News Release

Plane Makes Emergency Landing in T 17 R 3

Emergency Plane LandingPolice responded to T 17 R 3 where a pilot made an emergency landing in a clearing.

On August 5, 2020, at approximately 12:52 PM, the Houlton RCC received a 911 call from Leigh Smith, 35, of Presque Isle reporting he made an emergency landing with his airplane.  

Cpl. Chuck Michaud responded to the scene in T 17 R3 off the Sullivan Rd. along with Maine Game Warden Ryan Fitzpatrick and multiple other first responders.  

Officials learned that Smith was receiving flight instruction from Cody Anderson, 26, of Levant when the engine failed, and they were forced to make an emergency landing.  The plane came to rest in a clear cut and had front end and wing damage.  Both men were transported to Fort Kent Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  

The incident remains under investigation by the Portland office of the FAA and Northeast office of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 

(EDIT: The names of the flight instructor and student were mixed up in earlier versions of this release. Edited 8/5/2020 at 17:17)
 

Fatal Crash in Morrill

Morrill Dump TruckA Belmont man was killed after his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming dump truck.

On Aug. 5, 2020, at approximately 7:48 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on route 3 in Morrill.  The investigation revealed that Nicholas Day, 34, from Belmont, was traveling west on route 3 and crossed the center line into an oncoming loaded dump truck.  Day was determined to be deceased on scene.  

The operator of the dump truck was a Eugene Hyde, 31,   from Wilton, owned and operated by C.H Stevenson out of Wayne Maine.  The investigation is still on going, speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor.   

Route 3 was shut down for 8hrs.  Local fire departments assisted with traffic being rerouted.    
 

Troop J Weekly Report (07-27-20 to 08-02-20)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 1

# of DV Arrests – 3

07-27-20

Sergeant Timothy Varney summonsed Darryl Ogden (49) of Hancock for Operating After Suspension as the result of a traffic stop on Rt 1A in Ellsworth.

Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Ellsworth, as a result of the traffic stop, Steven Bailey (61) of Ellsworth was summonsed for Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation.

Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Hancock, as a result of the investigation, James Leach (32) of Blue Hill was summonsed for Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation.

07-28-20

Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Ellsworth, as a result of the investigation, Timothy Allen (32) of Guildford was summonsed for Violation of Conditional Release and Possession of Hypodermic Apparatuses. Trooper Austin was assisted by Sergeant Jason Sattler and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

07-29-20

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a phone harassment complaint in Dedham where obscene voicemail was left on a message machine.  As a result of the investigation Charles Adams (53) of Holden was summonsed for phone harassment.

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a criminal mischief complaint in Stonington where damage was done to town property.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Dana Austin stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation in Ellsworth, as a result of the investigation, Charles Skovgarrd (72) of Surry was arrested for Operating under the Influence. Trooper Austin was assisted by the Ellsworth police Department.

08-01-20

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to Osborn for a report of a vehicle that had crashed.  As a result of the investigation James Sweeney (36) of Aurora, and Matthew Unger (26) of Starks were both summonsed for leaving the scene of a crash.

Trooper Caleb McGary summonsed Steven Welsch (65) of Robbinston, for Criminal Speed after a traffic stop in Amherst.  86 in a 55 zone.

Trooper Owen Reed responded to Hancock for a report that a man was going into buildings and vehicles without permission.  As a result of the investigation David Mraz (43) of Hancock, was arrested for Criminal Trespass.  Corporal Chris Smith and his K-9, Hancock Sheriff Office and Marine Patrol assisted.

08-02-20

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi arrested James Lewis (41) of Charlotte, for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs after responding to a crash in Charlotte.  Washington Sheriff Office and Baileyville Police Department assisted.

 

 

Auburn Death Investigation

Major Crimes South was called to Auburn to assist in the investigation where a man died after an altercation in a parking lot on Center Street. 

On July 29, 2020, at approximately 8:37 p.m., Auburn Police were called to 138 Center Street to the McDonald’s parking lot for a reported altercation. 

A man in his early twenties was injured, transported to CMMC, where he later died as result of the altercation. Multiple subjects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to the arrival of officers. State Police and Auburn Police Detectives are conducting interviews to obtain more information about the circumstances surrounding the incident. An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta on Thursday (July 30). The victim’s identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin. 

There is no threat to the public. 

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Auburn Police Department at 207-333-6650

There is no further information at this time.
 

Fugitive Arrested Ending Wilton Manhunt

Derrell Guy
Derrell Guy, 34, of Lynn, Mass.

State Police have arrested Derell Guy, 34, of Lynn, Mass., without incident.

On July 27, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Wilton Police Department stopped a vehicle on Route 2 in the town of Wilton where Guy was a passenger. Guy, who was wanted on a criminal arrest warrant out of Massachusetts for Armed Robbery and Murder, fled on foot and remained at large overnight.

At 11:30 a.m. on July 28, 2020, Maine State Police received credible information of a confirmed sighting of Guy behind a residence on Earth Way in the town of Carthage.

Multiple law enforcement agencies immediately responded and saturated the area. After a brief K-9 track with the Maine State Police Tactical Team, Guy was located at approximately 1 p.m. and taken into custody without incident. He was located on the Winter Hill Road in Carthage, Maine, approximately 6 miles from where he was initially stopped.

Guy has been transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office where the U.S. Marshals Service will be charging him with being a fugitive from justice and Guy will await extradition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

This operation was a combined effort from the Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Maine Forest Service, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Wilton Police Department, Department of Corrections, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, the Maine State Police Tactical Team and Maine State Police Crisis Negotiation Team. 

We would like to thank the members within the surrounding communities for their continued support and the ongoing information that was provided.

(Edited 5:39 p.m., July 28, 2020 - corrected the spelling of Guy's first name)

Troop J Weekly Report (07-20-20 to 07-26-20)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 2

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 1

# of DV Arrests – 0

07-20-20

Trooper Andy Foss conducted a well-being check in Cooper.  Everyone was found to be okay at this time.

07-21-20

Trooper Kim Sawyer arrested Bruce Smith (65) of Lincoln for Operating Under the Influence - Drugs after he was found unconscious in his truck and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were performed.  A Drug Recognition Evaluation was completed.  It was determined that he was under the influence of narcotics and he was transported to the Washington County Jail.  Warden Tyler Leach assisted.

07-23-20

Trooper Caleb McGary summonsed a juvenile from Charleston, for Criminal Speed and Driving to Endanger after a traffic stop in Dedham.  98 in a 55 zone.

07-24-20

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a crash in Dedham where the operator, Georgie Connell (21) of Hancock, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and Violation of Conditional Release. 

Trooper Dana Austin responded to Sullivan for a report of an intoxicated driver. Trooper Austin and Marine Patrol Office Tim Cormier located the intoxicated driver on a tote road. The male was uncooperative and subsequently taken into custody. The male, Ricky Skillings (42) of Sullivan, was arrested for Operating under the Influence, Operating After Habitual Offender Revocation, Unlawful Possession of Schedule Drugs, and Refusing to submit to arrest. Trooper Austin and Officer Cormier were assisted by Sergeant Tim Varney and the Maine Warden Service.

07-25-20

Trooper Blaine Silk responded to a theft complaint at a business in Orland. As a result of the investigation an employee of the business Catherine O’Donnell (31) of Orland was charged with Theft.

Trooper Caleb McGary summonsed Tyler Harmon (31) of Dedham, for Driving to Endanger after a traffic stop in Dedham.

07-26-20

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi summonsed Darin Botting (34) of Chelsea, for Operating after Suspension after a traffic stop in Mattawamkeag.  Trooper Rob Flynn assisted.

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a criminal mischief complaint in Mariaville where a garage window was damaged.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a theft in Hancock where it was reported that campaign signs had been stolen.  Investigation continues.

Newburgh Silver Alert

Dunton
Cindy L. Dunton, 58, of Newburgh

UPDATE: Ms. Dunton has been located alive a short distance from her home. 

NEWBURGH, Maine – A Silver Alert has been activated for Cindy L. Dunton, 58, of Newburgh, Maine. Ms. Dunton, who has dementia, was last seen at 8 a.m. on July 21, 2020, and may be accompanied by two golden retrievers. She is 5’0”, 160 lbs.,  with brown eyes and brown hair. She is most likely on foot. Anyone who has seen or has information about Ms. Dunton should call 911 or 207-973-3700.

Troop J Weekly Report (07-13-20 to 07-19-20)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

07-14-20

Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Ayla Allen (26) of Deer Isle, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Sedgwick.

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a trespassing complaint in Blue Hill.

Trooper Owen Reed responded to a criminal mischief complaint in Deer Isle where graffiti was painted on the roadway.  Investigation continues.

07-19-20

Trooper Caleb McGary responded to a criminal mischief complaint in Dedham where a mailbox was reported damaged.  Investigation continues.

Marshfield Investigation

Polk
Alfred "AJ" Polk, 20, of Machiasport

(NOTE: We updated the booking photos as they became available on July 18, 2020 at 1:02 p.m.) 

On June 24, at 3:30 a.m., multiple Troopers and Deputies were dispatched to Maine State Police Sergeant Jeff Ingemi’s residence in Marshfield.  Sergeant Ingemi’s wife was awakened in the middle of the night by what sounded to be several gunshots.  Sergeant Ingemi went outside to find the window of his personal truck shattered.

On July 16, arrest warrants were obtained for Alfred “AJ”  Polk (20)  and Dylan Nevala (21), both of Machiasport.  Search warrants were obtained for their respective properties as well.  At 3 a.m., July 17, 2020,   the Maine State Police Tactical Team executed the arrest warrants.  Polk and Nevala are now in custody.  They have been interviewed and transported to jail.  The search of the residences is ongoing at this time.  A vehicle believed to be involved in the incident has been impounded.

 Polk is being charged with Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon and Nevala is charged with Hindering Apprehension/ Prosecution.

Today’s outcome is the result of an intense, three week, multi-agency effort.  The State Police was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine Forestry Service, Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol, and the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles Investigative Division.

Nevala
Dylan Nevala, 21, of Machiasport

 

Person of Interest in Swanville

UPDATE: This person has been identified and Troopers have made contact. Thank you for your assistance.

The Maine State Police are looking to identify the man in the photo. He is wanted for questioning in connection to an incident at Swan Lake Grocery in Swanville. Anyone with information on the identity of the man is asked to contact the Maine State Police at 207-624-7076 and leave a message for Tpr. Caleb Adams of Troop D.

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