ELLSWORTH — An Otis resident called the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Saturday after seeing a drone hovering over and filming his property.
This was not a honey-guzzling male bee armed with a digital camera but rather a small, unmanned aircraft that can fly on its own — usually with a person operating the device remotely.
Deputy Eric McLaughlin investigated the incident.
Drone complaints are frustrating for law enforcement and can be scary for property owners who don’t know who is spying.
“It’s nearly impossible to identify who they are and where they are coming from,” McLaughlin said of the drones. As far as Maine criminal statutes, there are no laws on the books about drones.
McLaughlin said he spoke to the Maine Attorney General’s Office about the incident. The attorney general said the drone operator could be charged with violation of privacy.
“That’s all well and good if you can identify the operator of the drone,” the deputy said.
Drones fly high in the sky. High-end units can fly for 27 minutes without stopping, according to the website dronesglobe.com.
A pickup truck rear-ended a car on Route 1 in Orland Saturday, resulting in both vehicles having to be towed from the scene, according to Deputy Travis Frost. Both motorists were wearing their seat belts and not distracted, Frost said.
Darryl Rodgers, 61, of Sedgwick was operating a 2001 Volvo heading toward Bucksport. He missed his turn and began to slow down when he was rear-ended by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Laurie Pullen, 49, of Blue Hill, Frost said. There is no word on any injuries.
Deputy Franklin Jennings went to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Friday and Saturday to help with unruly patients in the emergency room.
Deputy Jeff McFarland stood by while at a domestic dispute in Brooksville Sunday night while a Maine State Police trooper took a man into custody.
Deputy Brian Archer did a well-being check Monday on a Blue Hill man, 59, and found the man dead inside his home. The cause of death was due to cardiac issues, Archer said.
A Stockton Springs woman asked police to check on a house she owns in Orland last week. The caller had gone through a process to evict her tenant and wanted to know if the tenant had left. McFarland found the tenant at the house.
Lt. Tim Cote summoned Alicia Abram, 29, of Ellsworth on charges of theft by deception and unemployment fraud Monday at the behest of the Hancock County district attorney.
District Attorney Matt Foster said the allegation is that Abram was working while collecting unemployment benefits.
Also for the DA, Cote summoned Bruce Colbeth, 60, of Tremont on charges of theft by deception and unemployment fraud.
Foster said Colbeth allegedly helped his son file for unemployment benefits while his son was incarcerated.
Police summoned Andrew Hatt, 34, of Ellsworth on a charge of operating after suspension Monday in Trenton.