Ellsworth Police: Complaint of threat with gun unfounded

ELLSWORTH — On the afternoon of Nov. 4, police received a complaint of “a male with a gun, threatening another person” on the Bangor Road.

Investigation revealed “that the person didn’t actually make a threat towards the complainant,” and “the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.”

Alleged assault investigated

On Nov. 7, police received a complaint of a conflict between an employer and an employee on Branch Pond Road that involved an injury to the employee.

Police said the case will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Unattended death

On Nov. 1, police responded to the unattended death of an 89-year-old woman at a Western Avenue address.

Taxi trouble

On the morning of Nov. 6, a local taxi company requested a “disgruntled customer” be warned “not to call for their transportation service anymore.”

Simultaneously, the customer was calling “to report the company had stolen from him.”

After investigating, police issued the man the warning that the company requested and determined that his theft complaint was unfounded.

Strange substances

On Nov. 1, police received a report that someone entered the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital rehabilitation services building on Church Street “and defecated on the floor.”

On Nov. 4, police received a report of a woman “with a baggie of white, powdery residue” at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital emergency room. Upon investigation, police said there was not enough powder to be tested.

On Nov. 4, a 24-year-old woman who said she had been drinking reported “vomiting blood” and said she wasn’t feeling right on High Street.

An ambulance responded, and upon further investigation it was found the woman had recently broken up with her boyfriend “and the liquid being vomited was margarita mix not blood.”

Thefts and other losses

On Nov. 1, police received a report of damage done to a vehicle on the Surry Road after “a passenger got out and punched the door.” Police said charges are pending in the case.

On Nov. 2, a Water Street resident reported he was “scammed out of $1,600.” Police said the case is under investigation.

On Nov. 3, a High Street gas station reported a theft of gas two days earlier.

On Nov. 3, an Edaco Court resident told police her medication was either “stolen or lost,” and she wasn’t sure which.

Richard Knowlton, 42, of Ellsworth was charged with theft on Nov. 5.

Police said another man lost his wallet at a High Street convenience store, and that Knowlton found it, took it and pocketed the $245 in cash that was in it.

Nina Bentley Farris, 43, of Pine Grove, Calif., was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with theft after she was found to have filled her hiking bag full of food, beer and clothing at Walmart, police said.

On Nov. 7, a High Street business “reported they just discovered a missing deposit” from two months ago. The loss is $1,528 and the case is under investigation.


Darlene Ray, 50, of Ellsworth was arrested Nov. 1 at Walmart on an outstanding warrant out of Washington County charging her with an unpaid fine.

Sherry Runci, 35, of Belfast was arrested Nov. 5 on an outstanding warrant after she turned herself in at the Ellsworth police station.

Graydon J. Dobbs, 19, of Bar Harbor, operating under the influence and operating without a license (beyond alcohol restrictions).

While the legal blood-alcohol limit for adults 21 and over is 0.08, there is a zero-tolerance policy for anything above 0.00 for those under age 21.


Karl Graham, 44, of Hampden, operating after suspension at Walmart on Nov. 3. Police were called to the Myrick Street store for a trespass complaint, and Graham was additionally given a trespass warning.

Laurence M. Hodgkins, 66, of Trenton, operating after suspension on the Bayside Road Nov. 5. Hodgkins also was ticketed for speeding, allegedly traveling at 59 mph in a 40-mph zone.

Denise Westover, 51, of Prospect, possession of a usable amount of marijuana (civil violation).

Tyler Thurston, 23, of Ellsworth, possession of a usable amount of marijuana (civil violation). He was additionally warned for allegedly being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 17-year-old girl from Surry was summoned Nov. 7 on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana on Main Street.

The girl was initially stopped for speeding and was given a warning for that offense.

Traffic violation

Nicholas A. Berry, 18, of Sullivan, operating a motor vehicle beyond interim license restrictions on High Street Oct. 16.

Police said the license conditions prohibited Berry from driving between midnight and 5 a.m., and he was stopped at 12:20 a.m. on the 16th.

Speeding tickets

Barbara Mangone, 54, of Milbridge, 66 mph in a 40-mph zone on the Bangor Road Nov. 2. She also was ticketed for allegedly following too closely behind another vehicle.

Sergey V. Bocharev, 38, of Naples, Fla., 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Nov. 5.

John A. Patterson, 38, of Ellsworth, 74 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Nov. 6.

Joan S. Blaine, 68, of Kennett Square, Pa., 44 mph in a 25-mph zone on Water Street Nov. 7.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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