Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 52 Court Street, Dover-Foxcroft, 4426 ME
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Phone: (207) 564-3304
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Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office is located at 52 Court Street, Dover-Foxcroft, 4426 ME. The Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office phone number is (207) 564-3304.

Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office News

We are fortunate to live in a part of the country that appreciates law enforcement. We are heartened and reminded often as folks brings pastries and cookies into the SO or simply shake our hand and thank us for our service. Last weekend the Monson General Store held a law enforcement appreciation event - thanks!. And the good folks from Dove Tail Bats in Shirley presented us with this fine baseball bat. It's a work of art that those of us who are baseball enthusiasts truly enjoy. Thank you, Paul & Theresa Lancisi, for your kindness.

Congrats to Lt Jamie Kane on being named the Guilford Grange's "Citizen of the Year". We're fortunate to have a guy of Jamie's character and integrity as part of the SO team. He's not just a very good law enforcement officer and DARE teacher [20+ years], he coaches the PCHS baseball team and is active in other school projects. The lady next to him is his mom.

We mourn with our brothers and sisters at Somerset SO at the loss of Deputy Sheriff Corporal Eugene Cole. A good man who was a credit to our profession. Our condolences to Cpl Cole's family.

Notes from the Chief Deputy: I recently read an intriguing book, Shots Fired by Joseph K Loughlin and Kate Clark Flora, Skyhorse Publishing. Below are two quotes from the book that help to explain the world of law enforcement officers. “You don’t go into suicide scenes and into armed conflicts or see all this human tragedy and death and not carry a piece of it away with you, no matter what. Sucking it up and carrying on, that’s the way. Our job is to be there for others. To be strong for others. To keep people safe. We’re supposed to be able to deal with what we see. Some people deal with it better than others, but when you deal with it day in and day out, every day, it’s a pebble in your bucket until the weight of it can just break you.” – Roger Guay, A Good Man With a Dog [Roger was a long time Game Warden in Piscataquis County and one of the finest men I’ve had the privilege of working with] “Somewhere in this Country, oh my God, we know for a fact somewhere in this State, and somewhere in this country, there is someone wearing a uniform or wearing plain clothes, they’re stopping a car, they’re searching a house, they’re driving up a driveway and their antenna is up and they’re saying to themselves, “Something just doesn’t feel right, this is not some regular call.” And you know what they are, folks? They’re afraid. And you know they’re scared? It’s not because they are cowards. It’s because what flashes in front of their eyes is everything that they have to lose. Their families and everything that’s important to them. And when that happens and while they’re still scared and while that fear is there and everything is flashing through their minds and self-preservation screams at them RUN! They do not. They go in anyway. They stick it out and they see it through. That is why I love them and why I grieve them.” - Director James Loftis, Miami-Dade Police Dept.

Piscataquis County Deputies have traditionally worn brown. That changed this week when the department began the switch over to black with gold. The traditional brown was becoming very difficult to obtain, color batches varied widely, and we were waiting months for orders. The move to black is more practical and provides more options at cheaper costs. Some of our guys are still in brown and will be until the switch is complete. Same service, same guys, just a different look. The photo is of Sgt Mike Gould.

John Ferguson has been found; all is well.

Piscataquis County has a great tradition of looking out for others, especially those most vulnerable. During this brutal and dangerous cold spell especially remember those folks who may find themselves in serious trouble without heat and no means to get help, especially the elderly and disabled. And if there is a person you are concerned about but do not have the means to check on them yourself, call us and we will do a well-being check. Together we can make sure those who are unseen and unheard have someone who knows they are OK. We have limited resources, so calling us should be your last resort, but we are here if needed.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE CALLS FOR THE PREVIOUS 10 DAYS Winter has arrived with a vengeance with one result being very hazardous road conditions. Over the past 10 days deputies responded to 18 car accidents within the towns of Brownville, T1 R9, Sangerville, Bowerbank, Sebec, Dover, Guilford, Abbot, Orneville, Monson and Parkman. Parkman has the honor of the most accidents with 5. In addition: In Brownville we mediated 2 civil disputes, helped a person being harassed and checked on the well-being of an elderly person. In Wellington we also checked on the well-being of an elderly man and handled an insufficient funds [bad check] case. In Sangerville worked on a criminal mischief case, arrested a guy on a bail violation, answered a business alarm and had a complaint about plowing snow onto the neighbor’s yard. In Sebec there was a suicide attempt and we contacted a person for Milo PD. In Dover-Foxcroft twice backed up the PD at a suspicious person call and a domestic violence incident. Parkman had an assault, 911 hang-up, siblings fighting, a burglary and a civil dispute. We answered calls in Guilford for a suspicious incident, 2 harassment cases, 2 Facebook harassment cases, a vehicle lockout, a death, a suicidal woman, and the theft of a truck. The truck was located and suspects are known, with charges forth coming. In Abbot we helped another person locked out and worked on a case of stolen identity. We went to Orneville 3 times to check on an elderly woman and investigated a car off the road, charging the driver with OUI. Monson was quiet with a single business burglary alarm.

From our family to yours

For the past 10 years our chaplain, Rev Ray Beless, has organized a Christmas banquet for the Sheriff's Office. This year he worked with two local churches, Calvary Chapel and United Baptist of DF, to provide and set up the festivities. Our own elf, Anita, had gifts for the kids in attendance and live music was provided by some local musicians. As with other years, Chaplain Beless has arranged for SO employees to receive a Christmas tree from the Johnston Tree Farm in Parkman. A truly generous and much appreciated event that helps spread the joy of Christmas.

FROM THE CHIEF DEPUTY’S DESK: The accompanying photo, along with some good police work, resulted in the solving of two burglaries in Harfords Point. Here’s the story: Guy Dow is an investigator for our office. All of us have different skills, talents, and interest that make us better at some types of cases than others. Guy’s particular strengths make him a potent burglary investigator. Over the previous weekend, two camps were broken into at Harfords Point, just north of Greenville on Moosehead Lake. It was a typical burglary in the sense that doors were kicked open, everything rummaged through, and some stuff taken. When a deputy goes to a burglary seen they begin to look for evidence; fingerprints, DNA, foot tracks, tire tracks, anything that can tie a person or vehicle to the crime scene. In the driveway of one camp Guy found a small piece of plastic that had been torn from underneath the car as it went over a stump; it was from a Honda. Not much to go on, but neither was there a plethora of other evidence. Taking the possible link between the crime and culprits, Dow began to determine what kind of car it came from. Eventually he learned it was from a Honda Civic; that’s a start. Dow also learned that this past weekend, GPD had charged two young adults with shoplifting. The car they used? A Honda Civic. Following this lead he headed for Augusta, where the suspects were thought to be. Augusta PD knew them, but when they went to the door, alas, they had moved on to Waterville. Up to Waterville where, with the help of Waterville PD, he did find them. Sure enough, the black Honda Civic was there, and voila! The part matched the damaged underneath. Confronted with this evidence, the pair decided it was best to no longer play dumb and cooperate. Now, it would be nice if all cases could end this way. The truth is that camp burglaries are challenging for multiple reasons. Not in every case do things mesh together this well. But the grease for the meshing was the dogged police work that Inv Dow invested. Good work Guy, keep those cases rolling in!

FROM THE CHIEF DEPUTY’S DESK: Sheriff John Goggin often tells us that “we don’t tell our story often enough”; he’s right. There’s some pretty good police work that never gets mentioned and is never known by the good folks of our county. So here is one recent case of good, old fashioned police work. Last week Inv. Kyle Wilson was conducting routine patrol on the Stagecoach Rd in Atkinson. Now, normally Atkinson is a pretty quiet town with not a whole lot of traffic and a low crime rate. Not a bad place to be. Wilson observed a vehicle some distance ahead as it crossed into the other lane. He sped up so that he could further observe things and saw a young child unbuckled on the front seat. That’s enough for a stop; Wilson turns on the blues and the car pulls over. As he begins to talk with the female driver at the window he simultaneously does what cops are taught to do, looking around the interior of the vehicle. He spots a small container on the back floor that his experience tells him is drug connected. The driver readily admits that it is and upon further exam Inv. Wilson finds needles and methamphetamine. Things have now changed from a traffic violation to a drug investigation. He opens the trunk to find what you see in the two photos. To the inexperienced these are simply collected empties waiting for a redemption center. But to Wilson, they are the remnants of what law enforcement knows as a “rolling meth lab”. This find changes everything. The process of cooking meth is hazardous; the by-products are very hazardous. You don’t just gather the evidence and log it into an evidence room back at the station. No, there are protocols that involve a specially trained and equipped team from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine EPA, who begin the long process of collecting and processing this type of evidence. In the end, two people are charged with felony drug trafficking crimes and a dent has been put into the local illegal drug market. A simple traffic stop coupled with experienced observations; what cops do every day.

Deputies answered the following calls over the past week: Brownville: notified a person of a death in the family, started a fraud investigation, theft of a package that the deputy was able to locate, kids playing in an empty building, a car accident and a family dispute. Sangerville: a car accident, car passed a stopped school bus, several times we checked on the well-being of a homeless person, a juvenile was assaulting her mother, and neighbors were having a loud party. Dover-Foxcroft: assisted DFPD as they conducted interviews in Sebec on a case they are working. Guilford: burglar alarm [2], ATL a male wanted by Greenville PD, shop lifter, made several well-being checks on a homeless person, money bag stolen from a business, and escorted a person to pick up their belongings. Parkman: checked the well-being of an elderly woman on the side of the road, investigating the theft of a credit card. Sebec: a car accident, a car lockout, trespassing by a neighbor, two girls harassing two guys, and we arrested a guy for violating a protection from abuse order. Lakeview: answered a burglar alarm. Monson: investigated suspicious activities. Orneville: a 911 hang-up call. Abbot: a car accident. Atkinson: a man threatening suicide. Medford: checked the well-being of an elderly man, investigated a drug overdose. Milo: assisted MPD at a fight involving several people.

Sheriff’s Deputies answered the recent following calls: Sangerville: verified a VIN on a vehicle, checked a person well-being, an out of control child, custody dispute, an old tenant trespassing, medical assist, 10-55, a young kid refusing to go to school ran into the woods, another custody dispute, escort to pick up property, a family disturbance, recovered a car stolen from Searsport, suspicious property in the park, and kids were harassing each other. Guilford: burglar alarm, 911 hang-up call, lockout x 2, removed an unwanted person, medical assist, bomb threat, broken garage window, investigated a death, OUI, family disturbance, another burglar alarm, 10-55 x 3, suspicious noises in the night, missing road sign, suicidal person, theft, civil issue, prowler around a residence, noisy neighbors, and checked the well-being of an elderly person. Wellington: assisted Skowhegan PD in locating a person. Monson: keep the peace at an event, 10-55 PI, phone harassment, and a 911 hang-up call. Orneville: domestic violence incident with an arrest, checked the well-being of a person. Ebemee: 10-55 x 2. Abbot: 10-55, 911 hang-up call, suspicious vehicles, removed an unwanted person, a suicidal person taken to the hospital. T1 R9: ex-husband trespassing onto property. Dover-Foxcroft: lockout x 3, assist DFPD. Brownville: check well-being of an elderly person, night hunting, civil issue over a laptop, investigating a sexual assault, investigating credit card theft, and a 10-55. Parkman: removed an unwanted person, boundary dispute between neighbors, late night prowler, and a person in mental distress. Sebec: Violation of a Protection Order x 2, family disputes x 2. Atkinson: investigated a fatal car accident. Willimantic: 10-55. Dexter: assisted on a high-speed chase and again on a man with a knife. Shirley: a home broken into but nothing taken. Medford: check the well-being, suspicious car load of men, and investigated a death. Williamsburg: 911 hang-up. Blanchard: investigated a reported child abuse case. Milo area: investigated a sexual abuse case. Lakeview: theft from a camp and at another camp boats were removed from under the camp to the lawn.

Thanks to the fine crew from PCSO who represented us at the PCHS Halloween event. From left, Debbie, Maria, Anita, with Hunter and Stan in the back. They prepared bags for 145, but ran out by 7:00. Planning ahead for the "just in case" there were spare goodies to share. Overall, Halloween was quiet from a law enforcement perspective. Over the past 15 years we've noticed a distinct change in the Halloween celebration; more organized activities and much less emphasis on vandalism. That's a good thing!

If you come into the Sheriff's Office you'll likely be met by these two pirates, otherwise known as Anita and Maria. You can meet them again if you go to the PCHS annual Halloween event. They'll be in the pirate room, ready for all you swashbucklers to grab your goodies! Starts at 4:PM.

The Trenches As the end of October approaches it brings with it the conclusion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Of course, DV doesn’t go away and the endless stream of people impacted by this insidious violence grows by the day. We are reminded that the victims aren’t just those with black eyes and strangulation bruises. Kids are present and aware, even when adults don’t realize they are watching or listening. I began my career with the SO in 1984. That was the period in time when society began to view DV as a criminal act. It was the transition between police bringing the perp to a friend’s house for the night, because arrest wasn’t possible, and taking them to jail, as we do now. I became acquainted with a group called Womancare; unseen warriors in the trenches supporting DV victims and working to shine a light on this evil and change attitudes. Womancare no longer exists; it merged with Sprucerun and now are known as Partners for Peace. But much of the core staff and volunteers remain and are as committed to the work of advocating for victims of DV as ever. Over the years I’ve referred many, many women, and men, to them for help, insight, resources, and support. It never mattered if it was 12 noon or 12 midnight, they responded with compassion and experienced skills. The work of DV advocacy is fraught with disappointment, setbacks, frustration and doubt. I suspect at times they get discouraged and silently wonder if the midnight calls are making any difference. DV hasn’t slowed down and for every victim that makes lasting change another one begins the agonizing process. Cindy, Art, Angie, Jen and all the other warriors in the trenches: it does matter, a lot. Every week I am reminded of the good w0rk you do as I talk with folks you’ve helped. You have been the encouragement so badly needed, had the frank talk when it wasn’t welcome, and shown that violence in homes and relationships is not love and is no way to live. Thanks, because I know that as October rolls on by you will continue to be there, in the trenches, doing the work few will do. Bob Young, Chief Deputy

The Sheriff's Office is doing another Little Caesars Fund Raiser to earn funds for the DARE Program. If anybody is interested in ordering you can visit the Sheriff's Office by November 8th and speak with Anita at the front desk or log into the following link and purchase them directly on line. Any questions call 564-3304 and ask for Anita. You will need to put our ID #134271 in when you order so we get the credit. Thank you very much. If picking up at the SO the delivery date will be November 17th around noon. http://www.pizzakit.com/fundraising-products?shop=1&f=340651&s=228109

Calls answered by the Sheriff’s Office over the previous week: Abbot: PD car accident, an assault, elderly people fighting, theft, person threatened by their landlord, and two complaints of harassment. Guilford: a harassment complaint, check the mental health well-being of a person, two PD car accidents, burglar alarm, theft of a handgun and a missing person who was located. Parkman: PD car accident, escort for safety purposes, check a possible burglary, a suspicious guy at the door, and check on the mental well-being of a person. Medford: an assault. Monson: two different verbal family disputes, possible burglary, burglary and theft of snowmobiles, theft and an out of control juvenile. Lily Bay: located a person for Conway, NH PD. T1 R9: theft. Brownville: a suspicious person, people trespassing, two separate overdoses, a guy threatening to shoot, racing and noisy cards, a sexual assault, theft [2], and a person threatening suicide. Sangerville: community notification of a sex offender, an out of control juvenile, 2 PD and 1 PI accident all within 3 hours, trespassing, theft caught on camera, illegal fireworks, and theft of a horse trailer that was later located. Greenville: worked with GPD to recover a large sum of stolen cash. Ebeemee: investigated a death. Sebec: mediated a civil dispute. Frenchtown: assisted people locked out of their vehicle. Milo: assisted MPD at an attempted suicide and backed them up on a domestic. Moosehead Jct: wallet stolen from car. Orneville: a fraud investigation. Shirley: 911 hang-up and check the mental well-being of a person. Atkinson: located a missing person for a North Carolina law enforcement agency.

For the first time in recent history Greenville PD, Milo PD, Dover Foxcroft PD and the Sheriff's Office gathered on Saturday to conduct joint firearms training and qualifying. More joint training is to follow and it's long overdue. In this very rural county with limited law enforcement we are each others back-up and routinely cross town lines to help each other. Range masters Jim Carr and Kyle Wilson ran a tight ship and provided their expertise as needed. It was a good day!

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE John J. Goggin, Sheriff 52 Court Street Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426 (207) 564-3304 or 1-800-432-7372 NOTICE OF SEX OFFENDER LIVING IN YOUR COMMUNITY CLIFTON E. FITTON DOB 05/11/1967 Living at 125 Main St., Apt 4 In Sangerville 6’00” tall, 150 lbs, Blue eyes, Brown Hair Clifton has been convicted of Attempted Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault of a Minor under 13 years of age. If you have any concerns or questions concerning Clifton or sex offenders in general, contact the Investigations Unit of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office.