Cranberry Isles Incidents Under Investigation

ELLSWORTH — The Sheriff’s Department had its hands full this week investigating incidents on the Cranberry Isles.

A boat reported stolen Monday from Great Cranberry Island was located later that day in Northeast Harbor by the town’s harbormaster. The investigating officer, Deputy Luke Gross, said there is a suspect.

The previous day on Great Cranberry, a motorcyclist collided with a bicyclist shortly after midnight on the Great Cranberry Road.

According to the report, Patrick Allen, 28, of the Cranberry Isles was riding a 1975 Honda motorcycle when he struck a bicycle without lights or reflectors being ridden by Philippe Donald, 29, of Portland. Allen suffered a broken leg and head injuries. Donald reportedly suffered cuts to his legs and head.

Damage to the motorcycle is estimated at $500.

Additionally, an individual reported Monday that his vehicle had been damaged while parked on Great Cranberry.


A motorcycle accident Saturday in Dedham resulted in the rider being charged with drunk driving.

Timothy Merchant, 47, of Harrington was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson on the Green Lake Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The bike slid into a rock, sustaining about $2,500 in damage.

Merchant was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of minor injuries. He was summoned on a charge of operating while under the influence.

Assault Summons

A New York man was issued a summons Sunday as part of an investigation into child abuse in Blue Hill.

Brian Small, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was summoned on an assault charge.

Disappearing Dog Treats

Maybe Fido did it.

A woman reported Monday that dog treats were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on Main Street in Stonington.

Driving to Endanger

Troy Hardie, 42, of Deer Isle was summoned Monday on a charge of driving to endanger.


The Sheriff’s Department also responded Monday to a report of an assault in Deer Isle. Following the investigation, Johnathan Jones, 25, of Sedgwick was issued summonses charging him with assault and criminal mischief.

Stolen Checks

A Blue Hill man reported Monday that four checks had been taken from his vehicle.


Chase Hawley, 21, of Orland was summoned Sunday on a charge of operating after suspension following a vehicle stop in Stonington.

Criminal Trespass

A July 20 call from a Sedgwick woman reporting a man was out of control at her home and would not leave led to the arrest of Justin Martin, 25, of Sedgwick on a criminal trespass charge.


A Samsung Galaxy notepad stolen July 19 from a home in Surry was recovered at an Ellsworth pawnshop. After the owner declined to prosecute, the alleged thief repaid the pawnshop.

About $1,500 worth of jewelry, precious metal, coins and currency reportedly were stolen July 18 from a home in Trenton.

Vehicle Towed

Deputy Ben Astbury located an abandoned vehicle July 19 on property owned by the town of Stonington only to find someone was living inside. The vehicle was towed from the property.


Two drivers were injured and their vehicles deemed total losses in a July 17 crash on South Street in Blue Hill.

Hannah Billings, 18, of Blue Hill was pulling a 2006 Chevrolet out of a driveway onto South Street and collided with a 2000 Honda driven by Mica Slaven-Lamothe, 44, of Penobscot.


A Sedgwick woman was arrested July 17 after she allegedly assaulted another woman.

Amber Yurchick, 24, was arrested on a probation hold and issued a summons charging her with assault.

Roger Grindle, 26, of Blue Hill was arrested July 17 on a criminal mischief charge after deputies responded to an assault complaint in Blue Hill.

For more police & court news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander