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Calais Police Weekly Report - Dec. 30, 2013

Calais Police Department

The weather has been the focus for much of the past week here at the Calais Police Department.  

On Monday, 12-23-13, Emergency Management Director and Calais Fire Chief Robert Posick, activated Calais’ Emergency Action Plan.  That changed all local emergency communication to be routed through Calais instead of RCC in Machias, called-in additional manpower and opened shelters.

Calais PD worked hand-in-hand with Calais Fire / EMS to assist residents in getting to shelters, and to assist Public Works with downed trees and power lines  We have responded to many “well-being checks”  on residents who may be without power, heat  or telephone access.  While that storm has passed, its effects are still being handled.  We offer our thanks to the public for responding to our requests to stay off the roads.  By doing so, you have allowed the utility companies and public works to do their work more effectively. We also extend our thanks to Washington County Community College for hosting our emergency shelter.

On 12-23-13 appx. 17:54 hours, Calais Police responded to the report of a domestic assault.  Upon arrival, it was discovered that the suspect was on bail for another such incident.  As a result, a 38-year-oldCalais woman was arrested for domestic assault.  She was bailed (due to the storm) with conditions to have no contact with the residence or its occupants.  At appx. 22:16 hours officers were dispatched back to the residence for the report of violation of condition of release.  At that time, the same woman was arrested and transported to Washington County Jail.

On 12-27-13, a 33-year-old Toronto, Ontario man was arrested at International Avenue Port of Entry when attempting to cross into the U.S. It was discovered that the man had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a previous court date. He made bail and was released a short time later.

Calais Police Department has received 4 new theft complaints this week which are currently under investigation.  Thefts of medication, cash, gift cards, electronics and Christmas gifts have been reported. Also reported was one burglary from a residence.  A total of 38 incidents were handled this week along with 3 accidents.

As the winter season progresses, we encourage residents to check on friends and neighbors who may be in need, to drive carefully and to report downed wires to the appropriate service providers for repair.  Please reduce speed in inclement conditions and allow for extra time when traveling.  Also, allow extra space for plows attempting to clear roadways for safe passage; and for emergency vehicles of any nature as they assess conditions or provide care to the sick or injured.  Above all, stay safe and heed emergency warnings.