Ellsworth Police log week of March 26

ELLSWORTH — Two East Machias residents suffered possible injuries and their car was towed after it went off the Bangor Road “into a rock-covered ditch” on March 7, according to a police report.

Maurice Bragg, 68, was driving a 2002 Lincoln north on the Bangor Road around 11:20 a.m. Bragg told officers he moved to the outside lane when a 2017 Dodge pickup truck driven by 72-year-old John Murphy of Steuben pulled up in the passing lane and struck his car. The impact reportedly sent Bragg’s car into the ditch on the right-hand side of the road.

Murphy told police Bragg had cut him off in the travel lane. Murphy said he’d gone to pass Bragg and was merging back into the travel lane when the car driven by Bragg went into the ditch, “then hit him, and then went off the roadway again,” according to the report. Several witnesses told police that Murphy’s pickup truck had been “weaving through traffic, traveling faster than he should have,” and that it appeared Murphy’s truck had “rammed” Bragg’s car.

Vehicle-deer crash

Officers were called to a report of a vehicle-deer crash on March 21 on the Bayside Road around 7:15 p.m. The driver of the SUV, Trenton resident Henry Muise, 18, told officers the animal ran in front of the vehicle and was hit by the left side of the bumper. Neither Muise nor his passenger was injured, but the deer was killed. There was a small dent in the bumper, according to a police report.

Citizen assists

Police assisted Northern Light medical staff on March 23 while they administered medication to a patient.

Officers brought a local resident to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on March 22 around 4 p.m. after conducting a well-being check.

Police checked on a child reportedly left alone in a car on March 21 around 3 p.m.; the child was found to be “OK,” according to a police report.

Police responded to a local apartment complex on March 21 for a report of a man who had fallen. When officers arrived, they found the man had passed away.

A “suspicious” man trying to get into a local apartment building on March 21 turned out to be a repairman who needed access to deal with a water issue in a neighboring apartment. The man was advised to set up an appointment.

Police looked into a report of a man “walking up and down Main Street” acting suspiciously and taking photos on March 20 but were unable to find anyone matching the description.

Officers stood by at a local veterinary hospital on March 18 to “keep the peace while a dog was returned to an owner,” according to a police report.


Robert Gray, 35, of Searsport was arrested after police pulled him over on March 20. Gray was charged with violation of bail, theft by deception and home repair fraud. Gray also was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension.


Officers summoned Wyatt Salisbury, 30, of Lamoine on March 23 on a charge of operating under the influence after they received a report around 8:45 p.m. of an intoxicated driver.

Thefts and other losses

Officers are investigating the reported theft of a catalytic converter and chainsaw from a residence on the Bucksport Road that was reported on March 20.

Staff at Marden’s reported to police on March 19 that a woman had stolen a pair of Nike sneakers valued at $60. Officers are investigating.

A woman came into the Police Department on March 18 to report that an item worth $350 had been taken from her home off the Bangor Road nearly two months ago, according to a report.

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