Ex-Milo chief pleads not guilty to assault

Posted April 27, 2009, at 8:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Former Milo Police Chief Michael Poulin has pleaded not guilty to assault in connection with an alleged altercation he had last month with his wife.

Neither Poulin nor his attorney, Pamela Ames of Waterville, made an appearance in 13th District Court on Monday; rather, Ames entered the plea on Poulin’s behalf by letter. She also requested a jury trial in the matter.

Poulin, who resigned as chief earlier this month, allegedly grabbed his wife, Elaine Poulin, by the arms and pinned her against a wall in Elaine’s Basket Cafe and Gift Shop, the business she operates on West Main Street.

The alleged assault occurred shortly after 7 p.m. March 20 when Michael Poulin, accompanied by the couple’s son Chris Poulin, 25, came into the cafe, where an argument erupted over marital problems, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The cafe had closed for the day when the in-cident occurred, but two Milo police officers and a friend of Elaine Poulin’s were inside the cafe when Poulin and his son arrived, Young said.

After the incident, town officials suspended Poulin with pay pending the outcome of the continuing investigation. Poulin’s resignation came just days after Milo selectmen voted to take disciplinary action against him.

Poulin was hired as Milo’s police chief in June 2006 and had been in law enforcement for more than 30 years.

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