Cops & Courts

  • Jury trials still on hold

    Jury trials still on hold

    ELLSWORTH — As COVID-19 rages on, jury trials for both criminal and civil defendants have come to a halt in Hancock County. Defendants are being denied their rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution to a speedy trial and to be tried by a jury of one’s peers.  The courthouse is not large enough to

  • Verona man dies in crash

    Verona man dies in crash

    VERONA ISLAND — A Verona Island man died after his pickup truck went off the road and struck several large trees on Westside Drive in Verona Monday night, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. The deceased is Justin T. Gray, 26, said Lt. Tim Cote. The crash occurred at 7 p.m. Monday. Gray had been

  • Short on staff, jail ups pay

    Short on staff, jail ups pay

    ELLSWORTH — If you’re looking for work, the Hancock County Jail is hiring and has just increased starting pay to $17.05 an hour. The rate had been $14.50 an hour, said Jail Administrator Timothy Richardson. “Our part-time pay rate was not attracting individuals. We moved the rate to $17.05 per hour attempting to draw interest.

  • Hancock County Court 

    Hancock County Court  The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Heidi Torrey, 41, Holden. Driving to endanger at Bucksport, Dec. 24, 2018. Dismissed. Operating while license suspended or revoked at Bucksport, Dec. 25, 2018. Dismissed. Violating condition of release at Bucksport, Dec. 25, 2018. Dismissed. Jail

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 26

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 26

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two motorists for allegedly driving while impaired last Friday. A complaint about a truck operating erratically northbound on Route 1A in Ellsworth led to arrest of a motorist and a passenger. Deputy Dakota Dupuis intercepted the truck near the Dedham town line and arrested the operator, Daniel Grant,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 26

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 26

    ELLSWORTH – Police naturally respond to and follow up every 911 call and burglar alarm that comes into their dispatcher. It is their quick response that can help avert or mitigate emergencies or allow for fresh evidence to be collected if it appears a crime has been committed. However, this responsibility includes those times when

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Nov. 26

    Maine State Police Log Week of Nov. 26

    ELLSWORTH — The driver of a 2016 three-axle box truck hauling Oakhurst milk died after a Nov. 16 collision with a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer hauling tissue paper on Route 9 in Crawford, the Maine State Police reported. “While we have tentatively identified the driver, we will not be releasing a name until a positive identification

  • Hancock County Jail Log Nov. 10 – 19

    Hancock County Jail Log Nov. 10 – 19

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Nov. 10 and 19: Peter J. Martin, 25, Seal Cove, two days for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Kenneth D. Hatstat Jr., 23, Southwest Harbor, violating conditions of release. Alexis Perez-Acevedo, 34, Ellsworth, violating conditions of release.

  • Chipman loses appeal in animal cruelty case

    Chipman loses appeal in animal cruelty case

    ELLSWORTH — A Steuben man has lost his appeal of an aggravated animal cruelty conviction in the 2018 shooting death of Franky, a Winter Harbor terrier-pug. Justin Chipman, 25, had been free on bail waiting for a ruling on his appeal but reported to the Hancock County Jail Saturday. Chipman has a one-year prison sentence

  • Hancock County divorces

    The following divorces were granted in Ellsworth District Court: Jason H. Goguen, Brooklin and Rachel L. Goguen, Centerville, Ind. Married at Houlton, no date listed. Shared parental rights with both parties for two minor children. Thelma M. Sargent, Sullivan and Harry James Noseworthy, Fredericton, Canada. Married July 8, 2019, at Fredericton, Canada. Christy M. Parsons,

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 19

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 19

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman last week wanted in connection with recent burglaries in the Tremont area, police said. Tina Sieber, 39, was arrested on two counts each of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and burglary. “We were able to gather credible information where Sieber was hiding and by