Ellsworth Police: Surry man allegedly punches woman in face on Christmas Eve

ELLSWORTH — A Surry man was charged with assault after he allegedly punched a younger woman in the face late on Christmas Eve.

Police said the 24-year-old woman got in the middle of an argument at Tag’s Sports Bar (formerly Downeast Billiards) on State Street just after 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 in an attempt to separate the fighting parties.

Instead, she allegedly got punched in the face by 47-year-old Sean Lawonn. Police summoned Lawonn on a charge of assault.

More incidents at the bar

Police were called to the same establishment over the course of the weekend.

At around 12:30 Saturday morning, officers were advised of a possible fight. It turned out to be a verbal dispute only.

A similar situation occurred within an hour of that complaint, and officers once again determined a physical fight had not taken place.

Finally, around 1:40 a.m., a Hancock man was charged with an underage drinking violation.

Police said 20-year-old Dylan Knowlton was summoned on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor (consumption) after he was allegedly located leaving the bar intoxicated.

Knowlton was said to be “confrontational and yelling during the incident,” and he was allowed to walk home after being summoned.

Police are investigating whether a liquor violation occurred at the bar.

Underage drinking bust

A report of an underage drinking party on the Christian Ridge Road Dec. 28 led to three individuals being charged with alcohol-related offenses.

Cory McMillan, 21, of Lamoine was arrested and charged with violation of bail (the alleged violation was consuming alcohol).

Alexander Buzzell, 20, of Ellsworth also was arrested. He was charged with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and with illegal possession (consumption) of alcohol by a minor.

Jason McMillan, 18, of Lamoine was summoned on a charge of illegal possession (consumption) of liquor by a minor.

Roommate rumble

On Dec. 23, a man living on Christian Ridge Road reported that he had been assaulted by another man, his roommate. The complainant also reported that his assailant had stolen his TV.

Police said Dec. 26 that the case remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Child objects to church

Officer Gil Jameson was asked to do a well-being check at a residence off of State Street around 11:30 on Christmas morning.

Upon arrival, he discovered the situation involved a 4-year-old who was “upset because he didn’t want to go to church.”

Not as it appears

On Dec. 22, a man came in to the police station to report that the bumper of his vehicle had been dented while it was parked at a local store.

The complainant called back “a few minutes after leaving and advised his wife backed into a stump on their property about a week ago” and said he was all set.

A man came in to the Police Department Dec. 23 to report a man “appeared to be smoking pot” in a vehicle parked at a local restaurant.

Police investigated and found the man was “smoking an electronic cigarette,” and confirmed that “there is no drug issue.”

On Dec. 24, a caller told police of a man “slumped over the wheel” of a pickup truck at a local shopping center.

Police responded, and the man told them he was “just sitting there watching something and dozed off.”

Later that day, a caller reported a woman “had slurred speech and was staggering” at a local gas station, and expressed concern the person might be driving drunk.

Police spoke with the woman, who said she did not feel well. Police said there was “no indication she has been drinking.”


Matthew Reed, 31, of Bucksport was arrested Dec. 23 on High Street on two warrants out of Ellsworth District Court charging him with unpaid fines.

Kathryn E. Newbegin, 24, of Sedgwick, operating under the influence on Bucksport Road Dec. 26. Newbegin was stopped, according to police, after another motorist complained of her “poor operation” of the car she was driving.

Steven Chattley, 19, of Fletcher’s Landing, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia, both off of High Street on Dec. 28.

Police made contact with Chattley after the vehicle he was in reportedly “pulled into the woods trail behind Family Bible Church” around 12:20 a.m.


Paul Arsenault, 36, of Dixmont, operating after license suspension on Bangor Road Dec. 24.

Megan Yates, 29, of Ellsworth, was summoned on a charge of felony shoplifting after she allegedly stole a $60 electronic tablet and $64 worth of other merchandise (including DVDs) from Walmart on Dec. 27. The charge is felony-level due to Yates having prior theft convictions, according to police.

Traffic violations

Brianne L. Young, 27, of Hancock, operating after suspension on Route 1 Dec. 27.

Wendy Vibert-Porter, 35, of Bar Harbor, failure to stop at a red light on High Street Dec. 28. Vibert-Porter also was ticketed for allegedly not having an inspection sticker.

Speeding tickets

Sarah L. Merchant, 54, of Northeast Harbor, 49 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone on High Street Dec. 26.

Scott P. Dorrity, 29, of Winterport, 64 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Dec. 27.

Cassandra L. Hubbert, 21, of Ellsworth, 64 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Dec. 28.

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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