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May 29, 2013

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Officers graduate from Criminal Justice Academy

VASSALBORO Maine's newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.  The 42 new officers from the state, county and municipal ranks have completed 18 weeks of study and training in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP).

 Among the many topics that the new officers studied were criminal and traffic law, firearms, domestic violence, first aid, emergency vehicle operation, crime scene processing and sexual assault. The graduation speaker was the Chief Judge of the Maine District Courts, Charles LaVerdiere.

The new officers are:

  • Krista M. Lee, Auburn Police and a tuition student from Thomas College;
  • Laura Drouin, Augusta Police;
  • Kristopher M. Beck, Keith W. Larby, Joseph L. Orcutt and Jose M. Vidaurri, Bangor Police;
  • Jeffrey P. Galasyn, Biddeford Police;
  • Michael D. Wilson, Brewer Police;
  • Michael H. Nourse, Buxton Police;
  • Michael T. Raymond, Farmington Police;
  • Jerod R. Verrill, Freeport Police;
  • Brandon E. Bezio, who will patrol Port Clyde for the Maine Marine Patrol;
  • DeniAnne Dow, who will patrol Boothbay Harbor for the Maine Marine Patrol;
  • Lucas I. Bellanceau from Porter for the  Maine Warden Service;
  • William N. Shuman from Waldoboro for the Maine Warden Service;
  • Zachary R. Bisson, Mechanic Falls Police;
  • Robert M. Cook. Milo Police;
  • Dana L. Austin, Mount Desert Police;
  • Stephen J. Cronce. Norway Police;
  • Andrew R. Whitney, Oxford County Sheriff's Office and tuition student from Husson University;
  • Kyle O. Brake, Nicholas A. Gowen, Joseph E. Jaynes, Jennifer M. Lamperti and Erik M. Richard, Portland Police;
  • Ryan T. Eagles, Presque Isle Police;
  • Robbie I. Shaw, Rockport Police;
  • Jacob P. Shirey, Rockland Police;
  • David K. Brown II, Sabattus Police;
  • Brian M. Carlton, Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office;
  • Greggory M. Sevigny, Berwick Police;
  • Richard E. Habr and Jonathan J. Stearns, South Portland Police;
  • Max D. King, Thomaston Police;
  • Chase P. Haass of Ellsworth, Orono Police and a tuition student from Husson University;
  • Lauren N. Kief of Lamoine, a tuition student from Thomas College;
  • Eric B. Robitaille, University of Maine Police;
  • Kyle P. Wasiela, Waldo County Sheriff's Office;
  • Joshua D. Katuzny.  Windham Police;
  • Bradley J. Hubert, Winslow Police;
  • Derek B. Lucas, Yarmouth Police;
  • Jonathan D. Rogers, York Police and tuition student from Husson University.
State police investigate Enfield assault

ENFIELD Maine State Police are investigating an assault that took place in Enfield. According to police, a woman was assaulted on May 21 by a stranger as she was leaving her apartment by an unknown man who struck her in the head and arm with a piece of asphalt pavement before fleeing.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts to her face and arm. Anyone with information should call the Maine State Police at 866-2121.

You really should just move along

OLD TOWN Sometimes it's just better to move along when the police tell you to. An Orono man was reportedly jailed after he failed to do that and police learned he had active bail conditions.

On May 27, police were dispatched to the Riverfront Pub to help deal with a crowd of men who seemed ready to fight. When officers arrived they found a crowd of men, and though no one was fighting tensions were described as high.  Most of the crowd dispersed when officers asked them to move along, but two men remained.

One of the men was identified as Levi Ashely, 24, of Orono, and while the officer was checking on his status with dispatch, Ashley placed both hands behind his back as though he was waiting to be handcuffed. Dispatch informed the officer that Ashley had bail conditions that included not possessing or consuming alcohol. The officer noted signs of drinking, and Ashley reportedly confirmed he had consumed and he was placed under arrest. An Intoxilyzer test confirmed he had been drinking and he was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with violation of conditions of release.

Like a boss

MAINE Maine State Police are investigating an alleged workplace assault that took place in a company vehicle. The investigation is ongoing, but so far it was learned that the owner of a local company became involved in an argument with an employee while driving down the road. The boss allegedly assaulted the employee by striking him in the face and ripping his shirt, before kicking him out of the vehicle.

EDITORS NOTE: After publication, police indicated that the allegations that the victim claim are in doubt. They are interviewing other witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage.

Spike mats end chase

HERSEY TOWNSHIP An Exeter man is facing several charges after he reportedly failed to stop for police. Trooper Thomas Fiske reportedly pursued Gregory Rush, 34, of Exeter from the Hersey Township to Mile Marker 228 on I-95. Spike mats were deployed which deflated the front tires, sending Rush's car into the median.

Rush was charged with operating under the influence and his breath alcohol level was found to be 0.19 percent, failing to stop for a police office, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 

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