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. 3-9, including the following.
Monday, Oct. 3
HOULTON — Trooper Cotton was traveling through Houlton when he observed a vehicle with an expired registration. Tr. Cotton recognized the male operator and believed him to be suspended. The Houlton Regional Communications Center confirmed the Smyrna man had a suspended license. Tr. Cotton stopped the vehicle and charged the man with operating after suspension and had him make arrangements for someone to get the vehicle.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
STONINGTON — Tr. Barnard responded to Stonington for a bomb call. Members of the Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating and found some dynamite. Tr. Barnard and other members of the Bomb Team responded to the call. They took possession of the dynamite and properly disposed of it.
STACYVILLE — Sgt. Haines taught an ALICE refresher training at Katahdin Middle/High School.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
AMITY — A U.S. Border Patrol agent was driving through Amity and observed two men stopped at a house that had collapsed over time and one was discharging a pistol at the rubble. The agent called for a trooper to assist him. Cpl. Quint arrived and spoke with both men, one from southern Maine and one from New York. The men stated they travel and photograph dilapidated homes and while looking at this particular property decided to fire a 9mm pistol at it. The firearm owner stated his friend had never fired a weapon. The men were warned for their unsafe behavior and spoken to regarding trespassing.
MONTICELLO — Tr. Sylvia responded to an apartment in Monticello after a woman called to report she had been assaulted by another woman at the apartment. Tr. Sylvia met with both parties and learned that there had been a verbal altercation outside at the apartment complex. At one point, one of the females punched the other causing minor injury. The incident was not domestic in nature and the victim declined to press charges.
ST. JOHN PLANTATION — Cpl. Casavant took a burglary report from a resident in Saint John who reported his barn had been broken into sometime in the last week. The man reported various items stolen in the burglary. The investigation is ongoing.
VAN BUREN — Cpl. Casavant was approached by a man in Van Buren who advised someone had broken into a vacant residence a few nights prior. The house was being used to store various items. The victim advised he believed a set of snow tires seemed to be the only thing missing. The investigation is ongoing.
Thursday, Oct. 6
EAGLE LAKE — Tr. Martin received a traffic complaint in Eagle Lake. A male caller advised that there was a male driving around Eagle Lake without a driver’s license who was traveling at a high rate of speed. Tr. Martin located the male driving in Eagle Lake. He ran a license check on the male and it came back that he did have an active license, but also had one active warrant. Tr. Martin arrested the male on the warrant. The male was taken to a bail commissioner where he was able to make bail.
LITTLETON — Tr. Cotton received information that there was a male subject at a residence in Littleton that had an active warrant. When Tr. Cotton arrived, he was advised the man was in the process of moving to Presque Isle and the person at the home would notify Tr. Cotton when he returned. A short time later, Tr. Cotton learned the Littleton man was back. Tr. Cotton returned to the residence and took the man into custody without incident. Tr. Cotton transported him to the Troop F barracks, where he was able to post bail.
PATTEN — Tr. Saucier took a call from a business owner in Patten with a shoplifting complaint. The owner identified the suspect as a Crystal man. Tr. Saucier met with the suspect, who admitted to taking allergy medication because he needed it but could not afford it. Tr. Saucier believed there were some mental health issues with the man. Tr. Saucier spoke with the business owner and they came to an agreement that the suspect would come to the store and work things out in regard to the theft.
Friday, Oct. 7
VASSALBORO — Tr. Merchant went to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and taught the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program about how to use and the function of the Intoxilyzer.
Saturday, Oct. 8
VAN BUREN — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Van Buren. He observed a vehicle with the passenger not being properly secured in a seatbelt and conducted a traffic stop. Tr. Roy investigated and the passenger provided him a false name. Further investigation determined who the woman was and there were warrants for her arrest. She was arrested but was able to post bail.
HOULTON — Tr. Cotton stopped a vehicle in Houlton for a traffic violation and learned the operator’s license was under suspension. Tr. Cotton charged the Haynesville woman with operating after suspension and arrangements were made for the vehicle.