December 27, 2012

Skowhegan police chief mum on Monday incident near Fairfield police chief's home

Michael Emmons, who responded to a Prescott Road 'mental subject' call near John Emery's home, says incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed

By Doug Harlow
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN -- An incident Monday afternoon near the Skowhegan home of Fairfield police Chief John Emery is under investigation, but no details about what it is were available Thursday.

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John Emery in 2003.

"I have no further comment on the Emery story," Skowhegan police Chief Michael Emmons said Thursday. "The case is under investigation. No charges have been filed."

There were no reports of injuries in the incident, in which more than a dozen officers from four agencies converged on Palmer Road, where Emery owns a home, Monday afternoon after a report of a "mental subject" -- a police radio term.

Emery was on paid administrative leave for personal reasons starting Wednesday, according to Fairfield Town Manager Josh Reny.

Emery's leave of absence coincides with a report that 15 officers -- including Emmons, Somerset County Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi, Somerset County Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, state police and officers from the Fairfield and Skowhegan police and the Somerset County Sheriff's Office -- along with an emergency medical service unit, were called to an address on the road at 2:49 p.m. Monday.

Fairfield police Sgt. Matthew Bard said that in Emery's absence, Detective Sgt. Kingston Paul, who is the highest-ranking officer, and he will share leadership duties in the department.

Messages left at Emery's home and on his cellphone were not returned Wednesday and Thursday.

Emery has been chief for 12 years.

Doug Harlow -- 612-2367


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