May 25, 2018
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Wilton man accused of biting two police officers

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

WILTON, Maine — A local man was charged with assaulting two police officers, terrorizing another resident in his Weld Road home and refusing to submit to arrest Sunday.

The Wilton officers were treated for bites that broke their skin at Franklin Memorial Hospital, said Police Chief Heidi Wilcox.

Joseph Gephart, 19, also was treated at the hospital for a bloody nose suffered while refusing to submit to arrest, Wilcox said. He was then taken to Franklin County Detention Center where he remained Tuesday awaiting a court appearance.

Police were called to a Weld Road home about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when Gephart was reported to be terrorizing another resident. He was holding the leg of a table and the screws were out of it, Wilcox said.

Police had been there earlier that day when a case worker was assaulted, she said.

Gephart is on bail for another incident last week when a security guard and nurse at St. Mary’s in Lewiston were assaulted. According to an affidavit, the guard was also bitten, she said.

Gephart was arrested in April on two misdemeanor charges of assault by Wilton police when he assaulted his case worker and an officer at the police station in the Wilton Public Safety building.


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