Cops & Courts – Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel https://www.centralmaine.com Features news from the Kennebec Journal of Augusta, Maine and Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine. Fri, 25 May 2018 01:08:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Waterville motel robber imprisoned 18 months for assaulting jail guards https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/waterville-motel-robber-imprisoned-18-months-for-assaulting-jail-guards/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/waterville-motel-robber-imprisoned-18-months-for-assaulting-jail-guards/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 21:36:11 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/waterville-motel-robber-imprisoned-18-months-for-assaulting-jail-guards/ AUGUSTA — Nearing the end of a prison term for robbing a Waterville inn, a former Skowhegan man was sentenced Thursday to an additional 18 months behind bars for assaulting two corrections officers at the Kennebec County jail.

Patrick E. Leblanc Jr., 22, had pleaded guilty March 20, 2018, to two counts of assault on an officer, and the case was postponed until Thursday for sentencing.

According to files at the Capital Judicial Center, Leblanc injured Alicia Quirk and Cody Brown Sept. 9, 2017, during a struggle when the two officers were attempting to move him from his cell to a different area. He was being held on the robbery charge at that time.

Later he was ordered to serve an initial 18 months for the March 17, 2017, early morning robbery at the Budget Host Airport Inn in Waterville. The remainder of the five-year sentence was suspended while he spends four years on probation.

In the robbery case, LeBlanc rang the night bell to be let in and asked the inn’s night manager if rooms were available and for a public restroom. After he was told no, authorities said Leblanc then let his co-defendant, Tylor Anthony Reece — who was wearing a sweatshirt with the hood up and carrying what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun but actually was a black-and-silver BB gun — into the lobby.

Reece then went behind the counter and took $250 from the cash drawer.

A judge on Thursday ordered that probation to begin once Leblanc finishes the prison term for the assaults on the officers.

In a defense sentencing memo, attorney William Baghdoyan noted that Leblanc has spent much of his life in state custody and has an extensive juvenile record, including some assaults on officers in juvenile facilities.

Baghdoyan said Leblanc wants to move to Rhode Island to assist his ailing mother once his prison term is completed.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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Morning Sentinel May 24 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/morning-sentinel-may-24-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/morning-sentinel-may-24-police-log-4/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 21:27:03 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/morning-sentinel-may-24-police-log-4/ IN CLINTON, Wednesday at 7:25 a.m., threatening was investigated on Bangor Road.

2:54 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Morrison Avenue.

5:55 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Tardiff Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Wednesday at 12:23 p.m., a report of violation of bail led to an arrest on Center Road.

5:33 p.m., a structure fire was reported on Oakland Road.

5:48 p.m., a structure fire was reported on Oakland Road.

IN HARTLAND, Wednesday at 8:54 a.m., loud noise or music was reported on Commercial Street.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 8:52 a.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Lanes Way.

5:36 p.m., trespassing was reported on Laney Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Wednesday at 8:15 a.m., trespassing was reported on Main Street.

6:14 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Madison Road.

IN OAKLAND, Wednesday at 3:01 p.m., a theft was investigated on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

IN PALMYRA, Wednesday at 2:55 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

3:56 p.m., theft was reported on Estes Avenue.

IN PITTSFIELD, Wednesday at 9:25 a.m., shoplifting was reported in Somerset Plaza.

3:01 p.m., suspicious activity was reported in Somerset Plaza.

8:01 p.m., disturbance was reported on North Main Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Wednesday at 8:31 a.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Lawton Street.

9:15 a.m., mischief was reported on Prescelly Drive.

11:47 a.m., trespassing was reported at Fairgrounds Market Place.

12:12 p.m., theft was reported on Oak Pond Road.

12:49 p.m., theft was reported on Water Street.

1:11 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Water Street.

1:52 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Madison Avenue.

2:36 p.m., vandalism was reported on Water Street.

4:07 p.m., disturbance was reported on Water Street.

9:02 p.m., threatening was reported on Middle Road.

Thursday at 1:31 a.m., assault was reported on Fairview Avenue.

IN SOLON, Wednesday at 2:34 p.m., theft was reported on French Hill Road.

7:21 p.m., theft was reported on French Hill Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 6:16 a.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Highwood Street.

8:18 a.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Silver Street.

10:35 a.m., shoplifting was reported at Maine Smoke Shop on College Avenue.

11:31 a.m., a theft was reported on Front Street.

1:10 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Elm Street.

1:35 p.m., threatening was reported on Western Court.

5:54 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Waterville Commons Drive.

10:38 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennebec Street.

11:17 p.m., a theft was reported at Wendy’s on Main Street.

Thursday at 1:22 p.m., a domestic dispute was investigated on Elm Street.

4:48 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 9:49 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Monument Street.

ARRESTS

IN CLINTON, Wednesday at 11:51 a.m., Sasha A. Donahue, 33, of Clinton, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wednesday at 1:30 a.m., Dennis J. Ayala, 55, of Wilton, was arrested on two charges of violating condition of release and charges of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of fentanyl powder with a prior conviction.

12:45 p.m., Brenda A. Hatch, 54, of Farmington, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

5:30 p.m., Derek S. Campbell, 32, of Wilton, was arrested on a probation hold and charges of violating conditions of release and assault.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Wednesday at 1:19 p.m., Mitchel Burton Macarthur, 28, of Fairfield, was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release on two counts and operating after suspension.

5:25 p.m., Michael Steven Ciley, 49, of Fairfield, was arrested on a charge of displaying a fictitious inspection sticker.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 10:23 p.m., Paul Fay, 33, of Vassalboro, was arrested on a warrant.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 9:09 p.m., Spiros T. Moumouris, 43, of Winslow, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

SUMMONSES

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 6:43 a.m., Casey Lee Bronn, 37, of Vassalboro, was summonsed on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked.

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Madison man charged with burglary of computers, television, credit cards https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/madison-man-charged-with-burglary-of-computers-television-credit-cards/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/madison-man-charged-with-burglary-of-computers-television-credit-cards/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 20:53:23 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/madison-man-charged-with-burglary-of-computers-television-credit-cards/ A Madison man was charged with burglary after police found multiple stolen items in his home after tracing the use of a stolen credit card.

Michael Maglaras, 25, was charged after police searched his residence and discovered stolen items.

According to a press release from Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster, officers responded to a burglary at T.R. Dillon Logging on Main Street in November 2017. The victim reported the business had been broken into, and two laptops and a television worth approximately $2,000 were reported stolen. The victim later reported a credit card was also stolen. Damage done to the building at the time of the burglary was estimated at $3,000.

At first deputies could not find a suspect during their investigation. However, they discovered the credit card was being used at several local businesses and were able to locate a suspect and obtain a search warrant.

On Tuesday, May 15, authorities executed a search warrant at 32 Hayden St. in Madison, where Maglaras lived. During the search, authorities found a computer, the television, and numerous credit cards, debit cards, gas cards and checks.

Additional charges may be filed once the case is reviewed by the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office.

Maglaras is scheduled to appear in the Somerset County Unified Court on August 15.

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Kennebec Journal May 24 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/kennebec-journal-may-24-police-log-5/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/kennebec-journal-may-24-police-log-5/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 20:30:51 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/kennebec-journal-may-24-police-log-5/ IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 5:12 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Murray Street.

5:30 a.m., harassment was reported on Townsend Street.

10:07 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Melville Street.

10:43 a.m., criminal trespass was reported on Western Avenue.

11:09 a.m., criminal threatening was reported on Eastern Avenue.

11:38 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Water Street.

11:53 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Gaywalk Street.

12:30 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

12:34 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

12:40 a.m., harassment was reported on Eastern Avenue.

4:47 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic accident was reported on Union Street.

5:21 p.m., theft was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

6:43 p.m., theft was reported on Chamberlain Street.

6:17 p.m., fireworks were reported on School Street.

7:52 p.m., a disturbance was reported on School Street.

7:35 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Chapel Street.

8:37 p.m., property was recovered on Stone Street.

9:30 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Winthrop Street.

9:34 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on State Street.

9:41 p.m., a well-being check was performed on Western Avenue.

Thursday at 12:40 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Melville Street.

4:43 a.m., property was recovered on Union Street.

IN GARDINER, Wednesday at 3:14 p.m., truancy was reported on West Hill Road.

IN HALLOWELL, Wednesday at 7:56 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

11:39 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

Thursday at 12:28 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

IN MONMOUTH, Wednesday at 8:18 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cobbossee Road.

IN WINTHROP, Wednesday at 7:17 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Welch’s Point Road.

8:32 p.m., a family fight was reported on Larson Lane.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 10:08 a.m., Megan S. St. Peter, 28, of Belgrade, was arrested on a charge of failure to appear, at an unidentified location.

IN GARDINER, Thursday at 2:21 a.m., Chandler Austin Fritz, 18, of Augusta, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and minor consuming liquor, on Bridge Street.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 5:40 p.m., Andrew S. Chubbuck, 19, of Damariscotta, was issued a summons on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (less than $500), after shoplifting was reported on Civic Center Drive.

7:01 p.m., Matti G. Raag Schmidt, 18, of Vassalboro, was issued a summons on a charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, on Union Street.

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Sidney home invasion, hammer attack land man at least 20 years in prison https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/sidney-home-invasion-hammer-attack-land-man-at-least-20-years-in-prison/ Thu, 24 May 2018 20:11:19 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/24/sidney-home-invasion-hammer-attack-land-man-at-least-20-years-in-prison/ AUGUSTA — A Rhode Island man will spend at least 20 years in prison for breaking into an 84-year-old woman’s Sidney home, then attacking and injuring her son with a hammer when he arrived to help her.

Dreaquan L. Foster, 23, of Providence, pleaded guilty Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center to charges related to the home invasion, even as he continued to claim that he had no memory of the break-in or attack but still apologized for it.

Foster admitted to charges of elevated aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief, burglary, theft by unauthorized use of property and three charges of criminal mischief, all of which occurred March 12, 2017, at the home of Audrey Hewett. The remainder of his 25-year prison term was suspended while he serves four years on probation.

Those pleas were accepted by Judge Eric Walker, who told Foster that the charge of elevated aggravated assault carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, and then conducted a full sentencing hearing.

“Some of the scariest part of this case is the randomness of this,” Walker said, adding it could have happened anywhere in Maine. “That you have Mr. Foster, basically a ticking time bomb, driving up to Maine and wherever he stops and runs out of gas, that’s where he ends up. That’s where some victims unfortunately are going to be encountered.”

Eric Hewett, who lives near his mother’s house and raced to his mother’s rescue during the break-in, spent 12 days in the hospital recovering from a concussion and skull fracture. After he was hit on the head with a claw hammer, he wrestled with Foster and shot him in the chest.

Eric Hewett read aloud a victim statement, saying the scars of the attack still haunt him physically and mentally.

“To this day I am disfigured with scarring and the visible 8-inch indent in my head where my skull was fractured. My left eye has not completely recovered. I continue to struggle with PTSD,” Eric Hewett said. “Myself and my family will always bear scars from that day.”

Assistant District Attorney Alisa Ross requested a 26-year prison term for Foster “based on the victim impact, the defendant’s criminal history, and the significant state interest in protecting the public from the defendant,” according to the state’s sentencing memo.

The defense attorney, Andrew Wright, had suggested a sentence that calls for seven years to be served immediately, with the remainder of the 18-year term to be suspended while Foster spends four years on probation. Foster previously pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, his attorney said Foster remembers nothing at all of the events.

Outside the courthouse after the hearing, Wright said, “It’s a terrible tragedy and the loss of a young man’s life.”

Ross outlined the facts of the case, and when Walker asked Foster if he disagreed with them, his attorney responded.

“We’re somewhat at a loss,” Wright said. “Mr. Foster maintains he has no memory as to what happened that day.”

In court, Foster apologized to the victims and the victims’ family.

“Words can’t really describe the guilt I feel right now,” he said, speaking in a low voice. He added that he was taking responsibility for his actions and asked the judge for mercy.

‘HER SAVIOR’

Wright said Foster’s last memory is of drinking in Rhode Island with friends and doing drugs at 5 a.m. Then Foster woke up the next day in a hospital in Maine with a gunshot wound in his chest, Wright said.

Ross’s memo says Foster stole a car in Rhode Island, drove to Maine, and then abandoned the vehicle on Interstate 95 when it ran out of gas. He walked down Lyons Road, breaking into a business and another home before reaching Audrey Hewett’s house.

The memo also lays out Foster’s prior convictions: three felony counts of breaking and entering a dwelling and receiving stolen goods Nov. 23, 2015, in Rhode Island, and that there is a warrant for his arrest. Ross also wrote that Foster “was arrested and charged with assault to rob/unarmed, threat to commit crime, assault and battery and conspiracy” in 2015 in Massachusetts and had an outstanding warrant.

In arguing for a 26-year term for Foster, Ross used a PowerPoint presentation to graphically show the judge what happened.

She started with using a brief video showing an individual stealing a car in Rhode Island and driving off. Then Ross showed an aerial view of the area where the stolen Audi was abandoned along Interstate 95 and the proximity to the Hewetts’ homes, as well as the location of Hilltop Log Homes and another property — where police traced Foster’s footprints — which were also broken into.

Ross showed other photos of the fresh injuries to Eric Hewett’s head and face, two separate blood smears on the floor of Audrey Hewett’s bathroom floor where the two men struggled over Hewett’s handgun, and damage to Audrey Hewett’s picture window and bedroom door, the latter showing the imprint of a foot.

Ross played a video clip of a Kennebec Journal interview with Audrey and Eric Hewett, who described the harrowing events of that day less than a week afterward.

The prosecutor also played an audio recording of the 911 call in which Eric Hewett’s wife, Patty, reported the break-in to authorities as she learned about it in real time from Audrey Hewett, who had called her on a different phone and was stuck in her bedroom.

As the 911 call played in the court room, both Eric and Audrey Hewett grabbed tissues to blow their noses. They were sitting next to Patty and the couple’s four children, who also had come to the sentencing.

Audrey Hewett has said that Foster entered her home around 7 p.m. on March 12, 2017, after first knocking on her front door and asking to use the telephone. When Audrey Hewett told him to look elsewhere, she has said, Foster got angry, banged on her front door and finally climbed a snowbank and broke through the bay window on the front of her home. She immediately called her son and retreated into her bedroom, continuing to speak on the phone with Patty Hewett, who called 911 at 7:11 p.m. on different phone.

“Thankfully Ms. Hewett had her savior living next door in her son, only a tenth of a mile away,” said Walker, the judge, before handing down the sentence. “And luckily for her and for her son, he had a gun and he was able to use it. And was able to get over to his mother’s house quickly before Mr. Foster was able to kick in (Hewett’s) mother’s door.”

While fending off Foster’s hammer attack, Eric Hewett suffered multiple head injuries, including a skull fracture, two broken eye orbits, a broken cheekbone and dangerous levels of bleeding around his brain. He missed three months of work and now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Since the invasion, he’s reinforced his family’s doors, added security alarms to their homes and purchased more firearms.

“It’s a heightened awareness,” Hewett said in December, when asked about his PTSD. “I was actually jumpy for quite a while. That has calmed down quite a bit. I’m more aware of people that are around now, who’s coming and who’s going.”

THE PUNISHMENT

Two members of Foster’s family were also in the courtroom on Thursday. During a break, they declined to speak with a reporter. One of them, a middle-aged man, sniffled loudly a couple times in the hearing and left the court room when Foster made his remarks.

Ross, the prosecutor, also sought more than $7,000 in restitution for five different victims, including the Hewetts, which Walker granted. A condition of probation prohibits Foster from being in Sidney, Maine.

Eric Hewett has told police that as he moved from the kitchen into the living room calling out for the intruder to leave, a man “leapt from the adjoining bathroom and began to strike him repeatedly on the head” with a hammer.

Audrey Hewett joined him at the podium in court as he read the last paragraph of a prepared statement.

“I feel his punishment should be suiting of his crimes and the potential danger that he poses to society,” Eric Hewett said.

After the sentencing, Eric and Audrey Hewett said in an interview that they agreed with its length, given how much harm Foster has brought their family.

While Hewett acknowledged that Foster will be locked up for such a great portion of his life, he also said that the Rhode Island man would still have time to change his life after he’s served his time, assuming his apology on Thursday was sincere.

“I think it’s sad that we’re sending a 23-year-old man to prison for a such a large part of his life,” Eric Hewett said. “But I think society needs to make a statement when horrific crimes are committed.”

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

ceichacker@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @ceichacker

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Police: Windsor woman drove 32 mph over speed limit while intoxicated https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/police-windsor-woman-drove-32-mph-over-speed-limit-while-intoxicated/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/police-windsor-woman-drove-32-mph-over-speed-limit-while-intoxicated/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 19:40:40 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/police-windsor-woman-drove-32-mph-over-speed-limit-while-intoxicated/ AUGUSTA — A Windsor woman was arrested Tuesday evening after she allegedly drove more than 30 mph over the speed limit while intoxicated, then was stopped by police after her boyfriend reported the erratic driving.

Harley Rae Graziano, 23, also allegedly tried to resist arrest after police stopped the truck she had driven from Windsor to Augusta, according to court documents. Late Wednesday afternoon, she was still being held at Kennebec County jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

The truck belonged to Graziano’s boyfriend, who was in the vehicle when police stopped her on Route 105, near the intersection with Church Hill Road.

She had allegedly taken the truck without her boyfriend’s permission after the couple got into an argument, according to an affidavit written by Michael Sayers of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

But the boyfriend managed to get in the truck as Graziano was driving away, and he called 911 to report that “Harley was driving 100 MPH everywhere she was going and he was scared,” Sayers said.

After receiving the boyfriend’s call, members of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office stopped Graziano around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. Using a radar unit, they determined that she allegedly was driving 77 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 105.

After they stopped her, they administered tests of her balance and coordination that showed strong indications she was intoxicated, according to Sayers. Graziano denied drinking any alcohol on Tuesday, but said she had a few drinks on Monday, Sayers said

When police announced that they were arresting Graziano, she began screaming at her boyfriend and resisting arrest, Sayers wrote.

“I attempted to turn Harley around and Harley struck me in the left shoulder area with her right arm,” Sayers wrote in the affidavit. “I then grabbed Harley’s arm. Harley continued to resist.” Later, Sayers continued, “I told Harley she could stand up and walk to the police vehicle. Harley was refusing to speak with me. Harley was pretending to be passed out.”

The boyfriend then told police that “every time Harley gets arrested she pretends to pass out so she goes to the hospital instead of jail,” Sayers said.

Police eventually brought Harley to the Augusta Police Department, where she refused to take a breath test, then to MaineGeneral Medical Center, where she was medically cleared to be taken to Kennebec County jail, according to Sayer.

They charged her with operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, both Class D misdemeanors, and driving to endanger and motor vehicle speeding (more than 30 mph over the speed limit), both Class E misdemeanors.

Charles Eichacker — 621-5642

ceichacker@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @ceichacker

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Jury finds Jeremy Clement guilty of four charges, including attempted murder https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/jury-to-begin-deliberation-in-case-of-fairfield-man-charged-with-attempted-murder/ Wed, 23 May 2018 16:32:57 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/jury-to-begin-deliberation-in-case-of-fairfield-man-charged-with-attempted-murder/ AUGUSTA — The jury in the attempted murder trial of Jeremy Clement has found the Fairfield man guilty of all four charges of attempted murder, burglary, aggravated assault and assault.

Clement showed no emotion when the verdicts were read.

The 12-person jury deliberated for about six hours before delivering their final verdict on all four charges. At one point in their deliberations, they reported that they had reached a verdict on three of the four charges against Clement, but had yet to decide on the attempted murder charge. Justice William Stokes ordered them to continue to deliberate.

Stokes released the jury just after 6 p.m.

Jasmine Caret, who had been shot by Clement, her mother, Roseanna, and her grandmother, May, were not present for the reading of the verdict, though they had been present during different parts of the trial.

Stokes also entered into the verdict a count of possession of a firearm, which the jury had not been tasked with deliberating. Since Clement had admitted during testimony to having the gun, Stokes said it was not unreasonable to add the charge into the verdict. Because of prior crimes, Clement was not supposed to have a firearm, the judge said, remarking, “I do find that to be beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Sentencing has been scheduled for 1 p.m. June 25. Clement, whose bail had been previously set at $500,000, is being held without bail since he was found guilty.

Following the conclusion of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan had no comment, other than “the jury did their job.”

Clement’s defense attorney, Walter McKee, said, “Jeremy was disappointed. He was adamant from day one he never meant to shoot Jasmine.”

Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense delivered their closing arguments Wednesday morning, outlining competing stories of what happened April 19, 2017, the date police say he drove a four-wheeler to the Caret house in Oakland, kicked in the door, got into an altercation with Roseanna Caret after asking to talk to her daughter, Jasmine Caret, and then shot Jasmine Caret.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in October 2017.

In his closing, Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan said Clement knowingly and intentionally went to the Caret home to kill Jasmine as evidenced by the moments leading up to and following the shooting. Madigan said the timeline shows Clement got his gun, went to the Oakland home, and shot Jasmine, fully intending to kill her.

“He didn’t go inside to kill himself. He didn’t go there with one bullet. He went there with a magazine,” Madigan told the jury.

Frequently Madigan said “he wasn’t done,” in regard to Clement’s actions. The prosecutor argued that Clement kept taking steps toward killing Jasmine Caret.

“Once you have reviewed this evidence, that common thread is he intended to kill, and he put one hell of an effort into doing it that night,” he said. “The evidence matches.”

Madigan dismissed the defense argument that Clement’s intent was to kill himself in front of Jasmine Caret, pointing out that Clement didn’t come up with that story until an hour after the shooting.

He also refuted Clement’s claim that being hit in the head with a baseball bat by Jasmine’s mother Roseanna made the gun go off. He said the bat did not make the gun go off; Clement did when he put the gun to Jasmine Caret’s chest and pulled the trigger. He said Clement’s claims that the gun was pointed away from Jasmine and into the nearby closet were false, based on the wound and where the bullet hit the wall.

Moreover, he said Clement’s claims that he did not want to hurt Jasmine Caret were also false, because it wasn’t until after midnight that day that he finally asked how she was doing after being shot.

“The moment he pulls the trigger is defined by the moments leading up to it and the moments after,” Madigan said.

Clement sat expressionless during the arguments, as he had done throughout the trial, with the exception of when he testified on Tuesday. During that time, he did get choked up when answering questions.

McKee argued that the state had not demonstrated that Clement was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Clement was clearly suicidal, he said, as evidenced by Jasmine’s call to police to conduct a welfare check on him that day.

The defense attorney questioned the testimony provided by state witnesses, including Jasmine, Roseanna and May Caret. He said the state’s witnesses provided “a troubling amount of inaccurate information.”

Jasmine testified she had been shot point blank, despite there being no evidence of that, McKee said. He held up the ripped and bloody shirt Jasmine had been wearing when she was shot, and said there were no signs of burning from the gun’s muzzle, which would have been there had she been shot point blank.

Jasmine Caret lied under oath in previous statements about drinking the day she was shot, McKee said. She had said she wasn’t drinking initially, because she had gone through a detox program. However, on Monday, Jasmine Caret said she had been drinking that day. McKee said this was proof her testimony was unreliable, and both she and Clement testified they suffered from alcohol addiction.

He said to the jury that Jasmine Caret is “not someone you should trust.”

McKee said the state could not prove all the evidence, including the fact there were no photos of Jasmine Caret’s injuries taken after she was shot. Because of this, the state couldn’t prove where she was standing, if Clement was holding her down and whether he had the gun pressed against her.

McKee said Clement was depressed because his children had been taken away from him. The day before, Clement testified he lost custody of his three children, including the son he had with Caret, after he called the Department of Health and Human Services about Caret’s drinking problem. He said DHHS then looked at his drinking problem and took his children. McKee said Clement was facing the prospect of not having custody of his children again and felt hopeless. He said it was not out of the ordinary for someone in Clement’s predicament to feel suicidal.

“Him being suicidal is not in dispute,” McKee said.

McKee said after being struck from behind with the baseball bat, which caused a large cut on Clement’s head and resulted in a large amount of blood loss, “anything could happen.”

“It was no little hit to the head, this was a big hit,” McKee said. “He got splayed open.”

In the end, the jury voted with Madigan’s assertion: “The bat did not make this gun go off, Jeremy did.”

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

cellis@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @colinoellis

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https://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/Clement1.jpgJeremy Clement, left, listens along with his attorney, Walter McKee, during closing arguments at his attempted murder trial at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta on Wednesday.Thu, 24 May 2018 12:37:23 +0000
Kennebec Journal May 23 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/kennebec-journal-may-23-police-log-3/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/kennebec-journal-may-23-police-log-3/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:44:12 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/kennebec-journal-may-23-police-log-3/ IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 7:14 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Blair Road.

7:41 a.m., harassment was reported on Gedney Street.

11:02 a.m., a hit-and-run traffic accident was reported on Summer Street.

1:19 p.m., property was recovered on State Street.

1:29 p.m., needles were recovered on Tall Pines Way.

2:58 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Leavitt Road.

4:02 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Flagg Street.

4:09 p.m., a well-being check was done on Old Winthrop Road.

5:26 p.m., a well-being check was done on Front Street.

5:32 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Murray Street.

5:35 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Eastern Avenue.

6:14 p.m., a well-being check was done on Arsenal and Hospital streets.

6:51 p.m., a sex offense was reported by a Mount Vernon Avenue caller.

7:09 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Eastern Avenue.

8:53 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on New England Road.

10:25 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Glenridge Drive.

Wednesday at 2:35 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Oak Street.

IN GARDINER, Tuesday at 9:11 a.m., theft was reported on Union Street.

IN HALLOWELL, Tuesday at 9:07 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Town Farm Road.

IN MONMOUTH, Tuesday at 10:33 a.m., a well-being check was done on Back Street.

10:36 a.m., burglary was reported on U.S. Route 202.

3:46 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

4:12 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on U.S. Route 202 and Annabessacook Road.

IN PITTSTON, a well-being check was done on Brookside Drive.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 12:11 p.m., Ronald E. Gilliam, 43, of Hallowell, was arrested on two charges of violating a protection order, on New England Road.

3:50 p.m., Joshua L. Graves, 39, of Augusta, was arrested on a probation hold, on Bangor Street.

Wednesday at 3:27 a.m., three Augusta people were each arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct (loud unreasonable noise), after disorderly conduct was reported on Oak Street. They were 33-year-old Joseph Charles, 23-year-old Vanessa R. Gilbert, and 43-year-old Donald J. Hardy.

IN HALLOWELL, Wednesday at 1:01 a.m., John C. Commander, 36, of Hallowell, was arrested on a warrant, on Water Street.

IN MONMOUTH, Tuesday at 4:04 p.m., Douglas A. Blanchette, 34, of Winthrop, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault, on U.S. Route 202.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 11:37 a.m., a 32-year-old Augusta man was issued a summons on a charge of operating while license was suspended or revoked, after a traffic stop was performed on Western Avenue.

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Morning Sentinel May 23 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/morning-sentinel-may-23-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/morning-sentinel-may-23-police-log-4/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:36:01 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/23/morning-sentinel-may-23-police-log-4/ IN BINGHAM, Wednesday at 3:22 a.m., a breaking and entering in progress was investigated on Main Street.

IN CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday at 5:16 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on North Road.

IN CANAAN, Tuesday at 1:03 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Easy Street.

IN CLINTON, Tuesday at 1:28 p.m., an accident involving an injury was reported on Interstate 95.

IN FAIRFIELD, Tuesday at 11:54 a.m., a scam complaint was taken on Main Street.

2:14 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Main Street.

4:41 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennebec Street.

5 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Green Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Tuesday at 10:11 a.m., a vehicle accident involving an injury was reported on Fairbanks Road.

12:43 p.m., a theft was reported on Farmington Falls Road.

IN JAY, Tuesday at 6:42 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Jewell Street.

IN MADISON, Tuesday at 11:21 a.m., a civil complaint was taken on Weston Avenue.

11:22 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on River Road.

7:20 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Lakewood Road.

IN NEW SHARON, Tuesday at 9:11 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Swan Road.

IN OAKLAND, Tuesday at 2:48 p.m., a burglary was reported on Summer Street.

3:27 p.m., a theft was investigated on Oak Street.

6:53 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Lake Vista Drive.

8:41 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Messalonskee High Drive.

Wednesday at 1:13 p.m., a noise complaint was reported on Fairfield Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Tuesday at 6:40 p.m., a disturbance was reported on North Main Street.

10:38 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Hartland Avenue.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Tuesday at 9:41 a.m., threatening was investigated on Russell Road.

3:37 p.m., a theft was investigated on Main Street.

5:08 p.m., a past burglary was reported on Madison Avenue.

8:44 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Mountain View Terrace.

8:45 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Water Street.

Wednesday at 3:08 a.m., a theft was investigated on Cedar Ridge Drive.

6:37 a.m., vandalism was investigated on Bailey Street.

8:08 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Indian Ridge.

IN SMITHFIELD, Tuesday at 12:52 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Fairview Lane.

IN STARKS, Tuesday at 4:42 p.m., a past burglary was reported on Main Street.

IN WATERVILLE, Tuesday at 6:34 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Boutelle Avenue.

8:15 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Jacob Drive.

9:58 a.m., an unwanted person was reported on Johnson Heights.

11:03 a.m., an accident involving an injury was reported on Gilman and Burleigh streets.

12:45 p.m., threatening was investigated on Water Street.

2:16 p.m., harassment complaint was investigated on Leighton Street.

7:30 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Summer Street.

7:50 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Dalton Street.

9:23 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Summer Street.

9:41 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cleveland Place.

10:31 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Green Street.

10:33 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Water Street.

IN WILTON, Tuesday at 12:05 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

1:14 p.m., a theft was reported on Knapp Street.

3:24 p.m., a theft was reported on U.S. Route 2.

Wednesday at 1:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Depot Street.

IN WINSLOW, Tuesday at 4:03 p.m., a noise complaint was investigated on Whipple Street.

9:17 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Augusta Road.

10:12 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Randall Road.

ARRESTS

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., Melvin L. Vitko, 61, of Salem Township, was arrested on warrants for burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and criminal mischief.

11:02 p.m., Arro S. Agronick, 38, of Hallowell, was arrested on a charge of operating with suspended registration.

IN WATERVILLE, Tuesday at 11:08 a.m., Kaitlyn M. Doustou, 23, of Winslow, was arrested on a warrant.

2:14 p.m., Dustin S. Mathias, 29, of Taunton, Massachusetts, was arrested on three warrants.

11:11 p.m., Leslye A. Oberheim, 40, of Waterville, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.

11:55 p.m., Hassan J. Carter, 22, of New York, New York, was arrested on a charge of failing to provide correct name, address or date of birth.

SUMMONSES

IN WATERVILLE, Tuesday at 5:47 p.m., Jessica M. Delgado Bristol, 33, of Waterville, was summonsed on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

9:44 p.m., Stacy M. Haskell, 37, of Augusta, was summonsed on charges of operating while license suspended or revoked and violating condition of release.

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Internal review concludes Portland police followed procedure in fatal shooting https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/22/internal-review-finds-police-followed-procedure-in-fatal-portland-shooting/ Tue, 22 May 2018 22:17:59 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/22/internal-review-finds-police-followed-procedure-in-fatal-portland-shooting/

A pellet rifle and a bandanna-covered bottle of malt liquor remain at the strip mall in Portland after Chance Baker, 22, was shot by police in February 2017. Staff photo by Ben McCanna

A standard police department review of the fatal shooting of Chance David Baker by Portland police Sgt. Nicholas Goodman in 2017 found that deploying a less-than-lethal round or a Taser would not have been effective against Baker, who was wearing heavy clothing, which reduces the effectiveness of those devices.

The review also found that Goodman followed police procedures during the shooting, and that his training was adequate to prepare him for the situation.

The standard Incident Review Team evaluation, conducted April 3, is required by police departments after officer-involved shootings, and is designed to determine whether policies should be reviewed or revised, and whether protocol was followed during an incident.

A memo detailing the review’s findings sent by department lawyer BethAnne Poliquin to Chief Michael Sauschuck was released to the Portland Press Herald in response to a Freedom of Access Act request.

“Based on Sgt. Goodman’s handling of the threat posed by Mr. Baker and the concerns (Goodman) articulated at the scene, the (Incident Review Team) was satisfied that Sgt. Goodman understood the requirements of both Maine law and police department policy regarding the use of deadly force and that no changes were necessary to the (Portland Police Department) policy.”

The review also addresses how a police department mental health professional had tried to help Baker get treatment for unspecified mental health conditions. But the department could not force Baker into treatment, the report notes.

Chance Baker

“The department is fortunate to have an innovative, nationally recognized program to address mental health issues in the community,” wrote Poliquin, the author of the memo. “Jo Freedman, the department’s behavioral health coordinator, discussed with the (team) that Mr. Baker’s deteriorating mental health and the department’s attempts to address it. Unfortunately, our efforts were unsuccessful and Mr. Baker could not be forced to comply with treatment.”

Baker’s family had suspected he was suffering from undiagnosed mental health conditions, and struggled to know how to help him. Before his death, although he struggled with homelessness, Baker worked multiple jobs. He died with an uncashed paycheck in his pocket.

The shooting unfolded on a bright and clear Saturday morning in February 2017 after Baker, 22, who was also highly intoxicated, bought an air rifle from the Coastal Trading & Pawn store in the shopping complex.

The team was critical of the pawn store for selling the rifle to the intoxicated Baker. But the report noted that under Maine law, even though possession of a firearm while intoxicated is prohibited, the air rifle that fired small pellets is not by statute a firearm.

Once outside, Baker began to point the rifle at passing cars and people. Multiple people called police, and within minutes, Goodman and another officer advanced toward Baker, who was standing near the Subway sandwich shop in the complex.

Goodman issued commands to Baker and tried to make verbal contact with him, but Baker did not respond, and Goodman fired his rifle once, killing Baker instantly.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office concluded in March that Goodman was legally justified in killing Baker because Goodman feared for his life, the life of his fellow officer and the numerous citizens who were in the shopping center that day.

Matt Byrne can be contacted at 791-6303 or at:

mbyrne@pressherald.com

Twitter: MattByrnePPH

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https://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/1156490_663254-CHANCE2_148754717786.jpgChance BakerWed, 23 May 2018 09:01:21 +0000
Morning Sentinel May 22 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/22/morning-sentinel-may-22-police-log-3/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/22/morning-sentinel-may-22-police-log-3/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 19:44:32 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/22/morning-sentinel-may-22-police-log-3/ IN AVON, Monday at 9:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Avon Valley Road.

IN CHESTERVILLE, Monday at 4:52 p.m., a brush fire was reported on Adams Road.

6:52 p.m., a report of a missing person was taken on Gordon Hill Road.

IN CHINA, Monday at 1:52 p.m., an assault was reported on Route 3.

IN CLINTON, Monday at 12:21 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Morrison Avenue.

7:46 p.m., a civil issue was reported on Elwood Drive.

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday at 1:16 pm., a theft was taken on Winter Street.

1:19 p.m., sex offenses were investigated on Police Plaza.

1:27 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Weeks Street.

Tuesday at 8:26 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Covell Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Monday at 2:15 p.m., a theft was reported on Knowlton Corner Road.

2:34 p.m., a warrant arrest was made on County Way.

3:01 p.m., a vehicle accident involving an injury was reported on Wilton Road.

4:14 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Fairbanks Road.

IN JAY, Monday at 6:50 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

9:55 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Highland Road.

11:25 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Beedy Road.

IN MERCER, Monday at 4:40 p.m., a theft was reported on Corson Road.

IN NEW SHARON, Tuesday at 12:44 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Mercer Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Monday at 9:42 a.m., threatening was investigated on Winding Hill Road.

3:10 p.m., mischief was reported on Upper Main Street.

8:34 p.m., trespassing was reported on Mercer Road.

IN OAKLAND, Monday at 1:50 p.m., an assault was reported on Swan Hill Road.

8:34 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Oak Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Monday at 5:40 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of an intoxicated person on Somerset Plaza.

7:50 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Powers Road.

7:58 p.m., a breaking and entering in progress was reported on Lancey Street.

8:03 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Main Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Monday at 1:50 p.m., a theft was investigated on Beauford Street.

4:13 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Madison Avenue.

6:19 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Milburn Street.

6:39 p.m., a noise complaint was investigated on North Avenue.

7:59 p.m., a threatening was reported on Lynn’s Way.

Tuesday at 2:36 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Julie Court.

8:49 a.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Indian Ridge.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 7:20 a.m., suspicious activity was reported at Dead River Company on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

7:30 a.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Sturtevant Street.

9:55 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported at Inland Family Care on The Concourse.

10 a.m., an assault was investigated on Gray Street.

11:38 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Oak Street.

12:22 p.m., a theft was investigated on College Avenue.

1:11 p.m., an assault was investigated on Main Street.

1:50 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Gold Street.

2:45 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on Boutelle Avenue.

3:02 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Oak Street.

3:40 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on Kelsey Street.

4:13 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Summer Street.

7:11 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Armory Road.

9:13 p.m., an individual was taken to the hospital following a report of an out-of-control juvenile on Green Street.

9:29 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Front Street.

Tuesday at 4:32 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Silver Street.

IN WINSLOW, Monday at 4:05 p.m., juvenile offenses were reported on Beck Street.

Tuesday at 12:54 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Augusta Road.

IN WILTON, Monday at 12:18 p.m., a theft was reported on Main Street.

1:58 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Lake Road.

6:53 p.m., a theft was reported on Main Street.

Tuesday at 12:05 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Monday at 8:25 a.m., Tess E. Goodland, 48, of Middleton, New Hampshire, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.

9:16 p.m., George W. Dereszynski, 35, of Kingfield, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence with one prior conviction and endangering the welfare of a child.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Monday at 6:35 p.m., Casey W. Merry, 32, of Mercer, was arrested on a charge of operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior conviction.

6:39 p.m., Forrest Glen Ruman, 37, of Madison, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence with a prior conviction.

6:41 p.m., Jaceb Dillingham, 25, of Skowhegan, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and habitual motor vehicle offender.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 6:18 p.m., Kevin P. Wyman II, 25, of Waterville, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, violating a protective order and reckless conduct.

6:18 p.m., Kevin P. Wyman, 54, of Waterville, was arrested on charges of violating a protective order and violating condition of release.

11:51 p.m., Loren A. Wass, 24, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant.

IN WINSLOW, Monday at 2:10 p.m., Adam Rosario Rodrigues, 47, of Fairfield, was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle without a license.

SUMMONSES

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday at 10:36 a.m., Chad J. McKenna, 37, of Randolph, was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.

IN OAKLAND, Monday at 12:58 p.m., Raymond C. Bessey, 71, of Winslow, was summonsed on a charge of unlawful sexual touching.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 10:46 p.m., Christopher Lill, 46, of Waterville, was summonsed on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked, with a prior conviction.

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NY man charged with distributing heroin in Augusta https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-distributing-heroin-in-augusta/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-distributing-heroin-in-augusta/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-distributing-heroin-in-augusta/ An Albion, New York, man originally facing state drug charges has been indicted on a federal charge of distribution of heroin.

Sharoz Haywood, 21, also known as “Baby Dreads” and “Rah Rah,” is accused of distributing the drug on July 14, 2017. That is the same date listed on state charges of aggravated possession of a schedule W drug and unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, which allegedly occurred in Augusta.

The state charges were dismissed last month. Haywood was arrested April 18 on a federal complaint in the Western District of New York and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail with home confinement conditions. He was indicted May 16.

According to the complaint, a confidential source told Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Officer Brian Wastella that “Baby Dreads” was selling a gram of crack cocaine for $100 and half gram of heroin for $100. Investigators later watched as the confidential informant purchased $200 worth of heroin from Haywood in Augusta.

Attorney Stephen C. Smith has been appointed to represent Haywood, and an arraignment date has yet to be set in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody Mullis.

Conviction on a charge of distribution of heroin carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

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NY man charged with selling drugs in Waterville youth center parking lot https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-selling-drugs-at-waterville-youth-center-parking-lot/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-selling-drugs-at-waterville-youth-center-parking-lot/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 20:03:51 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/ny-man-charged-with-selling-drugs-at-waterville-youth-center-parking-lot/ A New Yorker is charged with dealing in heroin in the Alfond Youth Center parking lot on North Street in Waterville.

Jermaine Blunt, 33, of New York, made an initial appearance in front of a judge Monday at the Capital Judicial Center via video from the Kennebec County jail.

Blunt had been held at the jail in lieu of $75,000 bail set by a bail commissioner. An affidavit by Waterville police Officer Duane Cloutier said the bail was set at $25,000 for each of the three class A charges of aggravated trafficking — two in heroin and one in cocaine base — with an additional $500 cash for a related charged of failing to provide correct name and date of birth.

On Monday, Judge Eric Walker agreed to the state’s request for $75,000 bail with conditions that prohibit Blunt from use and possession of alcohol and illegal drugs and from leaving the state of Maine. Walker said the bail could be reviewed once an attorney is appointed for Blunt.

A man known as “Shawn” or “Jamal” was dealing dugs in Waterville, according to a confidential informant working with police, Cloutier wrote.

Coultier wrote that he and three other law enforcement officers worked with the informant, placed a wireless transmitter on him, provided “buy money” and had him call “Shawn” for drugs on May 15. Cloutier said “Shawn” said to meet at the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Clubs & YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth Center on North Street. The youth center, which is also near the municipal pool, basketball courts and a playground, has some 5,000 members and has programs for children as young as toddlers.

Cloutier said “brown tar heroin and a bag of suspected crack cocaine” was obtained by the informant during the drug buy in the parking lot.

The same scenario was repeated May 17, this time for heroin. The offenses are charged as “aggravated” because the location of the alleged trafficking is an area classified as a “safe zone,” which includes such areas as an athletic field, park, playground or recreational facility, according to Maine law.

Police obtained a search warrant for the man known as Shawn and found no drugs on him, according to Cloutier. However, the suspect refused to give his name and date of birth, eventually telling officers he was from Boston and New York.

Fingerprints sent to the FBI identified the suspect as Blunt, according to a separate affidavit by Waterville police Officer Luis Rodriguez, who assisted in the booking process.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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Kennebec Journal May 21 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/kennebec-journal-may-21-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/kennebec-journal-may-21-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:01:57 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/kennebec-journal-may-21-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 9:49 a.m., theft was reported on Eastern Avenue.

9:53 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Bangor Street.

11:16 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Crossing Way.

11:58 a.m., harassment was reported on Malta Street.

1:46 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Pearl Street.

1:57 p.m., a hit-and-run traffic accident was reported on Boothby Street.

2:07 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Learners Drive.

2:57 p.m., an overdose rescue was done on Water Street.

5:27 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Civic Center Drive.

6:14 p.m., a well-being check was done on Water Street.

10:38 p.m., criminal threatening was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

Monday at 12:11 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on State and Green streets.

4:01 a.m., a well-being check was done on Western Avenue.

5:05 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Crossing Way.

IN GARDINER, Sunday at 2:16 p.m., theft was reported on Adams Street.

IN HALLOWELL, Sunday at 10:50 a.m., a well-being check was done on Water Street.

IN MONMOUTH, Saturday at 9:36 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ridge Road.

11:50 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Pease Hill Road.

3:05 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Route 135.

4:56 p.m., a well-being check was done on Main Street.

IN MOUNT VERNON, Saturday at 11:22 p.m., a well-being check was done on Marble Point Road.

IN WEST GARDINER, Saturday at 1:54 p.m., vandalism was reported on Libby Lane.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Friday at 5:59 p.m., Brandyn Erich Engler, 26, of Albion, was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, at the Kennebec County jail. According to court documents, the arrest stemmed from a burglary charge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Sunday at 9:01 p.m., Timothy Norman Jennings, 39, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant, on West Crescent Street.

11:15 p.m., Valerie Murphy Lowe, 52, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of violation of probation, after a domestic disturbance was reported on Mill Street.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 10:36 a.m., Amanda J. Hoenshell, 29, of Gardiner, was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (less than $500), after shoplifting was reported on Civic Center Drive.

IN GARDINER, Friday at 7:08 p.m., Avery M.T. Teehan, 21, of Augusta, was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, after a Maine Avenue caller reported a theft.

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Morning Sentinel May 21 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/morning-sentinel-may-21-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/morning-sentinel-may-21-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 16:23:22 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/21/morning-sentinel-may-21-police-log-4/ IN CHESTERVILLE, Sunday at 12:07 p.m., police were called to remove a person on Ridge Road.

IN CLINTON, Sunday at 3:18 p.m., harassment was reported on Silver Street.

IN FAIRFIELD, Sunday at 10:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on High Street.

12:54 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Norridgewock Road.

2:25 p.m., a structure fire was reported on Skowhegan Road.

6:48 p.m., vandalism was reported on Cardinal Drive.

9:30 p.m., theft was reported on Center Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Sunday at 2:04 p.m., harassment was reported on Porter Hill Road.

3:51 p.m., police were called to remove a person on North Street.

IN JAY, Sunday at 2:55 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Plaisted Road.

10:53 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Main Street.

Monday at 6:50 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN MADISON, Sunday at 4:42 p.m., theft was reported on Pine Street.

5:27 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Preble Avenue.

5:38 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Horsetail Hill Road.

Monday at 1:07 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Preble Avenue.

IN OAKLAND, Sunday at 2:27 p.m., fraud or forgery was reported on First Park Drive.

IN PALMYRA, Sunday at 9:51 a.m., a motor vehicle burglary was reported on Oxbow Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Sunday at 6:42 a.m., loud noise was reported on Hartland Avenue.

10:35 a.m., assault was reported on Raymond Street.

6:48 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Somerset Avenue.

9:08 p.m., disturbance was reported on Canaan Road.

IN RIPLEY, Sunday at 7:23 p.m., vandalism was reported on Tripp Road.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Sunday at 10:15 a.m., violation of bail was reported on North Avenue.

12:08 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on North Avenue.

12:37 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on North Avenue.

2:25 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Water Street.

4:04 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Madison Avenue.

6:07 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Family Circle.

11:27 p.m., a report of disturbance led to an arrest on Tammy Lane.

IN WATERVILLE, Sunday at 9:29 a.m., assault was reported on College Avenue.

10:04 a.m., an unwanted person was reported on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

10:47 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Water Street.

12:58 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

1:19 p.m., an arrest was made after a report of a property damage accident in JFK Plaza.

2:12 p.m., harassment was reported on Summer Street.

2:24 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on College Avenue.

4:41 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Elm Court.

7:49 p.m., harassment was reported on Cool Street.

10:16 p.m., a noise complaint was reported on Bartlett Street.

11 p.m., a traffic stop led to an arrest on Western Avenue.

11:22 p.m., shoplifting was reported on Elm Street.

Monday at 12:15 a.m., a pedestrian check led to an arrest on Silver Street.

IN WILTON, Sunday at 1:38 p.m., theft was reported on Main Street.

8:26 p.m., disturbance was reported on Main Street.

IN WINSLOW, Sunday at 10:45 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Patterson Avenue.

7:40 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Norton Street.

Monday at 2:01 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Patterson Avenue.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Sunday at 1:18 a.m., Eric B. Sanborn, 27, of Rangeley, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

9 p.m., Christopher Richard Piccolo, 39, of Wilton, was arrested on charges of theft, two counts of operating while license suspended or revoked with prior conviction and violating condition of release.

11:55 p.m., Richard Elden Storer, 22, of Chesterville, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence (alcohol).

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Sunday at 11:31 a.m., Philip John Ewing, 46, of Skowhegan, was arrested on a charge of criminal use of explosives.

9:10 p.m., Kate Lynn Tripodi, 33, of Cornville, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Monday at 12:46 a.m., Daytona John Roode, 19, of Skowhegan, was arrested on charges of assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

IN WATERVILLE, Sunday at 11:10 p.m., Shaun Cook, 46, of Waterville, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release.

Monday at 12:27 a.m., John Rancourt, 43, of Waterville, was arrested on a charge of theft.

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Morning Sentinel May 18 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/morning-sentinel-may-18-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/morning-sentinel-may-18-police-log-4/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 20:48:28 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/morning-sentinel-may-18-police-log-4/ IN ANSON, Friday at 3:18 p.m., mischief was reported on River Road.

IN ATHENS, Friday at 11:32 a.m., theft was reported on Boothby Road.

IN BENTON, Thursday at 5:48 p.m., a fire call was taken on River Road.

IN CAMBRIDGE, Thursday at 10:19 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ham Hill Road.

IN DETROIT, Friday at 11:45 a.m., theft was reported on Main Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Thursday at 9:09 a.m., a theft was reported on Bridge Street.

6:20 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Lucy Knowles Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Thursday at 3:52 p.m., theft was reported on Water Street.

5:59 p.m., threatening was reported on Serenity Circle.

8:29 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Newhall Street.

9:33 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Industrial Road.

Friday at 12:02 a.m., a brush fire was reported on Island Avenue.

2:13 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Main Street.

IN HARTLAND, Thursday at 8:57 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Commercial Street.

IN JAY, Thursday at 10:19 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN MADISON, Thursday at 6:28 p.m., a past burglary was reported on Shusta Road.

9:17 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Shusta Road.

Friday at 9:27 a.m., a structure fire was reported on Main Street.

11:02 a.m., an assault was reported on Old Point Avenue.

12:41 p.m., mischief was reported on Landry Lane.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Thursday at 3:40 p.m., threatening was reported on Oak Hill Road.

3:48 p.m., theft was reported on Oak Hill Road.

Friday at 12:01 a.m., burglary of a motor vehicle was reported on Fairmount Circle Drive.

IN OAKLAND, Thursday at 2:08 p.m., threatening was investigated on Summer Street.

IN PALMYRA, Thursday at 7:21 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Oxbow Road.

9:27 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on St. Albans Road.

Friday at 12:53 a.m., vandalism was reported on Camp Road.

12:54 a.m., vandalism was reported on Main Street.

1:13 a.m., a complaint about shots being fired was reported on Camp Road.

2:05 a.m., vandalism was reported on Camp Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Thursday at 12:23 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Somerset Avenue.

6:29 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Somerset Avenue.

Friday at 5:38 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Central Street.

6:45 a.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Main Street.

10:33 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Main Street.

11:16 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on North Main Street.

IN SALEM TOWNSHIP, Thursday at 8:36 p.m., trespassing was reported on Salem Road.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Thursday at 3:12 p.m., burglary of a motor vehicle was reported on Water Street.

3:34 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Court Street.

7:33 p.m., theft was reported on Bigelow Hill Road.

7:52 p.m., loud noise or music was reported on Joyce Street.

9:24 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Ruth Lane.

9:57 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Madison Avenue.

9:57 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Ruth Lane.

Friday at 5:50 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Silver Street.

7:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Avenue.

10:25 a.m., trespassing was reported on McClellan Street.

2:53 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on North Avenue.

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 9:42 a.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Oak Street.

12:23 p.m., fraud or forgery was investigated on Oak Street.

12:30 p.m., a report of a missing person was investigated on Western Avenue.

1:29 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Roosevelt Avenue.

1:40 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Roosevelt Avenue.

1:59 p.m., a report of fraud or forgery was taken on Roosevelt Avenue.

2:29 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Red Sox Drive.

2:36 p.m., threatening was investigated on Western Avenue.

3:16 p.m., a theft was investigated on Gilman Street.

3:29 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Elm Street.

3:42 p.m., juvenile offenses were investigated on Kelsey Street.

5:03 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on Wester Court.

6:55 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on Elm Street.

7 p.m., a civil issue was investigated on Brook Street.

7:18 p.m., a warrant arrest was made on Main Street.

7:42 p.m., a civil issue was investigated on Water Street.

7:59 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Waterville Commons Drive.

8:08 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

9:36 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Water Street.

9:37 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Water Street.

10:27 p.m., a theft was investigated on Summer Street.

11:25 p.m., a noise complaint was taken on Main Street.

11:49 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on College Avenue.

Friday at 3:47 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Messalonskee Avenue.

3:59 p.m., a summons was issued after a report of criminal trespassing at Cumberland Farms on College Avenue.

IN WILTON, Thursday at 2:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

3:22 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Thompson Street.

4:33 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Depot Street.

IN WINSLOW, Thursday at 4:07 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Clifford Avenue.

4:20 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Dallaire Street.

7:13 p.m., a noise complaint was investigated on Bellevue Street.

8:11 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Rosseau Street.

ARRESTS

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Thursday at 10:41 a.m., Randall S. McEwen, 21, of Corinna, was arrested on a charge of probation violation.

4:17 p.m., Damien S. Towers, 27, of Skowhegan, was arrested on a probation hold.

7:12 p.m., Daniel L. Boyer, 45, of Worthington, Massachusetts, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and operating after habitual offender revocation.

9:53 p.m., Jelinda Cleggett, 52, of Worthington, Massachusetts, was arrested on charges of unlawful use of permit and operating under the influence.

10:51 p.m., Brittany J. Roseberry, 26, of Madison, was arrested on charges of falsifying physical evidence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 11:05 a.m., Charles Manning, 75, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant.

IN WINSLOW, Thursday at 12:59 p.m., Jessica L. Pooler, 30, of Waterville, was arrested on three charges of violating condition of release.

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Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro graduates 65 https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/maine-criminal-justice-academy-in-vassalboro-graduates-65/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/maine-criminal-justice-academy-in-vassalboro-graduates-65/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 20:29:48 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/maine-criminal-justice-academy-in-vassalboro-graduates-65/ VASSALBORO — The newest crop of police officers in Maine graduated Friday from the Criminal Justice Academy.

Bucksport police Chief Sean Geagan, who also is president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, told the graduates, “Never betray, always have courage, and always uphold the constitution, your community and your agency.”

The 65 officers spent 18 weeks training and studying at the academy. They will begin patrolling immediately ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The new officers studied topics such as crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The graduates include five game wardens and three marine patrol officers, who will continue training with their state agencies before beginning their own patrols.

The new officers in central and western Maine include:

• Officer Joseph G. Tripp, with the Auburn police.

• Officer Phillip H. DiLuca, with the Clinton police.

• Officer Alyshia D. Canwell, with the Dexter police.

• Officer Brandon L. Sholan, with the Farmington police.

• Deputy Alan R. Elmes Jr., with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

• Officer Daniel R. Ross, with the Gardiner police.

• Deputy Tad M. Nelson, with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.

• Officer David J. Allen, with the Lewiston police.

• Officer Alec W. Collins, with the Lewiston police.

• Deputy Chase M. Bosse, with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

• Emily J. Lopez, with the Maine Marine Patrol.

• Alexandre S. Michaud, with the Maine Marine Patrol.

• Nicholas S. Stilwell, with the Maine Marine Patrol.

• Tennie J. Coleman, with the Maine Warden Service.

• James H. Gushee, with the Maine Warden Service.

• Michael E. Latti, with the Maine Warden Service.

• Tyler M. Leach, with the Maine Warden Service.

• Jason A. Voter, with the Maine Warden Service.

• Deputy Stephen D. Armiger, with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

• Olivia T. Mora, from Surry and a tuition student from Thomas College.

• Deputy Mariza N. Gionfriddo, with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Officer Paul D. Heath III, with the Waterville police.

Officer Savannah M. Brennan, with the Winthrop police.

Officer James J. Fisher, with the Wiscasset police.

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Kennebec Journal May 18 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/kennebec-journal-may-18-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/kennebec-journal-may-18-police-log-4/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 19:46:45 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/18/kennebec-journal-may-18-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Thursday at 8:42 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Eastern Avenue.

9:51 p.m., theft was reported on East Chestnut Street.

10:24 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Washington Street.

2:41 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Eastern Avenue.

3:11 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Northern Avenue.

3:59 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Noyes Court.

4 p.m., a car fire was reported on Interstate 95.

4:07 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

4:40 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Washington Street.

5:26 p.m., intoxicated people were reported on Water Street.

7:15 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Crosby Street.

7:52 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Nitro Lane.

Friday at 2:04 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Oxford Street.

6:03 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Riverside Drive.

10:58 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

IN FARMINGDALE, Thursday at 8:58 a.m., fraud was reported on Litchfield Road.

IN HALLOWELL, Thursday at 3:56 p.m., suspicious activity was reported.

10:45 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Thursday at 11:58 a.m., Christopher M. Dougherty, 54, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant, on Edison Drive.

IN GARDINER, Thursday at 11:40 a.m., Allisha Savage, 29, of Manchester, was arrested on a warrant and charged with failure to give correct name, address or date of birth and sale or use of drug paraphernalia, on Highland Avenue.

IN BELGRADE, Thursday at 2:25 p.m., John Keith Paradis, 47, of Vassalboro, was arrested on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked, on Depot Road.

At 4:11 p.m., Megan Elizabeth Hutchinson, 30, of Belgrade, and Steven A. Raneri, 36, of Belgrade, were both arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, on Timberpoint Road.

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Industry woman arrested after allegedly choking 14-year-old boy https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/17/industry-woman-arrested-after-allegedly-choking-teen/ Thu, 17 May 2018 23:17:20 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/17/industry-woman-arrested-after-allegedly-choking-teen/ INDUSTRY — A local woman is accused of getting into an argument with a 14-year-old family member and choking the teenager Wednesday night at a home on Industry Road, State Trooper Randy Hall said.

Rose Lynn Bernard, 34, was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, Hall said Thursday.

The incident was reported about 8 p.m.

Bernard is being held without bail at Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington until she goes before a judge Friday.

A conviction on an aggravated assault charge is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, while a conviction on an endangering charge carries up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Augusta man admits he lied to police initially about slaying of Joseph Marceau https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/17/augusta-man-admits-he-lied-to-police-initially-about-murder-of-joseph-marceau/ Thu, 17 May 2018 22:21:34 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/17/augusta-man-admits-he-lied-to-police-initially-about-murder-of-joseph-marceau/ AUGUSTA — A co-defendant in a drug-fueled murder case admitted he lied when he was interviewed by police two days after Joseph Marceau was found beaten to death on Nov. 23, 2015, in Augusta.

Michael Sean McQuade, 47, of Augusta, previously pleaded guilty to felony murder and robbery of Marceau and in exchange for a recommended 25-year sentence, with an initial 10 to 15 years to serve behind bars.

He spent Thursday morning being cross-examined about his testimony and his interviews on the third day of the trial of co-defendant Aubrey N. Armstrong, 29, of Far Rockaway, New York.

Armstrong is charged in the beating death of Marceau, 31, of Augusta, at a fourth-floor apartment on Washington Street. The nonjury trial is scheduled to resume Friday at the Capital Judicial Center.

In a later interview with police and on the witness stand at trial, McQuade pointed to Armstrong, known by the street name “Butter,” as the man who inflicted the fatal beating on Marceau.

“This is not a sweetheart deal, OK?” McQuade said in response to a question by Armstrong’s defense attorney Brad Grant. “I didn’t sign (on) to murder anybody, and I’m getting 10 to 15 years.”

McQuade insisted the plan was not to kill Marceau, but rather rob him of 5 grams of heroin that Marceau had been trying to market for several days.

Another co-defendant, Damik “Doughboy” Davis, 28, also of New York, pleaded guilty to the same charges as McQuade in exchange for the same deal. The deals are contingent on the men testifying truthfully at trial of any co-defendants.

Davis did not testify Thursday and it was unclear whether he was going to be called as a witness by the state.

McQuade on Thursday described the fatal beating again, saying he saw a milk bottle being smashed onto Marceau’s head, which was followed almost immediately by a wooden rocking chair being broken over Marceau.

On Thursday under cross-examination by Grant, McQuade insisted that Armstrong swung the bottle. “I’m positive it was Butter,” McQuade said, referring to Armstrong by his nickname.

In the initial interview on Nov. 25, 2015, McQuade did not mention Armstrong at all.

McQuade said he changed his story in January 2016 shortly before he, girlfriend Zina Fritze, Davis and Armstrong all were indicted on charges of murder, felony murder and robbery in connection with the killing of Marceau.

Fritze hanged herself in jail a day after pleading not guilty to those charges.

On Thursday, McQuade also testified that although Fritze was in the apartment at the time the fatal beating was inflicted, she did not participate in it.

“Was she capable of violence?” Grant asked.

“Yeah, all 90 pounds of her,” McQuade said. “I could stop her, and I was 130 pounds at the time.”

Fritze was a tall, thin woman, and both she and McQuade were heroin addicts. McQuade, who remains behind bars, is visibly heavier now than he was two and a half years ago.

McQuade said he tried to get Davis and Armstrong to stop and leave because neighbors would be calling police. McQuade said Davis did, but Armstrong did not.

On Wednesday, the state’s chief medical examiner testified that Marceau suffered “multiple blunt trauma to multiple parts of the body,” but the fatal blows were those inflicted at the neck level and above. Photos of Marceau’s head show badly swollen and blackened features.

Another witness on Thursday, Amanda Ware, 31, of Sidney, testified that she had encountered Armstrong in Augusta and in various drug deals, and recalled he used a white or silver cellphone. Ware said that a white cellphone found by investigators on the ground outside McQuade’s apartment building could be the one she saw Armstrong using. It was shown to her in a plastic evidence bag.

She also testified that she had talked with Armstrong about marijuana — which she said was his drug of choice, not hers — and that he told her “something about him being down 10 grand and he had to come up with 10 grand before going home.”

Ware pleaded guilty in March 2018 to a federal charge of using/maintaining a drug-involved premises and aiding and abetting in connection with a central Maine drug conspiracy. She is being held in the Hancock County jail pending sentencing.

She said she and her attorney had negotiated various immunity agreements about her testimony.

On Thursday afternoon, Christine Waterhouse, a forensic biologist with the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, testified that she found no DNA belonging to Armstrong on any of the items of clothing tested or any items removed from the crime scene at 75 Washington St., Apartment 8.

The prosecution, in its opening statement, said there was none.

Dawn Ego, of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, testified that she analyzed the white cellphone in 2016 and was unable to extract any data from it. However, another round of testing in March 2018 with more sophisticated testing software allowed her to see messages on the phone, including one sent Oct. 18, 2015, from a “Nicole,” which said, “You need to call me what the hell, Aubrey.”

In raw data, Ego said she found a longer message referencing “Aubrey.” Part of the message, displayed on a screen in the courtroom, said, “Hopefully you can be a better father to your daughter soon.”

Grant objected to the testimony and the use of the data found, saying it came in too close to the start of the trial and the defense did not have time to do its own investigation into it.

Justice Daniel Billings overruled the objection. “Once that data was extracted from the phone, it was provided to the defense in a timely manner,” Billings said. “The court is not going to penalize the state for extra diligence.”

The prosecution’s theory is that Armstrong dropped that cellphone when he fled the apartment building that night. Another cellphone was found in the pocket of a sweatshirt abandoned on an apartment fire escape railing that night. That sweatshirt and cellphone were linked to Davis, not Armstrong.

Neighbors who heard loud thuds and other sounds from the supposedly vacant fourth-floor apartment had called police, and Davis answered the door before fleeing.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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https://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/849278_263512_20180515_armstrong_3.jpgAubrey N. Armstrong, one of four people charged in the Nov. 23, 2015, drug-related beating death of Joseph Marceau in an Augusta apartment, left, looks at his attorney, Brad Grant, during the opening day of his murder trial Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.Thu, 17 May 2018 20:01:09 +0000
Judge orders forfeiture of 19 guns seized during drug raid in Farmington https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/judge-orders-forfeiture-of-19-guns-seized-in-drug-raid/ Wed, 16 May 2018 23:17:11 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/judge-orders-forfeiture-of-19-guns-seized-in-drug-raid/ FARMINGTON — A Franklin County Superior Court justice has ordered 19 guns seized in a heroin trafficking investigation in 2016 to be turned over to the state.

Mark Barrett, 61, formerly of Farmington, is serving three years of an eight-year sentence with the Department of Corrections. He testified at a criminal forfeiture hearing Tuesday that he wanted to give his gun collection to his sister, who lives in Leeds.

Barrett was found guilty in September 2017 in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington of importing and trafficking in heroin. He forfeited a car used to bring heroin to Maine from Massachusetts and a handgun that was in the car. More than 38 grams of heroin in the car were seized.

Police intercepted Barrett’s car, driven by Guy Stevens, 42, of Temple, in July 2016, on Lucy Knowles Road in Farmington. Besides searching the car, they searched the house where Barrett lived and found dozens of plastic bags laid out and a drug ledger with names and amounts listed, and 19 guns, which were seized.

Maine State Police Trooper Randy Hall testified Tuesday that he searched the house and found guns and prescription pills in unlabeled bottles.

Farmington police Officer Darin Gilbert testified that there were 60- and 10-milligram pills of oxycodone, Percocet and Ambien pills. Barrett did not have prescriptions for the drugs, he said.

Barrett testified he was prescribed 30-milligram oxycodone pills after undergoing foot surgery.

He said he invested more than $25,000 in a firearms collection using money from his 401(k) retirement savings plan and a disability settlement.

“I am not asking for the firearms for myself but to give them to my sister,” Barrett said. “The firearms was my savings account.”

Barrett had receipts for some of the firearms, but no prescriptions for drugs found in a safe. He said sometimes he and a housemate traded medication.

Defense attorney Adam Sherman argued that Barrett has a constitutional right to have firearms, and there has to be evidence a firearm was used in committing a crime, including in a threatening manner, or was brandished.

Justice Robert Mullen said the case fits the criminal forfeiture statute, which says law enforcement officers may seize all firearms and dangerous weapons they find in any lawful search for illegal drugs and in which illegal drugs are found.

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Connecticut man sentenced to 25 years in Saco drug-selling operation https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/connecticut-man-sentenced-to-25-years-on-drug-charges/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/connecticut-man-sentenced-to-25-years-on-drug-charges/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 20:33:13 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/connecticut-man-sentenced-to-25-years-on-drug-charges/ A Connecticut man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison on drugs and gun charges.

Erick Adams, 40, of Taftville, Connecticut, was sentenced in Portland by U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and being an armed career criminal in possession of firearms. Adams was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

According to authorities, Adams and others distributed crack, cocaine and heroin in Biddeford, using a storage unit to hold the drugs and firearms. On Jan. 6, 2016, he and a co-conspirator were arrested in a hotel room in Saco, where drugs and about $26,000 in cash were seized. The next day, agents seized more drugs and four handguns from the storage unit. Adams has previous felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Adams pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2017.

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Morning Sentinel May 16 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/morning-sentinel-may-16-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/morning-sentinel-may-16-police-log-4/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 19:05:29 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/morning-sentinel-may-16-police-log-4/ IN ANSON, Tuesday at 6:28 p.m., vandalism was reported on Wilson Street.

7:10 p.m., trespassing was reported on Embden Pond Road.

8:01 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Embden Pond Road.

IN CANAAN, Tuesday at 5:21 p.m., trespassing was reported on Mud Run.

Wednesday at 10:14 a.m., threatening was reported on Mud Run.

IN CLINTON, Tuesday at 10:34 p.m., a caller from Johnson Flat Road reported a person was missing.

IN CORNVILLE, Tuesday at 4:38 p.m., a fire with trees down was reported on East Ridge Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Tuesday at 9:14 p.m., vandalism was reported on Mountain Avenue.

10:53 p.m., loud noise was reported on Main Street.

11:32 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Summit Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Tuesday at 6:04 a.m., theft was reported on Prescott Street.

6:57 a.m., theft or fraud was reported on Bridge Street.

7:09 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported at Fairbanks Road and Pierpole Road.

5:42 p.m., trespassing was reported on Bridge Street.

8:23 p.m., threatening was reported on Main Street.

IN HARTLAND, Tuesday at 7:13 p.m., a burglary was reported on Vigue Road.

IN INDUSTRY, Tuesday at 8:48 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Chick Road.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 12:36 p.m., a brush, woods or grass fire was reported on Lakewood Road.

IN OAKLAND, Tuesday at 1:11 p.m., a fire was reported on Elizabeth Street.

2:33 p.m., a case involving forgery or fraud was reported at Perkins Leasing & Management at Brickett Point Estates.

IN PALYMRA, Tuesday at 1:33 p.m., an assault was reported on Warren Hill Road.

Wednesday at 12:54 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Main Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Wednesday at 7:35 a.m., a fire was reported on Somerset Avenue.

10:56 a.m., a case involving larceny, forgery or fraud was reported on Hartland Avenue.

IN SALEM TOWNSHIP, Tuesday at 6:17 p.m., trespassing was reported on Salem Road.

IN SIDNEY, Tuesday at 11:58 a.m., a caller from Middle Road reported items were stolen from a garage.

5:01 p.m., a caller from West River Road reported a branch fell in the wires.

Wednesday at 12:34 p.m., a scam was reported on Ferry Road.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Tuesday at 10:02 a.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Gilblair Street.

10:39 a.m., a burglary was reported on Bailey Street.

6:43 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Main Street.

Wednesday at 12:43 a.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Madison Avenue.

2:49 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Mount Pleasant Avenue.

8:25 a.m., an assault was reported on Academy Circle.

9:45 a.m., an assault was reported on Academy Circle.

12:38 p.m., trespassing was reported on Madison Avenue.

IN SMITHFIELD, Wednesday at 8:46 a.m., a fire with wires down was reported on Sand Hill Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Tuesday at 8:28 a.m., harassment was reported at Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel on Main Street.

10:18 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Summer Street.

11:48 a.m., a case involving forgery or fraud was reported on Messalonskee Avenue.

12:08 p.m., an incident involving the school resource officer was reported at Waterville Junior High School on West River Road.

12:09 p.m., a theft was reported at The Woodlands on West River Road.

6:32 p.m., a caller from Pleasant Street reported receiving harassing or obscene phone calls.

Wednesday at 1:17 a.m., threatening was reported on Maple Street.

12:36 p.m., loud noise was reported on Western Avenue.

IN WILTON, Tuesday at 2:56 p.m., domestic disturbance was reported on Whittier Court.

4:08 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on U.S. Route 2.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tuesday at 7:41 a.m., Christopher Allen Tracy, 24, of Farmington, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release.

5:03 p.m., Korey J. Lizine, 47, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief and a warrant for failure to appear in court.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Tuesday at 8:22 a.m., Victor Jose Silva, 36, of Norridgewock, was arrested on a warrant and charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

9:44 a.m., Randy Mark Boivin, 36, of Norridgewock, was arrested on a probation violation.

10:40 a.m., Christopher Lee Brown, 43, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant.

Also at 10:40 a.m., Kristian Vincent Broz, 41, of Benton, was arrested on a warrant.

8 p.m., Robert Alan Clark, 53, of Clinton, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, operating unregistered vehicle more than 150 days, operating after suspension and permitting display of false registration device.

8:52 p.m., Erica Rae Curtis, 42, of North Anson, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, loud noise, private place.

9:23 p.m., Evan McLaughlin, 25, of Millinocket, was arrested on a warrant.

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Kennebec Journal May 16 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/kennebec-journal-may-16-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/kennebec-journal-may-16-police-log-4/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 18:52:08 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/16/kennebec-journal-may-16-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 8:48 a.m., harassment was reported on Bangor Street.

9:13 a.m., a 36-year-old Augusta man was summoned on a charge of criminal trespass on Gannett Street.

10:40 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Middle Street.

10:53 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on King Street.

11:34 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Old Belgrade Road.

11:57 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on North Street.

12:40 p.m., a 15-year-old juvenile was arrested on a warrant on Pierce Drive.

1:35 p.m., simple assault was reported on Bangor Street.

3:38 p.m., theft was reported on Weston Street.

3:41 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Western Avenue.

4:04 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

6:15 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Murray Street.

6:20 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Edison Drive.

8:03 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Old Belgrade Road.

8:04 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Glenridge Drive.

8:13 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Washington Street.

10:46 p.m., criminal threatening was reported on Northern Avenue.

IN BELGRADE, Tuesday at 11:45 p.m., a caller reported suspicious activity on Castle Island Road.

IN SIDNEY, Tuesday at 11:58 a.m., a Middle Road caller reported items stolen from a garage.

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Kennebec Journal May 15 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/kennebec-journal-may-15-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/kennebec-journal-may-15-police-log-4/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 16:33:38 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/kennebec-journal-may-15-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Monday at 7:01 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Page Street.

8:04 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

8:56 a.m., property was recovered on Civic Center Drive.

8:57 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

10:02 a.m., an overdose rescue was done on Eastern Avenue.

10:05 a.m., theft was reported on Court Street.

11:27 a.m., a noncompliant sex offender was reported by a Water Street caller.

11:32 a.m., theft was reported on Washington Street.

2:38 p.m., a well-being check was done on Green Street.

3:27 p.m., needles were recovered on Cushnoc Drive.

4:34 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Court Street.

4:36 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Washington Street.

6:55 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Gray Birch Drive.

7:41 p.m. needles were recovered on Water Street.

7:46 p.m., a well-being check was done on Glenridge Drive.

8:15 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Melville Street.

8:20 p.m., harassment was reported on Cedar Street.

10:11 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Boothby Street.

Midnight, disorderly conduct was reported on North Street.

Tiuesday at 2:50 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

3:03 a.m., simple assault was reported on Union Street.

IN MONMOUTH, Monday at 10:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Main Street.

2:33 p.m., a traffic accident with injury was reported on U.S. Route 202 and Route 132.

IN WINTHROP, Monday at 7:54 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Main Street.

9:16 p.m., a suspicious person was reported at the East Winthrop beach.

9:24 p.m., theft was reported on Mount Pisgah Road.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Monday at 5:05 p.m., a 17-year-old juvenile was arrested on a warrant, on Lincoln Street.

IN JEFFERSON, May 4, at an unspecified time, Roger F. Plourde, 19, of Jefferson, was arrested on a warrant, on South Clary Road. The arrest came after theft and a traffic accident were reported April 28 in Bristol.

IN WHITEFIELD, Saturday at an unspecified time, Brent L. Ayotte, 44, of Windsor, was arrested on a warrant, on Augusta Road.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Monday at 1:41 p.m., Felicia Karcher, 32, of Augusta, was summoned on a charge of violating a protection from abuse order, on Greenlief Street.

5:23 p.m., Ashley L. Carver, 25, of Augusta, was summoned on a charge of assault, after a mental health and well-being check was done on Stone Street.

6:48 p.m., Bonnie Lee French, 45, of Augusta, was summoned on a charge of criminal mischief, after criminal trespassing was reported on Civic Center Drive.

IN HALLOWELL, Monday at 5:17 p.m., a 67-year-old Pittston man was summoned on a charge of failing to register a vehicle, after a traffic stop was done on Water Street.

5:50 p.m., a 42-year-old Sidney man was summoned on a charge of attaching false plates, after a traffic stop was done on Water and Greenville streets.

IN JEFFERSON, Friday at an unidentified time, a 53-year-old Pittston man was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension, on Augusta Road.

IN MONMOUTH, Monday at 5:29 p.m., a 14-year-old juvenile was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, after theft was reported on Wilson Pond Road.

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Morning Sentinel May 15 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/morning-sentinel-may-15-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/morning-sentinel-may-15-police-log-4/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 16:17:31 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/15/morning-sentinel-may-15-police-log-4/ IN ANSON, Monday at 11:41 a.m., vandalism was investigated on North Main Street.

5:26 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Hilton Hill Road.

IN BINGHAM, Monday at 3:09 p.m., an intoxicated person was investigated on Main Street.

IN CANAAN, Monday at 2:55 p.m., a complaint of gunshots being fired was investigated on East Street.

Tuesday at 6:37 a.m., a civil complaint was reported on Bush Road.

IN CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Monday at 8:23 a.m., a fire inspection was conducted on East Mountain Road.

IN CLINTON, Monday at 8:38 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated at Riverside Baptist on Pishon Ferry Road.

IN CORNVILLE, Monday at 4:51 p.m., a report of an intoxicated person was investigated on Shadagee Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday at 5:13 p.m., a theft was reported on Police Plaza.

5:28 p.m., a complaint was taken on Police Plaza.

Tuesday at 7:09 a.m., a scam complaint was taken on Police Plaza.

IN FARMINGTON, Monday at 9:01 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Moore Avenue.

Tuesday at 6:04 a.m., a theft was reported on Prescott Street.

IN HARTLAND, Monday at 7:13 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Bemis Road.

IN JAY, Monday 1:09 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Macomber Hill Road.

IN KINGFIELD, Monday at 3:35 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN MADISON, Monday at 8:27 p.m., threatening was investigated on Old Point Avenue.

Tuesday at 3:07 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Main Street.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Monday at 4:54 p.m., threatening was reported on Smithfield Road.

9:59 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Skowhegan Road.

Tuesday at 7:11 a.m., an assault was investigated on Waterville Road.

IN OAKLAND, Monday at 7:18 a.m., a noise complaint was taken on Summer Street.

1:13 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Jessica Lane.

7:01 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Tranquility Trail.

IN PALMYRA, Monday at 10:53 a.m., an arrest was made after a report of a domestic disturbance on Oxbow Road.

2:23 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Main Street.

IN PHILLIPS, Monday at 10:58 a.m., trespassing was reported on Rangeley Road.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Monday at 10:01 a.m., threatening was investigated on Water Street.

12:15 p.m., a civil complaint was investigated on South Factory Street.

3:43 p.m., threatening was investigated on Water Street.

6:06 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Dartmouth Street.

8:56 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Parlin Street.

Tuesday at 12:05 a.m., an arrest was made following a report of suspicious activity on Water Street.

IN SMITHFIELD, Monday at 8:54 p.m., a burglary was investigated on Village Road.

IN SOLON, Monday at 12:30 p.m., trespassing was investigated on North Main Street.

IN STARKS, Monday at 5:08 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mountain Road.

IN VASSALBORO, Tuesday at 12:37 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Dudley Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 9 a.m., threatening was reported on Western Avenue.

9:35 a.m., a burglary was reported at McEwen Auto on College Avenue.

11:05 a.m., a report of a missing person was investigated on Gold Street.

11:59 a.m., an unwanted person was reported on Main Street.

12:49 p.m., a theft was reported on Silver Place.

12:51 p.m., criminal mischief was reported at McEwen Auto on College Avenue.

3:02 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken at Waterville House of Pizza on Main Street.

3:13 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Morrill Avenue.

3:54 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Quarry Road.

5:57 p.m., a noise complaint was taken at McEwen Auto on College Avenue.

10:23 p.m., an unwanted person was reported at Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse on West River Road.

11:16 p.m., an unwanted person was reported on Main Street.

Tuesday at 2:03 a.m., a report of an unwanted person was investigated at Domino’s Pizza on Elm Street.

IN WINSLOW, Monday at 2:08 p.m., a theft was investigated on Abbott Road.

4:00 p.m., a theft was investigated at Cumberland Farms on China Road.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Monday at 3:50 p.m., Thomas R. Cook, 37, of Fayette, was arrested on a writ of habeas corpus and warrants for burglary, aggravated criminal trespass and assault.

3:50 p.m., Mark D. Barrett, 61, of Leeds, was arrested on a writ of habeas corpus.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 7:36 p.m., Vaughn Bilodeau, 20, of Waterville, was arrested on two warrants and a charge of minor consuming liquor.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Monday at 12:05 p.m., Patrick R. Grigway, 24, of Skowhegan, was arrested on a probation hold and charges of violating condition of release, operating after suspension, theft by unauthorized use of property and attaching false plates.

12:47 p.m., Robert J. Huntley, 23, of Lisbon, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

1:10 p.m., Donald M. Keene, 67, of Skowhegan, was arrested on charges of failure to stop, driving to endanger, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and operation of defective vehicle.

6:39 p.m., Alexander A. Crombie, 32, of Blanchard Township, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.

11:06 p.m., Steven A. Poirier, 50, of Norridgewock, was arrested on charges of violating condition of release and failure to stop for police officer.

Tuesday at 12:52 a.m., Marcus A. Moody, 32, of Madison, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and attempted burglary.

SUMMONS

IN WINSLOW, Monday at 12:45 p.m., Kathleen P. Archer, 53, of Palermo, was summoned on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

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New York man’s trial to start in beating death of Augusta man https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/new-york-mans-trial-to-start-in-beating-death-of-augusta-man/ Mon, 14 May 2018 21:58:01 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/new-york-mans-trial-to-start-in-beating-death-of-augusta-man/ AUGUSTA — A New York man goes on trial here Tuesday on charges of murder, felony murder and robbery in the beating death of an Augusta man in November 2015 that was apparently drug-related.

Aubrey N. Armstrong, 29, of Far Rockaway, New York, has opted for trial by a judge rather than by a jury, and proceedings are set in Courtroom 3 of the Capital Judicial Center in front of Justice Daniel Billings.

Armstrong is accused of intentional or knowing or depraved indifference murder of Joseph Marceau, 31, as well as felony murder — which says Armstrong acted with others to commit robbery which resulted in Marceau’s death — and robbery, again which injured Marceau.

Armstrong was arrested on the Maine charges in Queens, New York, in July 2016.

The trial is expected to last through Friday, and two interpreters have been brought in to translate proceedings between Patois, as spoken in Guyana, and English.

It was not clear whether Armstrong is from Guyana. Armstrong is not a U.S. citizen but is legally in the United States, his attorney, Brad Grant said.

Armstrong was in the middle of a three-year prison term at the Southport Correctional Facility in Pine City, New York, when he was ordered returned to Maine to face the charges in the indictment.

Last August, two co-defendants, Damik Davis, 28, of New York and Michael Sean McQuade, 47, of Augusta, pleaded guilty to felony murder and robbery in connection with Marceau’s death. Both defendants signed plea agreements to cooperate with the prosecution of any remaining defendants, and the judge ordered those agreements sealed until the resolution of the murder charges against Armstrong. Both Davis and McQuade are expected to testify against Armstrong at his trial, according to documents filed in the case. In the meantime, Davis and McQuade remain in custody awaiting sentencing.

The charges of felony murder and robbery, both Class A offenses, each carry penalties of up to 30 years in prison.

McQuade’s attorney, Andrew Wright, told the judge at that time of the pleas that McQuade was pleading guilty under the theory of accomplice liability. Wright said McQuade was present at the time, but did not strike Marceau himself.

At that plea hearing, the prosecutors, Assistant Attorneys General John Alsop and Jon Nathans, outlined the state’s version of the case against the two, saying two Augusta police officers responded to a fourth floor Washington Street apartment Nov. 23, 2015, after downstairs neighbors reported a violent disturbance taking place above them.

The officers heard the ruckus as they climbed the stairs, Alsop said.

Alsop said Davis, who is also known as “Doughboy,” answered the door “sweating profusely, breathing hard and had blood on his left hand.” Alsop also said officers saw blood on a wall as well as a second individual, described as a “slender black male wearing a hoodie” — believed to be Armstrong — behind Davis.

The officers asked for Zina Marie Fritze, 27, and McQuade, also known as “Dirty.” Both had been recently evicted from that apartment, but as the officers waited out front, the occupants fled out the back stairs, Alsop said. Police used a tracking dog and found Davis hiding in the bushes near the apartment building.

Marceau’s body was found in a bedroom near where Armstrong had been seen, Alsop said, adding that Marceau’s feet were bound with a shoelace, and his hands were bound with the bra to a bikini.

Alsop said the medical examiner concluded Marceau died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Marceau also had been beaten on the torso with a rod or stick.

“Joe Marceau resisted,” Alsop said. “He was a pretty big guy, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds by the autopsy results. He resisted. There was a considerable struggle.”

Alsop also said McQuade “did not expect such a severe beating to be inflicted in connection with the robbery.” Alsop also said that both McQuade and Fritze were “serious heroin addicts” who had known Marceau because they had purchased drugs from him in the past. Marceau, who grew up in Gardiner, lived most recently in an apartment on Winthrop Street in Augusta.

McQuade told police he saw Davis and Armstrong attack Marceau, with Davis at one point attempting to stop Armstrong, Alsop said.

Alsop said Davis, McQuade, Armstrong and Fritze, had planned the robbery earlier while at the home of another woman, and three of them returned there afterward.

Alsop said once there, Armstrong bleached his clothes in an attempt to get rid of all the blood.

The next day, when they learned Marceau was dead, Armstrong fled to New York, and Fritze and McQuade hid out in Augusta where they were arrested on Jan. 22, 2016. Fritze was also indicted on the murder, felony murder and robbery charges, but hanged herself in the Kennebec County jail on Jan. 27, 2016, a day after she pleaded not guilty.

At the plea hearing Nathans told the judge at one point Armstrong told the woman at the home “that he had beaten Marceau and threatened all (the others) to keep quiet about it.”

Armstrong’s attorney, Brad Grant, watched those plea hearings take place.

Grant has filed a number of motions on behalf of his client, and one filed in December 2017 says Marceau had turned up at that woman’s house “and let it be known that he had 5 grams of heroin” and that Fritze and McQuade concocted the robbery scheme.

Another says that “the only direct evidence that (Armstrong) was present in the apartment where Joseph Marceau died is from Michael McQuade and Damik Davis. And still another says that Davis underwent two lie-detector examinations where he was asked about Marceau’s death and the conclusion was “Deception Indicated.”

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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Kennebec Journal May 14 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/kennebec-journal-may-14-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/kennebec-journal-may-14-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 21:02:29 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/kennebec-journal-may-14-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 8:50 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Gage Street.

9:47 a.m., needles were recovered on State Street and Crosby Lane.

10:29 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Bennett Street.

11:27 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Cony Street.

1:12 p.m., misuse of 911 was reported on Edison Drive.

1:34 p.m., a city ordinance violation was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

2:38 p.m., needles were recovered on Water Street.

4:03 p.m., a well-being/mental health check was performed on Gray Birch Drive.

5:26 p.m., traffic complaints were reported on North Belfast Avenue.

5:33 p.m., complaints about an animal were reported on Lees Court.

5:57 p.m., a well-being check was requested on Noyes Court.

6 p.m., a 44-year-old Augusta woman and a 46-year-old Augusta man were each issued summonses on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer less than $500 on Civic Center Drive.

6:07 p.m., a complaint about harassment was reported on Washington Street.

7:53 p.m., a complaint about a wild animal was reported on Boothby Street.

7:55 p.m., a well-being check was performed on Northern Avenue.

8:35 p.m., a 17-year-old Augusta juvenile was issued a summons on a charge of failure to register vehicle on Cony Street.

9:23 p.m., a well-being/mental health check was requested on Winthrop Street.

10:27 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Patterson Street.

Monday at 4 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Page Street.

In BELGRADE, Friday at 7:47 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Woodland Camp Road.

9:14 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Costello Road.

Saturday at 1:27 a.m., a complaint was reported about a barking dog on Barnett Way.

IN GARDINER, Friday at 8:05 a.m., a complaint about an animal was reported on Adams Street.

10:20 a.m., a complaint about threatening was reported on Autumn Street.

11:11 a.m., a complaint about animals was reported on Ash Street.

12:25 p.m., a complaint about an animal was reported on Winter Street.

5:53 p.m., a well-being check was performed on Maine Avenue.

9:07 p.m., an unattended death was reported on Spring Street.

11:16 p.m., a complaint about noise was reported on Dresden Avenue.

Saturday at 5:45 a.m., a complaint about an animal was reported on Adams Street.

10:16 a.m., a complaint about ongoing phone harassment was reported on Mullins Drive.

4:49 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Spruce Street.

IN HALLOWELL, Sunday at 11:44 a.m., complaints about animals were reported on Second Street.

3:08 p.m., a well-being/mental health check was performed on Middle Street.

10:38 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Second Street.

IN LITCHFIELD, Saturday at 6:34 p.m., a 24-year-old Litchfield man was issued a summons on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked on Dennis Hill Road.

Sunday at 3:07 p.m., a canoe was reported stolen on Daffodil Lane.

IN MONMOUTH, Saturday at 4:08 p.m., a burglary was reported on Old Lewiston Road.

Sunday at 1:41 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cobbossee Road.

IN MOUNT VERNON, Saturday at 8:41 a.m., the theft of a trampoline was reported on Round Stone Road.

Saturday, 4:46 p.m., a well-being check was requested on Bartlett Road.

IN WEST GARDINER, Friday at 12:34 p.m., a gas drive-off was reported on Hallowell-Litchfield Road.

Saturday at 7:11 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Collins Mills Road.

Saturday at 8:44 p.m., a disturbance was reported on High Street.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 3:46 p.m., Kellen Whitney, 18, of Augusta, was arrested on two outstanding warrants, and charges of possession of a scheduled drug, and three counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, less than $500 on Green Street.

8:02 p.m., Wyatt Daril Wilson, 41, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release.

Saturday at 10:10 a.m., Pierre Ernest Girard, 62, of Richmond, was arrested on State Street on a charge of failure to appear.

SUMMONS

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 2:26 p.m., Chelsie J.M. Goggin, 23, of Livermore Falls, was summoned on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (less than $500) and violating conditions of release, on Civic Center Drive.

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Morning Sentinel May 14 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/morning-sentinel-may-14-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/morning-sentinel-may-14-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 20:16:55 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/14/morning-sentinel-may-14-police-log-4/ IN ANSON, Sunday at 11:54 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Buswell Street.

IN CANAAN, Sunday at 1:54 p.m., a past burglary was investigated on Halls Bridge Road.

2:53 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Hartland Road.

IN CLINTON, Sunday at 8:32 a.m., sex offenses were investigated on Baker Street.

IN CORNVILLE, Sunday at 4:30 p.m., a theft was reported on Shadagee Road.

Monday at 8:27 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Shadagee Road.

IN EMBDEN, Sunday at 9:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennebec River Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Sunday at 7 p.m., vandalism was investigated on Kennebec Street.

9:36 p.m., a noise complaint was taken on Montcalm Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Monday at 12:11 a.m., a noise complaint was taken on Middle Street.

10:09 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Wilton Road.

IN MADISON, Sunday at 5:52 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Park Street.

IN MERCER, Sunday at 6:16 p.m., threatening was reported on Elm Street.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Sunday at 1:23 p.m., a warning was issued following a report of a disturbance on Waterville Road.

IN OAKLAND, Sunday at 12:01 p.m., a noise complaint was taken on Summer Street.

3:15 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Oak Street.

6:45 p.m., threatening was reported on Webb Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Sunday at 3:09 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Detroit Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Sunday at 2:54 p.m., larceny, fraud or forgery was reported on Dartmouth Street.

3:03 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Milburn Street.

8:41 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on St. Mark Street.

11:55 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Canaan Road.

Monday at 12:33 a.m., a civil complaint was taken on Madison Avenue.

6:52 a.m., vandalism was reported on Cedar Street.

8:30 a.m., threatening was investigated on Summer Street.

IN SMITHFIELD, Sunday at 11:43 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of a domestic disturbance on Village Road.

IN VASSALBORO, Sunday at 11:48 a.m., an intoxicated subject was reported on Riverside Drive.

IN WATERVILLE, Sunday at 6:48 a.m., a noise complaint was investigated on Canabas Avenue.

8:45 a.m., a burglary was reported on Elm Terrace.

9:29 a.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Silver Street.

10:36 a.m., a disturbance was investigated on Boutelle Avenue.

12:09 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Kelsey Street.

12:58 p.m., a domestic dispute was investigated on Mayflower Hill Drive.

1:36 p.m., juvenile offenses were reported on Chaplin Street.

2:47 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of shoplifting at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

3:17 p.m., a noise complaint was reported on College Avenue.

4:37 p.m., an unwanted subject was reported at Olympia Sports on Elm Plaza.

7:22 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Pleasant Street.

7:42 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on County Road.

7:50 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Highwood Street.

8:36 p.m., a verbal warning was issued following a noise complaint on Water Street.

8:37 p.m., a noise complaint was investigated on Sanger Avenue.

9:38 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Water Street.

Monday at 12:55 a.m., an assault was investigated on Western Avenue and Pleasant Street.

1:30 a.m., a noise complaint was investigated on Union Street.

1:43 a.m., a theft was investigated on College Avenue.

3:07 a.m., an unwanted subject was reported on Summer Street.

IN WINSLOW, Monday at 12:13 a.m., suspicious activity was reported at Cumberland Farms on China Road.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Saturday at 12:46 a.m., Stephen D. Bastin, 33, of Strong, was arrested on a charges of motor vehicle speeding 30 miles per hour over the limit, violating condition of release and on a probation hold.

1:02 a.m., Jessica N. Tilley, 37, of Strong, was arrested on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

1:23 a.m., Christy M. Reeve, 33, of Wilton, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.

Sunday at 12:18 a.m., Allyson J. Hammond, 21, of Farmington, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

2:16 a.m., Ryan M. Nuzzo, 30, of Wilton, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence of alcohol.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Sunday at 5:34 p.m., Rex A. Call, 32, of Palmyra, was arrested on a probation hold.

7:54 p.m., Jenny R. Wickett, 37, of Fairfield, was arrested on charges of violating condition of release, unlawful possession of scheduled drug and operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior conviction.

10:11 p.m., Eric A. Perkins, 41, of Norridgewock, was arrested on charges of failing to make oral or written accident report, operating while license suspended or revoked, displaying fictitious vehicle certificate and operating under the influence with a prior conviction.

Monday at 12:48 a.m., Trent A. Soucy, 25, of Fort Mill, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

SUMMONS

IN WATERVILLE, Sunday at 11:35 a.m., Jerame C. Garcia, 29, of Waterville, was summonsed on a charge of violation of a protective order.

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Kennebec Journal May 11 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/11/kennebec-journal-may-11-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/11/kennebec-journal-may-11-police-log-4/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 19:31:34 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/11/kennebec-journal-may-11-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Thursday at 12:47 a.m., a Stone Street caller reported harassment.

1:27 p.m., a Chamberlain Street caller reported a gross sexual assault.

2:14 p.m., a Gage Street caller reported a person was missing.

3:28 p.m., a Cony Road caller reported finding needles.

8:37 a.m., a Melville Street caller reported criminal mischief.

11:23 p.m., a caller from Mount Vernon Avenue complained about a dog barking.

IN WINTHROP, Thursday at 10:24 p.m., a caller from Turkey Lane reported a suspicious person or circumstance.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Thursday at 9:41 a.m., a 32-year-old Augusta woman was issued a summons charging her with operating with suspended registration during a traffic stop on Bangor Street.

10:15 a.m., a 37-year-old Augusta woman was issued a summons charging her with (having) habitually truant student after a follow-up investigation.

4:35 p.m., a 39-year-old Winthrop man was issued a summons charging him with criminal mischief following a report of a traffic problem from a North Belfast Avenue caller.

Brooke Victoria Fritz, 20, of Augusta, was summonsed on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer during a pedestrian check at Capitol and Federal streets.

Friday at 12:49 a.m., a 29-year-old Canaan woman was issued a summons charging her with operating while license suspended or revoked during a traffic stop on Riverside Drive.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Thursday at 10 a.m., David H. Dickens, 28, of Augusta, was arrested on two warrants charging failure to appear in court and a charge of aggravated trafficking of heroin.

2:18 p.m., Marion C. Porter, 43, of South China, was arrested on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked during a traffic stop on North Belfast Avenue.

6:55 p.m., Kaitlyn E. Bouchard, 22, of Livermore Falls, was arrested at the Kennebec County jail on a charge of failure to appear in court.

8:51 p.m., Kevin Swift, 48, of Whitefield, was arrested on two warrants from Wiscasset District Court during a pedestrian check at Northern Avenue and Canal Street.

Kristina G. Kittredge, 32, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant after an attempt to locate on Cumberland Street.

Friday at 3:50 a.m., Pierre E. Girard, 62, of Richmond, was arrested on a warrant from Cumberland County after a Stone Street caller reported a disturbance.

IN LITCHFIELD, Thursday at 3:52 p.m., Anthony Chase Stilkey, 73, of Jefferson, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and operating vehicle without a license after police received a report of a vehicle off the road and in a ditch along Lewiston Road.

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Luc Tieman sentenced to 55 years for murdering, burying his wife Valerie https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/11/luc-tieman-sentenced-to-55-years-for-murder-of-his-wife-valerie/ Fri, 11 May 2018 14:46:37 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/11/luc-tieman-sentenced-to-55-years-for-murder-of-his-wife-valerie/ SKOWHEGAN — A former Fairfield man was sentenced to 55 years in prison Friday for the August 2016 murder of his wife, whose body he buried in a shallow grave behind his parents’ home in Fairfield.

Pictures of murder victim Valerie Tieman are displayed on a projector during the sentencing of Luc Tieman for the murder of his wife, Valerie, at the Somerset County Court House in Skowhegan on Friday. Tieman received 55 years in prison. Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for less than an hour April 9 before finding Luc Tieman, 34, guilty of intentional or knowing murder in the death of Valerie Tieman.

Valerie Tieman, who was 34, was shot twice in the head and neck.

Justice Robert Mullen said he was tempted to impose a life sentence, calling Luc Tieman’s testimony during trial “poppycock,” but said he feared that could open the possibility of being reversed in an appeal and forcing both families to endure another round of court hearings. He also noted Tieman’s apparent lack of remorse.

Tieman finally showed emotion in the courtroom Friday, his eyes red, wiping tears away as Allen Harmon, Valerie Tieman’s father, thanked him for his military service, adding that he couldn’t hate him. Harmon told Tieman that he was supposed to have loved and protected his daughter, but instead took her life and turned into a “habitual liar.”

“Murder is the worst kind of theft, because it is something that can’t be returned,” a weeping Harmon said in his impact statement before Justice Mullen, remembering his daughter telling him: “I love you, Daddy.”

Harmon noted that Valerie Tieman’s last name on her gravestone is Harmon — not Tieman.

The Harmons’ victim impact statements, including those by Valerie Tieman’s two brothers and her mother, Sarajean, were accompanied by photos of Valerie Tieman in a slideshow in the courtroom.

“This I will always know. She loved me and I loved her,” Sarajean said in a statement read by victim advocate Joanna Stokinger, noting Valerie Tieman had “stepped into heaven” the minute the first shot had struck her.

“The heartache and grief are real,” she said, adding that she was “overwhelmed with disgust” at what an evil-hearted man Luc Tieman was.

Sarajean asked for a life sentence.

Tieman’s mother, Laurelle, in her impact statement, cited her son’s post-traumatic stress disorder after three combat tours overseas and being wounded and disabled.

Laurelle spoke at length of the “good men” who go off to war, as her son had, and who come back a different person after experiencing “the big horribles” of life on the battlefield.

She said her son was “shrinking … dying before our very eyes” after he returned home from the army. She also cited veteran suicides — 23 such deaths every day.

“This PTSD — it’s real,” she said, noting that she was not making excuses for her son, only asking for consideration and mercy. “These are good men who were hurt and need help, your honor. I ask you to consider the whole life of Luc Tieman. I ask you to consider the whole person and balance justice with mercy.”

During his trial, Tieman admitted to having an affair with another woman, and he was aware that a Waterville woman had sent his wife messages saying that he was cheating on her, but he said he didn’t kill his wife. He said Valerie had died of a drug overdose.

Drugs were found in Valerie Tieman’s body during an autopsy performed Sept. 21, 2016, but the drugs did not kill her. Two gunshot wounds to the head and neck were the cause of death, according to a state medical examiner.

Tieman faced 25 years to life in prison.

Assistant Attorneys General Leane Zainea and Leanne Robbin, the state prosecutors, sought the sentence of 55 years to the Department of Corrections based on sentencing guidelines and previous cases, such as that of Robert Burton, who was sent to prison for 55 years in December 2017 for killing his girlfriend in 2015.

There is no parole in the state of Maine.

Following sentencing Friday, Zainea and Robbin said they were satisfied with the sentence, noting, as Mullen had, that Tieman will be a old man when and if he ever is released.

They said the Harmon family is happy with the sentence and had opted not to speak to the news media, resting on their statements made Friday in court.

“We’re very pleased with the sentence that was imposed here today,” Zainea told reporters outside the courthouse. “It was the sentence that the state recommended based upon what had transpired during the investigation as well as during the trial.”

Zainea said the judge duly noted that Tieman never took responsibility for the death of his wife and showed no empathy toward the Harmon family.

Robbin added that it was one thing to take police investigators on “a wild goose chase,” but it was quite another to consistently lie to police about everything.

Inside Valerie Tieman’s shallow grave, police, in September 2016, found a Mason jar containing flower stems, Luc Tieman’s wedding band and a handwritten note on an index card.

The note opened with the words “To my one and only Joy-Joy. Flower. Forever.”

The words in the note read: “I love you Valerie Joy T. I’ll love you forever. Rest in peace. My heart in Jesus,” with an X and an O, “hugs,” exclamation points, and an apparent reference to Luc Tieman’s marriage nickname “Luc-e” the bear, or “Luc-e Da Bear.”

The grave note contained language similar to that in other notes found among Valerie Tieman’s possessions taken that September from the Tieman home at 628 Norridgewock Road in Fairfield.

Valerie Tieman’s body was found wrapped in an orange, black and white blanket with the Mason jar “near her head.”

Under the body, police found a potato chip bag, a box of SweeTarts candy, a plaid shirt, a blue-and-gold woven knit hat and a bottle of Gucci cologne or perfume called Guilty.

Statements made Friday by both the Tieman and the Harmon families showed intense emotion, with both sides citing God and prayer as having a hand in the developments as Valerie Tieman’s body was found and her husband was preparing to stand trial for her murder.

Al Tieman, Luc Tieman’s father, cited a psalm expressing his own “valley of tears” for his son, whom he said he would always love.

Contemplating a life sentence for Tieman, Mullen also noted that he had to weigh the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the case. He said there are seven guidelines to follow in order for a life sentence to stand up to appeal, based on a 1990 Law Court case called State vs. Shortsleeves.

They are:

• Premeditation-in-fact;

• Multiple deaths;

• Murder committed by a person who previously has been convicted of homicide or any other crime involving the use of deadly force against a person;

• Murder accompanied by torture, sexual abuse or other extreme cruelty inflicted upon the victim;

• Murder committed in a penal institution by an inmate of that institution;

• Murder of a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duties;

• Murder of a hostage.

Mullen said he could not impose a life sentence because none of those seven reasons was present in the Tieman case.

Investigators with the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service look for evidence in the death of Valerie Tieman, whose body was found Sept. 20, 2016, buried in a shallow grave behind 628 Norridgewock Road in Fairfield. The jury forewoman, Rose Gray, commended law enforcement officers for the job they did collecting evidence and investigating the case. Staff file photo by Michael G. Seamans

In his statements to the court Friday, Tieman’s lawyer, Stephen Smith, asked for Mullen to impose a sentence of 35 years, highlighting his client’s combat duty with the Army.

He noted how powerful Allen Harmon’s statements to the court were and even referred to Valerie as “Miss Harmon,” not Mrs. Tieman.

“Luc Tieman did three tours in three combat zones in 10 years and was honorably discharged,” Smith told the judge. “He is not a monster; he’s a human being.”

As the Harmons had done, Smith called Tieman’s family members to give impact statements, including his grandmother Charlene Post, who said she and Luc are close and that he was “always gracious and kind.”

Tieman, who had shown no emotion through all of his five-day trial and final jury verdict, continually drew tissues at the defendant’s table, wiping his eyes and nose.

Smith said they were “very disappointed” with the sentence and that, on Tieman’s behalf, he is appealing both the conviction and the sentence imposed Friday in Somerset County Superior Court.

“We believe his service should have weighed more in the balance,” Smith told reporters.

The murder of Valerie Tieman, Justice Mullen said Friday, boiled down to just one word: Why?

There was no explanation, he said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

dharlow@centralmaine.com

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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Kennebec Journal May 10 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/kennebec-journal-may-10-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/kennebec-journal-may-10-police-log-4/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 16:35:41 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/kennebec-journal-may-10-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 8:58 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

9:06 a.m., gross sexual assault was reported by a caller on New England Road.

9:58 a.m., a well-being check was performed on Old Winthrop Road.

11:55 a.m., a traffic accident causing an injury was reported on Eastern Avenue and Spring Road.

12:31 p.m., burglary from a motor vehicle was reported on Cony Street.

12:51 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Northern Avenue.

1:25 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Airport Road.

1:25 p.m., harassment was reported on Northern Avenue.

2:33 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

4:51 p.m., a well-being check was done on Eastern Avenue.

7:07 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Glenridge Drive.

7:50 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Gray Birch Drive.

8:29 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Gray Birch Drive.

8:34 p.m., theft was reported on Civic Center Drive.

9:07 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Industrial Drive.

10:14 p.m., a well-being check was done on Sewall Street.

11:14 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Green Street.

Thursday at 4:56 a.m., a well-being check was done on Green Street.

6:44 a.m., a well-being check was performed on Allenwood Park Road.

IN HALLOWELL, Wednesday at 7:04 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Water Street.

8:36 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Water Street.

9:33 p.m., littering was reported on Winthrop Street.

IN MONMOUTH, Wednesday at 9:06 a.m., a well-being check was done on Pine Hill Road.

10:38 a.m., threatening was reported on Old Lewiston Road.

IN READFIELD, Wednesday at 1:29 p.m., threats were reported on Millard Harrison Drive.

IN WEST GARDINER, Wednesday at 11:40 a.m., phone harassment was reported on Bog Hill Road.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 1:35 p.m., Jacob L. Pouliot, 28, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant, on Union Street.

10:41 p.m., Demarrio S. Long, 28, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant, on Water Street.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 11:35 p.m., a 64-year-old Augusta man was summoned on a charge of failing to register a vehicle (more than 150 days), during a traffic stop on Riverside Drive and Route 3.

11:57 p.m., Cole Lee Witham, 18, of Windsor, was summoned on a charge of motor vehicle speeding (more than 30 mph over the speed limit), during a traffic stop on Old Belgrade Road and Medical Center Parkway.

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Morning Sentinel May 10 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/morning-sentinel-may-10-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/morning-sentinel-may-10-police-log-4/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 16:33:44 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/10/morning-sentinel-may-10-police-log-4/ IN BINGHAM, Wednesday at 5:51 p.m., an assault was reported on Main Street.

IN CANAAN, Wednesday at 2:58 p.m., a complaint was investigated on Lancaster Road.

IN CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Thursday at 9:38 a.m., a theft was reported on Carrabassett Drive.

IN CHESTERVILLE, Wednesday at 8:08 a.m., vandalism and criminal mischief were reported on Diller Line Road.

IN DETROIT, Wednesday at 5:39 p.m., a structure fire was extinguished on River Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Wednesday at 9:45 a.m., a scam complaint was taken on Green Road.

11:44 a.m., a complaint was taken on High Street.

3:48 p.m., a theft was investigated on Summit Street.

5:13 p.m., trespassing was reported on Ten Lots Road.

9:15 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Hinckley Road.

9:43 p.m., a warning was issued after a report of suspicious activity on Island Avenue.

Thursday at 12:15 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Skowhegan Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Wednesday at 12:43 p.m., an warrant arrest was made on Main Street.

1:06 p.m., a theft was reported on Wilton Road.

Thursday at 12:58 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on South Street.

8:20 a.m., vandalism and criminal mischief were reported High Street.

2:26 a.m., an accident involving an injury was reported on Lucky Knowles and Whittier roads.

3:05 a.m., a noise complaint was taken on New Vineyard Road.

7:44 a.m., vandalism and criminal mischief were reported on Court and High streets.

IN JAY, Wednesday at 10:02 a.m., an assault was reported on Community Drive.

5:19 p.m., vandalism and criminal mischief were reported on Main Street.

5:53 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Franklin and Highland roads.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 10:18 a.m., a scam complaint was investigated on Weston Avenue.

1:25 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Bean Street.

9:17 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Nathan Street.

IN NEW PORTLAND, Wednesday at 11:12 a.m., a disturbance was reported on River Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Wednesday at 10:48 p.m., a warning was issued after a report of suspicious activity on Ferry Road.

IN OAKLAND, Wednesday at 2:01 p.m., harassment was reported on High Street.

5:10 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Oak Street.

6:05 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

8:21 p.m., disturbance was reported on Oak Street.

IN PALMYRA, Thursday at 8:04 a.m., a scam complaint was taken on Lang Hill Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Wednesday at 9:10 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Stinson Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Wednesday at 1:10 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Bennett Avenue.

Thursday at 12:04 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on St. James Street.

8:22 a.m., threatening was reported on Dartmouth Street.

8:28 a.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Winter Street.

9:12 a.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Madison Avenue.

IN SOLON, Wednesday at 8:50 p.m., an assault was reported on North Main Street.

IN STARKS, Wednesday at 4:41 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Melody Lane.

Thursday at 1:09 a.m., a past burglary was investigated on Mason Corner Road.

IN STRONG, Wednesday at 4:21 p.m., a report of a missing person was taken on Norton Hill Road.

IN VASSALBORO, Wednesday at 4:47 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Crosshill Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 7:12 a.m., a report of shoplifting led to an arrest on Elm Street.

8:39 a.m., shoplifting was reported in The Concourse.

1:23 p.m., threatening was reported on Edwards Street.

1:46 p.m., assault was reported on Leighton Street.

2:24 p.m., theft was reported on Gray Avenue.

5:09 p.m., a noise complaint was reported on Violette Avenue.

8:04 p.m., harassment was reported on Front Street.

9:14 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

9:15 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

9:30 p.m., a traffic stop led to an arrest on Silver Street.

11:32 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

Thursday at 12:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Drummond Avenue.

1:14 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

5:18 a.m., theft was reported on Elm Street.

IN WILTON, Wednesday at 9:23 p.m., an assault was reported on Village View Street.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 4:25 p.m., a burglary of a motor vehicle was reported on Whipple Road.

7:59 p.m., suspicious activity was reported at Monument Street and St. John Street.

8:06 p.m., harassment was reported on Halifax Street.

Thursday at 3:27 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Frankwood Drive.

ARRESTS

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Wednesday at 10:58 a.m., Daniel R. Bryant, 31, of Hartland, was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drug.

4:53 p.m., Todd M. Jackson, 43, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release.

8:38 p.m., Richard I. Hanny, 45, of St. Albans, was charged with operating an all-terrain vehicle under the influence.

Thursday at 2:33 a.m., Richard I. Hanny, 45, of St. Albans, was arrested on two charges of violating conditions of release.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 7:12 a.m., Amy J. Hudson, 35, of Waterville, was arrested on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

9:30 p.m., Christopher F. Ratte, 32, of Vassalboro, was arrested on charges of violating condition of release and unlawful possession of scheduled drug.

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Morning Sentinel May 8 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/morning-sentinel-may-8-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/morning-sentinel-may-8-police-log-4/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 20:26:24 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/morning-sentinel-may-8-police-log-4/ IN AVON, Monday at 2:45 p.m., vandalism was reported on Avon Valley Road.

IN BENTON, Monday at 6:26 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on River Road.

IN CANAAN, Monday at 7:56 a.m., an arrest was made after a report of suspicious activity on Browns Corner Road.

IN CLINTON, Monday at 12:52 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated on Long Avenue.

1:03 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of an assault on Hinckley Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Monday at 7:16 p.m., an intoxicated subject was reported on Norridgewock Rock.

IN FARMINGTON, Monday at 3:31 p.m., burglary was reported on Fairbanks Road.

3:49 p.m., theft or fraud was reported on Hannaford Drive.

Tuesday at 12:07 a.m., a noise complaint was reported at High and Middle streets.

IN JAY, Monday at 2:38 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN MADISON, Monday at 12:36 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Boardman Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Monday at 5:22 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Skowhegan Road.

IN OAKLAND, Monday at 11:13 a.m., a theft was reported at Mid-Maine Marine on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

2:07 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Smithfield Road.

4:30 p.m., a report of a missing person was taken on Oak Street.

IN PALMYRA, Monday at 9:59 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Oxbow Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Monday at 3:38 p.m., an assault was investigated on North Main Street.

9:27 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Main Street.

7:29 a.m., trespassing was reported on Central Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Monday at 1:08 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Milburn Street.

1:47 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of a domestic disturbance on Stevens Road.

2:23 p.m., a report of larceny, forgery or fraud was taken on Pennell Street.

4:01 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Madison Avenue.

4:36 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Middle Road.

6:55 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Winter Street.

Tuesday at 12:19 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Madison Avenue.

IN STARKS, Monday at 12:42 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mountain Road.

IN STRONG, Monday at 2:14 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Sand Hill Loop.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 8:53 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Water Street.

9:05 a.m., a civil issue was reported on Colby Street.

9:11 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated at Winslow High School on Danielson Street.

11:56 a.m., shoplifting was investigated at Marden’s Surplus & Salvage on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

4 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on The Concourse.

7:21 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

10:18 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ticonic Street.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Monday at 12:10 a.m., Joshua W. Enderle, 30, of Livermore Falls, was arrested on charges of operating after suspension, violating condition of release, expired registration greater than 150 days and endangering the welfare of a child.

7:10 p.m., Logan Stephen Welch, 22, of Wilton, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 4:30 p.m., Skylar W. Gerry, 27, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Tuesday at 12:56 a.m., Alisa M. Carey, 18, of Winslow, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

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Kennebec Journal May 8 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/kennebec-journal-may-8-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/kennebec-journal-may-8-police-log-4/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 18:54:34 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/08/kennebec-journal-may-8-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Monday at 8:26 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Bolton Hill Road.

9:23 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Allen Street.

9:29 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Stephen King Drive.

9:52 a.m., a well-being check was done on Willow Street.

10:02 a.m., harassment was reported on Anthony Avenue.

10:25 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Western Avenue.

11:11 a.m., property was recovered on Winthrop Street.

1:34 p.m., a well-being check was done on Western Avenue.

2:36 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

3:45 p.m., harassment was reported on Willow Street.

5:49 p.m., terrorizing was reported on Cedar Street.

7:03 p.m., harassment was reported on Ridge Road.

7:19 p.m., harassment was reported on Quimby Street.

7:49 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

8:10 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was done on Boothby Street.

8:29 p.m., shoplifting was reported on Water Street.

8:44 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

8:56 p.m., a well-being check was done on State Street.

9:15 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on State Street.

10:52 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Fairfield Street.

11:41 p.m., assault was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

11:44 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Washington Street.

Tuesday at 12:04 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Green Street.

3:22 a.m., a general disturbance was reported on Murray Street.

6:05 a.m., theft was reported on Civic Center Drive.

IN FARMINGDALE, Monday at 4:46 p.m., theft was reported on Benjamin Drive.

IN HALLOWELL, Monday at 11:46 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

IN JEFFERSON, Sunday, criminal mischief was reported at Highland Cemetery, after several gravestones reportedly were tipped over.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Monday at 1:22 p.m., Lori Brann, 43, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence (alcohol), after a traffic complaint was made on Western Avenue.

5:11 p.m., Lamar Parker, 18, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release near a business on Western Avenue, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly before then, Augusta police summoned Parker on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, also on Western Avenue.

Tuesday at 5:19 a.m., Colbi H. Stevens-Davis, 25, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release, after a disturbance was reported on Murray Street.

IN DRESDEN, Sunday, Tracy Wright, 38, of Dresden, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault, on Middle Road.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 6:41 a.m., Sally L. Jenkins, 35, of Augusta, was summoned on a charge of criminal trespass, after criminal trespassing was reported on Western Avenue.

IN WHITEFIELD, April 25, Emma Solorzano, 18, of Jefferson, was summoned on a charge of false public report, in connection with an incident on April 14.

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Morning Sentinel May 7 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/morning-sentinel-may-7-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/morning-sentinel-may-7-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 17:27:50 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/morning-sentinel-may-7-police-log-4/ IN BENTON, Sunday at 11:47 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Booker Avenue.

IN CLINTON, Sunday at 3:57 p.m., an accident involving an injury was reported on Interstate 95.

10:22 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Park Avenue.

IN EUSTIS, Sunday at 2:32 p.m., officials conducted a fire and smoke investigation.

IN FAIRFIELD, Sunday at 12:16 p.m., a theft was investigated on Main Street.

2:13 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Pratt Road.

Monday at 7:37 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Osborne Street.

8:26 a.m., a theft was investigated on Norridgewock Road.

8:34 a.m., a vehicle accident involving an injury was investigated on Norridgewock Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Sunday at 12:41 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Main Street.

8:35 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on South Street.

10:10 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

1:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Fairbanks Road.

4:43 p.m., a theft was reported on Knowlton Corner Road.

8:32 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Anson Street and North Street.

11:56 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Sewall Road.

IN HARTLAND, Monday at 12:34 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Vigue Road.

IN JAY, Monday at 2:38 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Sunday at 2:37 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Winding Hill Road.

IN OAKLAND, Sunday at 9:31 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Water Street.

IN PALMYRA, Sunday at 10:09 a.m., a civil complaint was taken on Ell Hill Road.

IN PITTSFIELD, Sunday at 7:12 p.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Waverly Street.

Monday at 8:53 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Industrial Park Road.

IN PLYMOUTH, Sunday at 2:16 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Moosehead Trail.

IN RIPLEY, Sunday at 10:06 a.m., a complaint was taken on Stream Road.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Sunday at 12:49 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Island Avenue.

2:47 p.m., trespassing was reported on Constitution Avenue.

3:21 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Hanover Street.

4:21 p.m., a report of threatening was taken on Lynn’s Way.

6:18 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Madison Avenue.

Monday at 1:20 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Avore Street.

8:38 a.m., trespassing was reported on Willow Street.

8:43 a.m., a complaint was taken on Bridge Street.

IN SOLON, Sunday at 7:07 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Rowell Mountain Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Sunday at 9:10 a.m., a theft was reported on Victoria Drive.

9:50 a.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Crestwood Drive.

11:21 a.m., a theft was reported on Wilson Street.

11:26 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Drummond Avenue.

11:41 a.m., a theft was reported on Gray Street.

12:31 p.m., juvenile offenses were reported on Elmhurst Street.

1:29 p.m., threatening was reported on Gold Street.

1:31 p.m., a theft was investigated on Alden Street.

3:34 p.m., a summons was issued following a report of shoplifting at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

4:21 p.m., criminal mischief was investigated at The Home Depot on Waterville Commons Drive.

5:27 p.m., an unwanted subject was reported at Olympia Sports on Elm Plaza.

6:01 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Elm Street.

6:59 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Temple Street.

8:08 p.m., an unwanted subject was reported at Happy Trails on Main Street.

8:12 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Violette Avenue.

8:29 p.m., a verbal warning was issued following a report of a disturbance on Oakdale Street.

9:52 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Main Street.

10:09 p.m., a fight was reported on Poolers Park Way.

IN WILTON, Sunday at 5:18 p.m., an assault was reported on Village View Street.

Monday at 12:05 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

IN WINSLOW, Sunday at 12:59 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Cushman Road.

ARRESTS

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Sunday at 6:40 p.m., Codie Robbins, 25, of Caribou, was arrested on a warrant for probation revocation on criminal trespass and warrants for unpaid fines and fees on charges of operating under the influence and operating under the influence with a prior conviction and operating with license suspended or revoked.

IN WATERVILLE, Monday at 1:02 a.m., Douglas A. Dewalt, 50, of Waterville, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.

IN WINSLOW, Sunday at 6:55 p.m., Hayle M. Cooley, 18, of Lewiston, was arrested on charges of misuse of identification, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, illegal transportation of liquor by a minor and criminal conspiracy.

6:55 p.m., Molly M. Roy, 18, of Waterville, was arrested on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and two counts of misuse of identification.

6:55 p.m., Anthony S. Carpenter, 21, of Winslow, was arrested on six charges: two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of misuse of identification and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

6:55 p.m., Dylan R. Copeland, 19, of Waterville, was arrested on charges of a minor possessing liquor, two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

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Kennebec Journal May 7 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/kennebec-journal-may-7-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/kennebec-journal-may-7-police-log-4/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 15:31:23 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/07/kennebec-journal-may-7-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 7:57 a.m., a Riverside Drive caller reported suspicious activity.

9:42 a.m., an Edward Street caller reported a problem with an animal.

11:30 a.m., a caller from Stephen King Drive reported suspicious activity.

12:48 p.m., a Middle Road caller reported a protection order violation.

2:40 p.m., a Civic Center Drive caller reported a theft.

2:50 p.m., a Sewall Street caller reported criminal mischief.

3:57 p.m., one person was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center following a request from a Mount Vernon Avenue caller to check the welfare/mental health of an individual.

5:40 p.m., one person was taken to the hospital after a Green Street caller reported an overdose.

5:54 p.m., a Quimby Street caller reported a disturbance.

6:45 p.m., at least one person was taken to the hospital following a request from a Western Avenue caller to check welfare of an individual.

10:37 p.m., one person was taken to the hospital after a Laurel Street caller reported a disturbance.

Monday at 8:31 a.m., a caller from Commerce Drive reported an abandoned motor vehicle.

9:29 a.m., a caller from Stephen King Drive reported suspicious activity.

IN CHINA, Saturday at 6:16 p.m., a caller from Waterville Road reported being harassed.

IN GARDINER, Saturday at 7:23 p.m., a Church Street caller reported a property dispute.

7:47 p.m., a Water Street caller reported being assaulted by a man.

8:09 p.m., a warning was issued following a Water Street caller’s report of being harassed.

IN HALLOWELL, Sunday at 3:27 p.m., a caller from Front Street reported theft of a motor vehicle.

8:34 p.m., a Middle Street caller reported theft.

IN LITCHFIELD, Sunday at 8:44 a.m., a caller from Hardscrabble Road reported a suspicious vehicle.

IN MONMOUTH, Sunday at 12:06 a.m., a Route 202 caller reported suspicious activity.

IN WINDSOR, Saturday at 7:11 p.m., a Ridge Road caller reported the theft of mail.

IN WINTHROP, Sunday at 6:34 p.m. a Route 133 caller reported a suspicious person/circumstance.

10:15 p.m., a Green Street caller reported a disorderly incident.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 11:59 a.m., Jessica E. Cox, 29, of Augusta, was arrested on Union Street on charges of violation of condition of release and violation of protective order.

1:18 p.m., Christopher Lee Brown, 43, of Augusta, was arrested at the Kennebec County jail on a warrant.

IN HALLOWELL, Monday at 12:12 p.m., Jennifer L. Harding, 41, of Monmouth, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence following a motor vehicle stop at Warren and Winthrop streets.

SUMMONS

IN AUGUSTA, Sunday at 1:14 p.m., Joshua I. Mortimer, 19 of Mount Vernon, was issued a summons charging him with operating while license suspended or revoked following a report of a motor vehicle accident on Mount Vernon Road. One person was taken from the scene to Maine Medical Center.

IN GARDINER, Sunday at 2:51 p.m., a 16-year-old was issued a summons charging possession of tobacco products by a minor following a pedestrian check on Brunswick Avenue.

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New York City police to lead funeral procession of Cpl. Eugene Cole to Bangor https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/new-york-city-police-to-lead-funeral-procession-of-cpl-eugene-cole-to-bangor/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/new-york-city-police-to-lead-funeral-procession-of-cpl-eugene-cole-to-bangor/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 20:41:02 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/new-york-city-police-to-lead-funeral-procession-of-cpl-eugene-cole-to-bangor/ In the aftermath of the killing of Cpl. Eugene Cole and the successful apprehension of the man suspected of killing him, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster pointed out that “a lot of officers will say that they’re fine. I want to tell you that they’ve been all deeply affected — not only our agency, but all agencies have been deeply affected by what has happened, me included.

“Cpl. Cole died on my watch, and it’s something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and I will never forget.”

In an interview Thursday at his office in East Madison, Lancaster said, “From throughout the country, we’ve been contacted. Different agencies are going to be sending representatives. We’re anticipating that it’s going to be a large event.”

Lancaster would not estimate the anticipated number of people who will attend visiting hours Sunday at the Skowhegan Armory or the service Monday at the Cross Center in Bangor, but he said there have been inquiries from as far away as California.

“Since Tuesday we’ve had teams preparing and mapping and planning how we’re going to approach the Cross Center and how, logistically, we’re going to deploy,” Lancaster said. “We’ve been told the Cross Center holds up to 14,000 people. This is not only for law enforcement, but it affects the communities in Somerset County and it affects everyone in the state of Maine.”

An elite motorcycle unit from the New York City Police Department will lead a funeral procession through Skowhegan on Monday morning, en route to the memorial services in Bangor for Cole, who was shot and killed April 25 in the line of duty.

Cole was 61 and a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He was the first Maine police officer to die in a shooting in nearly 30 years. Lancaster said Maine State Police Detective Gil Landry was the last Maine law enforcement officer to be murdered in the line of duty, on March 31, 1989. Lewiston police Officer David R. Payne was murdered on July 23, 1988, he said.

John D. Williams, 29, of Madison, is alleged to have shot and killed Cole and stolen his marked cruiser just after 1 a.m. April 25. He made his first court appearance Monday in Augusta and was charged with intentional or knowing murder. Williams is being held without bail at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Visiting hours for Cole will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Skowhegan Armory, 11 North School St., Skowhegan.

This sign appearing Thursday on North Avenue in Skowhegan warns motorists of likely traffic congestion on May 6 near the Skowhegan Armory around the time of the memorial service for Cpl. Gene Cole, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Staff photo by David Leaming

North Avenue in Skowhegan will be closed 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday from the intersection of East Street through the intersection of East Dyer Street. Residents of that area will be able to get to and from their homes.

Law enforcement will be parking at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Civilian parking will be available at Margaret Chase Smith School on Heselton Street. The path from the school to the armory has been cleared for people to use getting to the armory. The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program will be assisting with handicapped-accessibility.

“We’re calling it a walk-by,” Lancaster said of the Sunday service. “Gene is going to be at the armory for people in the community and law enforcement that want to pay their respects from 4 to 7 p.m. If it goes past 7 o’clock, we’re not closing the door. We will continue to allow people to pay their respects until everyone’s had a chance to do that.”

Somerset County Detective David Cole, Eugene Cole’s son, who was with the sheriff during Thursday’s interview, said the casket will be closed at the Sunday event. He said the family mourns.

“She’s holding up well,” he said of his mother, Sheryl Cole. “The very strong community support has been great and support from the sheriff’s office and the law enforcement community has been great.”

Speaking for himself, losing his father, a fellow law enforcement officer, David Cole said he is “doing well.”

David Cole held the rank of corporal — like his father — until Wednesday, when he was tagged to fill an open detective’s position at the sheriff’s office. Lancaster said the timing was coincidental.

There will be a parking ban from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday on Madison Avenue and Water Street in Skowhegan. Madison Avenue and Water Street will be closed to traffic 10 to 10:30 a.m. as the procession taking Cole from Smart & Edwards Funeral Home in Skowhegan to the memorial service in Bangor moves through town to U.S. Route 2, according to Skowhegan Road Commissioner Greg Dore.

A celebration of Cole’s life will be held at noon Monday at the Cross Insurance Center, at 515 Main St., Bangor, with Chaplain Kevin Brooks officiating.

“The procession will come back through town — Water Street, Commercial Street and Madison Avenue — at approximately 4 p.m. to return Cpl. Cole to the funeral home,” Dore said. “Expect traffic delays.”

Lancaster said the funeral procession, led by the NYPD motorcycle unit, will be followed by a hearse with Cole’s body, then by the immediate members of Cole’s family, followed by the “family” of Somerset County officials and a Maine State Police cruiser — about 40 cars in all.

Cpl. Eugene Cole

A state police honor guard will participate in services Sunday and Monday. Lancaster said the Bangor Chamber of Commerce has helped with placing visitors from out of the area in local hotels.

Somerset County Administrator Dawn DiBlasi said she expects Monday’s celebration of Cole’s life to be an emotional one.

“On Monday, May 7, the county will say their final goodbyes to Cpl. Eugene Cole,” DiBlasi said in a statement. “He was loved by all and he will be missed by his coworkers and the citizens of Somerset County. It is clear to us that Cpl. Cole knew the meaning of community policing and was more than just a deputy in our community.

“While we cannot make sense of this tragedy, we can honor Cpl. Cole’s memory by following his example. We are told that even the people he arrested felt he was a fair, evenhanded deputy who gave respect and consideration to everyone he came in contact with. Thank you Cpl. Cole for your service to Somerset County. You will never be forgotten.”

A spokeswoman at the Cross Center referred all questions on venue preparation to Steve McCausland at the Maine Department of Public Safety.

McCausland said Friday that there will be designated areas for the news media.

Doors will open to the public at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cross Center and seating for the public will be on a first-come, first-served basis, McCausland said. There will be security checkpoints, large handbags are discouraged and no weapons will be allowed. The Cross Center’s website has specifics.

Bangor Police public information officer Wade Betters has issued a traffic advisory for Monday around the Cross Center. The best advice for motorists not attending the services is to find alternate routes away from the area, McCausland said in an email. Hundreds of police cars will be arriving for the services, and traffic and parking will be a challenge, he said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

dharlow@centralmaine.com

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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Morning Sentinel May 4 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/morning-sentinel-may-4-police-log-3/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/morning-sentinel-may-4-police-log-3/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 15:43:42 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/04/morning-sentinel-may-4-police-log-3/ IN ANSON, Thursday at 9:12 p.m., an arrest was made after a report of a domestic disturbance on River Road.

IN ATHENS, Thursday at 9:32 a.m., threatening was reported on Corson Road.

IN BENTON, Thursday at 11:05 a.m., a report of a tire being slashed was investigated on Falls Road.

IN CLINTON, Thursday at 6:37 a.m., suspicious activity was reported at Clinton Elementary School on Morrison Avenue.

4:20 p.m., a report of an unwanted person was investigated on Hinckley Road.

8:38 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Baker Street.

10:51 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Baker Street.

4:19 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Hinckley Road.

IN DALLAS PLANTATION, Thursday at 2:26 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Nichols Road.

IN DETROIT, Thursday at 3:33 p.m., a complaint was taken on Basford Road.

IN EMBDEN, Thursday at 2:04 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Dunbar Hill Road.

IN EUSTIS, Thursday at 12:52 p.m., a warrant arrest was made on School Street.

IN FAIRFIELD, Thursday at 10:54 a.m., a civil complaint was reported on Somerset Avenue.

11:46 a.m., a report of larceny, fraud or forgery was taken on Osborne Court.

2:05 p.m., a theft was investigated on Norridgewock Road.

2:20 p.m., a theft was reported on Main Street.

Friday at 2:25 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Skowhegan Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Thursday at 9:20 a.m., a theft was reported on South Street.

11:15 p.m., a noise complaint was taken on Front Street.

IN JAY, Thursday at 12:23 p.m., a theft was reported on East Jay Road.

1 p.m., a burglary was reported on East Jay Road.

IN MADISON, Thursday at 9:54 a.m., trespassing was reported on Ash Street.

12:47 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Weston Avenue.

5:47 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on Middle Street.

6:36 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Lower Mills Road.

8:41 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Nathan Street.

IN NEW SHARON, Thursday at 3:28 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Bassett Road.

IN PHILLIPS, Thursday at 12:48 p.m., a harassment complaint was taken on Main Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Thursday at 9:59 p.m., theft of a vehicle was reported on North Main Street.

4:11 a.m., a domestic disturbance was investigated on Waverly Street.

Friday at 8:54 a.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Cianchette Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Thursday at 9:12 a.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Water Street.

10 a.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Water Street.

10:05 a.m., an intoxicated person was reported on West Front Street.

10:28 a.m., an arrest was made on McClellan Street.

11:37 a.m., a theft was investigated on Madison Avenue.

Friday at 12:25 p.m., an assault was reported on North Avenue.

2:07 a.m., an arrest was made after a report of a domestic disturbance on Summer Street.

IN STARKS, Thursday at 5:53 p.m., a disturbance was investigated on Mason Corner Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 8:08 a.m., a domestic dispute was investigated on Silver Street.

8:10 a.m., a domestic dispute was investigated on Railroad Square.

9:46 a.m., threatening was reported at Central Maine Orthotics & Prosthetics on Silver Street.

10:44 a.m., a report of a missing person was taken at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

12:11 p.m., a harassment complaint was investigated on Wentworth Court.

12:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ticonic Street.

1:45 p.m., a theft was reported on Highwood Street.

5:52 p.m., a theft was investigated at JC Penney on Elm Plaza.

6:54 p.m., a report of a person receiving harassing or obscene calls was taken at Walmart on Waterville Commons Drive.

8:29 p.m., a report of an unwanted person was taken on Silver Street.

8:32 p.m., a 16-year-old was summoned on a charge of false public alarm or report on Front Street.

9:10 p.m., a drug offense was reported on Drummond Avenue.

9:19 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated at America Glass & Midas Muffler on College Avenue.

9:35 p.m., a report of a protection order violation was investigated on Moor Street.

Friday at 1:44 a.m., an unwanted person was reported on Elm Street.

4:32 a.m., a noise complaint was taken on Ticonic Street.

IN WINSLOW, Thursday at 3:40 a.m., burglary of a motor vehicle was reported on Clinton Avenue.

7:01 p.m., a domestic dispute was investigated on Halifax Street.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Thursday at 2:10 a.m., Richard W. Dolan Jr., 49, of Farmington, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise.

7:51 a.m., Derek J. Farnsworth, 20, of South China, was arrested on charges of class D unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and class C unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

2:05 p.m., Michael D. Konek, 40, of Stratton, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of operating under the influence.

4:12 p.m., Eugene D. Wolfe, 67, of Farmington, was arrested on a probation hold.

10:50 p.m., Harold J. Macisaac, 74, of Wilton, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence, with a prior conviction.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Thursday at 10:50 a.m., Allen D. Holt, 46, of Skowhegan, was arrested on warrants for unpaid fines and fees on charges of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

10:05 p.m., Scott Fogg, 44, of Anson, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

Friday at 3:52 a.m., Kristina M. Buswell, 23, of Madison, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 6:59 a.m., David L. Woodard, 55, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant.

9:19 a.m., Alexander E. McMann, 25, of Waterville, was arrested on charges of violating condition of release and operating while license suspended or revoked, with a prior conviction.

IN WINSLOW, Thursday at 1:50 p.m., Melinda M. Landry, 37, of Winslow, was arrested on a warrant.

SUMMONSES

IN WATERVILLE, Thursday at 8:32 p.m., Roberto Torres, 27, of Waterville, was summoned on a charge of false public alarm or report.

8:32 p.m., Jacob A. Bickford, 24, of Waterville, was summoned on a charge of false public alarm or report.

11:30 p.m., Michael D. Washburn, 23, of Waterville, was summoned on a charge of operating after being deemed a habitual offender.

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Morning Sentinel May 3 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/morning-sentinel-may-3-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/morning-sentinel-may-3-police-log-4/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 20:30:13 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/morning-sentinel-may-3-police-log-4/ IN ATHENS, Wednesday at 7:12 p.m., an arrest was made after a report of a disturbance on North Road.

IN BENTON, Wednesday at 10:54 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Albion Road.

IN CLINTON, Wednesday at 1:07 p.m., a civil issue was reported on Bangor Road.

6:22 p.m., a civil issue was reported on Hinckley Road.

IN CORNVILLE, Wednesday at 12:29 p.m., a scam complaint was taken on East Ridge Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Wednesday at 6:32 p.m., a theft was reported on Woodman Avenue.

6:43 p.m., a past burglary was investigated on Burrill Street.

9:45 p.m., an arrest was made following a report of a disturbance on West Street.

9:54 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Ten Lots Road.

IN FARMINGTON, Wednesday at 12:21 a.m., a traffic accident involving an injury was reported on Bridge Street.

Thursday at 12:07 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Farmington Falls Road.

1:39 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Franklin Health Commons.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 1:12 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Shusta Road.

3:44 p.m., a loud noise was reported on Forest Lake Way.

Thursday at 12:24 a.m., an arrest was made after a report of a medical emergency on Maple Street.

5:42 a.m., a civil complaint was taken on Main Street.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Wednesday at 1:49 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Kevin Boulevard.

4:38 p.m., mischief was investigated on Spruce Terrace.

IN OAKLAND, Wednesday at 4:20 p.m., a 16-year-old was arrested on a probation hold.

4:53 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Oak Hill Drive.

IN PHILLIPS, Wednesday at 3:12 p.m., a burglary was reported on Park Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Wednesday at 2:28 p.m., an intoxicated person was reported on Waterville Road.

5:58 p.m., a loud noise was reported on Indian Ridge.

8:13 p.m., a civil complaint was taken on Waterville Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 8:27 a.m., a report of a missing person was investigated on Mae Terrace.

8:33 a.m., a civil issue was reported on Elm Street.

9:18 a.m., threatening was investigated on Elm Street.

11:44 a.m., a theft was investigated on Yeaton Street.

11:46 a.m., a disturbance was reported at The Big Apple store on Main Street.

12:05 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Winter Street.

1:44 p.m., sex offenses were reported on Colby Street.

2:10 p.m., a summons was issued after a report of shoplifting at Mardens Surplus & Salvage on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

2:40 p.m., a drug offense was reported at Five Guys on Main Street.

4:17 p.m., a drug offense was investigated on Spring Street.

4:34 p.m., a theft was investigated on Sanger Avenue.

6:16 p.m., a report of a missing person was taken on Silver Street.

6:31 p.m., threatening was investigated on Front Street.

7:23 p.m., a report of a missing person was investigated on Cool Street.

8:01 p.m., a noise complaint was investigated on College Avenue.

8:03 p.m., a civil issue was taken on Elm Court.

9:05 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated at Goodwill on The Concourse.

9:37 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Boothby Street.

11:06 p.m., a noise complaint was taken on Boothby Street.

Thursday at 5:44 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Western Avenue.

IN WILTON, Wednesday at 4:34 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Colby Miller Road and Orchard Drive.

4:37 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on High Street.

6:53 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Gilbert Street.

Thursday at 6:55 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Munson Road.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 8:39 a.m., arson was reported on China Road.

10:37 a.m., a report of fraud or forgery was taken on Monument Street.

7:50 p.m., threatening was reported on West Palmer Road.

8:55 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Bellevue Street.

10 p.m., suspicious activity was investigated on Chaffee Brook Road.

Thursday at 3:42 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Garand Street.

ARRESTS

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wednesday at 12:18 a.m., Scott W. Kidder Jr., 37, of Wilton, was arrested on two warrants for probation revocation on charges of unlawful furnishing of a scheduled drug and unpaid fines and fees for operating after habitual offender revocation, with two prior convictions.

10:12 a.m., Alexander Crosby, 23, of Georgetown, was arrested on charges of operating while license suspended or revoked.

4:34 p.m., Desiree L. Driscoll, 33, of Farmington, was arrested on a charge of operating after suspension.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Wednesday at 8:02 p.m., Nathan R. Fraser, 28, of Palmyra, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

9:44 p.m., Heidi L. Tasker, 29, of St. Albans, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.

11:41 p.m., Steven A. Poirier, 50, of Norridgewock, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to report accident by quickest means.

Thursday at 3:10 a.m., David N. Doucette, 33, of Skowhegan, was arrested on a probation violation.

4:16 a.m., Gilbert O’Brien, 50, of Fairfield, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and refusing to sign a summons.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 4:46 p.m., Matthew A. Hubbard, 37, of Winslow, was arrested on a warrant for an unpaid fine on a theft.

SUMMONS

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 8:12 p.m., Peter R. Speropolous, 25, of Winslow, was summoned on charges of speeding 30 mph over the speed limit and driving to endanger.

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Kennebec Journal May 3 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/kennebec-journal-may-3-police-log-4/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/kennebec-journal-may-3-police-log-4/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 16:32:48 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/03/kennebec-journal-may-3-police-log-4/ IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 7:47 a.m., theft of a motor vehicle was reported on Western Avenue.

8:47 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Lamson Road.

9 a.m., theft was reported on Riverside Drive.

9:03 a.m., city ordinance violations were reported on Memorial Circle.

11:14 a.m., negotiating a worthless instrument was reported on Pierce Drive.

12:34 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

1:35 p.m., theft was reported on Cedar Street.

1:38 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Kennedy Road.

2:20 p.m., theft was reported on Commerce Drive.

2:47 p.m., theft was reported on Union Street.

2:57 p.m., theft was reported on Sparrow Drive.

3:03 p.m., a well-being check was done on Cross Hill Road.

3:29 p.m., a past burglary was reported on Summer Street.

3:58 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Mount Vernon Avenue.

5:11 p.m., an animal well-being check was done on Cony Street.

5:22 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Highland Avenue.

6:11 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Hospital Street.

6:13 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Crossing Way.

7:28 p.m., a disturbance was reported on Water Street.

8:31 p.m., shoplifting was reported on Cony Street.

8:32 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Melville Street.

9:40 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Dumont Drive.

10:01 p.m., fraud was reported on New England Road.

11:29 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Street.

11:54 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Medical Center Parkway.

Thursday at 1:36 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on North Belfast Avenue.

3:43 a.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Northern Avenue.

5:13 a.m., a well-being check was done on Summer Street.

IN CHELSEA, Wednesday at 3:40 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Togus Road.

IN GARDINER, Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., an all-terrain vehicle was reported being operated recklessly on Danforth Street.

IN HALLOWELL, Wednesday at 5:35 p.m., a loose dog was reported on Second Street.

IN LITCHFIELD, Wednesday at 3:40 p.m., theft was reported on Hallowell Road.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Wednesday at 10:20 a.m., Jodi L. Lathrop, 43, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence (drugs or combination) and two charges of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, after a traffic accident was reported on Second Avenue.

4:53 p.m., Ashlee Oconnor, 29, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass, after a well-being check was done on Civic Center Drive.

8:15 p.m., Ashley N. Souza, 27, of Camden, was arrested on five warrants, after fraud was reported on Civic Center Drive.

9:32 p.m., James T. Champion, 27, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (less than $500), after shoplifting was reported on Cony Street.

Thursday at 4:21 a.m., April M. Hayward, 30, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct (loud noise, private place), after disorderly conduct was reported on Northern Avenue.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, five people were summoned on charges related to underage possession of liquor, after a disturbance was reported on Sewall Street. A 19-year-old Pittston man, a 20-year-old Winslow man, an 18-year-old Farmingdale woman, and an 18-year-old Augusta woman were each charged with possession of alcohol or liquor by a minor. A 19-year-old Augusta man was charged with furnishing liquor to a minor.

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Colby College rescinds honorary degree for Bill Cosby in wake of assault conviction https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/colby-college-rescinds-honorary-degree-for-bill-cosby-in-light-of-assault-conviction/ Wed, 02 May 2018 23:37:55 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/colby-college-rescinds-honorary-degree-for-bill-cosby-in-light-of-assault-conviction/ WATERVILLE — Colby College officials say an honorary degree awarded to comedian Bill Cosby in 1992 will be rescinded in light of his conviction last week on multiple accounts of indecent assault.

“Following Bill Cosby’s conviction last week on multiple counts of sexual assault, the Colby College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to rescind the honorary degree he received in 1992,” a statement issued Wednesday by the college says. “Colby will also convene a group of students, faculty, staff, and trustees to review its policies regarding rescission of honorary degrees. While rescinding this honorary degree is an important statement about Colby’s values, the College is committed to strengthening its systems, policies, programs, and culture toward the goal of eliminating sexual violence in its community.”

Colby announced the decision to rescind Cosby’s degree just hours after the Morning Sentinel sent an inquiry to the college about the matter.

Cosby, 80, was convicted Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and raping women and faces up to 10 years in prison for each count.

The star of the hit television sitcom “The Cosby Show,” Cosby is among several high-profile and powerful men who recently have been held accountable for allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

On Tuesday, Yale University was the latest university to revoke an honorary degree for Cosby, representing the first time the university has revoked an honorary degree in its 300-year history.

Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, the University of Notre Dame and Boston College are among other schools that have revoked Cosby degrees following his conviction.

Some students at Colby supported removing the comedian’s degree, according to Sophie Langlois, a freshman who recently wrote an opinion piece in the student newspaper, the Colby Echo, calling on school officials to revoke Cosby’s degree.

Langlois, 19, said she was inspired to write her opinion piece after a discussion about Cosby in a women’s history course.

Langlois said most of the students are female and nearly all supported revoking Cosby’s degree.

She said after Wednesday’s announcement that she is “very excited and impressed that Colby made the right decision in revoking his honorary degree.”

“I hope that this statement and precedent will open the College up not only to further conversation, but also further action and policy in regards to sexual assault on the Colleges campus,” Langlois said in an email. “I am giving the college the benefit of the doubt and hope that they will continue to stay on the right side of history and establish positions on crucial matters like this down the road.”

Several well-known universities, including Brown, Fordham and Marquette, rescinded honorary degrees for Cosby in 2015 following allegations by about 50 women that he had drugged or sexually assaulted them.

At the time, Colby’s board of trustees issued a statement saying the college does not rescind honorary degrees, but it “shares the deep concerns expressed by many about the conduct attributed to Mr. Cosby.

“The board believes that the most appropriate and meaningful way to address both this situation and the disturbing prevalence of sexual misconduct revealed in surveys is to ensure that Colby becomes a leader in sexual violence prevention, education, and support,” the statement said. “We strongly support the administration as it works to build upon existing programs and create new, innovative ways to confront this problem on our campus and make a broader impact.”

On Monday, Colby hosted guest speaker Tara Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement on social media that has encouraged many women to come forward with their own stories of sexual assault and harassment in the wake of allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“She did mention him directly in her talk, and she also talked a lot about how schools don’t want to be on the wrong side of history, whether because of their moral compass or sometimes because they don’t want to be in a bad light in the media,” Langlois said.

Staff writer Amy Calder contributed to this story.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

rohm@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @rachel_ohm

 

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Canaan couple indicted for allegedly taking child https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/canaan-couple-indicted-on-charges-for-allegedly-taking-child/ Wed, 02 May 2018 21:32:06 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/canaan-couple-indicted-on-charges-for-allegedly-taking-child/ SKOWHEGAN — A Canaan couple arrested in March on charges they allegedly kicked in the door at the home of another couple, assaulted them and fled with their 4-year-old son has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury.

Emily Hartley, 19, and her fiancé, Justin Baker, 22, are charged separately in the indictments.

Hartley and Baker are charged with felony burglary, felony criminal trespass and felony criminal restraint for allegedly taking the child. They are charged additionally with two counts each of assault and one count of criminal mischief. The events are alleged to have taken place March 24 in Canaan.

The events triggered a report of a domestic disturbance on Hinckley Road in Canaan. The police report stated that Hartley and Baker allegedly had taken the 4-year-old boy by force, while physically assaulting the child’s parents.

Five county deputies responded to the report, discovering that the child had been taken to a home on Easy Street in Canaan. Hartley reportedly told investigators that she suspected, but had no proof, “that something bad may have happened to the child in the past and she made the decision to go get the child.”

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but is a determination that there is enough evidence in a case to proceed with trial.

Others indicted last week by the grand jury were:

• David Sincyr, 56, of Skowhegan, charged with two counts of felony trafficking in scheduled drugs — cocaine base and heroin — April 5 in Skowhegan.

• Angel C. Pacheco, 46, of Waterbury, Connecticut, charged with two counts of felony aggravated trafficking in cocaine and heroin, two counts of possession of cocaine and heroin and criminal forfeiture of $4,240 in cash, all on or about April 5 in Skowhegan.

• Davon Bell, 32, of Rochester, New York, charged with felony aggravated trafficking in cocaine, felony possession of cocaine base and criminal forfeiture of $2,240 in cash, March 30 in Skowhegan.

• Nicole L. Morse, 32, of Skowhegan, charged with felony aggravated trafficking in cocaine, felony possession of cocaine base and criminal forfeiture of $2,240 in cash, March 30 in Skowhegan.

• James D. McInnis, 37, of Madison, charged with felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, Nov. 17, in Madison. McInnis was convicted of robbery in January 2008.

• John D. Pierce, 52, of North Anson, charged with one count of felony unlawful furnishing of morphine, Dec. 8, 2017.

• Stephen D. Brown, 34, of Pittsfield, charged with felony trafficking in Fentanyl, possession of Fentanyl and criminal forfeiture of $8,000, March 16 in Pittsfield.

• Brandee Amy Lewis, 22, of Palmyra, charged with one count of felony theft at Wright’s General Store, March 23 in Hartland. She has two previous theft convictions.

• Ethan N.R. Brown, 19, of Anson, charged with felony aggravated criminal operating under the influence, criminal OUI and operating without a license, Sept. 15, 2017, in Madison.

• Cody James Berry, 27, of Corinna, charged with felony aggravated forgery and felony operating after license revocation, May 19, 2017, in St. Albans.

• Heather S. Haley, 31, of Anson, charged with felony failure to report to jail March 9 on a conviction for unauthorized use of property.

• Guillaume Dube-Demers, 31, of Canada, charged with felony trafficking in the drug MDMA, April 12 in Sandy Bay Township.

• David J. Wilson, 47, of Jackman, charged with felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, Sept. 30, 2017, in Jackman.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

dharlow@centralmaine.com

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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Skowhegan woman, friend of police-homicide suspect John D. Williams, indicted on drug charges https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/skowhegan-woman-friend-of-john-d-williams-indicted-on-drug-charges/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/skowhegan-woman-friend-of-john-d-williams-indicted-on-drug-charges/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 21:13:09 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/skowhegan-woman-friend-of-john-d-williams-indicted-on-drug-charges/ SKOWHEGAN — Kristina A. Pomerleau, the woman said to be the girlfriend of police-slaying suspect John D. Williams, has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on two felony drug charges.

Pomerleau, 32, who lived at 357 Water St. in Skowhegan, according to court documents, is charged by the grand jury with unlawful possession of cocaine base, or crack, and with unlawful furnishing of cocaine, both on April 21 in Norridgewock, according to the indictment. Both charges are class C felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison if she is convicted.

Pomerleau has a previous conviction for possession of scheduled drugs, in December 2008, according to the court document.

She also is charged with operating a motor vehicle after license suspension on the same day, a misdemeanor crime. Pomerleau has a previous conviction for operating after suspension, in December 2009.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but is an indication that enough evidence is present in a case to proceed to trial.

The indictment was handed up April 26 in Skowhegan one day after Williams, 29, of Madison, is alleged to have shot and killed Cpl. Eugene Cole, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s office and stolen his marked cruiser.

Williams was on the run for four days, prompting a massive police manhunt, before being captured Saturday off Route 139 in Fairfield.

Cole was 61 and a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

Williams made his initial court appearance Monday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta. He is ordered held without bail, pending a Harnish hearing to determine if he is eligible for bail.

A psychological examination also has been ordered for Williams, who did not enter a plea Monday before Justice Robert Mullen on a charge of knowing or intentional murder. Williams is being held at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and any further court appearances will be conducted in Cumberland County court. Proceedings were moved because of massive pre-trial publicity about the shooting.

Authorities last week confirmed that Pomerleau was in a relationship with Williams.

Williams was arrested in Massachusetts in March on firearm and driving-related charges during a traffic stop, and he had been scheduled to appear April 25 — the day Cole was shot and killed — in a Massachusetts courtroom for a probable cause hearing, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Pomerleau was a passenger in the vehicle during that traffic stop and was issued a summons for possession of the narcotic Percocet.

Williams was arraigned March 22 in Haverhill District Court. He was charged with improper storage of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, unattended ammunition, possession of a large capacity firearm — a 9 mm Smith & Wesson with a 16 round magazine — marked lanes violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, director of communications at the Essex County, Massachusetts, District Attorney’s Office, said the commonwealth requested $10,000 bail for Williams. Judge Michael Patten imposed $7,500 bail instead.

Williams went for a bail review March 27 in Essex County Superior Court, where Judge Timothy Feeley reduced his bail to $5,000. According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Williams posted bail at 5:10 a.m. March 31.

Inquiries by the Morning Sentinel about who posted bail for Williams were rejected this week.

William Raynard, public information officer at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department in Middleton, Massachusetts, said Wednesday that information on who posted Williams’ bail is not subject to disclosure under that state’s Criminal Offender Record Information rules.

Pomerleau was arrested on the drug charges for which she was indicted on April 21. She was booked at 4:22 p.m. at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison and remains there this week, said Maj. Cory Swope, correctional administrator at the jail. Pomerleau’s bail is set at $5,000, with an added $60 bail commissioner fee. She does not have an attorney listed in her file, Swope said.

Pomerleau is scheduled to appear in court June 27 in Skowhegan.

Pomerleau’s arrest came during a traffic stop at 3:13 p.m. April 21 on Skowhegan Road in Norridgewock, in which Cpl. Eugene Cole is listed as a responding officer in a sheriff’s office police log. Other responding officers were Deputy Isaac Wacome and Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi.

A police affidavit detailing what happened during Pomerleau’s arrest was unavailable because a judge impounded it April 26 — the same day the indictments were released — at the request of the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office. Other documents in the case file that had not been impounded in court alleged Pomerleau had possessed cocaine and said the arresting officer was Wacome. The Morning Sentinel appealed the impounding of the document, but a judge ruled on April 27 to keep the document sealed from public view.

A reporter filled out paperwork to interview Pomerleau, Capt. Sean P. Maguire, assistant jail administrator, said in an email last week. The paperwork was presented to her and “at the current time she does not want to be interviewed by any agency,” Maguire said. “She was also advised that she can change her mind at any time.”

Williams’ friend Chris Shulenski, 31, of Skowhegan, said in an interview April 27 that he doesn’t think Pomerleau’s recent arrest had anything to do with what Williams allegedly did.

“The whole story that’s going around about he shot (Cole) because of the arrest of his girlfriend, I don’t believe that at all,” Shulenski said. “I think it was over paranoia. When that cop drove by, he was really worried. He didn’t even want me to leave the driveway.”

Cole was talking with a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy on his cellphone when, at 1 a.m., the “call was abruptly ended and appeared to have lost service or connection,” according to the affidavit.

Cole’s marked police truck was found at 5:08 a.m. at 508 Martin Stream Road, near the Norridgewock/Fairfield town line.

Cole’s body was found about 7:30 a.m. that day at the home of Kimberly Sirois at 16 Mercer Road, Norridgewock, where Williams reportedly had lived until Christmas 2017.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

dharlow@centralmaine.com

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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Kennebec Journal May 2 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/kennebec-journal-may-2-police-log-5/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/kennebec-journal-may-2-police-log-5/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 17:09:27 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/05/02/kennebec-journal-may-2-police-log-5/ IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 7:42 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Chapel Street.

9:17 a.m., criminal mischief was reported on Piggery Road.

10:54 a.m., a disturbance was reported on Winthrop Street.

12:10 p.m., harassment was reported on Riverside Drive.

12:24 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Crosby Street.

1:08 p.m., fraud was reported on Civic Center Drive.

1:59 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported on Green Street.

2:38 p.m., a well-being check was performed on Industrial Drive.

2:47 p.m., simple assault was reported on Cony Street and Pierce Drive.

2:55 p.m., a car fire was reported on Green Street.

3:27 p.m., harassment was reported on Drew Street.

4:06 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Cedar Street.

5:57 p.m., theft was reported on Western Avenue.

6:26 p.m., a mental health and well-being check was performed on Bangor Street.

9:19 p.m., harassment was reported on Green Street.

9:25 p.m., simple assault was reported on Valley Street.

10:03 p.m., a barking dog was reported on Bog and Old Belgrade roads.

10:04 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on Gannett Street.

10:08 p.m., a disturbance was reported on New England Road.

10:51 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Riverside Drive.

Wednesday at 1:49 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Cony Street.

2:27 a.m., a well-being check was performed on Littlefield Street.

2:57 a.m., simple assault was reported on Laurel Street.

4:24 a.m., a mental health and well-being check was performed on Sparrow Drive.

4:33 a.m., property was recovered on Crossing Way.

IN DRESDEN, Monday, an outboard motor was reported stolen from an unidentified location.

IN GARDINER, Tuesday at 1:12 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Maine Avenue.

2:26 p.m., a well-being check was performed on West Street.

Wednesday at 2:36 a.m., a suspicious vehicle was reported on the town waterfront.

6:18 a.m., a well-being check was performed on River Avenue.

IN HALLOWELL, Tuesday at 9:46 a.m., a Hunter Lane caller complained about an animal.

12:48 p.m., property was recovered on Second Street.

IN WINTHROP, Tuesday at 4:46 p.m., harassment was reported on Union Street.

6:31 p.m., harassment was reported on Knowles Lane.

8:22 p.m., harassment was reported on Mallard Lane.

ARRESTS

IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 4:06 p.m., Heidi A. Beane, 49, of Augusta, was arrested on two charges of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, after information was received from a caller on Water Street.

11:01 p.m., Matthew Douglas Hallowell, 47, of Augusta, was arrested on a warrant, after police went to look for a person on Eastern Avenue.

IN DRESDEN, Tuesday, April 24, at an unidentified time, Gregory M. Doray, 28, of Wiscasset, was arrested on a warrant, on Gardiner Road.

IN WINDSOR, Tuesday at 11:13 p.m., Lucien R. Poulin, 59, of South China, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence, on Windsor Neck Road.

IN WHITEFIELD, Thursday, April 26, Patrick A. Thayer Jr., 28, of Whitefield, was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release, on Petticoat Acres Lane.

SUMMONSES

IN AUGUSTA, Tuesday at 6:17 p.m., a 15-year-old juvenile was summoned on a charge of possession of alcohol or liquor by a minor, after a medical rescue was performed on Green Street.

8:43 p.m., a 54-year-old Augusta man was summoned on a charge of operating with a license suspended or revoked, after a traffic stop was performed on State Street.

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Man arrested on I-95 awaits extradition on sex trafficking charge https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/30/man-arrested-on-i-95-awaits-extradition-on-sex-trafficking-charge/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/30/man-arrested-on-i-95-awaits-extradition-on-sex-trafficking-charge/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:16:11 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/30/man-arrested-on-i-95-awaits-extradition-on-sex-trafficking-charge/

Jason Mcleod Maine State Police photo

Maine State Police arrested a man on the Maine Turnpike on charges related to sex trafficking and a homicide in Massachusetts.

Trooper John Darcy and the Proactive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle traveling northbound on the turnpike in Kennebunk around 11:30 p.m. April 27. During the stop, 35-year-old Jason Mcleod of Mattapan, Massachusetts, was arrested on a nationwide extradition warrant out of Massachusetts.

Police say the charges on the warrant for sex trafficking stemmed from a homicide in Massachusetts. The warrant had been issued earlier in the day.

Mcleod was taken to the York County Jail, where he is being held pending extradition to Massachusetts. He is expected to appear in court this week.

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Five in central Maine accused of lying to gun dealers https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/five-in-central-maine-accused-of-lying-to-gun-dealers/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/five-in-central-maine-accused-of-lying-to-gun-dealers/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:01:31 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/five-in-central-maine-accused-of-lying-to-gun-dealers/ Five central Maine men were indicted earlier this month on federal firearms charges.

Four have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free on unsecured bail pending their next hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The fifth, Donald “Donny” Henderson, 33, of Winthrop, is set for arraignment May 4. He was issued a summons to appear in court and is represented by attorney James Nixon.

Henderson’s indictment says he made false statements on Feb. 28, 2017, while buying a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s Inc., located in Winthrop. It alleges he checked a box indicating he was not an unlawful user of marijuana when, in fact, he was. The allegation is repeated in the second count, which says Henderson purchased an SCCY model CPX-1, 9 mm pistol on March 2, 2017, also from Audette’s.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to those who use marijuana because it remains illegal under federal law even if state laws such as Maine’s permit medical and recreational marijuana.

Richard Quattrone, 48, of Augusta, is charged with two counts of lying to a federal firearms licensee on March 10, 2017. The indictment says he purchased a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380-caliber pistol from Audette’s and indicated that he is an not an unlawful user of marijuana or other controlled substances. It says that Quattrone “was an unlawful user of marijuana” at the time and that he intentionally wrote down an address that was not his current one. Quattrone is represented by attorney Christopher McLean.

Quattrone pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday and is free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Convictions on charges of making false statements to firearms dealers carry penalties of up to 10 years in prison.

David O. Miles Jr., 27, of Hartland, also allegedly bought two pistols, an SCCY CPX-1 9 mm and an SCCY CPX-2 9 mm, on March 2, 2015, from Bio-Rem Auto Sales, which is in St. Albans, and said the firearms were for him, which was untrue. Miles, who is represented by attorney Matthew Erickson, pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday morning and is free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Mark White, 28, of Searsmont, was indicted on two counts of lying to federal firearms dealers. He is accused of buying a Smith and Wesson SD40VE .40-caliber pistol on Jan. 31, 2017, from Parsons Small Engine & Gun Shop and indicated he was the actual purchaser when he was not. The second count is similar and involves the purchase of a Glock model 9 mm pistol, again from Parsons.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges on Tuesday and is free on unsecured bond. White is represented by attorney Ronald Bourget.

Steven P. Springer II, 25, of Waterville, is accused of two counts of lying to a federal firearms licensee. The first count in the indictment says he purchased a Kel-Tec PF9 9 mm pistol on Feb. 22, 2015, from Bio-Rem Auto Sales, which is in St. Albans, and indicated he was the actual buyer, which was untrue.

The second count says he purchased two Kel-Tec P-11 9 mm pistols on Feb. 24, 2015, from Jon’s Redemption & Pawn Shop, located in Newport. Springer pleaded not guilty to both counts in the indictment and is free on unsecured bail.

Springer is represented by attorney David Bate.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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Federal agency sues Walmart over Augusta woman’s disability discrimination claim https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/federal-agency-sues-walmart-over-augusta-womans-disability-discrimination-claim/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/federal-agency-sues-walmart-over-augusta-womans-disability-discrimination-claim/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 21:47:15 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/27/federal-agency-sues-walmart-over-augusta-womans-disability-discrimination-claim/ A federal agency is suing Walmart, saying it violated federal law when it failed to accommodate a former Augusta store worker’s disability accommodation request properly and ended up firing her instead.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Walmart Store, Inc., and Walmart Stores East on behalf of Veronica Resendez, of Augusta.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bangor follows a finding by the EEOC that it has “reasonable cause to believe that Walmart violated the (Americans with Disabilities Act).” There was also a failed attempt at conciliation.

According to the lawsuit, filed by Markus L. Penzel, the commission’s senior trial attorney in the Boston area office, Resendez began working for Walmart in 1999 as a cashier in Texas and transferred to the Augusta store in December 2009.

The lawsuit says Resendez later developed physical impairments, including stenosis of the spine and bone degeneration, so she requested an accommodation from the company in January 2013. She provided information indicating disabilities would prevent her from going higher than the first step of a ladder, from lifting over 15 pounds and from kneeling, among other things.

The request was denied Feb. 3, 2013, by the company, which said the disability “prevented (Resendez) from performing one or more of the essential functions of her position.” The complaint says Walmart offered an alternative reassignment to a vacant position, and that Resendez told the store’s personnel manager “she would welcome reassignment to a Sam’s Club (where she had worked previously)” or to other Walmarts in Rockland and Waterville.

However, no vacant fitting room or greeter post was available at the Augusta site over the next 90 days. Then Resendez went on a one-year unpaid leave, with Walmart saying she could apply for open positions, according to the complaint. At the end, with no agreement on a new position, Walmart terminated her employment in March 2014.

The lawsuit says two posts for fitting room assistants were open at the Waterville store, but Resendez was not offered those.

“By failing to search beyond the store location in which Resendez last worked and to offer Resendez either of the two Fitting Room Associate positions in Waterville, Walmart violated its obligation under the ADA to reassign Resendez to a vacant position as a reasonable accommodation for her disabilities,” the complaint says.

Replying via email to a request for comment about the lawsuit, Ragan Dickens, director for National Media Relations at Walmart, said, “We value our associates and work with them when they face life changes that impact their ability to do their job. We have been in discussions to see if this matter can be resolved.”

“We always try to keep lines of communication open, and we hope to do so going forward,” Penzel said Friday. He said he anticipates that Walmart will file a response to the complaint within 60 days of accepting it. He also said it is the first time in his 19 years with the commission that it has sued Walmart in Maine.

Resendez was working at the Augusta Walmart when the alleged disability discrimination occurred.

The commission seeks an injunction barring Walmart from engaging in disability discrimination, requiring the company to “provide equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and that eradicate the effects of its past and present unlawful employment practices.”

It also seeks back pay and other compensation for Resendez and punitive damages for her, as well as the commission’s legal costs.

“Federal law requires employers to reassign disabled employees to vacant positions as the reasonable accommodation of last resort,” said Jeffrey Burstein, regional attorney for the EEOC’s New York District Office, said in a news release sent Friday. “Despite this obligation, Walmart’s policy refuses to take the simple step of looking beyond the store in which a disabled employee works.”

Christopher M. Kaczmarek, of Littler Mendelson, Boston is listed as the attorney representing Walmart, according to documents filed in federal court.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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New Jersey man sentenced for 2014 drug trafficking in Augusta https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/new-jersey-man-sentenced-for-2014-drug-trafficking-in-augusta/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/new-jersey-man-sentenced-for-2014-drug-trafficking-in-augusta/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:35:57 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/new-jersey-man-sentenced-for-2014-drug-trafficking-in-augusta/ AUGUSTA — A New Jersey man who pleaded guilty to three aggravated drug-trafficking charges almost 11 months ago received a 16-year sentence.

Otis Daniel Tosen, 47, of Passaic, New Jersey, was ordered to serve and initial six years in prison, with the remainder suspended while he spends four years on probation.

The three $400 fines accompanying the convictions were suspended.

Tosen himself made his own sentencing argument in front of the judge on April 18. Over the course of the case, he had fired a handful of attorneys who represented him, and two were appointed as backup counsel for the sentencing hearing.

Tosen, who goes by the street names “Otis Bell” and “Slim,” and Kimberly Maldonado, who also is of Passaic, had been arrested by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents Dec. 12, 2014, in a hotel room in Augusta. Agents reported seizing an estimated $36,000 worth of drugs: 50 grams of crack cocaine, 150 grams of powder cocaine and 620 oxycodone pills.

The offenses occurred Dec. 10, 2014.

Tosen, who at one point was free on $100,000 cash bail with conditions that he remain in Maine, pleaded guilty June 8, 2017, to two counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine base and one count of aggravated trafficking in oxycodone.

He agreed to forfeit $5,257 seized from him when he was arrested. He had been scheduled to go to trial and the was due for jury selection at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Tosen had previous convictions in Passaic — in February 1999 for manufacturing/distributing a controlled dangerous substance and in March 2010 for possession of controlled, dangerous substance.

In May 2016, Maldonado, now 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and was sentenced to 20 months in prison and fined $400. She also forfeited her interest in the $5,257 that was seized.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

badams@centralmaine.com

Twitter: @betadams

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Morning Sentinel April 26 police log https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/morning-sentinel-april-26-police-log-5/ https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/morning-sentinel-april-26-police-log-5/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:18:00 +0000 http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/04/26/morning-sentinel-april-26-police-log-5/ IN CLINTON, Wednesday at 7:04 p.m., a caller from the Clinton Town Office reported a protection order violation.

IN CORNVILLE, Wednesday at 5:43 p.m., an assault was reported on Spurwink Lane.

IN FAIRFIELD, Wednesday at 10:46 a.m., threatening was reported on Six Rod Road.

1:58 p.m., an open door or window was reported on Ten Lots Road.

7:33 p.m., a vehicle fire was reported on Western Avenue.

9:11 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Waterville Road.

IN MADISON, Wednesday at 9:46 a.m., harassment was reported on Park Street.

10:30 a.m., harassment was reported on East Madison Road.

12:45 p.m., a scam was reported on Thurston Hill Road.

6:45 p.m., shots were reported fired on Laney Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Tuesday at 5:05 p.m., a caller from ESM or Somerset House reported an adult was missing.

Wednesday at 1:42 a.m., a robbery was reported at Cumberland Farms on Waterville Road.

5:09 a.m., a suspicious person or activity was reported on Martin Stream Road.

9:11 p.m., disorderly conduct was reported on Waterville Road.

IN OAKLAND, Wednesday at 10:05 a.m., threatening was reported on Belgrade Road.

10:46 a.m., a theft was reported at Ray Haskell Ford on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

1:19 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on High Street.

2:36 p.m., a caller from Benson Cove reported a person was missing.

IN PITTSFIELD, Wednesday at 9:20 a.m., vandalism was reported on Central Street.

10:50 a.m., debris was reported in the roadway on Interstate 95.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Wednesday at 12:21 p.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on West Front Street.

12:40 p.m., a shoplifter was reported on Water Street.

2:03 p.m., a theft was reported on Madison Avenue.

Thursday at 2:56 a.m., a domestic disturbance was reported on French Street.

10:34 a.m., a disturbance was reported at Harvey’s Park.

10:36 a.m., an intoxicated person was reported at Harvey’s Park.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 2:06 p.m., a shoplifter was reported at Marden’s Surplus & Salvage on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

3:14 p.m., a theft was reported at College Quik Stop on West River Road.

5:10 p.m., a protection order violation was reported on Moor Street.

5:27 p.m., noise was reported on Elm Court.

6:27 p.m., a domestic dispute was reported on Front Street.

6:48 p.m., a caller from Yeaton Street reported an unwanted person on the premises.

6:59 p.m., noise was reported at Colby College on Mayflower Hill Drive.

8:54 p.m., criminal trespassing was reported at Pine Tree Commons on Elm Street.

10:23 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Walmart, on Waterville Commons Drive.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 9:51 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported on Poulin Street.

9:15 p.m., a traffic accident causing injury was reported on China Road.

ARRESTS

IN FAIRFIELD, Tuesday at 2:57 a.m., Caleb Mellows, 24, of Fairfield, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and two counts of criminal mischief.

IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wednesday at 8:35 a.m., Thomas Plog, 65, of Avon, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention, physical force.

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Wednesday at 12:29 p.m., Erik William Olson, 37, of Skowhegan, was arrested on three warrants.

Thursday at 8:01 a.m., Michel Paquin, 44, of Chambly, Quebec, was arrested on a warrant and charged with operating under the influence.

9:44 a.m., Bryan Alan Lessard, 23, of Waterville, was arrested on a warrant.

IN WATERVILLE, Wednesday at 5 p.m., Andrew Dyer, 33, of Waterville, was arrested and charged with violation of protection from abuse order.

5:57 p.m., Samantha Baker, 45, of Clinton, was arrested and charged with protection from abuse order violation.

SUMMONSES

IN FAIRFIELD, Tuesday at 5:51 p.m., Kelly L. Breton, 45, of Benton, was summoned and charged with displaying a fictitious vehicle certificate.

IN WINSLOW, Wednesday at 10:39 a.m., Axel Antonio Valentin-Nater, 45, of Winslow, was summoned and charged with operating while license suspended or revoked.

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