Category Archives: Maine

Killed – John Knudsen (Hollis, ME)

John Knudsen

HOLLIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Department of Public Safety says a man from Hollis was shot and killed in a confrontation with State Police.

Investigators say the standoff began around noon in Hollis when a 61-year-old John Knudsen’s wife left their home and he fired a shot.Troopers shut downRoute 35 and calledin the StatePolice Tactical Team and negotiators.

The fatal shooting took place when Knudsen came to the front door of his house, he made some comments to police and fired another shot.State Police say Trooper Tyler Stevenson, a member of the Tactical Team, returned fire. The Maine Department of Public Safety says Stevenson is a nine year veteran of the State Police. He is on administrative leave with pay.

Police say Knudsen was shot after he fired a handgun at police following a standoff that lasted more than three hours. He had been drinking much of the day and had earlier argued with his wife, who called police and fled the couple’s home.

Police were called to 33 Little Falls Road, a manufactured home set back from the road, at about 10:30 a.m.

Maine’s attorney general ruled Tuesday that a state trooper who shot and killed a man in Hollis on Dec. 12 was justified in using deadly force after the man fired a revolver toward the trooper.

The investigation also showed that contrary to initial reports, the trooper fired first in response to the man pointing his gun at the officer’s position 266 feet away. That first shot did not hit John A. Knudsen, 61, of Little Falls Road in Hollis, but the trooper’s second shot did.

Knudsen was despondent over a leg injury that left him with limited mobility. Knudsen, who had battled alcohol addiction for much of his life, had been drinking since early that morning, according to a report from Attorney General Janet T. Mills.

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/local/2013/12/12/6783253/

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/04/01/maine_ag__deadly_force_justified_in_fatal_shooting_of_hollis_man/

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/13/family_members_remember_hollis_man_killed_in_police_standoff/

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/14/police_shooting_brings_tragic_end_to_a_troubled_life/

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/12/police_are_on_the_scene_of_a_standoff_in_hollis_/

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/01/news/portland/attorney-general-trooper-was-justified-in-fatal-shooting-of-hollis-man-threatening-suicide/

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/12/news/portland/police-identify-man-killed-in-hollis-standoff/

http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=john-allen-knudsen&pid=168667037

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/John-A.-Knudsen-97433805

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Murder/Suicide – Killed – Matthew Rairdon (Westbrook, ME)

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WESTBROOK — The shooting deaths of two men in Westbrook on Saturday were an apparent murder-suicide, Maine State Police said Saturday night.

According to state police, Patrick Milliner, 30, of South Portland shot Matthew Rairdon, 22, in Rairdon’s apartment and then shot himself. Police said the two had been in a relationship that recently ended and that the slaying of Rairdon is being classified as a domestic violence homicide, the state’s 10th this year.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said police believe Milliner shot Rairdon very early Saturday morning, when Rairdon, an emergency room nurse at Mercy Hospital in Portland, returned home from work. A .40-caliber Glock handgun was found by Milliner’s body, McCausland said.

Milliner, McCausland said, was a new correctional guard at the Maine Correctional Facility in Windham and is currently enrolled in a correctional guard training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The bodies were discovered around 11 a.m. Saturday by Rairdon’s female roommate, who has not been identified.

The shooting took place in an apartment at the rear of a house at 318A Main St., a residential neighborhood about a half-mile from downtown Westbroo

Police in Maine are investigating a murder suicide after a man was shot dead by his former gay lover who then turned the gun on himself.

Matthew Rairdon, 22, was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning at his apartment in downtown Westbrook as he returned from a shift at a local hospital.

Patrick Milliner, 30, then turned the .40-caliber Glock pistol on himself. Their bodies were found several hours later by Rairdon’s room mate.

According to Maine State Police Milliner, who recently moved to Maine from Colorado, had just purchased the weapon the night before.

Police have described the two men as former lovers whose relationship had recently ended.

The South Portland man who police say killed his former boyfriend before turning the gun on himself wrote online of his “dark thoughts” in the hours before the murder-suicide.

Patrick Milliner, 30, shot himself in the head after shooting 22-year-old Matthew Rairdon twice early Saturday, said police, who think that Milliner ambushed Rairdon as he returned to his apartment in Westbrook.

The men had an on-again, off-again relationship that ended recently, according to a long letter that Milliner posted on Facebook about four hours before the shooting. Milliner indicated that he was upset about the end of his relationship with Rairdon and about spending Thanksgiving alone.

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/11/30/state__local_police_investigate_death_in_westbrook_/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2517016/Man-shoots-gay-lover-murder-suicide-Maine.html

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/30/news/portland/police-respond-to-death-in-westbrook/

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2014/07/17/matthew-rairdon-5k/12798135/

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/02/details_emerge_about_victim_in_westbrook_murder-suicide_/

http://www.wmtw.com/news/new-details-released-in-westbrook-murder-suicide/23245744

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/02/news/portland/police-victim-in-westbrook-murder-suicide-was-ambushed-had-saved-a-life-just-days-before/

http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/local-news/10864-police-continue-probing-westbrook-murder-suicide

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/02/autopsy_confirms_murder-suicide_in_westbrook/

http://west.wcsh6.com/news/news/832363-autopsies-released-westbrook-deaths

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http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?pid=168330206

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Patrick Milliner (Westbrook, ME)

Patrick Milliner

WESTBROOK — The shooting deaths of two men in Westbrook on Saturday were an apparent murder-suicide, Maine State Police said Saturday night.

According to state police, Patrick Milliner, 30, of South Portland shot Matthew Rairdon, 22, in Rairdon’s apartment and then shot himself. Police said the two had been in a relationship that recently ended and that the slaying of Rairdon is being classified as a domestic violence homicide, the state’s 10th this year.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said police believe Milliner shot Rairdon very early Saturday morning, when Rairdon, an emergency room nurse at Mercy Hospital in Portland, returned home from work. A .40-caliber Glock handgun was found by Milliner’s body, McCausland said.

Milliner, McCausland said, was a new correctional guard at the Maine Correctional Facility in Windham and is currently enrolled in a correctional guard training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

The bodies were discovered around 11 a.m. Saturday by Rairdon’s female roommate, who has not been identified.

The shooting took place in an apartment at the rear of a house at 318A Main St., a residential neighborhood about a half-mile from downtown Westbroo

Police in Maine are investigating a murder suicide after a man was shot dead by his former gay lover who then turned the gun on himself.

Matthew Rairdon, 22, was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning at his apartment in downtown Westbrook as he returned from a shift at a local hospital.

Patrick Milliner, 30, then turned the .40-caliber Glock pistol on himself. Their bodies were found several hours later by Rairdon’s room mate.

According to Maine State Police Milliner, who recently moved to Maine from Colorado, had just purchased the weapon the night before.

Police have described the two men as former lovers whose relationship had recently ended.

The South Portland man who police say killed his former boyfriend before turning the gun on himself wrote online of his “dark thoughts” in the hours before the murder-suicide.

Patrick Milliner, 30, shot himself in the head after shooting 22-year-old Matthew Rairdon twice early Saturday, said police, who think that Milliner ambushed Rairdon as he returned to his apartment in Westbrook.

The men had an on-again, off-again relationship that ended recently, according to a long letter that Milliner posted on Facebook about four hours before the shooting. Milliner indicated that he was upset about the end of his relationship with Rairdon and about spending Thanksgiving alone.

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/11/30/state__local_police_investigate_death_in_westbrook_/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2517016/Man-shoots-gay-lover-murder-suicide-Maine.html

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/30/news/portland/police-respond-to-death-in-westbrook/

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2014/07/17/matthew-rairdon-5k/12798135/

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/02/details_emerge_about_victim_in_westbrook_murder-suicide_/

http://www.wmtw.com/news/new-details-released-in-westbrook-murder-suicide/23245744

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/02/news/portland/police-victim-in-westbrook-murder-suicide-was-ambushed-had-saved-a-life-just-days-before/

http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/local-news/10864-police-continue-probing-westbrook-murder-suicide

http://www.pressherald.com/2013/12/02/autopsy_confirms_murder-suicide_in_westbrook/

http://west.wcsh6.com/news/news/832363-autopsies-released-westbrook-deaths

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http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?pid=168330206

Killed – Leon Kelley (Cumberland, ME)

Leon Kelley

The victim and the person who allegedly shot him knew each other, but the nature of the disagreement and the circumstances that led to the shooting at Brown’s Bee Farm remained under investigation Sunday night. Brown’s Bee Farm is co-owned and operated by 93-year-old Stan Brown, a well-known southern Maine beekeeper.

State police said they detained 70-year-old Merrill “Mike” Kimball of Yarmouth, who allegedly shot and killed Leon Kelley, 63, of Georgetown.

Kelley is Brown’s son-in-law. Kimball is married to Karen Thurlow-Kimball, who co-owns the beekeeping business with Brown.

The wife of 72-year-old Merrill “Mike” Kimball broke into tears under intense questioning by a prosecutor Monday as the final witness at her husband’s murder trial.

In her testimony, Karen Thurlow-Kimball had described how every member of her family was violently attacked on Oct. 6, 2013, before her husband fatally shot his attacker, 63-year-old Leon Kelley, at a North Yarmouth bee farm.

Merrill “Mike” Kimball appeared stunned Wednesday when a jury found him guilty of murder for fatally shooting 63-year-old Leon Kelley at a North Yarmouth bee farm in 2013.

Kimball, 72, of Yarmouth, had been so confident in his claim that he acted in self-defense that he had rejected a plea offer before the trial to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Now Kimball will likely spend the rest of his life in prison instead of remaining a free man, as he has been since the day of the shooting at Brown’s Bee Farm on Oct. 6, 2013.

The widow of a man who was shot to death at a North Yarmouth bee farm in 2013 is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband’s killer.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports that Kathleen Kelley of Georgetown is seeking $1 million from Merrill Kimball — a 72-year-old Yarmouth lobsterman. Kimball is being held at the Cumberland County Jail until his sentencing in the killing of Leon Kelley next Friday.

Kimball shot Kelley three times after Kelley’s family confronted Kimball’s family on Oct. 6, 2013, at Brown’s Bee Farm. Kathleen Kelley’s father owned the farm and Kimball’s wife managed it.

“I don’t know who he was. I had never seen this guy before. He was big, in my face, nose-to-nose almost. His hands were huge,” Kimball said in the video, describing his first encounter with Kelley at the bee farm around 3 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2013.

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/13/murder-trial-day-6-wife-of-accused-in-maine-bee-farm-killing-gives-emotional-testimony/

http://www.centralmaine.com/2013/10/06/police_investigating_shooting_in_north_yarmouth_/

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/08/murder-trial-day-3-victim-escalated-fight-before-bee-farm-shooting/

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/04/15/news/portland/jury-rules-maine-bee-farm-shooting-was-murder/

http://wabi.tv/2015/05/29/widow-in-maine-bee-farm-shooting-files-wrongful-death-suit/

http://wabi.tv/2015/06/01/maine-man-to-be-sentenced-for-killing-at-maine-bee-farm/

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2015/05/31/man-to-be-sentenced-for-murder-at-north-yarmouth-bee-farm/28264263/

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/13/murder-trial-day-6-wife-of-accused-in-maine-bee-farm-killing-gives-emotional-testimony/

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/15/jurors-continue-to-weigh-self-defense-claim-in-bee-farm-murder-trial/

http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/04/09/murder-trial-day-4-jurors-watch-video-re-enactment-of-maine-bee-farm-killing/

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/04/news/portland/yarmouth-lobsterman-to-be-sentenced-friday-for-2013-murder-of-georgetown-man/

http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=leon-carlton-kelley&pid=167492221&

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Wounded – Man (Princeton, ME)

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PRINCETON, Maine — The hunting and fishing camp owner who was wounded by a gunman Tuesday evening is recovering and in good condition, according to a spokesperson at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Maine State Police reported Tuesday that Steve Whitman, 60, was shot that afternoon at the campground but still managed to call 911 and identify his shooter as Craig Woodruff, 52, of Baileyville.

Woodruff was found dead a short distance away inside his sports utility vehicle on the Long Lake Camp Road, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

After an autopsy was conducted Wednesday, Brandy Desrosier of the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta reported that Woodruff died of “a gunshot wound to the head with perforation of the brain.”

The gun used was not identified, but she said the death was ruled a suicide.

Police said Tuesday night that the two men knew each other but offered no motive for the shooting. State police Sgt. Darrin Crane said Wednesday that he was unable to provide any more information than what was released Tuesday.

Whitman and his wife, Linda “Lin” Whitman, are the owners and operators of Long Lake Camps, located about 1.5 miles from town. One of Woodruff’s relatives is a manager at the camp, and Woodruff was a guide, according to the camp’s website.

Steve Whitman, 60, reportedly suffered two gunshot wounds around 5 p.m. but still managed to call 911 and give Washington County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers details about the man who shot him, identified as Craig Woodruff, 52, of Baileyville, McCausland stated in an email late Tuesday.

State police spokesman Steve McCausland said in a release that 60-year-old Steve Whitman is expected to survive his injuries from the shooting around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/northeast/2013/10/maine_campground_owner_wounded_in_shooting

Attempted Murder/Suicide – Dead – Craig Woodruff (Princeton, ME)

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PRINCETON, Maine — The hunting and fishing camp owner who was wounded by a gunman Tuesday evening is recovering and in good condition, according to a spokesperson at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Maine State Police reported Tuesday that Steve Whitman, 60, was shot that afternoon at the campground but still managed to call 911 and identify his shooter as Craig Woodruff, 52, of Baileyville.

Woodruff was found dead a short distance away inside his sports utility vehicle on the Long Lake Camp Road, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

After an autopsy was conducted Wednesday, Brandy Desrosier of the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta reported that Woodruff died of “a gunshot wound to the head with perforation of the brain.”

The gun used was not identified, but she said the death was ruled a suicide.

Police said Tuesday night that the two men knew each other but offered no motive for the shooting. State police Sgt. Darrin Crane said Wednesday that he was unable to provide any more information than what was released Tuesday.

Whitman and his wife, Linda “Lin” Whitman, are the owners and operators of Long Lake Camps, located about 1.5 miles from town. One of Woodruff’s relatives is a manager at the camp, and Woodruff was a guide, according to the camp’s website.

Steve Whitman, 60, reportedly suffered two gunshot wounds around 5 p.m. but still managed to call 911 and give Washington County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers details about the man who shot him, identified as Craig Woodruff, 52, of Baileyville, McCausland stated in an email late Tuesday.

State police spokesman Steve McCausland said in a release that 60-year-old Steve Whitman is expected to survive his injuries from the shooting around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Double Murder – Killed – Heidi Pratt (Oakfield, ME)

Heidi Pratt

he medical examiner’s office has positively identified the second body found in a burned out home in Oakfield Monday as that of 49-year-old Heidi Pratt.

32-year-old Matthew Davis of Houlton is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths.

The medical examiner says Pratt died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

51-year-old Michael Kitchen died from multiple gunshots wounds.

Police say Davis first crashed his truck into a building at Katahdin Forest Products Monday morning and stole a truck from the company. They say he then drove to the couple’s house in Oakfield, killed them, then set their house and a pick-up on fire.

Davis then reportedly stole a truck from their garage, drove it to Island Falls, set that on fire and got into a kayak.

According to police, Davis took the kayak across the lake and stole another car.

Police arrested him Monday morning on Beaver Dam Point Road.

HOULTON, Maine — As the local man accused of killing an Oakfield couple early Monday made his first court appearance Wednesday, an affidavit provided more details but still no motive.

Matthew Davis, 32, appeared in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton by videoconference from the Aroostook County Jail. Several of his family members were in the courtroom for the 11:30 a.m. hearing, but they could not see his face on the screen from where they were sitting.

Davis was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, both of Oakfield, at the couple’s home at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna Road. According to the affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Elmer Farren, both victims were found dead in the bedroom of the home, which Davis allegedly set on fire.

According to an affidavit written by Maine State Police Detective Elmer Farren, neighbors of the victims heard gunshots at about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2013, and saw a truck leaving the scene with one male driver. Firefighters called to the home discovered a white pickup truck belonging to Katahdin Forest Products aflame against the residence.

One hour later, the Island Falls Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire on Richardson Road in Island Falls, where another pickup truck was found burning. Farren said in the affidavit that police determined that truck belonged to the mechanic’s garage that Kitchen owned with his family. Another firearm found inside that vehicle belonged to Davis.

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