Man, 19, indicted in boat joy ride

Posted Nov. 06, 2008, at 7:26 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6 a.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A Washington County grand jury Thursday indicted a 19-year-old Beals Island man in connection with a lobster boat joy ride around the harbor earlier this year.

Kenneth H. Chandler was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal mischief and one count of criminal mischief.

In May, a local lobsterman called authorities after finding the Lisa Marie, a 31-foot lobster boat owned by Larry Crowley, damaged, abandoned and going in circles in Moosabec Reach, between Jonesport and Beals.

The U.S. Coast Guard and state Marine Patrol officials called Crowley and he said he had not given anyone permission to use his boat. Since no one was found on the boat, authorities initially feared its operator might have gone overboard.

After an unsuccessful search of the area, efforts shifted to a vandalism investigation, in part because the Lisa Marie had struck at least five other boats in the harbor and crashed into a dock, causing about $50,000 in damage.

Chandler later was arrested at his home on Beals Island.

The grand jury also indicted a 34-year-old Brewer man in connection with a motorcycle accident last year that seriously injured his female companion.

This was the second time Daniel McDonald had been indicted by a grand jury. He first was indicted in January.

In the first indictment, McDonald was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and driving to endanger.

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh said Thursday that he had sought the second grand jury indictment Thursday because he had added the charge of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, alleging the injury was caused by the motorcycle.

In June 2007, McDonald and his companion Erin Frost were visiting Eastport and were just coming off Toll Bridge Road when his 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle went airborne across Route 190 and slammed into a guardrail.

McDonald and Frost were thrown from the motorcycle.

They were taken to a local hospital. McDonald suffered a broken leg, while Frost ended up with numerous injuries that required a long hospital stay.

The grand jury also indicted:

Burdette O. Brown, 42, Machiasport, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, domestic violence assault and violation of condition of release.

Henry J. Socoby, 30, Princeton, acquiring drugs by deception and forgery.

Andrew N. Cheney, 62, Danforth, three counts of criminal threatening and terrorizing.

Thomas R. Ivey, 28, Calais, aggravated criminal OUI, two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of reckless conduct and aggravated criminal mischief.

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