Knox County Criminal Docket closed cases

Posted:  Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:15am
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ROCKLAND — The following cases were closed in Knox County Unified Court from May 7-10.

Jermaine A. Davis, 43, of Rockland, domestic violence assault, 90 days in jail; violating condition of release, 30 days in jail; violating condition of release, two counts, two years in jail, all suspended, probation two years; violating condition of release, dismissed.

Kelcey Hart, 38, of Lewiston, aggravated assault, five years in jail with all but nine months suspended, probation three years; violating condition of release (for contacting the victim after his arrest), six counts, six months in jail; elevated aggravated assault, two counts, dismissed; violating condition of release, 19 counts, dismissed; assault (against another inmate while in jail), $300 fine. Hart was a former employee at a local hotel in Rockport and has remained at the Knox County Jail, on $15,000 cash bail, for assaulting and trying to strangle a woman in a hotel room Aug. 21. He was arrested the same day by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and made his initial appearance in Knox County Unified Court Aug. 23.  

Hart was the former director of the hotel’s fitness center. He was suspended from working at the resort on Aug. 21, according to the police affidavit. 

The assault occurred in a hotel room where Hart was staying. Hart and the victim had been out during the evening at a Rockland tavern and then returned to the room, according to the affidavit filed by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dwight Burtis. 

The victim was interviewed by police at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport Aug. 21. Burtis reported that the victim’s face was very swollen and she could hardly open her eyes which were filled with blood, according to the affidavit. Additionally, the victim had multiple bruises on her neck and arms, a large lump on her forehead, and swelling to her chin. She told police what details she could remember, including that she could not breathe during the attack like she was being strangled. Police determined that Hart used a strap to injure the victim, according to the affidavit. 

Police collected a number of items of from the hotel room as evidence including a comforter with blood on it and a pillow case. 

At the time of the assault on Aug. 21, there was a protection from abuse order against Hart issued in Portland Maine Superior Court in Jan. 2017 with another woman. Hart violated the protection from abuse order and was scheduled to appear in Portland Superior Court Sept. 25 for that charge. 

Sgt. Jim Moore and Officer Travis Ford of the Rockland Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

Lesley J. Johnson, 65, of East Orland, allowing dog to be at large, $100 fine; keeping dangerous dog, $750 fine; failing to license dog.

Mark McCrillis, 35, of Farmington, aggravated assault, five years in jail with all but 90 days suspended, probation two years, restitution $8989.99.

The amounts payable to the victim are $6,360 for physical therapy, $689 to Rockland EMS for ambulance services, $1,819 to Spectrum Health, and $119 in prescription medication.

According to the affidavit filed by Rockland police in Knox County Unified Court, they responded around 8 p.m. Jan. 31 to a report of a fight and a male bleeding in the roadway on Pacific Street. When the officers arrived, they were met on the street by two people who directed them to an apartment where the victim was inside bleeding.

Police found the victim, covered in blood, using his left hand to apply pressure on his right forearm that had been cut open. Officer Addison Cox immediately applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm before Rockland EMS arrived on the scene. The man had a deep laceration to arm, severing an artery. 

The victim was initially transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland for minor bleeding in his brain and nerve damage to his right arm from the laceration, according the affidavit. 

During their investigation, police followed a blood trail down Pacific Street where they found a puddle of blood and pieces of a broken beer bottle. When police interviewed the man at the hospital, he told them that McCrillis allegedly hit him over the head with the beer bottle then stabbed him in the right arm with a piece of the glass. 

The victim and a female friend had meet McCrillis at a local bar and they had planned on going back to the Pacific Street residence. The friend told police that the victim is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremist group. According to the report, McCrillis said that he was also a member of the group, but he could not show the victim the tattoos representing the group. The men got into an argument which lead to the stabbing, police said in the affidavit.

Justin McLellan, 36, of Thomaston, criminal trespass, $250 fine; criminal trespass, dismissed.

Jason G. Tucci, 37, of Rockport, operating under the influence, dismissed; driving to endanger, $575 fine, license suspended 30 days.

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