York County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: York County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 1 Layman Way, Alfred, 4002 ME
  • Chief:
Phone: (207) 324-1113
Fax: (207) 324-3496
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York County Sheriff's Department is located at 1 Layman Way, Alfred, 4002 ME. The York County Sheriff's Department phone number is (207) 324-1113.

York County Sheriff's Department News

Alicia Paquette sent us this photo of Deputy Cody Frazier stopping for a lemonade on a recent Saturday afternoon in Waterboro. Mrs. Paquette commented on the refreshing positive interaction Deputy Frazier had with her children. Thank you, Mrs. Paquette for sharing this photograph!

Last Friday, June 8th, sheriff's deputies conducted a safety belt inspection as students left Massabesic High School. We conducted this safety belt inspection to warn students of the dangers of reckless driving and the importance of wearing their safety belts. Holly Pfeiffer, formerly of Lyman, contacted the sheriff's office and wanted to do something in memory of her son, Austin Pfeiffer, who lost his life in a tragic car crash on October 3, 2016. Holly contacted her friend, Jodi Messier, who assisted with the coordination of the event. Assisting sheriff's deputies in the "inspection" was Jack Melanson (a friend of Austin) and Jordan Bantz, also a family friend. Representative Heidi Sampson also came by to assist with the inspections. Students who were "caught" wearing their seat belts were summoned to Shaker Pond Ice Cream, 148 Waterboro Road in Alfred, where co-owner Ryan Whitten treated them to an ice cream cone! At the ice cream shop, Jack and Jordan displayed an info sheet about Austin's life. Later, Representative Sampson, Chief Deputy Tom Baran and I had some opportunities to chat with students who were redeeming their coupons (I must admit that the representative, chief and I also sampled the ice cream!) For those students who were driving and all passengers in compliance, were treated to a gift certificate to either the Town Line Deli at 134 Main Street in Waterboro or the Town Line Restaurant located at 10 New County Road in Lyman. We thank our engaged community businesses and our engaged community members, as well as the state representative in assisting the sheriff's office to remind students of this important task (buckling up). We also thank Holly Pfeiffer and Jodi Messier for their unselfish work in working to prevent other families from suffering the unspeakable loss that Holly, Troy and Oryon experienced. http://www.wmtw.com/article/a-sweet-reward-during-seat-belt-checks-at-massabesic-high-school/21242849

Workforce Recovery Job Fair - June 7th As many of you know, the sheriff's office collaborated with Representative Marty Grohman and Enso Recovery Services to host a job for for those individuals in recovery. Employers came to the fair expecting applicants to have gaps in employment and knowing that most are involved in some part of the recovery process. Here is a list of participants at this great event! Also, hats off to Tulu Salon for providing haircuts and make overs to job seekers. We appreciate the generosity of Doug Sanford (owner of the Pepperell Mill Campus), the Think Tank, Sweet Cream, Elizabeth Schoch (assisted with job applications), Sheri Wilkins (taught a class for employers) and Nina Bennett from UNE! 1. NESC Staffing 2. Lucas Tree Expert Co 3. H&R Block 4. Paradigm Window Solutions 5. York County Shelter Programs, Inc 6. Groups: Recover Together 7. Shuttlebus-Zoom, Transit Angel Project 8. Choopers Foundation/ Enso Recovery 9. @Work Personnel Services 10. Port Resources 11. Peopleready 12. The Holy Donut 13. Goodwill of Northern New England 14. Milestone Recovery 15. Crossroads 16. MaineHealth 17. Opportunity Alliance 18. Ammon Labs 19. North Shore Behavioral Health 20. Addiction Policy Forum 21. Journey House 22. Rotary 23. Saco-Biddeford Opiate Outreach Initiative 24. Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition 25. Krispy Kreme 26. Tulu Salon 27. Portland Pie 28. News Radio WGAN 29. Biddeford/ Saco Chamber of Commerce 30. York County Sheriff’s Office 31. Engine 32. Sheri Wilkens, Wilkens Consulting Group We started the day WGAN's morning show live from the Pepperell Mill Campus. Among the guests the radio show interviewed was Journeyhouse Founder jesse Harvey, Representatives Marty Grohman (organizer of the event), Patty Hymanson and Karen Vachon, Jason Nickerson and Dr. Merideth Norris from Enso Recovery.

If you were wondering why Sokokis Avenue in Limington was closed yesterday afternoon (June 9, 2018) at approximately 4:30 PM, it was because deputies responded to a head on collusion where one driver was entrapped in his vehicle. Preliminary investigation determined that Michael Archuleta, 35 years of age, from Limington, was operating his 2002 Subaru Forester East on Sokokis Avenue when he crossed the center lane and struck (head on) a 2015 Subaru Legacy operated by Nicholas Brough, 27 years of age from Limington. Both Brough and Archuleta were alone in their vehicles. Bough was also transported to the hospital as a precaution by Limington Fire and Rescue. Archuleta , who was entrapped in his vehicle, had to be cut from the vehicle with "jaws of life". He was transported to Maine Medical Center by Limington Fire and Rescue with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Sokokis Avenue was closed to traffic for about an hour. The crash is still under investigation

AVOID ROUTE 1 IN ARUNDEL **** ROAD IS STILL CLOSED AS OF 1 pm Today, at approximately 0810 hours, Deputy Josh Morneau was summoned to the 1400 block of Portland Road (Route 1) for a single vehicle roll over crash that struck and broke a utility pole, causing live wires to be strewn across the car and roadway. It was also reported that the car was filling up with smoke. Upon arrival, deputies found that the victim, James Spear, 57, of Old Orchard Beach, had been dragged away from the car by three other motorists. Spear was transported to Southern Maine Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The road is still closed as of this news release (1PM). Investigation shows that Spear was driving south on the Portland Road when he fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle left the roadway, rolled and struck a utility pole. On a related note - after the vehicle overturned and the air bags deployed, the cabin of the vehicle filled with smoke (it was later determined to be emissions from the air bag). Not knowing the smoke was not harmful, Jerry Garcia and his two sons, Jerry Jr. and Josiah, went to the vehicle (avoiding the live wires), broke the vehicle's window and dragged the victim to safety. In hindsight, there was no fire but witnesses at the scene (as well as the Garcia family) believed the vehicle had caught fire due to the smoke filling the cabin.

In late May, a woman reported to the York County Sheriff’s office that she was raped, beaten and chocked by an acquaintance in Arundel. After an investigation by York County Sheriff’s Office, the perpetrator was identified, and an arrest warrant was obtained for Gezler S. Heron, 22, of Ogunquit. Heron is charged with Gross Sexual Assault (Class A) Aggravated Assault (Class B) and is being held on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to Appear in Superior Court on June 8, at 1 PM.

Today, if you were in the area of Route 25 and Route 11 in Limington, you may have experienced a delay in passing or you may even have been re-routed. A tree fell on a power line that caused a brush fire and a disruption of electrical power in the area. The traffic signals at Route 25 and 11 were also non-functional due to the disruption of electricity. Deputies assisted the Limington Fire Department with traffic control while they got the fire under control and CMP re-established electricity. Thank you all for your patience and hats off to the Limington Fire Department and CMP for getting those crews out there quickly.

On Friday night (6/1/18), at approximately mid-night, sheriff’s deputies were summoned to Willy's Ale Room, 1060 Maine Route 109 in Acton. It was reported a White Suburban with New Hampshire Plates had struck another vehicle and left the parking lot. While deputies were traveling to the scene, they were alerted to a one vehicle crash on Route 109 in Acton, a short distance away from Willy’s Ale House. Witnesses reported that a white suburban had left the road and struck several trees and rolled over. Deputies soon determined that the vehicle that crashed was the same vehicle that struck the vehicle in the parking lot at Willy’s Ale Room. The female operator, Malori Anderson, 34 years of Dover, New Hampshire was the operator of the Suburban. Anderson, who was alone in the vehicle and not injured in the crash, admitted she had just left Willy's Ale Room. She was arrested for OUI, Refusing to Sign a Summons, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Failing to Notify of an Accident by Quickest Means. Mrs. Anderson posted a bail of $500 and was released from custody. She is scheduled to appear in Springvale District Court on July 14th.

Today (May 30, 2018) at approximately 9:45 AM, sheriff’s deputies were summoned to Crescent Drive in Waterboro for a vehicle crash. A 1997 Chevrolet Suburban, operated by Jacquelyn Griffin, 30 of Plainsville, Mass. was leaving a lake house on Lake Arrowhead when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Jacquelyn was transporting her two minor children at the time of the mishap. One of the children was injured and required hospitalization. Investigation indicated that it appears the injured child was not restrained in a car seat. Griffin was arrested for Aggravated Driving to Endanger, a class C crime. She is scheduled to appear on September 7, 2018 in Alfred Superior Court. At the time of this FB post, Griffin remains incarcerated with a $1500 bail.

Last night, the York County Sheriff's Office and the Maine State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the vicinity of 1298 Alfred Road (Route 111) in Arundel. During the time of the checkpoint, which started at 8 PM, deputies and troopers checked 893 vehicles and as a result: Arrested two drivers for Operating Under the influence Arrested two drives for Operating after Suspension Arrested one driver on an outstanding warrant and another person for violating conditions of their release Deputies and Troopers tried to minimize the intrusion to the drivers who were stopped for the checkpoint - Thank you all for cooperating in this important exercise.

https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/front-page/june-7-job-fair-designed-for-those-in-recovery/

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Yesterday, in advance of the Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Highway Safety kicked off their " Border 2 Border (B2B) seat belt enforcement" initiative. York County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tom Baran and Deputy Dan Shaw (shown in photograph) were in Kittery to join this important effort because the York County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to travel safely on Maine’s roadways. As summer events are planned, motor vehicle travel will increase. Your safety or life may depend on what a motor vehicle operator does once they enter a vehicle. Additional deputies, made possible with grants from the Department of Highway Safety, will be patrolling our highways to ensure drivers comply with traffic safety laws. These extra patrols will be focusing on operators who choose to speed, drive impaired, drive while being distracted (texting) and drive without using their seat belts. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults nationwide. Consistent safety-belt use is the single most effective way to protect people from being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside the vehicle during a crash. Teens are needlessly killed or injured in large part because of a lack of safety-belt use combined with inexperience behind the wheel. This Thursday, May 24th, a specialized team of York County Sheriff’s deputies along with troopers from the Maine State Police, will partner together in several sobriety checkpoints. The checkpoints will be located on roads that have a high number of motor vehicle crashes to include: Route 109 in Acton Route 111 in Arundel and Route 202 in Waterboro. These checkpoints will kick off the long Memorial Day weekend in which many people will be on our roadways to enjoy a time with family and friends. We want everyone to drive safely and to use their seat belts each and every time they are in their vehicle. Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car. But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our deputies see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic. Please do your part to keep Maine’s roadways safe!

http://www.wmtw.com/article/click-it-or-ticket-1526954465/20866941# Chief Deputy Tom Baran participated in the Department of Highway Safety "kick off" event in Kittery yesterday to promote highway safety.

On Saturday night (May 19, 2018) at approximately 11:30 PM, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of 44 Bridge Street in Newfield for motor vehicle rollover. Upon arrival, deputies noted that a 2008 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck was on its roof and Newfield Fire and Rescue were on scene. Deputies identified the occupant as Noah Steiner, 18, of Newfield. Investigation revealed that Noah was traveling to a friend’s house and was driving too fast around a sharp corner. He lost control of his full sized pickup truck causing him to go into the dirt portion on the right side of the road, fish-tailing into an embankment causing him to overturn his vehicle onto its roof. Noah was uninjured in the crash and after being evaluated by the Rescue Unit on scene, returned home. No charges are anticipated.

Last night (May 18th, 2018) Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from Colorado authorities reporting a woman was being held against her will. Colorado authorities provided an address in Limerick. Deputies went to the provided address and met with Russell Campp and a female companion. They learned that Campp and his friend were having a disagreement and he would not let her leave, although it was determined that no assault had occurred. Deputies did determine that Campp was wanted on an outstanding Cumberland County warrant from 21 years ago (1997) for failure to appear for charges related to driving a motor vehicle after suspension or revocation and OUI. Bail on the warrant is $10,000 cash.

A head on crash occurred this morning at 9:30 AM on the grounds of Massabesic high School. Waterboro Fire and Rescue responded and had to extricate one of the victims, who happened to be a teacher, from his vehicle. Many of the students attending school that day watched the dramatic rescue and the horrific effects of a car crash. This is a common news release by the York County Sheriff’s office and I am pleased to say that this particular crash was a simulation organized by School Resource Officer (SRO) Jason Solomon. The Massabesic High School prom is Saturday night and SRO Solomon wanted to emphasize the terrible effects of distracted or driving while intoxicated. Solomon invited all the students who hold intermediate driver licenses to view the demonstration. A student who holds an intermediate license is on a 9-month restriction and has several restrictions to include, can only drive with an immediate family member, cannot operate a motor vehicle between midnight and 5 AM, and cannot use a cell phone while driving. The Waterboro Fire and Rescue Department simulated a rescue of volunteer Education technician Jack Neuymer, the unfortunate victim in this crash that resulted in air-bag deployment. Many students, including new driver Madison Hudson, stood in awe and it was clear the exercise was impactful. Madison later told Deputy Solomon that the exercise was very educational because, “…it showed the seriousness of what dangerous driving can potentially be…” “If I can discourage one student from driving while impaired, I think this exercise was worthwhile” SRO Solomon said after the event. Kudos to SRO Solomon, the Waterboro Fire Department and Ed Tech Jack Neuymer.

Pictures from the latest recognition ceremony held at YCSO. Thank you York County Representatives Don Marean, Bob Foley, Heidy Sampson and Senator Susan Deschambault for attending. In addition to naming Deputy Levi Johnson as Deputy of the quarter and Officer Ken Hamilton as Corrections Officer of the quarter, YCSO also recognized -Brian Hill from York County Community College for providing technical assistance during the MSA Conference -Brian Hill from York County Community College for providing technical assistance during the MSA Conference - Staff from the Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco Transit Authority for providing transportation from Saco to the convention center in Biddeford -Patrick, David and Bart from Saco River Community Television for providing technical assistance during the MSA Conference - Ms. Jayne Hitchcock for volunteering her time to be a guest speaker Detective Shawn Sanborn for solving a challenging investigation (pictured with him is Assistant District Attorney Kyle Myska and Chief Deputy Tom Baran)

Jamie Higgins, Scarborough Police Department designed this remembrance for Somerset County Corporal Cole. YCSO Deputy Kevin Collins has made contact with Higgins to secure a sticker for our cruisers.

If you were wondering why Route 109 in Acton was closed yesterday, it was due to a motorcycle crash involving three motorcycles. A group of New Hampshire motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to Acton for an outing and the mishap occurred as they were returning to New Hampshire (south on Route 109). Three members of the group (which consisted of five motorcycles) were involved in the mishap. Robert Welch, 41, of Exeter, New Hampshire, was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle with Brenda Clevesy, 47, of Haverhill, Mass. as a passenger. The Welch motorcycle was driving alongside of Mark Driscoll, 56 of Hampton, New Hampshire, who was riding his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle alone. Jared Russell, 41, of Barrington, New Hampshire was driving his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife, Jennifer Russell, 43 as a passenger. Preliminary analysis showed that Russell, who was behind Welch and Driscoll, appeared to reposition his motorcycle to be either with them or in front of them. In doing so, Russell’s motorcycle struck the Welch and Driscoll bikes, causing all three to crash. None of the motorcyclists or their passengers were wearing helmets. Jared, who appeared to suffer serious head injuries, was Lifeflighted to the Maine Medical Center (MMC). Jennifer, also suffered serious head injuries, was transported to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford and later transferred to MMC. Their conditions remain serious at the time of this news release. Robert Welch and Brenda Clevesy were treated at the scene and released. Mark Driscoll refused treatment at the scene but later reported to seek medical treatment on his own. Driscoll was able to drive his motorcycle from the scene but the Welch and Russell motorcycles were towed. In addition to Acton Fire and Rescue, Sanford, Shapleigh and Newfield Rescue Units responded. Route 109 was closed until approximately 10:30 PM. Preliminary analysis shows that operator inexperience and other causal factors attributed to this crash. The crash will be reconstructed today by deputies of the sheriff’s office and the Maine Warden Service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this crash and it serves as a reminder to focus on driving when on our roadways.

If you were around the center of Waterboro early this morning (at approx. 6 AM) you witnessed a lot of police activity. That is because a motorist, later identified as Travis Dewitt, unsafely passed Deputy Troy Chenard in the 600 block on Main Street in Waterboro. The deputy took note of the unsafe passing and the motorist was clearly driving erratically. Deputy Chenard initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle, a full-size Chevy pickup, and the vehicle continued on Main Street, turning left on Sokokis Trail (at the Hannaford Supermarket corner). The operator then went into a yard near Victory Lane and turned around, returning to his his original location on Main Street near West Road. The vehicle then turned abruptly and continued to Sokokis Trail and turned onto Townhouse Road before coming to a stop. Sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police troopers were involved in the pursuit. A state police cruiser was damaged during the 20 mile chase. The pursuit did not involve excessive speeds, normally experienced in pursuits, rather, the drive tried evasive maneuvers in his attempt to evade law enforcement. Travis Dewitt age 36 from Lyman was arrested and charged with Felony Eluding a Police Officer and Violation of Bail Conditions of Release. He is not eligible for bail and will be arraigned tomorrow.

This is an incredibly sad day for the York County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement in general and for all citizens of the state of Maine. Corporal Eugene Cole, a 13 year member of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office was killed early this morning in the village of Norridgewock . According to news reports, John Williams, the 29 year old suspect in the homicide is still at large. York County Deputies Dan Shaw and Kevin Collins are in Madison to provide any assistance the Somerset County Sheriff's Office requires. Chief Deputy Tom Baran and Major Paul Mitchell will travel there tomorrow to assume a ceremonial post over Corporal Cole's casket. The York County Sheriff's Office will be ready to assist our colleagues to the north as much as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Corporal Cole's family, especially his son who is also a deputy with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.