Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Multiple Crashes - I-95 - Ludlow

DATE: Wednesday, March 04, 2015

STATE OF MAINE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
MAINE STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
PREPARED BY: Trooper Chuck Michaud
CONTACT #: 532-5400

CASE #: SP15-017945/17946
TROOPER: Chuck Michaud
TROOP: F

INCIDENT DETAILS
DATE/TIME: 3/4/15 1315 Hours
LOCATION: I-95 Ludlow
NATURE: Crashes

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Trooper Chuck Michaud responded to, and investigated two separate crashes on I-95 in Ludlow that occurred only moments apart; and in the same location.  

In the first crash, 49 year old Lisa Condon, of Houlton, was traveling south on I-95 when she drove into a large pool of standing water that had accumulated from the melting snow. Mrs. Condon hydroplaned, skidded off the interstate, rolled over, and came to rest in deep snow over an embankment. She was trapped inside the vehicle and was hanging from her seatbelt while upside down. She was, however, able to call 9-1-1 and give directions to her location. Members of the Houlton Fire Department and Ambulance Service helped extricate her from the vehicle. The 2014 Jeep she was driving was towed from the scene. She was transported to Houlton Regional Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Shortly after the first crash, 55 year old Holly McNally of Sherman also lost control after driving into the same pool of standing water. Mrs. McNally’s 2000 Chevrolet sedan skidded out of control and went off into the median coming to rest on top of an embankment of snow. Mrs. McNally was not injured in the crash, but her vehicle also had to be towed from the scene.

Both occupants were wearing seat belts in the crash. Maine DOT was able to plow back the banks of snow, which allowed the water to drain off of the interstate. The interstate was reduced to one lane for approximately 1.5 hours while the crash scenes were cleared.

State Police urge motorists to reduce speed and be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions during this time of year with warmer day temperatures causing snow to melt, which often freezes quickly once the temperatures drop in the evening and the sun sets.

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Houlton Fire Department / Maine DOT
INJURED TRANSPORTED BY: Houlton Ambulance
INJURED TRANSPORTED TO: Houlton Regional Hospital

Guns for Drugs - Indictments - York, Cumberland, Oxford Counties



NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety
from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811

A four month investigation coordinated between Maine State Police, the York County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has led to the indictment of eight persons on multiple offenses ranging from firearm violations to burglaries.

The investigation began in November when two men and a woman were arrested for burglaries committed in York, Cumberland, and Oxford counties. Twenty firearms were recovered by police, but other guns were believed transported to Massachusetts to be sold for drugs. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and Buxton Police also assisted in the investigation.


On November 21, 2014, CHRISTOPHER MICHAUD, COLE MESERVE, and AMBER MESERVE were arrested for their involvement in the burglaries in the three counties. Search warrants were later served in Buxton by the York County Sheriff’s Department and in Limerick by the State Police. Numerous stolen items were recovered during these searches including 7 stolen firearms. On November 24, 2014, York County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered 13 more stolen guns from a Buxton resident.

Investigators believe the stolen guns were brought to individuals at a home in Buxton where the guns were then sold for money and drugs to include heroin. After the arrest of the MESERVES and MICHAUD, the guns were transported from Buxton to a home in Limington to hide them from police. It is believed that some of the guns were transported to Massachusetts to be sold for heroin.

The indictments were handed down by a York County Superior Court grand jury this week. The indicted are ---

1. DALE PINKHAM Sr. (54, Buxton) 12 counts of Receiving a Stolen Firearm, 1 count of Conspiracy to Receive a Stolen Firearm.

2. LOUIS COOK (50, Buxton) 12 counts of Receiving a Stolen Firearm, 1 count of Conspiracy to Receive a Stolen Firearm, and 1 count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. COOK was also summonsed during the investigation for Possession of Heroin.

3. DAVID RUSH (43, Limington) 12 counts of Receiving a Stolen Firearm, 1 count of Conspiracy to Receive a Stolen Firearm


4. RAYMOND PINKHAM (21, Buxton) 1 count Conspiracy to Receive a Stolen Firearm

5. ROBERT PINKHAM (19, Buxton) 1 count of Conspiracy to Receive a Stolen Firearm

6. CHRISTOPHER MICHAUD (23, Limerick) 5 counts of Burglary of a Dwelling, 1 count of Attempted Burglary of a Dwelling, 17 counts of Theft of a Firearm, 4 counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer

7. COLE MESERVE (21, Limerick) 5 counts of Burglary of a Dwelling, 17 counts of Theft of a Firearm, and 4 counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer.

8. AMBER MESERVE (22, Limerick) 5 counts of Burglary of a Dwelling, 17 counts of Theft of a Firearm, 4 counts of Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAUD, COLE MESERVE, AMBER MESERVE, and RAYMOND PINKHAM are all being held at the York County Jail on these charges. DALE PINKHAM Sr. is presently serving a prison sentence on an unrelated investigation. ROBERT PINKHAM, DAVID RUSH, and LOUIS COOK will be arraigned at a later date.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Homicide Investigation - Houlton

NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety
from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811

State Police now say they are investigating the death of a Houlton man as a homicide. The victim is 61 year old Keith Suitter, who lived alone at his mobilehome on Hillview Ave.

Suitter's body was discovered by a friend who had gone to check on him after Suitter's pickup truck was found stuck in a snowbank about a half mile from Suitter's home late Sunday night. Detectives are asking for the public's help from anyone who had seen Suitter over the weekend or his pickup truck, which is a red Ford 150.

Detectives spent Monday gathering evidence from the scene where the truck had gone off the road and from Suitter's mobilehome. Suitter had lived at the mobilehome for the past 20 years.

The truck will be transported to the State Police crime lab in Augusta and an autopsy on Suitter is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the State Police barracks in Houlton at 532-5400.

Death Investigation - Houlton

NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety
from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811

State and Houlton Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body inside a home on Hillview Avenue in Houlton late Sunday night.  Police are labeling the death suspicious and are working to confirm the man’s identity.

The body was found at the home at 412 Hillview after Houlton Police had received a report about a mile away on the same street of a pickup truck that had gone off the road into a snowbank. The truck is registered to the man who lives at 412 Hillview. Detectives are gathering evidence from the scene where the truck was found and also from inside the house. 

An update on the investigation is expected later in the afternoon.