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Ellsworth PD swears in new chief

ELLSWORTH Ellsworth has sworn in their newest police chief.

Harold 'Pete' Vickmore took his oath of office at City Hall in the presence of numerous city officials and former colleagues from his days with the Scarborough Police Department and the Maine State Police.

However, he spent the bulk of his law enforcement career 26 years of it working for the FBI.

His time with federal law enforcement saw him heavily involved in investigating organized crime and drugs. He has been stationed at field offices in cities all over the country and even spent time working overseas in Baghdad.

He takes over for Don O'Halloran, the former Old Town police chief who has been serving in Ellsworth on an interim basis following the Feb. 1 departure of Christopher Coleman, who assumed the job back in 2014 after the retirement of 16-year chief John DeLeo.

While Vickmore hasn't yet had the opportunity to have a discussion with staff about the most concerning areas for locals, he has stated that he hopes to focus on dealing with problems such as domestic violence and recent increases in drug abuse.

A Maine native, Vickmore grew up in the southern part of the state. He attended Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maryland; he got a degree in fire science before deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement. He worked for the Scarborough Police Department for six years before joining the FBI in 1987.

Vickmore has expressed a longtime desire to work as a police chief in his home state. Having recently returned to the area after his time in the FBI and a stint working in corporate security, he will now get the opportunity to do just that.

Maine DEA arrest two on heroin charges

YORK The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday announced the arrest of two people for heroin trafficking in separate incidents.

According to Maine State Police, Jorge Medina, 36, of Sanford, and Leah Thurlow, 59, of Old Orchard Beach, were both arrested on Class A charges for alleged aggravated trafficking in heroin. Thurlow was also charged with alleged violation of conditions of release, according to police.

Maine State Police Public Information Officer Stephen McCausland said that on April 1, Sanford Police Department investigators received information that Medina would be traveling to Massachusetts to pick up a large amount of heroin to be sold throughout the area.

Investigators contacted MDEA agents who initiated surveillance of Medina, said McCausland. Around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, agents observed a vehicle in which Medina was a passenger enter the state from New Hampshire. State troopers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle on the Maine Turnpike in York. A state police drug canine alerted troopers to the presence of drugs, according to the report.

A search of Medina allegedly resulted in the seizure of approximately 32 grams - or 320 doses - of suspected heroin, as well as four grams of crack cocaine and four grams of cocaine hydrochloride. Medina was arrested and transported to the York County Jail; bail was set at $25,000 cash. The operator of the vehicle was issued a traffic summons and released.

The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $6,000, police said.

Additionally, McCausland said that while agents and troopers were conducting the Medina investigation and arrest, assisting agents observed Thurlow driving a vehicle north on the Maine Turnpike. Thurlow had been arrested in early March for alleged heroin possession after she was stopped on the turnpike; she was currently on bail for that charge.

Troopers stopped Thurlow's vehicle in York so agents could conduct a search as part of her bail conditions. The search allegedly resulted in the seizure of approximately 16 grams - or 160 doses - of suspected heroin. Thurlow was arrested and transported to the York County Jail. No bail was set due to her violation of her current bail. Approximate street value of the seized heroin is $2,500.

Police said there is no connection between the respective arrests of Medina and Thurlow.

MDEA urges residents who may have information about the illegal sale of drugs in Maine to call the MDEA tip-line at (800) 452-6457.

Woman, dog involved in Richmond crash

RICHMOND Maine State Police say that a woman from Brooks was seriously injured when her car slammed into trees off Interstate 295 in Richmond on Thursday night. One northbound lane of the highway had to be closed down for about two hours while firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle.

Terri Sebring, 49, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening; she was taken by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center, according to a news release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Trooper Greg Stevens said that Sebring apparently over-corrected after her car nearly collided with a vehicle in front of her. She subsequently skidded off the road, spun around and landed in a group of trees in the median. It is not yet clear why Sebring lost control of the vehicle.

When firefighters from Richmond and Bowdoinham arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m., they found the car had crashed into trees in the median and somehow come to rest facing back toward the highway and leaning on the driver's side, according to Richmond Fire Chief Matt Roberge.

One northbound lane of I-295 was closed until about 9:30 p.m. while crews cut down trees and used extrication equipment. The car's roof had to be cut away in order to remove Sebring and her dog from the car.

A Lifeflight of Maine helicopter was placed on standby, but the service was ultimately canceled.

The dog escaped injury and was turned over to an animal control officer from Lincoln County, according to McCausland.

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