Ellsworth Police Log: Police seek young man seen with BB gun in connection with school vandalism



ELLSWORTH — Police are looking to identify a boy or young man who allegedly did “a lot of damage” at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School last week, and who was seen on video footage carrying a BB gun.

That footage shows the suspect passing through Knowlton Park on State Street and Shore Road around 1:30 a.m. on June 16. The video is posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page.

Detective Dotty Small said “entry was made” to the school and damage was done there. She and Officer Bart Tokas are investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call either 667-2133 (or 669-6614 if you wish to remain anonymous).

Police said the suspect was only passing through the park, and that there is “no danger to the public using the park.”

Overdose reported

A woman was taken to the hospital on the afternoon of June 20 after she attempted to overdose on an unspecified substance.

Police said it was not an accidental overdose, and that the woman was “despondent.”

Not what it initially seemed

Around 12:45 p.m. on June 18, police were notified a vehicle had gone off the Mariaville Road and that there was a “lady laying in the seat.”

Another caller several minutes later reported the same vehicle but said the woman was “laying in the ditch.” He said the woman was not moving.

County Ambulance was dispatched and police responded to the scene.

Sgt. Shawn Willey responded and found what had happened: a young woman was learning how to drive standard shift, and when she pulled over to turn around and went to back up, she went into the ditch.

The student driver’s father came to the scene to help pull her out. The woman was “on the ground hooking up a tow strap” when the caller reported seeing her on the ground.

Thefts and other losses

Sierra Grendell, 25, of Trenton was charged with theft after she allegedly stole $42 worth of cosmetics, jewelry and other merchandise from Walmart on June 14.

Grendell also was arrested, charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug (heroin).

An attempted burglary was reported at the Hills House at the Open Door Recovery Center on June 15. No entry was gained, but $25 worth of damage was done to a screen.

Derek Bradford, 31, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of theft of services on June 15 after he allegedly failed to pay his $1,090 bill at the Colonial Inn on High Street.

A burglary was reported at a Christian Ridge Road residence on the night of June 15. It was said to have taken place between then and 10 a.m. that morning. Stolen were a gun, an Xbox gaming system and a passport.

Joseph A. Cobb, 38, a transient, was arrested and charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, attempted theft and violation of conditions of release after he allegedly tried to steal a truck at a Christian Ridge Road residence June 16.

Tina W. Sieber, 35, a transient, was charged with theft (shoplifting) after she allegedly stole $145.33 worth of “assorted clothing and food” from Walmart on June 18.

Police arrested Sieber when they found she had an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on a prior charge.

Brittany Crowley, 25, of Milbridge was charged with theft after she allegedly stole a pair of shoes valued at $45.35 from Marden’s on June 1 (the alleged offense was reported by the store on June 20).

A man who was with Crowley at the time allegedly stole merchandise worth $79.11 has been identified and is expected to be charged soon, police said.

Also on the 20th, Marden’s staff reported another theft of shoes (valued at $18.98) that occurred on June 11. That case remains under investigation.

Stefanie Bates, 43, of Winterport was charged with theft after she allegedly stole a pair of shoes valued at $20.03 from Marden’s on June 15. As with the prior cases, the alleged theft was reported to police on June 20.

Arrests

Samuel Jenks, 25, of Presque Isle was arrested June 14 on State Street on four warrants, three of them charging him with unpaid fines and one charging him with failure to appear in court on a prior charge.

Matthew G. Taylor, 32, of Hampden, operating under the influence on High Street June 15 following a traffic stop.

Kelly M. Dane, 29, of Ellsworth was arrested June 15 on a warrant charging her with unpaid fines. She also was issued a summons charging her with violation of bail.

David E.P. Bowers, 59 of Trenton, violation of condition of release (possession of alcohol) on High Street June 15.

Joseph Gionet, 51, of Ellsworth, violation of a protection order on Bridge Hill on June 17. Police said Gionet had been served with a temporary order not to return to a particular residence and not to have contact with a woman there, but that he did return anyway.

Miranda Berry, 21, of Sullivan, operating under the influence on Oak Street in the early morning hours of June 18.

Veronica Breceda-Harris, 43, of Bar Harbor, violation of protection order on Main Street July 18. Police said Breceda-Harris hugged a boy at The Grand on June 18 whom she was not supposed to have contact with.

Timothy Stanley, 22, of Franklin was arrested after he turned himself in on June 20 on an active warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a prior charge.

Rachel Braun, 33, of Gouldsboro was arrested June 20 at a High Street restaurant on a warrant charging her with unpaid fines totaling $520.

Louis Donathan, 46, of Fletchers Landing, was arrested June 20 on North Street on two warrants charging him with unpaid fines totaling more than $1,800, according to police.

Summonses

Chris Peterson, 48, of Tremont, assault and terrorizing in the parking lot of Home Depot. Police said Peterson was involved in a verbal altercation with relatives there. He allegedly chest-bumped one of them (which led to the assault charge) and threatened to kill another, which led to the terrorizing charge.

Bruce Wallace, 63, of Ellsworth, criminal threatening on the Bangor Road June 16. Police said Wallace brandished an axe handle — just the handle, without a head on it — during a disagreement with neighbors on June 16. Police said there is a longstanding dispute between Wallace and his neighbors.

Traffic violations

Daniel J. Smith, 29, of Ellsworth, failure to stop at a stop sign on High Street June 11.

Eric P. Butler, 26, of Lamoine, failure to stop at a red light on High Street June 19.

Tracy Lawonn, 39, of Surry, operating after suspension on High Street June 19.

Speeding tickets

Aaron M. Kuvent, 31, of Manchester, Conn., 48 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road June 12.

Michael C. Beal, 36, of Eddington, 47 mph in a 25-mph zone on Bridge Hill June 15.

Judith M. Folger, 76, of Ellsworth, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on Shore Road June 16.

Ari M. Weinstein, 50, of New Windsor, N.Y., 75 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road June 17.

Perry A. Kemp, 45, of Ellsworth, 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street June 18.

Bronwyn F. Kohr, 50, of Ellsworth, 44 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street June 19.

(First name “Unknown,” according to police records) Rohitraman, 28, of Wilmington, Mass., 49 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street June 19.

Mackenzie M. Morel, 22, of LaGrange, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street June 19.

Ralph Shapiro, 81, of New York City, 54 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road June 20.

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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