June 20, 2018
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Man still in jail after temper tantrum, assault on officers in Bangor courthouse

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man did not help his chances for release from jail Thursday when he allegedly had a temper tantrum and assaulted several police officers during a court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The scuffle involving Justan Adams, 26, an area transient, occurred shortly before noon during a court appearance regarding a bail violation, Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Friday, citing a memorandum about the incident.

As the judge was discussing bail arrangements, Adams became “agitated” because he was not going to be immediately released from jail and began shouting at various court officials, Morton said.

When Deputy Tom Burgess, who was serving as a transport officer, approached Adams in an attempt to get him to calm him down, the inmate reportedly punched Burgess in the face, leaving a cut under the deputy’s right eye.

When Judicial Marshals Charles Runnels and Donnie Gray stepped in to assist Burgess, Adams allegedly assaulted them, too, Morton said. Runnels suffered a cut and bruise to his leg and Gray was struck in the genitals, the chief said.

The injuries were treated at the scene and none of the officers required a trip to the hospital, Morton said. Adams was returned to his cell at Penobscot County Jail.

Morton said that a report about the courthouse incident was submitted to Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office for review. It was not yet clear Friday if Adams will be charged in connection with the alleged assaults.

Adams remains behind bars at the county jail, where he is being held pending a July 16 court appearance during which a motion to revoke his bail will be heard, a jail official said. Adams also is scheduled to appear in court in August in connection with other charges, including two counts of refusing to submit to arrest.

The refusing to submit charges stem from a June 15 incident at Shaws on Main Street. Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said Friday. At that time, Adams also was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and violating his bail conditions from a prior unrelated arrest, Reagan said.

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