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Posted on: October 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Attempted Suicide at CCJ

Incident Date:  October 17, 2020  

Incident Time:  12 Noon

Incident Location: Cumberland County Jail


Release Date:  October 19, 2020

Release Time: 2:30 pm


Corrections Officer Steven Yankowsky discovered an inmate attempting to commit suicide in his cell. The inmate had tied a towel around his neck and was suspended from the top bunk. Officer Yankowsky called for help and with his quick action got him down, avoiding unnecessary first aid. The officer was assisted by Inmate Medical Staff. 


The 43-year-old inmate from Portland was transported via ambulance to Maine Medical Center where he made a full recovery and later that day returned to the jail.

Further inquiries can be addressed to,

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

(207) 774- 1444 ext 2115

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