Two young girls nearly died of alcohol poisoning

Rockland grandmother gets 50 days in jail for providing liquor

Knox County closed cases
By Stephen Betts | Oct 13, 2017

Rockland — A 65-year-old Rockland woman will serve 50 days in jail for providing vodka to two young girls who later nearly died from alcohol poisoning.

Brenda Shepard was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 12, in Knox County court to 364 days in jail with all but 50 days suspended and was placed on probation for a year for two misdemeanor charges of furnishing liquor to a minor. She had pleaded guilty in October as part of a deferred disposition in which felony charges would be dropped if she refrained from further criminal conduct.

The agreement called for up to 90 days in jail, with the defense able to argue for less time.

The incident occurred in February 2016 in Rockland, when Shepard bought a half-gallon of vodka at the request of her underage grandson, who then provided the liquor to the girls -- one of whom was 14 years old and the other 13 at the time.

According to Rockland police, a motorist reported to police that he witnessed a man stuffing an unconscious woman into a car near the intersection of Main and North Main streets.

Officers responded and found two girls passed out in the car. They were taken by ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and later transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland for acute alcohol poisoning.

The girls recovered.

Shepard's grandson also was charged in the incident.

The following other cases were completed in the Knox County court during the week of Oct. 10 through Oct. 13.

Harold M. Clarke Jr., 55, of Cushing, was fined $750 for theft of merchandise from Walmart in Thomaston Feb. 26. A second theft charge -- for stealing merchandise at Hannaford supermarket in Camden June 29 -- was dismissed.

Jeremy S. Vandyne, 45, of Vinalhaven, was given a fully suspended 364-day jail term for two counts of assault in July 2016 on Vinalhaven. He was also fined $1,000 and placed on probation for a year. More serious charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence assault were dismissed. He had pleaded guilty in October 2016 and agreed to a deferred disposition, which resulted in the lesser charges if he underwent counseling and refrained from additional criminal conduct.

Cameron Henry, 25, of Thomaston, was fined $2,000 for two counts of assault, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest, all of which occurred July 4, 2016, in Rockport.

Kody Wallace, 24, of Whitefield, unlawful furnishing of drug March 1, 2016, in Rockport, 18 months in jail with all but seven months suspended, one year probation and $400 fine.

Craig A. Doucette, 37, of Montville, driving to endanger, $500 fine; failure to make accident report, $250 fine.

Dwayne A. Hunt Sr., 48, of Warren, OUI, 48 hours in jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine.

Christian T. Wall, 20, of Rockland, unlawful trafficking in drugs, dismissed; unlawful furnishing in drugs May 28 in Rockland, three years in jail with all but 30 days suspended, two years' probation, $280 restitution; violating condition of release, 14 days in jail.

Brandy Lyn Sproul, 34, of Topsham, OUI, $500 fine.

Dustin Wade Martin, 34, of Rockport, violating condition of release, operating while license suspended, $600 fine.

Russell W. Garner, 46, of Union, OUI, 150-day license suspension, $750 fine.

Roman Mank, 35, of Waldoboro, OUI with one prior, 364 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended, stayed until Jan. 1, one year probation, three-year license suspension, $700 fine; operating vehicle without license, 30 days in jail.

Samuel A. Feener, 18, of Hope, operating vehicle without license, $150 fine.

Mesina B. Watts, 41, of Thomaston, operating while license suspended, $250 fine; operating without license, $150.

Whitney Hupper, 81, of Tenants Harbor, possession of lobster beyond maximum or minimum size, $600 fine.

Brian Stanley Tarbox, 53, of Spruce Head, violating trap limits, $500 fine; violating condition of lobster rule, $250 fine, suspended.

Gabrielle Q. Anders, 20, of Rockport, minor possessing liquor, $350 fine.

Katelyn M. Durkee, 20, of Hope, minor possessing liquor, $400 fine; possession of marijuana by person younger than 21 years old, dismissed.

Sophie Meltzer, 26, of Rockland, possession of marijuana, $400 fine.

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