Ellsworth Police: Man charged with crime while still behind bars

ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth man already in jail was charged with new offenses after he allegedly tried to make indirect contact with a woman who had taken out a protection order against him.

Scott Firley, 48, was arrested and charged with two domestic violence offenses on Feb. 21. Police said the alleged victim on Feb. 27 “reported that she obtained a protection order and was contacted by the suspect’s mother via email with a message from him.”

That counts as indirect contact, according to police, and is prohibited just as if Firley had tried to contact the woman himself.

As a result, Firley was summoned on charges of violation of a protective order and violation of bail. Police said that although Firley was in custody at the time of his alleged offense, he was charged with violating his bail from a previous charge (one before the one that landed him in jail), which prohibits him from committing any criminal acts.

Brewer man charged with drunk driving after crash

A Brewer man was arrested and charged with operating under the influence following a single-vehicle crash on the Surry Road Saturday night.

Police said Kenneth D. Costain, 25, was headed west on the Surry Road just before 2 a.m. in his 2009 Pontiac G6. As he went around the curve near the entrance to Woodlawn, he got too far off on the right side and “went up the snowbank, glanced off a telephone pole, and came to rest on the opposite side of the road,” according to a police report.

Neither Costain nor his passenger, 26-year-old Adam C. Richardson, was injured.

A breath test allegedly showed Costain had an alcohol level of 0.18. In Maine, any driver with an alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered to be operating under the influence.

Possible stroke cited as cause of crash

A Bucksport man was taken to the hospital Friday morning after he showed signs of having a stroke following a car crash.

Police said 67-year-old Richard R. Noyes was headed south on High Street around 9:30 a.m. Friday in his 2009 Chevrolet Aveo.

He was preparing to make a right-hand turn into the Maine Coast Mall when he collided with a 2010 Hyundai Elantra in front of him. The Elantra was driven by 37-year-old Emil D. Parvanov of Ellsworth.

Officer Rick Roberts wrote in a report that while speaking with Noyes “he appeared disoriented and showed signs of a possible stroke.”

County Ambulance took Noyes to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment. Parvanov was unhurt in the collision.

HazMat trailer hit at hospital

A Bucksport woman was uninjured after the car she was in ran into a HazMat (hazardous materials) utility trailer at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Police said 25-year-old Jane A. Hallowell of Bucksport got into her 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser just before 5:30 p.m. Monday and “started it to stay warm.”

She told police the car then “lurched forward, across a sidewalk, over the curb, across the ambulance entrance and into the HazMat utility trailer” that was parked on the opposite side of the ambulance entrance.

Hallowell was uninjured in the incident. The PT Cruiser had to be towed from the scene due to the amount of damage, however.

It was not clear from the crash report how much damage, if any, had been done to the trailer as a result of the crash.

What about the wallet?

A Washington County man was charged with theft after he allegedly took a wallet from Marden’s without paying for it.

Police said 20-year-old Joshua Tinker of Lubec allegedly took a wallet off the shelf at Marden’s on the afternoon of Feb. 23, took off the price tag and then “filled the wallet with his personal items and abandoned his empty wallet in the shoe department.”

Tinker then reportedly paid for other items, but not the wallet from the store, and left. The price of the allegedly stolen wallet is $5.26, including sales tax, according to police.

Pill problems

On Monday, an employee at Shaw’s found an empty, Skippy-brand peanut butter jar filled with “58 lithium pills and other garbage” on a shelf in the store. It was not clear who had placed the jar on the shelf, when they did it or why.

In a separate incident an hour later, 34-year-old Jonathan Griffin of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of theft after he allegedly took a $4 bottle of Tylenol from the Family Dollar Store without paying for it.

Later that same day, a woman came in to the police station to report she was missing ten 8-milligram buprenorphine pills. She had last seen them two days earlier, and told police she was “hoping that somebody had just turned the prescription in.”

Officer Andrew Weatherbee made a report and told the woman there was “a very slim chance of them being turned in to us or located by us.”

Snow problems

Sidney Palmer, 45, of Ellsworth was summoned Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct as a result of his alleged “actions toward another individual plowing snow.” Lt. Harold Page said Palmer was allegedly verbally abusive and struck the plow driver’s vehicle.

On Monday evening, a caller reported a man was blowing snow into traffic on McGowans Hill on the Bangor Road.

Officer Rick Roberts spoke with the man, who “claimed he did not know it was against the law to put snow in the road.”

The man was advised that it is, in fact, illegal and that if he does it again he will be charged.

Thefts and other losses

Staff from Home Depot brought three items into the police station on Feb. 25 that had been found in the store in 2014. Two were old cell phones, and they were disposed of.

The third item is a gold ring, and police are attempting to find the owner. The ring was lost in the store in November, and anyone who thinks it is theirs should call Detective Dotty Small at 667-2133.

A woman reported Feb. 26 that her identity had been stolen and used to claim her tax refund. Police are investigating.

The main entry door at a State Street business was reportedly damaged by a vehicle sometime either late on Feb. 27 or early on Feb. 28. Damage was estimated at $600. Police are investigating.

A burglary was reported at a Bucksport Road business on Feb. 28. A doorknob was reported broken off of a door, and 20 bales of hay were reportedly taken.


Richard Hatch, 35, of Ellsworth was arrested Feb. 25 on a warrant out of Knox County charging him with unpaid fines. Police found Hatch after he accidentally triggered a burglar alarm at Four Seasons Hydroponics & Garden Supply in the Mill Mall on State Street, which is where he works.

Jason Santiago, 31, of Ellsworth was arrested Feb. 28 on a warrant out of Hancock County charging him with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of assault.

Derek Bradford, 29, of Ellsworth, was arrested March 2 on a warrant out of Hancock County charging him with unpaid fines. He also was charged with operating after suspension.


Justin Soper, 34, of Bucksport, operating after suspension on Beechland Road Feb. 25.

Emily C. Lawley, 18, of Lamoine, possession of alcohol by a minor on State Street Feb. 28. Lawley was summoned after police responded to the area to investigate a possible domestic argument.

Traffic violations

Jarred T. Whitney, 18, of Ellsworth, failure to stop at a red light on Water Street Feb. 26.

Michael L. Smith, 22, of Plymouth, failure to stop at a red light on High Street Feb. 27.

Frank C. Evans, 51, of Southwest Harbor, failure to stop at a red light on Myrick Street Feb. 28.

Speeding tickets

Esther I. Shian, 17, of Bucksport, 44 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone on Main Street Feb. 26.

Toby J. Farrington, 52, of Monroe, 38 mph in a 25-mph zone on Bucksport Road March 1.

Jeremy E. Abbott, 38, of Franklin, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on High Street March 1.

Meagan K. Montesion, 24, of Marlborough, Mass., 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street March 2.

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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