Ghost hunters summoned for trespassing in Orono

Posted May 18, 2011, at 11:28 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Four area adults were summoned on trespassing charges shortly after midnight Tuesday after they reportedly scaled a barbed-wire-topped gate leading to Ayers Island with a baby in tow.

“They said they were looking for ghosts,” Orono police Officer Wilfred King said Wednesday evening. King said one of the ghost hunters brought along a camera in hopes of documenting paranormal activity on the island, which is privately owned and off-limits to the public. Several large signs there make that point.

King also said that the ghost hunters picked late Tuesday night because they said there was a full moon.

Sgt. Scott LaJoie said the group didn’t quite make it onto the island, however. King, who was patrolling the area that night, spotted their vehicle shortly after they arrived.

Charged with trespassing, but not arrested, were: Eric Roy, 23, of Bangor; Kimberly Patten, 19, of Orono; and Chauncey Hulbert, 27, of Bradley, and Hulbert’s 25-year-old wife, Suzanne Hulbert, King said.

King said that the Hulberts had brought along their 15-month-old child and that Chauncey Hulbert was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment of leg injuries he suffered while climbing over the gate, which King said is about 8 feet tall and topped with barbed wire.

According to published reports, Ayers Island is home to the former Striar Textile Mill, which was built in 1890 and last operated in October 1996, as well as the former Orono Pulp & Paper Co. Most of the buildings that remain there were built around 1907, according to local histories.

It has been, among other things, the focus of redevelopment efforts and an environmental cleanup.

It also has a reputation for being haunted. In the summer of 2006, the cable network VH1 filmed two episodes of “Celebrity Paranormal Project” on the 62-acre island titled “Tanner’s Ghost” and “Wooden Lucy.”

According to local legend, the island in the Penobscot River, located two miles from the University of Maine campus, is haunted by the ghost of a foreman killed in a mysterious accident who is said to haunt the mill seeking revenge, and the ghost of a young girl whose father accidentally killed her after being tricked by a 300-year-old American Indian curse.

Roy and Chauncey Hulbert were among three men arrested in 2008 in connection with the theft of $6,000 in electrical wiring from a Bradley contractor.

Roy later was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury and sentenced the next year to 30 days in jail and $500 restitution. He also has a theft conviction from March of this year and convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

Hulbert has been convicted of criminal mischief in 2010 and 2009, and assault in 2009.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Regina-Hosebeast/100002095287763 Regina Hosebeast

    If there’s something strange

    in your neighborhood

    Who ya gonna call?
    Chauncey Hulbert

    If there’s something weird

    and it don’t look good

    Who ya gonna call?

    Chauncey Hulbert

    I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

    I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

    ( to the tune of Ray Parker’s “Ghost Busters” )
     

  • Anonymous

    ROY MY BOY AIN’T NO JOKE FOR  YOU BE PLACE IN JAIL AND/OR PRISON FOR YOUR ACT OF VIOLATION  AND A CHANCE WITH BEING A GANG LEADER ALSO ROY, NOW WHY DON’T YOU GET OFF YOU SORRY LAZY BUMMING ADZE AND GET A JOB AND GO TO WORK FOR A LIVING,  THAT ELECTRICAL WIRE WOULD LIGHT YOU UP GOOD OF VOLTAGE EXPOSE UPON YOU OF WHAT YOUR MOVE, ARE YOU GONNA STEAL ELECTRICAL WIRE AT JAIL HOUSE NOW ? ? ? ? ? ? ? THANK YOU OF YOUR RECORDS TO GO TO YOUR GRAVE WITH YOU NOW, WHO NEED THAT TYPE OF SCUM WORKING FOR THEM UNDER THE WRONG PATH, BOOK HIM DANO

  • Anonymous

    Come on guys,The headline should read…Crooks trying to steal wire, use ghost hunting for excuse….the ghost crooks should go too Millinocket too the shutdown paper mill to steal wire so when they get caught the have a better story…..No were not stealing wire,Were looking for employment….Now, wouldn’t that sound a little more realistic…. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XJJB4XHAMZLXQVNALEYLZQBU4A Paul H

    Family Misdemeanor Night replaces Family Game Night.   Great parents.

  • Anonymous

    I agree the ghost excuse is pretty lame.  They are lucky they got caught before they had a chance to steal or vandalize something and get more charges.

  • Karen

     
    looks like someone got the story stolen.. LOL

  • Anonymous

     Bringing a baby along? Gee… why weren’t they charged with something for doing this? Who brings a baby to commit a crime? 

  • Anonymous

     CAPS LOCK… on your left…

  • Anonymous

    Too late!  They are already breeding.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a good thing those two gave up their old habit of stealing to peruse ghost hunting!

     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YEGK23PV3UJRDYSZJKYUVCBPR4 Batsu

    Grammar, how I weep for your demise…. 

  • Anonymous

    I THINK THE POLICE SHOULD HAVE CONTACTED DHHS ON THOSE IDIOTIC PARENTS!

  • Anonymous

    Headline should have been: Ghost busters busted.

  • Anonymous

     BAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh dear….stupid is as stupid does. 

  • Anonymous

    What did you say ???

  • Cliff Guthrie

     And they were so close to finding actual proof of ghosts. It’s a tragedy.

  • Anonymous

    “Who brings a baby to commit a crime? “  Answer:  the young woman whose body was found in the snowmaking pond near the ski area in NH recently with her car idling nearby and her baby in the back seat. She took her baby to a drug deal that went bad.

  • Anonymous

    Taking a baby over a barbed-wire fence after midnight kind of says it all about the Hulberts as parents, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    Taking a baby over a barbed-wire fence after midnight kind of says it all about the Hulberts as parents, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    No one should bring a baby to commit a crime… any crime.  And since the woman with the baby in the back seat was found dead at the scene it’s doubtful that any charges could be made against a dead person that would have any impact but these people aren’t dead, brought a baby to commit a crime and there should be something like child endangerment that they can be charged with… THAT is what I’m saying.  It’s not about comparing… crime for crime, or finding a way to make this wrong into a right… if the dead girl were alive I’d say charge her with child endangerment too… I don’t discriminate but I also don’t see the point in filing charges against dead people… I do see the point in filing charges against live people… and if these people brought a baby with them during the commission of a crime they should be charged with something… maybe child endangerment?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  She had her child with her when she did the drug deal according to the news reports, so she was guilty of the same thing that the two found on Ayers were, and she was alive at the time.  All I’m saying is that in both instances the people involved could be guilty of endangering the welfare of a child. 

  • Anonymous

    Knuckleheads. 

  • Anonymous

    huh??????????? 

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE TO READ POSTS LIKE THIS IN PEE WEE HERMANS YELLING VOICE IN MY HEAD. THANK YOU. YOU MADE MY DAY.

    Seriously though…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_stop

    These two will do you well in life.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone knows one hunts for ghosts in cemeteries, not abandoned factories. 

  • Anonymous

    You shouldn’t drink and drive and you definately shouldn’t drink and post on BDN 

  • Anonymous

    Bet we’re the ones paying his hospital bill for the injured leg… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1628932330 Naran Row-Spaulding

    If anyone in authority buys the “ghost-hunting” story from these people, we have an ectoplasm-capture machine to sell them. Only used twice, in the Ghostbusters movie series. Some minor green “slime” residue, but very good, overall. No reasonable offers refused.

  • Anonymous

     Not much copper and brass at the cemetary…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JLXJN2FOBWJHTYDIQJSPK7TLCY John D

    Uh-oh, Rat Roy is in the news again!

  • Anonymous

    thank you on the left if right way to travel the path you walk on ad have a good day
     

  • Anonymous

    GRAMMAR GOT YOU ATTENTION AS THE BIG LETTERS YOU ARE READING NOW, THANK YOU AND HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME IN LIFE WE ALL HAS TO FACE THE EVIL CROOK DEMANDS IS DEVIL WORKS OF WHICH FIELDS ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Anonymous

     HEY TO THATGUY235 thank you of letting the public as police official know more of your self you have spoke of, PLUS don’t drink or do drugs to thank you of your value information that could be follow out of your intention. have a good coffee brandy is your favorite drink thatguy235 i am free to post where ever i feel need to be public ok, PLUS TO THANK YOU OF YOUR INFORMATION IS VALUE TO BE ON B.O.L.O. IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS OK. YOU HAVE THREAT  ME IS WRONG TO DO OF TO HOW STUPID YOU REALLY ARE OF THIS IS PUBLIC INFORMATION, SORRY THATGUY235 THAT YOUR PARTNER GOT CAUGHT OF WRONG DOING OK AND HAVE A GOOD DAY AND RE-READ THE INFORMATION IF YOU ARE NOT GUILTY OF BEING DUMB WITH STUPIDITY WORDS YOU HAVE EMPTY TO WHO IS READING NOW IF NOT OFFICER EDWARD OR LT. REID I KNOW THE OFFICER  WITH CHIEF STOCKTON TO WHERE HE WAS WITH PAPPY SNYDER AND JERRY BOLES AND JOHN AGEE AND MORE OFFICER FOR YOUR INFORMATION . BYE

  • Anonymous

     DJBROWN the parent should be charge with child endangerment with gang relate activity of crime with uneducated child for an excuse to raise the infant of the  right way, Plus D.H.H.S. need to remove the child from the crime suspect of leading down the wrong path.

  • Anonymous

    plus in case you didn’t read the news of report of $6,000.00 worth of wire was stolen by the crooked here of ‘GHOST BUSTER’ as excuse of escape route of stealing the wire for a living, IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS THEN HAVE A GREAT WONDERFUL DAY OF YOUR PLAY BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR STATEMENT PUBLIC–WARNING-BE CAREFUL TO WHAT YOU HAVE FOR EVIDENCE THAT COULD BE USE AGAINST YOU FOR BEING DUMB OF STUPIDITY, LIKE ANSWER THIS QUESTION PLEASE: Did i read the rules and regulation that is public display ? ? can they steal electrical wire in jail and/or prison now ? ? ?

  • Jazz11

    The family that weirds together, er…. weirds together. 

  • Anonymous

     Taking a baby over a barbed-wire fence after midnight kind of says it all about the Hulberts as parents, don’t you think?
    **********************************************
    gave you a “like”, buuuuut, (now you KNEW there was a but coming, right? ;-)  ) 
    maybe she was a lookout for the rest of them…after all, what cop in their right mind would suspect anything is going on with a woman and baby out on a private, abandoned island, in the middle of the night…..

  • Anonymous

     You’re seriously deluded if you think people are still reading your posts. 

  • Anonymous

     Comments more fun than the story. :)

  • Anonymous

    The question I asked had only to do with this case (not the other) and it was “Isn’t there something they can charge these people with for taking a baby with them to commit a crime?”   

    The other crime was irrelevant to this question.  The only similarity was both parties took a baby to commit a crime. No, she wasn’t charged but I think we all know why she wasn’t charged – because she was dead at the time she got caught.  I totally agree if she weren’t dead she should have been charged too.  But these people should not be allowed to get away with it because that girl wasn’t charged.   That’s not a good example of setting a precedent. 

    That is exactly why I said you can’t compare these two crimes with two very different points of discovery.  No, the dead girl wasn’t charged but yes, these people should still be regardless of whether or not the other girl was.  They aren’t dead.  I think we’re on the same page with this… just not sure why you used this dead girl as an example.

  • Anonymous

    That’s exactly what I meant… there has to be charges that could be filed against these people and the child should be removed from the home.  I don’t understand why that wasn’t done.   

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me more…you seem so wise with your incoherent rambling 

  • Anonymous

     your word is value to know more of your type of people that cause trouble and thank you. Sorry to said your partner of crime got caught of excuse ghost buster excuse got BUSTED rack the record-pack the jail-smack then is all that happens. YES ASK tim reid where he was a police officer at one time, I KNOW WHERE TIM WAS A POLICE OFFICER IN ANOTHER STATE WITH INFORMATION SPEAK, THANK YOU AND HAVE A GOOD DAY AS YOU DO THE CRIME THEN YOU CAN DO THE TIME, have it your way as governor JOHN BALDACCI is proven to be wrong with mama kitchen

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKNIUDXDM66Q5V2DAHLABGL3DQ big red

    Let alone the fact the artical said the child was injured and treated at the hospital because he was climbing an 8 foot fence with barb wire!  

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