Stories about Maine State Police

Jim Ryan

Retiring Penobscot County dispatch executive director, Hampden police officer recalls helping solve murder

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
BANGOR | When Jim Ryan started dispatching for the Maine State Police 41 years ago, law enforcement personnel and dispatchers had to do their jobs the old fashioned way — using radios and the kind of telephones that had cords. “You must remember that the technology we have today …
Jesse Marquis

Man sought in connection with St. Francis slaying was subject of protection order, official says

By Julia Bayly on June 04, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, MAINE — As members of multiple state law enforcement agencies searched the dense woods around St. Francis for a fifth day, there was still no sign Wednesday of the man wanted in connection with the death of his longtime girlfriend, according to the Maine State Police. Jesse Marquis, …

Police seeking help to find Patten assault suspect

By Dawn Gagnon on June 04, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
BANGOR | The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in its effort to find someone suspected of assaulting a Patten woman on Tuesday night. The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. on North road while the woman was in her garage, Chief Deputy Troy Morton said in …
Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse in August 2013.

Fatal Belfast shooting trial scheduled for August

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
A Superior Court judge denied on Wednesday the attempt by a defense attorney to delay the August trial date of Todd Gilday, accused of killing a Belfast woman last summer. Justice Robert Murray ruled against court-appointed co-counsel Jeremy Pratt’s motion asking for more time before his client’s …

Bangor trooper awarded state police top honor at awards ceremony

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 03, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
VASSALBORO | Troopers from across Maine were among those honored Tuesday at the state police annual awards ceremony in Vassalboro. Earning the Charles Black Trooper of the Year honor was Jarod Stedman, who works out of Troop E in Bangor, according to Maine State Police Spokesman Stephen McCausland. Stedman …
A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency vehicle sits outside a mobile home in Danforth that caught fire Friday not long after a 5-month-old boy was reported dead at the home. Police charged the boy's parents with drug trafficking Saturday after investigators examining the fire scene found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing inside the home.

Parents of dead baby in Danforth charged with making methamphetamine

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
The parents of an infant who died Friday and whose mobile home later went up in flames have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, police said Saturday. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Saturday evening indicating that Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, both of …

LePage signs budget for highway fund into law

By Matthew Stone on June 26, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday signed into law a $614 million highway budget that encountered little resistance in the Legislature. The two-year highway budget funds the Maine Department of Transportation, the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and part of the Maine State Police. LePage signed it into …
Dyann and Clyson Peters kneel over their daughter Shale Peters in the parking lot of Oceanside High School East in Rockland on Wednesday morning as part of the Every 15 Minutes program. The event that aims to make students aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll is kneeling with the parents.

Mock car crash in Rockland highlights dangers of drunk driving

By Stephen Betts on May 22, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
A car crash almost three years ago that claimed the lives of three people, including two Rockland students, was the impetus for a mock fatal accident Wednesday morning on the grounds of Oceanside High School East. Senior Hannah Plourde said such tragedies have a profound impact on …

Maine State Police lieutenant not disciplined after gun went off inside

By Dawn Gagnon on May 18, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.
AUGUSTA | An investigation by a division of the Maine State Police was unable to determine why a lieutenant’s firearm accidentally discharged during a computer training session. Lt. Shawn Currie, commander of the state police commercial vehicle enforcement division, was not disciplined after the Feb. 27 incident. Currie was …

Should Maine allow teachers to carry guns in school?

By Christopher Cousins on May 10, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
The bill would allow school boards to establish procedures for trained school employees to carry concealed handguns on school property.

Mattawamkeag fire chief, deputy chief placed on unpaid leave for alleged misuse of funds

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 07, 2013, at 6:49 p.m.
Town leaders are seeking the resignation of Fire Chief Robert Powers after he and his wife, Deputy Chief Lynne Powers, were suspended without pay for an alleged misuse of funds that state police are investigating, the Board of Selectmen’s chairman said Tuesday. The Board of Selectmen emerged …

Federal judge grants class action status to state retirees’ lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 25, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.
BANGOR | A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit filed by Maine retirees over the elimination in 2011 of cost-of-living adjustments for Maine state employee retirement benefits. The ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge George Singal, clears the way for about 28,000 retired teachers, …
Colonel Williams (fourth from left) addresses a the group of Maine State Police troopers and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were heading to New Jersey on Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012 to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the region when it made landfall a week ago.

Team of Maine troopers, sheriff’s deputies head to NJ to help in wake of hurricane

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.
BANGOR | A team of Maine State Police troopers and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department deputies left for New Jersey on Sunday morning to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the region when it made landfall a week ago. The 11 troopers and four deputies …

Maine state trooper placed on leave pending investigation

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 02, 2012, at 3:21 p.m.
FORT KENT | Officials with the Maine State Police confirmed Friday that an officer attached to the Troop F barracks in Houlton is the subject of an internal investigation and has been placed on leave. Trooper Stanley Jandreau, an 18-year veteran with the Maine State Police, is on “administrative …
One of the new Ford Taurus police cruisers that will replace the Crown Victoria models sits at Virginia State Police headquarters Friday, June 15, 2012. Maine State Police will also be getting the new Ford Police Interceptors beginning this summer.

Maine State Police to get new line of cruisers this summer

The Associated Press on July 01, 2012, at 3:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine State Police are getting new cruisers beginning this summer. Officials say the new vehicles will be Ford Police Interceptors, which are based on the Ford Taurus. The Interceptors will replace Crown Victoria cruisers, which Maine State Police have been using since 1996. Ford has stopped making …

Transportation Committee split about using Highway Fund money for Maine State Police

By Mal Leary on April 08, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The immediate issue was funding $36,000 from the Highway Fund for part of the cost of a forensic chemist in the state police crime lab, but it triggered a far broader debate in the Legislature’s Transportation Committee over use of the fund for purposes outside of roads …
Authorities reportedly searched a home in Hudson on Wednesday, April 4, and found about 12 ounces of MDPV, more than a pound of marijuana, several semiautomatic assault rifles, two semiautomatic handguns, a 12-gauge shotgun, several  hundred rounds of ammunition, stun guns, night vision equipment and military-grade ballistic body armor.

MDEA bust yields large quantity of drugs, including $190,000 in bath salts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 05, 2012, at 10:36 a.m.
HUDSON | The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, aided by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, seized a large amount of bath salts — with a street value of $190,000 — and arrested three people on felony drug trafficking charges after raids Wednesday night, an MDEA spokesman said Thursday. …

Maine police receive funds for holiday patrols

The Associated Press on Dec. 03, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Forty-seven police agencies in Maine are getting federal money to beef up patrols on the lookout for impaired drivers during the holiday season. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has distributed $200,000 to 41 police departments, five sheriff’s offices and Maine State Police. The money will pay …
Computers and other electronic devices are stacked to the ceiling in several evidence rooms at the Maine State Police's Computer Crimes Unit in Vassalboro recently. The unit — tasked with investigating child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking crimes as well as other computer-based offenses — have had to backlog some pending investigations because there are't enough forensic investigators.

Backlog at Maine Computer Crimes Unit keeps child pornographers on the streets

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 25, 2011, at 5:26 p.m.
VASSALBORO | The Maine State Police’s Computer Crimes Unit — tasked with investigating child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking crimes as well as other computer-based offenses — successfully closed four cases last week. The bad news is that eight new cases also arrived last week. And some of those …
Law enforcement officials from Maine State Police and the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office respond to a domestic disturbance call involving a gun Wednesday morning on Holiday Lane off Route 155 in Enfield.

State police respond to reported Enfield gun incident

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 26, 2011, at 9:10 a.m.
Maine State Police got a call Wednesday morning from a woman hiding in her house from a man she lives with who reportedly threatened to shoot her, but after an investigation police determined no crime occurred, Trooper Thomas Fiske said. “There was a comment made that the …