Kick to Brewer officer leads to felony assault charge

Posted Aug. 31, 2010, at 12:09 a.m.

A Brewer woman was arrested about noon Friday on multiple charges after Brewer police received a complaint that she was drinking, which was a violation of the bail conditions she had from a prior arrest.

When police went to her home to investigate, Sherry Marie Clifford, 47, reportedly admitted to having consumed alcohol, Brewer police Cpl. Nelson Feero said Monday.

It’s what happened next that led to additional charges.

According to Feero, Clifford initially resisted police officers’ attempts to handcuff her for the bail violation. Once she was cuffed, however, she told police she’d be out shortly.

After Brewer police Officer Dan Costain told her that this would not be case and that she would have to remain at Penobscot County Jail over the weekend, Clifford allegedly kicked him in the groin and said, “‘Now you have a reason to arrest me,’” Feero said. Feero said that led to a felony charge of assault on a police officer.

Feero said police lodged a third charge after Clifford refused to sign the complaints for the bail violation and the assault.

Costain has fully recovered, he said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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An Old Town woman was arrested at Pine Haven Mobile Home Park on Saturday after she reportedly assaulted another woman who lived there and refused to stop yelling, allegedly threatening the woman and otherwise being disorderly despite several requests from a police officer.

Jessica Adella Nevells, 19, faces charges of assault, refusing to submit to arrest, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said Monday.

Casey said police were called to the trailer park about 7:30 p.m. to look into a report that a woman had been struck. The woman who was assaulted did not require a visit to the hospital but did have redness, swelling and bruising on her face and around one of her eyes, Casey said.

As Officer Christine McAvoy approached Nevells, the suspect was yelling and continued to do so even after at least two warnings. Even after Nevells was placed under arrest, she tried to pull away from police, Casey said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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