Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 20

ELLSWORTH — Two cars were totaled and one motorist charged after a collision on the Main Road in Dedham Friday that the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

One motorist rear-ended another, who had been stopped in traffic behind a stopped school bus, which had its red lights activated, according to Deputy Brian Archer.

Benjamin Phippen, 25, of Brewer was traveling north in a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, which struck a 2012 Chrysler, operated by Dorothy Pinkham, 62, of Dixmont, Archer said.

No serious injuries were reported. Archer summoned Phippen on a charge of operating after suspension.

Good Samaritan

An iPhone was reunited with its owner April 12 after a Southwest Harbor man found the smartphone while walking in Tremont and notified the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Corey Bagley picked up the phone and was able to return it to its owner later that day.

Citizen assist

The Regional Communications Center got a call about a suicidal boy threatening to jump off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Friday. Deputy Jeff McFarland said the boy was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

A Swan’s Island resident complained to Deputy Rob Morang Sunday that a man had sent him upsetting messages via a social media website. Morang is going to warn the men not to have contact with each other.

Unattended death

Archer checked on the unattended death of a Dedham woman Friday. Archer said the woman, who was 73, died due to health problems.


Archer took a report of possible fraud from an Orland resident Saturday. The man advised he was having trouble renting a mobile home in the town of Hancock from someone who had posted the rental on Craigslist.


A traffic stop on Main Street in Stonington Saturday led to arrest for a local man.

Lt. Tim Cote arrested Cory McDonald, 34, of Stonington on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

A bail check on a Castine man Sunday led to his arrest.

Archer arrested Francis Spinazola, 55, on a charge of violating conditions of his release.

Underage drinking enforcement

Deputies charged a handful of young people during an underage drinking task force conducted in western Hancock County April 13.

Lt. Chris Thornton said during the course of the detail officers stopped at liquor retailers in Bucksport to conduct bar checks and talk with servers about recent use of fictitious identification cards to buy alcohol.

The following were charged during motor vehicle stops on Battle Avenue in Castine April 13 and into the early morning hours Friday:

  • Michael Rust, 20, Bridgton, illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.
  • Tyler Bunker, 20, Sullivan, illegal possession of liquor by a minor.
  • Shawn McCarthy, 23, North Waterboro, OUI.
  • Mackenzie Vosburgh, 23, Elizaville, N.Y., violating conditions of release.


Police summoned Leah Mattson, 26, of Stonington on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to report a property damage accident by quickest means.

The accident occurred Friday in Sedgwick, Deputy Corey Bagley reported.

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