2012 MWSA Merit Award

Presented by:  Wdn. Joe McBrine

Washington County Sheriff Deputies Adam Davis and Dennis Perry are both avid sportsmen who spend most of their time off hunting and fishing.  These men are no strangers to the Maine Warden Service.  As dispatchers and patrol officers, they have always been quick to offer support to local wardens.  Dennis has spent many hours working with game wardens on his days off.  These officers play a key role in the great working relationship  that our two agencies enjoy.

This particular case highlights the work ethic and great dedication these officers have to the people of Washington County.  The diligence of these officers resulted in several charges against a hunter that included felonies.

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint on the Straight Bay Road in Lubec.  The original complaint was for a possible burglary in progress.  The nature of the complaint involved a vehicle  bypassing two gates onto a property of a summer residence.

Deputies Davis and Perry checked the area and found a gray pickup parked on the property out of site of the roadway.  Deputies checked the truck and then proceeded to check the residence to make sure that it was not being broken into.  The deputies obtained information from the complainant on a possible identity of the person and information that the person involved there may be hunting.

The Maine Warden Service was contacted and responded.  While waiting for Warden Joe McBrine to arrive, Deputies remained at the property concealing their location and watched the area.

About 25 minutes later, a male subject emerged on the edge of a field at the tree line.  The man was carrying a long gun in his right hand and his movements were consistent with that of a person hunting.

The man was contacted by deputies and subsequently arrested for hunting on Sunday and Violation of Conditions of Release.  The 20 gauge shotgun in his possession and the ammunition for it were seized.  He was transported to the Washington County jail.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the man was prohibited from possessing a firearm as he was a convicted felon.  It was also determined that the man is alleged to have fraudulently purchased a hunting license for several years and registered a deer in November that was taken with a rifle.  Records also indicate that the man had registered two more deer in recent years that had been taken with a rifle.

A few days later, Sheriff’s deputies met with Wdn. McBrine and Sgt. Dave Craven.  A search warrant was obtained and executed at the property of the Lubec man just after 1800 hours.  This was a joint operation between the Warden Service and Sheriff’s Office.  During the search warrant, 3 firearms were seized from the residence along with a number of rifle and shotgun shells.  Other items were also seized including a 2012 Maine Hunting license which was fraudulently obtained.

The man was arrested without incident and transported to the Washington County jail.  He was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Fraudulently Obtaining a Hunting License, Unsworn falsification and Violation of Bail.