Ellsworth Police

Vandals target auto dealership

ELLSWORTH — Darling’s Auto Mall reported several new vehicles being damaged by vandals and is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved. The incident at the Kingsland Crossing dealership occurred late on March 26 or early on March 27.

Information should be reported to the Ellsworth Police Department’s tip line at 669-6699. Any tips received “will be held in the strictest confidence allowable,” according to an April 2 post on the Darling’s Facebook page, as will the identity of the person reporting, if he or she prefers to remain anonymous. The reward expires on May 31.

Vandals had targeted Dairy Queen during the same time period, damaging its drive-through sign. Dairy Queen is also offering a reward.

Mental health

Officer James Hassard responded to a local apartment March 31 for a report of a suicidal man. Northern Light Medical Transport also responded. The man said he was depressed and suicidal and asked to be taken to the hospital.

Officer Robert Angelo responded to a mental health issue reported at a local residence on March 30. A woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Citizen assists

Officer McKay McLean gave a person a ride to a local hotel on April 1.

Cpl. Shawn Merchant lent assistance to a man having vehicle issues on April 2.

Officer Adam Bouchard spoke with a local resident regarding child custody issues on April 4.

Child abuse

Police received a referral from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office on March 30 about possible child abuse. An investigation is underway.

No underage drinking

Officers conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail on March 31 and observed no violations.

Portable toilet vandalized

Officers received a report March 30 of spray paint found on the inside of a portable toilet at the city pier.

Vaccination center patrol

Officer Jon Mahon conducted a patrol at the High Street vaccination clinic on April 1. He reported observing nothing unusual.

Strange smell

Police were called to the Hampton Inn, where strange smells were reported on the first floor, on April 2. Officer Robert Angelo determined that the smell was from cigarettes smoked in a non-smoking room.


A local business on April 1 requested that a man be warned for trespassing.

Police responded to a report of an unknown person near a building on April 1. Angelo and found a customer waiting for his pizza to arrive.

Well-being checks

Police followed up on a request for a well-being check on a local elderly woman on March 30. Detective Andrew Weatherbee reported that she seemed fine.

Weatherbee also checked on a guest at the Colonial Inn on March 30. The man had not checked out and staff could not make contact with him. He was found sleeping and intoxicated in his room.

Officers responded to a request to check on the well-being of a local woman on March 31. McLean found her to be all set. She was just ill from her second COVID-19 vaccination shot.

Officer John Stanley responded to a local business for a well-being check on March 31. The person was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police received a report of an unresponsive person at a local hotel on March 31. The person was taken to a local hospital.

Officers received a call to check on the well-being of an intoxicated man on Main Street on April 1. The man later showed up intoxicated at the Police Department, where officers honored his request to call a cab to take him to Bangor.

Bouchard responded to a request to check on the well-being of a local elderly resident on April 4. The resident was fine but needed help with taking his medication.


Officers investigated a report of vandalism at a local business on March 29. No suspects were found.

Domestic calls

Police responded to a local residence April 4 for a report of a domestic situation and found it to be verbal only, with the involved parties already separated.

Officers were called to a local residence April 4 over a domestic argument. After checking on both parties, they determined it to be verbal only.

Agency assists

Police helped the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office look for an assault suspect on March 29 and found the suspect at his home, where he was interviewed and arrested by a Sheriff’s deputy.

Angelo found a vehicle involved in an accident at the request of the Holden Police Department on April 2. He forwarded the driver’s information to a Holden police officer.

Mahon assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office as it arrested a person for operating under the influence on April 3.


Police are investigating a theft from a local residence that was reported on March 29. Items taken are valued at $400.

Police received a report of possible shoplifting on March 31. An investigation showed nothing had been taken.

Police are investigating a theft report concerning $18.70 worth of beer stolen from a local business on April 2.

Arrests and summonses

John Foster, 41, of Ellsworth was arrested on April 2 on a charge of violation of a protection order.

Jason Lovely, 49, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on March 31 on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Brian Madore, 31, of Trenton was arrested on March 30 on a charge of probation violation.

Keith Madore, 57, of Trenton was charged with operating a vehicle with a license expired over 90 days on March 30.

Traffic violations

Judith P. Astbury, 62, of Penobscot, speeding 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on March 31.

Richard G. Herrmann, 60, of Ellsworth, speeding 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on March 31.

Jennifer K. Johnson, 62, of Hancock, speeding 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on March 31.

Nina L. Levesque, 55, of Princeton, speeding 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on March 31.

Robbie Smeal, 28, of Ellsworth, failure to register vehicle on March 31.

Brian E. Stanwood, 35, of Steuben, speeding 49 mph in a 25-mph zone on March 31.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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