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Criminal Mischief - (02-17-2016)

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Maine Attorney General announces new hire for Unsolved Homicide Unit

Renee Ordway named as victim advocate for Maine's Unsolved Homicide Unit

AUGUSTA Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced that a final hiring decision has been made to complete the staff of Maine's Unsolved Homicide Unit. Renee Ordway has been hired to serve as the victim advocate to work with the family members in these cases, making the unit fully staffed.

'In her 30 year career in journalism, Renee has demonstrated an ability to give voice to victims in a manner that has earned her a reputation for fairness and compassion,' said Attorney General Mills. 'We are very pleased to have the unit at full complement and working on these difficult cases. As we have said over the last several years as the Legislature considered creating this unit, we cannot guarantee convictions, but we can guarantee our undivided attention and our best efforts.'

In June, 2015, the legislature recognized the need to devote additional, dedicated resources to the investigation of unsolved homicides. It created Maine's first unsolved homicide unit and funded positions for two Maine State Police detectives and one forensic chemist to work exclusively on State Police unsolved homicide cases in coordination with a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General. In late December, the Maine State Police selected and assigned detectives Jay Pelletier and Bryant Jacques to the Unsolved Homicide Unit. They are joined by Forensic Chemist Alison Gingras of the State Crime Laboratory. Lara Nomani is the Attorney General's Office dedicated prosecutor within the Criminal Division to review these cases. Ordway now joins this team of professionals as a victim advocate within the Attorney General's Office.

Lt. Jeffery Love, who oversees the State Police involvement of the unit, said Ordway's appointment rounds out a team of 'committed and veteran professionals.' The two detectives have 40 years of combined State Police service, coupled with Gingras's 17 years of experience at the State Police Crime Lab. 'There will not be instant results, but the team assembled have vast experience as they work with the Attorney General's Office to continue to investigate the state's unsolved homicides,' Love said.

Ordway's first day at the Attorney General's Office will be in the in the coming weeks.

Two facing drug charges

DAY BLOCK TOWNSHIP The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested a man and woman from Connecticut and charged them with heroin related offenses. A substantial amount of heroin was also seized. Agents assigned to MDEA's task force office in Ellsworth, working with Calais Police, received information indicating that a car was headed into the county from out of state, likely with heroin inside.

On Feb. 10, drug agents along with Washington County Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle along Route 9 in Day Block Township. A search of the car and its occupants found 275 bags of heroin containing about 28 grams of heroin, with an estimated street value of $10,000.

Heath Jones-Sanchez, 24, of Waterbury, Connecticut was charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin). These charges will likely be elevated to a class A aggravated trafficking due to the amount of heroin seized. Bail was set at $10,000.

Hilary C. Pugrab, 20, of Ellington, Connecticut was charged with possession of schedule W drugs (heroin). Bail was set at $5000.

Both Jones-Sanchez and Pugrab were taken to the Washington County Jail for processing.

MDEA was also assisted in this investigation by the Baileyville Police Department and State Police. With significant assistance from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, MDEA has recently been able to increase its presence in Washington County. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

Hollis man charged with assault

HOLLIS State Police has charged a Hollis man after he got into a fight with two other men who he lives with inside a home on Little Falls Road in Hollis. One man was punched in the face and the other was pushed through a window. Troopers charged William Donovan, 21, with aggravated assault and took him to the York County Jail. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Friday in Springvale District Court.

Troopers were called to the house about 9 p.m. on Feb. 10 for a reporting stabbing, which turned out to be a severe cut to the wrist caused by the broken window.

Donovan, who originally is from Massachusetts, had been staying at the house with two other men 57-year-old Everett Smith and 27-year-old Kyle Barrows. Troopers said Donovan was intoxicated, assaulted both men and was found later hiding behind the garage at the home, where he was taken into custody. Barrows was treated and released from Maine Medical Center, receiving a number of stiches to close the wound to his wrist. Smith did not require medical attention.

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