Ellsworth Police Log Week of July 4

ELLSWORTH— An Ellsworth man was summoned on June 18 for reportedly giving tattoos out of his residence without a license.

Jonathan Baldwin, 39, was charged with being an unlicensed tattoo artist, a civil violation.

Police Chief Glenn Moshier said his department was alerted to the issue after an officer came across a YouTube video that was shot on April 15. Moshier said he wasn’t sure how long Baldwin had been operating the business and that police were only aware of one individual who had gotten a tattoo from Baldwin.

“With anything like that there’s always a risk of improper cleaning,” said Moshier, “but we don’t know of any issues as far as that goes.”

Unattended death

Officers were called to a local hotel for an unattended death on the morning of June 25. No details were released about the deceased but police said in a report there is no evidence of foul play.

Oil change imbiber 

Officers spoke with a man who was reportedly consuming alcohol while waiting for his oil to be changed at a local shop on June 28. The man took a taxi home, according to police.

Neighborhood watch

A “suspicious” vehicle in the driveway of a local residence on June 30 was found to be a taxi that had gone to the wrong address, according to a report.

Police checked on a child who had reportedly been left unattended in a vehicle that was locked and running at a local ice cream shop on June 28.

Officers found that the child’s caretaker was watching the car while at the ordering window nearby.

Fights reported, no charges

Police responded to several argumentative residents in the early morning hours of June 29. Around 1:15 a.m., police were called to what was reportedly a fight in a local alley way but found that there had been “no assault, only verbal arguments.”

Half-an-hour later, an officer noticed two residents arguing outside a car with its hazard lights on, according to a report. The two went home for the night.

Officers assist hospital staff, residents with medical issues

Police were on hand at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on at least two separate occasions this week to stand by as hospital staff dispensed medication and dealt with a patient who was “known to be combative.” No issues arose.

Police also gave a ride to a local resident who needed to go to the hospital on June 28.

On June 27, police responded to a report of a resident making “suicidal statements.” The resident was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Coffee shop surprise

A local resident got a jolt of more than caffeine on June 26 when the car she was driving reportedly ran over a rototiller and two rakes that had been left in the drive-thru of a local coffee shop.

The car was slightly damaged, according to a police report, but the woman was uninjured.

“Worrisome message”

A local resident left a “worrisome message” with her family on June 29, a member of whom called the police and asked them to check on her. Officers found the woman in Bangor and asked her to get in touch with her family.


Tiffany Lawonn, 32, of Otis was arrested on June 28 on two counts of alleged possession of a Schedule W drug and unlawful possession of a hypodermic apparatus after she was stopped by police for a traffic violation on Route 1A.

Lawonn was also summoned for allegedly driving 76 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road.

Dawn M. James, 45, of Ellsworth was arrested on June 28 on a probation hold on a drug court sanction.

Officers arrested an Ellsworth man after he reportedly tried to break into a garage at a local residence near midnight on June 28. The man fled before police arrived but officers tracked him down using a police dog and arrested him.

Roland Jalbert, 63, was charged with attempted burglary and violation of probation. Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

Officers arrested Alexandra Ricciardelli, 28, of Keyport N.J. on June 25 on charges of operating under the influence and operating after suspension.

Jeremy Laurendeau, 43, of Bar Harbor was arrested on June 26 and charged with OUI and endangering the welfare of a child after police pulled him over around 11:15 p.m.


Michael Joyce, 26, of Ellsworth was summoned on June 30 for allegedly operating after suspension.

Michael O’Halloran, 26, of Ellsworth was summoned on June 25 for reportedly operating after suspension. Police had stopped him for a suspected traffic infraction.

Thefts and other losses

A 66-year-old man was arrested on June 29 for alleged theft and violation of bail after he was reportedly found with a shopping cart belonging to Renys. Officers arrested transient Mario Kent and took him to the Hancock County Jail.

A shopper reportedly drove a motorized Hannaford cart off the property and down the street on the afternoon of June 26. Police found the cart and returned it to the store.

Police were dispatched to help the Bar Harbor Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office look for a stolen vehicle that was reportedly traveling to Ellsworth on June 30. The car was reportedly found in Bar Harbor.

Traffic violations

Brooks Kirchgassner, 35, of Manchester, Conn., 54 mph in a 25-mph-zone on High Street on June 28.

Kevin Newman, 28, of Ellsworth, 49 mph in a 40-mph-zone on the Bayside Road on June 28.

Tyler Harvey, 25, of Winterport, 77 mph in a 55-mph-zone on Route 1A on June 27.

Joseph Comeau, 41, of Ellsworth, failure to provide valid proof of inspection following a traffic stop on High Street on June 27.

Rupert Orzel, 58, of Ellsworth, failure to provide valid proof of registration following a traffic stop on the Bayside Road on June 27.

Joseph Knowles, 35, of Ellsworth, failure to provide valid proof of inspection following a traffic stop on High Street on June 26.

Benjamin Crispi, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., 54 mph in a 25-mph-zone on High Street on June 25.

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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