City puts cop on unpaid leave

Andrew Weatherbee

ELLSWORTH — The police officer arrested earlier this year and charged with domestic violence is no longer receiving a paycheck from the city.

Andrew Weatherbee, 30, of Holden was arrested Jan. 27 in Holden on a charge of domestic violence assault.

Following Weatherbee’s arrest, Police Chief John DeLeo said the officer was placed on paid administrative leave.

City Manager Michelle Beal said Monday that as of last week, Weatherbee is now on unpaid administrative leave until the conclusion of the criminal case against him.

Weatherbee made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Penobscot County Assistant District Attorney Alice Clifford said Weatherbee entered a plea of not guilty to the domestic violence charge.

Holden police allege Weatherbee pushed a woman described as his “live-in companion” down on the couch and held her there after she reached for his phone that January night.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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