Woman indicted in police assault



ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth woman accused of assaulting a Bar Harbor police office during an August incident in a municipal parking lot was among those indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Ashley Cloak, 23, was indicted Dec. 4 on counts of assault on an officer, disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest.

Cloak reportedly was causing a disturbance in the Old Police Department parking lot on Aug. 23. When police arrived, she failed to cooperate with the officer. The incident culminated with Cloak allegedly refusing to submit to arrest and the assault on the officer.

An Orland man suspected of being the ringleader of a group of people illegally selling the prescription painkiller oxycodone also was among the 16 people indicted.

Michael Clark, 29, was indicted on three counts of Class B unlawful trafficking in drugs, one count of Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs and five counts of criminal forfeiture.

Clark was one of eight people arrested on Dec. 10-11, 2013 on drug charges as the result of what agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) said was a two-year investigation into the illegal sale of the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

The arrests disrupted what agents at the time described as major drug ring operating in Bucksport, Ellsworth and surrounding towns.

Following his arrest, Clark, at 1 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2013, posted $50,000 cash bail and was released from the Hancock County Jail. The large amount of cash involved led a jail official to ask Ellsworth police for an escort to the bank so the money could be deposited safely.

According to assistant attorney general Patrick Larson, the three counts of unlawful trafficking stem from controlled buys made by the MDEA. Agents then executed a search warrant at Clark’s home, seizing 1,100 30-mg oxycodone tablets, $35,000 cash and property alleged to be the proceeds of drug trafficking. The property seized includes a Hummer, ATVs, motorcycles and generators, all purchased with cash in the year prior to Clark’s arrest, Larson said.

The others indicted last week were Travis Bishop, 33, Stonington, criminal operating while under the influence (OUI), operating beyond license restrictions; Erica Boyington, 36, Ellsworth, theft; Joshua Conklin, 25, Bangor, unlawful possession of drugs; David Dorr, 44, Ellsworth, aggravated criminal trespass, three counts assault; Rachel Dwyer, 41, Sullivan, two counts aggravated assault; James Eggleston, 34, Ellsworth, burglary, theft, criminal mischief; William Gatcomb, 44, Sullivan, two counts aggravated assault; Kenneth Hutchings, 32, Holden, theft, violating conditions of release, misuse of an identification card; James Jordan, 44, Lamoine, theft; Curtis Knudsen, 23, Gouldsboro, two counts robbery, stealing drugs; Jamie Michaud, 24, Monroe, unlawful possession of drugs; Shane Osborne, 27, Stockton Springs, unlawful possession of drugs; Nicholas Pellon, 47, Bangor, aggravated criminal trespass, three counts assault; and Michael Robbins, 23, Sorrento, two counts robbery, stealing drugs.

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