Stories about Maine State Police

Brunswick Police Lt. Tom Garrepy uses a radar gun to check vehicle speeds on Route 1 in July 2011.

As speeders become more brazen, police seek to analyze habits

By Mal Leary on Oct. 10, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In recent weeks, a 16-year-old high school student was clocked at 103 mph on the Maine Turnpike in York, a 38-year-old mother with three children in her car was stopped for going 93 mph in a 45 mph zone in Aroostook County, and an 82-year-old man was …

Danforth man seriously hurt in bird hunting accident

on Oct. 04, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
WESTON, Maine — A Danforth man suffered serious injuries in a bird hunting accident Tuesday morning in Weston. John Shaw, 35, suffered severe damage to his left leg when the shotgun being held by his uncle and hunting partner, Douglass Conklin, discharged unexpectedly shortly after 11 a.m., according to Travis …

Domestic assault suspect found hiding in Kenduskeag trailer

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 26, 2011, at 10:58 p.m.
KENDUSKEAG, Maine — A local man who was wanted by police in connection with two domestic violence assaults was arrested Sunday night after a state police trooper found him hiding in a vacant mobile home he had been hired to fix up. Dereck Connors, 36, was arrested without incident after …

Police search for clues in case of missing Lewiston woman

The Associated Press on Sept. 23, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Maine State Police are searching for clues in hopes of learning the whereabouts of a young Lewiston woman who last was seen nearly three months ago. Investigators searched a house on Sabattus Street in Lewiston on Friday in hopes of uncovering clues connected to the disappearance of …

Fort Fairfield man charged with possession of child pornography

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 16, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.
FORT FAIRFIELD — A Fort Fairfield man who worked with a local after-school program was arrested Thursday after investigators say they found at his home sexually explicit images of children as young as 5 years old. Sgt. Glenn Lang of the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit said Friday that …

Whitefield man arrested after threatening neighbor with gun

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:27 p.m.
WHITEFIELD, Maine — A Whitefield man is behind bars Friday afternoon after he allegedly entered a neighbor’s home and threatened the husband and wife with a shotgun, police said. Peter Poland, 39, is facing a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to a press release sent out …

Death of Howland man raises concern

BDN staff and wire reports on Sept. 09, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.
HOWLAND, Maine — Maine police say a 52-year-old man decapitated himself by tying a cable around his neck and driving off in his pickup truck in Howland just days after another man was in the news for doing the same thing in Virginia. Maine State Police said the man last …

Mars Hill accident victim in critical condition

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 06, 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
MARS HILL, Maine — The condition of a 52-year-old Mars Hill man who suffered significant injuries after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a drunken driver on Saturday evening has become more serious. Herb Young was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor …

Two injured, horse dead after Route 2 accident

By Julia Bayly, Special to the BDN on Sept. 05, 2011, at 2:39 p.m.
SMYRNA, Maine — Two people were injured and a horse died early Monday morning after a tractor-trailer struck the horse, rolled and spilled its load of logs onto Route 2. According to information released by Sgt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police, David Tarr, 29, of Oakfield was driving …

Brick crashes through driver’s windshield on I-95 in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 02, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A Madawaska woman escaped serious injury when a brick crashed through her car’s windshield Friday afternoon while she was traveling south on Interstate 95. Dorine Deschaine, 46, suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident but declined a trip to the hospital, Trooper Trevor Snow of …

Alleged copper and metal thief nabbed in Corinna

By Diana Bowley on Aug. 22, 2011, at 2:50 p.m.
CORINNA, Maine — A Dexter man was arrested in connection with the theft of metal from several homes in the Dexter and Corinna area. Shawn Braley, 30, was arrested Aug. 16 on Route 7 in Corinna and charged with burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to …

Orrington man dies in fatal Eddington crash Friday, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 20, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.
EDDINGTON, Maine — A head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and a car on Route 46 late Friday night has claimed the life of an Orrington man, Penobscot County Deputy Bobbie Pelletier said Saturday afternoon. Ronald Frisco Jr., 43, was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry when he crossed the centerline around …
Chad Wilmot of the Ellsworth Police Department, who is assisting Maine State Police in the investigation of a fatal accident in Sullivan, walks away from a GMC pickup near the intersection of Route 1 and Morancy Pond Road on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. A woman driving a Volkswagen Beetle was declared dead at the scene.

Milbridge woman dies in Sullivan collision

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 16, 2011, at 9:36 p.m.
SULLIVAN, Maine —- A head-on collision on Route 1 has resulted in the death of a Milbridge woman and injuries to two other people, according to Maine State Police. The accident occurred a few minutes before 5 p.m. when a 2009 GMC pickup truck driven by George Rippere, 62, of …

Spider blamed for rollover crash in Freeport

The Associated Press on Aug. 15, 2011, at 1:07 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Maine State Police say a spider is to blame for an accident involving a Jeep that rolled over multiple times before hitting a tree off Interstate 295 in Freeport. Trooper Marvin Hinkley says 65-year-old Susan Sefcik, of Edgecomb, lost control of the vehicle Monday morning while swatting …

Two men arrested in Aroostook County ATV thefts

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 11, 2011, at 9:17 p.m.
STOCKHOLM, Maine — State police have arrested two men in connection with the theft of two all-terrain vehicles from Mars Hill and Stockholm. Maine State Police Sgt. Tom Pelletier said Thursday that troopers responded to the Brigade, a Christian retreat camp in Stockholm, on Aug. 9, after receiving a call …
Officer Robert Angelo of the Bangor Police Department rewards Lex with positive reinforcement and a chew toy after Lex successfully completed a training exercise on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the James F. Doughty Middle School in Bangor.

Dogs, handlers practice sniffing out stashed drugs, explosives at Bangor middle school

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 11, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lex, a 2-year-old German shepherd, roamed around Classroom 102 at the James F. Doughty School on Thursday — panting, sniffing, searching. “Find the dope, boy. Go find that dope,” said Lex’s handler, Bangor police Officer Rob Angelo. With his nose to the ground, Lex approached a closet …
Bryan Ross, 25, of Owls Head.

Local man, woman arrested in Rockland school break-in

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 08, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A man and woman high on drugs tried to steal water survival suits, radios, flares and a computer system from a local school this weekend, according to local police. Bryan Ross, 25, of Owls Head and Amy Allender, 18, of Rockland were arrested Saturday and both charged …
Tonja Hallett

Police report confiscating 950 bags of heroin from Warren home

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 04, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.
WARREN, Maine — Police found more than 950 bags of heroin in a home here on Wednesday in one of the largest drug busts ever in Knox County, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The three people allegedly involved each were arrested on charges of illegal importation of scheduled …
Sean Higgins

Camden Rite Aid robbery suspect identified, warrant issued

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 04, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Investigators now believe they know who robbed the downtown Rite Aid pharmacy on Tuesday evening and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Thanks to a tip from the public, the suspect in the robbery has been identified as Sean Higgins, 29, of Rockland, Camden Police Chief …

Search under way for despondent Hampden woman

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 03, 2011, at 10:59 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Personnel from the Hampden Police Department and the Maine State Police launched a search Wednesday night for an elderly resident of Avalon Village, a retirement community located off U.S. Route 1A. The search began shortly after 7:30 p.m., when relatives of an elderly woman residing at Avalon …
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