Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Report 10/01/14 – 10/04/14

ITEMS OF INTEREST: The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens of the important role we all play in keeping each other and our community safe. If you see suspicious activity, report it to your local law enforcement agency. Likewise, if you will be out of town for the day or for a week, you may wish to ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your house for you. Help an elderly relative or neighbor by making sure safety precautions, such as window locks and easy access to the telephone, are in place. The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 111 calls for service this week. 10/01/14: Deputy Blaine Silk responded to a report of disorderly conduct in Edmunds. The individual was warned and the other party was instructed on the process of obtaining a protection order. A report of unlawful sexual touching in Jonesport was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. Lt. Tabbutt turned the case over to Lt. Travis Willey. The investigation remains ongoing. 10/02/2014: Sgt. Brandon Parker investigated a complaint of reckless driving in Cherryfield. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail. An individual was stopped for speeding on the County Road in Lubec by Deputy Timothy Carter. There was an outstanding warrant from the Machias District Court for the individual, as well as a report of a suspended license. Deputy Carter arrested the individual and transported her to the Washington County Jail without incident. 10/03/14: Deputy Timothy Carter responded to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on the Kennedy Highway in Milbridge. The operator of the vehicle was transported to Down East Community Hospital for minor injuries. 10/04/14: Deputy Timothy Carter arrested an individual on Misty Harbor Lane in Cutler for an outstanding warrant from the Ellsworth District Court. The individual was transported to the Washington County Jail without incident. A single-vehicle crash on the Dixie Road in Trescott was attended by Deputy Timothy Carter. No injuries were reported. 10/05/2014: A report of theft in Lubec was investigated by Deputy Ryan Murry. The investigation remains open. A domestic disturbance on the Raven Point Road in Steuben was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo with assistance from Lt. Travis Willey. The parties were separated for the night. Sgt. Ralph Pineo attended the scene of a car-deer accident on Route 1 in Robbinston. No injuries were reported. 10/06/14: A report of criminal mischief in Danforth was investigated by Sgt. Brandon Parker. The investigation is ongoing. Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a complaint of criminal mischief and a damaged mailbox on the Dyer Bay Road in Steuben. A single-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Jonesboro was investigated by Deputy Blaine Silk. The occupants of the vehicle reported minor injuries. 10/07/14: Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 1A in Harrington. The driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead on the scene. Other individuals involved were transported to the hospital for potential injuries. A deer-car accident on North Street in Harrington was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. No injuries were reported. A report of criminal mischief in Steuben was investigated by Deputy Blaine Silk. The investigation remains ongoing. Deputy Timothy Carter responded to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Wesley. No injuries were reported. A report of burglary and theft on Ricky’s Lane in Perry was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter. The investigation remains open. Sgt. Brandon Parker responded to a complaint of phone harassment in Cherryfield. The complainant was advised on the process of obtaining a protection order.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekly Report 9/24/14 to 9/30/14

ITEMS OF INTEREST:
There continues to be a large number of 9-1-1 hang-ups each week. If you call 9-1-1 by accident, please remain on the line instead of hanging up. The Sheriff’s Office would reminds all parents to teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 80 calls for service this week.

09/24/14:
Deputy Blaine Silk responded to a report of criminal threatening in Perry. Deputy Silk spoke to both parties and warned them against having further contact with each other.

A report of criminal mischief involving a missing mailbox in Baring was investigated by Deputy Ryan Murry. The investigation remains open.

09/25/2014:
Sgt. Brandon Parker investigated a complaint of phone harassment from an individual in Jonesport. Sgt. Parker spoke with other parties involved and warned them against having contact with each other.

09/26/14:
Deputy Blaine Silk investigated a report of phone harassment from an individual in Addison. Deputy Silk spoke with the other party involved and advised against further contact.

A report of a suicidal subject was investigated by Sgt. Brandon Parker. The subject, who lives in Steuben, was interviewed and removed for the night to a calmer surrounding.

09/27/14:
A complaint of possible gun shots at Grand Lake Stream was investigated by Deputy Ryan Murry. Deputy Murry inspected the area and found the noise to be fireworks.

Deputy Ryan Murry investigated a report of possible poaching in Princeton. Deputy Murry contacted the Warden Service.

A report of theft on Beals was investigated by Deputy Blaine Silk. Some gasoline appeared to have been stolen, but other items were intact.

09/28/2014:
A deer-car accident on the Ayers Junction Road in Meddybemps was investigated by Deputy Ryan Murry. None of the passengers of the car reported injuries.

09/29/14:
A report of disorderly conduct in Machias was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo. Sgt. Pineo interviewed the parties involved. No further action was necessary.

A deer-car crash on Route 1 in East Machias was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo. No injuries were reported.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a single-vehicle accident on the Ridge Road in Cherryfield. No injuries were reported.

09/30/14:
Cpl. Christopher Donahue served a harassment order on Robb Hill Road in Alexander. All parties involved were warned against harassing each other.

An individual was arrested on the County Road in Trescott by Deputy Blaine Silk. Deputy Silk arrested the individual on an outstanding warrant.

Deputy Ryan Murry, assisted by Sgt. Ralph Pineo, Deputy Blaine Silk, Lt. Travis Willey, Cpl. Christopher Donahue, Sheriff Donnie Smith, and two ambulances from Downeast EMS, responded to a report of a suicidal subject in Trescott. The individual was transported to the hospital for injuries.

A report of theft from a home in Machiasport was investigated by Lt. Travis Willey. The missing items were found at a pawn shop and recovered. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a report of criminal threatening in Columbia Falls. All parties were interviewed and warned against threatening each other.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10-7-2014 Strout truck crash -- Harrington

On 10-7-2014 at approximately 0707 hours the Washington County Region Communications Center took a report of a 2 vehicle serious injury crash on US Route 1A in Harrington by the VFW hall. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, The Maine Marine Patrol, the State Police, Pleasant River Ambulance, the Harrington and Addison Fire Departments, and the Milbridge Police Department responded.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Michael G. Strout (DOB 5-3-1961) of Milbridge was operating a 2000 Chevy pickup truck and traveling east on US Route 1A in Harrington. Mr. Stephen S. Robinson (DOB 9-2-1968) also of Milbridge, was operating a 2014 Peterbuilt truck for Mark Wright Disposal and was traveling west.

Mr. Strout’s pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and struck the Peterbuilt truck nearly head on. Mr. Strout was then pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. Mr. Strout also had his juvenile son with him in the truck. His son was not hurt, but was transported to Down East Community Hospital as a precaution. Mr. Robinson was not hurt in the collision. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.

The cause of the accident and reasons why Mr. Strout crossed the centerline remain under investigation by investigators from the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Strout was not wearing a seat belt. His son and Mr. Robinson were reported to have been wearing their seat belts. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Further questions can be directed to Chief Deputy Christopher Donahue at 255-4422 extension 19.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Report 9/17/14 to 9/23/14

ITEMS OF INTEREST:
The Sheriff’s Office has assisted with several drug overdose ambulance calls over the past few weeks. We would like to remind citizens that the well-being and safety of our citizens is at the forefront of our mission, and that calling 9-1-1 in an emergency is always the right thing to do. If you or a loved one have a substance abuse issue and would like to receive help, please contact your personal care provider, your mental health counselor, your local hospital, or your local law enforcement agency. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 1-888-568-1112.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 111 calls for service this week.

09/17/14:
Sgt. Ralph Pineo responded to a two-vehicle accident on Route 191 in Lubec. Minor damage to the vehicles was reported.

Deputy Blaine Silk arrested an individual on Main Street in East Machias for Violation of Protective Order and Violation of Condition of Release. During the search, the individual was also found to have a plastic bag containing marijuana, and so was issued a summons for Possession of a Usable amount of Marijuana. The individual was transported to the Washington County Jail.

A car-deer crash on Ridge Road in Cherryfield was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. No injuries were reported.

09/18/2014:
A moose-semi accident on Route 1 in Waite was attended to by Cpl. Christopher Donahue. No injuries were reported.

Sgt. Ralph Pineo responded to the scene of a deer-car crash on Chases Mill Road in East Machias. The driver reported no injuries.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt attended a deer-car accident on Ridge Road in Addison. There were no injuries reported.

An individual with an outstanding warrant was arrested on the Irving Smith Road in Jonesboro by Deputy Blaine Silk. The individual, who was suicidal, was transported to the Down East Community Hospital before being taken to the Washington County Jail.

09/19/14:
Deputy Blaine Silk investigated a report of theft on County Road in Lubec. The investigation remains ongoing.

An individual was arrested by Deputy Timothy Carter on Pumping Station Road in Lubec. The individual, who had three outstanding warrants, was transported to the Washington County Jail.

An individual from Jonesboro reported a suspected case of telephone fraud. Deputy Blaine Silk spoke to the caller. Because the calls were generated from out of state, the caller was given the information to call the FBI help line.

09/20/14:
Lt. Timothy Tabbutt investigated a report of theft on Mill Street in Harrington. The stolen property was later returned and the victim did not wish to press any charges.

A deer-car accident on Route 191 in East Machias was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter. No injuries were reported.

09/21/2014:
Sgt. Brandon Parker investigated a report of domestic disturbance on the Wyman Road in Milbridge. One of the parties was transported to the hospital by ambulance for minor injuries. The parties, who did not wish to file a formal complaint, were separated for the night.

A request to remove a subject from a residence in Steuben was investigated by Sgt. Brandon Parker. Because there was no criminal activity, and because both parties live at the residence, neither party could be removed. After talking with Sgt. Parker, one of the parties decided to spend the night somewhere else to avoid further disagreement.

Cpl. Christopher Donahue performed a civil assist at a residence in Baring. No further action was necessary.

09/22/14:
A deer-car accident on North Main Street in Cherryfield was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. No injuries were reported.

A caller from Perry reported a possible phone scam. Deputy Timothy Carter spoke to the caller and provided information to contact the FBI regarding the scam.

Deputy Timothy Carter removed a subject from a residence in Lubec. No further action was necessary.

A report of theft on the Lake Road in Robbinston was investigated by Deputy Ryan Murry. The investigation remains open.

09/23/14:
A report of criminal threatening in Columbia Falls was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. The parties were interviewed and advised not to have further contact with each other.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Report 9/10/14 to 9/16/14

ITEMS OF INTEREST:
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Washington County that certain roads have been dedicated as access routes for ATVs. While using these access routes, all ATV operators are expected to follow the rules of the road, including operating at or under the posted speed limit. It is illegal to operate an ATV on a road which is not listed as an access route.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 108 calls for service this week.

09/10/14:
Deputy Timothy Carter performed a well-being check on an individual on County Road in Trescott. No further action was necessary.

A request for assistance from the MDEA was answered by Deputy Timothy Carter. Deputy Carter responded to Duck Cove Road in Roque Bluffs and assisted with an arrest. He then transported the individual to the Washington County Jail.

Cpl. Christopher Donahue investigated a complaint for a possible assault and domestic violence assault on Bumpy Drive in Princeton. None of the parties involved wished to press charges and so were separated for the night. While on the scene, Cpl. Donahue issued a summons for Violation of Conditions of release to one of the company present after an Intoxilyzer test was performed.

Sgt. Brandon Parker responded to a single-vehicle accident on Main Street in Princeton. The operator of the vehicle was transported to Calais Regional Hospital for possible injuries.

A two-vehicle accident on the Port Road in Machiasport was attended to by Deputy Timothy Carter. One of the vehicle operators was transported to Down East Community Hospital for possible injuries.

09/11/2014:
A three-vehicle crash on Kennedy Highway in Milbridge was investigated by Deputy Blaine Silk. Occupants of two of the vehicles were transported to the hospital for potential injuries.

09/13/14:
A car-eagle crash on the Blacks Woods Road in Cherryfield was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. There was no injury to the operator of the vehicle.

Deputy Blaine Silk reported to a complaint of burglary on the Hardy Point Road in Pembroke. The investigation is ongoing.

09/14/14:
Lt. Timothy Tabbutt investigated a report of Disorderly Conduct on Barren Way in Cherryfield. Lt. Tabbutt spoke to both parties and they agreed that they would stay away from each other. Lt. Tabbutt was later called back to the scene. A Disorderly Conduct warning was issued to all parties.

09/15/2014:
Sgt. Ralph Pineo investigated a report of an ATV illegally operating on South Street in Lubec. The operator of the ATV could not be found.

A car-deer accident at the intersection of Brook Street and US Route 1 in Baring was investigated by Cpl. Christopher Donahue. Minor injuries were reported by both occupants of the vehicle.

A single-vehicle accident on the Station Road near the Centerville – Jonesboro town line was investigated by Deputy Blaine Silk. Minor injuries were reported by the occupants of the vehicle.

Deputy Timothy Carter responded to a report of Criminal Mischief on Washington Street. The investigation remains ongoing.

A report of aggravated assault on Main Street in Lubec was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter with assistance from Cpl. Christopher Donahue. Several witnesses were interviewed, and an individual was arrested for aggravated assault and Violating Conditions of Release. The suspect was transported to the Washington County Jail.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Outstanding Service Awards

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the presentation of awards to the following employees in recognition of their outstanding service in the law enforcement field.

Corporal Greg Sawyer – 2013 Deputy of the Year
Corrections Officer Les Look – 2013 Corrections Office of the Year
James Prenier – 2013 Employee of the Year
Sergeant Tom Spencer – 25 Years in the correctional division

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would also like to acknowledge the retirement of the following officers and offer best wishes to them in the future.

Sergeant Randy Perry – 29 years of law enforcement service
Deputy Steve Ramsey – 27 years of law enforcement service




Sheriff Donnie Smith

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Report 9/3/14 to 9/9/14

ITEMS OF INTEREST:
The Sheriff’s Office responds to vehicle accidents every week, and many drivers involved admit to falling asleep or being tired while driving. There are several actions you can take to help ensure that your driving is safe for you, your loved ones, and others in our county. Remember to get plenty of rest each night, particularly before starting a long drive. Avoid medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, that may make you sleepy. If you can, travel with another driver and alternate the driving responsibilities on a regular schedule. Avoid eating heavy foods or junk foods while on the road, as these can make you more tired. When you do eat, be sure to stop in a safe place. Eating while driving is a distraction that can be very dangerous. An added plus to stopping is that it gives your body, eyes, and mind a rest from driving. It can also be a great excuse to stretch your legs. Periodic exercise breaks are not only good for your overall health, they help you to stay awake. If you can, take breaks every 100 miles or every two hours. If you must pull over to take a nap, make sure that your vehicle is completely off the road. Ideally, you should be in a well-lit, safe area.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 76 calls for service this week.

09/03/14:
Deputy Timothy Carter investigated a report for a missing person on Middle Street in Whitneyville. While investigating, Deputy Carter arrested an individual on an outstanding warrant. The individual was transported to the Washington County Jail without incident.

A report of suspected violation of condition of release on Main Street in Princeton was investigated by Cpl. Christopher Donahue. Two individuals were issued summonses for violations.

Deputy Timothy Carter attempted to perform well-being checks on Middle Street in Whitneyville and the Stagecoach Road in East Machias.

09/04/2014:
Deputy Timothy Carter issued a summons for possession of scheduled drugs and use of drug paraphernalia on Middle Street in Whitneyville.

A single-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Dennysville was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter. The driver was transported to the hospital for possible injuries.

09/05/14:
Sgt. Ralph Pineo investigated a two-vehicle accident at the Port of Entry in Lubec. No injuries were reported.

09/06/14:
Sgt. Ralph Pineo investigated a report of aggravated criminal mischief on Route 1 in Perry. The investigation remains open.

A well-being check on the Jacksonville Road in East Machias was performed by Sgt. Ralph Pineo. An ambulance was called, but no further action was necessary.

09/07/2014:
An individual was reported to be trying to enter the United States illegally at the Port of Entry in Lubec. Deputy Timothy Carter transported the individual to the Washington County Jail where the subject was booked without incident.

Deputy Timothy Carter investigated a single-vehicle accident on the Ridge Road in Pembroke. Two individuals were transported to the Calais Regional Hospital for possible injuries and the administration of blood alcohol tests. The investigation into a possible OUI continues.

A report of possible criminal mischief at Gaelic Square in Jonesport was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt. No suspects were identified. The incident remains open.

09/08/14
Lt. Timothy Tabbutt investigated a report of theft on Route 1 in Steuben. No suspects were identified. The incident remains open.

A report of theft on the Addison Road in Columbia was investigated by Sgt. Brandon Parker. The incident remains open.

09/09/14
A complaint of harassment on Route 1 in Perry was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter. Deputy Carter spoke with both individuals and explained how to obtain a protection from harassment order. No further action was required.

Deputy Timothy Carter assisted an EMS team on Two Lakes Drive in Northfield with a possible overdose. Deputy Carter interviewed the individual involved and cleared the scene.

Cpl. Christopher Donahue issued a summons to an individual for operating after suspension and illegal attachment of plates on the Leighton Point Road in Pembroke.