Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 19

ELLSWORTH — Late on the afternoon of Nov. 11, an Ellsworth police dispatcher received a call from a man who was stranded on the Union River near Trenton and notified the Marine Patrol. 

“He [was] out on a small sailboat. The boat overturned,” Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald reported.

Police also responded to the scene, waiting on shore until the Marine Patrol arrived.

“The gentleman climbed up on top” to wait for rescue, MacDonald said. The sailor was not injured, although the recovery and state of the sailboat is unknown.

Thefts, scams, forgery

Policer received a report of a stolen firearm from a summer residence on Nov. 9 and are investigating.

Police are investigating a report of a theft of marijuana and marijuana smoking devices from a local apartment on Nov. 10.

Police received a complaint of a stolen vehicle on Nov. 9. The vehicle in question was recovered.

Police received a complaint about a local business “not giving property back that was supposed to be fixed,” Officer Amie Torrey reported. The investigation is ongoing.

An officer spoke with someone who was scammed out of $350 on Nov. 16. The case is under investigation.

Police received a call regarding a forgery on Nov. 16. The complaint is under investigation.


Officers responded to a report of a trespasser at Eastland Park Apartments on Nov. 7 but found no suspects.

Police received a complaint of a woman trespassing at Downeast Laundromat. The woman “was moved along with no issues,” Officer Benjamin Buffington reported.

Officers responded to a potential domestic incident on Nov. 13. After investigation, one man was given a verbal trespass and cease harassment warning.

Warned for fireworks

Officers responded to a report of fireworks being set off on Nov. 7 and spoke with the person lighting them, issuing a verbal warning.

Agency assist

Police received a request from an out-of-state agency to interview a possible sexual assault suspect on Nov. 10. The investigation is continuing.

Mental health issues

Officers received a call concerning a possibly suicidal woman on Nov. 12. After speaking with the woman, they found she was all set.

An officer responded to a local home with the Ellsworth Fire Department for a gas odor on Nov. 12, but the firefighters determined there was no odor or dangerous issues. The caller reportedly has a mental health issue.

An officer checked on someone reported to be making suicidal statements on Nov. 16. The person was taken to the hospital without incident.

Officers responded to a report of a man having a mental breakdown on Nov. 16. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Disorderly, harassment complaints

Officers reposed to a complaint of disorderly conduct in the Walmart parking lot on Nov. 12 and warned the offender.

An officer spoke with someone regarding an ongoing harassment issue on Nov. 16 and explained the law to him.

Police received a complaint from a local business regarding prank calls from youths on Nov. 16. The youths were tracked down and warned.

Police responded to a report of a disorderly man at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Nov. 10. The man calmed down and received treatment.

Officers responded to Eastland Park Apartments for a harassment report on Nov. 11 and issued verbal warnings to the people involved. 

Police received separate harassment complaints on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Both reports are under investigation.

Arrests and summonses

Joseph Lewis, 77, of Eastport was summoned on a charge of theft after police received a shoplifting complaint on Nov. 8.

Collin C. Chamberlain, 23, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of violation of bail conditions on Nov. 14.


A headlight malfunction was behind a single-car accident on Beechland Road on Nov. 3, the driver said. Jeanne E. Abbot, 77, of Ellsworth was heading west when she lost her headlights, veered to the left-hand side of the road and ended up in a ditch. Her 2017 Ford Fiesta was pulled out by Dave’s Towing, with no noticeable damage and the headlights working. Abbot was not injured in the accident.

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. Anne loves tips and story ideas from the public. Email her at [email protected] or call her at 667-2576.

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