Assault report leads to charge by grand jury

Posted Feb. 04, 2010, at 10:56 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man accused of punching an officer in the face, then running into nearby woods last November was indicted Thursday by the Hancock County grand jury.

Thomas A. Powell, 20, had stopped showing up for drug court appointments in Hancock County when he was recognized Nov. 19, 2009, at Gott’s Store by Hancock County Deputy Robert Morang.

Morang moved to arrest Powell, but after being led outside by the officer, Powell assaulted Morang and fled on foot, police said.

Officers with seven area law enforcement agencies, including a Maine State Police trooper with a dog, responded to a call at the store to assist Morang and to track Powell in the woods. After about an hour, Powell was taken into custody and taken to jail in Ellsworth. Morang suffered minor injuries.

Since the incident, Powell has been sent to prison to serve a three-year sentence for trafficking in cocaine, according to documents filed in Hancock County Superior Court. Powell had agreed to the three-year sentence in 2007 as part of being allowed to participate in drug court. Though he already had stopped making required appearances in drug court, Powell was terminated from the drug program on Nov. 20, 2009, after the alleged assault.

On Thursday, he was indicted on charges of assault on an officer and escape.

Also indicted Thursday were two Tremont men accused of breaking into a Woodland Drive home last month and assaulting a man inside.

Zachary R. Rand and Dakota L. Harkins, both 19, are facing charges of burglary, assault, aggravated criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Harkins was indicted on the additional charge of violating conditions of release.

The charges stem from allegations that Rand and Harkins assaulted the victim twice at two homes in Tremont in the early hours of Jan. 14.

Police said at the time of the incident that Rand and Harkins had been drinking and were intoxicated when they allegedly assaulted the man at a home near Kellytown Road. The victim, who had not been drinking, left and went back to his house after the initial assault.

But he called 911 around 2:30 a.m. to report that two men with a knife were forcing their way into his Woodland Drive home, police said. While on the phone, the caller told police the two attackers had entered the home. Then the caller hung up. Rand and Harkins allegedly assaulted the man a second time and then left on all-terrain vehicles.

The victim had minor injuries and was treated at his house by ambulance personnel. Police later found Rand and Harkins, who had gone to different locations in town, and arrested them both. Both men had minor injuries and were taken to a hospital before being taken to Hancock County Jail.

According to the indictment list, Harkins was being held at the jail Thursday afternoon on the charge of violating his conditions of release.

Also indicted were:

Stella L. Alley, 55, Trenton, assault.

James F. Bryant, 25, Sorrento, aggravated criminal mischief, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Wesley A. Curtis, 28, Surry, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Dean A. Foss Jr., 34, Trenton, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Austin D. Houghton, 27, Cherryfield, burglary, theft.

Douglas J. Moore, 48, Blue Hill, unlawful sexual contact, violation of conditions of release.

Jennifer S. Normand, 26, Pembroke, failure to appear in court.

Jessica J. Pendleton, 23, Bucksport, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, violation of conditions of release.

Jordan A. Perkins, 25, Hancock, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, violation of conditions of release.

Matisha M. Pitts, 24, Ellsworth, theft, violation of conditions of release.

Christopher M. Robbins, 27, Sedgwick, criminal mischief, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Daniel B. Seward, 34, Hancock, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, violation of conditions of release.

George E. Taylor IV, 29, Bucksport, theft, violation of conditions of release.

Felicia D. Warford, 23, Hancock, burglary, theft, violation of conditions of release.

Jeffrey R. Warren, 29, Bucksport, operating a motor vehicle after revocation, violation of conditions of release.

Sherman A. Watt, 45, Bucksport, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

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