POLICE BEAT

Ellsworth man charged with bail violation 12 hours after leaving jail

Posted July 31, 2012, at 3:54 p.m.
Roger Charles Sparkman
Hancock County Jail
Roger Charles Sparkman

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man is back behind bars after being arrested on drug charges and violation of bail conditions just 12 hours after leaving jail.

Roger Charles Sparkman, 62, of Garland Road, first was arrested around 8 a.m. Monday on charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening after police received a concerned call from a woman, who said Sparkman and her mother had been fighting for a few days.

Officer Kelvin Mote said Sparkman had been threatening the caller’s mother throughout the weekend and at one point had attacked her. Sparkman was brought to jail, where he posted $1,000 unsecured bail and was released on the condition he not return to the home he shares with the victim and not possess or drink alcohol.

The victim was not injured seriously, Mote said, and did not require medical attention.

Then, at around 8:30 p.m. the same day, police heard a report that Sparkman had been back at the victim’s property. Mote met up with Sparkman, who was staying with a friend.

“When I got there, he said it was a friend of his that had gone there, not him,” Mote said. “His friend backed him up and said he’d visited the property to pick up a van that belongs to Sparkman.”

Mote said that while he was talking with Sparkman, he noticed the man hiding a beer, and arrested him on a charge of violating bail conditions. A subsequent search turned up a single morphine pill in Sparkman’s pocket, Mote said, so he also was charged with unlawful possession of a schedule W drug.

Sparkman remains jailed until at least his first appearance at Hancock County Superior Court, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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