Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Hancock man assisted following fall

ELLSWORTH — A 911 hang-up call from a Hancock residence Nov. 6 turned out to be from an 85-year-old man who had fallen while walking from his car to his residence, Hancock County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Cote reported.

“The man advised that he had fallen approximately two to three hours earlier but had not been able to notify anyone,” Cote said. “I was able to get the man back onto his feet and found no visible injuries. I stood by until family members could arrive.”


Deputy Dana Austin arrested a Northeast Harbor man after conducting a traffic stop in Ellsworth Friday.

Austin arrested Steven Bailey, 56, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating after suspension.

The deputy said the alleged OUI is a felony because Bailey has two prior convictions for OUI within the past 10 years.


A Swan’s Island resident reported a theft of apples from his orchard. Deputy Rob Morang is investigating.

A rifle is missing from a Bass Harbor residence.

Citizen assist

A Blue Hill woman called police for help controlling her uncooperative 13-year-old son Nov. 10. When Deputy Brian Archer arrived, the boy had calmed down.

Blue Hill parents who share custody of a 5-year-old child had a dispute over how one handled disciplining the child. That led to Deputy Travis Frost speaking to the pair on Saturday. Frost said no crime had been committed and the parents were going to work out the situation the following day.

Austin took an Orland man who was having suicidal thoughts to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Monday for an evaluation.

Deputy Jeff McFarland drove a suicidal Penobscot man to a hospital for an evaluation Monday as well.

Deputy Jake Day attempted unsuccessfully to contact the owner of two abandoned vehicles in the Blue Hill area Nov. 12.


Vandals threw a rock and broke a window at the Blue Hill Consolidated School. Day documented the incident Monday.


An Orland woman suffered minor injuries Monday after her sport utility vehicle struck a tree and landed in a creek when she fell asleep on Johnson Road in Orland, Austin reported.

Jessica Reed, 39, was operating a 2015 Dodge Journey, which was totaled, Austin said. A friend took Reed to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A pickup truck struck and killed a bear that had run into the roadway on Front Ridge Road in Orland Nov. 9, police reported.

Travis Ruggiero, 27, of Sedgwick was driving a 1998 Dodge 2500 pickup truck, which did not have any visible damage, Deputy Eric McLaughlin reported.

The bear was given to a resident.

A car damaged part of its suspension system after encountering a tractor on the Castine Road in Castine Nov. 10 and leaving the roadway to avoid a collision, police said.

Nicholas Gallant, 21, of Gray was driving a 2005 Buick LeSabre, Archer said.

A car drifted off the edge of the roadway, overcorrected, then hit a guardrail before rolling on its side on the Franklin Road in Franklin Nov. 12, Deputy Luke Gross reported.

Paul Crossman, 41, was driving a 2000 Volvo, Gross said. There was no word on how much damage the car sustained. Crossman reported leg pain, the deputy said.


Police summoned Allen Parsons, 64, of Tremont on a charge of having an unsecure load of gravel on a vehicle Nov. 9. Parsons’ dump truck allegedly lost large rocks, which went into the roadway, Lt. Chris Thornton said.

Hunting problem

The Maine Warden Service is investigating a report that a hunter shot a deer from a Sedgwick roadway Monday. Day is assisting in the investigation.


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