Hancock County Sheriff: Orland man reports catnapping by ex-wife

ELLSWORTH — An Orland man called police Feb. 4 to report that his ex-wife had stolen his cat while he was in jail.

Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Dakota Dupuis advised the man that the matter was a civil issue and the man would need to take action in civil court.

More citizen assists

A Dedham woman reported a theft Feb. 2, but the case turned out to be a property dispute stemming from a break-up, Dupuis said. “I spoke with the male, who claimed not to have the property,” Dupuis said. “I advised the female of my findings and that this would be a civil issue.”

An inmate at the Hancock County Jail notified police Sunday that he hadn’t had contact with his wife in about a week, which was “abnormal,” Dupuis said. The deputy went to the woman’s residence to check on her well-being but found no one was home. “It appeared that the woman left the residence earlier in the morning and had not returned yet,” Dupuis said.


A van slid off the road and struck a utility pole due to slush-covered road conditions on the Surry Road in Surry Friday, Deputy Jeff McFarland reported.

David Wells, 33, of Ellsworth was driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna, which sustained front-end damage and had to be towed, McFarland said.

A pickup truck struck guardrails on both sides of the roadway after losing control on Dunbar Road in Castine Feb. 6, Lt. Corey Bagley reported.

Gabriel Stearns, 23, of Castine was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, Bagley said. Both driver’s and passenger side airbags deployed. Stearns wasn’t injured and neither was his passenger, Codi Farrington, 21, of Castine, the lieutenant said.

A car struck a guardrail after a motorist lost control while rounding a corner on Bald Mountain Road in Dedham Feb. 6, Deputy Zach Allen said.

Linda Scholler, 60, of Dedham was driving a 2016 Ford Escape, which she was able to drive from the scene, the deputy said.

“Slippery roadways as well as driving too fast for the conditions were contributing factors,” Allen said.

Two cars sideswiped each other when one was traveling partially in an oncoming lane of Upper Falls Road in Orland Sunday, Deputy Travis Frost reported. Airbags in both cars were deployed but both motorists were wearing their seatbelts and no one was injured, he said.

Anne Gasper, 37, of Blue Hill was driving a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta when she tried to swerve away from a 2009 Subaru Impreza, which was partially in Gasper’s travel lane, Frost said. Each car came to rest in ditches on opposite sides of the road. Naomi Thomas, 30, of Orland was driving the Subaru, Frost said.

Both vehicles had to be towed, the deputy said. The Orland Fire Department provided traffic control.

A car went off the road and struck a tree after a motorist lost control due to slippery road conditions on Byard’s Point Road in Sedgwick Feb. 6, Deputy Brian Archer said.

Molly Flanigan, 25, of Blue Hill was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus, which was a total loss, Archer said. Flanigan was not injured.

Vehicle fire

A Toyota Sienna van was destroyed after it overheated and caught fire, but the driver was able to pull over and escape the van as it became engulfed in flames on Beech Hill Pond Road in Dedham Feb. 6, Allen said.

Wayne Getchell, 68, of Clifton was westbound when the van began to overheat, Allen said. The van continued to burn and is considered a total loss, the deputy said. The Dedham Fire Department assisted.


Deputies are looking for the driver of a red Chevrolet pickup truck that struck a silver Equinox that had been parked in a lot at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital Jan. 30.

Archer said the incident was recorded on the hospital’s surveillance system.

School assists

Dupuis kept the peace at the Feb. 4 Sumner Memorial High School basketball game. No incidents were reported.

Archer warned a boy not to return to a school in Blue Hill Feb. 5 after getting a trespassing complaint from school officials.

Weather problems

Allen assisted a tractor-trailer that was stuck on a hill on Route 179 in Aurora Friday evening. “I remained on scene until a tow company could remove the truck,” Allen said.

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