Ellsworth Police Log: Woman arrested twice on same day

ELLSWORTH — A local woman was arrested two times on the same day after she crashed her car and later allegedly assaulted someone.

Police said 54-year-old Michelle Bickford of Ellsworth was driving on Grant Street around 11 a.m. on Dec. 17 when her 2011 Chevrolet car went off the road, then crossed the road and ended up in a clump of trees.

She reportedly left the scene, but was located “just a short distance away” after the crash and was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs.

Police said this week they did not yet know what drug or drugs Bickford may have been under the influence of and were awaiting test results.

Bickford was also charged with failure to report a crash by the quickest means possible and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash.

She was the only occupant of the vehicle and was not injured.

Around 6:45 that evening, Bickford was arrested at a Church Street residence and charged with domestic violence assault. Police said Bickford hit a man with a metal broom handle.

She was also charged with violation of bail conditions and taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Harassment complaints prove plentiful

On Dec. 16, police received a report that a woman who works on Downeast Highway was being harassed while at work. The woman said a man had “nonstop asked her out and tried getting her to meet up with him,” and that he was not dissuaded when she told him she had a boyfriend.

The man reportedly figured out what time the woman worked and would park down the street, “wait for her to drive by and then go in the store when it opens.” He reportedly purchased just one product and then would “just stare at her.”

Police found the man and told him the woman wanted to be left alone and that he was not to contact her anymore. They also advised him not to return to the business. He said he understood and would follow those instructions.

That same day, another person reported being harassed by a 53-year-old man. He was found and told not to contact the complainant any more.

On Dec. 17, a local couple reported being harassed via telephone. Police warned a former employer not to have any further contact, and the employer said he would not contact them again.

Abuse reported

On Dec. 18, Detective Dotty Small interviewed an 18-year-old woman who disclosed abuse by a family member.

Not suspicious vs. suspicious

On the afternoon of Dec. 19, a man on North Street reported a suspicious vehicle that parked at a driveway on the street “once a month for a few minutes.”

Police investigated and found it was “an older couple visiting someone.”

Early the next morning, just before 2:30, there was another complaint of a suspicious vehicle. A man said he saw a vehicle parked at a garage near Woodbine Cemetery and that when he pulled in to check on the garage the vehicle took off and eluded him as he pursued it around town.

The man said he was concerned because he knew folks who had property in the garage and wanted to make sure the young people in the vehicle were not vandalizing anything.

Officer Fred Ehrlenbach caught up with the vehicle’s occupants, who said they had “no particular reason to be in the cemetery” and were “just riding around.”

Ehrlenbach “advised them being in the cemetery after dark was not a good idea.”

’Tis the season

Police caught up with a driver last week after other motorists complained his pickup truck was “weaving over the lines” and was “all over the road” on Route 1.

The man was stopped on High Street and warned for his operation, even though he said he didn’t realize he had been driving poorly. He blamed it on a “combination of adjusting the radio and thinking about the shopping he has to do.”

Bit of a blockage

Police responded to a land dispute off of the Bangor Road Dec. 19. One of the parties involved was warned for blocking a road.

Thefts and other losses

On Dec. 15, police received a report of a $480 chainsaw being stolen out of a pickup truck on State Street. Further investigation revealed the chainsaw fell out of the truck when it left the Mill Mall, and that another motorist stopped and picked up the chainsaw. The chainsaw was later recovered.

On Dec. 16, a resident reported that a $400 bike was stolen back in August.

On Dec. 18, police took a report of an unattended vehicle being scratched with a key while parked at a business off of High Street.

Also on the 18th, a worker from the Department of Health and Human Services office on Eastward Lane called to ask police to speak with a man who claimed DHHS staff had stolen his wallet. Further investigation found the man had lost the wallet.

A woman reported her wallet stolen at a High Street business. The wallet was recovered with all of its contents except for the $98 in cash that had been inside.

Several lights were broken on the third floor of a High Street hotel Dec. 20. The case is under investigation.

A blue denim L.L. Bean purse and its contents, valued at $175, were reported lost on State Street Dec. 20.

A wreath was reported stolen from a Park Street residence on Dec. 21.


On Dec. 16, police responded to a residence off of Red Bridge Road to conduct a well-being check. Officers determined the man, 33-year-old Douglas A. Pio of Ellsworth, was fine but that the property owner wanted him taken off the premises.

Police said while Pio was “gathering his belongings he pulled down the Christmas tree in the home,” and as a result was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of Schedule Z drugs, Xanax and clonidine.

Scott J. Firley, 48, of Ellsworth, violation of conditions of release (possession of alcohol) on Christian Ridge Road Dec. 17.

Zachary Jordan, 28, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension on State Street Dec. 21. Jordan also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of unpaid restitution, police said.

Traffic violation

Eileen R. Dunn-Kell, 57, of Ellsworth, failure to stop at a red light on High Street Dec. 15.

Speeding ticket

Billie Jo Frates, 39, of Bucksport, 74 mph in a 55-mph zone on Bucksport Road Dec. 17.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered 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. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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