UGUSTA (May 20): The following information was compiled by the Public Information Office for the Maine Department of Public Safety:
Wearing his dad’s badge, Jeromey Rancourt, 8, saluted Thursday in front of his father’s name on the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Androscoggin Deputy David Rancourt is the 82nd name to be carved into the granite at the site. He died last November while diving for evidence in the Androscoggin River. The Warden Service and Maine State Police have the most names on the memorial — 14 game wardens and 10 troopers. In 1991, the Maine Chiefs of Police Association completed the memorial. Rancourt’s mother, Lorette, received a commendation at the ceremonies from Sheriff’s Capt. Ray LaFrance
Last weekend’s shooting of a New Hampshire police officer and the subsequent shooting of his assailant by a passerby was reminiscent of an event in 1964 in Maine when Trooper Charles Black was shot and killed outside a South Berwick bank as it was being robbed. When the two gunmen started to flee in a car, Navy Chief Walter Buckley picked up Black’s gun and fired several shots at the car. Both robbers were later captured. Buckley received several commendations for his actions.
No foul play is suspected in the death of a 34-year-old man found dead inside his lakeside camp in Washington County. Criminal Investigation Division 3, Troop J of the Maine State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department responded after Clint Brown reportedly died while taking a nap. The remote camp is on the East Arm of Clifford Lake, seven miles south of Grand Lake Stream. Toxicology tests are pending from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested two Connecticut residents and charged them with selling heroin in Jonesport. A total of 216 bags of heroin and $1,300 were seized. Collin Williams, 18, of Plainville, Conn., and Maria Flood, 47, of Farmington, Conn., who were staying at a local motel, were charged with trafficking.
A Newburgh couple was charged with marijuana trafficking after agents seized 5 pounds of marijuana when their car was stopped along the I-95. Working with the Penobscot Sheriff’s Department, agents arrested Adam Barnes, 24, and Hannah Garcia, 25, Barnes had been out on bail on a prior marijuana charge.
A Portland landlord complained of smelling marijuana in his building. MDEA and Portland Police found a growing operation in the basement. An additional 18 pounds of harvested marijuana was also seized. The street value of the pot was $50,000. The tenant, who was in the process of moving out, had not been located as of Friday morning, May 18.
The Maine State Police plane routinely assists troopers on the ground with speed enforcement. The pilot flies overhead, clocks the speeds of the motorists, then radios to troopers on the ground. Chief Pilot Wayne Ireland reported that in last two weeks, 268 speeding summonses were issued. Summonses were handed out from six separate speed enforcement details along the Interstate in Sidney, Clinton, Gardiner, Topsham and on the turnpike in Saco. In addition, three motorists were cited for operating after suspension of their driver’s licenses.
A motorist was caught in the past week driving 117 mph on the turnpike. Another motorist was stopped by Trooper Bob Byron on the turnpike driving 97 mph. He reportedly disputed the speed, telling the trooper his cruise control had been set on 90.
In the coming week:
• The annual seat belt “Click It or Ticket It” kickoff will be held Monday, May 21, at the Department of Public Safety;
• EMS providers will be honored Tuesday, May 22, in the Hall of Flags; and
• Maine’s 60 newest police officers will graduate Friday, May 25, from the Criminal Justice Academy at a ceremony at Thomas College in Waterville.