Navy Sailor From Honolulu Beats a Former Mainland Town Councilor Unconscious

Two sailors facing felony charges for allegedly beating a former Kittery, Maine, town councilor unconscious and leaving him on a city street Friday night were ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.

The victim was identified in court Tuesday as Stephen Huntress, 48, of Kittery Point, Maine. Huntress is a former chairman of the Kittery Town Council.

Police ask anyone who might have witnessed the alleged assault in the area of Bow and Chapel streets to call Detective John Peracchi at 610-7432 or Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald at 610-7548. Seacoast Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at 431-1199 or

Gerald Smith, 22, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sandy Portobanco, 23, of Inglewood, Calif., both sailors on the USS Greeneville, which is currently at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, were arraigned via video from the Rockingham County House of Corrections on Tuesday morning. Each man was charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, and witness tampering, a Class B felony.

“They left a man in the streets of Portsmouth in the middle of the night to die,” said prosecutor Karl Durand…

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Of course this wouldn’t be the first time a sailor from the USS Greeneville got in trouble.

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