Car reported stolen in mix-up
ELLSWORTH — A car reported stolen from a local auto body shop was found to have been taken by a local towing company attempting to collect on an alleged $21 debt, according to a police report.
The towing company was reportedly called on Aug. 7 after the car belonging to a 93-year-old Blue Hill man broke down in Ellsworth.
The car was towed to a particular auto body shop at the man’s request, but he was told that AAA Northern New England would not cover the full cost of the tow because the shop was outside the coverage area. The man agreed to pay a fee of $21.
Later in the evening, according to police, the tow truck driver discovered the company had not yet been paid the $21. The driver returned to the auto body shop with the tow truck, retrieved the car, and brought it back to the towing company yard without informing the car’s owner or the body shop, according to police.
The body shop owner arrived the next morning to find the car missing. Several phone calls later, the car was located and brought back to the body shop for repair.
Another car was reported missing on Aug. 12 under decidedly different circumstances. A local resident told police he had parked the car on Foster Street several weeks ago with the permission of a tenant in an adjacent apartment building. When the man came back to retrieve the vehicle this week it had reportedly gone missing, but local tow companies denied having towed it.
The blue Chevy G20 Van reportedly had temporary Pennsylvania tags. Officers are investigating.
Witnesses on Main Street called police on Aug. 8 after reportedly seeing a man assault a woman he was traveling with and drive away.
The man, 47-year-old James Lewis of New Alexandria, Pa., allegedly grabbed the woman by the face, appeared to “head butt” her and pushed her, according to police.
The couple got into a vehicle and drove away, but witnesses called police, who stopped the car and found the woman crying. After speaking with the couple, Lewis was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and domestic violence assault.
Residents were on the lookout for suspicious behavior and citizens in distress this week.
On Aug. 9, police were called to a grassy area near Home Depot for a report of a man lying down. The man was identified and police found there were no issues.
A resident called police to ask that they check on a man who was walking with an infant who looked “unwell” on Aug. 9. Police spoke to the man and found the infant to be in good health, according to a report.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 5, a resident reported an alleged trespasser at a local business. It turned out to be an employee of the business waiting to go into work, according to a police report.
A resident called police to ask that they check on a man who “appeared to be sleeping” in his car in the Maine Mall parking lot on the morning of Aug. 5. The man told officers he was “just resting while waiting for his laundry.”
On Aug. 12, officers were called to a vehicle parked on the side of the road whose operator appeared to be “passed out behind the wheel” around 4:45 p.m., according to a report. The man told police he was “fine and was just tired.”
Police responded to a report of an unattended death on Aug. 5 around 9:30 p.m.
A resident who was reportedly having suicidal thoughts was brought to the hospital for an evaluation on Aug. 5.
Officers warned a man for drinking in public after finding him reportedly intoxicated and dancing with an open container of liquor in front of the Mill Mall on Aug. 7.
Fireworks, gunshots reported
On Aug. 5, officers responded to a report of fireworks being set off on the Red Bridge Road but failed to find the individual who set them off.
Two days later, police were called to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for a report of fireworks being set off. The reporting party “wanted the incident documented in case” it happened in the future, according to a report.
On Aug. 9, officers also spoke to a man visiting from out of state about setting off fireworks within the city limits, which is prohibited.
A resident who was reportedly firing a gun on the afternoon of Aug. 8 was found to be doing so “in a safe manner far enough away from any dwellings,” according to police.
Shannon Faulkingham, 48, of Hancock was arrested on a warrant on Aug. 6.
Brian Lane, 34, of Eastbrook was arrested on Aug. 11 on a charge of OUI after a traffic stop.
A Sullivan man was arrested on charges of theft and violation of conditions of release on Aug. 11 after reportedly breaking into a camper van and stealing a coffee mug, according to a police report.
Police took 35-year-old Armand Hitchings into custody after a woman reported that he had broken into her van and stolen her mug “that had extreme sentimental value.”
Hitchings told police the woman said he could have the mug, but when asked to return it, he threw it into the river, according to police.
Thefts and other losses
Officers received a report on Aug. 5 that prescription medication had gone missing from a local residence.
A local business reported on Aug. 12 that an undisclosed amount of cash had gone missing. Police are investigating.