ROCKLAND, Maine — A 42-year-old Friendship man was free on bail Wednesday after pleading not guilty to allegations that he assaulted one man with a drill and threatened another man with a pipe wrench.
Toby Powell pleaded not guilty in Knox County Superior Court to aggravated assault, criminal threatening, aggravated criminal mischief and assault.
Powell’s attorney, Steven Peterson of Rockport, said Powell is a fisherman and got into an altercation with another fisherman over trap cutting in the area.
Peterson said the other fisherman caused the altercation in Friendship after he suspected Powell was cutting his lobster traps, which Powell’s attorney said he did not do.
“It appears to be a case of self-defense,” Peterson said.
Court documents do not reveal much detail about the case except that the incident happened on May 15 and that all three men involved work on fishing boats out of Friendship. The men used to work off the same wharf, but Powell moved his gear to a nearby wharf so he would not have contact with the men, as ordered by the court.
Powell’s indictment, handed up by the Knox County grand jury earlier this month, states that “Powell did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to [one of the victims] with the use of a dangerous weapon, a drill,” and that he “did intentionally or knowingly place [the other victim] in fear of imminent bodily injury with the use of a dangerous weapon, a pipe wrench.”
The indictment also states that Powell caused more than $2,000 in damage to the vehicle of one of the men, and that he allegedly threatened the same man with a pipe and also injured him.