m., Maine State Police Detectives charged Patrick Maher with two counts of murder and he was brought to the Androscoggin County Jail.  Authorities are confident that there is no on-going risk to public safety.  

Detectives remain on scene interviewing witnesses and other persons of interest.  The Maine State Police Evidence Response team crime scene technicians are processing the scene at this hour and are expected to remain on scene throughout the day.  The Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police Troop B and the Lewiston Police Department also assisted in securing the scene, identifying witnesses and securing evidence.  

Waterville Arrest

Maine State Police Major Crimes Central arrested Kierra Francis, 28, of Bronx New York, and charged her with Felony Murder in relation to a homicide that occurred in early October of 2020. Francis was a passenger in a vehicle that Waterville Police was attempting to stop so State Police Detectives could take Francis into custody. The operator of the vehicle failed to stop for Waterville officers.  
Joshua Martin, 30, also of NY was shot to death at a Winthrop residence in October of 2020. State Police Detectives have been working over the past several months furthering the progression of this case. The investigation continues. There are no further details at this time.

New Sharon Investigation

On Monday, January 25, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Maine State Police Troopers from Troop C received a call to check the well-being of an individual on the Hovey Road in New Sharon.  Accompanied by a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy the Trooper responded to the residence.  Upon their arrival, they discovered the adult bodies of one male and one female.  After conducting the post-mortem examinations on the deceased individuals Tuesday morning, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner identified this as a domestic violence homicide-suicide.  

The victim is identified as 42-year-old Jessica Dapolito  (homicide). The suspect is identified as 55-year-old Robert Dapolito (suicide).  Both individuals died from gunshot wounds.  Crime scene technicians and analysts from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team completed processing the crime scene on Monday evening. 

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit - South continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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.  

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