Police & Fire

Maine State Police Troop F Report, Oct. 4-10, 2021

Editor’s Note: An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

HOULTON, Maine — The Maine State Police Troop F barracks in Houlton responded to a number of calls for service during the period of Oct. 4-10, including the following.

Monday, Oct. 4

VAN BUREN — Trooper Desrosier responded to a suspicious person complaint in Van Buren.  It was reported a man was in the town park and kept hiding behind some boards.  Tr. Desrosier located the man and discovered he had two warrants for his arrest, one for failing to appear on theft charges and a violation of bail, the second for a probation revocation.  The man was also in possession of drugs.  The man was arrested without incident and transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

HODGDON — Tr. Mahon was monitoring traffic in Hodgdon when he observed a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker.  A registration query found the registration plates were illegally attached and the registered owner was under suspension.  Tr. Mahon stopped the vehicle and issued the 30-year-old Orient man summonses for operating after suspension, illegal attachment and violating condition of release. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Thursday, Oct. 7

MONTICELLO — Cpl. Quint was parked in Monticello when a pickup passed another vehicle, in the 30-mph zone, at 58 mph.  Cpl. Quint stopped the vehicle and the driver first stated he was late for work but then said he was going bird hunting when it was pointed out that he was driving in the opposite direction of his employer.  The man then admitted to not having a driver’s license and only had a permit, which had expired in 2020.  The man was issued a criminal summons for operating without a license and a traffic summons for speeding.  He was given a warning for his truck not being inspected and for not wearing his seatbelt.  The man had a licensed driver come get him and the vehicle.

HAYNESVILLE — Cpl. Quint and Tr. Castonguay responded to a two-vehicle crash in Haynesville.  One vehicle, with two occupants and several dogs, was driving east toward Houlton; the second vehicle had only the driver and was going west.  The westbound driver fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the centerline, and forced the eastbound vehicle from the roadway.  The eastbound vehicle lost control avoiding the head-on crash, left the roadway, and flipped onto its side.  The other car continued across the centerline and crashed into the ditch.  The driver going west was issued a summons for failing to control a motor vehicle and for having an expired inspection.  No one was injured in the crash, however, three of the dogs ran off and could not be located.  Animal control was notified to assist the pet owners.

GRAND ISLE — Tr. Desrosier was in Grand Isle when he observed a woman he recognized and knew she had a suspended driver’s license.  Tr. Desrosier conducted a traffic stop and she told him she was going to get free furniture that is located just down the road from where she was stopped.  Tr. Desrosier issued the woman a criminal summons for operating after suspension and helped her arrange to have a licensed driver come get her and the vehicle.

PORTAGE — A game warden reported to the Houlton Regional Communications Center that he was checking a vehicle that has been parked on a wood’s road for the last couple weeks and the vehicle is stolen from New Hampshire.  The Warden requested a Trooper investigate the vehicle.  Tr. Kilcollins was in the area and went to where the vehicle was located.  After confirming it was stolen and speaking with an officer at the investigating agency, the vehicle was towed from the wood’s road.  The New Hampshire police department will arrange with the victim to recover the vehicle.

HODGDON — Sgt. Fuller stopped a vehicle on Route 1 in Hodgdon for a traffic violation.  His roadside investigation revealed that the operator’s license was currently under suspension.  As he continued his investigation into the criminal activity, he found the operator to be in possession of methamphetamine.  The operator was charged with possession of Schedule W drugs and operating after habitual offender revocation.

HOULTON — Sgt. Haines taught situational use of force for the 200-hour course at the Houlton Police Department.

Friday, Oct. 8

T8 R3 — Tr. Sylvia received a theft complaint in reference to a stolen canoe.  The victim advised the theft had occurred sometime in the last two years. The investigation is ongoing.

VAN BUREN — Cpl. Casavant took a theft report from a residence in Van Buren.  The man reported he is in the process of evicting a tenant and he heard the tenant is selling items from the house.  The investigation is ongoing to determine if it is a civil or criminal matter.

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