Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 3

ELLSWORTH — An injured Durham man crashed his 2007 Nissan on the Mariaville Road on Nov. 13 during rain and dusk as he was driving himself to the hospital.

Phillip Oliver, 56, was taken to a local hospital following the accident. Witness Brianne Whitney of Mariaville Road told police that she saw Oliver driving south when his Nissan swerved right toward a guardrail, then swerved left, crossing the road and crashing into a ditch on the northbound side. When she approached Oliver’s car, he was unconscious and blood-soaked towels were wrapped around his arm.

From his hospital bed, Oliver told police that he had cut his arm with a razor blade while working on a camper, started driving himself to the hospital and lost consciousness behind the wheel.

Unmasked shopper

Police received a call from a Renys employee concerning a customer who refused to wear a mask and also to leave the store on Nov. 23. No law enforcement contact with the customer was made.

Agency assists

Officers helped Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital emergency room personnel with an intoxicated man on Nov. 30.

Police responded to a back-up request from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for an alarm at the Trenton Elementary School on Nov. 30. Officers cleared the building and found an unsecured door likely blown open by the wind.

Police performed a well-being check on an elderly man at a local business on Nov. 30. The man then went to the hospital for further evaluation.

Officers responded to a request for assistance with a domestic incident in Dedham by the Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 29 but were later called off.

Police assisted the Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 28 in checking local hotels for a person. The person was not located.

An officer assisted the Gouldsboro Police Department with an injured animal involved in a car accident on Nov. 25.

Officers assisted the Holden Police Department with summoning an Ellsworth resident on Nov. 27.

Police checked up on an elderly man on Nov. 24 and determined he was in the hospital.

Domestic and harassment complaints

Officers responded to a call regarding a violation of a protection order on Nov. 23. The investigation is ongoing.

Police responded to a domestic incident on Nov. 27 that was verbal in nature. They determined that the people involved had been arguing and “everything was all set.”

An officer fielded a harassment complaint concerning “issues with former friends” on Nov. 27. The case is under investigation.

Crises and well-being checks

Police responded to a person in crisis on Nov. 30. The person was brought to a local hospital for further counseling.

Officers responded to a request for a well-being check on Nov. 30 that resulted in Christopher Smith, 34, of Fletchers Landing being arrested on charges of unlawful possession of schedule drugs and possession of hypodermics.

Police received a report of a suicidal person on Nov. 28 and found the person unharmed and in the care of counselors.


Police responded to a report of a home burglary on Nov. 18 where cash had been reported stolen. The case is under investigation.

Arrests and summonses

Ladaya D. Anderson, 46, of Sedgwick was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, Class C, on Nov. 27.

Marcella Melanson, 22, of Nashville, Tenn., was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant on Nov. 27.

Jocelyn Muir, 52, of Ellsworth, was summoned on a charge of domestic violence assault on Nov. 28.

Traffic violations

Troy K. Edward, 18, of Sudbury, Mass., imprudent speeding on Nov. 30.

William H. Keating, 27, of Orland, failure to show proof of insurance on Nov. 20.

Seth F. Wessler, 36, of Brooklyn, N.Y., speeding 54 mph in a 25-mph zone on Nov. 23.


Jeffrey M. Lurvey, 64, of Harrington was driving a three-axle 1996 International truck west on Douglas Highway on Nov. 2 when he encountered a car partially in the road and tried to avoid it. Lurvey avoided the car but ended up off the road with his truck rolled over onto its side. He sustained minor injuries. The other car was not identified.

Paul Brumaghim, 26, of Mount Desert drove his 2016 silver Jeep through a red light at the intersection of Downeast Highway and High Street on Nov. 10, according to police, striking a 2015 Chrysler van driven by Terry Bellows, 69, of Machias. No injuries were reported.

Courtney C. Campbell, 79, of Ellsworth was driving a 2015 Chevrolet sedan owned by O’Halloran Trucking/Towing in the Governor’s Restaurant parking lot on Nov. 10 when he struck Daniel W. Backman, 72, of Winter Harbor, who was walking in the lot. Campbell told police “he was watching the female on his right” and did not see the pedestrian in front of him. Backman struck his head on a side mirror and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Brenna M. Poirier, 18, of Londonderry, N.H., was driving a 2014 unidentified car on High Street through the intersection with Downeast Highway on Nov. 20 when she sideswiped Sherman E. Davis, 66, of Washington Junction. Davis was driving his 2003 white Cadillac across High Street into the McDonald’s parking lot. He said he started crossing High Street when the traffic light turned green but was hit in the middle of the intersection by Poirier. Poirier told police she could not remember what color the traffic light was. No injuries were reported.

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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