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Criminal Mischief (04/18/2018)

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New troopers graduate

VASSALBORO - Maine’s newest State Troopers received their badges in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on April 13. 

The five troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training; all are previous graduates of the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before beginning to patrol on their own. 

The graduation speaker was Governor Paul LePage who noted that the five troopers all grew up in Maine and thanked them for wanting to serve their state.

Deputy Chief of the State Police John Cote told the new troopers “You will witness events and activities that few people see, and your presence represents order, compassion and reason.”

The Maine State Police accept job applications continually and have 14 vacancies in the 330-person department. 

The new troopers are as follows:

Shaunna Beaudoin grew up in Brookton Township in Washington County. She graduated from East Grand High School in 2013 and graduated from Husson University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Beaudoin is a former reserve police officer in Wells and also was an assistant varsity softball coach at East Grand High School. Beaudoin is assigned to Troop J, Washington County.

Travis Doughty grew up in Argyle and graduated from Old Town High School in 2014.  He graduated from Eastern Maine Community College with an associate degree in applied science. He is assigned to Troop A, York County.

Benjamin Handzel grew up in Orland. He was homeschooled through high school and graduated from Eastern Maine Community College with an associate degree in criminal justice. He will be patrolling in Troop A, York County.

David Olmstead grew up in Milo and graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 2008. He enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He has been a patrol officer with Bangor Police for the past five years. He is assigned to Troop E, Penobscot County.

Lauren Roddy grew up in Belgrade and graduated from Messalonskee High School and the University of Maine at Augusta. She is a former Maine Game Warden. Roddy is assigned to Troop D, patrolling Waldo County.

Bangor windows shot

BANGOR – Two homes in Bangor’s Fairmount neighborhood had their windows shot by an air gun last week, according to police.

The incidents took place on the night of April 10. Police responded to two reports of broken windows at a little before 9 p.m. that evening. A police spokesperson said that the police believe that the damage done to the windows is consistent with what would be done with a small pellet gun or BB gun.

One incident was reported by a resident of Buck Street; damage was done to her living room window. Another report came from 15th Street; her window featured three holes. Damage was also done to a pickup truck that was parked on Buck Street at the same time the other incidents seemingly took place.

According to reports, two young men were seen driving a gold car away from the location of the 15th Street location immediately after the shooting, but the car left the scene before any complete identification could be made.

As of press time, police were asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact the Bangor Police Department.

Robbery spree suspect arrested

WESTBROOK (AP) — Westbrook police have made an arrest following a spate of armed robberies across southern Maine.

Police said 38-year-old Travis Card was arrested Friday and his vehicle was seized. Police also searched his Westbrook home.

Police said the operation was a joint effort between the Westbrook, Portland and South Portland police departments, along with the FBI. Westbrook Police Capt. Sean Lally said they are investigating the possibility of a connection to other robberies.

There are 13 unsolved robberies in the region. Four of the recent robberies took place in Westbrook, which was the hardest hit community.

It wasn’t immediately known if Card had a lawyer, and phone numbers listed for him were not in service. Card’s father told the Portland Press Herald his son told him police have the wrong guy.

Dogs shot in Buxton

BUXTON (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating the shooting of two dogs, one of which is missing.

WCSH-TV reports police responded Thursday afternoon to reports of a shooting at a Buxton home. Police found a pit bull bleeding from several gunshot wounds.

The dog was taken to a Portland animal clinic.

Police say they discovered a second dog had been shot and fled the area. Witnesses tell police the missing dog ran into the woods.

Police say the missing dog is white with brown spots. It has wounds to its hindquarters.

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