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Pair charged with sinking Friendship lobster boat

By Stephen Betts | Jul 03, 2019
Source: File photo

Friendship — Two Friendship men have been charged with sinking a fellow lobsterman's boat late last year.

Jason T. Weeks, 41, was arrested Monday afternoon July 1, and charged with Class C aggravated criminal mischief and Class B theft. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, where bail was set at $5,000 cash.

He made his initial appearance July 3 in Knox County Court. Judge Paul Mathews set bail at $2,500 cash.

On May 20, Lyndon R. Harrington, 45, was arrested for aggravated criminal mischief and theft. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

The two are charged in connection with the Dec. 16, 2018, sinking of the 34-foot wooden lobster boat Rotten Hog. That vessel is owned by Rodney Genthner II.

Damage was estimated at more than $65,000.

An affidavit filed in court by Maine Marine Patrol Officer John Luellen details the investigation that led to the issuance of the arrest warrants for the pair. The affidavit, however, does not give a motive for the sinking.

Genthner had reported to the Marine Patrol the morning of Dec. 16 that his lobster boat was missing from where he had left it the night before -- LWG Lobster in Friendship Harbor.

At 2 p.m. that day, the vessel was located underwater near Cow Island. Holes were found to have been drilled in the hull.

Marine Patrol investigators reviewed surveillance videos, with one showing an unidentified person in a skiff near the Rotten Hog early in the morning of Dec. 16. The lobster boat can be seen drifting away from the dock. Another video from a nearby dock shows Harrington on the dock going to his boat late the previous night.

The investigation also found messages between Harrington and Weeks that the Marine Patrol stated indicated they were working together during the night and early morning that the boat was stolen and sunk. In one Facebook message, there were the letters FTW which police said stood for "for the win."

Harrington is represented by attorney Philip Cohen of Waldoboro. Weeks is represented by attorney Eric "Rick" Morse of Rockland.

Harrington's next court date is July 8.  Weeks' next court date is Aug.15.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 03, 2019 16:29

Not justk ids doing a practical joke, for sure. Hopefully these "Adults" get sacked with a stiffer fine than this.

Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Jul 03, 2019 15:10

FTW = ***K THE WORLD when I was in the military...Police can only suggest.  That's why we have a court system.

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