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Maine State Police Troop F Report, Sept. 20-26, 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. 20-26, including the following.

Monday, Sept. 20

OAKFIELD — Trooper Barnard took a complaint of a stolen vehicle in Oakfield.  A local man reported leaving his vehicle in a church parking lot, with the key in it, and returned later to find it stolen.  The vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center and was discovered at a local towing company’s lot after they had been called to remove it from a farmer’s property.  The VIN number on the vehicle was run by law enforcement after the towing company had requested a check on the vehicle.  The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

VASSALBORO — Tr. Mahon spent the week of Sept. 20 in Bangor for phase 2 of accident reconstructionist training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

HOULTON — Sgt. Haines spent the week of Sept. 20 as a firearms instructor for department ranges in Houlton.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

GRAND ISLE — Tr. Desrosier was driving through Grand Isle and observed a man he suspected did not have a valid driver’s license.  After confirming his license was suspended, Tr. Desrosier stopped the vehicle.  The man stated he was on his way to sell a snowmobile and needed to drive for the sale.  The man also had warrants for failing to appear in court for theft and criminal mischief charges.  The man was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension and was arrested on the warrants; he posted bail from Caribou Police Department.

SMYRNA — Tr. Saucier received a report of a stolen ATV from a residence in Smyrna.  A File 1 was issued, and the investigation is ongoing.

HOULTON — Tr. Sylvia arrested a 60-year-old Patten man on a failure to appear warrant after the man turned himself in at the Troop F barracks.  The man was bailed from the barracks.

Thursday, Sept. 23

HOULTON — Tr. Castonguay was driving south on I-95, Houlton, and came upon a disabled vehicle.  He stopped to check the driver and she stated she had run out of gas.  Tr. Castonguay conducted a license query on the driver and found she had a suspended driver’s license and two warrants.  The woman was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension. The following day, Waterville PD called stating the vehicle the woman was driving was stolen from their town and was just being reported.  Tr. Castonguay is working with Waterville PD to recover the car.

MARS HILL — Cpl. Casavant responded to the Mars Hill Country Club in reference to a theft of golf clubs.  The victim reported someone had entered the cart storage in the early hours of Sept. 16 and stolen his golf clubs from his cart.  The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, Sept. 24

MARS HILL — Lt. Harris was in Mars Hill and heard the ambulance being dispatched to Main Street for a woman bleeding from an unknown leg wound.  Lt. Harris located the woman sitting in her vehicle, bleeding profusely from her leg.  Lt. Harris applied a tourniquet to her upper thigh area and stopped the bleeding.  The ambulance arrived and transported her to the hospital in Presque Isle.

HOULTON — The unveiling of the dedication sign for Det. Glenn Strange, who died Oct. 17, 1997, as a result of injuries sustained during an arrest of a drunk driver a few days earlier, was held in Houlton.  The sign is located near the Troop F headquarters and extends one mile north to the Houlton/Littleton town lines.  An unexpected twist, unknown to planners when determining the location for the sign, is that the northern sign is placed in the area where Det. Strange tragically died. Det. Strange had completed a 25-year career as a teacher in Houlton and had begun a second career as a trooper starting in 1994.  A great turnout of family, friends and area law enforcement were on hand for the unveiling and paying tribute to his ultimate sacrifice and the impact Det. Strange made on his community.

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