June 23, 2018
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Hancock County indictments feature assault, eluding police charges

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock man accused of striking another with a weightlifting bar in an Ellsworth mall parking lot was among 13 people indicted Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury.

An Orono man who was riding a yellow Kawasaki motorcycle when he allegedly led state troopers on a chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph also was indicted Thursday in Hancock County.

Robert Rogers, 28, is accused of attacking an 18-year-old man with a weightlifting bar on July 2 after the two started arguing about a female acquaintance, Ellsworth police have said. Rogers was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated assault and violating conditions of release in connection with the incident, which occurred in the southern end of the Maine Coast Mall parking lot on High Street.

According to police, after the two men got into an argument Rogers allegedly retrieved the weightlifting bar from another man’s car and struck the victim in the head with it. The bar, which did not have weights on it and is about 12 to 18 inches long, was recovered by police at the scene.

The victim in the case was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where he was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening and then released, police have said. Rogers initially ran from the scene but later turned himself in to police officers who were looking for him.

Mitchell Bellefleur, 49, of Orono was indicted Thursday on charges of eluding an officer, operating a motor vehicle after revocation, driving to endanger, and criminal speed.

Bellefleur was arrested July 16 by Maine State Police after Sgt. Alden Bustard tried to pull Bellefleur over for speeding on Route 1A in Dedham. Instead of stopping Bellefleur sped off, turning onto Route 46 in Holden and then heading north to Route 9, where he then headed west toward Brewer, police reported. With Bustard in pursuit, Bellefleur reached speeds of 110 mph and passed several vehicles on the right, state police have said.

Bustard abandoned the chase due to the dangerous speeds but a few minutes later Trooper Josh D’Angelo spotted the biker on Route 9 and picked up the pursuit, according to police. About 15 minutes after it began, the chase ended with Bellefleur pulling over for D’Angelo on Main Street in Brewer.

Also indicted Thursday were:

Jason A. Doucette, 33, Holden, theft.

Jeremy J. Eaton, 37, Stonington, assault, domestic violence assault.

Gregory S. Fellows, 41, Dexter, criminal threatening, domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence assault.

James A. Jordon, 43, Ellsworth, theft.

Jason A. Moody, 40, Southwest Harbor, theft.

Kevin P. Morse, 28, Brewer, theft, burglary of a motor vehicle.

Karmen O. Sargent, 25, Sullivan, burglary, theft.

Nicole L. Sargent, 27, Sullivan, burglary, theft.

Timothy R. Sukel, 20, Trenton, burglary, theft.

Caitlin M. Wight, 25, Franklin, theft.

Eugene C. Wilcox, 42, Gray, aggravated operating a motor vehicle after revocation, operating after revocation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, violating conditions of release.

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