April 04, 2020

EAST MACHIAS — Maine State Troopers assigned to Troop J in East Machias, responded to the following complaints and incidents in Washington and Hancock counties Feb. 16-29:

Four 20-by-1 1/2-foot stainless steel skidder chains were reported stolen from a wood lot off the Georgetown Road in Columbia, Feb. 16. Trooper Raymond Bessette is conducting the investigation.

Trooper Herbert Leighton was dispatched to Pocomoonshine Lake Road on Feb. 16 to investigate the reported theft of a washer, drier and mechanic’s tools worth a combined total of $3,000. An arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the case for an Alexander man police believe may have left the state.

Trooper Leighton is also investigating a Feb. 20 report involving the alleged theft of skidder tire chains from a site at the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge in Baring.

Trooper Jeffrey Parola, at the request of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, was dispatched to Lubec on Feb. 20, to investigate an accident involving Lubec Patrol Deputy Elmer Faren. Parola, in his report, determined that Faren’s vehicle had been sideswiped by another vehicle. As a result of his investigation, Paula Mathews, 44, of Lubec was summonsed for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and failure to keep right.

Edward Bass, 19, of Columbia Falls was summonsed by Trooper Brian Smith during a routine traffic stop on Feb. 22, on charges of operating a motor vehicle after being defined a habitual offender, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trooper Smith is continuing his investigation into a Feb. 22 criminal mischief complaint in which a gray Volkswagen Scirroco bearing Virginia license plates, allegedly damaged a lawn in Addison.

Trooper Christopher Coleman assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in its investigation into a Feb. 22 domestic abuse complaint in Orland and a Feb. 24 domestic abuse complaint in Stonington.

Trooper Thomas Perkins is continuing his investigation into a Feb. 23 criminal mischief complaint involving an Eastbrook residence.

A burglary and an attempted burglary at Big Lake in Plantation 21 were reported on Feb. 24. Trooper Timothy Varney is conducting the investigation.

Rachael Britton, 19, of Addison was summonsed on Feb. 25 by Trooper Bessette on a charge of driving to endanger. Bessette was dispatched to the scene after police received a report that two people were having a dispute on Eastside Road in Addison.

Trooper Perkins assisted the Department of Human Services on Feb. 25, with the investigation into a sexual abuse of a minor complaint in the Sullivan area.

Slippery road conditions on Feb. 26 contributed to two property damage accidents — one in Lamoine and the other in Hancock — investigated by Trooper Perkins.

Trooper Perkins also assisted Deputy Tracy Wright of the Grinds County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, with the investigation of a suspicious Maine vehicle found abandoned in Texas. The investigation is continuing.

Trooper Timothy McCadden is investigating a Feb. 28 report involving a car fire on Route 9 in Crawford.

Trooper McCadden also is investigating a Feb. 28 incident in which license plates were reported stolen in Alexander.

Trooper Leighton responded to separate domestic violence complaints on Feb. 29 in Alexander and Dennysville.

Anyone having information about these or other incidents, is urged to contact Maine State Police anytime at 1-800-432-7381 or Troop J at 255-4000 during normal business hours.

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