Mississippi man indicted for swinging tire iron at bowling alley worker

Posted March 28, 2012, at 5:16 p.m.
Randy Barner
Randy Barner

BANGOR, Maine — A Mississippi man who last month allegedly swung a tire iron at an employee at the Family Fun Bowling Center was indicted Wednesday by the Penobscot County grand jury for aggravated assault, criminal threatening and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Randy Barner, 30, of Raleigh, Miss., was arrested Feb. 19 after he became upset when he could not re-enter the closed bar about 2 a.m., according to a previously published report. He allegedly approached an employee of the Hildreth Street bowling alley asking to be allowed back into the bar.

When the employee said no, an intoxicated Barner grabbed the tire iron and assaulted him, according to Bangor police.

“He was just belligerent, intoxicated, not being cooperative,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said last month. “He had to be dragged over to the cruiser. He wouldn’t stand up and wouldn’t get into the cruiser.”

Once Barner got to the Penobscot County Jail, a small plastic bag of white powder was found in his pocket that tested positive for cocaine, the sergeant said.

He remained Wednesday at the jail unable to make bail.

If convicted, Barner faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the assault charge alone.

In an unrelated case, Joshua J. Albert, 25, of Brewer and Andrew Grindle, 20, of Old Town, each were indicted on 12 counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and one count of burglary.

They was arrested in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County. Brewer police Cpl. Nelson Feero saw footprints in the snow that went from car to car in the residential neighborhood of North Main Street and Eastern Avenue.

Feero followed the footprints and caught up with the pair at a Brewer home, Roberts said Wednesday. The defendants allegedly took at least four iPods and change from the vehicles.

The two also have been linked to a rash of car burglaries in Old Town, according to a previously published report. Wednesday’s indictments were related to the incidents in Brewer, according to Roberts.

If convicted, both men face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 for the burglary of a garage. The theft charges are misdemeanors. The duo face up to a year in prison and fines of up to $2,000 on those charges.

Also indicted Wednesday were:

Justin Amos, 19, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking, burglary of a motor vehicle, failure to appear.

Tyson Baron, 27, Bangor, burglary, criminal mischief.

Matthew Blethen, 19, Ellsworth, three counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, three counts of forgery.

Rusty Allen Clark, 56, Houlton, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Peter R. Coggins, 22, Lincoln, three counts of burglary, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Marc Corey, 42, Orrington, receiving stolen property.

Frederick L. Day, 30, Bradford, operating after revocation, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jeffrey R. Denis, 32, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Steve J. Ellis, 42, Bangor, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, criminal trespass.

Michael Ireland, 48, Bangor, aggravated assault, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Jonathan A. Irwin, 39, Brewer, two counts of failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Lauren MacArthur, 27, Medway, two counts of assault on an officer.

Matthew Marquis, 26, Greenbush, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Kirk Michaud, 43, Hermon, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Leslie Mushero, 33, LaGrange, theft by unauthorized taking.

Mark A. Nevers, 51, Dixmont, three counts of operating after revocation.

Erica Ouellette, 23, Orono, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Donald Pierce, 39, Bangor, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

John L. Pillsbury Jr., 26, Bangor, domestic violence assault, refusing to submit to arrest.

Shane A. Rivers, 33, Hermon, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening.

Cynthia Ruest-Columbus, 27, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Stephen L. Ryan, 65, Bangor, theft by unauthorized taking.

Adam Sirois, 24, Brewer, possession of sexually explicit materials.

Michael E. Turner, 51, Albion, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Joseph I. Ward, 35, Bangor, four counts of theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of misuse of identification.

Randy White, 51, Corinna, four counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Stephanie White, 25, Hermon, failure to appear, violation of condition of release.

Gerald D. Williams, 18, Bucksport, three counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, three counts of forgery.

James E. Winn, 58, Bangor criminal threatening.

Stephen J. Wood, 41, Bangor, violation of sex offender registration.

Kilton Xhemali, 28, Bangor, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, operating after revocation, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, failure to give correct name.

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