ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Orland man accused of beating a dog so severely that the dog had to be euthanized was one of 20 people indicted Thursday by the Hancock County grand jury.
William A. Comtois, 23, was indicted on a single Class C felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. Convictions on Class C crimes in Maine are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster said Friday in an email that Comtois is accused of beating the dog, a puppy, on the day after Christmas 2015 until it “was barely able to breathe” and then had to be put down.
Additional details about the incident were unavailable Friday.
A Hancock man indicted last month on two counts of assault on a child less than 6 years old and other charges was indicted Thursday on a Class C charge of assault on an officer.
According to Foster, Josef F. Messer was “having a bad day” when he made his initial appearance in court on the child assault charges on June 15.
“He had to be pepper sprayed in the courtroom,” Foster said in an email. “When taken back to the jail, he had not got the message and had to be pepper sprayed again, and during the scuffle, he injured a corrections officer.”
Also indicted Thursday was Andres Martinez, 42, of Hudson, New Hampshire, on a Class B charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and on a civil charge of criminal forfeiture. Convictions on Class B felonies carry a maximum possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Martinez was arrested earlier this summer by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. He is accused of trying to flee when police executed a search warrant on June 15 at a Main Street residence in Southwest Harbor. Police, who obtained the warrant as part of a drug trafficking investigation, allegedly found Martinez hiding in the woods nearby soon after they arrived. Inside, they allegedly found and seized heroin and $1,500 cash.
Ronald G. Brown, 60, of Sullivan was indicted Thursday on Class A charges of robbery and burglary, a Class B charge of theft, a Class C charge of assault, and a misdemeanor charge of violating conditions of release. Convictions on Class A felonies in Maine are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000.
According to Foster, Brown is accused along with his son Jamie Brown of going to a man’s house in Franklin in February and taking some items from the man at gunpoint. Jamie Brown, 36, of Sullivan was indicted in June on a similar list of felony charges in connection with the same incident.
Also indicted Thursday were:
Kendrick L. Beal, 33, Lamoine, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Robert H. Boggia, 56, Amherst, New Hampshire, tampering with a witness, conspiracy.
Sherri M. Butler, 38, Franklin, theft, operating after revocation.
Jason T. Cox, 30, Sedgwick, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, criminal speed.
Jesse W. Dodge, 24, Frankfort, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass.
Kristina L. McLaughlin, 50, Bar Harbor, theft.
Zackary S. Odell, 20, Stonington, burglary, theft, criminal trespass.
Peter D. Phillips, 61, Swan’s Island, aggravated criminal mischief.
Ronald R. Pinkham, 37, Franklin, eluding an officer, operating after revocation, failure to stop for an officer.
Nikolas J. Raines, 24, Warren, theft.
Keith L. Rantz, 59, Otis, domestic violence terrorizing.
Justin W. Rowell, 36, Eastbrook, theft, violating conditions of release.
Seth D. Thomas, 20, Stonington, eluding an officer, operating after revocation, improper plates, operating without a license, driving to endanger, criminal speed, failure to stop for an officer.
Christina A. Toche, 27, Dedham, burglary, violating conditions of release, criminal mischief.
Ronald Weed, 31, Brooksville, theft, receiving stolen property, obstructing criminal prosecution.
Chesley L. Yurchick, 39, Blue Hill, operating after revocation, operating without a license, false registration validation device, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.