POLICE BEAT

Lamoine shooting victim arrested twice in four days

Posted June 21, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.
Joshua McKinney
Hancock County Jail
Joshua McKinney

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man who was shot in an altercation in Lamoine that resulted in the death of another man continues to have run-ins with law enforcement officials in Hancock County.

Joshua A. McKinney, 25, was arrested June 15 by Ellsworth police after an officer spotted McKinney driving a car along a local road. The officer knew McKinney’s license was suspended and so stopped the vehicle, Ellsworth police Chief John DeLeo said Thursday.

After being stopped, McKinney was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle after revocation and violating bail. He had been arrested in March on charges of operating after revocation and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

Another man riding with McKinney in June, Andrew Elsner, 20 of Ellsworth, also was arrested on a charge of permitting unlawful use and on a probation hold. According to DeLeo, Elsner had a valid license to operate a motor vehicle at the time of the stop.

On Monday, June 18, McKinney was arrested yet again, this time by a Maine State Police trooper. According to the Hancock County Jail log, McKinney was arrested by Trooper Mike Southard on charges of violating conditions of release and possession of hypodermics.

McKinney was one of four men shot March 11 outside a home on Route 184 in Lamoine. McKinney’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said at the time.

McKinney contacted the Bangor Daily News nearly two weeks later, after the paper reported his March 23 arrest, to tell the paper that the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a truck paint job. McKinney said people were assuming the shooting was drug-related but that it was not.

Michael Carter, 30, of Lamoine, has been arrested on charges of murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm as a result of the shooting, which took the life of Ellsworth resident Lawrence “Randy” Sinclair Jr. Carter has pleaded innocent to the charges and is expected to appear Monday, June 25, in Hancock County Superior Court for a bail hearing.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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