May 24, 2018
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Two indicted in MDI vandalism spree

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two Swan’s Island men accused of causing at least $50,000 in damage to 15 lakefront homes on Mount Desert Island are among 23 people indicted recently by a Hancock County grand jury.

Roman C. Cook and James E. Lemoine, both 18, are accused of breaking into homes on Long Pond in the town of Mount Desert on Jan. 18. The duo allegedly caused at least $30,000 in damage to one of those homes, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court. They had been ice fishing on Long Pond when they allegedly decided to enter the homes and to vandalize or destroy furniture, fixtures, appliances, windows and walls, police have said.

Cook and Lemoine each were indicted on April 8 by a Hancock County grand jury. Cook was indicted on nine counts each of burglary and aggravated criminal mischief and three counts of theft. Lemoine was indicted on 12 counts of burglary, 13 counts of aggravated criminal mischief, three counts of theft and criminal trespass.

An Old Town man was indicted on a charge of failure to appear in court on March 8. Brent M. Lovely, 48, was scheduled to go on trial that day in Hancock County Superior Court on charges that he separately stole two sport utility vehicles and crashed them both in Ellsworth in a span of a few hours on Oct. 29, 2009.

Also indicted for three separate alleged incidents was Charles I. Pinkham, 24, of Hancock.

Pinkham is accused of participating in a home invasion in Southwest Harbor on Oct. 26, 2009, in which at least nine young men forced their way into a Main Street home and allegedly attacked a man who was living there. The mob fled after the man chased them out of his house with a large hunting knife, police have said.

Pinkham was indicted on charges of burglary, aggravated criminal trespass and assault in connection with the Oct. 26 incident. As a result of separate alleged incidents that took place days apart this past January, Pinkham also was indicted on charges of operating a motor vehicle after license revocation, theft, violating conditions of release and trafficking in dangerous knives.

Matisha M. Pitts, 24, of Ellsworth was indicted on charges of theft and violating conditions of release. According to police, Pitts is accused of printing fake $100 bills off a computer and using them Jan. 26 to make a purchase at an Ellsworth store.

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