MILBRIDGE, Maine — An Ellsworth man is facing charges after allegedly kicking another man in the face during a melee at a local residence last week, according to police.

William Smeal, 25, was summoned Saturday by Ellsworth police at the request of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department on charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief, according to Ellsworth police records.

According to Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith, a fight broke out at a home on Route 1A around 2 a.m. Friday. A group of four or five people, including Smeal, showed up at the residence and got into a confrontation with a group of people who were already there, Smith said Wednesday.

“A big fight broke out,” the sheriff said.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Correll, Smeal has a history of not getting along with another man who already was at the home. Smeal and the people he arrived with were asked to leave, he said, at which point the melee began.

“Everyone had been drinking,” Correll said. “[The victim] was beaten in the head [during the fight].”

During the alleged attack, Smeal kicked and hit the victim, who suffered serious eye injuries, including a detached retina, the deputy said. The victim was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and since has been released, Correll said.

“He’s going to have to see a specialist,” Correll said. “This will be a long road [to recovery] for him.”

Smeal also was injured during the fight when the victim’s dog attacked and bit Smeal’s hand, according to the deputy. Smeal went to the Ellsworth hospital the next day and was treated and then released, he said.

The night of the incident, Smeal also allegedly smashed a window at the Route 1A home immediately before he left, Correll said. Smeal is accused of picking up half a cinder block that was on the ground and throwing it through a closed window in the mobile home, the deputy said.

The window is to a child’s room, but the room was empty when Smeal allegedly smashed the window, Correll said.

Someone called police but Smeal had left by the time officers arrived, Correll said. He is due to appear on the charges in Washington County Superior Court in January.

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....