Police & Fire

Maine State Police Troop F Report, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 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 Sept. 27-Oct. 3, including the following.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

BRIDGEWATER — On Sept. 28 at approximately 8 a.m., Trooper Mahon attempted to stop Jennifer Rice, 39, of Houlton for speeding and complaints on her operation. Tr. Mahon observed Rice at speeds approaching 100 mph on Rt. 1 in Monticello and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Rice refused to stop, instead speeding up and continuing north. Tr. Mahon continued to pursue Rice at speeds from 90 to 100 as she traveled north on Rt. 1 and then turning up Rt. 1A in Mars Hill. Lt. Harris intercepted the pursuit on Rt. 1A in Easton and was able to impede Rice by staying in front of her, slowing her down, and ultimately Rice pulled into a driveway and stopped, where she was arrested without any further resistance. Rice was charged with eluding, criminal speed, driving to endanger and failure to stop and was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

OAKFIELD — Tr. Mahon received a theft report from a residence in Oakfield. The victim reported he noticed someone had taken his 100-pound propane tank in July and wanted to advise local law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.

ISLAND FALLS — Tr. Sylvia conducted a bail check on a 28-year-old Island Falls man who had three active sets of conditions. The man provided a urine sample and tested positive for several drugs. The man was issued a summons for violating condition of release Class E.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

MAPLETON — Tr. Rider responded to a residence on Hanson Lake for a 911 call regarding a man that had walked into the house. No one knew who the man was, and the two females locked themselves in a back bedroom. The Presque Isle Police Department sent a unit to the residence where it was near the town line. Troopers and officers from PIPD searched the residence, but did not locate anyone inside the home.

PERHAM — Tr. Curtin responded to a suspicious incident of a woman passed out in the driveway of a residence. The woman was given medical attention by a local ambulance and not transported. Tr. Curtin identified a male subject at the residence who had a no bail warrant for his arrest in reference to several charges. Tr. Curtin took the 56-year-old Perham man into custody without incident and he was transported to the Aroostook County Jail.

Thursday, Sept. 30

MASARDIS — Tr. Castonguay was conducting traffic enforcement in the town of Masardis when he observed a vehicle that had an expired inspection sticker from 2018/2019. Tr. Castonguay conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the operator. The vehicle was determined to have falsely attached plates. The operator had a warrant for his arrest. Tr. Castonguay placed the man under arrest for the warrant and issued summonses for violation of conditions of release and false attachment of plates. The man was transported to Ashland PD, where he was released on bail.

Friday, Oct. 1

BENEDICTA — Tr. Castonguay had just cleared some road debris from the interstate in the northbound lane when he observed a pickup pass by him that had a defective suspension. Tr. Castonguay conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and learned that the operator was on bail for drug charges and that he could be searched at any time. Tr. Castonguay, along with Cpl. Quint, conducted a search of the man and his vehicle. Tr. Castonguay seized prescription pills that were on his person. The man was issued summonses for his violations and was released.

PERHAM — Tr. Martin met with a Perham resident when he reported the theft of his wood splitter. The piece of equipment had been stored on the man’s property and it appeared that the machine had been stolen sometime in the last three weeks. The investigation is ongoing.

PRESQUE ISLE — Tr. Martin served a subpoena to a woman in Presque Isle and in doing so learned that the woman had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear on traffic-related charges. The woman was arrested without incident, posted bail for her charges, and was then released from custody.

Sunday, Oct. 3

HODGDON — Tr. Cotton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Hodgdon when he noticed the vehicle had a defective exhaust. The operator of the vehicle noticed Tr. Cotton was preparing to pull him over and attempted to hide on a side road. The man was unsuccessful in his attempt to hide and Tr. Cotton’s investigation revealed that the man’s license was suspended and had been revoked as a habitual offender. The man was charged with the violation and a licensed operator was allowed to take the vehicle from the scene.

VAN BUREN — Cpl. Casavant took a report of an assault that occurred in Van Buren between two men. The caller advised a male subject had assaulted him at his house. The caller waited until the man left before calling and provided Cpl. Casavant with two different first names and no last name for the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

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