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Maine State Police Senior Investigator Darryl Peary shows the state police Facebook page Friday morning at the criminal investigation division office in Bangor.

After Nichole Cable’s death, are there lessons to be learned about teen social media use?

By Nick McCrea on May 31, 2013, at 8:24 p.m.
BANGOR | The Internet connects us all. It helps us learn, it prevents us from falling out of touch. It also has dangerous pitfalls. In the wake of the death of a 15-year-old Glenburn girl, police, family and friends are urging parents to pay close attention to who their …

Maine’s crime rate drops, but pharmacy robberies, drug-affected births skyrocket

By Alex Barber on May 29, 2013, at 7:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Overall crime in the state dropped last year for the first time since 2009, according to a report released Wednesday by the Maine Department of Public Safety. But the state’s top police official tempered the good news by adding that drugs remain a big problem in Maine …
Bryan Wood, 23

Two men arrested in latest Lewiston fires

By Dawn Gagnon on May 10, 2013, at 9:55 p.m.
Two Lewiston men were charged with arson Friday night in connection with the latest Lewiston fires that destroyed two vacant apartment houses on Bartlett Street early Monday morning. Arrested by the state fire marshal’s office were Brian Morin, 29, and Bryan Wood, 23, Maine Department of Public …

Maine state trooper’s handgun discharges during staff meeting Wednesday

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 27, 2013, at 7:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine State Police are investigating the accidental firing of a lieutenant’s handgun during a staff meeting Wednesday morning. “Lt. Shaun Currie, who heads up our commercial vehicle enforcement division, was at a computer training class at our former headquarters on Hospital Street in Augusta with two other …
Maine's Public Safety Commissioner John E. Morris speaks with Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, in February 2011 at the state house in Augusta.

Prescription drug abuse blamed for increase in Maine crime

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Mainers addicted to drugs — diverted prescription drugs in particular — are breaking the law to feed their addiction and have caused a troubling increase in the state’s crime rate, Public Safety Commissioner John E. Morris said Tuesday. “Drugs are driving the problem,” the commissioner said in …

Fatalities on Maine roads up 53 percent compared with this time last year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2012, at 6:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Deadly weekend crashes claimed the lives of six residents and put the number of deaths on Maine roads at more than 50 percent above last year at this time, officials say. “The six highway deaths bring the state’s total for the year to 46 compared to 30 …

Police identify Old Orchard Beach man whose death considered ‘highly suspicious’

The Associated Press on April 21, 2012, at 2:28 p.m.
State and local police are investigating a death in Old Orchard Beach. Late Saturday night, Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety identified the man as Roger White, 49, of Old Orchard Beach. White’s body was found behind an apartment building at 29 …
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross.

Sheriff Glenn Ross informed Bob Carlson of Maine State Police investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 18, 2012, at 8:55 p.m.
BANGOR | The day before his suicide, the Rev. Robert Carlson was told by Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross, a longtime friend, that Carlson was the subject of a state police investigation of child sex abuse allegations, according to a Waldo County Sheriff’s Department report. Ross said Wednesday that …
Trista Reynolds talks about her daughter Ayla, who went missing in December, during an interview in Portland with the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday evening.

Mother to take polygraph test in case of missing Ayla Reynolds

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 16, 2012, at 3:24 p.m.
PORTLAND | The mother of Ayla Reynolds said reports last week that Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, took a polygraph test administered by investigators has heightened her doubt about whether DiPietro is telling the truth. Trista Reynolds also said she and others in her family are arranging with investigators to …

State police investigate death of Hudson contractor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 13, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
BRADFORD | State police and medical examiners hope to determine early this week what killed a 71-year-old construction company owner from Hudson whose body was found near his pickup truck on Bear Road, a state police spokesman said. David Trask, owner of David P. Trask & Son Inc., was …

Body found in Lewiston storage unit believed to be that of Kitty Wardwell

By Andrew Neff on Oct. 22, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.
Maine State Police may have found the body of a woman missing since 1983 after family members of her former boyfriend discovered a woman’s remains in a storage unit Friday afternoon. The remains are believed to be those of Kitty I. Wardwell, who disappeared in July of …
Mary Hoskins

North Anson woman charged with burning her own home in 2008

on Sept. 30, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | A North Anson woman has been brought back to Maine to face an arson charge. Mary Hoskins, 50, is charged in connection with a fire that badly damaged her mobile home on Embden Pond Road in North Anson in September 2008. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s …
Rita St. Peter

Ex-prosecutor happy to see break in 31-year-old Maine homicide

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.
ANSON | More than three decades after a 20-year-old mother was found dead on a dirt road, former Deputy Attorney General Pasquale “Pat” Perrino still remembers the investigation and the hundreds of hours spent conducting interviews, though the details are becoming foggy. The name Jay S. Mercier, the 55-year-old …
Maine Bureau of Highway Safety staffer Johannah Oberg (center) works on a driving simulator with a couple of unidentified high school students at Bonny Eagle High School recently.

Police to train on simulators to educate teen drivers on dangers of texting

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 28, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Officials with the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety are hoping that two computer simulators will help cut down on the number of teens killed during accidents on Maine roads. The agency announced Wednesday that it had secured a $20,000 grant to purchase the two simulators, which feature …

Whitefield man arrested after threatening neighbor with gun

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:27 p.m.
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 …

Bicycling boys charged with 25 seasonal burglaries

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 09, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Five boys, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were charged this week by the Maine State Police with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief at seasonal residences in Belgrade, Rome and Mount Vernon. The quintet allegedly rode to and from the properties on their …

Death of Howland man raises concern

BDN staff and wire reports on Sept. 09, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.
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 …
Jack Coffey

Man who led police on chase arrested in Biddeford

on Aug. 18, 2011, at 7:08 p.m.
Maine State Police say the man who led them on a high-speed chase on the Maine Turnpike early Wednesday morning was arrested on another charge in another car later that evening. Biddeford police arrested Jack Coffey, 51, of Arundel on Wednesday evening on an unrelated charge of …

Death of NY hiker in Maine listed as ‘unexplained’

The Associated Press on Aug. 15, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State police say an autopsy has failed to determine how a hiker from Long Island, N.Y., died on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. State police said Monday they’re investigating the case of 51-year-old Michael Guerette of Cherry Grove, N.Y., as an unexplained death for the time being. …

Suspect in Fla. killing dies in Maine prison

The Associated Press on July 25, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.
WARREN | The Maine Department of Corrections said a man being held as a fugitive from justice on a charge that he killed a woman in Florida was found dead in his cell. Officials say the body of 33-year-old Shaun Corson of Madison was found hanging in his cell …