Hancock County Sheriff

Pickup truck gets struck on trail

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Regional Communications Center got a call for help from a woman in Sullivan reporting that she and her boyfriend had gotten their pickup truck stuck on the Donnell Pond Trail just after 11 p.m. on March 28.

“They were over 3 miles in on the trail and there was no way for a wrecker to get to them,” said Deputy Jeff McFarland. “The Hancock RCC referred them to the Warden Service for assistance, as we were not able to get to them with a cruiser.”


Deputy Dylan Hall arrested a Northeast Harbor woman after a traffic stop on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth Saturday. Stacy Smith, 52, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

A domestic dispute resulted in charges for a Sedgwick man April 1. Deputy Brian Archer arrested Joseph Grady, 29, on an outstanding Cumberland County warrant. Archer also charged Grady with a protection order violation.

A fight in Trenton on March 29 led to arrest for an Ellsworth man.

Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo arrested Robert Ray III, 36, on a charge of assault.


Deputy Marcus Downes talked to a Franklin homeowner on March 31. The homeowner reported a potential fraud with someone claiming to be a contractor. Downes is investigating.


A business owner in Lamoine reported a theft Friday. 

Deputy Dakota Dupuis said a theft occurred while he was at a gas station in Ellsworth Friday. “I received the initial report, which was turned over to the Ellsworth Police Department,” Dupuis said.

Downes took a complaint from the town of Tremont April 1 about street signs being stolen from one of the side roads in town.

Family fight

Archer went to a Dedham residence Monday for a report of a family fight. One man was warned for disorderly conduct. Maine State Police Cpl. Gavin Endre and Trooper Travis Chapman assisted.


Deputy Travis Frost said a Dixmont woman severely injured her leg after her sport utility vehicle went off the road and into a ditch April 1 on Front Ridge Road in Penobscot. The vehicle came to rest against a tree, the deputy said.

Apryl Vanags, 34, was partially pinned inside her vehicle, Frost said. Crews from the Blue Hill, Sedgwick and Penobscot fire departments had to extract her from the vehicle. 

Emergency officials also closed Route 15 to through traffic in Penobscot for a couple of hours.

“Vanags was wearing her seat belt and her airbag was deployed,” Frost said. She was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. The SUV, a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, is a total loss, the deputy said.

Investigators don’t know why the vehicle went off the road. Peninsula Ambulance and Dave’s Towing assisted.

There was no word from the hospital on Vanags’ condition last week.

A dump truck rear-ended a car that had stopped at the intersection of Surry Road and Toddy Pond Road in Surry April 1, but no one was injured, Downes said.

Brianna Alley, 31, of Surry was operating a 2004 Volkswagen Passat preparing to turn left onto Toddy Pond Road when the dump truck approached from the rear and was unable to stop in time, the deputy said.

Lawrence West, 54, of Steuben was driving the dump truck, a 2013 International, which was able to be driven from the scene, Downes said.

“I was assisted on scene by Deputy Travis Frost, Dave’s Towing and the Surry Fire Department,” said Downes.

A car crossed the yellow line into the opposite lane of traffic, went off the road and struck several trees before coming to rest after a motorist fell asleep on Main Road in Dedham Sunday, police reported.

Dustin Pinkham, 30, of Ellsworth was driving a 2011 Subaru Impreza, which sustained severe damage to its front driver’s side. Pinkham was seriously injured in the crash, police said. Brewer Ambulance took Pinkham to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

A Corea man was injured after he fell asleep while driving a pickup truck on Jordan River Road in Trenton Sunday, police reported.

Justin Pinkham, 31, was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan, which rolled and landed upright in a ditch, Downes said.

Pinkham was transported to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital by Northern Light Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, Downes said. The Trenton Fire Department assisted.

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