Ellsworth Police Log Week of March 14

ELLSWORTH — Residents mostly stayed off the roads during the recent storm that dumped over a foot of heavy snow in Ellsworth and surrounding areas.

One accident was reported on the Bayside Road on March 8 around 4 p.m. when a car operated by Teresa Lioi of Ellsworth lost traction going down a hill and crossed into the other lane.

“The driver tried to correct and spun into the ditch,” officers wrote in a report.

Lioi was not injured in the accident. The car sustained some damage to the front.

A patch of ice contributed to an accident on Water Street on March 11 in the late evening.

Nathan Miller was not injured when the car he was operating slid off the road and hit a telephone pole, according to a police report.

The car, which skidded about 50 yards, sustained damage to the passenger side and had to be towed from the scene.

The 29-year-old Mount Desert resident was later summoned on a charge of failing to notify police and leaving the scene of an accident.

Suspicious substance

Owners of a local bed and breakfast found pipes and a bag of white powder while cleaning the room of a tenant evicted for drug use, according to a police report.

The powder was brought to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on March 7 for testing and found to be baking powder. The leavening agent was disposed of by police.

Suspicious visitors

A resident called police to report a suspicious incident at her home “with two young males who came to her door last night claiming to be Mormons,” officers wrote in a report on March 6.

Police told the woman they would attempt to get in touch with the men, who left a card with contact information.

Abandoned car prompts report

Police were called to the Irving station in Ellsworth to check on a vehicle that an employee said had been abandoned in the parking lot for several hours and was blocking a fuel delivery truck.

Attempts to contact the registered owner of the car failed, according to a report of the incident, and a tow company was called to remove it.

Facebook harassment

A resident called police to report “harassing phone calls” that were coming via Facebook, according to a police report.

Officers investigated and found the calls coming from an “information stealing scam.” They warned the woman not to give out personal information.

Suspicious man makes employees uncomfortable

Police received a report of a man “hanging around a local store making some of the employees uncomfortable” on March 6, according to a police report.

Staff called after the man had left the store and were advised to call again if he returned.

Police assist resident threatened by ex-boyfriend

Officers were called to a local apartment building on March 6 by a friend of a woman whose former boyfriend had threatened her, according to a police report. Officers stayed with the woman while she removed some of her belongings from the residence.

Employee makes change

An employee of a local business is being investigated for allegedly taking $20 from a cash register after making a purchase and getting cash back, police wrote in a report.

No one has been charged in the incident, which was reported on March 9.

Hitchhiker prompts report

A concerned resident called to report “a man acting strange” on Main Street on March 12, according to a police report.

Officers spoke to the man, who told them that he was hitchhiking, and brought him to a local business.

Thefts and other losses

A local business brought in a bad check to police on March 8, claiming that the writer of the check had twice promised to pay but had not followed through, according to a police report of the incident.

Charges are pending.

An employee of the Acadia Village Resort called police to inform them that a room key went missing from an office door sometime during the evening of March 9.

Officers have a suspect but have not yet charged anyone in the case.

Police received a noise complaint on March 11 at an apartment building in downtown Ellsworth. Officers responding to the complaint found a man “playing his music too loud” and warned him to turn it down, police wrote in a report.

James Huntley, 37, of Machias was summoned on a theft charge after allegedly concealing $28 worth of clothing at Walmart on March 12.

The Maine Smoke Shop reported a theft of cigarettes from the store on March 12. Officers are investigating.


Adam Rafferty, 26, of Blue Hill was arrested in Ellsworth on a sealed warrant on March 6.

Edward Muise, 42, of Sullivan was arrested in Ellsworth on March 7 on four warrants for failure to appear.

Rhett Mortland, 35, of Onetona, N.Y., was arrested on March 8 on a warrant for failure to appear.

Jacqueline Gordon, 65, of Ellsworth was arrested on March 11 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Al Seiders, 47, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant for theft out of Cumberland County.


On March 7, officers responded to a call regarding “intoxicated males” at an apartment building in Ellsworth.

As a result, 32-year-old Nicholas Stanley was brought to the hospital for treatment.

“[He] will be charged with violation of condition of release when released from the hospital,” officers wrote in a report.

Dina Bradbury, 55, of Machias was issued a summons on March 9 charging her with operating after suspension.

Lisa Mortellaro, 50, of Sullivan was charged with theft after she allegedly stole several items from Hannaford on March 9.

Also on March 9, 19-year-olds Sararose French of Blue Hill and Edward Sadler of Orland were stopped on High Street and issued summonses for possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Teighan Colson, 18, of Mount Desert was summoned on a theft charge after allegedly taking $200 worth of merchandise from Walmart on March 12. Colson is an employee of the company, according to a police report.

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]