Maine State Police Troop F Report, April 3-9, 2023

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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 April 3-9, 2023, including the following.

Monday, April 3

VASSALBORO — Sgt. Haines spent the week of April 3 as a firearms instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program range.

Tuesday, April 4

EASTON — Sgt. Clark was conducting traffic enforcement in Easton and observed a vehicle stopped behind a school bus that appeared to have an expired registration over two years. The vehicle stopped at the local store and Sgt. Clark continued to monitor the vehicle. After a brief moment, the driver started driving back toward Presque Isle. Sgt. Clark stopped the vehicle and investigated, finding the driver was suspended and the vehicle had not been registered/inspected since 2021. Sgt. Clark issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension and operating an unregistered vehicle. He was issued a warning for the inspection violation. The vehicle was parked at the man’s residence in Easton.

FORT KENT — Trooper Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Fort Kent and observed a vehicle with substandard windows. Tr. Roy stopped the vehicle and after an investigation determined the window tint installed on the vehicle was darker than permitted per state law, and had been on the vehicle when it was inspected. Tr. Roy removed the inspection certificate from the vehicle and issued the driver a traffic summons for installing substandard windows on the vehicle.

CASWELL — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Caswell and observed a vehicle stop at a yield sign and remain stopped for an extended period. Tr. Roy noted the vehicle was not currently inspected and stopped the vehicle. He investigated and found the vehicle would not pass inspection and the driver was suspended. The man was issued a criminal summons for operating after suspension and a traffic summons for not having a valid inspection. The vehicle was removed from the roadway.

LINNEUS — Tr. Castonguay is investigating a fraud complaint in Linneus. The victim reports his Social Security payment was stolen and deposited into an account in Ohio. The Ohio police are looking into the incident as well. 

PATTEN — Tr. Sylvia received a complaint of criminal mischief at several storage units in Patten. The case remains under investigation.

Wednesday, April 5

FRENCHVILLE — Tr. Roy was conducting traffic enforcement in Frenchville and observed a vehicle with an expired inspection certificate. Tr. Roy stopped the vehicle and after an investigation, the driver told Tr. Roy the front wheel bearings were defective, keeping the vehicle from passing inspection. Tr. Roy had the vehicle towed from the roadway. While it was being loaded on the wrecker, Tr. Roy noted one front wheel was canted to an extreme, causing damage to the braking system. The driver was issued a criminal summons for operating a defective motor vehicle.

Thursday, April 6

PATTEN — Tr. Barnard received a tip regarding a male with two active arrest warrants in Patten. The male was walking down the road. Tr. Barnard arrived on scene and advised the male he had two active warrants and he was under arrest. The male was arrested without incident and was taken to the Troop F barracks. At the barracks he was able to make bail and was released with a new court date.

ST. FRANCIS — Tr. Martin received a trespass complaint in St. Francis. During his investigation Tr. Martin discovered the female offender had an active arrest warrant. Tr. Martin went to the female’s residence to serve her with a trespass warning. After Tr. Martin had served the female with the trespass warning he advised her that she also had an active arrest warrant. Tr. Martin placed the female under arrest on the active warrant. Tr. Martin took the female to Fort Kent Police Department, where she made bail. The female was released and given a new court date.

VAN BUREN — Tr. Martin went to a residence in Van Buren to serve a male with a protection from abuse order. During Tr. Martin’s investigation he also learned that the male had several outstanding warrants. Tr. Martin went to the residence and spoke with a female who advised the male was not currently at home. Tr. Martin got in his cruiser and started to leave the apartment complex. As Tr. Martin was exiting the driveway, he observed a male pull into the driveway that appeared to be the male he was looking for. Tr. Martin turned around and made contact with the male. Tr. Martin served the male with the protection from abuse order. Tr. Martin then advise the male he had several active arrest warrants. Tr. Martin placed the male under arrest without incident. The male was not able to make bail, so Tr. Martin transported the male to the Aroostook County Jail.

Friday, April 7

MARS HILL — Sgt. Haines taught a block of ALICE Training at Central Aroostook Middle/High School in Mars Hill.

Sunday, April 9

HOULTON — Troop F is doing an evidence room inventory and multiple firearms are in our possession that were found or turned in with no known owner listed. If anyone has lost or is missing a firearm and has proof of ownership with a serial number, contact Sgt. Josh Haines or Cpl. Nick Casavant at Troop F.