Aroostook County

Two Men Arrested for Theft in Sherman

McNally
Chris McNally, 36, of Sherman

Two Sherman men are facing felony theft charges after stealing a catalytic converter from another resident.

On March 26, 2020, at approximately 7:38 a.m., State Police received a report of theft in Sherman.  The victim discovered a catalytic converter had been cut off his vehicle.  Tr. Tim Saucer responded, and his investigation led him to a residence on North Street in Sherman belonging to 36-year-old Chris McNally. 

The residence was secured with the assistance of Maine Game Wardens and Maine Forest Rangers while a warrant could be drafted.  As Troopers, Wardens and Rangers secured the perimeter of the property fresh footwear impressions were

Morgan
Larry Morgan, 42, of Sherman

found leaving from the rear of the residence.  A State Police K-9 team tracked the suspects to a point where they were believed to have been picked up on a nearby roadway.  McNally, who was on probation for possession of schedule drugs, eventually turned himself in to State Police back at his residence. He was arrested on a probation hold and charged with felony theft.  

42-year-old Larry Morgan, also of Sherman, was arrested at a nearby residence a short time later.  Morgan had a warrant from Penobscot County for possession of schedule drugs and was charged with felony theft.

Both McNally and Morgan were transported to the Aroostook County Jail.  

State Police have recently seen a rise in property crimes to include burglaries and thefts this week on the Mahaney Rd in Easton and Waddell Rd in Castle Hill.  Anyone with information on any of these crimes or witnessing suspicious activity is encouraged to call the State Police in Houlton at 207-532-5400. 
 

Tractor Trailer Rollover in Smyrna

Slippery conditions contributed to a tractor trailer rollover in Smyrna.

On March 23, 2020, at approximately 10:39 p.m., State Police were called to a tractor trailer off the road on Interstate 95 in Smyrna. Tpr. Tim Saucier responded to investigate the crash. He determined that the driver, Biniam Tewelde, 41, of Dallas, Texas, was travelling southbound hauling a load of potatoes when he lost control on the slippery roadway and went off into the median, rolling the tractor and trailer onto its side.
Tewelde was not injured, but the unit suffered disabling damage.

On March 24, 2020, The potatoes were unloaded by hand and the unit was removed from the roadway.
 

Multiple Crashes on Route 161

State Police are currently investigating multiple crashes on Route 161 in Cross Lake one of which is a five vehicle crash with injuries. Route 161 will be closed due to white out conditions in Cross Lake until further notice and motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if at all possible. Visibility due to high winds is making driving conditions poor in other areas of Aroostook County as well.

Littleton Crash

Littleton CrashMorgan Fields, 34, of West Bath, was traveling southbound on US Route 1 in Littleton when she reached for something inside her vehicle causing her to cross the center line and go into the northbound lane in front of a northbound tractor trailer unit driven by Charles Michaud, 58, of Caribou. Michaud swerved to avoid a head on collision. Fields struck the back side of Michaud’s trailer and spun coming to rest in a snowbank on the northbound side. There were no injuries. 

Field’s vehicle had disabling damage to the front passenger side corner and was towed from the scene by York’s of Houlton.

Michaud’s tractor trailer unit, owned by Carmichael Transport INC of Bangor, sustained disabling damage to the trailer and was removed from the scene by Westerdahl’s. Michaud was hauling US Mail.

Field’s was cited for Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle.
 

Woodland Crash

WoodlandOn Jan. 27 around 10:14 a.m., Maine State Troopers responded to a crash in Woodland. 

Ashley Brydon, 32, of Woodland, was traveling North On Route 161 in Woodland with her 1-year-old son.  Brydon’s vehicle drove into slush in the middle of the road and it caused her to lose control.  Brydon’s vehicle crashed into a snowbank off of the southbound lane.  The vehicle drove in the snow for approximately 10 feet when it hit a frozen section of the snowbank.  When it hit the frozen section of the snow bank, the vehicle rolled over on to the vehicle’s passenger side.  Brydon and her son were able to exit the vehicle with the help of First Responders.

Caribou Fire and Ambulance were called to the scene and transported Brydon and her son to Cary Medical Center.  Brydon and her son were examined and released with minor injuries.

Maine Game Warden Ryan Fitzpatrick assisted at the scene.  The vehicle was towed from the scene by Bealieu’s Garage.
 

Ice Crashes Through Windshield on Interstate

Ice DamageA driver was cited after a chunk of ice flew off their vehicle and through the windshield of a car that was attempting to pass it on Interstate 95.

On Nov. 16, 2019, Kristin Harmon was driving south on Interstate 95, Houlton.  She moved into the left lane to pass a slower moving vehicle driven by Rose Rodriguez.  As Kristin was passing, a large chunk of ice came off the top of Rose’s vehicle and went through Kristin’s windshield.  Kristin was able to flag down Rose and both pulled to the right side of the Interstate.

Rose was issued a traffic summons for unsecure load on her vehicle.  Kristin’s vehicle was towed from the Interstate by York’s of Houlton Towing.  No one was injured during this incident.

Ice Web 2The State Police would like to remind all motorists to clear all snow/ice from their vehicles before driving on the public way.
 

Eagle Lake Burglary

Web 3Maine State Police in Troop F are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals who burglarized a business in Eagle Lake. 

Around 5:30 pm on Wednesday November 15th, two individuals burglarized the Eagle Lake Marijuana Caregiver Facility. A large amount of cash and electronics were stolen. 

If you have any information on this incident or can identify the suspects in the security camera photos, please contact Trooper Matt Curtin at 207-532-5400.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Troop F Weekly Report 09-02 to 09-09-19

Incident Type:         oui drugs

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        saint agatha

Trooper:                   Tr. Desrosier

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in Saint Agatha.  He observed a vehicle committing a traffic infraction and conducted a stop.  During his investigation, Tr. Desrosier suspected the driver was impaired.  After conducting Field Sobriety Testing, the driver was arrested and transported to Fort Kent PD for an Intoxilyzer test.  Tr. Desrosier concluded the driver was impaired by drugs.


Incident Type:         oas

Date:                          9/04/2019

Town:                        blaine

Trooper:                   Sgt. Clark

Brief Synopsis:       Sgt. Clark was conducting traffic enforcement in Blaine.  He observed a vehicle not displaying a front registration plate coming off a side street.  Sgt. Clark stopped to wait for the vehicle and observed it cutting through parking lots to avoid contact with him.  Sgt. Clark stopped the vehicle and during his investigation discovered it was not registered as well as the driver being suspended.  Sgt. Clark issued the woman a criminal summons and had the vehicle towed from the roadway.

 


Incident Type:         warrant

Date:                          9/05/2019

Town:                        e plantation

Trooper:                   Tr. Kilcollins

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Kilcollins was attempting to serve a protective order in E Plantation.  During that service, Tr. Kilcollins recognized a female he knew had an active arrest warrant.  Tr. Kilcollins arrested the woman without incident and transported her to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.


Incident Type:         ASSIST ANOTHER AGENCY

Date:                          9/06/2019

Town:                        Allagash

Trooper:                   Cpl. Hafford

Brief Synopsis:       Cpl Hafford assisted the Maine Warden Service with an ATV crash that occurred on an ATV trail in Allagash.  The victim had struck a tree and was ejected from the ATV.  Cpl Hafford, Warden Raymond, EMS and FK fire and rescue hiked in and located the male then EMS transported him to NMMC in Fort Kent for head injury treatment.  


Incident Type:         THEFT

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        Blaine

Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Casavant was notified by a property owner in Blaine that he had discovered items missing from a storage building he owned in Blaine.  The owner had reported a theft in the spring of the year, but recently discovered more items missing than he had originally thought.  The investigation is ongoing.


Incident Type:         burglary

Date:                          9/04/2019

Town:                        Mapleton

Trooper:                   Tr. Casavant

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Casavant responded to a vacant residence in Mapleton when a real estate agent discovered a house had been burglarized.  It appeared that a pellet stove had been stolen from the house, and an outbuilding had also been broken into.  The investigation is ongoing. 


Incident Type:         chase

Date:                          9/03/2019

Town:                        Island Falls

Trooper:                   Tr. Saucier

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Saucier was in Island Falls when he recognized a local man drive past him.  Tr.  Saucer was aware the man had a felony warrant out for his arrest on a probation revocation charge.  Tr. Saucier attempted to pull the man over, but he refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.  After a brief time, the offender’s operation became dangerous and reckless, so Tr. Saucer terminated the pursuit.  2 days later, the Island Falls man was arrested by Tr. Peirson in Staceyville.  The man will face a variety of charges including Driving to Endanger and Eluding.


Incident Type:         K-9 ACTIVITY

Date:                          9/08/2019

Town:                        Houlton

Trooper:                   Tr. Sylvia

Brief Synopsis:       Tr. Jared Sylvia and K9 Ziva were requested by Houlton PD to track two suspects who had stolen items from Marden’s and fled on foot into the woods. K9 Ziva picked up the track next to Burger King and continued onto a nearby ATV trail to some train tracks where Tr. Sylvia saw the two suspects duck off into the woods. Tr. Sylvia and K9 Ziva continued to the location where Tr. Sylvia had seen the suspects and cut through a small patch of woods to the back side of the Houlton Regional Hospital. Again, Tr. Sylvia saw the two suspects walking and caught up to them. Both suspects were ordered to the ground and complied. Houlton PD took the two into custody.

DOUBLE HOMICIDE

State Police say the deaths of two men inside a pickup truck in the Aroostook County Town of Castle Hill are being investigated as a double homicide. Troopers were called to the scene along Route 227 just after midnight.  The road has been closed between Turner and Waddell Roads since the early morning hours and is not expected to reopen until this afternoon. Castle Hill is between Presque Isle and Ashland.

 

The identifies of the victims are not being released at this point.  The two bodies are being transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for autopsies, and the truck will be towed to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

 

A team of detectives, evidence technicians, and troopers have been assisted by the Aroostook Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service.  Police are asking anyone who saw any suspicious activity along the road late last night, or has information, to call State Police in Houlton at 207-532-5400.

Troop F Secretary Retires after 28 Years

Viola "Vi" Pelletier
Viola "Vi" Pelletier retired after 28 years of service

On Friday, June 28, 2019, friends, family and coworkers of Viola “Vi” Pelletier gathered to celebrate her retirement after 28 years of service to the Maine State Police family. Vi has been the secretary for Troop F in Houlton. She has trained no fewer than seven Lieutenants in her tenure with the Troop, including Malcom Dow, Barry Smith, David McPherson, J. Darrell Ouellette, Mark Brooks, John Cote, and current Lt. Brian Harris.

“Vi is a vital part of Troop F and one of our unsung heroes. She knows our past and our history, knows how things are done and how not to do things and she keeps us on the path every day,” said Lt. Brian Harris.

“It has been a wonderful journey,” said Vi. “I found myself saying that more and more through the years. It’s been great.”

 

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