Interstate 95

Troop G Weekly Report

1-15- Tpr. Darcy stopped a vehicle northbound on the turnpike in York. The registration was suspended for tolls. The registered owner was able to call into the turnpike authority and sort out the issue regarding his overdue fines to the turnpike.

Sgt. Pappas summonsed a Livermore Falls resident for trafficking oxycodone after finding him in possession of 36 pills.

Sgt. Pappas summonsed two Bingham residents for trafficking cocaine after finding them in possession of 2 ounces of coke and 1 gram of fentanyl.  SW was conducted at their residence in Bingham.  Over ten guns were seized in addition to 10 grams of fentanyl.

Cpl. Ricci Cote, while working a minimum shift in Troop B, stopped Brandy Hilliard (41) of Turner, on N. River Road in Greene.  She was arrested and charged with OUI.  Her BrAC was over the legal limit.

Cpl. Ricci Cote summonsed Daniel Moulton (29) of Falmouth for Criminal Speed (102 mph in a posted 70 mph zone) on I-95 SB in Scarborough.

Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Elizabeth Bell (29) of Biddeford on I-95 in Saco for having a Suspended Registration.  She was not charged, but her vehicle was towed.  She will be following up with the MTA.  

Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Scott Briggs (34) of Windham on I-95 SB in Auburn.  He was summonsed for Operating W/ an Expired Driver’s License > 90 Days.

Cpl. Ricci Cote stopped Robert Gray (54) of Sanford on I-95 SB in Gray.  He was arrested for Operating after Habitual Offender Revocation.  He had an active warrant and was out on bail.  He was taken to the Cumberland County Jail. 

On 1/18/20 Trooper Williams arrested Brent Homer (42) of Dorchester, MA for Criminal Arrest Warrant; Failure to Appear following an erratic driving complaint in York.
 

Tractor Trailer and Plow Truck Crash

Crash Maine State Police are investigating a crash involving a tractor trailer hauling natural gas and a plow truck.

On Jan. 13, 2020, around 9:35 p.m., Thor Cote was driving north in a Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) plow truck, plowing in the left lane, on Interstate 95, Island Falls.  William Curvin was also driving north in a tractor trailer unit hauling compressed natural gas.  William thought the plow truck was in the middle of the roadway, went to pass on the left, and struck the wing of the plow truck.  William lost control of the tractor trailer and went off the left side of the roadway into the median.  The truck tipped onto its left side and came to rest against some rocks.  No one was injured in this crash.

Crash 2The tractor trailer suffered major damage to the tractor.  No hazardous material was released during the crash.

The MDOT plow truck sustained heavy damage to the plow wing and its components.  Thor was able to drive it from the scene to a highway crossover.

Crews will work to remove the rig from the median during daylight hours.

The tractor trailer was scheduled to deliver the natural gas to a local startch factory.  The truck and trailer are owned by Keenan Advantage Group, Clearmont, Indiana.

The crash is still under investigation by Sergeant Jeffrey Clark.
 

CARMEL PILEUP UPDATE

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Approximately 30 vehicles were involved in the pile-up. (Photo from Maine Forest Service Helicopter, courtesy of the Maine Forest Rangers).

State Police now say about 30 vehicles were involved in this morning’s chain reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Carmel.  The crash has closed the northbound lanes.  There have been some injuries, including one serious that the Lifeflight helicopter landed in the road, north of the crash site, to transport that person to a  Bangor hospital.

Several hundred motorists have been stranded behind the crash site and troopers  and the Maine Department of Transportation are making plans to utilize a crossover to get those vehicles turned around.

Initial reports say blinding sun may have caused the first crash about 7:45 AM, and then several other vehicles collided in a chain reaction.   A team of troopers and a fleet of wreckers are on scene to clear the road of the wrecked vehicles and the northbound side is expected to remain closed until – at least – noon.
 

Troop G Weekly Report

On 01-05-2020, Troopers were asked to BOLO for a vehicle heading northbound on I-95 from the NH line. The request was from Biddeford PD who had just issued arrest warrants on a Caleb Pelkey (28) out of Portland for DV Terrorizing and DV Stalking on 01-03-2020. Biddeford PD stated that Pelkey was an Outlaw MC Gang member and had just been seen in a photo with a firearm. There was reason to believe that an occupant of the vehicle was Pelkey. Trooper MacKinnon spotted the vehicle NB and Trooper Paradis and Keim pulled behind him in order to do a felony stop. Three subjects total were in the vehicle, all three showed as active Outlaw MC Gang members in METRO. The vehicle was stopped just prior to the Kennebunk Service Plaza. Pelkey was driving the vehicle and was arrested on the warrants and transported to the York County Jail. The other two members in the vehicle were identified as Mark Morin (41) and Howard Kraft (61) both of Portland. 

12-31-19- Tpr. Darcy arrested William McCall (38) of Biddeford on an active failure to appear warrant as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Wells. William was also issued a summons for Operating after Suspension. The vehicle was towed from the scene as the registration was suspended for tolls.

1-2-20- Tpr. Darcy arrested Alex Lane (43) of Cornish on an active, unpaid fines warrant as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in York. 
On 1/5/2020      Tr. Wilkinson responded to a slide off in the area of mile marker 36 in Saco. Subsequently, the male operator was arrested for OUI and tested above the legal limit. Sgt. Pappas assisted. 

On 1/5/2020     Tr. Wilkinson and K9 Pinny were requested to assist Westbrook Police Department with a sniff of two subjects they had detained for suspicious activity. K9 Pinny indicated on the buttocks crack of the male subject and did not indicate on the female subject. The male refused to relinquish the narcotics on his own and Westbrook PD officers were not willing to put in the effort for a search warrant for an involuntary strip search. The female corroborated K9 Pinny’s indication and stated she was going to purchase crack cocaine from the male subject prior to police contact and that he had it in his genital area. 

On January 1, Tpr. Physic arrested Steven Walker for OUI who blew over the legal limit. Tpr. Libritz assisted. 

On January 4, Tpr. Physic arrested Hadin Ngouabi Okombi for OUI, who blew over the legal limit.

Tr. Vanadestine stopped Christopher Bean of Augusta for operating 102 MPH on the turnpike in Augusta. 

Tr. Vanadestine responded to a crash at mile 99 in the construction zone. A Rory Colby crashed his car into the jersey barriers.  He was arrested for OAS and OUI.  
Tr. Vanadestine responded to a crash with minor injuries.  A Timothy Card of Lisbon crashed his pickup truck in to the embankment, he was transported to the ER for injuries.  Card was refused to submit to chemical test.  CARD was arrested for OUI and his truck was totaled.

On 01-01-2020, Tr. Duda summonsed Anthony Beard, age 31, for operating with a suspended registration in York.

On 01-02-2020, Tr. Duda summonsed Clarence Stevens, age 56, for operating after revocation in York. 

On 01-04-2020, Tr. Duda arrested Gerard Lapierre, age 64, of Augusta for operating under the influence. Tr. Duda was working an OUI detail and observed Lapierre operating erratically on State Street in Augusta. Lapierre was subsequently arrested and brought to the Augusta Police Department for a breath test. Lapierre blew over the legal limit.

Tr. And K9 Mack conducted 4 exterior K9 sniff this week for Troop G troopers. No indications were present.
 

Island Falls Tractor Trailer Wreck

island Falls 1A tractor trailer truck travelling south on Interstate 95 lost control and slammed into a bridge support, cutting the trailer in half.

On Jan. 4, 2020, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Houlton Regional Communications Center received a call advising them that there was a tractor trailer leaning against a guard rail in the area of mile marker 276 South bound (Island Falls). Trooper Cotton arrived on scene and observed a white Tractor Trailer Unit wrapped around the Rt. 159 concrete bridge support. Trooper Cotton determined that the tractor trailer had lost control due to the poor weather and road conditions, slid into and broke approximately 100 yards of guard rail, before sliding into the median and into the bridge support. The impact from the bridge support broke the trailer in half. The driver suffered minor injuries.

A DOT bridge inspector was called to the scene. Westerdahls towing will be removing the truck when the weather improves.

AUGUSTA INTERSTATE CLOSURE

State Police say Interstate 95 in Augusta was shut down on the northbound side as police dealt with a man sitting alone inside a car with a gun. The incident was on the off ramp at exit 113 in Augusta, and State and Augusta Police are on scene.    Northbound Interstate traffic was diverted at exit 112 ( Civic Center Dr. )  and motorists traveling north had to use secondary roads to get back on the Interstate at Sidney.  Southbound Interstate traffic was not effected.  The situation resolved around 8:30 a.m. No further details are being released at this time.

Troop G Weekly Report

On 12/26/19 at 22:25 hrs. Tr. Harakles responded to a report of a vehicle pulled over in a dangerous spot. Tr. Harakles located the vehicle in the construction zone mile 9 South. Tr. Harakles spoke with the driver and immediately suspected impairment. At the conclusion of SFT’s 31-year-old Yusef Nouri of Beverly Mass was arrested for OUI. A subsequent breath test showed Nouri was over twice the legal limit.

Tpr. Physic received a complaint of suspicious activity regarding a vehicle that kept going through New Gloucester tolls. Tpr. Physic spotted the vehicle going through the tolls and initiated a traffic stop.  Tpr. Physic arrested the driver, Charles Richardson, for Failing to Appear and summonsed him for Operating w/o License.  Cpl. Cote and Tpr. Davis assisted.

12-23- Tpr. Darcy charged Monika Scheindel (21) of Cape Elizabeth with Operating after Suspension and Operating with a Suspended Registration as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in Biddeford. The registration was suspended for tolls.

12-23- Tpr. Darcy charged Kenneth Hughes (41) of Monmouth with Operating after Suspension as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in York. Tpr. Wilkinson & K9 Pinny were called to the scene. K9 Pinny alerted to the odors of narcotics on the vehicle. A search was conducted, crack cocaine and cocaine paraphernalia were located.  

12-26-19 Tpr. Darcy charged Jamaal Williams (37) of Biddeford with Operating after Suspension as the result of a traffic stop northbound on the turnpike in York.

Tr. Keim stopped GEORGE MOUSTAKIS (33) of Danvers Mass., for traveling 107mph in a posted 70mph speed zone.  In the vehicle with MOUSTAKIS was his 3 children.  Two were 5 years old, the other 11 years old and his wife whom was 4 months pregnant. MOUSTAKIS was charged with criminal speed and endangering the welfare of a child.

On 12-29-19, Tr. Stubbs saw a black VW Passat going the wrong way at the NB Kittery Rest Area. The vehicle’s North Carolina registration was revoked, and the operator was suspended in Massachusetts. The operator, Andrew Marshalka (56) of Mass, stated he was headed to visit his girlfriend in Cumberland. He estimated the cash he had on him at $3700 and stated that he rents the vehicle for $650 a month. York PD’s K-9 responded and indicated on the vehicle, a thorough search of the vehicle was negative. National Wrecker towed the vehicle and Tr. Stubbs summons Marshalka for OWL and Operating a vehicle with Revoked Registration.  Tr. MacKinnon and Sgt. Porter assisted.

Ice Crashes Through Windshield on Interstate

Ice DamageA driver was cited after a chunk of ice flew off their vehicle and through the windshield of a car that was attempting to pass it on Interstate 95.

On Nov. 16, 2019, Kristin Harmon was driving south on Interstate 95, Houlton.  She moved into the left lane to pass a slower moving vehicle driven by Rose Rodriguez.  As Kristin was passing, a large chunk of ice came off the top of Rose’s vehicle and went through Kristin’s windshield.  Kristin was able to flag down Rose and both pulled to the right side of the Interstate.

Rose was issued a traffic summons for unsecure load on her vehicle.  Kristin’s vehicle was towed from the Interstate by York’s of Houlton Towing.  No one was injured during this incident.

Ice Web 2The State Police would like to remind all motorists to clear all snow/ice from their vehicles before driving on the public way.
 

OXFORD COUNTY BOUND DRUGS SEIZED

drugsFor the second time in two days, State Police have arrested a group of New Yorkers on the Maine Turnpike on drug selling charges. The arrests took place last night  and are in connection with an investigation of drugs sales out of a home at 33 Main St. in West Paris. 

Wednesday evening, troopers stopped a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica van on the turnpike in York.  At the same time, a team of Troopers, Deputies from Oxford Sheriff’s Department and officers from Norway and Rumford police, searched the West Paris home.  Seized in the van were 382 grams of cocaine and crack.  Items seized from the house were other items related to drug selling.  The four arrested on the turnpike were taken to the York County Jail and all are charged with aggravated drug trafficking.  Investigators say the group has been active importing and selling drugs from Oxford Hills to the Rumford area and also in southern Franklin County in recent months. 

Gonez
Yashim “Scotty” Gomez, 35, of the Bronx, New York

Arrested are - Yashim “Scotty” Gomez, 35, Raymond “T” Vasquez, 26, Geraldine “GiGi” Rodriguez, 31, and Princes Munoz-Cordero 19, all from Bronx New York.  Bail was set at $20,000 for Gomez and $10,000 for the other three.  On Tuesday troopers arrested two NY men and a Bangor woman after their vehicle was stopped on the turnpike in Kennebunk.  Seized were cocaine and heroin, headed for Bangor.

 

 

Vasquez
Raymond “T” Vasquez, 26,of the Bronx, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodriguez
Geraldine “GiGi” Rodriguez 31,of the Bronx, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princes
Princes Munoz-Cordero 19, of the Bronx, New York

 

Kennebunk Drug Bust

DrugsKENNEBUNK, Maine- Police arrest three people for aggravated drug trafficking after traffic stop. On Oct. 29, 2019, Maine State Police Troopers from Troop G stopped a vehicle on I-95 northbound for a traffic infraction. As a result of the investigation, police located 114 grams of cocaine base and 10 grams of a suspected heroin/fentanyl mixture concealed in the vehicle.

All three occupants were arrested for aggravated trafficking. They are as follows: Antron Owens AKA "NUNU", 25, of New York; Terrell Owens AKA "RELL", 27, of New York; and Danielle Eames-Powe, 35, of Bangor, Maine.

A special thanks to the South Portland Police and their K9 Unit in assisting with this stop.

 

 

 

 

 

Antron
Antron Owens, AKA "NUNU", 25, of New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrell
Terrell Owens AKA "RELL", 27, of New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle
Danielle Eames-Powe, 35, of Bangor, Maine

 

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