Ellsworth Police log week of Sept. 12

ELLSWORTH — Police were dispatched to a local residence on Sept. 8 around 5:45 p.m. for a report of a child who had been dropped off at the house.

The resident “did not know the child, or who dropped him off,” according to police.

Officers found the boy’s father a few houses down the road; he told police “that they were new to town and he wanted to have his son make some new friends.”

The boy was returned home, according to a report, “and there were no further issues.”

Wayward horses

On Sept. 4, police assisted a state humane agent in checking on a local residence where there have been “a couple of complaints of loose horses,” according to a report.

Five days later, three of the horses were returned to their pen after a neighbor called police to say they were in her yard. The owner was called and brought the horses home.

Pot smokers warned

Officers who stopped a vehicle “traveling at a high rate of speed” just before midnight on Sept. 8 found that the four minors in the car had been smoking marijuana earlier in the day, according to a police report.

An officer warned the youths about the laws surrounding the drug and notified their parents.

Domestic incidents

A resident on Oak Street called police to report a possible domestic incident at a neighboring residence on Sept. 9. Officers investigated and separated the people involved for the night.

Police also responded to a residence on the Winkumpaugh Road on Sept. 9 around 11 a.m. for a reported domestic incident. The argument turned out to be a civil issue over property. No criminal charges were filed.

Officers responded to a High Street parking lot for a reported argument on Sept. 4. Officers found that the incident was verbal in nature and warned both residents for disorderly conduct.

Combative patient

Police were called to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Sept. 7 for a combative patient who had assaulted staff, according to a police report.

Officers warned the patient and collected statements from nursing staff.

Charges are possible, according to police, but none have yet been filed.

Just resting

Officers checked on an individual who appeared unresponsive in a car on the morning of Sept. 7. The resident was sleeping before traveling the rest of the way home, according to police.

A woman “passed out in a truck” around 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 was “tired and just sleeping,” according to a report.

Officers got a ride for a man who was reportedly lying in a ditch on Sept. 3 and lived out of town.

Sex offender checks in

A registered sex offender from out of state checked in with police on Sept. 8 as he was traveling home, per his registration conditions.

Neighborhood watch

A description of a “suspicious” man who was reportedly “looking in cars” around 6 p.m. on Sept. 8 matched that of an intoxicated man who officers had dealt with earlier in the day, according to a report.

Police were tied up on another call but called the man’s ride and advised that he be picked up. They later checked the area and didn’t find anything suspicious.

Police were called to the Bangor Road around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 for a report of a woman in a black car checking mailboxes, according to a report. They were unable to locate anyone matching the description.


Alvin Dyer, 61, of Gouldsboro was arrested on Sept. 9 on a charge of operating under the influence.

Starr Smith, 57, of Ellsworth was arrested on Sept. 5 and charged with violation of conditions of release.

David Conaway, 20, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 4.


Michael O’Halloran, 36, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension following a traffic stop on Sept. 6.

Deborah Sinclair, 50, of Trenton was summoned on Sept. 1 on charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failing to provide valid proof of inspection or insurance following a traffic stop on Water Street.

Two residents were summoned on charges of criminal speeding this week.

On Sept. 5, Chelsie Portluck, 31, of Dover, N.H. was summoned for reportedly traveling 104 mph in a 55-mph zone.

On Sept. 5, Erik Baldonado, 26, of Franklin was summoned for reportedly traveling 91 mph in a 55-mph zone.

Thefts and other losses

Leon Caldwell, 56, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of theft of services on Sept. 6 after Caldwell reportedly did not pay his taxi fare after arriving in Ellsworth from Bangor.

Cassandra Murchinson, 26, of Mount Desert was summoned on a theft charge Sept. 7 after she was detained at Walmart.

A woman told police that her car had been keyed in the Renys parking lot on Aug. 25 around 2 p.m.

Blaine Langworthy, 36, of Trenton was arrested on a theft charge Sept. 5 after he reportedly fled the scene of a theft at Hannaford on Sept. 4.

An employee of Midas brought police a packet of bad checks worth a total of $750.54.

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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