June 19, 2018
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Damariscotta man arrested after allegedly beating neighbor with shovel

Contributed photo | Lincoln County News
Contributed photo | Lincoln County News
Norman Palmer
By J.W.Oliver, Lincoln County News

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A Damariscotta man faces a felony assault charge after allegedly striking a neighbor repeatedly with a shovel in the mobile home park where both men live.

The alleged victim told police that Norman A. Palmer, 26, confronted him and accused him of “slandering his girlfriend” on July 23, according to Damariscotta police Officer Jason Warlick. The men are neighbors in a mobile home park off Egypt Road.

The neighbor denied saying anything about Palmer’s girlfriend, “but Norman did not believe him, so he began to strike [the neighbor] with a shovel,” Warlick said in a statement filed in Lincoln County Superior Court.

The neighbor said Palmer “struck him several times in the side of his body causing pain and lasting marks. While Norman was striking [the neighbor], he was telling him to tell the truth and if he did not, there would be worse consequences later,” according to the statement.

Warlick arrested Palmer on charges of Class B felony aggravated assault and Class E violation of condition of release, a misdemeanor.

Palmer was out on bail at the time on a separate charge of domestic violence assault. In that case, he allegedly assaulted the girlfriend he mentioned in the shovel incident.

Palmer remained at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Friday, with bail set at $2,500 cash. He is due to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on Aug. 28.

A Class B crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, while a Class E crime carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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