Post-prom beer party busted

FRANKLIN — Three teenagers were arrested and 13 others charged late Saturday after police broke up a post-prom party of Mount Desert Island High School students at a camp on Donnell Pond.

One of those charged, 18-year-old Isaiah Keene of Bar Harbor, allegedly resisted arrest and was taken into custody only after a deputy deployed a Taser, according to Lt. Chris Thornton, who heads the Hancock County Underage Drinking Task Force.

Keene was “combative and fought with officers at the scene,” Thornton said. Deputy Jacob Day was arresting Keene and had put a handcuff on one wrist when the scuffle began.

Keene, Isaiah


“He was flailing his arms around making it difficult for Day to take him into custody,” Thornton said.

The decision to use the Taser was made to ensure the safety of Keene and police officers, Thornton explained. Even after the Taser was used, Keene continued to struggle, he added.

Keene was arrested on charges of refusing to submit to arrest, disorderly conduct and furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor.

Keene’s brother, Jalique Keene, 19, also of Bar Harbor, was arrested on a charge of furnishing a place for minors to consume liquor.

Thornton said he did not know who owns the camp, but the Keenes were “in control” of the lakefront property.

Also arrested was Elijah Malloy, 18, of Bar Harbor on charges of refusing to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct. Malloy reportedly fled the scene and was taken into custody by a State Police trooper patrolling the area.

The Keenes and Malloy were booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth and later released on bail.

Twelve others were summonsed on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor. They include eight people under the legal drinking age of 21 from Bar Harbor: Evan Jeannotte, 18; Teagan Candage, 19; Jonathan Phelps, 20; Geoffrey Hanscom, 18; Rebecca-Jean Grey, 19; Dylan Richardson, 18; Steven Hanscom,



20; and a 17-year-old male juvenile. Also summonsed on the charge were Dylan Collin, 18, Trenton; Dakota Abbott, 18, Hancock; Julia Nelson, 18, Tremont; and a 15-year-old female from Lamoine. A 17-year-old male from Lamoine was summonsed on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration.

Other party goers who were determined not to be drinking were not charged.

Jalique Keene’s run-ins with the law didn’t end with his arrest at the party. On Monday afternoon, Ellsworth police arrested him on charges of theft and violating his bail conditions.



According to Ellsworth Police Lt. Harold Page, Keene allegedly put $137 worth of personal hygiene products, Bluetooth speakers and three Xbox games into a shopping cart at Walmart and walked out the door without paying. Store security officers stopped him and started to take him back to their office. Keene ran off and got into a pickup truck in the parking lot. Security officers notified Ellsworth police.

Page said Deputy Dana Austin of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department was in the area and stopped the truck on Myrick Street. The driver, Dylan Harris, 19, of Bar Harbor jumped out and ran off only to be caught by Austin after a short chase on foot. Harris was summonsed on a charge of violating the conditions of his driver’s license. A third person in the truck, Keene’s brother Isaiah, was not charged.

Thornton said the underage drinking task force was out Saturday night because three area high schools were holding proms. Along with Mount Desert Island High School, proms were held at George Stevens Academy and Ellsworth High School. The camp on Donnell Pond where the party took place was known to task force members.

“We received information in the past of underage drinking and partying at a specific camp on the Donnell Pond Road,” Thornton said.

In dealing with these situations, police are legally obligated to notify the parents of juveniles, those under the age of 18. That was done Saturday, and party attendees who had not been drinking were enlisted to drive those who had been home.

“Before we left, we made sure everyone had a safe ride home,” Thornton said.

Thornton estimates task force members arrived at the camp at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and cleared the scene at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Other than issues with Isaiah Keene and Malloy, most of the teenagers were cooperative, he said.

“But not for the actions of Mr. Keene, this would have been uneventful,” Thornton said.

Maine State Police and officers from police departments in Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor assisted the task force at the scene.

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