Old Blue and I came right around sideways coming up over Bailey Hill. The roads are very slippery already. Jamie McLaughliin and his crew are headed out to put some salt down. Please be careful out there. ... See MoreSee Less
Does anybody else have driving to work buddies? Those folks you see every morning around the same time headed to or coming from work traveling in the opposite direction of you. You see the car you recognize and give a big wave. If you don't meet a car and you wonder if they are running late or sick. They all wave back as I head to Woodland...except Missy Campbell, she's a non waving snob. Maybe it's just me. ... See MoreSee Less
Some pics of us kids having pizza and playing some games. Some of our shovelers didn't make it down but we'll make it up to them.
HIGHLIGHT of the NIGHT:
Chandler Nott walked over to me and tried to hand me a bag that contained some money. I asked him what it was and he said a person paid him to shovel and he thought I should have it to help pay for the pizzas.I asked him how much was in the bag and he said $10. I told him that I wanted him to keep it but he was very adamant that I have it. I asked him if he would change it all into quarters for the games and share them with his friends. He did just that and then he and Onyx went around handing out quarters to all of the other kids. These are the kids we having growing up in our little town. I am thankful for them.
Ok my little snow shoveling minions we are shifting gears today and getting on the pizza train. If you were out shoveling friends and neighbors out meet us tonight at 5:30 at Linda's New York Style Pizza. Downeast Credit Union is paying for your pizzas and a drink. Bring a parent along with you if you want, just make sure they behave. You know how parents can get. I think we deserve a night of pool and pizza don't you? There is just one rule....I run the jukebox and pick the music! ... See MoreSee Less
Now that I have had a couple of minutes to take a breath I will try to answer some more questions and give you a bit of a time line.
As soon as I was made aware of a couple of threatening messages this morning by a student I contacted the school and had her brought to the principal and sent our on duty officer to the school. I suited up and headed for the high school.
While traveling to the school I made several phone calls to start a plan that has already been in place and updated for almost 5 years. When I arrived at the high school evacuation plans were already being put into place. I had other law enforcement officers block off our parking lot so nobody that wasn’t authorized could enter. LEO’s (law enforcement officers) were also sent to the elementary school.
After the last student was cleared from the high school I went to WES. When I walked into the parking lot the Chief of the Police Department at UMO called me to let me know our suspect had been on their campus 15 minutes earlier and had left in his vehicle. Surrounding agencies were combing the area for him. Less than 1 hour later WCSO Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree observed the suspect vehicle traveling east on Rt. 9 in Clifton.
Again a plan was put into place for the safe apprehension of the suspect. The suspect was stopped further down Rt. 9 in a safe location with more officers present. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at that time. I met the deputies on Rt. 9 and took custody of the suspect.
I know the 4 hours from the time I found out about it until an arrest was made seemed like forever but it also went by in the blink of an eye for me. The plans we have in place work. The correct steps were taken at every turn. This town should be very proud of its students and school staff.
I have told your kids and the staffs that if something like this were to happen that every person with a badge would be coming to help. Today proved that to be true. Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Washington County SO. Penobscot SO. UMO Campus Police, Orono Police, Old Town Police, US Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol, Calais PD and coordinating it all was our Washington County RCC. There may have been more and if I missed you I am sorry the oversight is not intentional.
If you feel inclined to sit back and Monday morning quarter back this you just help yourself but based on my training and experience this crisis was handled very well at many levels. Do we have some things we can improve on? You bet. Today we were put to the test in a real life situation and our prior preparations paid dividends.
Now how do we move forward? High School Principal was already making plans for Monday morning when the kids return for an assembly to discuss this incident. I am sure something similar will happen at the elementary school.
Kids, (and adults) I cannot stress enough that your words have consequences so please choose them wisely. I am so proud of how you all reacted today in the face of the unknown. You are loved and will always be protected. I’ll see you all Monday and we’ll have a talk.
Parents, if you have any questions or concerns my email is firstname.lastname@example.org . I will answer them as time allows. Hug your kids tight tonight and give them an extra squeeze from me.
LEO’s this tested our metal today and I found you to be incredibly efficient, professional and at the top of your game. Thank you all for watching over our kids. RCC you are amazing.
Teachers and staff as I walked the halls today and listened to you give comfort and directions to your students I could feel your concern but also saw how protective you were of them. A mama bear has nothing on you all. I will see you Monday. ... See MoreSee Less