May 21, 2018
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Former Clifton man charged in assault on girlfriend in Holden

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — A former Clifton man was arrested last week on a charge of felony domestic violence criminal threatening after he allegedly assaulted a Holden woman with whom he was living.

The charge against Douglas Starbird Jr., 30, was elevated to Class C felony status because his criminal background included a domestic violence conviction from 2003, Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Wednesday.

Starbird, who was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his Aug. 21 arrest, is out on bail, Fizell said.

The incident that led to Starbird’s arrest began the previous night at an apartment in a former motel building at 15 Main Road, the sergeant said.

Fizell said Starbird assaulted his girlfriend after she returned home from caring for a sick friend, who happened to be male. He then left the residence.

Fizell arrested him a few hours later, when Starbird returned to the residence to collect some of his belongings.

“He wandered back down there and I was kind of standing in the shadows,” Fizell said. He added that when he approached the suspect, “he had an apologetic tone for pushing her and said he hoped he wasn’t going to get in a lot of trouble.”

The woman, who suffered lower back and ankle injuries when Starbird shoved her, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment and then released, Fizell said, adding that she was sent home with a brace and a cane.

According to the Bangor Daily News archives, Starbird’s criminal history goes back more than a decade.

In addition to his 2003 assault conviction — for which he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, all of them suspended, and one year of probation — Starbird was fined $500, sentenced to six days in jail and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after being found guilty of operating after habitual motor vehicle revocation.

Other convictions include driving with a suspended license, theft, marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, possession of liquor by a minor, attaching false plates and purchase-possession of tobacco by a minor.

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