Deputies charge Monroe man who trashed his own residence

Posted June 15, 2009, at 7:22 p.m.

MONROE, Maine — A local man was arrested Sunday morning after flying into a rage and trashing his residence on Back Brooks Road.

Matthew B. McIver, 22, of Monroe was charged with criminal mischief after the 6:22 a.m. incident.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Bosco and Glenn Graef were investigating a hit-and-run accident at Monroe Town Hall when they received a call about a disturbance on Back Brooks Road. A woman had told dispatchers that her son was trashing the house and that she had fled out of fear for her safety.

When the deputies arrived, they saw McIver standing outside the home with his fists clenched and acting “very agitated,” Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Monday.

The deputies noted that blood was flowing from McIver’s lip, his forehead was cut and he had cuts on the knuckles of his right hand. When police entered the house, they said, they saw a hammer embedded in a VCR and holes in the walls and ceiling.

“He admitted doing the damage,” Keating said of McIver.

McIver was placed under arrest and taken to Waldo County General Hospital to have his hand checked before being booked at Waldo County Jail. He was released later that day on $100 bail.

Deputies Bosco and Graef were on their way to the town office when the call came in from the McIver residence. When they got to the office, they found a vehicle had skidded across the lawn, taken out its sign and crashed into the front steps before taking off down Route 139.

Keating said a witness reported hearing the crash at 6:05 a.m. and saw a silver Chevrolet leave the scene. Pieces of the car were left behind. The incident remains under investigation.

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