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Katy England
I write, teach, and have triplets. Scotch helps.
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Maine State and Fairfield Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Fairfield woman who has been missing for over two weeks.  34 year old Valerie Tieman was last seen on August 30 at Wal-Mart in Skowhegan.  She is 5’7” tall, 165 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.   She was reported missing  to Fairfield Police on September 9, by her parents, who live out of state. State Police joined the investigation Tuesday.


Tieman lives on the Norridgewock Road in Fairfield with her husband, Luc Tieman, who has cooperated with investigators. Tieman said Valerie was last seen in the couple’s pickup truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot on August 30.  Tieman said he had gone into the store and she was missing from the truck when he returned a short time later .    Anyone with information on Valerie Tieman’s whereabouts is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 624-7076 or Fairfield Police.



The attached photo was taken in July of the couple after the purchase of the truck, that she was last seen in.

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Maine State Police Traffic Safety Unit performs an Air Craft speed enforcement detail

AUGUSTA AREA, Maine – Many people were kicking off the long weekend with holiday travel. And though a vast majority of drivers maintain prudent speeds, not everyone heeded the posted limit. Maine State Police’s Air Wing and other members of the Traffic Safety Unit kicked off the long weekend with a joint speed detail in Clinton that went from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Sept. 2.

In the air, Chief Pilot Gerald Pearson and Pilot Greg Tirado circle over certain stretches of the interstate. On the interstate below, you may notice certain stretches of road have white markings, they measure 3-feet by 7-feet and are spaced a quarter of a mile apart. This is part of the tool that is used to calculate a vehicle’s speed using a chronometer. The trooper in the air identifies a car that seems to be speeding (evidenced by them passing slower vehicles) and each time they pass one of those markings they tick off a lap. That calculates the distance traveled and the speed – they often take several readings and then radio down to the cruisers waiting below.

“It’s simple physics,” said Pearson. “There no radar or laser or gee-wiz gadget. Simple time versus distance.”

And often the person stopped can be more than a little surprised since often the Trooper isn’t in sight for a little while.

The pilots, with an eagle eye view of the interstate below can tell troopers precisely which car they have clocked, and where it is in relation to other traffic.

And they can also track aggressive driving from this vantage point as well as bad passing, following too closely and other traffic violations can all be observed from the sky and radioed down to the troopers below. Should someone decide to contest the charges, the pilot(s) will also testify in court. Each car they mark is issued a control number, which is radioed to the Troopers. Since they are high up, they are able to give a basic description of the vehicle (red sedan) and when the Trooper stops it, the pilot can verify that is the car they clocked, which is then stopped. That vehicle is assigned a control number and at that point the Air Wing has determined its speed, direction of travel, and color and vehicle type.

The Trooper on the ground gets a more detailed vehicle description and confirms with the Air Wing that it’s the correct vehicle, and then the details of the stop are also relayed back to the troopers in the plane (what kind of ticket, any other infractions including inspection stickers, registration violations, to more serious violations like operating under the influence, arrest warrants and drug arrests). They also track whether or not the operator is a resident of Maine or not – and more often than not citations are given out on a pretty even 50-50 split of residents and non-residents.

Throughout the course of the detail Troopers stopped 40 vehicles with speeds ranging between 83 to 92 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone.

Some questions that are frequently asked of the pilots in the Air Wing is how they are able to track cars and still fly the aircraft. Both Tirado and Pearson have several decades of piloting experience. Tirado has more than 30 and Pearson has just under 30. Part of their licensing is to be able to fly without using instruments.

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A little #fanfictionfriday with this little bit inspired by someone exploiting the chameleon spell in +The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  

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Two new pages in my Riven book, thanks to +Katy England for helping me write the text, keeps me motivated!

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