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Criminal Mischief (12/19/2018)

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New officers graduate from MCJA

VASSALBORO – There’s a new class of police officers primed to join the ranks of various forces all over the state.

Maine’s 62 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The officers spent 18 weeks in study and training and most will begin patrolling immediately, in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve enforcement efforts . 

Governor Paul LePage was the graduation speaker and told the new officers, “This is a day you will never forget. You have been well trained and are physically and mentally ready to serve your communities, your counties and your state. Whatever challenges tomorrow may bring, you are ready to meet that challenge.”

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 13 State Police Trooper recruits and two Maine Marine Wardens, who will continue training with their departments before patrolling on their own.

The new officers are (alphabetical by department):

Jesse Belanger, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office; Paul Schroeder, Auburn PD; Francois Roodman, Augusta PD; Benjamin Ferland, Andrea Gurecki and Dayerrick Ireland, Bangor Police; Devin Hook, Bath Police; Samantha Prior, Biddeford Police; Whitney Burns, Brunswick Police; Danae Dostie and Christopher Mitchell, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; Gerald Maccione, Dixfield Police; Stephen Garib, Dover Foxcroft PD; Adam Bouchard and John Stanley, Ellsworth Police.

Nathan Johnson, Hallowell Police; Zachery Allen, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office; Ivano Stefanizzi, Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office; Drew Graham, Knox County Sheriff’s Office; Cameron Hainey, Lewiston PD; David Bellows, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; Sean Pfahler, Lincoln Police; Chandler Field and Nicholas Kauffman, Lisbon PD; Timothy Cormier and Taylor Shewokis, Maine Marine Patrol.

Hunter Cotton, Elijah Curtis, Ryan Dubois, Dezarae Fillmyer, Christian Gaffney, Daniel Grenier, Patrick Hall, Trevor Knowles, Luke Martin, Ted Martin, Gregory Ramp, Anna Ritland and Johnathan Stewart, Maine State Police.

Andre Chasse, Mechanic Falls PD; Brian Donahue, North Berwick PD; Bryan Amaral and Wade Beattie, Old Orchard Beach Police; Adam Oko, Orono Police; Matthew Burnell, Jesse Dana, Jeffrey Drew, Justin Fritz, Ian Leitch, Kevin Nielsen, Adam Pelletier, Nevin Rand, Brian Rollins and Michael Walton, Portland Police.

Michael Rolerson, Rockland PD; Austin Couture, Rumford Police; Amber Damon, Skowhegan PD; Logan Roberts, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office; Daniel Purinton and Taylor Stroup, South Portland Police; Derek Axelsen, Windham PD; Timothy Connolly, York Police.

Couple chased and charged

BANGOR – A man and woman from Orneville have been arrested on multiple charges despite their attempts to flee, both via vehicle and on foot.

At approximately 11 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 14, Bangor PD received a complaint about a man and woman engaging in illegal drug activity in the parking lot of a local retail center. The couple was in a black Dodge truck at the time. Upon further investigation, responding officers learned the truck was stolen. The theft occurred in Lagrange a few days earlier; the Maine State Police are handling that case.

The truck left the area before officers arrived, but it was located about 15 minutes later on Broadway. Officer Eric Lund stopped the truck at the corner of Broadway and Husson Ave, but the driver and passenger refused to cooperate. Moments later, the truck sped off and disappeared behind Ross Manor. Responding officers found the truck abandoned (still running) behind Ross Manor. Both occupants had fled on foot.

Several officers, including State Police and Game Wardens, converged on the area. The suspects split up as they cut through the woods and backyards headed towards the Griffin Road. A game warden spotted one suspect as he ran near the intersection of Griffin Rd and Broadway. That suspect, 44-year-old Joseph Medeiros of Orneville, was taken into custody by Bangor Police shortly thereafter.

A few minutes later, a State Trooper spotted the other suspect, 27-year-old Kayla Heasely of Orneville, as she was attempting to hitchhike on Broadway. Heasley was taken into custody by Bangor Police.

Medeiros and Heasely were transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Medeiros (the driver) was charged with Eluding an Officer class C, Violation of Conditions of Release class E and Refusal to Submit to Arrest class E. Heasley was charged with Violation of Conditions of Release class E, Refusal to Submit to Arrest class E and for an outstanding warrant which charged FTA-Burglary and Theft.

The pair had previously been arrested at around 1:30 p.m. the previous day. At that time, Medeiros was taken to jail and charged with Drug Possession and Violation of Condition of Release. Heasely was taken to jail and charged with Theft and Violation of Condition of Release.


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