Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 6

ELLSWORTH — A 26-year-old man critically injured in an April 2017 crash in Eastbrook has died in Ellsworth.

Chase Debeck was seriously injured in the spring crash after a car he was in hit an embankment and a utility pole on Route 200 before rolling over, according to reports from The American at the time.

A 24-year-old Sullivan man, Kirk Chandler, was killed and Maryah Sprague, 19, of Winter Harbor was seriously injured in the crash.

More than a year later, it is still unclear who was driving the car, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier, although officers continue to investigate.

Moshier said there does not appear to be anything suspicious about Debeck’s death, which occurred on Nov. 30.

Lt. Rod Charette of the Maine State Police told reporters at the time of the crash that “it appears that speed and alcohol were factors” and that none of the occupants appeared to be wearing seat belts.

“Private investigator” unable to be found

Police were unable to locate a man who was reportedly knocking on the door of an apartment on Deane Street on Dec. 1 “saying he was a private investigator and requesting money,” according to a police report.

Police aid residents making suicidal statements

A man reportedly making suicidal statements was voluntarily transported to the hospital on Nov. 28.

Also on Nov. 28, a woman was evaluated by a crisis team after her estranged husband reported that she had been making suicidal statements and was late picking up the couple’s children from school.

Motorists escape injury in car-deer crashes

Several motorists were uninjured in three separate crashes involving deer this week.

Nora Cotroneo, 47, of Bangor was heading north on State Street around 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 when she hit a deer crossing the roadway, according to a police report.

Cotroneo’s car was towed from the scene.

Around the same time the following day, a car driven by 43-year-old Christopher Debeck of Bucksport hit a deer on the Bucksport Road. Debeck was uninjured and the car had “functional damage.”

Wendy Leach was also on the Bucksport Road heading west on Dec. 1 when the car she was driving hit a deer, resulting in “major damage” to the car.

The 59-year-old Orland woman was not injured.

Thefts and other losses

A local resident went to cash a nearly $5,000 check from a woman on Craigslist only to be turned away because the woman is being investigated in connection with a fraud case in Maryland, according to a police report.

The resident sent the woman, Linda Biandeo, a copy of the title of his truck, which he had listed for sale, in exchange for the $4,998.98 check.

When he went to cash the check, however, it was rejected for possible links to an ongoing fraud case. No criminal charges were filed in Maine because the man did not lose any property, Moshier said.

A package reported stolen on Nov. 30 was delivered to the wrong address, according to a police report of the incident. The box had a cell phone and $50 gift card and was returned to the intended recipient.


Devon Mcdevitt, 21, of Ellsworth was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and driving to endanger after the car he was driving reportedly hit a mailbox and then a tree on the Christian Ridge Road in the early morning hours of Dec. 2.

Mcdevitt had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit, according to a report, when the truck he was driving hit a mailbox then veered across the centerline, striking a tree across the road. Mcdevitt was not injured in the crash.

The owner of the pickup truck, 21-year-old Andrew Jones of Aurora, was also in the car at the time and suffered possible injuries. Both men were wearing seat belts, according to a police report. The truck was heavily damaged and towed.

An Ellsworth woman was arrested after a dispute in the City Hall parking lot on Dec. 3.

According to police, 45-year-old Patricia Mitchell pushed a man with whom she was arguing and grabbed his glasses. The man, whose name was not released because he was not charged, also pushed Mitchell, according to video footage from City Hall referenced in the police report.

“Officers determined she was the predominant aggressor,” Moshier said.


Jeremiah Cousins, 31, of Southwest Harbor was summoned on a charge of violation of a protection order.

Police said Cousins reportedly ran into a friend of a woman with whom he was not supposed to have contact on Nov. 19 and told the friend to say hello to the woman.

This is indirect contact through a third party, Moshier said, which is not allowed under the terms of the protection order.

Speeding tickets

Zachary Look, 21, of Columbia, 35 mph in a 25-mph-zone on the Bucksport Road on Dec. 3.

Mark Webber, 20, of Belfast, 70 mph in a 45-mph-zone on the Mariaville Road on Nov. 28.

Traffic violation

Robert Miller, 53, of Ellsworth was issued a summons for an expired registration following a traffic stop on the Bayside Road on Dec. 1.

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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