Homicide

Brother of Homicide Victim Raises Money for Reward 

Ken ZernickeFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO 

On the evening of September 24, 2015, the Caribou Fire Department responded to a house fire on lower Lyndon Street in Caribou. After putting the fire out firefighters discovered the body of the homeowner, 58-year-old Kenneth Zernicke.  Zernicke’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, but the case was never solved. 

Zernicke’s home is located near a busy four-way intersection and Maine State Police Detectives have always hoped someone saw something that would help with the investigation.

“It’s a small town. Somebody knows what happened to my brother. I just want them to come forward and do the right thing. I’m hoping this reward will help make that happen” said Zernicke’s brother Joe Bourgoine who described Ken as an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

Bourgoine has spent the past six years saving money for a reward that he hopes will provide answers.
The reward being offered is $10,000. 

If anyone has information about the case they are asked to contact Detective Adam Bell at the Houlton Barracks, 207.532.5400
 

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.
 

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.  
 

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.
 

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. 
 

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. 
 

SCARBOROUGH HOMICIDE

The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit and Scarborough Police Department are investigating a homicide at 193 Beech Ridge Road in Scarborough.  The 82 year old victim, James Pearson, was attacked in the front yard of his residence by an unknown assailant at approximately 8:15 AM this morning.  Scarborough Rescue transported Pearson to Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  

State Police and Scarborough Police have been on scene Sunday conducting interviews and processing the crime scene.  Residents are being asked by police to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any unusual activities, as police continue to investigate the death.  Anyone with information regarding this case are asked to contact Maine State Police at 207-624-7076 or Scarborough Police at 207-883-6361.

Lieutenant Mark Holmquist of the Maine State Police and Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton will brief reporters at 3PM at the Scarborough Police Department conference room.
 

WATERVILLE MURDER ARREST


The State Medical Examiner's Office says the body found in the basement of a Waterville apartment house Wednesday is  29 year old Melissa Sousa.   In addition, her longtime boyfriend, 28 year old Nicholas Lovejoy is now charged with murder.  The decision to charge Lovejoy was made by the Maine Attorney General's Office this afternoon, as State and Waterville Police continued the investigation into the discovery of Sousa's body.

 Lovejoy  remains at the Kennebec County Jail.  He was arrested by Waterville Police late Tuesday night for having a loaded rifle in his vehicle.  He was informed of the murder charge at the jail a short time ago and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.

from Steve McCausland, Spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. If you need additional info, call: 441-6216. 
 

RICHMOND HOMICIDE

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
From Spokesman Steve McCausland – 626-3811

State Police say they are now investigating the death of a Richmond man as a homicide.  Detectives have been investigating the death of 48 year old Andrew Sherman since his body was found inside his home on Kimball Street October 11.  Sherman lived alone at the home and his body was found by a friend, who was concerned he had not heard from Sherman in days. 

Detectives continue to ask the public for help from anyone who had seen, talked or heard from Sherman since September 25.  An autopsy has been completed but no further information is being released at this time on the cause of death. 

Detectives have interviewed family, friends and neighbors of Sherman and the State Police Crime Laboratory has been analyzing evidence taken from Sherman’s home. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Augusta at – 624-7076, extension 9. 
 

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