ELLSWORTH — Two people were taken to the hospital by ambulance Wednesday night after overdosing on heroin in separate incidents, and two others were arrested.
Police said both incidents remain under investigation and that more charges are pending.
The first incident occurred in the parking lot of Walmart on Myrick Street just before 10 p.m. A person who had overdosed on heroin was taken to the hospital by County Ambulance. Police said the individual is expected to survive.
Two Washington County residents were arrested in connection with that incident.
Bruce W. Dawes, 46, of Harrington was charged with unlawful furnishing of a Schedule W drug (heroin), a felony-level charge, and a misdemeanor charge of violation of bail. Police said Dawes had a bail condition that stipulated he not commit any criminal acts, and that the drug charge constituted a violation.
Also arrested and charged was 45-year-old Danielle L. Dawes, also of Harrington, who was charged with both unlawful furnishing and unlawful possession of a Schedule W drug (in both cases, heroin).
Then, just before 11:30 p.m., police were called to a residence near the intersection of Union and Main streets for a report of another heroin overdose.
In that case, a 37-year-old man had reportedly overdosed on the drug. He was taken to the nearby emergency room at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, treated and later released.
As of midday Thursday, no one had been charged in connection with the second overdose case. Detective Dotty Small said “charges are pending,” however.
Small said the department has seen an increase in the number of heroin cases this year, as compared to last year.
“There seems to be an upsurge right now,” she said.