ELLSWORTH — A woman brought the cell phone used by her 11-year-old-child into the Police Department after she found “inappropriate chats and messages and suspected child pornography,” Police Chief Glenn Moshier said.
The photos on the phone were not of the boy in question, Moshier said, and the messages were exchanged via PlayStation messenger over a period beginning in July 2017.
The phone has been turned over to the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit, which will look into the case.
Police responding to a noise complaint off of High Street on March 15 found that the din was coming from a band “practicing for an upcoming event.”
Officers advised band members of the 10 p.m. noise ordinance. The individuals said they understood and would be done by 9.
Threat deemed not credible
Two students at Ellsworth Middle School were reported to School Resource Officer Amie Torey on March 15 for a threat of a school shooting that was ultimately deemed “not credible,” according to a police report.
The boys, who are 9 and 10 years old, made a verbal threat and had no access to firearms, Moshier said, adding that “the threat had no legitimacy.”
The parents of the boys were notified, as were school officials.
Officers responded to a call of someone “trespassing in a local motel room” on March 18, according to a police report.
Officers found that the alleged trespasser had paid for the room for the night.
Low-flying aircraft reported
Police received reports of a “low-flying aircraft” near Hillside Drive in Ellsworth on March 19, according to a report.
Officers were unable to locate any aircraft.
A man reported to police on March 19 that his debit card had been “cloned” and used to purchase gas by a woman he didn’t recognize, Moshier said.
The case is under investigation.
Cold weather concern
A concerned resident reported a man walking who appeared to be “underdressed for the temperature” on March 19, according to a police report.
Officers checked with the man, who they wrote was wearing “thick layers with a fleece on the outside,” and gave him a ride closer to his destination.
Thefts and other losses
Jonathan Garland, 44, of Ellsworth was arrested and charged with theft for allegedly shoplifting $26 worth of clothing from Walmart on March 16.
Police responded to a reported theft of a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey worth $13.99 from Hannaford on March 19.
The suspect drove away before police arrived, Moshier said.
Staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital called police on March 19 to report a woman refusing to leave the emergency department after having been found to have no medical issues, according to Moshier.
April Brooks reportedly told officers she had been “kicked out” of the place where she was staying and had nowhere to go. After examining her, hospital personnel reportedly found that she had no medical issues and offered to connect her with shelter services, but she refused.
At that point a staff member called police. Officers also attempted to help the woman, Moshier said, but she “refused to cooperate.”
As a result, the 44-year-old Brooks was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing and transported to Hancock County Jail.
Anna Ulrich, 24, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of operating after suspension following a traffic stop on March 18.
Erin Hodkins, 51, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant following a traffic stop on March 18.
Domenick Barnes, 31, of Trenton was arrested on a charge of operating without a license on March 19.
Officers responded to a report of a theft of a table and clothes from a residence in Ellsworth on March 12.
Upon arrival, a woman told police that her ex-boyfriend had been threatening her boyfriend. As a result of an investigation, Connor Lee, 22, of Sullivan was issued a no trespass notice and a summons charging him with criminal threatening.
Matthew Williams, 28, of Ellsworth was issued a summons charging him with operating after suspension following a traffic stop on Route 1 on March 14.
Chad Christensen, 22, of Addison was issued a summons charging him with indecent conduct after police officers allegedly found him urinating “right in the middle of the street,” Moshier said.
An officer noticed a vehicle in which Christensen was a passenger parked at the intersection of Myrick Street and Downeast Highway around 3 o’clock in the afternoon on March 16.
An officer activated her lights, Moshier said, at which point Christensen attempted to pull his pants up and failed.
“It appeared he was intoxicated,” Moshier said.
Justin Smith, 34, of Dedham was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension following a traffic stop on the Surry Road on March 13.
Jessie Seavey, 32, of Trenton was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension following a traffic stop on High Street on March 18.
Allison Meyer, 29, of Mariaville was summoned on a charge of failure to pay a fine following a traffic stop on the Bangor Road on March 17.
The following motorists were issued summonses charging them with distracted driving:
Robert Raiten, 40, of Penobscot following a traffic stop on Main Street on March 15.
Reid Stevens, 46, of Hermon following a traffic stop on Main Street on March 15.
Jason Sprague, 26, of Franklin following a traffic stop on High Street on March 17.
Jeffrey Card, 42, of Ellsworth following a traffic stop on High Street on March 17.