ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bucksport man who served a 20-year prison sentence in Vermont on a murder conviction was one of 28 people indicted Tuesday by a Hancock County grand jury.
Kent A. Hanson, 66, was indicted on charges stemming from an incident last month in which he allegedly stole a car and led police on a high-speed chase from Bucksport to Brewer. He is facing charges of eluding an officer, theft, passing a roadblock, driving to endanger, and criminal speed.
Hanson, who reportedly has history of stealing vehicles, is accused of stealing a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier from the parking lot of Dental Associates on Mechanic Street in Bucksport at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. After the incident was reported, a Bucksport police officer passed the vehicle and attempted to stop it.
But Hanson allegedly sped off at speeds of more than 80 mph, swerving around other vehicles on Route 15 and avoiding a spike mat laid out by police in Orrington. The stolen vehicle eventually was stopped in Brewer when it drove over spike mats and then struck two utility poles on South Main Street. Hanson reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Hanson served 20 years in prison in Vermont for the 1985 murder of a female acquaintance and, before that, six years in a Vermont state hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to the 1964 killing of his wife.
Also indicted Tuesday was Tina M. Lord, 28, of Bar Harbor on charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and stealing drugs. Lord allegedly stole an estimated 75 methadone and diazepam pills from her employer, a 52-year-old Bar Harbor man who is paralyzed from the neck down, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court.
Lord, who worked for the man for only a couple of weeks, was arrested in February when officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a controlled buy of drugs from Lord outside the YWCA on Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor, according to police. During the controlled buy, Lord allegedly accepted $100 in exchange for 12 stolen methadone pills.
Also indicted Tuesday was a Stonington man who is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through three Hancock County towns in June. Davis S. Bradshaw, 18, is facing charges of eluding an officer, criminal speed, driving to endanger and passing a roadblock.
According to police, an officer tried to stop Bradshaw on June 20 in Blue Hill on suspicion of speeding when Bradshaw allegedly sped off at speeds of up to 100 mph. Police say they arrested Bradshaw after he drove over a spike mat in Sedgwick and then continued at slow speeds over the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge into Deer Isle before being stopped.
An Ellsworth man arrested this summer after he allegedly sold cocaine to someone in an MDEA undercover operation also was indicted Tuesday. Shannon G. Martin, 28, is facing charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. The charge is considered a class A crime, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, because Martin has a previous conviction for selling the drugs within 1,000 feet of an Ellsworth school.
Also indicted Tuesday:
Erica J. Atcherson, 35, Milbridge, theft, violating conditions of release.
Derek C. Awalt, 26, Portland, criminal operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, operating beyond license conditions or restrictions.
Joseph R. Beaulieu, 29, Bucksport, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, receiving stolen property.
Stephen R. Cyr, 55, Sedgwick, criminal OUI.
Shannon L. Davis, 33, Hancock, operating a motor vehicle after revocation.
Timothy Gillen, 27, Sedgwick, criminal OUI, operating a motor vehicle after suspension.
Gregory A. Gilley, 21, Southwest Harbor, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Maya M. Gray, 20, Southwest Harbor, theft, forgery.
Joel D. Hatt, 18, Hampden, burglary, theft, aggravated criminal mischief.
Aaron A. Hilton, 28, Ellsworth, theft.
William J. Leach, 28, Penobscot, forgery, attempted acquiring drugs by deception.
Timothy E. Levesque, 44, Lamoine, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, carrying a concealed weapon.
Catherine A. Longo, 47, Ellsworth, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
Jerome P. Millay, 38, Blue Hill, unlawful sexual contact.
Brandon J. Miller, 26, Lamoine, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.
Tyler W. Murphy, 22, Southwest Harbor, gross sexual assault, furnishing liquor to a minor, allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor.
Jennifer S. Normand, 25, Pembroke, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after suspension, violating conditions of release.
Jeffrey M. Olsen, 29, Ellsworth, assault.
Gary W. Paine Jr., 38, Mariaville, eluding an officer, criminal OUI, driving to endanger.
Christopher M. Price, 20, Hampden, burglary, theft, aggravated criminal mischief.
Ricky D. Skillings, 32, Sullivan, operating after license revocation, improper attachment of plates.
Joshua A. Torrey, 29, Bangor, operating after license revocation.
Louis H. Willey, 61, Surry, criminal OUI.
Zachary D. Wright, 18, Amherst, burglary, theft, aggravated criminal mischief.