Ellsworth Police Log: Passenger in pain after car goes airborne twice

ELLSWORTH — A passenger complained of pain after the vehicle she was traveling in went off Route 1A Sept. 2, became airborne twice and struck several fixed objects before stopping.

Swapnil Panaskar, 29, whose address was not immediately available, was driving south on Route 1A around 5:50 p.m. when he drifted off the road and hit a mailbox.

The 2016 Hyundai went over a slight rise in front of New Land Nursery and “launched into the air, coming down in the ditch.”

From there the vehicle continued on and hit a wooden base and sign for the nursery, destroying both the sign and base, and then hit an embankment for another driveway.

At that point the vehicle went “into the air again” before stopping in the ditch on the south side of the south entrance to the nursery.

Panaskar was unhurt, although his 27-year-old passenger, Priyanka Garud, complained of back pain and was taken to the hospital by County Ambulance. The vehicle had to be towed due to the amount of damage.

Police said it appeared Panaska was either asleep or fatigued at the time of the crash.

Sex offense reported

On Aug. 28, police received a report of a “sexual incident involving a child and guardian.” The case is under investigation.


On Aug. 30, a woman from Winter Harbor told police she was assaulted by another woman while at the Moose Lodge on Foster Street on Aug. 25. That complaint is under investigation.

On Sept. 4, around 12:30 a.m., police received a report of a fight at Tag’s Sports Bar in the Mill Mall on State Street. The fight was said to involve eight or nine people.

The group moved outside and the fight became a verbal matter, but a bar employee was “unable to de-escalate” the incident. Police responded, warned the fighting factions and moved everyone along. No one wanted to press any charges.

Gun violation investigated

On Sept. 5, while investigating a camp burglary, police discovered a .22-caliber rifle “being sold at a local pawn dealer” on the Surry Road.

Police said the person selling the gun is a felon. The case is under investigation.

Boys behaving badly

On Aug. 31, a woman who lives on the Bucksport Road told police three men drove back and forth in front of her house. They then stopped in front of her house and one of them urinated there, according to the complainant.

One man asked the woman if cars parked in her yard were for sale (they were), and they then drove through a nearby trailer park several times. Police found the men and warned them for their behavior.

On Sept. 1, police received a report from a High Street car dealership that a man had made threatening statements there, including ones directed at workers.

At the dealership’s request, the man was issued a no-trespass warning.

No drunks discovered

On the night of Sept. 2, police conducted an OUI checkpoint on High Street looking for impaired drivers. More than 500 vehicles were stopped, and no OUI arrests were made.

Missing, then found

Police received two reports of missing individuals in the past week, both of whom were found safely.

The first was a 15-year-old girl on the Bayside Road on the night of Sept. 4, while the second was a man on State Street Sept. 5.

Animal issues

On Aug. 31, a dog owner was given a warning after a Hancock Street resident complained the man’s dog had “been barking in the neighborhood for over an hour.”

The city’s Animal Control Ordinance states, in part, “No owner or keeper of a dog or animal shall allow the dog or animal to unnecessarily annoy or disturb any person by loud and repeated barking or other noises.”

On the afternoon of Sept. 1, police received a report of “a parrot in a cherry tree” out in front of City Hall by a lamppost. Police checked the area but did not see the bird.

On Sept. 5, a woman who lives on the Mariaville Road was warned to keep her three dogs “contained to her yard” after they were seen in the road.

Starry (but not silent) night

On Sept. 4, about 10 minutes after midnight, police received a report of “a group of people walking loudly down Pioneer Farm Way” toward Bayside Road.

Police caught up with the group members, who said they were “out stargazing.” They were advised to keep the noise down.

Thefts and other losses

On Sept. 4, a woman reported her vehicle was stolen from a High Street business.

A motorcycle wheel was reportedly stolen from Gardner Racing Concepts on the Bangor Road on Sept. 3. Police said two people were seen on video in the area.

On Sept. 2, a Maddocks Avenue resident reported a propane tank had been stolen.

A purse was reportedly stolen from a Foster Street business on Sept. 2. Police said the purse was found later in a nearby Dumpster, but $1,000 in cash and personal checks were missing.

An employee of a local dentist’s office told police on Aug. 31 that a patient “used false information to obtain services valued at $164” on July 13. Police forwarded the complaint to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

A yellow Champion 3500 generator was reported stolen from a location on North Street on Aug. 30.

On Aug. 30, a Deer Isle resident “reported that her niece stole $200 from her while in a vehicle” on High Street. That complaint led to 19-year-old Mallory Gommo of Brooklin being summoned on charges of theft and violation of bail.

On Aug. 29, police received a report of a residential burglary off of the Bucksport Road. Prescription medication was all that was reportedly taken from the residence.

A Mariaville Road resident reported possible vandalism to a mailbox on Aug. 27.

A North Street resident reported on Aug. 24 that a vehicle’s rear window was shattered while it was parked in the driveway.

Aaron Stoeckel, 33, and Elizabeth Lake, 32, both of Ellsworth, were charged with theft after they were allegedly caught shoplifting at Walmart in August.

Police said the two took merchandise collectively valued at about $235, including candles, perfume, jewelry, a purse, nail polish and Red Bull energy drinks.

Unless otherwise noted, these theft complaints remain under investigation.


Travis Murphy, 32, of Southwest Harbor was arrested Aug. 30 after he turned himself in at the Hancock County Jail on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a previous charge.

Fabian Liriano, 26, of Old Town was arrested Aug. 30 on a warrant out of Washington County charging him with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge.

Liriano came to the attention of police after they were called to investigate a fireworks complaint on Maddocks Avenue at around 10 that night. Everyone at the residence was checked for warrants, and in that process police found Liriano had an active warrant.

Michael Tibbetts, 32, of Lamoine, domestic violence assault and a probation violation, both on Water Street Sept. 3.

Jamie A. Rudd, 33, of Lamoine, violation of bail (consuming alcohol) on Water Street Sept. 4.


Katey-Ann V. Bray, 36, of Trenton, operating after suspension on High Street Aug. 31.

Zachary R. Young-Johnston, 19, of Surry, operating after suspension on the Surry Road Sept. 1.

Young-Johnston also was ticketed for allegedly having an expired inspection sticker.

Ellsworth Rundlett III, 70, of Cape Elizabeth, possession of a usable amount of marijuana on the Bucksport Road Sept. 2.

Rundlett also was ticketed for speeding after he was allegedly clocked at 46 mph in a 25-mph zone the Bucksport Road Sept. 2.

Traffic violations

Francis Hubert, 63, of Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, texting while operating a motor vehicle on High Street Sept. 4.

Ricky D. Dyer, 59, of Gouldsboro, operating to avoid a traffic control device on the Christian Ridge Road Sept. 5.

Tanner V. Edgecomb, 30, of Dedham, improper passing on Route 1A Aug. 23.

Speeding tickets

The following motorists were ticketed in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Sept. 1:

Tony Michel Pasteur Rene, 46, of Virginia Beach, Va. (69).

William I. Matlock, 69, of Surry (69).

Steven E. Sherrer, 52, of Stratford, Ontario (69).

Paul J. Martin, 54, of Gouldsboro (64).

Narayan Mundhra, 29, of Halifax, Nova Scotia (69).

Motorists ticketed for speeding elsewhere in the city during the past week include:

Roger L. Dame, 40, of Jonesport, 44 mph in a 35-mph zone on Christian Ridge Road Sept. 1.

Sara T. Hillyard, 33, of Ellsworth, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on Christian Ridge Road Sept. 1.

Cheryl A. Hathaway, 57, of Winterport, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on Route 1 Sept. 2.

Carroll L. Perry, 32, of Harrington, 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on Route 1 Sept. 2.

Savas Mutlu, 48, of Hancock, 44 mph in a 30-mph zone on East Main Street Sept. 2.

Stephanie Sandstrom, 46, of Glenn Heights, Texas, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on East Main Street Sept. 2.

Dorothy Davis Sherling, 67, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., 44 mph in a 35-mph zone on Christian Ridge Road Sept. 2.

Barbara A. Moore, 70, of West Gardiner, 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Sept. 2.

John Deron Lewis, 50, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on Route 1 Sept. 2.

David M. Whitaker, 44, of Scarborough, 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Sept. 4.

Marilyn Sanchez, 46, of Montclair, N.J., 39 mph in a 25-mph zone Sept. 4 on High Street.

Clayton J. Crosby, 18, of Holden, 84 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Aug. 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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