Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 18

ELLSWORTH — Police received a report of a fight in progress at around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Sgt. Chad Wilmot responded, only to find that both individuals had left the area. However, law enforcement later located the two fighters. As a result, Chris Maxwell, 24, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of violation of conditions of release and a summons was issued to a 17-year-old Ellsworth youth. Maxwell was taken to Hancock County Jail. The youth was released to his parents. 


Officer Shawn Merchant followed up on a report of an intoxicated man on Feb. 13 and, after speaking with him, warned him for disorderly conduct.

Assault investigation

Detective Christopher Smith received information regarding a possible sexual assault and started an investigation on Feb. 9. “We’re still currently investigating,” Smith said. “It’s still early. I’m still doing interviews.” 


Officer Amie Torrey took a report from a local woman who said she was being harassed by another woman on Feb. 10.

Detective Brian Smith issued a cease harassment notice to a 43-year-old Ellsworth man on Feb. 14.

Agency assists

Police received a request from the Bangor Police Department to serve a summons to a local resident on Feb. 11.

Torrey helped Northern Light Medical Transport with an unconscious man at a local business on Feb. 11. The man was having a medical issue and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Officer Jon Mahon checked an ankle monitor on a client of the Office of Probation and Parole on Feb. 11 and found it to be working properly.

Youth issues

Detective Andrew Weatherbee responded to the Ellsworth Middle School, where a 13-year-old boy was reported as out of control. “I was able to get him calm enough for crisis [workers] to come and speak with him,” Weatherbee reported.

Wilmot handled a youth who had run away from his mother after leaving the Police Department on Feb. 12. The youth was found and returned to his mother.

Well-being checks

Police responded to a request to check on a local resident on Feb. 8. Officer Adam Bouchard found the person, who was “fine and still at work.”

Police received a call from an Ellsworth post office employee concerned that an elderly man was walking in cold temperatures without a hat or jacket on Feb. 10. The man was checked out and determined to be of sound mind. 

Unattended death

Officer Joshua Steward responded to an unattended death on Feb. 6 that appeared to be from natural causes.


Police received a report of a suicidal woman at approximately 9 a.m. on Feb. 11. She voluntarily went to a local hospital emergency room.


Police received a complaint from Walmart requesting that a woman be removed from the store on Feb. 9. The issue was then resolved, and she was allowed back inside.


Officers received a report of theft from Marden’s on Feb. 12. Items totaling $26 were recovered. The incident is under investigation.

Detective Christopher Smith received a report of a possible burglary and theft from a storage trail on Feb. 13. But, after an investigation, Smith determined the report was unfounded.

Arrests and summonses

Jacob Britton, 19, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant charging violation of conditions of release after he was located during an investigation of an unrelated issue on Feb. 12.

Albert Dow, 57, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant charging failure to comply with the sex offender registry on Feb. 9.

Justin Gibson, 42, of Franklin was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage crash and failure to give notice of an accident by the quickest means, after Officer John Stanley received a hit-and-run crash report on Feb. 4.

Robert Lisee, 23, of Ellsworth was charged with reckless conduct on Feb. 12.

Stephen Merritt, 47, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault while police were “dealing with an unrelated incident,” Wilmot reported on Feb. 12. Merritt was subsequently booked into Hancock County Jail.

Patricia Orchard, 74, of Ellsworth, was issued a summons for dog at large on Feb. 4.

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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