ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Franklin man accused of firing a gun at two people was one of 20 people indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Gregory Ray, 55, was indicted Aug. 5 on charges of reckless conduct, criminal threatening and a Class A felony charge of attempted murder. A Class A crime in Maine is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

At the time of the alleged attempted shooting, police said Ray fired a rifle at a woman and her son at his home on South Bay Road. The woman and her adult son went to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department around 1 a.m. May 29 to report the incident.

Ray surrendered to police peacefully several hours later, after a Maine State Police tactical team took position outside his home. No one was injured in the incident, according to police.

Also indicted were two Otis residents accused of growing marijuana in their home on Pyles Road.

Levi Fenton Dam, 55, and Keely Low Dam, 46, each were indicted on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, marijuana cultivation and criminal forfeiture of firearms. Officers with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched the Dams’ home Feb. 11 after receiving a tip, police said at the time. While executing the search warrant, police found 24 marijuana plants, 2½ pounds of processed marijuana, three loaded handguns, scales and an assortment of prescription narcotic drugs for which neither of the Dams had a prescription, police said.

A Bangor man accused of stealing a 1984 Porsche Targa and crashing it into a ditch in Wells after a high-speed chase was indicted on charges of burglary and theft.

According to police, Aaron C. Soucie, 31, stole the car in Bucksport on May 19. The next night, Wells police were contacted by Maine State Police about a car being operated erratically in the southbound lanes of the Maine Turnpike. After locating the vehicle and running the license plate, police realized it had been reported stolen.

Soucie allegedly drove away from police at speeds in excess of 120 mph but, after a chase of several miles, drove the car into a ditch on the turnpike. Soucie and a female passenger then fled into the woods on foot but soon were apprehended, police said at the time.

Also indicted was a Bangor man accused of setting a fire last month in an apartment in Bar Harbor. Christopher Smith, 36, was indicted on a charge of arson for allegedly starting a fire at Compass Harbor Apartments on July 19. Smith is accused of burning a pile of debris and clothing on a rug at the apartment, which filled up with smoke before the small fire went out.

Smith was gone when firefighters arrived a short time later but subsequently was located and arrested by Bar Harbor police.

Also indicted were:

Arthur J. Breau, 42, Monson, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Jamie L. Brown, 30, Sullivan, assault, violation of bail.

Sherri M. Butler, 32, Lamoine, operating a motor vehicle after revocation.

Jacob M. Carney, 19, Eastbrook, burglary, theft, violating conditions of release.

Brock A. Cochran, 31, Bangor, burglary, theft, misuse of identification, receiving stolen property.

George M. Francis, 21, Ellsworth, burglary, stealing drugs, violating conditions of release.

Dwight W. Geel Jr., 21, Ellsworth, criminal threatening, threatening display of a weapon.

Cynthia A. Ingalls, 52, Greenbush, burglary, theft.

George R. Jackson, 47, Greenbush, burglary, theft.

Aleksei N. Legendre, 19, Saco, burglary, theft, violating conditions of release.

Brittney A. Libby, 18, Saco, burglary, theft.

Joseph A. Nally Jr., 52, Orland, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, operating a motor vehicle after suspension.

Judith C. Peloquin, 40, Monson, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

William G. Rich, 25, Trenton, gross sexual assault.

Jesse L. Riggleman, 23, Portland, burglary, theft.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....