ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local woman charged with terrorizing an Ellsworth police officer was ordered Wednesday to be held in Hancock County Jail without bail until she is mentally capable of assisting in her own defense.
Samantha McGuire, 53, of Ellsworth, was arrested Monday after allegedly telling a crisis response worker that she was considering setting fire to the home of Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page.
The state has charged McGuire with terrorizing, a Class D crime, and violating conditions of release.
McGuire has been convicted of terrorizing Page three times before. She is currently on administrative release for the most recent conviction, stemming from threats made against Page in 2010. On that conviction, she was sentenced on June 15 of this year to 364 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended, plus one year of administrative release. The terms of that release included not having any contact with Page or committing any crime.
McGuire was also convicted twice for terrorizing Page in 1999, according to court records.
McGuire was scheduled to have her initial appearance in Hancock County District Court on Wednesday, during which the court would decide whether to grant the state a motion to revoke her administrative release.
Her attorney, Charles Helfrich, told Judge Bruce Mallonee that his client could not take part in the hearing, citing McGuire’s mental health for her inability to assist in her own defense.
“She’s not in a position to understand these charges,” Helfrich told the judge. After meeting with Helfrich and Assistant District Attorney William Entwistle, Mallonee ordered McGuire held without bail until she was able to participate in the release revocation proceedings.
McGuire was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, after a crisis response hotline worker called Page to report the threat, according to an account written by Page and filed in District Court.
According to Page, the crisis response worker said McGuire told her “she had been sitting in the woods near my residence and watching me work in the yard and walk my dog. [The worker] further said that McGuire was thinking of pouring gasoline all around my house and setting it on fire.”
The crisis response worker told Page that McGuire had called the hotline, but Sgt. Glenn Moshier said in a court document that when he arrested McGuire in her Ellsworth home, she admitted to speaking with Crisis Response but indicated the service had called her.
Page wrote that the threats caused “an immediate and emotional response over concern for my family, my property and myself.”
Page said Wednesday that he believes McGuire is upset because he arrested her 25 years ago on a charge of operating after suspension.
“She never let it go,” he said. “It’s a major concern for me.”
No date has been set for McGuire’s hearing on the state’s motion for revocation of her administrative release, though Mallonee said it would take place as soon as the suspect is mentally fit to participate.
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