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Criminal Mischief (06/26/2019)

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MCJA presents awards

VASSALBORO – The Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro has announced its latest round of award recipients.

A State Trooper who patrols in York County is the department’s trooper of the year. Corporal Adam Schmidt of Lyman received the Trooper of the Year award in ceremonies that took place on June 21 at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Schmidt is a member of Troop A, which patrols York County.  Schmidt and his canine partner Ibo made 70 drug arrests in 2018 and responded to 184 canine calls during the year, most of them drug related.  He is a member of the department’s criminal interdiction team and was cited for his ability to seize drugs and drug related money, as well as arresting drug dealers. Schmidt grew up in Sterling, MA and joined the State Police in 2013. 

The Chief of the State Police, Colonel John Cote said, “Corporal Schmidt is a natural role model and he has become a mentor for younger troopers. His leadership attributed to his promotion to corporal three months ago.”

State Police bravery awards were given to Arthur LaPlante of Lagrange and Troopers Brian Bean, Andrew Hardy and Caleb McGary. LaPlante rescued a woman who was trapped inside her burning car that had struck a tree in Bangor last November. Bean rescued a couple who had been overcome by carbon monoxide fumes inside their Hudson home last November. Troopers Hardy and McGary, both members of the tactical team, received bravery awards for their role in an armed standoff in Dixmont last June.  Both troopers came under fire from the suspect who was shooting at them from inside his house.

Amanda Severy, a school bus driver from Litchfield, was presented the State Police Special Award of Commendation.  Amanda – who works for RSU #4 – was training a second driver on her bus last November when the man suffered a heart attack behind the wheel.  Amanda was able to get control of the bus, with 28 students onboard, and stop it along a road in Wales.

Several awards were connected with the April death of Detective Ben Campbell in April.  Receiving a Colonel’s Award was the Maine Sheriff’s Association, who took over statewide patrol duties the day of Campbell’s funeral; Lamson’s Funeral Home in Millinocket and the Cross Arena in Portland also received Colonel’s Awards for their assistance with funeral arrangements. Campbell’s wife Hillary accepted a wounds received commendation awarded to Campbell posthumously.

The State Police Honor Guard,  Member Assistance, and the Incident Management teams also received Colonel’s Awards. The honor guard was involved in the funerals of Somerset Deputy Eugene Cole, Detective Campbell and Berwick Fire Captain Joel Barnes. The incident management team also was involved in the funerals, as well at the manhunt in April of 2018 for Cole’s killer in Norridgewock. The Member Assistance team helps troopers in the aftermath of major events.  

A Colonel’s Award was presented to a law enforcement team for a school safety program enacted at 22 schools in Aroostook County. Receiving the award were Aroostook Sheriff Sgt. Matt Cummings, Caribou Police Officer Ricky Pelletier, and four members from State Police in Houlton – Lt Brian Harris, Sgt. Joshua Haines, Sgt. Jeffrey Clark and Trooper Andrew Levesque.  

Corporal Derrick Record received a Colonel’s Award for several drug seizures he and his canine partner Tess have been involved with.

Other Colonel’s Awards were presented to the Maine Department of Transportation sign shop for its assistance to State Police with signage, decals and license plates for the police fleet; and to retired State Police Lt. Don Pomelow for a book he compiled on the history of the department’s canine unit.

The State Police Leadership Award was presented to Sergeants Matt Casavant and Thomas Pappas for their oversight of the department’s criminal intervention team, known as PACE – Pro Active Criminal Intervention. The 18 troopers and five canines on the team were responsible for the seizure of over a million dollars’ worth of drugs last year.

In addition to Corporal Schmidt, trooper of the year nominees this year were:

Trooper Robert Burke – Troop B; Trooper Garrett Booth – Troop C; Trooper Ian Dunn – Troop D; Trooper Andrew Pierson – Troop E; Trooper Ryan Kilcollins – Troop F; Trooper Dana Austin – Troop J; Trooper Corey Smith – Troop K; Corporal Breanne Petrini – Training Unit, and three detectives from the major crimes unit – Chad Lindsey, Jason Andrews and Larry Rose.

K9 teams graduate

VASSALBORO – Some new K9 teams have made it to graduation day.

Six new law enforcement teams of police and their canine partners graduated from the State Police Canine School on June 21.  The officers and their dogs spent 14 weeks training across the state in various locations and conditions. 

The teams are:

Cumberland County Deputy Matt Tufts and Cooper; Kennebunk Police Officer Kaitlyn Sawyer and Otto; Trooper Zack Fancy and Dutch from Troop A – York County; Trooper Hunter Belanger and Dallas from Troop D – midcoast Maine; Maine Corrections Officer Rick Greene and Kai; and Trooper Adam Gould and Keet from Troop E – Penobscot-Piscataquis counties.

Flatbed truck thief apprehended

BANGOR (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man stole a flatbed truck in Maine and drove 80 miles north, saying he was on a mission to haul “missiles up to Canada.”

The Bangor Daily News reports that a 26-year-old man from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was arrested last weekend at a home in Herseytown Township, Maine, about 45 miles from Canada.

The truck was reported stolen from American Concrete Industries in Veazie. The company’s owner said the truck had unsecured manhole assemblies that could’ve been lethal if they’d fallen off.

The arresting trooper said the defendant exhibited signs of instability during his interrogation, and a judge has ordered a mental health examination. It was unknown if he has a lawyer.

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