April 07, 2020

Jury charges man with arson, mischief

ELLSWORTH – A local man who reportedly set fire to his home on Christian Ridge Road and then tried to keep his girlfriend inside while the house burned was among 25 people indicted Tuesday by the Hancock County grand jury.

Dana Clements, 45, was charged with arson, a Class A felony, and aggravated criminal mischief related to an incident on Sept. 23.

Ellsworth police had been to Clements’ home earlier that day and ended up taking the man to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Clements was discharged and, a few hours later, officials were back at his house, this time to deal with a fire.

Clements later told police that he set the fire intentionally and intended to stay inside. Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page also said that the man tried to get his girlfriend to stay inside with him while the house burned.

Neither Clements nor his girlfriend was injured. The small blue ranch home had smoke and water damage, but the structure remained largely intact.

Clements does not have a significant criminal history, but he was charged in 2002 with stalking an ex-wife.

Also indicted on Tuesday were:

Joseph Guty, 41, Grindstone, Pa., being a habitual offender, failure to appear.

Charles Brunious, 43, Ellsworth, being a habitual offender, operating under the influence, violation of bail.

Adam D. Barnes, 24, Brewer, trafficking in prison contraband, operating after suspension.

Ronald L. Garner, 34, Ellsworth, violation of bail, trafficking in dangerous knives.

Christopher D. Smith, 19, Otis, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, forgery, attempted acquiring of drugs by deception.

Christopher R. Barter, 25, Stonington, being a habitual offender, leaving the scene.

Brian S. Bradley, 38, Weirton, W.Va., unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating under the influence, operating without a license.

Michael W. Hanson, 43, Mount Desert, being a habitual offender, operating with suspended vehicle registration.

Amanda M. O’Rourke, 24, Trenton, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Thomas C. Lacrosse, 21, Ellsworth, three counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating after suspension.

Herman Rodriguez, 36, Bangor, being a habitual offender.

David A. Hamilton, 37, Dedham, being a habitual offender.

Zachary E. Treyball, 19, Penobscot, eluding an officer, driving to endanger.

Jeffrey W. Powers, 34, Sedgwick, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Ronald E. Lyons, 21, Surry, burglary, theft.

Jamie J. Beal, 18, Surry, burglary, theft.

Lee F. Karkruff, 61, Jacksonville, Fla., operating under the influence.

Thomas E. Anderson, 43, Orrington, failure to appear.

Jeffrey S. Hobson, 46, Stonington, failure to appear.

Beau S. Pelletier, 23, Trenton, failure to appear.

Peter L. Richards, 47, Machias, failure to appear.

Bertrand J. Ouellette, 22, Sorrento, failure to appear.

Bily I. Knowlton, 22, Ellsworth, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Jason T. Seavey, 30, Ellsworth, two counts unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

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