Two charged with stealing donations from Appleton fundraiserMoney has not been recovered
Appleton — The Knox County Sheriff's Office has charged two people who, according to police, took donations from a fundraiser at the West Appleton Country Club on July 28.
On Aug. 8, Andrew Blauvelt, 22, of Washington and Amanda Rolerson, 29, of Appleton were both charged with theft.
Country Club owner Ray Bartlett initially did not report the incident to police but decided to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 7. Less than 24 hours later police had located and charged the duo, said Knox County Sheriff's Office Sgt. James Moore.
"Working on information that was acquired, we located the donation box on Moore Road in Washington," Moore said. Through the investigation, Moore said, the theft was traced to Blauvelt and Rolerson.
The two had both attended the fundraiser on July 28, police confirmed. The donations have not been recovered at this time, Moore said.
The event was a benefit for Steve Grierson of Cushing. Grierson reportedly was injured during an event at Pittston Fairgrounds on June 2 called "Tuff Truck," a two-lap course of jumps and mud on which drivers compete for the best completion time. Grierson reportedly had broken his back and has undergone surgery to install two 10-inch titanium rods and eight screws in his back.
Grierson is a self-employed auto technician and works in a shop he owns and operates called Pine Ridge Auto Repair. At the present time, Grierson is unemployed because of the accident and the family reportedly has no insurance.
Bartlett had previously said that about 150 people attended the fundraiser, which included a pig roast, golf scramble and musical entertainment. People were asked to contribute $10, but many people were seen putting as much as $100 in the donation box, Bartlett said in previous reports.
Another benefit for Grierson — a breakfast — is planned for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Broad Cove Church on Pleasant Point Road in Cushing. Breakfast will run from 7 to 10 a.m. and a food sale also will take place. The cost is $6 for a large breakfast or $3 for a small breakfast. There will be pancakes, or eggs, or French toast, bacon or sausage along with fresh fruit cup, homemade muffins and coffeecakes or toast.
Donations are being accepted at Camden National Bank as well as West Appleton Country Club. Checks should be made out to "Broad Cove Church" with a note in the memo line on the check "Steve Grierson Fund" and mailed to Camden National Bank, 188 Main St., Thomaston, ME 04861; or donations can be mailed to West Appleton Country Club, 2306 West Appleton Road, Appleton, ME 04862.
The Camden Herald reporter Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editorial Assistant Linda Hall-Stone contributed to this report.