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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:41

Dog death suspect arrested again

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ELLSWORTH - One of two men charged in a horrendous case of animal cruelty in Winter Harbor has been arrested again for domestic violence assault.

Police say 37-year-old Nathan Burke of Hancock was arrested shortly after the Feb. 16 incident on Wileys Way.


He reportedly pushed his live-in girlfriend and broke her cellphone so she couldn't call for help.


“The officers got both the stories from both sides and they felt they had enough to arrest him for domestic assault and violation of bail,” said Capt. Troy Bires of Ellsworth Police Department.


For reportedly breaking the cellphone, Burke was charged with obstructing the report of a crime.


Burke and Justin Chipman, 22, are charged in the death of Franky, a 30-pound dog, who was taken from his home in late August, shot and dumped in the ocean.


Both men face five charges, including felony aggravated cruelty to animals.


Burke entered a not guilty plea in the domestic violence assault on Tuesday and the judge set a $750 bail. However, Bires said, he's still at the Hancock County Jail for violating his bail conditions in the animal cruelty case.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...