Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 14

ELLSWORTH — On the evening of Dec. 6, 63-year-old Ronald Spinney of Eastport was driving south on the Bangor Road when an Emera Maine bucket truck headed north struck a deer.

The deer “spun back into the path” of Spinney’s 2006 Toyota sedan, which had $700 in damage to its front bumper as a result.

The Emera truck was not damaged and its driver, Alexander Shields of Newburgh, was not injured.

Another unusual car-deer crash happened two days earlier on State Street near Ellsworth High School.

Katherine Mroz-Kuhn, 35, of Mount Desert was headed north in her 2017 Toyota when a small deer ran out in front of her.

Mroz-Kuhn slowed down and avoided the animal, but then a larger deer appeared and struck the vehicle on its passenger side.

The deer that made contact with the car ran off after the collision and Mroz-Kuhn was not injured.

Alternate stories offered about alleged assault

On Dec. 10, just before noon, police responded to Edaco Court for a report of a possible assault. Officers found two men, an ex-boyfriend and the new boyfriend of a woman, had a “physical altercation.”

Due to “conflicting stories” from the parties involved, police said they will send a report to the District Attorney’s Office for review once those parties have completed statements about what allegedly happened.

Complaints involving children

Around midday on Dec. 5, police received a report of “a young child being dropped to the ground by an older male off of State Street.” Police found that “the child had fallen from the male’s hold,” and that the child was not injured.

On the evening of Dec. 11, police responded to a residence off of the Bucksport Road for a “report of a possible domestic [disturbance].” Upon arrival, officers found it was instead “a child having an issue over a movie being shut off early by mom.”

Suicidal teen taken to hospital

On the morning of Dec. 11, an Ellsworth High School student approached School Resource Officer Amie Torrey regarding suicidal feelings. Torrey took the student to the emergency room at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.

Drinkers disappear

On the afternoon of Dec. 10, staff at Hancock County Jail told police a man had “turned himself in for a stay” and also said he “drove himself there drunk.”

Staff at the jail said the people who came with the man to drop him off “seemed drunk also.”

Police kept an eye out for the vehicle in question and checked the main roads as well as “local watering holes” but did not see the vehicle.

Thefts and other losses

On Dec. 5, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust reported that a company out of Kennebec County had two checks stolen earlier this year that were later fraudulently cashed at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. The total value of the checks was just over $8,500.

The check theft remains under investigation but is believed to perhaps be part of a larger check fraud scheme. The bank has since reimbursed the company for its loss, and the case remains under investigation.

On Dec. 5, police received a report that $800 in cash was stolen from a locker room at Ellsworth High School. Following an investigation, a 16-year-old girl from Hancock was charged with theft.

Mathew Alley, 36, of Hancock was summoned on a charge of theft Dec. 7 after he allegedly stole $62 worth of video game items from Walmart on Dec. 7.

On Dec. 8, a Bucksport Road business reported an employee had misused a company-issued credit card to the tune of several thousand dollars over the course of about nine months. The case remains under investigation.

Christopher Seavey, 35, of Ellsworth was charged with theft by unauthorized taking at Walmart on Dec. 11.


Sebastian Albright, 30, of Ellsworth, violation of conditions of release on North Street Dec. 9. Albright also was charged with failure to register a motor vehicle for more than 150 days.


Jovarna Sinclair, 23, of Brooksville, operating after suspension on the Surry Road Dec. 8.

A 16-year-old girl from Hancock was charged with operating after suspension at Ellsworth High School on Dec. 11.

Traffic violation

Mattea Hamel, 20, of Surry, operating after suspension on High Street Dec. 8.

Speeding tickets

Everett S. Fontaine, 45, of Ellsworth, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street Dec. 6.

Brandon Hatch, 22, of Bucksport, 45 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Dec. 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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