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Criminal Mischief (09/20/2017)

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New State Troopers graduate

VASSALBORO - Maine’s eight newest state troopers have received their badges in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.  

The new troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training, which is in addition to the 18 weeks of training required for all Maine police officers. State Police have six other prospective troopers in the current basic police academy, but still have 15 vacancies in the 330-person department. Job applications are accepted continually. 

The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before patrolling on their own.

Administrating the oath of office was the Chief of the State Police, Colonel Robert Williams, who told the new troopers, “You are entering a profession where you see people at their lowest.  Resist being judgmental and always treat everyone with respect and dignity.”

The new troopers are assigned to the following troops:

Troop A (Alfred)

Connor Walton has served five years in the Coast Guard.  Walton grew up in Barryville, NY and has been a Maine resident for the past three years.

Troop B (Gray)

Jeremy Pyburn has served as a medic in the Maine Army National Guard  and also served in Afghanistan.  He grew up in Hiram, Maine and is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. For the past three years, he has worked as a welder.

Troop C (Skowhegan)

Garret Booth is a former officer in the Milford, NH police department. He and his wife in recent years have trained hunting dogs in Caratunk, Maine.

Daniel Murray is from Belgrade and graduated from Messalonskee High School. For the past twelve years, he has worked in the security section at the Augusta hospital MaineGeneral.

Troop D (Augusta)

Mickael Nunez grew up in Lawrence, MA and graduated from Hope College in Michigan. He is a member of the Maine Army National Guard.

Sidney Stewart grew up in Rochester, NY where he went to high school and college. For the past two years, he has worked in the court system in Rochester.

Troop E (Bangor)

Jeremy Caron grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Lawrence High School and Husson University. For the past three years, he has served as a Bangor police officer.

Kyle Russell grew up in Batavia, NY and has owned or managed several restaurants. They include the former Bugaboo Creek in Bangor, and Cervesas in Newport, now owned by his wife.

Fugitive arrested in Machias

MACHIAS - A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut was taken into custody in Machias late on the night of Sept. 18.  

Rafael Santiago-Salazar, aka “Chico,” was charged back in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine. Those charges came following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Following that arrest, Santiago-Salazar posted bail, only to subsequently fail to show up for his court appearances in Maine. 

Recently, law enforcement officials learned that Santiago-Salazar had returned to Washington County and was likely staying at a home located at 63 Center Street in Machias. Agents also learned that in addition to the active MDEA arrest warrant, he was also wanted by Connecticut State Police for a number of offenses, a list that includes attempted murder, felony assault, carrying a pistol without a permit and unlawful restraint. Court-ordered bail on the Connecticut charges was $1,000,000.

On the night of Sept. 18, the Maine State Police Tactical Team arrived in Machias to assist MDEA in locating Santiago-Salazar at the Center Street location. During the serving of a search warrant, two local men in the house complied with instructions by troopers and left the house. Santiago-Salazar instead fled out the back door; however, he was quickly apprehended by the Tactical Team.

Santiago-Salazar, is 19 years old and from Waterbury, Connecticut. He was taken to the Washington County Jail. The two other occupants of the residence were also taken into custody. Both men – 27-year-old Ted MacArthur of Machias and 34-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Addison - had active arrest warrants out of a Machias Court.

Assisting MDEA in the arrests was the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Machias Police Department.  

Up on the roof

FRANKLIN – Maine State Troopers located and arrested George Pickard, 28, of Franklin on Sept. 14, after he fled from police after a traffic stop two weeks prior.

Troopers Dana Austen, David Barnard and Gavin Endre had received information that Pickard was working in Franklin. They located him working on a roof at a residence in Franklin and were able to take him into custody without incident.

Pickard had fled from a previous traffic stop on Sept. 5 and was also wanted on outstanding warrants for a probation revocation, failure to appear and a charge for eluding.

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