Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 17

ELLSWORTH — Two cars had their oil pans punctured when they ran over metal debris on the road at the intersection of High Street and Downeast Highway on Dec. 9. Both incidents occurred between 8 and 8:10 a.m. Both cars were disabled and towed.

“It’s unknown where the debris came from,” Detective Andrew Weatherbee said in reporting the first accident. “But it looked like the ring that goes around a manhole cover. There were no manhole issues in the area that were observed.”

Melissa Jo Davis of Lamoine ran over the debris at 8 a.m. in her 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, with Dave’s Towing removing the car from the intersection. Minutes later, McKenzie Bowcock of Ellsworth made a left turn from High Street onto Downeast Highway and ran over the same debris.

“It is unknown where the metal came from, but it did resemble a possible rim from a vehicle that may have fallen from someone’s vehicle,” Officer Amie Torrey reported after responding to the second accident. Bowcock’s 2014 Chevy was towed.

Domestic violence

Police responded to two local homes Dec. 12 for a domestic violence incident reportedly triggered by intoxication. Police said just after 11:30 p.m., Kevin Flaherty, 47, committed an act of domestic violence in his home. He then ran to a neighbor’s home and entered without permission, stating someone was trying to kill him and his wife. He was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault, assault and criminal trespass.

Officers responded to a report of domestic violence on Dec. 11. After investigation, Isaac Kerr, 27, of Ellsworth was charged with domestic violence assault.

Tires slashed

Police received a report of slashed vehicle tires from a resident on Dec. 10. The incident is under investigation.

Photos not harassment

Police received a complaint from a local man alleging harassment over someone taking photos of him in a public place on Dec. 7. The man lodging the complaint then received the photos from a third party. However, the incident was determined not to be harassment. Legally, taking photos of persons on public property is not a criminal act in most cases.


Officers responded to Hannaford concerning a shopper not wearing a mask on Dec. 13. The shopper decided to comply by donning a mask after speaking with police.

Well-being checks 

Police received a report that someone was attempting to commit suicide on Dec. 9. The person was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Police checked on the well-being of someone sleeping behind a local business on Dec. 10. “They were fine and stated that they would be leaving shortly,” Officer Adam Bouchard reported.

Officers performed a well-being check on a 3-year-old child on Dec. 12. The child was found to be fine.

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on the side of the road on Dec. 14 but upon arrival did not find anyone in the area matching that description.

Family assault

Police received a report of an assault between family members on Dec. 10. The incident is under investigation.

Agency assists

Officers assisted the Holden Police Department in searching for two people on High Street on Dec. 8. The people were not found.

Police helped Northern Light Medical Transport with two children while their mother was taken to the emergency room to be checked out on Dec. 8.

Officers responded to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Dec. 10 for a report of people who were refusing to follow hospital policy. The situation was resolved after Officer Chad Wilmot spoke with them. Officer Josh Steward assisted the emergency room staff with a disorderly patient on Dec. 7. No charges were filed.


Police received a report of a suspicious man acting as a private investigator on Dec. 8.

Arrests and summonses

Jonathan Degiosafatto, 32 of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of violation of conditions of release and summoned on a charge of tampering with a witness/victim on Dec. 7.

Amanda Carelton, 34, of Ellsworth was arrested on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, Class C, and violation of conditions of release on Dec. 11. The incident occurred at a local business, according to police, and all of the items were recovered.

Kalley Smith, 34, of Tremont was summoned on a charge of possession of drugs and arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on Dec. 14.

Traffic violations

Alyssa B. Farley, 19, of Hancock, using mobile device on Dec. 10.

John D. Stanley, 30, of Sabattus, operating after suspension on Dec. 9.


Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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