Belfast man charged with domestic assault, bringing drugs into jail

By Ben Holbrook | Jan 02, 2017
Source: Waldo County Correctional Center James Witham

Belfast — An early morning argument landed a Belfast man in jail Jan. 2, where additional charges were filed after staff found drugs in his possession.

James R. Witham, 36, was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence assault, possession of a usable amount of marijuana, stealing drugs, unlawful possession of schedule W drugs and trafficking in prison contraband.

The charges stem from a verbal argument that began in the early morning hours and escalated to the point where Witham allegedly pinned a young girl to the floor after throwing her to the ground, according to police. When the girl's mother called police to report the incident, Witham took the woman's cell phone and threw it at her, cutting her head, Sgt. Dan Fitzpatrick said.

After arresting Witham and taking him to Waldo County Correctional Center, staff at the facility discovered Suboxone strips in Witham's possession, Fitzpatrick said. The Suboxone strips did not belong to Witham, Fitzpatrick added.

The original incident is still under investigation.

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