June 20, 2018
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Baseball bat beating leads to felony charge

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

A transient from the Old Town area was arrested late last week on a Class B felony assault charge after allegedly beating his parents’ neighbor with a baseball bat.

Harold Sanford Carter III, 28, also was charged with criminal mischief, though state police Trooper Barry Meserve said Thursday that the charge likely will be elevated to a felony because the amount of property damage is expected to be “well over” the state’s $1,000 threshold for felony property crimes.

Carter, who was arrested late Friday night, remained behind bars late Thursday night, unable to make bail of $2,000 cash, a jail official confirmed.

Meserve said the incident began after Carter had dinner at his parents’ home on Old County Road in Greenfield.

“He then started drinking and just snapped,” Meserve said, adding that Carter, for some unknown reason, became irate over a years-old dispute between his parents and the neighbors. The trooper said that two families had buried the hatchet years ago.

“For whatever reason, [Carter] walked across the street [to the neighbors’ house] and started smashing windows,” Meserve said. He said Carter used a shovel and several staked solar lights to break at least six windows.

The ruckus woke up the victim and his wife, who initially thought their home was being shot at, Meserve said. Carter then went back home, only to return shortly afterward.

The neighbor, in the meantime, came outside, armed with a baseball bat he apparently intended to use to defend himself, “but he was quickly overpowered by [Carter],” who proceeded to beat him with it, Meserve said.

During the beating, Carter broke several bones in the man’s left hand and badly bruised the man’s arm, which was raised to protect his head.

Meserve said that Carter’s parents intervened and brought him back to their home, where he was arrested. The neighbor was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, where his hand and arm were treated. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


The Glenburn man who made headlines last month after trying to swim away from police was arrested again late Wednesday for violating the conditions of his bail.

Allan Burke-Sapiel, 20, was arrested on July 22 after he allegedly stole a car in Bangor, was chased on foot to Brewer by police, then swam the Penobscot River back to Bangor in an effort to elude them.

At that time, he was charged with the felony crimes of unauthorized use of property and receiving stolen property, but authorities said he could face other charges because his driver’s license was suspended and because his blood alcohol level was 0.07 percent. Though that’s below the 0.08 percent level for drunken driving, Burke-Sapiel isn’t old enough to consume alcohol legally.

At the time of his arrest Wednesday, Burke-Sapiel was visiting a Bolling Drive residence with another male and a female, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Thursday.

The occupant of the residence was not home at the time and a neighbor called police to report what appeared to be suspicious activity, Weber said.

As it turned out, Bangor police Officer John Robinson learned that one of the people Burke-Sapiel was with was related to the occupant and the three had permission to be there.

The problem for Burke-Sapiel was that he had a bottle of vodka with him, in violation of a condition of his bail prohibiting him from using or possessing alcohol.

This time, Burke-Sapiel did not try to flee from police. Robinson arrested him without incident, Weber said. He remained at Penobscot County Jail on Thursday night. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A transient from Holden was arrested Thursday afternoon after a Bangor police officer was called to a Hammond Street apartment building to look into a report that someone was smoking marijuana out front.

When he arrived, Bangor police Officer Chris Blanchard spotted a man outside 140 Hammond St., Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Thursday. As the officer approached, the man took off running, but was quickly apprehended, Weber said.

Though no pot was found, the man later identified as Ralph Simard, 21, emitted a strong odor of liquor.

When Blanchard asked dispatchers to run a background check, he learned Simard was out on bail and as a condition of his release, was not supposed to use or possess alcohol. Blanchard arrested Simard and took him to Penobscot County Jail. A jail official said he has since been released on bail. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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