Ellsworth Police Log Week of March 16

ELLSWORTH — On March 9, police received a late report of an incident that occurred in the parking lot at Rooster Brother in which the two parties involved had different stories about what took place.

Lori Peltier, 59, of Hancock told police “she had been hit by a vehicle” around noon by a vehicle that was exiting a parking space at Rooster Brother.

Peltier “stated that she had stuck out her hand” as an instinctive reaction “and the vehicle hit her hand and immediately stopped.”

The owner and operator of the car, a 2015 Subaru, was 56-year-old Anne Dentino of Sedgwick. She told police she “had just started to back up when she heard someone slap her rear window.”

Dentino stopped and rolled her window down to check on Peltier. Dentino said Peltier “seemed angry and just repeatedly said ‘Wow.’”

Peltier reported pain in her hand. Dentino was not hurt and there was no damage to her vehicle.

Car misses cat, hits dog

On March 6, 26-year-old Breanna Hewes of Verona Island was driving on the Bayside Road around 4 p.m. in her 2009 Dodge van when she “saw a cat cross the road and hit the brakes to miss the cat,” according to a police report.

She resumed her previous speed after avoiding the cat but then “struck a dog” that she “had not seen coming.”

Hewes was not injured in the incident. Her car sustained enough damage that it had to be towed from the scene.

Whose joint is it, anyway?

On March 10, staff at Seaport Village reported they found a half-smoked marijuana cigarette in a resident’s room. The resident, according to police, denied ownership of the cigarette and it was taken to the police station where it was disposed of.

Problem on Park Street

On March 11, a resident of Park Street called police to report “a black vehicle… had driven by his residence twice… and appeared to be taking pictures.” The case is under investigation.

Tipsy trespasser

On March 12, a drunk man was said to be “walking in and out of properties on Central Street.” Police found the man, warned him for trespassing and gave him a ride home.

Footwear filched

Aaron Estabrook, 28, of Verona Island was summoned on a charge of theft after he allegedly stole a pair of boots valued at $42.12 from Marden’s on March 7.

Police continue to investigate an incident at Marden’s from three days earlier on March 4, when a woman reportedly stole a pair of slippers valued at $10.54.


Devin Picard, 27, of Lamoine was arrested March 7 on an outstanding warrant out of Penobscot County following a traffic stop on the Bangor Road.

Miranda Berry, 22, of Franklin, operating under the influence and operating without a license (police said she violated a restriction on her license that said she is not to consume alcohol and drive), both on the Bayside Road March 7.

Police said Berry was found and stopped after they received a complaint about her driving.


Dustin Watts, 24, of Camden, operating after suspension on the Bayside Road March 10.

Jeffery Bright, 43, of Hancock, operating with an expired license (police said his license expired in October of 2014) on State Street March 11.

Traffic violation

Edward Morfield, 45, of Ellsworth, texting while driving on Oak Street March 9.

Speeding tickets

Steven R. Biron, 40, of Trenton, 75 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road March 7.

Della L. Willey, 29, of Steuben, 60 mph in a 35-mph zone on High Street March 10.

Brandon J. Cote, 17, of Lamoine, 60 mph in a 35-mph zone (street not listed) on March 11.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He 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. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]