Cops & Courts

  • Orland suicide draws huge police response

    Orland suicide draws huge police response

    ORLAND — A report of shots fired in Orland Tuesday night turned out to be a man committing suicide, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, deputies got a call about an accidental shooting at 7:10 p.m., Deputy Luke Gross said. When the first deputy on scene arrived on scene, he heard another gunshot, so

  • High Court affirms Tremont man’s sexual assault conviction

    High Court affirms Tremont man’s sexual assault conviction

    ELLSWORTH — The state’s highest court affirmed June 20 the conviction of a Tremont man found guilty of sexually assaulting a young student while he was a teacher at the Tremont Consolidated School. In the decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the March 16, 2016, conviction of Benjamin Hodgdon II in Hancock County Unified

  • Search for missing motorist suspended

    Search for missing motorist suspended

    VERONA ISLAND — Officials have suspended a search for a possible missing motorist. The search began after police received a report of an abandoned vehicle on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. “Marine Patrol has found nothing,” said Maine Marine Patrol spokesman Jeff Nichols. “We searched Friday through Monday and suspended the search Monday after three days of

  • Maine State Police Log Week of June 29

    Maine State Police Log Week of June 29

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police, including members of its State Police Impaired Driving Effort team, conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 1A in Holden Friday night. Lt. Rod Charette said troopers charged two motorists with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Also Friday on the Bagaduce Road in Holden, Trooper

  • Search under way in Penobscot River after abandoned car found on Narrows Bridge

    Search under way in Penobscot River after abandoned car found on Narrows Bridge

    VERONA ISLAND — Officials are searching the Penobscot River off Bucksport and Verona Island this morning after an abandoned vehicle was found on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge overnight. Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols said an abandoned vehicle was found on the cable-stay bridge between Prospect and Verona Island at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday.

  • Woman killed in Sedgwick crash

    Woman killed in Sedgwick crash

    ELLSWORTH — A Deer Isle woman died June 21 after her car struck a sport utility vehicle on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Samantha R. Hutchinson, 31, died at the scene, police said. Hutchinson was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the car, police reported. Deputy

  • Hancock County Jail log June 12-18

    Hancock County Jail log June 12-18

    The following were arrested or booked into Hancock County Jail between June 12 and 18: Michael J. Davis, 28, Bangor, bail violation, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Michael B. Smith Jr., 24, Ellsworth, habitual motor vehicle offender. Jacquelyn M. Oquinn, 62, Orland, failure to appear. James P. Desmond, 49,

  • Orrington body identified

    Orrington body identified

    ORRINGTON — The Maine State Police crime lab has identified the body of a woman who was found in a burned-out car in Orrington on June 11. Robin Davis, 38, of Orrington was found in a 2015 Toyota Corolla off Swetts Pond Road after a passer-by spotted the car fully engulfed in flames. State police