January 19, 2018
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Brewer city council candidate must overcome bail conditions if he wins office

By Nick Sambides, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — If he gets elected, City Council candidate Randy Tompkins will need permission from a judge or Brewer police to assume his seat in City Hall or to enter any city building.

Penobscot County Judicial Center records indicate that the 55-year-old Lorraine Avenue resident is barred by bail conditions from coming in contact with City Manager Steve Bost and City Engineer Frank Higgins. Tompkins also cannot enter public works or parks and recreation buildings, according to the records.

And he is barred from “entering buildings or being on properties controlled by the Brewer School Department,” Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt said in a recent statement.

According to the court records, Brewer police charged Tompkins on Oct. 7 with refusal to submit to arrest and refusal to sign a criminal summons. He was issued the summons for allegedly filing a false alarm or report on Aug. 4, police said.

Tompkins’ attorney, Joseph Baldacci of Bangor, said his client will seek to modify the bail conditions if he is elected. The court will likely seek input from the case’s prosecutor, Bost and Higgins before deciding whether to grant the request, Baldacci said.

Tompkins, Bost and Higgins did not respond to requests for comment. A woman who answered the door at Tompkins’ home on Tuesday night directed comments to Baldacci.

Tompkins is among three candidates running for two council seats. Mayor Beverly Uhlenhake and Deputy Mayor Kevin O’Connell are also running.

The false complaint summons arises from Tompkins’ complaining to police that “a hostile city employee had forcibly taken his wheelchair away from [him] and engaged in a course of conduct tantamount to theft and assault,” Moffitt said in the statement.

Police interviewed Tompkins and “two city employees who were present.” They also reviewed “security camera footage from City Hall which showed the event in detail” before concluding that Tompkins had filed a false report, Moffitt said.

When officers attempted to serve the summons at the Public Safety Building, Tompkins refused to sign it and was arrested for failure to sign a uniform summons and complaint form. Tompkins was handcuffed and was allowed to ride his motorized scooter to an awaiting police vehicle in the front lot, but sped away from the officers and over and down the steps, Moffitt said.

Brewer officers grabbed the scooter “before it got over the stairs,” Moffitt said, and then charged Tompkins with failure to submit to arrest.

In 2015, Moffitt said, police issued a warning to Tompkins for allegedly filing a false complaint against a city employee and warned him against trespassing on Brewer school property after he allegedly exhibited “aggressive behavior” at a city school.

Baldacci said that Tompkins will plead not guilty when his case goes to trial. No court date has been set, a court official said Thursday.

“He is a good man who cares about his city,” Baldacci said.


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