Maul-wielding neighbor arrested

Posted June 08, 2009, at 9:21 p.m.

NORTHPORT, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday night after threatening a neighbor boy with a splitting maul.

Christopher C. Rumney, 50, of Beech Hill Road was charged with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct by Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputies Dan Thompson and James Greeley after the 8:15 p.m. incident. He was taken to Waldo County Jail and later released on $140 bail.

Chief Deputy Robert Keating said a teenage boy was riding around the family’s yard on a go-cart while his parents were conducting Bible study when Rumney allegedly began shouting at the boy and approached him with a splitting maul. Keating said Rumney stood at the edge of the road in front of his neighbor’s house and began shouting at the boy and waving the maul menacingly in the air at him.

When the boy’s father came out of the home and asked him to calm down, Rumney went back to his property and began hitting a parked van with the maul. Several witnesses confirmed the father’s story.

“Deputies Thompson and Greeley saw a yellow-handled splitting maul on the property near a pile of wood when they went to speak to Mr. Rumney. He told them he had a bad day,” Keating said Monday.

wgriffin@bangordailynews.net

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