Lewiston Police Department

  • Agency: Lewiston Police Department
  • Address: 171 Park St., Lewiston , 04240 ME
  • Chief: William E Welch (Chief of Police)
Phone: (207) 513-3001
Fax: (207) 783-3373

Lewiston Police Department is located at 171 Park St., Lewiston , 04240 ME. The Chief of Police of the department is William E Welch. The Lewiston Police Department phone number is (207) 513-3001.

Lewiston Police Department News

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Citizens Police Academy that concluded last night. We are fortunate to have a community that supports our Department. For anyone interested in joining our upcoming academy, after the new year, please continue to follow our Facebook page for announcements and updates.

The Lewiston Police Department would like to wish all a SAFE and Happy Halloween. If your kids are out trick or treating, be sure to keep safety in mind! Make sure kids are supervised. Wearing light colored or reflective clothing should be strongly considered. Only go to places you trust. Be careful crossing streets. Flashlights or glow sticks are recommended. If wearing a mask, be sure you can see through the eye holes. We would also urge drivers to be mindful of the many children that may be walking alongside roadways. Lets make this a safe and happy Halloween for everyone!!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Sgt Jim Theiss (207) 513-3001 ext. 3307 On Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018, The Lewiston Police Department arrested Martin S. Gerding, age 35, of Lewiston and charged him with Aggravated Sex Trafficking; a Class B felony. This arrest is part of a continuing effort by the Lewiston Police Department to address the issues of human and sex trafficking. The Lewiston Police Department has been actively involved with investigations into Prostitution and related crimes during which time we have been striving to determine whether individuals are being forced into prostitution for the financial gain of sex traffickers. Arresting sex traffickers is the primary objective of these investigations. These on-going investigations are a continuous effort by Lewiston PD’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Lewiston Police Selective Enforcement Team and Patrol Officers. Investigations have shown that sex traffickers often use force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex acts from those suffering from substance use disorders. Those involved in the sexual exploitation of others are also involved in other criminal activities such as selling drugs and violent criminal acts. The intent of these investigations is to target the larger issue of sex trafficking rather than the typical arrest and prosecution of prostitutes. By conducting these operations, it allows a collaborative effort by the Lewiston Police Department and our social service partners such as the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services and Safe Voices to assist those being sexually exploited to receive needed counseling and treatment.

Bernard Lown Peace Bridge/Cedar Street Paving Detour WEATHER DEPENDENT: Cedar Street in Lewiston and Broad Street in Auburn will be closed for paving in the southbound direction only (toward Auburn) on Friday morning, October 19th, if temperatures permit, hopefully by 9:00 a.m., and again on Saturday. (Rain or low temps could delay this work) This is a two-day surface paving operation. The detour will direct vehicles onto Lincoln Street and across the Longley Memorial Bridge (Main Street) into Auburn. This detour is expected to remain in place until 3:30 p.m. Motorists can expect delays and urged to find alternate routes if possible. Broad and Cedar Streets will remain open heading into Lewiston; again, this closure and detour applies only to traffic heading toward Auburn.

A message forwarded from our Fire Chief: We have received word of a local phone fundraising drive for firefighters. Lewiston’s Fire Chief Stockdale has clarified that this has nothing to do with the Lewiston Fire Department, Lewiston’s Local 785, or the Auburn Fire Department. He has also learned that it is not the Maine State Federation of Firefighters, so he urges residents to be cautious when taking such fundraising calls. Though the Lewiston Police Department has no information or complaints found, we urge citizen to ALWAYS be cautious and wary of unsolicited calls. NEVER provide your personal information to an unknown caller as there are many scams out there; many times originating from other countries outside the United States. If you have any questions or concerns relating to any fundraising, your are welcome to call the police department .

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Friday, October 05, 2018, 0930 am Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 The Lewiston Police Department is investigating a fatal single vehicle car crash that occurred last evening in the vicinity of 313 Ferry Rd., Lewiston. The report of the accident was received just before midnight on October 04, 2018. The accident claimed the life of 22 year old Dakota Paige of Lewiston. There were no other occupants in his vehicle and no other vehicles involved in the crash. There was extensive damage to the black 2002 Chevy Cavalier operated by Paige. An accident reconstructionist was called in to assist with the investigation that is still on-going. Preliminary findings indicate that excessive speed was a factor in the crash. At this time it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor though there were no outward signs indicating such. Results of blood tests and / or toxicology have not yet been obtained.

Lewiston Police welcomes Officer James McLamb as our newest Officer. He was sworn in today and will begin his Field Training Program later this week. Congratulations and welcome aboard!

Free Shredding and Disposal Event on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Lewiston High School from 10 am to 2 pm. See flyer for details and protect yourself against Fraud!!

The Lewiston Police Department is in the process of having our annual firearms training on River Rd in Lewiston. The training is typically during the evening hours between 4pm and 8pm though some qualifications may take place during daytime hours M-F for the remainder of this week and next week. During those times, the public may hear the sound of gunfire and should not be alarmed.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 19, 2018 Lieutenant Dave St Pierre (207) 513-3001, ext. 3323 On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the Lewiston Police Department charged 7 individuals with Engaging in Prostitution as part of on-going and continuing investigations. This operation was part of a continuing effort by the Lewiston Police Department to address the issues of human and sex trafficking. The Lewiston Police Department is conducting investigations to determine if these individuals are being forced into prostitution for the financial gain of sex traffickers. Arresting sex traffickers will continue to be the primary objective of these investigations. Due to these on-going investigations by Lewiston PD’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Lewiston Police Selective Enforcement Team and the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department we are not releasing the names of the 7 individuals arrested. Recent operations by the Lewiston Police have been conducted in attempts to reduce the demand for those being sex trafficked by arresting those who would solicit these women for sex. These types of sting operations are directed at arresting the “Johns” and they will continue to be used in Lewiston. Investigations have shown that sex traffickers often use force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex acts from those suffering from substance use disorders. Those involved in the sexual exploitation of others are also involved in other criminal activities such as selling drugs and violent criminal acts. The intent of these investigations is to target the larger issue of sex trafficking rather than the typical arrest and prosecution of prostitutes, which typically would result in a fine-only sentence unless there was a prior conviction within the past two years. An individual who has two convictions for prostitution is also entitled to court-appointed counsel who could advocate on their client’s behalf to align them with the proper services to combat their problems. By conducting these operations, it allows a collaborative effort by the Lewiston Police Department and our social service partners such as the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services and Safe Voices to assist those being sexually exploited to receive needed counseling and treatment.

The men and women of the Lewiston Police Department would like to thank Stukas Farms of Lewiston for the delicious apples they recently provided to us!! THANK YOU!!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 17, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 On Sunday evening, September 16, 2018, at approx. 10:55 pm; as part of an on-going investigation by the LPD into prostitution related offenses, the Lewiston Police Department arrested Nzinga Ndofunsu, age 52, of Lewiston. Ndofunsu was charged with Engaging a Prostitute and transported to the Androscoggin County Jail.

4 Charged with Engaging a Prostitute

The Lewiston Police Department would like to extend a BIG thank you to Rosie and Niomi for organizing and putting together the appreciation cookout event for first responders AND the community last evening in Kennedy Park!! The event provided music, food, speakers and various organizations and sponsors with a great opportunity to interact in a positive way. Thank you to all who supported the event and came out!

On this day 17 years ago, the horrific attack by terrorists on New York City's twin towers took place; forever changing America. On this day, please join us in taking a few moments to remember and commemorate the brave men and women who responded to this tragic attack and the many victims who lost their lives that day.

Lewiston PD announces arrest from August 10th, 2018 incident On August 10th, 2018 at approx.. 1 am, the Lewiston Police Department responded to a man down on Knox St. The victim is identified as Ahmed Abdulle, age 36, of Lewiston. As the result of what has been determined to have been an assault and robbery; during which Abdulle sustained a fractured skull, LPD detectives have located and arrested Mouamed A. Mouamed, age 21, of Lewiston. Mouamed was located and arrested by Officers / Detectives on Friday, September 07, 2018 at approx. 9:30 pm. He was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail at that time and charged by Lewiston PD with: • Aggravated Assault, Class B • Robbery, Class B • Violations of Conditions of Release, Class E In addition to the above charges, Mouamed Mouamed had two (2) previously issued warrants for his arrest for FTA/ Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs.

Lewiston Police is identifying the victim of Wednesday stabbing in the area of 73 Knox St. The victim was 35 year old Hassan S. Mohamed of Lewiston. Mohamed was treated at CMMC for a stab wound to his neck. He is expected to recover from his injury. To recap, LPD arrested Raynold L. Labree, age 34 of Lisbon, Maine last night and charged him with Elevated Aggravated Assault, Class A for stabbing Mohamed. The investigation continues though no further information is being released at this time.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 7, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Lewiston Police Department charged 6 with Engaging a Prostitute. These charges were part of on-going and continuing investigations by Lewiston PD’s Criminal Investigation Division and Selective Enforcement Team into prostitution related offenses and complaints. The following persons were charged: • Hammon J. Buck, age 62, of So. Thomaston, Maine • Christopher M. Nelson, age 55, of Minot, Maine • Scott B. Lever, age 57, of Auburn, Maine • William T. Turner, age 81, of Auburn, Maine • Pedro M. Bumba, age 21, of Lewiston, Maine • Kyle E. Emmons, age 26, of Litchfield, Maine

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: September 05, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 At approx. 3:21 pm on this date, Officers and detectives of the Lewiston Police Department responded to the area of 73 Knox St for a report of a “man down”. Upon arrival, a 35 year old male was located and determined to have been stabbed. The victim sustained a stab wound to his neck area and was transported to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston via United Ambulance. The condition of the victim is not known at this time. Detectives began immediately investigating and seeking out witnesses while Officers cordoned off a section of Knox St that was closed from vehicle traffic for a period of time but has now been re-opened. The investigation continues although Detectives have made an arrest. Raynold L. Labree III, age 34, of Lisbon, Maine has been arrested and charged with Elevated Aggravated Assault, a class A felony. Labree was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail. Photos and bail information can be obtained by calling the Androscoggin County Jail. Detectives will be continuing the investigation and are seeking information from any member of the public who may have witnessed this assault or may have further information relative to this incident. Anyone with information may contact Detective Thomas Murphy at 207-513-3001 at extension 3352.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wednesday, September 05, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 **Lewiston Police announce drug / weapons arrests** On September 03, 2018 and on September 04, 2018; following on-going investigations, including a search warrant at 193 Lincoln St, an unrelated weapons complaint, an unrelated warrant apprehension and a simple disturbance call, the Lewiston Police Department announces the arrests of the following individuals for drug related and weapons charges. These arrests by the Lewiston Police Department included the assistance by Patrol and Detectives and Agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, ATF, FBI, and LPD’s Selective Enforcement Team. 09/03/18 Misty Deschaine, age 37 of Lewiston, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs (cocaine base – Class B) Bail set at $1,500.00 Cash 09/04/18 Sabree Lamar Branch, age 27, of 193 Lincoln St., Lewiston was arrested and charged with: • Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs (cocaine – Class A) • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Class C) • Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Class B) **The search warrant at this address yielded a cash seizure of over $1,200.00, approx. 10 grams of cocaine, a stolen handgun and extended handgun magazine, along with evidence of drug trafficking. Branch is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in lieu of $75,000.00 cash bail. Kevin A. Roberts, age 31 of Lewiston was arrested on an outstanding, previously issued warrant of arrest charging unpaid fines /fees for a previous MDEA drug trafficking charge. (Bailed) Whali Henry, age 27, listed as transient was arrested on a probation hold. He was currently on probation for a previous drug conviction. Akasmine Jabriell Murchison, age 30 of Auburn was located and arrested on outstanding previously issued warrant charging THREE counts of Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled drugs. Bail is set at $25,000.00 cash Elisha Felix Rios, age 18, of Lewiston was located by patrol officers responding to a weapons complaint. Rios was charged with: • Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person • Receiving Stolen Property (stolen handgun) Bail is set at $15,000.00 cash

See below press release by Maine Drug Enforcement MDEA Press Release- August 29, 2018 Contact: Commander Scott J. Pelletier - 207-822-0371 Lewiston, Maine – August 29, 2018, – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Lewiston Police announce the arrest of a Lewiston woman for aggravated drug trafficking charges. Arrested: Elizabeth Yvonne Young: (38) of Lewiston, Maine 2 counts of; Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs (OXYCODONE) Class A with a prior conviction 2 counts of; Aggravated Importation of Schedule Drugs (OXYCODONE) Class A with a prior conviction Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person Class C On August 28, 2018, at approximately 8:30 pm, MDEA agents from the Western District Task Force, Lewiston Police, and the Maine State Police executed multiple search warrants on a vehicle and residence in Lewiston. MDEA and Lewiston PD have been investigating the importation of prescription pills from an out of state source for the past year. The prescription pills, primarily oxycodone were then illegally distributed throughout the Greater Lewiston area. Elizabeth Young, who is of 6 Perley St. in Lewiston, was stopped on the Maine Turnpike by Maine State Police PACE team after returning from out of state. As a result of the vehicle stop agents seized approximately 500 oxycodone pills from Young. The approximate street value of the pills is $20,000 Young was arrested without incident and transported to the Androscoggin jail. Agents and Lewiston Police Officers also searched Young’s residence at 6 Perley St. Agents located a firearm at the residence. Young is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms based on a prior federal drug trafficking conviction in 2009. Bail was set at $75,000. Young is expected to make her initial court appearance on August 29th at 1300 hrs Assisting agencies in this case included: Lewiston PD, Maine State Police, Maine Department of Corrections, Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department, and DEA-HIDTA. If you have information about the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

The Lewiston Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint during the upcoming Labor Day weekend within the City of Lewiston. If you must drink, please be sure to have a designated driver. Your safety and the safety of the public is our concern!!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: August 22, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 On Tuesday morning, August 21, 2018 at approx. 5:43 am., The Sabattus Street General Store (Formerly Elizabeth Ann’s); located at 415 Sabattus St., reported being robbed by a male subject who threatened the store clerk with a knife while demanding money before fleeing with cash (amount not being disclosed). Patrol Officers and Detectives began to investigate but were initially unable to locate the suspect. The investigation continued and on this date, the subject has been identified and charged. The suspect was identified as Jonathan Norman Thibodeau, age 34, of Lewiston. He was picked up on a probation hold and has now been formerly charged with Robbery, Class A. He is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn in lieu of a $10,000.00 cash bail plus the probation hold.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Monday, August 20, 2018 Lt. David St.Pierre (207) 513-3001 ext. 3323 On Saturday, August 18, 2018 at approx. 1:00 a.m., Officers responded to the Irving Mainway at 674 Main St for a reported robbery. A white male suspect reportedly entered the store with his face covered and advised the clerk that it was an “armed robbery”. The suspect did not display a weapon, but requested all the money in the drawer and cigarettes. The clerk reported the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and some cigarettes. Officers began searching for the suspect and began the investigation. At approx. 1:23 a.m., other Officers were monitoring activity at the Seven Eleven, when they observed a silver Cadillac heading inbound drive onto the median and hit a sign near the crosswalk across from CMMC. The vehicle fled the scene, however, Officers were able to locate it a short time later and conduct a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Isaac H. Sterling, age 18, of Fairfield, Maine. He was subsequently taken into custody for Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Operating Without a License following which time Officers located evidence from the Robbery within the vehicle operated by Sterling. Sterling was subsequently transported to the police station. Shortly after, LPD determined that the vehicle Sterling was operating had been previously stolen from the driveway of the vehicle’s owner on outer Main St in Lewiston. The investigation by Detectives and Officers led to the probable cause and determination that Sterling had stolen the motor vehicle in Lewiston and committed the Robbery and Theft at the Irving Mainway prior to his apprehension and before crashing his vehicle into a sign and median. Sterling was also on Probation at the time out of the Fairfield area. Sterling was charged with Robbery (Class B) and Theft (Class E) for the Irving complaint, Theft of MV (Class B) for the stolen motor vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident (Class E), Operating Without a License (Class E), and a Probation Hold was authorized. Sterling was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn where Bail was set at $15,000.00 in addition to the Probation Hold.