Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 23

ELLSWORTH — A man struck the side of another car with a hammer in a road rage incident on Aug. 19, according to a police report of the incident.

Police said a New Jersey resident reported that a gray jeep with Massachusetts license plates “passed them aggressively and brake checked them repeatedly” coming into Ellsworth on Route 1A.

After the third “brake check,” the jeep pulled over and the passenger got out, approached the victim’s window and hit the car with a hammer.

Police have not identified the alleged perpetrator of the incident.

Officers respond to suicidal residents

Officers responded to a location on Water Street on Aug. 14 for a report of a woman who was suicidal. Police brought the woman to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, according to a report of the incident.

Later that afternoon, a boy called police to report that his friend was suicidal, according to a police report.

Officers spoke with the boy’s friend, who was “upset over a break-up,” according to a report of the incident.

Attempted entry into parked cars

Police responded to a report of two residents attempting to enter cars parked at Walmart on Aug. 19 after the owners of the cars had gone inside.

Officers spoke to the suspects but found “nothing suspicious,” according to a police report.


Police are investigating the reported theft of a chainsaw from the back of a parked truck on Church Street on Aug. 16.

A woman who was helping her friend move got a surprise when she returned to find the U-Haul truck she’d rented on Aug. 17 had gone missing.

The woman reportedly had been helping her friend but left while he was loading the truck and returned to find the truck was gone. She called police to report the theft of the truck.

After a short investigation, it was found that the man had gotten another friend to drive the truck during the woman’s absence.


An Ellsworth man was summoned on a charge of criminal speeding on Aug. 15 after the car he was driving was allegedly clocked at 94 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bucksport Road.

Thirty-year-old Brandon Becker was reportedly headed west on the Bucksport Road when he was stopped. Criminal speeding is defined as traveling 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit and can carry fines up to $1,000, possibly accompanied by up to six months in prison.

A Bucksport man injured his left hip when he skidded across the pavement on his motorcycle in a crash on the Surry Road on Aug. 16, according to a report of the incident.

The driver of one of the cars involved was charged with operating after revocation.

John Crocker and David Churchill were both driving on the Surry Road “at a high rate of speed” just before 1 p.m., according to a police report, when a car driven by Patience Moll pulled out of Court Street.

Churchill swerved his car around Moll’s, and Crocker reportedly “dump[ed] his bike on the pavement to avoid collision.”

Crocker suffered a road rash and was bleeding on his left side, and 34-year-old Churchill, a resident of Newburgh, was charged with operating after revocation.

Both cars and their inhabitants escaped unscathed, but Crocker’s motorcycle was reportedly scuffed and its kickstand broken.

Jason Bartlett, 21, of Stetson was charged with operating after revocation, habitual offender, following a traffic stop on the Bangor Road on Aug. 16.


Jeremy Sawyer, 39, of Millinocket was arrested on Aug. 17 on a warrant out of Piscataquis County.

Jacob Young, 28, of Ellsworth was arrested for violation of bail and refusing to submit to arrest following an incident on Aug. 20 in which Young reportedly got into an argument with a woman with whom he was not supposed to have contact, according to police.

Stephen Cowperthwaite, 40, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of violation of conditions of release following a report of “suspicious activity” on Aug. 20, according to police.

Nicholas Stanley, 32, a transient, was arrested and summoned on a charge of violation of bail for allegedly threatening another resident on Aug. 20.

Traffic violations

Yubu Bao, 36, of New York, N.Y., 73 mph in a 55-mph-zone on Route 1A on Aug. 17.

Patricia Dixon, 43, of Burlington, failure to display proof of valid registration on State Street on Aug. 17.

Brienne Fraser, 38, of Milbridge, 64 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road on Aug. 16.

April Falkenstern, 34, of Ellsworth, texting while driving on Church Street on Aug. 16.

Michelle Farmer, 34, of Lubec, failure to display a valid inspection sticker on Water Street on Aug. 16.

Julia Johnson, 27, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension on the Bangor Road on Aug. 15.

Daniel Lane, 72, of Bangor, failure to display a valid inspection sticker on Oak Street on Aug. 15.

Jose Rodolfo, 79, of Columbia, Md., 44 mph in a 25-mph-zone on the Bucksport Road on Aug. 15.

Benjamin Ketchen, 38, of Roxbury, Mass., texting while driving on Oak Street on Aug. 15.

Jacob Britton, 17, of Orland, operating after suspension on Washington Street on Aug. 14.

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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