ROCKLAND – The Knox County Grand Jury handed down 20 indictments on Aug. 6. Of the 20 indictments, one includes a drug trafficking charge against an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The indictments represent 18 individuals from Maine and two from Massachusetts. An indictment does not imply guilt.
Jeremy Stephan Stone, 41, of Rockport, manslaughter, aggravated criminal operating under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury or death, and improper plates.
Stone was arrested Jan. 30 on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run vehicle accident in Rockland. He was accused of driving while intoxicated and striking Daniel F. Cormier, 35, of Rockland and Owls Head, while Cormier was walking along Camden Street (Route 1) near the Pizza Hut. The two people walking with Cormier were not injured. Cormier was pronounced dead at Pen Bay Medical Center.
According to court documents, Stone was accused of fleeing the scene of the accident. Stone said he wasn’t sure what he hit, that visibility was poor due to the rain, and he panicked and drove off, instead of staying at the scene.
Rockland Police Sgt. Don Finnegan and Detective Russ Thompson arrested Stone at his residence in Rockland, after his location was identified to police by a woman. She told police at the scene she had received a call from Stone after the accident saying that he “messed up and might have hit someone on Camden Street.”
Finnegan said that when he spoke with Stone at his home his speech was slow, and he