Supermarket Robbery Suspect Indicted

ELLSWORTH — A Tremont man who police said attempted to hold up the pharmacy at Shaw’s Supermarket in Ellsworth only to find that it was closed was among those indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Shaun Parsons, 34, is accused of entering the supermarket on July 21, wearing a cap and a bandana pulled over his face and carrying a note requesting prescription drugs. When he found out the pharmacy was closed, Parsons decided to rob one of the store’s cashiers.

Parsons reportedly approached the cashier, said he had a gun, and asked for cash from the register. The cashier alerted a store manager, who opened the register and gave Parsons more than $600 in cash. Parsons fled on foot but was captured by an Ellsworth police officer in the parking lot of a nearby Pizza Hut.

The “gun” turned out to be a water pistol. Parsons reportedly told police he had taken the synthetic drug bath salts earlier in the day.

Three of the five people arrested in a December sweep by drug agents were indicted on trafficking charges.

Scott Haslam, 26, of Eastbrook and Darren Smith, 31, of Hampden were arrested Dec. 20 in Ellsworth after they allegedly sold oxycodone to agents.

Haslam was indicted on one count of Class B unlawful trafficking in drugs. Smith was indicted on single counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and falsifying physical evidence. At the time of Smith’s arrest, police said the trafficking charge was elevated to a Class A crime due to a prior felony drug conviction.

A third man, Llewellyn Dwyer, 29, of Franklin, was arrested the following day, after agents executed a search warrant at the home he was staying in on the Shore Road in Ellsworth. During the search, agents seized a loaded .38-caliber handgun hidden between the seat cushions on a piece of furniture and found a marijuana grow room on the second floor of the home, processed marijuana packed for sale and Suboxone strips.

Dwyer was indicted on charges of Class A aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and criminal forfeiture.

An Ellsworth woman involved in a June 20 drug bust in the parking lot of an Ellsworth motel was indicted on a drug charge from a previous arrest.

Julie Edwards, 47, was indicted on single counts of Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and falsifying physical evidence as the result of an April 1 bail check by Ellsworth police.

During the bail check, police allegedly found about eight oxycodone tablets in her possession. The charge of falsifying evidence follows Edwards’ reported attempt to flush the drugs down a toilet.

Also indicted Aug. 9 were:

Robert Boggia Jr., 26, Blue Hill, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal forfeiture.

Scott Conlin, 38, Cutler, two counts unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, two counts criminal forfeiture.

Earle Cowperthwaite Jr., 58, Gouldsboro, burglary, theft.

Casey Holt, 31, Sullivan, two counts theft.

Crystal Jones, 51, Hancock, theft.

Francis Joseph Jr., 46, Ellsworth, two counts violating conditions of release.

Justin Landeen,, 27, Gouldsboro, burglary, theft, violating conditions of release.

David Lowry, 30, Orland, two counts operating after revocation (OAR), leaving the scene of an accident, violating conditions of release.

David Littlefield, 30, Fletchers Landing, OAR, violating conditions of release.

Josef Messer II, 30, Hancock, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, assault, criminal mischief, violating conditions of release.

Stanley O’Donnell, 42, Franklin, aggravated habitual offender, OAR, criminal operating while under the influence, failure to report accident.

Ryan Ring, 35, Orrington, domestic violence assault, assault, criminal mischief.

Brennan Spofford, 33, Tremont, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Steven Sullivan, 50, Ellsworth, two counts theft of lost, misplaced or mistakenly delivered property.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander