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Unsolved Homicide Unit Makes Arrest in 1984 Stockton Spring Murder

State Police have arrested a 57-year-old Stockton Springs man and charged him in connection with the death of 63-year-old Dorothea Burke in the summer of 1984. Charged with Murder is Kirt Damon who was 20 years old at the time of Dorothea’s death. Damon was taken into custody Tuesday evening at his residence in Stockton Springs and taken to the Waldo County jail. Damon’s first court appearance was Wednesday in Waldo county Superior court. 

Dorothea’s family was notified of the arrest on Sept. 23, 2020 by members of the State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit. 
 
On Saturday, June 23, 1984 Dorothea Burke attended a family wedding and was preparing to celebrate her birthday. Dorothea was well known in Stockton Springs and had retired from a Sardine Plant in Belfast. She had lived in the Stockton Square for a number of years.  
 
The Attorney General’s Office, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Maine State Police were part of the initial investigation in 1984.  Detectives never stopped working this case and pursed all possible leads and avenues over the past 36 years. 
 
That work culminated with the case being presented to the Waldo county grand jury where an indictment for murder was handed down for Kirt Damon. Although Detectives have done a number of recent interviews in the Stockton Springs area, Detectives are asking the public to contact them if they have any new information. Detectives can be contacted at the Unsolved Homicide Unit in Augusta by calling 207-624-7143.
 

Lewiston Woman Faces Multiple Felony Charges

 
A Lewiston woman is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after an investigation by the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit (CCU).
 
On August 26, 2020, the Maine State Police CCU and the Lewiston Police executed a search warrant for Knox Street in Lewiston. Police arrested Laura Rideout (45) of Lewiston for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and transported her to the Androscoggin County Jail. A Sept 23, 2020 court date was set in Lewiston. Bail was set at $50,000 cash with conditions of no contact with any minor under 16 and specifically no contact with the minor victim.
 
Rideout is being charged with the following crimes:
-Gross Sexual Assault  / Class A crime
-Sexual Exploitation of Minor Under 12 / Class A crime
-Possess Sexual Explicit Material of Minor Under 12 / Class C crime
-Dissemination of Sexually Explicit Material / Class B crime
 
This investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released.

 

 

Coleman Arrested in Mississippi

Maine State Police Major Crimes unit working with the Lewiston Police, United States Marshals Service and Vermont State Police were successful in developing information that has led to the arrest of Jaquille Coleman in Mississippi.  Deputies from the Hancock County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office located Coleman and placed him under arrest without incident.  Coleman will be returned to Maine to face charges that he murdered Natasha Morgan.
 
 

Lewiston Man Arrested after Pursuit

LEWISTON, Maine – A Lewiston man is facing charges after fleeing from police in Lewiston.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., on July 9, 2020, Tr. Ryan Phillips was in contact with agents from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) who were requesting his assistance in stopping a motor vehicle in Lewiston.  The vehicle was suspected to be operated by Chad Nichols, 31, of Lewiston.  Nichols was a suspect of drug trafficking, had a revoked license and two active felony warrants for his arrest.  Tr. Phillips intercepted the vehicle near the intersection of Russell St. and College St. in Lewiston and initiated a traffic stop.  While the Trooper was approaching the vehicle, the operator took off, leading Tr. Phillips on a high-speed pursuit northbound on College Rd. into a rural part of Lewiston and into the town of Greene.  

The chase continued into Greene, when the suspect vehicle turned onto Rt. 202 headed back toward Lewiston.  Lewiston Police officers set up spikes on Rt. 202 near the Lewiston/Greene line, but the deployment was not effective.  As the chase continued back into populated area of Lewiston, the decision was made to terminate the pursuit by Sgt. Joseph Bureau.  Simultaneously, Pilot Supervisor Jerry Pearson was airborne and had a visual on the suspect vehicle.  Pearson led responding units to that vehicle and provided a description of the suspect, as the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area off Tall Pines Drive. Cpl. Jonathan Russell and K-9 Gus began a track at that location.

MDEA agents received a tip that Nichols had been picked up and later located him in a vehicle on Scribner Blvd, near the intersection of Webster St.  Lewiston PD officers were first on scene at that location and initiated a felony stop.  Nichols was taken into custody at this location and was charged with Eluding, Driving to Endanger, Criminal Speed, and Operating after Revocation Habitual Offender.  
 

Mapleton Arrest

On May 29, 2020, Charles C. Lagasse , 75, was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m. at 412 Carvell Road in Mapleton.   He was charged with 1 Count of Gross Sexual Assault to a Child Under 12, 2 Counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact to a Child Under 12, and 2 Counts of Visual Sexual Aggression of a Child Under 12. The arrest was made by Det. Chad Lindsey of MCU-North and Trooper Kyle Rider of Troop F.  Det. Larry Anderson is the primary investigator.  Lagasse was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Arrest in Corinna Robbery

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Mark Dunlop, 43, Plymouth

State Police have charged a man from Plymouth with robbing a convenience store in Corinna early Saturday morning (May 9, 2020).  43 year old  Mark Dunlop was taken into custody at his home early this afternoon.  He is charged with robbery and was transported to the Penobscot County Jail.  Troopers said the Somerset Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation, along with the Maine Warden Service,  and Dexter and Newport Police.

Lebanon Resident Arrested for Third Time in Two Months for Drug-Related Crimes

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Tianna Fermino, 21, of Lebanon

A Lebanon resident is facing charges for the third time in two months after being arrested on drug-related offense.

On May 4, 2020 Troopers in Troop A conducted a warrant check on Tianna Fermino, 21, of Lebanon, as she had an outstanding warrant from New Hampshire with New England Extradition for Violating her probation in reference to a drug offense.

Fermino was located hiding in a closet and refused to exit when ordered to do so. She was not cooperative, subsequently removed and placed in custody. While in custody she continued to be uncooperative and it was learned that she had snorted Meth and Heroin while hiding in the closet. Shortly after, she began overdosing and lost consciousness.

Troopers administered NARCAN, she began breathing again and regained consciousness. Fermino was transported by Lebanon Rescue to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford where after being treated was deemed fit for incarceration and transported to the York County Jail where she was charged with being a Fugitive from Justice, Refusing to Submit to Arrest or Detention Class D and Violating Conditions of Release Class E.

Fermino is currently out on two sets of bail conditions stemming from the following offenses; Unlawful Possession of Cocaine Class C, Unlawful Possession of Meth Class C, Unlawful Possession of Fentanyl Class C, Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drug Class B and Violating Conditions of Release Class C. Fermino is also on probation out of New Hampshire for a drug offense.

On March 8, 2020 Fermino was arrested by State Police with Unlawful Possession of Drugs Class C and Violating Conditions of Release Class E.

On April 7, 2020 Fermino was arrested by the State Police Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drug Class B and Violating Conditions of Release.

Sanford Woman Facing OUI Charges

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Darcey Nundy, 42, of Sanford.

A Sandford woman is facing charges after driving her vehicle off the road earlier this week.

On April 21, 2020, A Trooper from Troop A was dispatched to the report of a vehicle off the road at the intersection of Hamilton Road and South Waterboro Road in Lyman. It was reported that there was no injury to the driver of the car, but that she appeared to be intoxicated. After arriving on scene and speaking with the driver, Darcey Nundy, 42, of Sanford, the Trooper observed multiple signs of impairment. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing was administered, which Nundy failed. She was arrested for Operating Under the Influence.

It was also discovered that Nundy had three separate sets of bail conditions, one set was for Domestic Violence Assault, one was for OUI, and the last was for Violating Conditions of Release. Two of Nundy's bail conditions also prohibited the use or possession of Alcohol. She was transported to York County Jail for an Intoxilyzer test. The test showed that her breath alcohol content was over the legal limit.

Nundy was booked at the jail on the charges of OUI (Class D) and Violation of Conditions of Release (Class E). Darcey was held without bail.

Second Richmond Murder Arrest

State Police say a second person has been charged in connection with a Richmond homicide last fall.   Arrested today is 30 year old Chanda Lilly of Augusta.  She was arrested by State Police detectives, charged with felony murder, and taken to the Kennebec County Jail.  She is the second person charged in connection with the death of Andrew Sherman, who was found dead inside his Richmond home October 11.  Detectives say Sherman likely died in late September. 42 year old Tyon Shuron of Augusta was arrested February 6 and charged with murder.   Lilly will make her first court appearance in Sagadahoc County Superior Court in Bath at 11 AM Wednesday.  

Suspect punches Trooper and escapes from cruiser in Hollis

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Sharleen Hoffman, 29, of Hollis

On Feb. 12, 2020 at approximately 1:40 a.m. , Troopers out of Troop A responded to the town of Hollis for a reported female breaking her ex-boyfriend’s truck windows with a pipe.

Upon arrival, the female identified as Sharleen Hoffman, 29, of Hollis, was no longer on scene. An on-scene investigation showed probable cause for charges of Criminal Trespass Class D and Criminal Mischief Class D. Troopers located Hoffman at her residence where she and other members of the household were highly uncooperative.

Hoffman punched her mother and one of the responding Troopers in the face while at her residence. Hoffman was taken into custody. While Troopers returned to speak with the family, Hoffman escaped the cruiser and fled the scene. She was located shortly after and taken back into custody.

Hoffman was transported to the York County Jail where she continued to be uncooperative and violent. Bail was listed at $2500 and the following charges are pending: Domestic Violence Assault Class D, Assault Class D, Criminal Trespass Class D, Criminal Mischief Class D, Refusing to Submit Class D, and Escape from Custody Class D.

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