On Dec. 19, Officer Josh Loring and Officer Cody Haverly-Johndro received a call that there had been a burglary to a motor vehicle at a Main Street apartment building. A man had gone to work and left his iPhone in his vehicle, and when he returned it was gone. The phone belonged to the man's employer, and the boss had an application installed that allowed him to track the phone.
The officers were able to track the phone to a specific apartment on Indian Island. Brandon Couturier, 21, answered the door and Officer Haverly-Johndro called the missing cell phone, which began to ring inside the apartment. A woman in the apartment picked up a pair of jeans, and the phone was located in the front pocket.
Police placed him under arrest, and a search of his jacket revealed three hypodermic needles and a glass marijuana pipe.
Before getting arrested, Couturier told the female in the apartment that he was going to jail for a long time, according to police. Couturier was charged with receiving stolen property and violating conditional release. Police noted that Couturier has had more than two prior theft convictions, which makes any theft after that a felony.
MDEA break up drug ring
AUGUSTA The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Augusta police coordinated the arrests of two Augusta men and eight individuals from out of state, on heroin and methamphetamine charges Wednesday. The arrests took place at the Penley Street house of Peter Gleason, 32, following a police raid.
On Dec. 18, acting on information obtained during a drug investigation, Augusta Police Detective Chris Blodgett obtained a search warrant for Gleason's house at 1 Penley Street in Augusta. The Augusta Police Department's Special Response Team, along with personnel from the MDEA, Kennebec Sheriff's Office, State Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began searching the house and seized approximately 45 grams of heroin and approximately five grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The heroin has an estimated street value of $10,000.
Charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin were Gleason and the following:
Ricquell Lindo, 20 , of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Tyshawn Mack , 21, of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Nathaniel Taylor, 19, of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Tyrone Wilkins, 23, of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Darvent Cummings, 22, of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Kenya Evans, 20, of Stroudsburg, Pa.;
Shaquanna Khaleelah, 18, of Mt. Pocono, Pa.;
and a 17-year-old girl from Patterson , NJ;
Charged with unlawful possession of schedule W drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia is Ryan Minoty, 21, of Augusta.
Bail for Lindo, Mack, Williams and Cummings has been set at $50,000. Bail for Taylor was set at $25,000 and bail for Gleason, Khaleelah and Evans at $10,000. Minoty's bail was set at $1500 unsecured.
The investigation revealed that a number of those charged are members or are affiliated with a violent street gang known as the 'Almighty Black P. Stones,' based out of Chicago.
MDEA Director Roy McKinney and Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire join in their concern about the prevalence of organized and often violent out of state drug trafficking organizations now operating in Maine. This investigation highlights the importance of focused, inter-agency cooperation on these types of investigations. Those who are unable to make bail will be arraigned Friday in Superior Court in Augusta. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely. Those who may have information about this investigation are asked to contact the MDEA's Augusta office at 624-8980.
Old Town couple arrested on drug charges
OLD TOWN A bail check led to a couple being arrested.
On Dec. 19, Officer Jordan Norton and other officers conducted a bail search at a Main Street home and then executed a search warrant at the same location. Officers located approximately 25 grams of crack cocaine, 1.5 grams of heroin and more than $1,500 in cash, as well as drug paraphernalia and a firearm.
Police arrested Stephone Ross, 43, and Lisa Ouellette, aka Lisa Ross, 39, on Thursday evening. Both were charged with Class B trafficking in schedule W Drugs. Ouellette was also charged with violating bail conditions.
The investigation will continue to determine the possible involvement of other individuals. Ross and Ouellette may also face additional charges.
Old Town police were assisted by Maine Drug Enforcement and the Orono Police Department at the scene.
50 officers graduate from Maine Criminal Justice Academy
VASSALBORO Maine's 50 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The officers come from the municipal, county and state ranks and completed 18 weeks of study and training. Among the training topics were criminal and traffic law, domestic violence, sexual assault, firearms, first aid, crime scene processing and emergency vehicle operation.
The graduation speaker was Auburn Police Chief Phillip Crowell, who also serves as president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. Crowell told the new officers, 'You now begin a life of service in a career unlike any other. You've answered a calling to adversity and purpose, to danger and honor.'
The new officers are (alphabetical by department):
Katherine D. Avery, Joseph M. Correia, Nicholas J. Kyllonen and Joseph T. Miville, Auburn police;
Benjamin M. Paradis, Bangor police;
Garrett G. Brosnan and William D. Brown IV, Brunswick police;
Eric D. Vanasse, Cape Elizabeth police;
Charles F. Theobald III, Clinton police;
Joseph S. Dyar, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office;
Thomas B. Adams, Cumberland police;
Darren D. Jacques and Nathan G. Morse, Lewiston police;
Joshua F. Aylward, Mexico police;
Joshua E. Tilton, Old Town police;
Camron T. Barrieau, Orono police;
Jeremy C. Coron, Oxford police;
Nicholas R. Gilbert, Paris police;
Jakob R. Demchak, Ian L. Geib, Graham L. Hults, Jonathan J. Lackee, Christopher M. Maher, Adam M. Morin and Brian D. Truax, Portland police;
Kyle J. White, Presque Isle police;
Matthew D. Roberts, Saco police;
Austin W. Clark and Travis B. Hon, Scarborough police;
Dennis J. Remillard, Searsport police;
Mark A. McDonald, Topsham police;
Michael N. Raymond, a tuition student from Kennebunkport;
William J. Jepson, Wells police;
Benjamin P. Hall and Douglas W. Maher, Westbrook police;
Andrew H. Hardy, Wilton police;
Jordan B. Floyd, York police;
James P. Mayotte from Boothbay Harbor, Maine Marine Patrol.
In addition, 12 State Police Trooper Recruits: Adam J. Bell from Hodgdon; James A. Bergdoll, Long Island, NY; John S. Darcy, Topsham; Ethan S. Doody, Washburn; Taylor C. Dube, Glenburn; Sarah A. Ferland, Winterport; Nicholas M. Gleeson, Belfast; Randy K. Hall, Carthage; Brian A. Hink, Porter; James C. Moore, Gardiner; Andrew W. Peirson, Bel Air, Maryland; and Shane M. Sullivan, Brunswick. The Trooper Recruits will now begin patrolling with a veteran Trooper and will attend another 10 weeks of State Police training at the police academy, beginning in February.
Attorney General Mills alerts consumers about contractor with record of defrauding homeowners
AUGUSTA - Attorney General Janet T. Mills is alerting Maine consumers about a man who was barred from running a home repair business in Massachusetts after he was found to have had a long record of defrauding customers.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office has taken repeated action against Richard Myers of Hanover, Massachusetts operating under the business name of Atlantic Restoration Company. According to a 2012 press release from Attorney General Coakley's Office:
'In November 2006, the AG's Office sued Myers, alleging he violated the Home Improvement Contractor Act by illegally engaging in home improvement work on a suspended license, failing to perform agreed-upon work or apply for required building permits, requesting excessive cash advances and failing and refusing to refund homeowners' payments for work not performed.
'In February 2011, a final judgment was entered against Myers, requiring him to pay more than $291,000 in consumer restitution, $300,000 in civil penalties and more than $125,000 in fees and permanently enjoining him from soliciting or engaging in home improvement contracting work in the Commonwealth.'
The Maine Attorney General's Office has been contacted by a local law enforcement agency in Cumberland County to report they have received a complaint about Myers's business activities. He could be operating elsewhere in the state and under other business names as well.
'Consumers should be wary of doing business with this person,' said Attorney General Mills. 'His track record in other states is poor. He has been ordered by a court in another state to stop engaging in the home contracting and repair business. Maine homeowners should be on guard against hiring him to do work for them.'
Anyone who has questions about dealing with home repair contractors is encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Maine Attorney General's Office.