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Police investigate death in The Forks

THE FORKS Maine State Police continue to investigate the death of a young woman along Route 201 in The Forks early Sunday morning.

Detectives are looking into whether she may have jumped from a moving pickup truck driven by her boyfriend.

The incident was reported by the driver of the truck, a 29-year-old Greene man, who called 911 just after 2 a.m. on March 20 and said he placed the 33-year-old Wiscasset woman's body in the cab of the pickup and was driving south.

The woman was dead when first responders met up with man's truck in The Forks.

A team of Maine State Police detectives joined deputies Sunday morning and a section of the road was closed for a time as investigators gathered evidence from the scene.

An autopsy was conducted on the woman's body Sunday at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta. The truck and other evidence from the scene will be examined at the State Police Crime Lab.

Brewer man facing sexual abuse charges

BREWER Maine State Police have charged a Brewer man with sexual abuse of a young girl and are also investigating him for child pornography.

Investigators with the Computer Crimes Unit arrested Ronald Boersma, 37, at his home on Glenwood Avenue in Brewer on March 17.

Boersma is charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail. The arrest came a day after his computer was seized from his home. Investigators say they found child pornography on the computer, but they plan to do further analysis before lodging additional charges. It also is not known if any images of his victim were also on his computer.

Boersma is employed at a local bakery and is a convicted sex offender. He also was convicted of possessing child porn in 2003 during court martial proceedings while serving in the Navy out of state.

Youth pastor charged with sexually abusing a young girl

CLINTON State Police have arrested the youth pastor of a Canaan church and charged him with sexual abuse of a young girl. Detectives have charged Lucas Savage, 37, of Clinton with unlawful sexual contact.

Savage is the youth pastor at Youth Haven Ministries in Canaan, which is affiliated with the Canaan Calvary Church and was arrested Friday evening in Mercer and taken to the Kennebec County Jail.

Detectives said the abuse took place at Savage's home on Mutton Lane in Clinton. State Police have been investigating the allegations for the past month. Detectives do not know if there are additional victims and their investigation will remain open. Anyone with information about the case should contact State Police in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.

Bomb threat at Bangor High

BANGOR On March 16 around 10:30 a.m., staff of Bangor High School received a bomb threat. The school was evacuated as is the protocol, according to police.

Sgt. Tim Cotton noted that by 11:40 a.m. the building was determined to be safe and students returned their classrooms. The investigation is ongoing, but anyone with information should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384.

Canaan man charged with arson

CANAAN The State Fire Marshal's Office charged a Canaan man with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Canaan last September. Fire Investigators charged Matthew Short, 30, with arson, burglary and aggravated cruelty to animals. He was arrested at his home on Browns Corner Road on March 18 by Investigator Jeremy Damren.

Short's girlfriend, Sheena Moshier, 30, was also arrested at the home on unrelated charges of forgery, negotiating a worthless instrument and traffic offenses. Both were taken to the Somerset County Jail.

The fire, which was set on Sept. 21, 2015, destroyed the mobile home on the Brown's Corner Road, near Short's home. No one was home at the time, but four dogs and three cats died inside. The fire was discovered by the two residents of the mobile home, who had just returned home.

Short is being held of $50,000 bail and will likely make his first court appearance on Monday. Moshier's bail was set at $2,000.

New MDEA agents sworn in

MAINE Thirteen new Maine Drug Enforcement Agents have been sworn into office, bringing the drug agency's personnel number to its largest level in 25 years. The new agents were sworn in on March 14 at the Maine Department of Public Safety and have been assigned to seven of MDEA's regional task force offices.

The funding for the new agents was approved by Governor LePage and the Maine Legislature, which increased MDEA's authorized strength to 53 agents. The new agents Monday bring the total number of MDEA agents to 52, with the last remaining vacancy expected to be filled in the next four to six weeks.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney said the last time there were over 50 drug agents in Maine was in 1991. The 13 new agents come from five county sheriff's offices, seven police departments and the U.S. Border Patrol. McKinney said the support from sheriffs and police chiefs to assign their personnel to MDEA has been gratifying as the drug agency continues to deal with Maine's increased drug problem.

McKinney said the new agents, who are not being named, have been assigned to the following MDEA Task Force Offices: York County, two agents; Cumberland County, three agents; Rockland, one agent; Augusta three agents, Bangor one agent, Ellsworth one agent, and Aroostook County - two agents.

Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said, 'The new agents come at a time when Maine has seen a record number of overdose deaths, heroin arrests and meth lab responses. The support from the Governor and the Legislature has made the new drug agents a reality and they begin work immediately.'

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