A Hiram man was killed in a crash in Lyman in the evening of Oct. 22.
On Oct. 22, 2020, 11:45 p.m., Maine State Troopers from Troop A responded to a single vehicle into a tree in the area of 156 Clarks Woods Road in the town of Lyman. The driver, Aaron Mitchell, 36, of Hiram, was transported to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries and later died. Troopers believe his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a tree head on. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. Mr. Mitchell was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. We extend condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mitchell.
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.
BREWER – Maine State Police, Brewer Police and Fire, along with MaineDOT responded to the scene of a construction accident that happened along I-395 in Brewer at the Wilson Street overpass bridge project. At approximately 3:24 pm yesterday afternoon 2 construction workers were standing on a temporary wooden walkway on the overpass above the I-395 exit to Wilson Street. They were removing cross bracing that connected the outer bridge beam to the beam beside it. They had removed several braces when the outer bridge beam apparently twisted unexpectedly as the support was removed, this in turn caused the platform that they were standing on to shift out of the flange area and fall to the roadway below. Both workers who were identified as a 19 Y.O. Garrett Mulligan and 56 Y.O. Darren Pelletier fell approximately 20 feet, landing on top of the walkway material. Fortunately there were no vehicles immediately below the area as the men fell. The pair suffered injuries and were taken by ambulance to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
This construction site is part of a Maine Department of Transportation project to replace several interstate bridges. The contractor on this project is Wyman and Simpson out of Richmond who the injured men work. Work on the project was suspended, the off ramps were closed for several hours while the debris was removed and the site was made safe for traffic to resume.
Trooper Dana Austin responded Hancock for a report of two lost hunters. The two hunters had gotten lost after shooting a deer. Trooper Austin located one of the hunters and stood by until the Maine Warden Service arrived. Warden Eric Rudolph located the other lost hunter and assisted him with getting him out of the woods. The hunter was checked out by a ambulance due to hyporthermia. Trooper Austin was assisted by Sergeant Jason Sattler.
Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Rodney Levesque (41) of Machias for Violating Conditions of Release after a traffic stop in Meddybemps for speed. He was in possession of Marijuana and his conditions were not to use or possess it.
Trooper Gavin Endre began investigating the theft of election signs in Trenton.
Trooper Miles Carpenter investigated a complaint of a political sign being driven over in Machiasport.
Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a theft complaint in Orland where money was paid for services on a house and the work was not completed. Investigation continues.
A Massachusetts man was indicted by a Grand Jury for felony manslaughter charges for killing another motorist on I-295 earlier this year.
On Oct. 14, 2020, following several months of investigation, a Grand Jury indicted Nasser Tibaijuka, 42, of Waltham, Massachusetts, on a charge of Manslaughter, Class A. This charge is resulting from a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on July 3, 2020, in Topsham on I-295, where Mr. Tibaijuka struck and killed Joseph Fisher, 41, of Woolwich, while he was securing an item in his truck bed in the breakdown lane. Tibaijuka was arrested by New Hampshire State Police and extradited to Maine, where he was transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail and is awaiting arraignment.
Trooper Dana Austin responded to Township 10 for a motor vehicle crash, as a result of the investigation, Joshua Greenlaw (31) of Mariaville was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence. Sergeant Jason Sattler and Trooper Gavin Endre assisted.
Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested William Gibson (21) of Baileyville for Operating Under the Influence-Drugs after a traffic crash on Main Street in Princeton. Indian Township Police Officer Aaron Dana and Officer Jess McCook assisted on scene. Pleasant Point Police Officer Ethan Stevens performed the Drug Recognition Evaluation.
Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Donald Holmes (59) of Alexander for Violating Conditions of Release, Failure to Report by Quickest Means and for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle (expired 3/31/2019) after a crash on Conant Hill in Meddybemps on 10/5/2020.
Maine State Police, Skowhegan Police, and Waterville Police are looking for two men who fled after leading authorities on a high-speed chase.
Police are seeking Christopher Terenc Farrow (AKA Young), 32, of CT. who is described as a black male, 5’11 200lbs, with brown hair, and brown eyes; and Dayshawn Middleton (AKA Day Day or Christopher Jones), 29 Waterbury, CT, who is described as a black male, 6’5”, 150lbs, brown eyes black hair.
There may be a young-looking female with them. Hailey Goeltz, 26, Out of Connecticut, she is described as 5’7” with green eyes. We have no information on weight, race, or hair color.
On Oct. 6, a pursuit began in Waterville after Waterville Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle they articulated
was occupied by an adult male who was wanted on robbery charges from Connecticut. The vehicle failed to stop and the pursuit began moving through Waterville, Clinton, then into Augusta where Troopers became involved. Several attempts were made to deploy spike strips in an effort to terminate the pursuit however due to the high speeds that topped 100 MPH, no Law Enforcement Officer was able to get ahead of the pursuit.
At times, the suspect vehicle was operating in the wrong lane of travel forcing vehicles to move off the roadway. As the vehicle continued south on from I 95 onto I295 it abruptly exited in Richmond onto Rt. 197 then made a turn onto Rt. 201 north where Tr. Tyler Harrington had an opportunity to apply the PIT maneuver. Both the suspect vehicle and the State Police cruiser exited the roadway and came to rest off the road. The suspects fled on foot into the area that consisted for field and woods.
A K9 track was started in an attempt to locate the suspect that was not successful. Tr. Harrington was transported from the scene via ambulance for concussion symptoms. He was treated and later released from Maine General Medical Center.
Waterville Police are the lead agency on the criminal investigation that lead to the original traffic stop. The suspects remain at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see them call 911 or 207-624-7076 x9.
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).
Trooper Gavin Endre responded to a vehicle rollover on Newman Street in Winter Harbor. The operator Chun Hung Tseng (28) of New York was not injured.
Detective Sergeant Greg Mitchell stopped a vehicle for erratic operation on Route 1 in Ellsworth. As a result of further investigation conducted by Corporal Chris Smith, STARR FERRIS (39) of Ellsworth was arrested for Operating Under the Influence. Additional charges are pending.
Corporal Chris Smith investigated a reported trespassing incident on the Morrison Farm Road in Mariaville. As a result, Joseph Martin Vachon (83) of Ellsworth was summonsed for Criminal Trespass.
Trooper Dana Austin responded to Orland for a report of a man who had stolen a trailer from a yard sale, as a result of the investigation, Gary Ashe (57) of Bucksport was summonsed for Theft by Inauthroized Taking or Transfer.
Corporal Micah Perkins stopped Jay Preston (30) of Edmunds, in Cooper and issued him a summons for Operating After Suspension.