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 May 23-29, including the following.
Monday, May 23
HOULTON — Sgt. Haines spent the week of May 23 as a firearms instructor for Maine State Police requalification.
Tuesday, May 24
SHERMAN — Tr. Sylvia and K-9 Ziva were called to assist troopers from Section 2 with a K-9 search for a male suspect who fled from a residence after violating a protective order.
Wednesday, May 25
PERHAM — Tr. Curtin responded to a vacant Perham residence for a burglary. The owner of the residence had passed away over the winter and family members were checking on it periodically. They discovered someone had entered and stolen several items. The investigation is ongoing.
Friday, May 27
FRENCHVILLE — Tr. Desrosier was conducting traffic enforcement in Frenchville and observed a vehicle with defective equipment. Tr. Desrosier stopped the vehicle and after an investigation it was discovered the driver was in violation of her driver’s license. The female only had a work license and admitted to not coming from her employment. Tr. Desrosier issued a criminal summons for driving without a license. Tr. Desrosier helped her arrange to have a licensed driver come get her and her vehicle.
PRESQUE ISLE — Tr. Rider was driving through Presque Isle when he observed a vehicle with no rear registration plate. He conducted a traffic stop on the car and found it did have a front plate, but it was not registered to the vehicle. Tr. Rider issued the driver a criminal summons for false attachment of plates and had the vehicle towed from the roadway.
CASTLE HILL — Tr. Rider and Tr. Kilcollins responded to a single-vehicle crash in Castle Hill. A juvenile male was driving his 2001 GMC pickup with a juvenile male passenger west on the State Road. The driver tried to avoid a deer in the roadway, crossed the center line, lost control of the vehicle, and went into the left ditch. The vehicle rolled numerous times and came to rest in a large patch of trees. Both occupants were able to get out of the vehicle. Presque Isle Fire and Ambulance Service responded and transported both the driver and passenger to the hospital in Presque Isle with serious injuries. Driver inexperience and speed were factors in the crash. Neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing seatbelt. The State Road was blocked so that the vehicle could be removed.
OAKFIELD — Tr. Castonguay was conducting traffic enforcement on I-95, Oakfield, when he observed a vehicle speeding. Tr. Castonguay stopped the car, and an investigation revealed the registration for the car was suspended due to toll violations. Tr. Castonguay issued the driver a traffic summons for speeding (15-plus mph) and a criminal summons for operating with a suspended registration. The driver was close to home and was permitted to take the vehicle to his residence.
WOODLAND — Tr. Roy responded to a Woodland residence after a man called to report a female was causing a disturbance. The caller advised the female had been invited over by his adult son who had been staying at the house. Tr. Roy met with all parties and issued the 48-year-old Caribou woman a criminal trespass notice for the address.
Saturday, May 28
HOULTON — Tr. Cotton was traveling on North Street in Houlton when he ran a registration plate through the Houlton Regional Communications Center. Tr. Cotton learned that the female registered owner had an active warrant for failing to appear. Tr. Cotton initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle and confirmed the operator was the registered owner. Arrangements were made for the woman’s young son and Tr. Cotton arrested the female and transported her to the Houlton State Police Barracks. The female was able to post bail and was released.
Sunday, May 29
HERSEY — Cpl. Quint was requested by an out-of-state property owner to check a seasonal residence in Hersey. The complainant said the electric bill is extremely high since the house is vacant. Cpl. Quint went to the residence and did not observe any indication that the house had been broken into and could not see inside. A key holder was located and responded, and it was found that a pipe had burst on the second floor causing the well pump to have been running non-stop. The house sustained major damage. The complainant was made aware of the mess.
CASWELL — Tr. Desrosier dealt with two men, who are neighbors, in Caswell. One man called the State Police reporting his neighbor is mowing his lawn and rocks struck his vehicle. When Tr. Desrosier arrived, the complainant stated there is no damage to his car, but he is afraid the man’s mowing blades will break and injure someone. Tr. Desrosier spoke with the man mowing his grass and he agreed to reverse direction, so the chute is not pointed towards his neighbor. There was no indication that any rocks went to the complainant’s house or vehicles.