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Rockland man gets nine months for neighborhood crime spree

By Stephen Betts | Feb 26, 2021

Rockland — A 27-year-old Rockland man was sentenced Feb. 22 to nine months in jail for a series of crimes connected to a rash of break-ins and other suspicious activities in a residential neighborhood.

Raheem A. James was sentenced Feb. 22 in the Knox County court to three years in jail with all but nine months suspended for a May 31, 2020 burglary at a home in Rockland He was also placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $747 in restitution.

He also sentenced and given concurrent lesser sentences for two counts of theft, and one count of attempted burglary May 31 in Rockland. He was also required to pay an additional $610 in restitution.

He was also given a concurrent seven day jail term for violating a condition of release Aug. 11.

An arson charge was dismissed.

James was arrested Aug. 11 by Rockland police. His arrest came after Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young met with residents of the neighborhood about the break-ins and told them the department's top priority to solve the cases.

The first break in the case came when surveillance video showed James walking up a driveway to the back of a house on Masonic Street and stealing cigarettes off the back steps May 31.

Police also responded to an attempted break-in on Highland Street May 31, when someone burned a hole in a window screen and removed the screen.

Other cases that were completed in the Knox County court from Feb. 19 through Feb. 26 were:

Jason E. Wotton, 47, Friendship, domestic violence assault on Oct. 14, 2019 in Union, six months in jail; aggravated criminal mischief, dismissed; criminal trespass on Oct. 14, 2019 in Union, six months in jail; criminal mischief on same date and place, six months in jail; aggravated criminal trespass, dismissed; violating condition of release, 90 days in jail.

Jason M. Whalen, 42, Searsport, two counts of operating while license suspended or revoked, both dismissed.

Sophie Meltzer, 29, Wellesley, Mass., criminal trespass on Nov. 14, 2018 in Rockland, dismissed.

Robert J. Waycott, 43, Cushing, operating under the influence, 60 days in jail, 150-day license suspension, and $500 fine; two counts of operating while license suspended, concurrent 60-day sentence, one-year license suspension, $600 fine; violating condition of release, concurrent 60-day jail sentence; three counts of violating a condition of release, concurrent 60-day sentence.

Ashley Sargent, 35, Holden, trafficking in prison contraband, dismissed; unlawful possession of drug on Feb. 23, 2019 in Warren, $400 fine.

Sidney Harris, 36, Rockland, OUI, Rockland, 96 hours in jail, 150-day license suspension, $600 fine; failing to stop for an officer on Nov. 25, 2019 in Warren, 96 hours in jail.

Christopher C. Cooney, 35, Liberty, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, dismissed; reckless conduct on Nov. 29, 2019 in Washington, $1,000 fine.

Eben S. Polky, 40, St. George, unlawful possession of drug on Nov. 6, 2019 in St. George, dismissed.

Jeremy J. Cruz, 32, Bronx, N.Y., aggravated trafficking in drugs on Jan. 24, 2020 in Warren, dismissed.

Seth E. Simmons, 37, Friendship, domestic violence criminal threatening, dismissed; criminal trespass, dismissed; disorderly conduct on June 12, 2020 in Friendship, $500 fine.

Scott Cooley, 34, Washington, domestic violence assault, dismissed; disorderly conduct on July 5, 2020 in Washington, $250 fine.

Parker Pierson, 20, Falmouth, OUI, 48 hours jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine.

Michael Schneider, 36, Rockland, disorderly conduct on Oct. 18, 2020, $200 fine.

Dana White, 58, Waldoboro, OUI, 48 hours jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine.

Michael L. Starr, 36, Rockland, two counts of violating a condition of release, both dismissed.

Taylor A. Donnelly, 39, Rockport, violating condition of release, 48 hours in jail.

Deven Shay, 29, Warren, false registration of deer on Oct. 28, 2020 in Rockland, $300 fine.

Scott Mansfield, 54, Rockport, false registration of deer on Nov. 26, 2020 in Rockport, $300 fine.

Jeremy Peterson, 31, Rockland, making false statement on motor vehicle title, $200 fine.

Damon Pierpont, 42, Union, violating a condition of release, 48 hours jail,

Zebadiah D. Campbell, 24, North Haven, keeping dangerous dog, $500 fine.

Robin M. Allison, 55, Rockland, allowing dog to be at large on Nov. 19, 2020 in Rockland, $50 fine.

Robert D. Cagina Jr., 51, Camden, allowing dog to be at large on Dec. 31, 2020 in Camden, $100 fine.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: Dorinda Jacobs | Mar 02, 2021 14:28

I wasn't trying to win anything, I just think it[s important to have as many facts as possible before committing to something.  And this doesn't include the unsolicited filthy text messages repeatedly sent to young girls in the area.  This I know for a fact.



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Mar 02, 2021 06:23

Raheem A James' entire local crime history in articles at below search link:

 

https://knox.villagesoup.com/post/search.seam?searchText=raheem&orderBy=Date&limitTo=All



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Mar 02, 2021 06:17

You win. He's got quite a long history. That should have been mentioned by Mr. Betts in his articles, as it took me only seconds to search Raheem find dozens of past Courier articles on him, plus him in dozens of court dockets.

 

When I originally raised my concerns last year about seeming unfair treatment clearly asking "Am I missing something?" No one, not even Mr. Betts,  was like, yea, all of this.

https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/jury-acquits-rockland-man-of-assault-unlawful-sexual-touching/1783204



Posted by: Dorinda Jacobs | Mar 01, 2021 18:15

The person you are talking about isn't a kid, he's about 27 years old or more.  Also, you don't know the criminal background of any of these people you are comparing.  You don't know their history, I would assume.



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Mar 01, 2021 04:57

https://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rockland-police-say-solving-neighborhood-break-ins-is-top-priority/1864583



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Mar 01, 2021 04:53

Crawford, clearly you are unaware, or decidedly ignorant of the details of this case and what was called a burglary & crime spree as well as arson.

 

I've seen enough and been victim of enough petty crime sprees into homes & cars to know the difference.  They never ever got this level of coverage or policing. Seen many a kid pkay with fire, accidentally burn their family's house or Apt Bldg down, and see no charges

 

This perp only entered one home, then only took one ring out of a jeweley box.  Did not take the whole box, or likely $1000's upon $1000's of other stuff he could have easily stolen aka what true burglars on a spree would have. 13 year old boys steal more daily.

 

From the other house he only stole a single pack of cigarettes off a back stoop via tresspassing. (the video that lead to his arreat).

 

The "arson", during the 3rd attempted robbery, was for using a cigarette ember to melt, not burn, a hole through a plastic screen to reach in, to open the latch.

No fire was set nor occurred. The police did not charge him with arson. The ADA did that later,  to trump up the charges, likely to make sure he could not make bail aka to force a remand, IMO a civil rights violation.

 

Compare those crimes to these violent crime dismissals & hand slaps below, for what are likely local white perps, who are older, not just dumb confused hungry kids.

 

Seth E. Simmons, 37, Friendship, domestic violence criminal threatening, dismissed; criminal trespass, dismissed; disorderly conduct on June 12, 2020 in Friendship, $500 fine.

 

Scott Cooley, 34, Washington, domestic violence assault, dismissed; disorderly conduct on July 5, 2020 in Washington, $250 fine.



Posted by: Robin M Wood | Feb 28, 2021 09:50

The Dog at Large fine, with additional fees, was $95. Nice to see all these other things dropped with no fine. Dog was spooked by loud noises with roof being replaced and ran into the road. Oh, and an obnoxious neighbor who called the animal warden repeatedly for the him going onto her next door property when she stepped outside with her dogs, who he is friendly with. Never mind that she greets the dog and calls out to him, and the dogs play together regularly.

 



Posted by: Don Dickinson | Feb 27, 2021 19:23

Watch out for them "dogs at large". They'll tear your leg off and steal your wallet.



Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Feb 27, 2021 17:49

A burglary, an attempted burglary, two counts of theft, a VCR conviction, got a walk on an arson charge. All things considered I'd say he got a sweetheart deal receiving only 9 months with all sentences to be served concurrently. Black, white or green, he came out of it smelling like a rose in my opinion.



Posted by: Gregory D Kibitz | Feb 27, 2021 10:11

I see much worse, incl. even very violent crimes on this list, than Raheem A James theft of a pack of cigarettes from a stoop, single ring taken during an unauthorized home entry, and simply casing one other house while attempting a 2nd break in by only melting a small hole in a screen eith a cigarette ember and fleeing, all very hyperbolically referred to as a "crime spree" and the bit of melting as a very trumped up Arson charge!

Somehow this young BLACK man gets the book thrown at him and endless lurid crime porn press in this very paper  Yet most of the other actually violent offenders hava their cases either fully dismissed, or only received a handslap.

This is NOT color blind equal justice under the law. #InstitutionalizedRacism



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