April 23, 2018
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Ellsworth man denies probation violation

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man who again is in trouble with the law for allegedly selling drugs was one of several people who appeared Friday in Hancock County Superior Court to answer criminal charges.

Shannon G. Martin, 28, appeared in court to answer to a charge that he has violated his probation from a 2006 conviction for aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. In that case, Martin was convicted of selling cocaine from an apartment on Shore Road near the Knowlton School

He received a sentence of three years in prison with all but 13 months and 15 days suspended and a probation term of two years.

This summer, Martin was arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency after he allegedly sold cocaine to someone in an MDEA undercover operation, according to documents filed in Superior Court. Further details about Martin’s most recent arrest were unavailable Friday afternoon.

On Friday, Martin entered a denial of the alleged probation violation.

The current charge against Martin of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs is a Class A charge because of the prior conviction of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, according to Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett. Class A convictions in Maine can result in prison terms of up to 30 years.

In 2007 Martin faced other alleged probation violations of his 2006 conviction, including consuming alcohol, furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and possession of methadone, according to court documents.

ä In an unrelated case, a Sullivan man who was arrested in May after he drove his pickup truck into four parked cars at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth appeared in court Friday to plead guilty to the resulting charges, including criminal operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Daniel Fellis, 27, who has a prior operating under the influence conviction, was arrested a short time after the May 26 incident when witnesses told police he had driven to a nearby home on Buttermilk Road in Lamoine. Fellis was charged with criminal OUI, violating bail, operating a motor vehicle beyond the limits of his li-cense, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to provide proof of insurance to police.

On Friday, Fellis was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution for the damage he caused to the other vehicles, which police estimated to be more than $20,000. Kellett said that $3,000 restitution is all that the victims requested. She said she could not explain the disparity between the original damage estimate and the amount in the restitution order.

If Fellis pays half of the restitution within the next 12 months and avoids any further legal trouble he will be able to serve only 30 days behind bars for the OUI charge, Kellett said. He’ll face a concurrent week in jail for violating his probation while the remaining charges will be dismissed, according to court documents.

ä A Holden man pleaded innocent Friday to charges of aggravated criminal OUI, aggravated assault, and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. The charges stem from a head-on collision Feb. 18 in Bucksport that caused serious injury to the driver of the other vehicle.

Larry A. Costain, 45, is alleged to have had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent when he tried to turn left in front of an oncoming pickup truck on Route 46, according to Kellett. The legal limit in Maine is 0.08 percent.

Kellett said that the other driver required surgery on each of her limbs because of the collision. As of May, the driver of the other vehicle had medical bills totaling more than $166,000, she said.

ä In another case, Michael J. Jordan, 47, of Lamoine pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of negotiating a worthless instrument.

Jordan was charged in March after he wrote a bad check for more than $5,000 to Morrison Chevrolet in Ellsworth for a snowplow, then failed to make good on the funds within the next five days. Jordan made good on the money in April. He was ordered Friday to pay a $200 fine and will not have to serve jail time.



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