Monday, October 24, 2016

Brendan J. Gray arrested and charged with Class A Felony of Gross Sexual Assault - October 21, 2016

Knox County Sheriff’s Detective Justin Twitchell arrested Brendan J. Gray, 19, of Warren Friday afternoon, charging Gray with a Class A Felony of Gross Sexual Assault. 

Detective Twitchell was notified by Thomaston Police Sgt. Hoppe that a parent of a child in Thomaston, filing a complaint on behalf of their child, under the age of 12, of the offense.  Sgt. Hoppe notified the Knox County Sheriff’s Office as the assault allegedly occurred in Warren. 

Detective Twitchell interviewed the suspect and based on that interview arrested Gray and transported him to Knox County Jail. 

Gray remains at Knox County Jail and held without opportunity to bail until arraignment at the first of the week.   

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reset your Netflix passwords

Netflix is asking customers to reset the passwords on their accounts.

The company has not sustained a data breach, but has "discovered that credentials that match your Netflix email address and password were included in a release of email addresses and passwords from a breach at another company," according to an email received by a Netflix user.

Large internet companies routinely monitor the internet to quickly determine if their information has been breached. Lately there have been a few instances reported where user names and passwords have been exposed and offered for sale. It is likely that these names and passwords were obtained from one of the many recent large data breaches including Yahoo and LinkedIn.

We remind everyone not to re-use passwords for your internet accounts.

Protect your name and your financial information by using different passwords for every website.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Maine Sheriffs Announce Formal Opposition to Question 3

Maine Sheriffs Announce Formal Opposition to Question 3

Ballot Initiative Will Not Stop Criminals from Acquiring Guns

The undersigned Sheriffs in the state of Maine announce our formal opposition to Question 3, a ballot initiative expanding firearm background checks that will appear on the ballot this fall.

We strongly believe the people of Maine should know that the Chief Law Enforcement Officer from twelve of the sixteen counties who are elected to protect your families and homes do not support the Question 3 ballot initiative.  This measure will do nothing to stop evil people from getting their hands on guns.  In fact all relevant data indicates that criminals acquire firearms through theft and the black market.  This initiative will not stop the reoccurring pattern.  

We live in one of the safest states in the country and strongly believe no provisions in this legislation would reduce gun violence or crime in Maine.  In fact, Question 3 is unenforceable, confusing, poorly written and threatens to make law-abiding gun owners into criminals for simply loaning a firearm to a friend.  By and large, the people who commit crimes with firearms are not concerned with good citizenship, compliance with existing law and are repeat offenders. It’s the law-abiding citizens who comply with gun laws that are the most affected by arbitrary gun laws and will be most affected by Question 3.

As anyone who has gone through the process to legally obtain a firearm in Maine knows, there is no dearth of existing laws that regulate the sale, purchase, and transfer of firearms.   As members of the law enforcement community, we support public policy that targets criminals and lends to the full prosecution of those individuals under the law.  We will continue to develop and promote worthwhile crime fighting proposals and effective firearm laws at all levels of government. We cannot, however, support Question 3.

Signed by:

Androscoggin County Sheriff Eric Samson, Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell O. Crandall, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant, Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, Piscataquis County Sheriff John J. Goggin, Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster, Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Trafton, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis, and York County Sheriff William King.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Maine AMBER ALERT: 3-year-old Lenore Wilson Abducted from Augusta - UPDATED

Lenore Wilson has been located and is safe and sound!


A Maine Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Lenore Wilson after she was abducted from Augusta by a 26-year-old woman identified as Fatima Gissentaner, who is accused of taking her while the child's mother was taken to hospital. (more)   

 The abduction happened on early Tuesday morning after police and EMS were called to 26 Sewall Street in Augusta to tend to a medical emergency of Lenore's mother, who was taken to an area hospital. Lenore was last seen at that time.

Investigators believe Lenore was taken by Fatima Gissentaner, who occasionally cares for the child and goes by the nickname "China". The woman may also be in the company of her boyfriend, whose real name is unknown but who goes by the street name "Dollar". Both are from the state of New York.

Lenore, whose name was incorrectly listed as Lenora in an alert sent to mobile devices, is described as a 3-year-old white female with blond hair, is 30 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. Gissentaner is described as a 26-year-old black female. It is unknown whether the couple has access to a vehicle.

Anyone who sees either the child, Fatima or "Dollar" is urged to call 911 immediately, or call the Augusta Police Department at 207-620-8383 if you have any other information that may help authorities.