Tag Archives: Maine State Police

With economy improving, more Mainers hit the road for holidays | Bangor Daily News

With economy improving, more Mainers hit the road for holidays | Bangor Daily News.

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Presque Isle fireman pleads guilty in case of warehouse arson | Bangor Daily News

Presque Isle fireman pleads guilty in case of warehouse arson | Bangor Daily News.

Wounded Marine gets hero’s welcome in Washburn | Bangor Daily News

Wounded Marine gets hero’s welcome | Bangor Daily News.

Strout released from jail after bail lowered | Bangor Daily News

Strout released from jail after bail lowered | Bangor Daily News.

Orient man arrested in connection with Amity triple homicide | Bangor Daily News

HOULTON, Maine — An Orient man who police say admitted helping conceal evidence in the killing of three people in the Aroostook County town of Amity in June was arrested early Friday evening and charged in connection with the triple homicide.

Robert Strout, 63, was arrested at his home just after 4 p.m., according to officials with the Attorney General’s Office and the Maine State Police.

The arrest by state police came after Strout was indicted Friday afternoon by the Aroostook County grand jury on a Class B charge of hindering apprehension and a Class A charge of arson. Both are felony offenses, with the Class B charge punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine and the Class A charge punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

Strout’s name and the charges against him were not released with the indictment list pending his arrest.

Assistant Attorney General Bill Stokes and state police Detective Sgt. John Cote confirmed the arrest after Strout was taken into custody Friday evening. Stokes also confirmed that the charges stemmed from the Amity triple homicide.

“He was arrested at his home and he was cooperative,” said Cote. “He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail.”

Click here for the rest of the story by Jen Lynds in the Bangor Daily News.

Maine troopers stop truck, find false logbook … and $1M cash | Bangor Daily News

Maine troopers stop truck, find false logbook … and $1M cash | Bangor Daily News.

Amity slayings: A son’s questions, a mother’s anguish | Bangor Daily News

AMITY, Maine — A little more than two months after his father and half-brother were stabbed to death inside their home during a brutal triple slaying, Shannon Ryan’s mind keeps wandering.

What time did his father, Jeffrey Ryan, 55, his half-brother Jesse, 10, and close family friend Jason Dehahn really die? Was there someone else involved in the crime besides 20-year-old Thayne Ormsby, who has been charged with three counts of murder? And most of all, he wonders, why hasn’t the man who admitted helping Ormsby conceal evidence of the crimes been arrested?

“Why in the world hasn’t he been charged or arrested?” the 35-year-old Ryan asked during a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Texas. “I think that question boggles the mind of everyone up in that area and probably in the state.”

Jamie Merrill, Jeffrey Ryan’s ex-wife and the dead boy’s mother, is having the same thoughts and feelings, she said Wednesday.

“There is no way that that 20-year-old got it in his mind to kill these people alone,” she said from her home in Lewiston. “We know that he did not get rid of evidence of the crime alone. The police have said that. And I think this was planned beforehand and Ormsby didn’t act alone.”

Click for the rest of the story by Jen Lynds in the Bangor Daily News.

Truck rolls over, spilling herring and fuel | Bangor Daily News

[This must have been a mess. – KM]

Truck rolls over, spilling herring and fuel | Bangor Daily News

Ormsby pleads not guilty in Amity triple-homicide case | Bangor Daily News

Ormsby pleads not guilty in Amity triple-homicide case | Bangor Daily News

Man: Drug debt played role in Amity killings | Bangor Daily News

Man: Drug debt played role in Amity killings – Bangor Daily News.

Suspect in triple slaying indicted by Aroostook County grand jury | Bangor Daily News

Suspect in triple slaying indicted by Aroostook County grand jury – Bangor Daily News.

The science of crime: UMaine professor’s forensics course far cry from TV investigation drama | Bangor Daily News

The science of crime – Bangor Daily News.

Man, 20, arrested in triple homicide | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Man, 20, arrested in triple homicide | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

State police seek help with triple homicide | Bangor Daily News

This is a truck similar to the one Maine State Police are searching for in connection with a triple homicide in southern Aroostook County, Maine.

AMITY, Maine — Tips from the public could greatly assist investigators in solving a triple homicide at a trailer on U.S. Route 1 in which two men and a 10-year-old boy were stabbed to death, Maine State Police said Friday.

After a late-morning meeting among detectives at the Houlton barracks, state police Lt. Gary Wright said public involvement could be “huge” in helping authorities solve the crimes.

Evidence Response Team investigators continued on Friday to pore over the trailer where the bodies of Amity residents Jeffrey Ryan, 55, his son Jesse Ryan, 10, and Jason Dehahn, 30, were found at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The homicides most likely occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday, state police said.

The evidence response team at the scene on Friday appeared to collect several pieces of evidence from the driver’s side floor of a tan car Ryan owned that was parked outside of his trailer.

Police have received more than two dozen telephone calls reporting sightings of a blue-and-silver 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck with license plate 4155RY missing from the home, but none that have led to the pickup, Wright said.

The truck has white-colored wheels in the front and silver in the back, and has orange running lights on top of the cab just above the windshield.

State police have posted a photo of a similar truck on the state of Maine and state police websites. Anyone who has seen the truck should call the Houlton barracks at 532-5400 or 911 on a cell phone.

Click on the link for the rest of the story by Jen Lynds and Nick Sambides Jr. of the Bangor Daily News. There is raw video at this link of Maine State Police Lt. Gary Wright, but the sound quality is not great.

Maine police search for clues in triple slaying | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine police search for clues in triple slaying | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine heroes honored at police awards ceremony | Bangor Daily News

Maine heroes honored at police awards ceremony – Bangor Daily News.

Two injured in car, moose collision | Bangor Daily News

Two injured in car, moose collision – Bangor Daily News

[Two very, very lucky guys. — KM]

California man arrested in alleged assault | Bangor Daily News

Calif. man arrested in alleged assault – Bangor Daily News.

New AR-15s give Maine State Police needed firepower: Assault weapons replace 9mm rifles that nobody believed in | Portland Press Herald

[I’m a little surprised Maine troopers didn’t already have the AR-15 given the kind of firepower criminals tend to pack. I hope these weapons cause people in a faceoff with troopers to simply give up and take the consequences of whatever it was that caused the troopers to be called in the first place. The AR-15 is an effective weapon in the hands of a trained police officer. By the way, a derivative of the AR-15 is the M-16 used by the U.S. military. — KM]

Maine State Police troopers will be issued 105 new assault weapons that are much more powerful than the rifles they have been using.

The Legislature approved the purchase of the AR-15 assault rifles, manufactured by Bushmaster at the company’s plant in Windham. The new weapons cost a total of $76,191.

Why the need for greater firepower? Mike Edes, president of the Maine State Troopers Association, said “almost nobody” in the department has confidence in their Ruger carbine rifles, the 9 mm weapons that the AR-15s are replacing.

“My analogy is this: I’m a deer hunter. I would not go hunting with a 9mm for deer,” Edes said. “So why would I want to be protected against a person that has another firearm, and wants to kill me and is coming after me, and rely on a gun I wouldn’t even go deer hunting with?”

The guns are being paid for with a combination of drug enforcement money and state funds, said Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, D-Biddeford.

Click on the lick for the rest of this story by Meredith Goad in today’s Portland Press Herald.

And here is a link to the Bangor Daily News version of the story, which seems to be better written. Here is the link to “State police to receive new AR-15 assault rifles” | Bangor Daily News

Scarborough man killed in moose-car collision on I-295 | Bangor Daily News

Scarborough man killed in moose-car collision on I-295 – Bangor Daily News.