June 23, 2018
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Belfast couple resists arrest, gets into more trouble

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A married couple wanted in Knox County for violating a shellfish ordinance found themselves in more legal hot water in Belfast Wednesday night after resisting arrest.

Maria Riley, aka Maria Connors, 24, and Jacob Graffam-Connors, 28, both of Belfast, had strong reactions when officers from the Belfast Police Department came knocking on their door at about 10 p.m. at the Huntress Gardens housing development with a Knox County warrant for their arrest.

Graffam-Connors ran inside when he saw police and sequestered himself in the bathroom, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham, and Riley fought with officers trying to take her into custody.

Police also found illicit prescription pills inside the residence, Cunningham said.

Riley was charged with assault, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and unlawful possession of drugs. Graffam-Connors was charged with refusing to submit to arrest, unlawful possession of Klonopin and violation of conditions of release from a previous charge.

They each owed $300 for failure to appear in Knox County on the shellfish ordinance violation, Cunningham said in explaining the warrant.

Both were taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked.

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