Local man charged in drugstore incident

Posted July 20, 2009, at 8:28 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A local man was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday night after a disturbance at a drugstore that prompted a clerk to hide behind a counter, police said.

Joseph Lapoint, 28, was arrested at a Rite Aid store on U.S. Route 1.

Dispatchers had received a call about 8:30 p.m. from a clerk who reported that a highly intoxicated man was screaming and swearing in the store.

The clerk was so frightened that she hid behind the counter, according to a report filed by Machias police Officer Wade Walker.

Walker reported that Lapoint indicated he was upset because his phone wasn’t working.

Machias police Officer Ryan Allen said Monday that Walker and Maine State Police Trooper Greg Burns removed Lapoint from the building.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release.

Allen said Lapoint was free on bail for a case involving a motor vehicle and that it was against conditions of his release for him to consume alcohol.

Lapoint was taken to the Washington County Jail.

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