Arrest Made in Double Homicide in Auburn

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

On Friday, July 1, 2022, shortly after 10:00 a.m. 34-year-old David Barnett, or Slim as he was known of Port Clyde, New York was arrested in Rockland, Maryland on a warrant for Murder. The arrest stems from the June 6, 2022 killing of 21-year-old Kelzie Caron and 21-year-old Pierre Langlois of Connecticut at a residence at 49 Fourth St in Auburn. Barnett was taken into custody without incident near an apartment complex in Rockland and additionally holds a nationwide warrant out of New York for probation revocation on a prior robbery charge.

Barnett will be held at the Montgomery County Jail pending extradition proceedings. The Maine State Police and Auburn Police Detectives have been building this case with their interstate partners at the local, state, and federal levels in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Maryland. The investigation into the murders continues and people with information regarding this case are encouraged to contact the Auburn Police Department or the Maine State Police. 

Please contact the Montgomery County Jail for Barnett’s booking photo.

Maine State Police Make Arrest in 36-year-old Aroostook County Homicide Case

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

On Monday, June 13, 2022, Maine State Police Detectives traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts to arrest the mother of Baby Jane Doe who was found dead in Frenchville, Maine on December 7, 1985. Baby Jane Doe was first discovered after a dog found the newborn and carried her less than 700 feet to his owner’s home. State Police Detectives were able to track the dog’s path back to the location where the investigation showed Baby Jane Doe was born and then abandoned in below zero temperatures at a gravel pit in Frenchville.
This case was the culmination of decades worth of investigative work from dozens of now retired and current detectives who never gave up finding answers and justice for Baby Jane Doe.  Over the past two years or so, Detective Jay Pelletier of the State Police Unsolved Homicide Unit and also from Aroostook County has headed up this investigation. Det. Pelletier worked alongside of Detective Chad Lindsey of Major Crimes Unit North which is out of Bangor and Houlton and covers Aroostook County. Detectives Pelletier and Lindsay have chased every lead and spent countless hours working and following new leads that helped identify Baby Jane Doe’s mother.   
Over the years through advancements in technology to include DNA and genetic genealogy the Maine State Police were able to identify 58-year-old Lee Ann Daigle, formerly Lee Ann Guerrette, of Lowell, Massachusetts as Baby Jane Doe’s mother. In collaboration with the Attorney General’s Office, Daigle was indicted by an Aroostook County Grand Jury on one count of murder and an arrest warrant was issued. Daigle was arrested outside her home without incident on June 13, 2022, waived extradition, and was brought to Maine Monday morning. 
Daigle has been charged with murder and is currently being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. Daigle will make her first court appearance at the Aroostook County Court House via Zoom at 11:30 a.m. 

An Aroostook County woman is in critical condition after being shot inside her home

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO.

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 10:17 p.m., the Houlton Regional Communication Center received a 911 call from a male, later identified as 24-year-old Joshua Prestwood of Easton, as he drove his girlfriend to the Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. Prestwood alleged that his girlfriend was shot during a home invasion, and the unknown suspect fled the scene. The female victim was flown by Life Flight to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with a gunshot wound.

Detectives from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit-North investigated the incident with assistance from MSP Troop F, MSP Evidence Response Team, and the Presque Isle Police Department. After several days of investigation, on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, Prestwood was arrested by detectives in Presque Isle. Prestwood was charged with Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault, Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer, and Domestic Violence Reckless Conduct.

The victim’s name is not being released. Her status is critical but stable. 

The case remains under investigation.

North Yarmouth Man Arrested on Multiple Charges after Eluding Police and Driving Recklessly on the Turnpike 

From the Desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

Shortly after midnight on January 10, 2022, Maine State Police responded to a report of a vehicle that was traveling erratically in the northbound lane on the Maine Turnpike. Corporal Ricci Cote located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop near mile marker 56. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle exited the turnpike at Exit 63, (Gray)  but drove back onto the turnpike and headed south, continuing to travel in an unsafe manner.

As the suspect vehicle was approaching Exit 53 (Falmouth), Corporal Cote engaged an immobilization technique, which succeeded in stopping the vehicle. Corporal Cote approached the vehicle on foot when the vehicle drove at Corporal Cote, who then discharged his duty weapon at the vehicle. 

The vehicle exited the turnpike at Exit 53 where the Falmouth Police Department had set up spike mats. The vehicle struck the mats and stopped after traveling a short distance 

The driver, 33-year-old Barry Coolbrith of North Yarmouth was taken into custody and treated for injuries on scene and then taken to a Portland hospital where he was treated and released and taken to the Cumberland County Jail. Coolbrith was charged with eluding, passing a roadblock, aggravated reckless conduct, failure to stop, and driving to endanger. 

Corporal Cote was placed on paid administrative leave while the Attorney General’s Office conducts an investigation, which is customary when a law enforcement officer uses deadly force. 

The Maine State Police is in the process of contacting the Cumberland County Jail to authorize the release of Coolbrith’s booking photo.

Please note this is the only information being released at this time.

New Hampshire woman driving recklessly and crashing several times on the Interstate is arrested by Maine State Police

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, November 15, 2021 at approximately 2:32 p.m. Maine State Police responded to complaints of a white 2022 Honda Accord traveling recklessly at high rates of speed, passing vehicle in all lanes, including the breakdown lane. The driver of the car, 33 year old Caitlin Black of Milton, NH was traveling northbound on the Turnpike when she took Exit 44 (I-295) and crashed into a median guardrail. Black continued Northbound, hit the guardrail and another car, coming to a stop between exits 4 and 5. Troopers arrived quickly and attempted to stop her but she refused and continued to drive until her car came to a stop at Exit 6A. Black was uncooperative as Troopers took her into custody.

Black was arrested and taken to Maine Medical Center for an evaluation before being brought to the Cumberland County Jail.

She is being charged with Driving to Endanger, OUI, Assault and refusing to submit to arrest.  

Massachusetts man arrested for OUI after crash in Wells

From thOUI Crash on I95e desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Monday, October 25, 2021 at approximately 11:46 p.m. Maine State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-95 northbound at MM 18 in Wells. 

The preliminary investigation shows 43-year-old Cornelius Hegarty III of Salisbury, Massachusetts was driving his 2013 Toyota Corolla north on I-95 when he crashed into a 2021 Subaru Forester occupied by 64-year-old Carol Funk and 65-year-old Steven Funk of Scarborough. Both were transported to York Hospital for minor injuries. 

Hegarty was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence. He was summonsed to appear in court at later date. Prior to the crash, a complaint was reported to dispatch about Hegarty driving erratically. 
Hegarty was not injured.  

The crash remains under investigation.

Maine State Police make arrest in Limington homicides

House on Hardscrabble Road in LimingtonFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 5:13 am Limington, Standish, and Hollis Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 259 Hardscrabble Road in Limington. When firefighters made entry into the home they discovered the deceased bodies of an adult male and female. 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and Maine State Police’s Major Crimes Unit South were called in to investigate the suspicious deaths. Evidence Response Technicians continue to process the scene at this hour.

Shortly after the discovery, Maine State Police located 21 year Matthew Cote who they believe lived in the house. He was driving in Limington when a State Police Trooper spotted his car.

Cote was interviewed and arrested this afternoon. He has been charged with two counts of murder and was taken to the York County Jail.

At this time Maine State Police cannot identify the victims or confirm why their deaths are suspicious until after the autopsy, which will take place Friday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta.
Hardscrabble Rd continues to be shut down and is expected to be for the next several hours while Major Crimes and the Fire Marshal’s Office investigate the scene.

Cote is expected to make his first court appearance at 2:30pm Friday via Zoom through York County Superior Court.

Wanted Waterboro Man Apprehended, Facing New Felony Charges

On May 25, 2021, Troopers from Troop A conducted a motor vehicle stop on South Waterboro Road in Lyman. As a result of the traffic stop, Darren Foglio, 51, of Waterboro, was taken into custody on 4 active warrants for his arrest without incident.

Foglio was on multiple sets of bail conditions that prohibited the use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs and stated he must submit to random search and testing for those prohibited items. After he was placed under arrest, a search of the car was conducted which led to the discovery of alcohol and illegal narcotics.

Foglio was transported to the York County Jail where he was held without bail on the outstanding arrest warrants. He was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (Class C Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Schedule W Drug (Class C Felony), and 11 counts of Violating Conditions of release (Class E). He will also be indicted on Unlawful Possession of Morphine (Class C Felony), Darren was also held without bail on the new criminal charges.

Also charged as a result of the traffic stop was Darren’s sister, Denise Higgins-Foglio, 55, also of Waterboro. Denise was the driver of the motor vehicle and was subsequently charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (Class D) . Denise was transported to the York County Jail where she posted bail and was released.

Lewiston Man Facing Charges for Police Chase

Jeselskis MotorcycleA Lewiston Man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase while driving a motorcycle.

On April 24th, 2021, Trooper Tyler Nadeau was assisting Androscoggin County Sheriffs Office with a traffic stop on Route 202 in Greene. The Deputy attempted to stop a group on motorcycles driving aggressively. Only one of the three motorcycle stopped and the other two continued towards Leeds. Several minutes later one of the suspect motorcycles showed back up to the scene of the traffic stop. 

Trooper Nadeau saw the suspect motorcycle did not have a registration plate. Trooper Nadeau attempted to stop the motorcycle and the driver took off at a high rate of speed. Trooper Nadeau pursued the motorcycle for several miles until speeds were to dangerous to continue the pursuit. The driver continued to do multi vehicle passes in the oncoming lane and his speeds were clocked at 154mph. 

Several minutes later Trooper Nadeau located the suspect motorcycle in the town of Leeds. The driver again refused to stop and continued south bound on Route 202, towards Lewiston. Deputies in the Greene area clocked the suspect motorcycle at 135mph and started a pursuit. The pursuit was quickly terminated due to the speeds.

Hours later, Trooper Nadeau and several Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Devin Jeselskis of Lewiston. Mr. Jeselskis was located standing in the driveway of a residence in Auburn. After a short foot chase, Mr. Jelelski ran to a near by apartment building. Mr. Jeselskis surrendered from the apartment building and was taken into custody by Trooper Nadeau without incident. 

Mr. Jeselskis was charged by MSP with the following crimes:
1.    Eluding Class C Felony 
2.    Driving to Endanger Class C Felony 
3.    Criminal Speed Class E
4.    Operating without a License Class E
5.    Operating after Suspension Class E
6.    Several traffic citations 

A special “Thank You” to the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. This incident is still under investigation and the Sheriff’s Office also charged Mr. Jeselskis with several crimes.

Waterville Arrest

Maine State Police Major Crimes Central arrested Kierra Francis, 28, of Bronx New York, and charged her with Felony Murder in relation to a homicide that occurred in early October of 2020. Francis was a passenger in a vehicle that Waterville Police was attempting to stop so State Police Detectives could take Francis into custody. The operator of the vehicle failed to stop for Waterville officers.  
Joshua Martin, 30, also of NY was shot to death at a Winthrop residence in October of 2020. State Police Detectives have been working over the past several months furthering the progression of this case. The investigation continues. There are no further details at this time.

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