Cops & Courts

  • Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 21

    Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 21

    BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Police last week charged a local man who is prohibited from having contact with children under age 14. Deputy Chief David Winchester said Wilbur Rytky, 45, was summoned on a charge of having prohibited contact with a minor, which is a Class E misdemeanor. Rytky has previous convictions for sexual assault,

  • Search continues for Bucksport woman

    Search continues for Bucksport woman

    BUCKSPORT — Police are looking for a woman who went missing the morning of Nov. 11. That’s the same day her Town Farm Road home was damaged by fire. The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire. Aza Jerome Vasylyk is 56 and a native of Ukraine. She does not speak fluent English, according

  • Steuben man found guilty in dog’s death

    Steuben man found guilty in dog’s death

    ELLSWORTH — Justice Robert Murray Nov. 14 found a Steuben man guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the August 2018 death of Boston terrier-pug Franky. The dog had belonged to a Winter Harbor lobsterman whom the defendant, Justin Chipman, 24, had occasionally worked for. Chipman is free on bail. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan.

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 14

    Ellsworth Police log week of Nov. 14

    ELLSWORTH — A 40-year-old Ellsworth man was arrested on Nov. 7 after a head-on crash on the Bayside Road, according to a police report. A sport utility vehicle driven by Jeremy Sawyer was reportedly heading north on the Bayside Road around 11:37 a.m. when it crossed the centerline and struck a car driven by 32-year-old

  • Bucksport fire  investigated

    Bucksport fire investigated

    BUCKSPORT — The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a blaze that damaged a Town Farm Road residence Monday. The incident also resulted in arrest of the property owner — but not in connection to the fire itself. Public Safety Director Sean Geagan said the homeowner “wouldn’t comply with some of our demands and had

  • Alleged dog killer’s trial begins

    Alleged dog killer’s trial begins

    ELLSWORTH — The trial of one of the men accused of aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of Boston terrier-pug Franky, whose body washed up at the shorefront home of the district attorney last year is scheduled to start Thursday, Nov. 14. Justin T. Chipman, 24, of Steuben also has been indicted on charges

  • Hancock County Jail log week of Nov. 14

    Hancock County Jail log week of Nov. 14

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Nov. 4 and 7: Michael A. Mercer, 59, Searsport, violation of a protection order. Matthew B. Foss, 38, Trenton, unpaid warrants Nena C. Willey, 31, Addison, violating conditions of release. Melissa L. Jernigan, 42, Fletchers Landing, two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, and

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Nov. 14

    Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Nov. 14

    ELLSWORTH — An abandoned 911 call resulted in a Stonington man’s arrest Saturday, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Zach Allen investigated the 911 hang-up call that came in at approximately 7:15 p.m. and learned that an altercation had occurred. Allen arrested Bradford Rice, 47, on a charge of domestic violence assault. Child abuse/neglect

  • Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 14

    Bucksport Police log week of Nov. 14

    BUCKSPORT — Deputy Chief David Winchester is handling a rape complaint that was filed Saturday morning. No further information was available before press time. Arrests Officer Eric Marcel arrested Christopher Rigiero, 24, of Bucksport on a bail violation charge Saturday. Officer Robert Findlay arrested Michael Anderson, 67, of Boston on a charge of criminal trespass

  • Orland man cleared of multiple charges

    Orland man cleared of multiple charges

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed charges of gross sexual assault, aggravated cruelty to animals and endangering the welfare of a child brought against an Orland man, citing a lack of evidence. A grand jury had indicted Bryce Babson, 32, on April 4. Babson’s defense attorney, Walt McKee of Augusta, had

  • Franklin man arrested on heroin trafficking charge

    Franklin man arrested on heroin trafficking charge

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Downeast District Task Force arrested a Franklin man who allegedly had over $8,000 worth of heroin in his possession Thursday in Brewer. Agents arrested David Hudson, 35, on charges of aggravated trafficking in heroin, illegal importation of heroin and bail violation. MDEA Commander Darrell Crandall said agents learned