Grand jury indicts man found with ‘seal bomb’

Posted June 22, 2009, at 10:48 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor man police arrested in January after they determined he possessed a device that looked like a stick of dynamite and actually was a type of high explosive has been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Charles W. Carl III, 36, was indicted Monday on charges of criminal use of explosives, driving to endanger, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and carrying a concealed weapon.

Carl was stopped by Maine state Trooper Mike Johnston on Dec. 30 in Orono for driving erratically, according to a story previously published in the Bangor Daily News. During the traffic stop, the trooper allegedly found the explosive device, a dangerous knife and pills that were not prescribed to Carl.

The explosive reportedly is used in commercial fishing in California to scare seals away from pens where harvested fish are held. A “seal bomb,” according to the BDN story, looks like a small stick of dynamite, with a fuse on one end. It is classified as a high explosive by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which requires a permit to detonate it.

Carl did not say why he had the explosive, which was found in his pocket, according to the trooper. No additional explosives were found in a search of his Bangor home a few days later.

If convicted of the charges, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

He remains free on bail. Carl and others indicted Monday who are not in custody are scheduled to be arraigned July 17 in Penobscot County Superior Court.

Others indicted Monday include:

Theresa Anderson, 26, Fairfield, negotiating worthless instrument.

Peter Badger, 50, Charleston, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Adam Bezgembluk, 24, Bangor, two counts possession of sexually explicit materials.

Heather Braley, 24, Bangor, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Justin Clark, 27, Bangor, assault.

Derek F. Conner, 22, Bucksport, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Ryan S. Craven, 28, Eddington, theft by unauthorized taking.

Sabra S. Dean, 22, Searsmont, theft by unauthorized taking.

Kenneth E. Emery, 30, Pittsfield, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Jay Fader, 20, Bangor, failure to appear, violation of condition of release,

Brian D. Floyd, 18, Plymouth, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief.

Bradford Francis, 22, Orrington, criminal threatening.

Iban A. Freeman, 21, Brewer, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of condition of release.

Sarah Granville, 35, Holden, theft by unauthorized taking.

Mary Hale, 20, Millinocket, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Ronald O. Harding, 37, West Enfield, gross sexual assault.

Frank C. Johnson, 32, Corinna, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Steven LaFrance, 50, Dexter, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Kevin E. Landry, 46, Hudson, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal threatening, domestic violence assault, violation of protective order, violation of condition of release.

Jeremy N. Lovley, 23, Orrington, eluding officer; criminal speed.

Gordon B. McLaughlin, 43, Bangor, two counts theft by unauthorized taking.

Dawn M. Moores, 22, Bangor, failure to appear in court, violation of condition of release.

Jennifer E. Owens-Hannon, 37, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Clarence Rairdon, 56, Bradford, terrorizing.

Aaron E. Reese, 26, Mattawamkeag, two counts burglary, two counts theft by unauthorized taking.

Nicholas M. Robichaud, 26, Bangor, trafficking in prison contraband.

William J. Scardoni, 29, Lewiston, two counts aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, three counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, four counts tampering with a witness or informant, two counts violation of condition of release.

Vaughn C. Scott, 32, Hampden, unauthorized use of property, operating vehicle after license suspension, two counts burglary of a motor vehicle, theft by unauthorized taking.

Katie L. Sereyko, 28, Bangor, theft by deception, violation of condition of release.

Timothy M. Shorey, 40, Cookson, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Jeremy M. D. Slaughter, 19, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

James C. Smith, 26, Holden, failure to appear in court, violation of condition of release.

Monte W. Smith, 44, Greenbush, aggravated assault, assault.

Kristin E. Tilley, 21, Glenburn, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal mischief, assault, attempted assault, obstructing government administration, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Keith A. Underwood, 33, Bangor, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Brent West, 29, Bangor, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture of $6,820.

Samantha F. White, 25, Newburgh, theft by unauthorized taking.

Dawn J. Wood, 38, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jana L. Woollard, 28, Bangor, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

jharrison@bangordailynews.net

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