Man faces charges in Bath stabbing

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BATH — Police have charged a man living at 734 Middle St. with stabbing another resident Sunday night.

James M. Manley, 51, was charged with elevated aggravated assault.

Police said a 40-year-old man entered the Police Department lobby at 11:24 p.m. Sunday with multiple stab wounds he said he received at the Middle Street building.

Officers and a detective went to the address and interviewed several people, and Manley was ultimately arrested at the scene on a charge of violating conditions of release.

He was arraigned Monday at West Bath District Court, where he was also charged with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A crime. Manley did not pay $100,000 cash bail and was being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail early this week.

The victim, whose police refused to identify, was treated and released after being transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He and Manley were renting rooms at 734 Middle St., but neither one is from the Bath area, police said.

Manley’s criminal history includes a manslaughter conviction in Massachusetts, according to police.

According to police, a stabbing previously occurred at 734 Middle St. in 2006. Since January 2000 police have responded to the 734-736 Middle St. apartment building more than 150 times, answering calls that range from alcohol offenses to assault.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.