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    April 13, 2011

    So sue me!

    One thing I didn’t think about when applying for, going through the hiring process and finally becoming a Maine State Police trooper, was getting sued. Even though we had training on the issue at the Maine State Police Academy, I didn’t think it would happen to me as long as I did the job with good intentions and as the law allowed.However, more than a few times during the course of my career, I found myself …

  • Published
    April 1, 2011

    An old friend?

    This story sheds light on who we were and who we become.This incident started when I was doing a radar detail south of Randolph going toward the coast. It was on a good road that was used by a lot of people commuting to Bath Iron Works. Maine State Police Headquarters had received a number of complaints about speeding motorists, so a series of radar details were set up to concentrate on problem areas.Early one …

  • Published
    February 8, 2011

    Part IV: The snowball packs a punch

    This is Part IV and the conclusion of the story about a routine operating under the influence stop that snowballed into one of the major cases of my career. In Part I, I wrote about recovering a stolen $3,000 piece of equipment from a business owner who, for years, had been involved in criminal activity without being caught. The tip had come from a man who I stopped on suspicion of OUI. Part II detailed …

  • Published
    January 26, 2011

    Part III: Bar stools and snowbanks

    In Part I, I wrote about recovering a stolen $3,000 piece of equipment from a business owner who, for years, had been involved in criminal activity without being caught. Part II detailed locating a brand new four-wheel drive pickup buried in the snow of Northern Maine. It had been stolen from a dealership in New Jersey.Once I learned from Maine State Police Headquarters that the vehicle was, in fact, stolen, I …

  • Published
    January 12, 2011

    Part II: The OUI continues to snowball

    Part I of the “OUI that snowballed” ended with me getting ready to obtain a search warrant to recover a stolen piece of equipment parked on the floor at a local business [Dec. 29, 2010 edition of TRJ]. The tricky part was to not compromise the identity of the informant (C1) so the investigation could continue. That part of the endeavor was accomplished and a warrant was issued.A couple of other troopers and I …

  • Published
    December 29, 2010

    A routine OUI that snowballed

    This next story can only be told in segments. It started out as a simple arrest for operating under the influence. Then a stolen truck was found sticking out of the snow. It all turned out to be the biggest case I ever worked as a trooper. It took years and involved most of the Eastern Seaboard states from Maine to Florida. The more I dug, the more it kept snowballing into more and more cases. So sit back and …

  • Published
    December 15, 2010

    Where did that stop sign come from?

    I thought I would write about a funny little story that happened to me long ago in the middle of the night. Stop me if you’ve heard it before. It was about 2 a.m. when I slid into Greenville after patrolling the northern parts of Piscataquis and Somerset counties. Usually before going home I swung through town to make sure all was quiet, and to look for Mickey Squiers, a Greenville officer, to see if anything …

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    November 24, 2010

    Skipping school and alcohol courage

    You know that first lovely spring day after a long, cold winter? The warmth of the sun, the smell of spring in the light breeze, the sounds of birds arriving from their winter vacation? This particular day, in May 1980, was one such day. Everyone, students included, wanted to be outside enjoying the weather and escaping the everyday doldrums of the previous several months. Three particular students, however, …

  • Published
    November 10, 2010

    A Halloween tradition in Unity

    It’s heartwarming when people create family traditions for the holidays. I know how much I look forward to our family Christmas Eve gathering. Along with a delicious turkey meal, we watch the young ones open Christmas presents and, best of all, spend time with the extended family and have a wonderful time.This story is also about a tradition. It has nothing to do with a nice, warm gathering of people, though. …

  • Published
    August 25, 2010

    Stolen trucks galore

    I told you about my super-secret trooper friend in my last story. Well here is the continuation of his getting me involved in one of his shenanigans. Like I said before, most troopers hardly ever knew what this guy was up to, but to me he was one of our best officers. He worked mostly behind the scenes, developing information that was obtained from confidential informants. Some of the information was out of the …

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