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 Nov. 21-27, including the following.
Monday, Nov. 21
PRESQUE ISLE — Troopers Castonguay and Rider conducted taser recertification on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 for members of Troop F at the Army National Guard facility in Presque Isle and at the barracks in Houlton.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
PRESQUE ISLE — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Presque Isle and observed a vehicle pulling a trailer; the trailer did not have functional lights. He stopped the vehicle and after an investigation, it was found the driver had a suspended driver’s license. Tr. Roy issued the man a criminal summons for operating after suspension and a traffic warning for not having working lights on the trailer. A licensed driver came and got the man and his vehicle.
PATTEN — Every year, Jonathan Ellis, owner of Ellis Family Market in Patten and his employees team up with the Maine State Police to deliver Thanksgiving Day baskets donated by his store to needy families in the northern Penobscot/southern Aroostook County areas. This year, Jon donated a total of 40 baskets to area families. On Wednesday, Tr. Timmy Saucier and Tr. Laney Merchant assisted with the deliveries.
SHERMAN — Tr. Saucier arrested a Stacyville man on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear on charges of operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and violation of conditional release. Tr. Saucier located the male at a local gas station and transported him to the Troop F barracks, where he later made bail. He is due to appear in Houlton District Court in January.
HAMLIN — Tr. Curtin began investigating a theft complaint in Hamlin. The victim called to report that her bank account information was compromised when she wire-transferred money for rent to her landlord overseas. She reported that unauthorized transactions totaling $10,000 had been withdrawn from her checking account. Tr. Curtin is working with the District Attorney’s Office to further this investigation. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
CHAPMAN — A female called to report cash stolen from her residence in Chapman. Tr. Curtin began investigating the complaint and learned the female victim discovered the large amount of cash missing after she had a social gathering at her house. The investigation is ongoing.
Thursday, Nov. 24
FORT KENT — Tr. Desrosier was driving through Fort Kent and observed a vehicle commit a traffic infraction. He stopped the vehicle and after an investigation found the registration plates were falsely attached. The driver was issued a criminal summons for the violation and the vehicle was towed from the roadway.
FRENCHVILLE — Tr. Desrosier was parked in Frenchville and observed a vehicle driving towards Fort Kent and recognized the driver. Suspecting he did not have a valid driver’s license, Tr. Desrosier contacted the Regional Communications Center dispatcher, requested a license query, and found the man has a revoked driver’s license. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was issued a criminal summons for operating after revocation, and arranged to have a licensed driver come get him and his vehicle.
CRYSTAL — Tr. Castonguay was driving in Crystal when he observed a man shoot a deer from his pickup on the public way. Tr. Castonguay stopped to speak with the man, identified him, and called for a game warden to address the issue.
Friday, Nov. 25
PRESQUE ISLE — Cpl. Kilcollins was driving in Presque Isle when he noticed a vehicle in the ditch and stopped to check on the occupants. Cpl. Kilcollins walked up to the driver’s window and asked the female driver to roll the window down. He put the female driver through standardized field sobriety tests and the female was placed under arrest and transported to Presque Isle Police Department for an Intoxilyzer test. The female was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and later bailed and released.
Saturday, Nov. 26
MARS HILL — Cpl. Kilcollins was called to a crash on Route 1A in Mars Hill. When he arrived on scene, he observed a vehicle that was in the bushes. Cpl. Kilcollins spoke with the male driver, who was standing on the side of the roadway. Based on the crash and the smell of intoxicants, Cpl. Kilcollins put the male through standardized field sobriety tests, after which the male was placed under arrest and transported to Presque Isle Police Department for an Intoxilyzer test. The male was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and later bailed and released.