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58 graduate from MCJA

VASSALBORO - Maine’s 58 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The officers spent eighteen weeks in study and training and most will begin patrolling immediately in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. 

Falmouth Police Chief Ed Tolan was the guest speaker who reminded the graduates that they will be in the public eye until they retire. “You will be challenged, videotaped, criticized, and second guessed, but you are ready to serve your community. This is the greatest profession and people will lean on you for guidance, leadership and empathy,” Tolan said.

The new officers studied many topics, including crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Among the graduates were ten State Police Trooper recruits and Maine Marine Wardens, who will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own.

The new officers are as follows, listed alphabetically by department.

Victor A. Barr II, Androscoggin County Sheriff; Ryan D. Johnston, Aroostook County Sheriff; Alishia A. Ledger, Aroostook County Sheriff; Thomas J. Bosch-Willett, Bangor Police; Monica E. Christian, Bangor Police; Curtis R. Grenier, Bangor Police; Robert W. Hallett, Bangor Police; Edwin M. Lewis, Bangor Police; Brady A. Smith, Bar Harbor Police; Jonathan T. Guba, Belfast Police; Peter H. Gilman, Biddeford Police; Justin E. Lavertue, Biddeford Police; Devon M. Spates, Biddeford Police.

Sophia J. Swiatek, Bridgton Police; Nicholas C. Bedard, Brunswick Police; Brandon T. Curtis, Brunswick Police; Gerard R. LeMoine, Caribou Police; Kevin T. Lemay, Farmington Police; Keith R. Madore, Franklin County Sheriff; Dustin A. Caron, Freeport Police; Alicia M. Gordon, Knox County Sheriff; Craig A. Morrill, Lewiston Police; Andrew L. Levesque, Lisbon Police; Jonathan M. Colby, Lincoln County Sheriff; Darian J. Nadeau, Livermore Falls Police; Curtis C. LaBelle, Maine Marine Patrol; Tyler M. Sirois, Maine Marine Patrol.

Elizabeth P. Brunton, Maine State Police; Daniel M. Murray, Maine State Police; Mickael A. Nunez, Maine State Police; Deanne Peck, Maine State Police; Jeremy R. Pyburn, Maine State Police; Kyle V. Russell, Maine State Police; Sidney P. Stewart, Maine State Police; Connor M. Walton, Maine State Police; John C. Lewis, Norway Police; Courtney C. James, Orono Police; Trevor A. Duby, Piscataquis County Sheriff; Tysen C. Ober, Piscataquis County Sheriff.

Michael T. Archibald, Portland Police; Tonya L. Alexander, Presque Isle Police; Matthew L. Brown, Presque Isle Police; Addison I. Cox, Rockland Police; Aaron M. Schmitz, Rockland Police; Christopher D. Miller, Sabattus Police; Amanda J. Condon, Saco Police; Aaron J. Erickson, Scarborough Police; Sarah J. Fasulo, Scarborough Police; Breagh M. Gomez, Scarborough Police; Holly R. Thompson, Scarborough Police; Tyler P. Lafreniere, Somerset County Sheriff.

Levi G. Soper, Southwest Harbor Police; Daniel J. Landers, Knox County Sheriff; Brad M. Berube, UMO Police; Cassandra L. McDonald, Waldo County Sheriff; Matthew W. Carter, Washington County Sheriff; Patrick M. Daoust, Wells Police; Nicholas G. Matt, Wells Police.

Click it or Ticket campaign launches

MAINE – On May 22, Maine law enforcement began a two-week campaign Monday to beef up enforcement of Maine’s seat belt laws. 

In addition, special enforcement efforts were planned for the afternoon and evening of May 22 in both Maine and New Hampshire as the two states coordinate their enforcement activities.  The two-week campaign is called Click It or Ticket and the Monday effort was called Border to Border.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up, day and night – no excuses,” said Colonel Robert Williams, Chief of the Maine State Police. “Troopers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers who have neglected to buckle their children.”

At 4 p.m. on May 22, Maine police officers joined law enforcement agencies across half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation. Law enforcement agencies joined forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders; this included Maine Routes 1, 2 and 3. The Route 1 effort was from Brunswick to Rockland, Route 2 from New Hampshire to Pittsfield, and Route 3 from Augusta to Belfast.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has provided $313,403 to 45 Maine police agencies to pay for overtime to participate in the two-week effort.

“Seat belts save dozens of Maine lives every year, but some motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is greater,” said Lauren Stewart, Director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. “Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash. That’s why law enforcement is out there enforcing the law.”

Stewart said that although seat belts usage in Maine is very high, the numbers from fatal crashes during the past year is another story – 42 percent of those killed during the day were unbelted and 65 percent during nighttime fatal crashes.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,874 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were not wearing their seat belts.

The Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 22 to June 4.

Shooting suspect caught in Ohio

EUCLID, Ohio - According to an email from the Bangor Police Department, a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that took place in Bangor last month has been taken into custody in Ohio.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on the evening of May 21, 40-year-old Antionne Bethea of New Haven, Connecticut was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a traffic stop in Euclid, Ohio. 

Officers involved in the stop ran a warrants check on all of the individuals in the vehicle and as a result, Bethea was placed under arrest for the murder of Terrance Durel which occurred on April 16 - Easter Sunday - on Highland Avenue in Bangor. 

Bethea is currently being held on those charges in Ohio, pending the extradition process and hearings.

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