Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Jan. 4

GOULDSBORO — On Dec. 4, John Organes, 34 of Sullivan was traveling south on Route 1 in a 2002 Chevrolet S10 when he drove off the road and into a guardrail. Organes told police the car had an operational failure, causing the accident.

The vehicle sustained disabling front passenger side damage and was towed from the scene. Organes suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. At the time, police said Organes offered false identification information.

On Dec. 18, Organes was arrested on three unrelated warrants that were tied to an earlier traffic stop on Route 1. After his arrest, additional charges were filed against Organes that stemmed from the Dec. 4 crash: operating after suspension, failure to give correct name and date of birth, failure to report a car crash, violating conditions of release and aggravated forgery.

Organes was transported to the Hancock County Jail on Dec. 18.

House issues

On Dec. 5, a caretaker reported that someone had gained entry to a house he watches on Corea Road, but police found no damage and nothing appeared to be missing. Police told the caretaker to change the locks. According to a report, the case remains under investigation.

While following up on investigations in Corea, officers discovered an unsecured residence on Dec. 6. Nobody was found inside. An officer is attempting to notify the owner.

Motor vehicle issues

On Dec. 19, as a result of a traffic stop for an expired inspection certificate on Main Street, Jose Barrios, 32, of Gouldsboro was charged with operating without a license.

On Dec. 7, as a result of a traffic stop for speed on Main Street, Ricardo Reyes Ferrer, 30, of Gouldsboro was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, resulting from a failure to notify law enforcement upon first contact.

On Dec. 20, Laura Bryant of Templeton, Mass., was traveling west on Route 1 when she struck black ice and slid off the road, causing disabling damage to her vehicle. She was not injured.

On Dec. 19, officers investigated a possible abandoned vehicle in the area of Route 1 in Gouldsboro. Contact was made with the vehicle owner and the vehicle was moved.

On Dec. 20, a motorist reported seeing a white pickup truck skid and nearly hit another vehicle on Main Street in Prospect Harbor. This was confirmed to police by the operator of the vehicle that was nearly hit. An officer located the truck and determined that the incident was due to area unfamiliarity and a gravel-covered road.

Violation of protection order

Jason Ruffner, 41, of Gouldsboro was arrested Dec. 21 on a charge of violating of a protection order after refusing to abide by the order when being served at a residence on the Pond Road in Gouldsboro.

Missing person safe

On Dec. 27, a resident of Kingsley Farm Road was reported as a missing person. Officers responded to investigate. An attempt to locate was issued by the Hancock County Regional Communications Center. Officers patrolled the area in an attempt to locate the person. The person was later found safe.

Domestic dispute

An officer responded to a domestic disturbance Dec. 19 on Gouldsboro Point Road. The parties were separated.

Snow dispute

Officers received a complaint of property damage and stolen property Dec. 19. The complainant said snow was being plowed behind a vehicle. Upon investigation it was determined to be a civil matter and the complainant was advised on how to pursue it if desired.


Adam Dyer, 33, of Gouldsboro was given a ticket for operating with inadequate headlights on Route 1 on Dec. 31.

Cheryl Hurd, 38, of Winter Harbor was ticketed for failure to display a registration plate on Dec. 28. She was stopped on Main Street.

Isabel Chipman, 18, of Birch Harbor was ticketed for speeding. Police said Chipman was traveling 42 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone. She was stopped on Dec. 26 on Main Street.

Whitney Ranco, 22, of Franklin was ticketed for speeding. Police said Ranco was driving 75 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone on Route 1 on Dec. 28.


On Dec. 18, an officer received information from a resident regarding a criminal investigation.

Agency assists

An officer assisted the Maine State Police with a motor vehicle crash on Route 1 in Sullivan on Dec. 5.

On Dec. 14, officers assisted Winter Harbor Police with a traffic stop on South Gouldsboro Road.

Civil duties

On Dec. 6, an officer conducted security checks on seasonal properties.

An officer delivered selectmen’s packets on Dec. 13 and Dec. 27.

On Dec. 14, an officer took a report of a citizen dispute among tenants. They were referred to the civil eviction process.

On Dec. 21, an officer conducted a municipal kennel inspection on Walter’s Road in Gouldsboro.

An officer served a subpoena in reference to a criminal case on Dec. 20. On Dec. 26, Officers Shively and Brown served subpoenas.

On Dec. 26 and Dec. 28, officers conducted property checks on Paul Bunyan Road.

Missed warrant

On Dec. 7, an officer received information that an individual with an active warrant was at a residence on the Summer Harbor Road. Officers checked the residence and concluded the individual was not there.

False alarms

An officer investigated a residential burglary alarm on West Bay Road in Gouldsboro on Dec. 18. The alarm was found to be false.

On Dec. 27, the Hancock County RCC received a 911 call from the Gouldsboro Clinic. Officers investigated and determined it to be a false call.

The Hancock County RCC received what sounded like a 911 pocket dial on Dec. 27, which plotted to the ocean in the vicinity of Maine Fair Trade Lobster in Prospect Harbor. Officers investigated and found no obvious distress in the area. The caller was found during the investigation. He told police he called because he thought there was going to be a fight in the parking lot, which did not transpire.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.

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