Emergency teams responded to a crash in Ellsworth on Monday evening after a parked vehicle was pushed into the front door of a residence on the Surry Road. A commercial truck was traveling west toward Surry just before 5 p.m. when it hit black ice and began to spin, according to a police report of the incident. The truck slid across the road and hit a car parked in the driveway of 52 Surry Road. “Due to the impact, the parked vehicle was pushed backwards and into the front door,” wrote the responding officer. No one was injured in the event. Power was shut off to the house and the owner was advised to contact the landlord to assess the damage. PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 8

ELLSWORTH — A Tremont man is being investigated for fraud after Bar Harbor Bank & Trust reported a check kiting scheme at locations in Ellsworth, Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert, according to police.

The bank reported the incident after discovering that the individual in question had deposited several bad checks over a 10-day period and then immediately withdrawn the cash, which amounted to $2,549.89.

The checks were deposited between October and November of 2017. Officers have yet to charge anyone in the incident.

Racial slurs an “ongoing issue”

Officers responded to a neighborhood dispute near Friendship Way after a woman called police and reported that her neighbor was yelling “the n-word” through a shared wall, according to police.

Police said the woman’s husband is of Native American heritage. The husband was not home at the time. Police said this has been an “ongoing issue” between the residents.

Missing medication

A man reported that his son’s ADHD medication had been taken from the house while “having a gathering of friends” on Jan. 30. No one has been charged in the incident.

Forced entry

Austin Beal, 23, was restrained and taken to the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital after a resident called to say someone had “broken into his apartment and was bleeding badly and not acting normal,” police wrote in a report.

The Ellsworth man was charged with aggravated criminal mischief, criminal trespassing and refusing to submit to arrest upon detention.

Beal was injured when he broke through a glass door after “fleeing a perceived threat” from an apartment across the street, according to police, where he had allegedly “consumed an excessive amount of alcohol.”

Someone attempted to gain unauthorized access to the offices of Hawkes & Quirk LLC, police said. The accounting firm reported the possible forced entry after finding “damage to a door.” Officers said it does not appear that anyone got inside. The case remains under investigation.

A camper break-in was reported by a resident of Red Bridge Road. The resident reported finding open food cans and burnt candles inside the camper, police said.

Car-building crash

Jessie Ferguson had a blood alcohol content of over two times the legal limit when she hit the corner of a house on Hancock Street on Jan. 29, according to a police report. The 35-year-old Florida woman reportedly drove off after turning into a driveway and hitting the corner of a house just past 8 p.m., damaging the building and the front passenger side of the pickup truck Ferguson was driving at the time.

Well house hit

A local resident reported that someone ran into a well house on his property while he was away during the day on Jan. 30. Officers are investigating.

Drivers slip in wintery weather

A city plow truck driven by Kevin Sawyer, 54, of Ellsworth hit the passenger side of a car driven by 78-year-old George Stevens, also of Ellsworth, at the intersection of McKenzie Avenue and Main Street around 9 in the morning on Jan. 30, according to a police report.

Police said Sawyer was plowing snow and “looked the other way” when he reportedly hit Stevens’ vehicle with the edge of the plow blade. No one was injured in the incident. The passenger car driven by Stevens sustained “functional damage” to the passenger side. The plow truck was not damaged.

Deziree Kallen of Trenton was heading north on the Bayside Road on Feb. 2 when she lost control of the car she was driving, spun around, went off the road and struck a tree, according to a police report.

The 31-year-old woman was not injured in the crash. Police said icy roads contributed to the event.

A box truck driven by Daniel Hughes of Orland sustained only a broken side mirror after it spun into a snow-covered ditch on the morning of Feb. 2, according to a police report.

The 78-year-old man was traveling east on the Bucksport Road when he attempted to switch into the slow lane, which had not been plowed, and went into a spin. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side after crossing the westbound lanes. Hughes was not injured in the incident. The road was closed for about 20 minutes to allow tow trucks to remove the vehicle.

Just half an hour later, a passenger car driven by Nenita Stipe had to be pulled from a culvert on the Bucksport Road after the Ellsworth woman attempted to pull into a driveway but missed. Police wrote in a report that Stipe, who was not injured in the event, “was traveling too fast for conditions.” The car sustained damage to the front bumper.

Thefts and other losses

Matthew Gauthier, 45, of Ellsworth was summoned on a theft charge Feb. 2 after he allegedly stole a pack of Marlboro cigarettes valued at $8 from the Maine Smoke Shop on Jan. 24.

Jonathan Griffin, 37, of Ellsworth was charged with theft at Walmart on Jan. 27. Griffin is alleged to have stolen two DVDs and food, according to a police report. The items taken were valued at $18.


Steven Lewicki, 50, of Ellsworth, OUI on High Street Jan. 31.

Robert Rankin, 27, of Ellsworth on charges of domestic violence assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing a report of a crime or injury on Jan. 30 at the Primavera Restaurant and Inn after he allegedly “held down his girlfriend down and tried to take her phone away,” and later “screamed obscenities” outside the hotel room, according to police.

Police also said the couple’s 2-year-old child was present at the time of the assault. Rankin was taken to Hancock County Jail.


A 15-year-old boy from Fletchers Landing was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after an incident at an Ellsworth High School dance after-hours on Feb. 3, according to police.

A court date has not yet been set for the boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Spencer Phillips, 19, of Bangor was issued summonses on charges of operating after suspension and failure to pay fine on Main Street in Ellsworth on Feb. 4.

Conrad Alt, 32, of Pittsfield was issued a summons for imprudent speed and failure to make a report by quickest means after police said he left the scene of an accident on the Mariaville Road on Feb. 2.

According to an accident report, Alt was attempting to make a sharp corner on the “snow/slush-covered” road when he lost control of the vehicle, spun and hit a guardrail on the opposite side. The car finally came to rest in a ditch.

Alt was not injured in the incident. Police wrote in a report that there were chains hooked to the front of the vehicle and that the driver “attempted to free the vehicle without making contact with law enforcement.”

Speeding tickets

Kevin Raher, 30, of New Oxford, Pa., 40 mph in a 25-mph-zone on the Bucksport Road on Feb. 4.

Joshua Wilbur, 26, of Cherryfield, 41 mph in a 25-mph-zone on the Bucksport Road on Feb. 4.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers 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. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
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