Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 14

ELLSWORTH — Police fielded numerous calls recently to check on the well-being of residents, reports of suspicious activity involving cars, letters and flares and one report to CrimeStoppers on possible elder abuse. One resident was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. Investigations into the remaining reports found no subsequent action was needed by law enforcement.

On Jan. 4, officers spoke with a resident who had received a suspicious letter, and later responded to suspicious activity near Branch Pond, where someone reported “possibly” seeing flares shot.

Officer Adam Bouchard responded for a well-being check on a local resident and found her “fine and sleeping at the time of my arrival” on Jan. 5. A similar check on a different resident on Jan. 6 ended with the resident being taken to the hospital. A Jan. 6 investigation into elder abuse determined no abuse had taken place.

A Jan. 9 report of “suspicious activity” around a resident’s mailbox turned up nothing suspicious. Suspicious activity reported around a local residence on Jan. 11 prompted an investigation that failed to find anything.

Opiate overdose

Officers responded to a report of a 40-year-old resident who was unresponsive with CPR in progress on Jan. 4. After they arrived at the scene, officers administered Narcan and “brought the patient back,” Sgt. Chad Wilmot reported. The person was then taken to the emergency room for treatment.

Assault investigations

Police are investigating a report of an assault at a local business on Jan. 5.

Officers received a report of an assault between roommates on Jan. 10. The incident is under investigation.

Harassment and trespass

Police warned a man for telephone harassment on Jan. 9.

Officers fielded a Jan. 6 complaint of threatening that a resident wanted documented.

Police received a report of harassment from a local business on Jan. 6 when a customer did not have a face mask on. The unidentified maskless person left before law enforcement arrived.

Police received a report of a person breaking into a building on Jan. 8. The person was asked to leave, Officer John Stanley reported.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Jan. 11 and moved the car and its occupants along.

Agency assists

Officers lent assistance to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a police dog search that did not locate narcotics on Jan. 8.

Officers on Jan. 4 received a report of a medical call with CPR in progress, but the 50-year-old man could not be revived.

Detective Andrew Weatherbee assisted a local agency with surveillance on Jan. 5.


Police responded to a landlord/tenant dispute at a local business and referred both parties to their attorneys.


Police are investigating possible child abuse after receiving information concerning this on Jan. 5.

Police reported receiving drug information at the department on Jan. 11.


Detective Christopher Smith is investigating a report of a stolen check that was then cashed for $1,400 on Jan. 9.

Police received a report of shoplifting from a local store on Jan. 10. The case is under investigation.

Officers spoke with a resident on Jan. 11 concerning a theft. The person requested that no charges be filed and that the incident only be documented.

Police responded to a possible burglary on Jan. 11 but upon arrival determined that no one had tried to enter the residence.

Arrests and summonses

Julie Nevells, 47, of Sullivan was summoned on a theft charge Jan. 9 after allegedly drinking alcohol that was not paid for while working inside a store.

McKenzie Stanhope, 28, of Ellsworth was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and driving to endanger on Jan. 8.

Sandra D. Dembowksi, 34, of Sedgwick was summoned on a theft charge Jan. 8 as a result of a shoplifting complaint.

Rebecca Rankin, 34, of Castine was summoned on a theft charge Jan. 5 for allegedly shoplifting at Marden’s.


A pedestrian struck by a van while crossing the Home Depot parking lot lodged a complaint with police on Jan. 9, stating his wrist had been sore for several hours after the incident. Thomas McDonald of Ellsworth was the pedestrian and William Fenton of Township 10 the driver of the 2015 Dodge van. Fenton confirmed the incident to police. No charges were filed.


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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