June 24, 2018
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Dexter man allegedly found hiding in trunk arrested for bail violation

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — A local man out on bail for domestic violence and marijuana cultivation charges was arrested again on Friday.

Dexter police received information that Donald Murdoch, 47, of Dexter was with the woman he was accused of assaulting about a month ago, which is a violation of his bail conditions, said Sgt. Alan Grinnell on Saturday.

Officer Dana Gatcomb spotted the woman’s vehicle and saw movement in the car that wasn’t from the driver, said Grinnell.

Gatcomb stopped the vehicle along Route 7 in Corinna.

“Subsequently, [Murdoch was found] hiding in the trunk,” said Grinnell.

Murdoch was arrested for violation of conditions of release and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained on Saturday.

The Maine Warden Service assisted Dexter police during the arrest, said Grinnell.

Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle said he received a report of domestic violence on Aug. 31, and ended up confiscating more than 200 marijuana plants at the residence. The street value of the marijuana was about $60,000, he said.

Murdoch was arrested on Sept. 4, and charged with domestic assault and Class C felony marijuana cultivation related to the Aug. 31 incident.

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