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Maine State Police Merit and Citation Awards 2020 (Full List)

Trooper of the Year
Det. Abbe Chabot, MCU-S


Legendary Trooper 
Retired Sgt. Lloyd Williams, K-9 Unit

Wounds Received:
Tpr. Mickael Nunez, Troop D

Colonel’s Awards:
Dr. Charles Ellithorpe, Veterinarian for K-9 unit
Michelle Holman, Civilian
Dennis Kennedy, Civilian
Paul Gioia, Civilian
Sara Parsons, Admin II, Troop B, Honor Guard 
Robert Rooney, MDOT
Michael Babb, MDOT
Ret. Det. David Preble, Retiree 
Tpr. Connor Willard, Troop B
Tpr. Anthony Keim, Troop G

MSP Fleet Services: 

  • Robert Chapman,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Jason Ellis, Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Tony Lastella,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Ryan Hickey,  Mechanic Augusta Garage
  • Mo Gosselin,  Parts Department
  • Rachael Alexander, Office Associate/Administration
  • Paul Litchfield,  Mechanic Houlton Garage
  • Wade Paradis,  Mechanic Bangor Garage
  • Leo Nye, Mechanic South Portland Garage
  • Richard Stoddard, Mechanic South Portland Garage
  • Justin Milair,  RCM Contractor
  • Steve Thompson,  RCM Contractor

Leadership Award:
Sgt. Randall Keaten, Fleet Services 
Sgt. Peter Michaud,Troop C

Bravery:
Det. Dave Coflesky, Assistant Commander, Tactical Team, MCU-South
Cpl. Caleb McGary, Assistant Commander, Tactical Team, Training Unit
Tpr. Miles Carpenter, Tactical Team Operator, Troop J
Cpl. Paul Casey, Tactical Team Operator, Troop B
Sgt. James “JB” MacDonald, Tactical Team Operator, Troop A
Tpr. Andrew Hardy, Tactical Team Operator, Troop C
Tpr. Michael Lane,  Tactical Team Operator, Troop A
Tpr. Eric Sucy, Tactical Team Operator, Troop C
Cpl. GJ Neagle,  Tactical Team Operator K9, Troop C
Tpr. Jeffrey Parks,  Tactical Team Operator, Troop G
Tpr. Sander Cowie, Tactical Team Operator, Troop B

2020 Maine State Police Awards

Trooper of the Year: 

Abbe Chabot is a detective with Major Crimes Unit South. A graduate of Norwich Academy in Vermont, she joined the Maine State Police on July 13, 1997. Chabot started her career as a Trooper assigned to Androscoggin County. In 2003, she was promoted to Detective in the Major Crimes Unit. In 2016, Det. Chabot joined the Computer Crimes Unit where she followed up on the most heinous of crime reports involving internet crimes against children. Chabot’s unique skillset of remarkable interview and interrogation techniques, familiarity with both physical and testimonial evidence, and knowledge of how to build a criminal case made her a valued asset for the unit. Det. Chabot joined the Major Crimes Unit South where her diligence and depth of knowledge have been a tremendous influence and resource to new detectives. In addition to her primary duties, Det. Chabot has also been a K-9 handler since 2000. Det. Chabot’s cadaver K-9s, Pivot, and Steve have collectively assisted in the recovery of almost three dozen murder victims, lost persons, and suicide victims. Det. Chabot lives in Androscoggin County with her husband and teenage daughter.

Legendary Trooper:

Retired Sgt. Lloyd Williams began working in dispatch before starting his State Police career in 1966. Williams was promoted to Sgt. and worked as a patrol supervisor at the Orono barracks. His interest in dogs would become a big part of his State Police legacy. Sgt. Williams made many trips to headquarters to speak with and provide a demonstration to Colonel Weeks and the Command Staff about the benefit of starting a K-9 program. In 1980 because of Williams’s vision, the decision was made for the Maine State Police to provide statewide K-9 coverage. Sgt. Williams was instrumental in building up the K9 Unit in the State Police as well as Municipal and County Agencies. Sgt. Williams would become the lead trainer for eight K-9 patrol schools with K-9 teams from local, county, and State Police attending. When Sgt. Williams retired in 1987 the State Police had 18 K-9 teams throughout the State of Maine.

Wounds Received:

On June 14, 2020, Trooper Mickael Nunez was on patrol and monitoring a high-speed pursuit that was happening on Interstate 95 near Fairfield. Tr. Nunez made his way to Rt. 3 in China to set up tire deflating strips to terminate the pursuit. The offending vehicle sped toward his location and into the dirt shoulder where Tr. Nunez was standing. Nunez attempted to run further off the road but was struck by the vehicle. Tr. Nunez was catapulted over the car and into a ditch suffering catastrophic injuries. With the guidance of doctors and surgeons Tr. Nunez and his family ultimately decided to amputate his damaged leg. While Tr. Nunez has had many challenges and setbacks during his recovery he continues to set his sights on returning to full duty status.


Colonel’s Award: 

On the morning of December 16, 2020, Michelle Holman was traveling on Interstate 95 in the town of Pittsfield when she came upon a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway with the driver’s side door open. Michelle became concerned when she noticed the driver slumped over the steering wheel. She acted quickly and called 911. The driver told Michelle he had accidentally shot himself and was bleeding extensively from his left leg. Michelle was able to use the driver’s belt as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding until the Troopers and emergency personal arrived. 
 
Colonel’s Award: 
 
On Nov. 15, 2020, Trooper Connor Willard was covering a shift on Interstate-295, when he observed a vehicle pulled over on the side of the highway. Upon approaching the vehicle, Tr. Willard spoke with the driver, who told Tr. Willard, he was not doing well emotionally. Rather than move the driver along, Tr. Willard spoke with him for more than 45 minutes until he was in a better state of mind. The driver’s mother emailed the Maine State Police to let them know what an impact that conversation had on her son. She described how she felt when her son told about speaking with Tr. Willard. 
She wrote:
“At that moment, I got teary-eyed, knowing the Trooper may have saved my son’s life.” 
 
Colonel’s Award: 

In 2016 Retired Detective David Preble took on a herculean task researching and identifying every single Maine State Police Trooper since MSP’s inception in 1921. Det. Preble searched State Archives, MSP records, and personal libraries. He also conducted interviews with current and former members and then compiled official documents and verified data into an official record. Det. Preble’s work resulted in the assembly of two four-inch binders with information and rosters on every MSP hire and training class, including legislative documents and photos when available. Due to that extensive research and identification of every Trooper, past, and present, Det. Preble was also able to assign chronological badge numbers to every person who took the oath of office of a Maine State Trooper.

Bravery Award:

Tactical Team Members on October 21, 2020, the Tactical Team responded to Rockland to assist Rockland Police Department with a hostage situation. A man had taken his mother hostage inside her apartment and barricaded the door. For over an hour, entry team members stood in a hallway only feet from the apartment as they listened to repeated threats from the suspect that he would kill them and his mother if they entered. Other team members evacuated residents that we're unable to leave because of mobility issues. When the suspect’s threats to his mother began to escalate, they made their decision to use an explosive breaching charge and a hostage rescue was made. The suspect was in fact using his mom as a human shield… which he had bound with chains on her hands and feet. The entry stunned the suspect just enough to free his hands for a second…that’s when the team was able to get him into custody without using deadly force and save the hostage.

The response was an enormous risk for the tac teams’ own lives while dealing with a barricaded door, an aggressive armed suspect who is using a hostage as a human shield.
 
 


 

Troop J Weekly Report (07-19-21 to 07-25-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

07-19-21

Trooper Owen Reed responded to Blue Hill.  Shannon Bebout (45) of Blue Hill was arrested for Violating his Conditions of Release by consuming alcohol.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi assisted.

07-20-21

Trooper Kim Sawyer responded to a serious Personal Injury crash in Robbinston after James Lursen (30) of Calais struck a bear while on a motorcycle.  Sergeant Dan Ryan assisted.

07-23-21

Trooper Miles Carpenter covered a theft of a catalytic converter in Marshfield.  Investigation continues. 

07-24-21

Trooper Jarid Leonard summonsed Cameron Reed (30) of Whitneyville, for Operating after Suspension after a traffic stop in East Machias.  Corporal Jeff Taylor assisted.

07-25-21

Trooper Jarid Leonard arrested Lindsay Swanson (29) of Steuben, for Operating with a Revoked License after checking on a motorist in Columbia Falls.  Swanson was also summonsed for Possession of Scheduled Drugs.  A passenger Ronald Robinson (66) of Addison, was also summonsed for Possession of Scheduled Drugs.  Corporal Jeff Taylor assisted.

NOTICE OF AGENCY RULEMAKING

The Department of Public Safety, Maine State Police is proposing an amendment of the following regulation: 16-222 CMR c. 1, Maine Motor Vehicle Inspection Manual. 

For a copy of the proposed amendment of the regulation, please contact either LT Bruce G. Scott (bruce.g.scott@maine.gov) or Christopher Parr (christopher.parr@maine.gov) by email. Comments on the proposed amendment may be submitted by email to either LT Bruce G. Scott or Christopher Parr at those same email addresses, or by postal mail to the following address: Maine State Police, Attn: Christopher Parr, 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 1, Augusta, ME 04333-0042. Please note that the deadline by which comments on the proposed amendment of 16-222 CMR c. 1 must be received by the agency is 5 PM Tuesday, 31 August 2021.

Troop J Weekly Report (07-12-21 to 07-18-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 1

07-11-21

Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Jon McDowell (35) of Deer Isle, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Stonington.

Troopers from Troop J responded to the Little Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle for a report of a single vehicle crash on the Little Deer Isle road. While en route to the crash the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames and explosions were reported coming from the vehicle. As a result of the crash the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. On 7/15/21 the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the driver was Joseph Perreault (28) of Jonesport. Trooper Travis Chapman is the lead investigator assisting on scene were Sergeant Jason Sattler, Corporal Gavin Endre, Deer Isle Fire Department, Sedgwick Fire Department and Memorial Ambulance.

07-13-21

Corporal Gavin Endre conducted a traffic stop on Brock Ray (25) of Franklin. The vehicle’s registration was falsely attached. Ray was summonsed for a vehicle violation.

07-15-21

Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed William O’Donnell (46) of Charlotte for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop for speed on Route 1 in Baileyville.

07-16-21

Sergeant Jason Sattler and Corporal Gavin Endre responded to the intersection of Upper Falls Road and Acadia Highway in Orland for the report of a three-vehicle crash. Two occupants were transported to the hospital.

Silver Alert: Frank Mollins of Bridgton UPDATE Located Safely

BMV Photo of Frank MollinsUPDATE: Located Safely

The Bridgton Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for 81-year-old Frank Mollins of Bridgton, who was last seen on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at approximately 8pm on S High Street in Bridgton. He was driving a black 2011 Chevy Malibu, Maine Veteran plate 33375.  Mollins, who has dementia, is a white male, 5’8”, 160 lbs. with white hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue Dickie work pants and a long sleeve shirt. Mollins may travel to Long Island, NY or Moultonborough, NH where he used to have family. Mollins does currently have family in Presque Isle but it is not clear where he was heading when he left his home Tuesday night. 

Anyone who sees Mollins or has any information should call 911 or the Bridgton Police Department at 207.893.2810
 

Investigative Findings Regarding MSP Trooper John Darcy

From the desk of Col. John Cote, Chief, Maine State Police

In August of 2020, the Maine State Police was contacted by U.S. Attorney’s Office personnel notifying our agency of concerning comments made by Trooper John Darcy as he prepared to stop a vehicle on the Maine Turnpike.  That stop resulted in the seizure of 141 grams of cocaine powder, 880 counterfeit prescription pills, and a loaded firearm.  The operator was later charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a federal felony level crime of drug trafficking.  Based on the report from the U.S. Attorney’s office, our agency began an internal review of that stop and the comments made by Trooper Darcy.   

After the public release of the video from the stop and several media stories, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges related to the stop.  Subsequently, State Representative Jeffrey Evangelos made a formal complaint alleging serial racial profiling by Trooper Darcy. 

An extensive investigation was conducted over several months by our Office of Professional Standards in consultation with the Attorney General’s Office.  The investigation included several interviews and a thorough examination of over 1,000 traffic stops conducted by Trooper Darcy.  The investigation resulted in no evidence of any pattern of targeting of motorists based on race, or any other trait common to a protected group.  

Bias-based profiling and/or any other discriminatory practice by members of our agency is strictly 
prohibited.  This includes traffic stops based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, national origin, or ancestry.  Our agency also requires that persons are only stopped or detained when legal authority exists to do so and that members of our agency base their enforcement actions solely on a person’s conduct and behavior or specific suspect information.     
Sincerely, 

Troop J Weekly Report (07-05-21 to 07-11-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 2

07-08-21

Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a criminal mischief complaint in Jonesport where a vacant residence was damaged over the past several months.  Investigation continues.

Troop J Weekly Report (06-28-21 to 07-04-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 2

06-28-21

Trooper Kim Sawyer received a report in Weston that a trailer inspection sticker had been stolen off logging trailers that had been parked in Topsfield.  No suspects.

06-29-21

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi summonsed Daniel Mutty (47) of Columbia Falls, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Harrington.

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi summonsed Loren Spurling (30) of Southwest Harbor, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Harrington.

07-01-21

Trooper Miles Carpenter covered a trailer fire in Northfield on Route 192.  A tractor trailer had been traveling south when a fire started on the right rear of the trailer at the axle.  The operator stopped the vehicle and attempted to put out the fire with the fire extinguisher but ultimately ran out of chemical.  The operator was able to separate the tractor from the trailer and move it to a safe distance.  Marshfield Fire Department, Machias Fire Department, East Machias Fire Department and Maine Forest Service responded.   

07-03-21

Corporal Jeff Taylor and Sergeant Jeff Ingemi responded to a serious personal injury crash on the Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben.  A black 2002 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck was headed east and operated by Peta Johnson (60) of Beals, when it drove off the right side of the road around a curve for unknown reasons or fatigue.  Johnson and a passenger, Forrest Atwater (31) of Cherryfield, were both transported by EMS to a local hospital.  Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Steuben Fire Department, Cherryfield Fire Department, Schoodic Ambulance, Petit Manan Ambulance, Cherryfield Ambulance and Rolfe’s Towing assisted at the scene. 

Corporal Jeff Taylor handled a theft complaint in Oquiton Township where a camper was broken into sometime in the past week and a generator was reported stolen.  The Maine Warden Service assisted.  Investigation continues.

Maine State Police investigating the death of man in Somerville

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

The Maine State Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an altercation between two men. The incident happened Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at home in Somerville sometime between 9:30 am and 10:00 am.

The altercation left one man dead. Another man is now at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The deceased will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta where an autopsy is expected to be performed Friday.

No names are being released at this time pending family notification.

The investigation is in its early stages. The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit and Evidence Response Team will be investigating the crime scene and conducting interviews well into the night trying to piece together exactly what happened this morning.
 

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