Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Dog’s death under investigation

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Austin is investigating the death of a dog that was found shot in Trenton June 16.

The owner is having a necropsy performed to determine an exact cause of death, Austin said.


A Sullivan man was arrested after police got a call that he was allegedly trying to kick down a neighbor’s door Friday.

Austin arrested Sheal Dedmon, 53, on charges of terrorizing, criminal mischief and refusing to submit to arrest.


Lt. Tim Cote is investigating a burglary at a Great Pond camp.

Animal complaint

What was thought to be someone trying to break into a Dedham residence Sunday turned out to be a bear getting into a garage, Deputy Brian Archer reported.

Citizen assists

Austin helped County Ambulance workers with a Sullivan man who was going through withdrawals Saturday. County took the man to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Deputy Eric McLaughlin checked on a person sitting on the Sullivan Bridge Saturday. The deputy said the person was fine and just out for a morning walk.

Deputy Brian Archer spoke with a Deer Isle woman June 15 who was unhappy about a laptop computer she bought on craigslist, an Internet site for buying and selling items. Archer advised the woman her complaint is a civil matter.


A bottle of liquor was reported missing Sunday from a Hancock business. Deputy Jake Day is investigating.


Five motorists were summoned on charges of operating after suspension in the past week. They include:

  • Heather Hatch, 29, of Deer Isle.
  • Justin McLaughlin, 28, of Bangor.
  • Marion Stevens, 35, of Sorrento.
  • Justin Partain, 23, of Waltham.
  • Alexander Thomas, 20, of Glenburn.


A Mariaville man reported June 16 finding bullet holes in the side of a hangar where he keeps his plane. Archer investigated and found that the holes were made by shooting a BB gun.

Drug charges

Lt. Chris Thornton summoned Matthew Foster, 36, of Mariaville on charges of unlawful drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia June 16.

Traffic stop

A motor vehicle stop in Franklin Saturday led to charges for a Franklin man.

Austin summoned Timothy Roberts, 31, on charges of violating conditions of release, operating after suspension and attaching false plates.


A car rear-ended a van that was stopped on Blackwoods Road waiting to turn left onto Tracy Road in Franklin Saturday, McLaughlin reported.

Dianne Frank, 38, of Machias was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion, which struck a 2012 Nissan van operated by Justice Maddocks-Wilbur, 24, of Ellsworth, the deputy said.

Frank advised police that she didn’t see the van until it was too late.

McLaughlin said the van sustained moderate damage to its bumper and the car sustained major front end damage.

A two-vehicle crash on the Main Road in Dedham Friday led to a summons for a Newport man.

Austin summoned Stanley Prophete, 25, on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Prophete was operating a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, which sustained an estimated $1,500 in front end damage.

The Pontiac had collided with a 2008 Kia Soul, which sustained minor damage to its rear bumper, Austin said.

There is no word on how the accident occurred.

Three vehicles had a rear-end collision on Main Road in Dedham Friday after a motorist got distracted with a radio, Austin reported.

The accident started when the operator of a 2008 Dodge Caliber got distracted by the radio and rear-ended a 2014 Chrysler Town Car, operated by Barbara Arseneau, 52, of Belfast, Austin said.

The collision caused the Chrysler to run into the back of a 2010 Toyota Tundra, operated by Clifford Worcester, 57, of Dedham, the deputy said.

Austin said three people in the Chrysler were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be checked for injuries.

The deputy estimated damage as follows: Dodge, $3,500, Chrysler, $3,000 and Toyota, $2,500.

Jennifer Osborn

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