Maine State Police

Police Seek Information From Possible Crash Witness

Van Troop GMaine State Police from Troop G wish to speak to the occupants of the van pictured here on the Maine Turnpike taking the Kittery Rest Area exit on Jan 12, 2021. Authorities believe they may have witnessed a crash between two tractor trailers that day at approximately 2:10 p.m. Anyone else who witnessed the crash should call Cpl. Ricci Cote of the Maine State Police at 207-624-7076.

Sandy River Plantation Fatal Crash

Two people are dead and several others injured following a motor vehicle crash in Sandy River Plantation.

On February 1, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., a gray 2017 Toyota Avalon, driven and occupied by Karl Crute, 79, and his wife Laraine Crute, 79, from Cushing, were traveling north on Rt 4 in Sandy River Plantation when a black 2009 Pontiac G6 was traveling south, driven and occupied by Kaylee Knight, 18, of Chesterville and four teenaged passengers. The two vehicles struck each other and as a result two of the passengers in the vehicle driven by Knight were killed: Thomas Deckard-Madore, 17, of Strong; and Michaela Morgan, 15, of Phillips. 

The Crutes, along with one other passenger of the Pontiac, remain hospitalized and are being treated for serious injuries. The Maine State Police continue to investigate the crash and causation factors. They were assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Rangeley Police Department, Farmington Police Department, Somerset Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, and other multiple fire and rescue agencies from the surrounding areas.

We are saddened by this tragic incident and our condolences are extended to the families of everyone involved.

Troop J Weekly Report (01-24-20 to 01-31-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 0

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 0

01-25-21

Trooper Owen Reed summonsed Broddie Eaton (23) of Blue Hill, for Operating After Suspension after a traffic stop in Blue Hill.

Kingfield Stolen Credit Card

Unidentified suspect wearing red banadanaMaine State Police out of Troop C are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this man who is involved in using a stolen credit card. These photos are of the same individual on two separate days using the stolen card at the Dollar General in Kingfield. Anyone with information on the identity of this male should call Maine State Police – Troop C (207)-624-7076 ext. 9 and leave a message for Trooper Randy Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified subject wearing green banadana blue jeans light gray coat

New Sharon Investigation

On Monday, January 25, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Maine State Police Troopers from Troop C received a call to check the well-being of an individual on the Hovey Road in New Sharon.  Accompanied by a Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy the Trooper responded to the residence.  Upon their arrival, they discovered the adult bodies of one male and one female.  After conducting the post-mortem examinations on the deceased individuals Tuesday morning, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner identified this as a domestic violence homicide-suicide.  

The victim is identified as 42-year-old Jessica Dapolito  (homicide). The suspect is identified as 55-year-old Robert Dapolito (suicide).  Both individuals died from gunshot wounds.  Crime scene technicians and analysts from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team completed processing the crime scene on Monday evening. 

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit - South continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.
 

Lebanon Theft ID: UPDATE Subject IDed

UPDATE: The subject has been identified. Thank you.

Troop J Weekly Report (01-11-20 to 01-17-21)

# of School Visits conducted – 0

# of OUI Alcohol Arrests – 1

# of OUI Drug Arrests – 0

# of DV Arrests – 1

01-11-21

Corporal Daniel Ryan received a complaint of burglary at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. Vandalism to one classroom. Entry made through an unlocked door to the classroom.

01-12-21

Trooper Jeffrey Taylor arrested Stuart Flaherty (40) of Steuben for Operating Under the Influence as result of a traffic stop on the Unionville Road in Steuben for a lane violation.

01-14-21

Sergeant Jeff Ingemi responded to Princeton for a crash report where the operator had left the scene.  As a result of the investigation, Nicholas James (31) of Princeton, was summonsed for Failure to Report an Accident by Quickest Means.

On January 14, 2021, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 1 in Topsfield involving a 2020 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, owned by C&C Trucking incorporated out of Lincoln, hauling logs and a 2009 Ford pick-up truck, owned by Bushwacker and Sons Logging incorporated out of Cary. The operator of the pick-up truck, Tyler Dwyer (30) of Houlton, was deceased at the scene and a passenger of that truck was injured. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gregory Worster (58) of Kingman. Worster was driving north and Dwyer was traveling south.  The collision occurred in the northbound lane. Failure to maintain the proper lane and fatigue appear to be factors in this crash.  Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Corporal Chris Smith, Trooper Darren Vittum, Trooper Corey Smith, Trooper Josh Lander, Detective Jason Fowler, Border Patrol, Indian Township Police Department, and Houlton Police Department. A crash reconstruction and forensic mapping are being conducted.  Princeton Fire Department, Danforth Fire Department, Calais and Danforth EMS, and Westerdahl’s Towing, The Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Transportation also assisted. The investigation continues.

01-17-21

Trooper Kim Sawyer summonsed Jessica Francis (46) of Pleasant Point for Failure to Return to the Scene of an Accident after she reported a property damage crash on Route 1 in Robbinston.

 

 

Topsfield Fatal Crash

Topsfield Fatal white truck with major front-end damage.Maine State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Topsfield.
 
On January 14, 2021, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Maine State Police responded to a fatal crash on Route 1 in Topsfield involving a 2020 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, owned by C&C Trucking incorporated out of Lincoln, hauling logs and a 2009 Ford pick-up truck, owned by Bushwacker and Sons Logging incorporated out of Cary. The operator of the pick-up truck, Tyler Dwyer, 30, of Houlton, was deceased at the scene and a passenger of that truck was injured. The tractor-trailer was driven by Gregory Worster, 58, of Kingman. Worster was driving north and Dwyer was traveling south and the collision occurred in the northbound lane. Failure to maintain the proper lane and fatigue appear to be factors in this crash.

Sergeant Jeffrey Ingemi responded as the primary investigator and was assisted at the scene by Corporal Chris Smith, Trooper Darren Vittum, Trooper Corey Smith, Trooper Josh Lander, Detective Jason Fowler, Border Patrol, Indian Township Police Department, and Houlton Police Department. A crash reconstruction and forensic mapping are being conducted.

Princeton Fire Department, Danforth Fire Department, Calais and Danforth EMS, and Westerdahl’s Towing, The Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Transportation also assisted. The investigation continues.
 

Mile Marker 5 Fatal Crash Update

 Tractor trailer crashMaine State Police have learned that two people died in the crash that occurred on Jan. 12, 2021.

 As a result of reconstruction and investigative efforts, police learned that a major police incident that was being investigated on the southbound side of I-95 caused traffic to slow on the northbound side. A Freightliner tractor-trailer loaded with large paper rolls being driven by Lakhveer Gill, 40, of Brantford, Ontario was traveling north, behind him was a 2014 Lexus RX230, driven by Geoffrey Gattis, 68, with his wife Elizabeth Gattis, 68, in the passenger seat, both of Falmouth. Both vehicles had slowed down, when an unloaded tractor-trailer driven by David Herring, 38, of South Portland, failed to recognize traffic had slowed and struck the Lexus from behind. The force of the impact pushed the car into the back of the first tractor-trailer, crushing the smaller vehicle. Both occupants were found deceased.

The investigation is ongoing. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. Once the investigation is complete, it will be reviewed by the York District Attorney’s Office.

 

Vehicle Pursuit Update

White Truck with U Haul trailerA Topsham man is facing multiple felonies after leading police on a high-speed pursuit from Kennebunk to York. 

On Jan. 12, 2021, law enforcement received approximately 6 calls regarding an erratic driver on I-95. Trooper Lee Vanadestine, saw the white 2002 Ford Super Duty pickup that was towing a U-Hail trailer. The trooper pursued the truck which failed to stop and continued at high rates of speed through three lanes of traffic. After witnessing the vehicle nearly strike other motorists, the Trooper attempted to end the chase by disabling  the trailer, but lost control of his cruiser and crashed into the guardrail on the median, disabling the cruiser and sustaining minor injuries.

Marked Maine State Police cruiser damaged in frontTrooper Jarrot MacKinnon became lead on the pursuit. A Kittery police officer attempted to deploy spike matts to disable the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. 

A Kittery Police Lieutenant had parked in the mile marker 4.5 crossover in an attempt to assist in the pursuit. The truck rammed the Kittery Police Cruiser while the Officer was still inside. Kittery Police Lieutenant John Desjardins received minor injuries.Kittery unmarked silver cruiser

The driver of the vehicle was identified as David Stoddard, 49, of Topsham. He was taken into custody, inuring Trooper MacKinnon, and transported to York Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He will be charged with Elevated Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Reckless Conduct, Aggravated Driving to Endanger and Eluding. Lt. Desjardins, Tpr. Vanadestine, and Tpr. MacKinnon were all treated and released.

 

 


 

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