Friendship woman appears in court for knife threat

By George Chappell | Jan 23, 2013
Courtesy of: Knox County Jail

Rockland — Bail was set Jan. 23 for a 44-year-old Friendship woman who was charged after police say she threatened to stab a man.

Judge Patricia Worth imposed $250 cash bail in Sixth District Court on Valarie L. Nile on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and terrorizing. Bail included conditions of no alcohol or drugs, no contact with her victim or his friend, and enrollment in Maine Pretrial Services.

According to the police affidavit, Nile on Jan. 22 intentionally placed her victim in fear of imminent bodily injury with the use of a knife.

On the terrorizing charge, Nile "communicated" to the victim a threat to commit a crime of violence to human life, and the "natural and probable consequence" of that threat was to place the victim in reasonable fear, said the affidavit.

Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Jack of the Knox County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Sgt. John Palmer, responded to a call from the victim's home on Col. Stairs Road, who told Jack that he and Nile had been drinking. During the conversation, she "grabbed a large kitchen knife" from the kitchen, and two smaller knives and threatened to stab the victim with them.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, said he was afraid for his life  and called the sheriff, said the affidavit.

In an interview with police on the night she was arrested, Nile said she lived two trailers down from the victim's home and told Palmer that she, the victim and a 30-year-old woman at his home had planned to "have a threesome."

Jack said he took Nile to Knox County Jail.

Nile was represented by court-appointed lawyer for a day William Pagnano. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody prosecuted the case.

Nile is scheduled for a Knox Superior Court appearance March 27.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or

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