Two arrested after Rockland officer assaulted during melee

By Stephen Betts | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts Police responded Sunday morning, Feb. 5 to a domestic disturbance on Purchase Street in Rockland. Sierra McDonald of Rockland was arrested and accused of assaulting an officer.

Rockland — Two people were arrested Sunday morning. Feb. 5 after a Rockland police officer was assaulted trying to quell a domestic disturbance.

Sierra McDonald, 23, of Rockland, was arrested for felony assault on an officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, according to Rockland Police Sgt. Ken Smith. Her boyfriend Shawn Gamage, 28, of Rockland, was arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest, and obstructing government administration.

Both were taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Bail for McDonald was set at $2,500 cash. Bail for Gamage was set at $250 cash.

At her initial appearance Monday in Knox County Unified Court, Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $5,000 for McDonald. She is also being held on an order from her probation officer.

The Rockland woman said she wanted to enter a not guilty plea but Judge Sparaco said because there is a felony charge involved, a plea is not accepted until and unless a grand jury issues an indictment.

McDonald also said she did not want a lawyer and wanted to represent herself. Sparaco urged her not to do that and ordered that an evaluation be done for the woman to determine if she is competent.

Police were called to the domestic disturbance on Purchase Street at 8:45 a.m.

Police say McDonald kicked and punched Rockland Officer William Smith after she was warned she would be arrested for screaming at the top of her lungs. Officer Smith went to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport to be checked out but was released and able to return to work.

Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies and Thomaston police responded to help the Rockland officers during the disturbance. Rockland emergency medical service also responded to the call.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Feb 06, 2017 07:50

Now that brings back memories of the good old South end that I remember from my youth when Rockland was a rough and tumble fishing town. Places like the idle hour, the golden spike, the big O the wayfarer and many more

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