Monday, June 26, 2017

Penobscot Island Air Mail Plane Crashes on Vinalhaven - June 26, 2017

At approximately 7:41 a.m. on the morning of June 26, 2017, Knox County Sheriff's Deputies Robert Potter and Paul Simonetti responded to the airstrip on the island of Vinalhaven for a reported plane crash.

A small plane belonging to Penobscot Island Air delivering mail to the island crashed at the end of the runway into some trees. The pilot, Ted Weslake, was alert and conscious with apparent injuries, though the extent are yet unknown. He was up and walking but could not remember what happened. Mr. Weslake was flown to PBMC in Rockport. The FAA has been notified of the incident.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Two Traumatic Incidents - Gunshot Wound June 23 & Infant Death June 24, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to two traumatic incidents this past weekend. On 6/23/17 (Friday night) at approximately 11:00 p.m., Sgt. Lance Mitchell, Deputy Jeremy Joslyn and Deputy Scott Redmun responded to a report of a female with a gunshot wound in St. George. Sgt. Mitchell and Deputy Joslyn arrived to find 22-year-old Amber Libbey had sustained a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Her live-in boyfriend, 21-year-old Sam Ryan reported that he was asleep and awoke to the sound of the gunshot. Sgt. Mitchell and Deputy Joslyn immediately started administering first aid with the assistance of Deputy Redmun who arrived several minutes later. The Deputies continued to tend to the wound and blood loss until St. George Rescue arrived on scene. The Deputies investigated the incident and found that Libbey had picked up the loaded 9mm handgun and it had accidently discharged into her abdomen. Libbey was transported to Pen Bay medical Center, Rockport, where she was in stable condition.

On 6/24/17, at approximately 8:30 am (Saturday morning) Sgt. John palmer, Deputy Paul Pinkham and Deputy Paul Spear responded to the report of a 2 ½ week old girl who had died during the night in Warren. The death was discovered by the 26-year-old father and 21-year-old mother who immediately reported the death to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. The Deputies secured the scene and responded to Pen bay Medical Center until the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit could respond and continue the investigation. According to Maine Protocol, the State Police Major Crimes Unit investigates all deaths of children under the age of 3 years old.