Tent-dweller in Rockland cemetery cited for criminal trespass

By George Chappell | Nov 05, 2012

Rockland — A 50-year-old transient, who has been living in a tent at Achorn Cemtery, was arrested on two charges of criminal trespass Halloween, Oct. 31, and taken to Knox County Jail.

Pro Me Thius, who lists his address as North Hollywood, Calif., appeared Nov. 2 before Judge Peter Darvin in Sixth District Court in Rockland on two counts of criminal trespass.

Thius was defended by lawyer for the day Lawrence Frier and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody.

According to the police affidavit, Officer Lloyd Daniels of the Rockland Police responded to a complaint from the Achorn Cemetery Association that Thius was trespassing in the graveyard. When Daniels asked Thius to leave, he replied that no one can own a cemetery and therefore has no authority to make a trespasser leave. The police then transported Thius to jail and returned him to court on Nov. 2.

"I'm improperly arrested," Thius told the judge during his court appearance.

The prosecutor recommended that one of the two complaints be dropped and that the other complaint be 48 hours in jail with credit for time served. The one count was for his refusal to leave the cemetery when ordered by the police officer, and the other was for refusing to heed a no trespassing sign, Baroody said.

The defense attorney asked that the $10 surcharge be waived, but Darvin instead gave Thius until until Dec. 6 to pay the fine and dismissed the second count.

In other business in court Friday, Jonathan S. Hynd, 43, of Cushing appeared to answer charges of domestic violence assault, criminal mischief and obstructing a report on a crime.

Hynd was prosecuted by District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau and defended by Portland attorney Christian Foster.

Hynd also faces a new criminal conduct charge of probation revocation.

Rushlau recommended that bail be denied because the defendant "can't meet standards" of bail. The district attorney cited Hynd's "appalling criminal history," including four arrests for domestic violence and four bail violations between 2001 and 2007.

Foster said that his defendant had worked out his relationship with the woman who complained about him, and that he took care of his 73-year-old mother.

"He has two sons who depend on him," Foster said.

The judge ordered Hynd held without bail on the old charge and $10,000 cash or $5,000 and a Maine Pretrial agreement on the new.

The new charges will be transferred to Knox County Superior Court on Nov. 26.

Aimie Jackson, 22, or Washington appeared on a charge of probation violation and violating a condition of release. She is to appear in Knox County Superior Court on two charges Dec. 21.

Baroody recommended that she be held without bail.

Frier depicted his client as a 22-year-old mother with a 3-year-old son. She had recently lost her best friend and had a brother who was about to go into the U.S. Marine Corps.

In other business, Byrlynne D'Angela Ellis, 33, Thomaston, was charged with operating under the influence and operating beyond her license restrictions. Bail was set at $1,000 cash or $300 and a Maine Pretrial Service Contract.

Andrew J. Blauvett, 23, of Washington, pleaded not guilty to operating under the influence and illegal attachment of plates. A trial date was set in Knox County Superior Court Dec. 13. Bail was set at $750 and a Maine Pretrial Services Contract.

Victor J. Pendleton, 21, of Belfast, faced charges of violating a condition of release, car theft, possession of firearms, carrying a concealed weapon and operating after suspension. He pleaded not guilty and was given a trial date in Knox County Superior Court Feb. 27, 2013. The $5,000 cash bail is reviewable with a Maine Pretrial Services Contract.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at gchappell@courierpublicationsllc.com.






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