June 22, 2018
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Man who assaulted officer to serve 3 years

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock man who assaulted a police officer has been sent to prison to serve three years behind bars for a previous drug conviction.

Thomas A. Powell III, 20, had been participating in drug court after having been convicted of trafficking in cocaine in 2007. Powell had not met his requirements as a drug court participant when, on Nov. 17, a Hancock County deputy sheriff saw him at Gott’s Store in Southwest Harbor.

Deputy Rob Morang went to place Powell under arrest but Powell allegedly assaulted the officer, punching him in the face before fleeing on foot into the woods behind the store. Officers with seven area law enforcement agencies, including a Maine State Police trooper and a police dog, went to the scene. With the help of the state police dog, officers caught Powell in the woods about an hour later and took him to jail in Ellsworth.

In early 2007, Powell twice drove a Sullivan man to Bangor so the other man could purchase cocaine, according to documents filed in Hancock County Superior Court. On the second occasion, while Powell was driving the man back to Ellsworth from Bangor, they were stopped by police, who found approximately 1 ounce of cocaine in the car and about $900 in cash that previously had been identified by police for use in a controlled drug purchase, the documents indicate.

As part of his being allowed into drug court, Powell agreed to a three-year sentence on the drug charges.

Powell was terminated from drug court on Nov. 20. Upon his release from prison, he will have 90 days to pay $400 in fines and $1,200 in restitution, according to court documents.

In another Superior Court case, a man with a drug conviction has been accused of being found in possession of an illegally obtained prescription drug.

David W. Meierdirk, 30, of Brewer, was indicted in December 2008 on charges of trafficking in illegal drugs. According to police, Meierdirk was arrested in Bucksport on Dec. 22, 2005, after allegedly traveling out of Maine to buy 100 grams of cocaine.

According to court documents, Meierdirk was convicted June 27, 2003, in Hancock County Superior Court of possession of heroin.

Meierdirk received a deferred disposition on the cocaine charges on Oct. 1, but on Nov. 17, he was arrested after Brewer police found him in possession of half an 80-gram OxyContin pill, according to court documents. Meierdirk is expected to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on Dec. 7 for a bail revocation hearing.

In a third case, a Bucksport man was sentenced in Superior Court to serve six months behind bars for stealing copper fixtures from a home next to a Bucksport cemetery.

Kyle M. Kettell, 21, was indicted in February on charges of burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and theft. According to court documents, police say Kettell broke into the Silver Lake Cemetery House on Sept. 28, 2008, and caused more than $2,000 in damage when he removed copper wiring and pipes from the building.

According to Carletta Bassano, deputy district attorney for Hancock County, Kettell pleaded guilty to the charges and on Nov. 20 received an overall sentence of 30 months in custody with all but six months suspended.

Bassano said Monday the house Kettell burglarized is owned by the Silver Lake Cemetery Association but was unoccupied at the time of the crime.

As part of the deal, Kettell also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Penobscot County. Bassano said she believed Kettell burglarized a commercial building in Penobscot County but is not sure what business it was or in what town it was located.

As part of Kettell’s sentence, he also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon his release and to pay $3,805 in restitution, according to court documents.

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