Ellsworth Police Log: Charges pending in road rage assault

ELLSWORTH — Charges are pending in a case of road rage that reportedly led to one man hitting another with a hammer, according to police.

On March 23, police received “a report of an assault which occurred on State Street,” involving two men “who were involved in a road rage incident.”

Lt. Harold Page said the two men were reportedly throwing punches and that one of them allegedly hit the other man with a hammer.

Page said the incident was apparently triggered by one man pulling out in front of the other, causing the second man to have to slam on his brakes.

Page said the District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the case and decided to proceed with charges, but as of Tuesday those charges had not yet been filed.


A two-car crash on March 22 resulted in one man going to the hospital.

David Kazlaskas, 41, of Ellsworth was traveling along Pine Street around 2:50 p.m. in his 2001 Volkswagen when he was hit by another vehicle.

That vehicle, a 2007 Ford pickup driven by 54-year-old Edward Holloway of Steuben, came out of a stop sign from Franklin Street.

Holloway told police he did not see Kazlaskas’s vehicle “partly due to a utility pole” and partly because he was “talking to his dog.”

Holloway was uninjured, but Kazlaskas reported pain all over his body and was taken to the hospital by County Ambulance.

Around 4:30 a.m. on March 25, 27-year-old Brandon Robbins was uninjured when his 2006 Toyota went off of the Bangor Road.

Police said Robbins was headed south when his car “started fishtailing due to the icy roads.” He overcorrected and the car went into the ditch and rolled over.

A frosty windshield caused trouble for a local motorist on March 27.

John Raser, 61, of Ellsworth was driving on Myrick Street around 12:45 a.m. when he missed a turn and hit the curb, which bent a rim on his 1997 Honda and blew out the right front tire.

Raser, who was not hurt, said he had “not let his window defrost enough,” which impaired his vision.

You’ve been warned

On March 22, a Mariaville Road resident reported a neighbor’s dog was coming onto other residents’ properties “and biting at children.” The dog’s owner was contacted and warned for allowing a dog to roam at large.

On March 25, a State Street church requested that a woman be removed from the building. The woman, a 40-year-old Otis resident, had previously been warned to stay away from the building at the church’s request because she was reportedly disruptive during services. She was removed by police and warned, again, not to enter the building.

Vehicle issues

On March 24, a woman living on Main Street reported that her intoxicated neighbor was trying to start and move a vehicle parked in his driveway and that “every time he would start it a fire would start under the vehicle.”

The woman said she was afraid the vehicle was going to explode, and was concerned about her vehicle parked in a garage next to the vehicle the man was attempting to move.

Police made contact with the man, who said he would contact a tow truck to remove his vehicle.

On March 27, police responded to Water Street for a report of an individual “tying a rope to someone’s truck and then to a telephone pole.”

An investigation revealed that the action was “a friendly prank.” Police said the “prankster was spoken to about the potential damage that could have been caused.”

Missing children found, returned home

On the afternoon of March 25, police received a report of a missing 10-year-old boy on the Surry Road. A family member located the boy unharmed in the woods before law enforcement began a search effort.

On the afternoon of March 26, Officer Bart Tokas found a 14-year-old girl from Franklin walking on High Street. It turned out the girl ran away from her home. She was returned to her parent.

Thefts and other losses

On March 22, a local business reported it had received a check a month earlier for $257.55 that was not honored by the bank. The case is under investigation.

On March 25, police received a report that a ladies wallet containing personal identification, a checkbook and $20 in cash was stolen from a vehicle.

An investigation led to the arrest of Jacquelin Haddow, 25, of Lamoine, who was charged with theft.

Police said the victim in the case gave Haddow a ride and that Haddow then took the wallet and its contents.

Lacretia A. Dieter, 20, of Ellsworth was arrested March 25 and charged with theft and violation of conditions of release. Police said Dieter took $80.47 worth of cosmetics from Walmart.

On March 27, a Downeast Highway business reported that someone had broken into the store during the overnight hours and taken a safe. There is video footage from the store. The case is under investigation.

Marden’s recently reported a theft of a $25 pair of sneakers after reviewing security footage from the store. A man reportedly came into the store, put on a pair of new sneakers and picked up another pair, but only paid for one pair when leaving the store. The case is under investigation.


Jeremiah O. Minctons, 21, of Ellsworth, domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime or injury, both on Shore Road March 25.

Page said Minctons is alleged to have grabbed a woman and then taken her phone so that she could not report the alleged assault.

Everett Marino, 38, of Ellsworth was arrested March 26 at a Pleasant Street residence on two warrants — one out of Penobscot County charging him with assault and one out of Piscataquis County charging him with unpaid fines.

Marino came to the attention of police after another party at the Pleasant Street location reported having trouble with Marino and asked for police assistance in dealing with him.

Alyssa K. Powell, 26, of Ellsworth was arrested March 26 on Myrick Street on an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on a previous charge.

Patricia Closson, 48, of Tremont, operating under the influence on Water Street March 27. She was additionally summoned on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Adam Sandone, 47, of Ellsworth, operating under the influence on High Street March 27. Sandone came to the attention of police “after a complaint was called in about his driving.”

Cody Witham, 19, of Waltham was arrested March 28 on High Street on an outstanding warrant out of Waldo County. He was additionally summoned on a charge of violating a protective order.


Troy Higgins, 41, of Franklin, operating after suspension on Foster Street March 24. Higgins was summoned after police said they received “an anonymous phone call about him driving in Ellsworth.”

Christopher Broad, 31, of Ellsworth, allowing an animal (goat) to trespass on the property of another. Police said Broad had been warned multiple times in the past to keep his animals from going onto his neighbor’s property.

Traffic violations

Seth C. Hetherington, 54, of Harpswell, failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle on High Street March 22.

John P. Mathieu, 43, of Surry, operator not wearing a seat belt on High Street March 26.

Kassandra E. Strout, 25, of Milbridge, operator not wearing a seat belt on High Street March 26.

Jocelyn S. Russell, 62, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension, operator not wearing a seat belt and expired insurance, all on High Street March 26.

Moriah H. Estabrook, 24, of Ellsworth, defective right front tire on Park Street March 26.

Speeding tickets

Ronald Jordan, 17, of Ellsworth, 40 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street March 24.

Lawrence C. West, 49, of Ellsworth, 55 mph in a 30-mph zone on East Main Street March 26.

Dellray Meeker III, 25, of Bangor, 65 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road March 27.

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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