Man charged in log assault

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GREENWOOD — A 20-year-old Bethel man remained in  jail Monday night on a charge that he struck a man with a burning log at a party here Saturday.

Terrence G. Gordon of Rabbit Lane was charged with aggravated assault and violation of conditions of release. He was initially taken to Oxford County Jail in Paris and later to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

According to a report by Trooper Greg Tirado of the Maine State Police, 22-year-old Ian Wheeler said the assault happened around 3 a.m. on Saturday at a party on Irish Neighborhood Road. Wheeler said the two men exchanged words and Gordon struck him with a log taken from the fire.

Wheeler’s left orbital bone was broken and he was knocked unconscious. He told Tirado that witnesses at the scene said Gordon continued to hit him while he was unconscious, but that they would not speak to police because they would be seen as “snitches,” the investigator’s report said.

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Gordon said Wheeler had been causing trouble at the party and initiated the confrontation. He said that he struck Wheeler with a stick after Wheeler used it to poke him, Tirado said.

Gordon was arrested on April 3 on charges of possession of an illegal drug, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and failure to report an accident by the quickest possible means. He was released from jail on a $1,000 unsecured bail on those charges, and indicted later in the month on a single count of trafficking in prison contraband. The charge accuses him of making, obtaining, or possessing the seizure medication Klonopin while incarcerated.

Gordon’s bail was set at $1,000 or a supervised bail contract following an initial appearance in court Monday.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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