Rockport Police beat: Driving while using a mobile cell phone, passing a stopped school bus, assault

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 5:00pm

ROCKPORT – Rockport police reported the following activity Oct. 11-28. An arrest or summons does not imply guilt. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Oct. 11

Frank Fogg, 58, of Union, was issued a summons by Officer Travis Ford for passing a stopped school bus.

Oct. 12

Joshua Berry, 27, of Lincolnville, was arrested by Officer Tony Del Vecchio for domestic violence aggravated assault.

On Oct. 12, Del Vecchio responded to a call at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport about a reported domestic incident that involved a knife. Police arrested Berry and he was initially charged with aggravated assault and later a second charge of domestic violence threatening with a dangerous weapon was added, according to the court document.

In the affidavit filed by Del Vecchio in Knox County Unified Court, the victim stated that she had planned to sleep in her car because she did not feel safe. She said Berry found her in Warren and drew a knife when a male friend intervened in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

The woman told police that Berry had punched her in the mouth and grabbed her by the throat.

Berry had allegedly called the victim more than 50 times during a four-hour period, police said.

After Berry was arrested on Oct. 12, Del Vecchio transported him to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Berry’s initial court appearance was Oct. 15 where Judge Susan Sparaco set his bail at $2,500 cash bail.

He later posted bail and was released from jail.

Berry’s bail conditions stipulate that he will be on supervised release. The conditions include that he cannot have any contact with the victim or her friend, must take his medications as prescribed and cannot use alcohol, illegal drugs, and weapons. He will be subject to random searches by police, according to the court document.

He will appear in court again Nov. 14 for a dispositional conference.

On Oct. 25, Berry was also charged by Del Vecchio with violating conditions of release.

Oct. 13

Rhonda Sawyer, 58, of Warren, was charged by Sgt. Jim Moore with theft of services.

Oct. 20

Larry Winchenbach, 37, of Rockport, was arrested by Moore on a warrant.

Oct. 21

Sean D. Pierce, 51, of Windsor, was issued a summons by Ford for inspection and insurance violations.

Oct. 22

Michelle Leonard, 52, of Waldoboro, was issued a summons by Ford for insurance violation.

Oct. 26

Jaynee Merrill, 74, of Camden, was issued a summons by Del Vecchio for operating without a license.

Oct. 28

Francesca Gangitano, 59, of Colonia, N.J., was issued a summons by Ford for operating a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.

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