Ellsworth Police Log: One man injured in Beechland Road crash

ELLSWORTH — A two-car crash happened on the Beechland Road Aug. 5 involving two drivers who police said were already upset when the crash occurred.

Police said 46-year-old Darrell K. Klawikowski of Jefferson was driving a 2002 Volvo and was following the 2002 Volkswagen ahead of him too closely.

The driver of the Volkswagen, 25-year-old Kevin Swift of Augusta, reportedly slowed down to turn into a driveway and allow Klawikowski to pass, but Klawikowski hit the Volkswagen.

The force of the impact sent the Volkswagen into a telephone pole and then into a field. Swift’s passenger, 35-year-old David Huntington, was taken to a local hospital by County Ambulance for treatment of possible broken arm bones. No other injuries were reported.

Both vehicles had to be towed due to disabling damage. Police characterized both drivers as “emotional” at the time the crash occurred.

Busy week for flaggers

On the morning of Aug. 3, a flagger working in the construction zone on State Street reported his foot was run over by a Corvette. The man was not hurt because he was wearing steel-toe boots.

Police caught up with the driver, who said there had been some confusion over where the flagger wanted him to stop. He said he did not know that he ran over the flagger’s foot, and that he would apologize to the man.

Police said it seemed there probably should have been two flaggers for the particular circumstances, based on what the two men said.

Late on the night of Aug. 3, a flagger on State Street called 911 to report he had seen a woman striking a man “several times in the face.”

As a result of that complaint, police arrested 29-year-old Melissa Carter of Ellsworth and charged her with domestic violence assault.

On Aug. 8, a flagger working on State Street near Shore Road told police of a speeder who then “got into it with him” and asked an officer to speak to the driver.

Police caught up with the driver and “spoke with her about her operation.”

Fire complaints

On Aug. 2, around 2:30 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a trailer on fire at Jim’s Auto on Foster Street. The vehicle was said to be fully involved, and the fire was under control within 12 minutes of the first report.

No injuries were reported, and a cooking error was said to be the cause of the blaze.

Around 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 5, a caller on Union Street said “something about half the size of a small car just fell from the sky and is on fire.”

The first officer to arrive judged it to be a fallen weather balloon, and it was no longer on fire at that time. A closer inspection showed that it looked more like a Chinese lantern.

Helping those in need

On the night of Aug. 2, police received a report of a suicidal man on Main Street who had a gun.

The man was found, taken into protective custody and brought to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH) for an evaluation. The firearm was seized and held for safekeeping.

That same night, police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the Bangor Road after receiving complaints about poor operation.

Police found that the driver was experiencing a medical issue and was headed to the hospital at the time. Police took the driver the rest of the way to MCMH.

Truck gets stuck

Around 6 a.m. on Aug. 4, a Ford truck was found stuck in mulch at the Walmart parking lot.

The driver of the truck said he was “sleeping in the parking lot and took off when he woke up, not realizing the curb was right there” in front of him.

“He went up over the curb and got stuck in the mulch,” police said. A tow truck was called and the stuck truck was removed.

Thefts and other losses

A vehicle parked at the Colonial Inn was reportedly keyed sometime on the night of Aug. 2 or morning of Aug. 3. The case is under investigation.

On Aug. 5, an employee of Shaw’s said a man might have stolen beer. The man then allegedly “threatened to throw a bottle at the employee,” and did throw a bottle against the building.

It was not known for sure if the man took the beer from Shaw’s, but he was issued a trespass warning telling him not to enter the store again.

A long board skateboard was reported stolen from Store Street on Aug. 5.

A woman said she left her cell phone in the bathroom at a High Street restaurant on Aug. 7 and when she went back for it, it was missing. The phone is valued at $300.

An awning was reported damaged a Water Street bar on Aug. 8.


Walter Malick, 52, of Trenton was arrested Aug. 2 at the Hancock County Jail on a warrant charging him with unpaid fines on a previous conviction for a protection order violation.

Randall Everett, 51, of Ellsworth was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault after he allegedly pushed a woman and grabbed her several times at a Bucksport Road location.

Howard K. Greene, 45, of Colorado was arrested on a warrant out of Augusta District Court charging him with failure to appear in court after he turned himself in at the police station on Aug. 8.

Scott Bagley, 51, of Ellsworth was arrested Aug. 8 on a warrant out of Somerset County charging him with failure to appear in court on an earlier theft by deception charge.


A 17-year-old boy from Fletchers Landing was summoned on a charge of possession of marijuana on the night of Aug. 3.

He was charged after police were called to the end of Addie Road to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

Speeding tickets

Nicole L. Keniston, 32, of Frankfort, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Aug. 5.

Joshua Ellis, 25, of Fountain, Colo., 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Aug. 8.

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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