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Troop J Weekly Report (08-09-21 to 08-15-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Corporal Jeff Taylor responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke involving a 2009 Toyota Camry, operated by Hardy Preston (58) of Edmunds Township and a 2003 GMC Sonoma, operated by Russell Kirshman (17) of Marion Township. Preston was deceased at the scene and Kirshman was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries. Kirshman was traveling in the westbound lane when he crossed the centerline and struck Preston head-on. Distracted driving and driving too fast for conditions appeared to be factors in the crash.  Sergeant Jeff Ingemi, Border Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Baileyville Police Department and Pleasant Point Police Department assisted along with Pembroke Fire, Dennysville Fire and Rescue, Calais Ambulance, and Lyon’s Towing.    


Trooper Miles Carpenter investigated a criminal mischief complaint in Addision.  Christopher Cunningham (34) of Franklin was summonsed for criminal mischief.


Trooper Einar Mattson summoned Cindy Gierke (36) Sedgwick for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Deer Isle.


Trooper Einar Mattson arrested Amber Wiggins (21) Orland for Operating Under the Influence. The incident occurred on route 15 in Penobscot after Trooper Einar Mattson received a traffic compliant on the vehicle operated by Wiggins.


Driver trying to change direction on I-95 causes serious crash in Pittsfield

Pittsfield crash vehicle on a flatbed trailer From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, at approximately 8:45 hours a.m. State Troopers from Troop C responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in the town of Pittsfield. The preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by 28-year-old Kaitlyn Hawkes of Eastport and her passenger, 33-year-old Tiffany Bowen of Pembroke were southbound in the travel lane when Hawkes tried to change directions north. Hawkes attempted to use the crossover and entered the passing lane to do so. At that point, a truck driven by 32-year-old Richard Pillsbury of Winslow was driving in the passing lane and was unable to avoid hitting Hawkes’ vehicle. 

Hawkes was transported to Sebasticook Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Bowen was life-flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Pillsbury was uninjured in the crash. 

Hawkes has been charged with Aggravated Driving to Endanger and Operating with an Expired License. 
Anyone that witnessed the crash is urged to contact the Maine State Police and speak with Trooper Garret Booth. 

As Troopers continue to investigate the crash, we would like to remind motorists that using crossovers is not permitted for any reason whatsoever and is highly dangerous to everyone driving on the interstate. Please drive responsibly and if you miss your exit, proceed to the next off-ramp and reroute yourself to get to your destination safely. 

Edmunds Township man killed in head on collision in Pembroke

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On August 11th, 2021, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Ayers Junction Road in Pembroke involving a 2009 Toyota Camry, driven by 58-year-old Hardy Preston of Edmunds Township and a 2003 GMC Sonoma, driven by 17-year-old Russell Kirshman of Marion Township. The crash occurred when Kirshman, traveling in the westbound lane crossed the centerline and struck Preston’s car head-on. 

Preston died at the scene. Kirshman was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

Distracted driving and driving too fast for conditions appear to be factors in the crash. 
Corporal Jeffrey Taylor responded as the primary investigating officer and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi, Border Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Point PD. Baileyville PD., Pembroke Fire, Dennysville Fire and Rescue, Calais Ambulance, and Lyon’s Towing.  

The Maine State Police would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Hardy Preston.

Troop J Weekly Report (08-02-21 to 08-08-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 1


Trooper Keith York summonsed Jon Moore (27) of Topsfield, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Topsfield.


Trooper Jarid Leonard responded to a late report of a Personal Injury crash on Rt. 1 in Township 7. Nathan Grant (44) of Blue Hill, crashed his vehicle.  Nathan was summonsed for Leaving the Scene of a Crash.


Trooper Owen Reed arrested Joshua Hendrixson (32) of Stonington, for Eluding an Officer after he rode a motorcycle by Trooper Reed at a high rate of speed and in an erratic manner in Blue Hill.  Hendrixson was also charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Violation of Conditional Release and Aggravated Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation.  Sergeant Daniel Ryan assisted.

Troop J Weekly Report (07-26-21 to 08-01-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0


Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Jason French (49) of Sullivan, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Franklin.  A passenger in that vehicle, Nicole Sargent (34) of Sullivan, was arrested for Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs.  Corporal Jeff Taylor, Trooper Josh Lander and Trooper Jarid Leonard assisted.

Trooper Keith York responded to Grand Lake Stream for a theft complaint where a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle during the day.  Investigation continues.

Trooper Jarid Leonard summonsed Pasquale Paganucci (46) of Franklin, for Illegal Attachment of Plates after a traffic stop in Hancock.  Corporal Jeff Taylor assisted.


Trooper Kim Sawyer in investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 9 in Crawford. The accident involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle striking head on. Deceased in the passenger vehicle was Bruce Pierce (63) of Calais.


Trooper Josh Lander responded to a crash in Amherst where a vehicle had driven off a 40-foot embankment in a construction area.  As a result of the investigation the operator, David Maher (62) of Maryland, was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol and transported to a local hospital by EMS for his injuries.  Trooper Owen Reed and Trooper Taylor Dube assisted at the scene. 

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

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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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 ( or Christopher Parr ( 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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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