Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 11

ELLSWORTH — A gathering of people at a vehicle parked at the Big Apple in Orland Saturday led to arrest for a Dedham woman, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Dakota Dupuis arrested Sara Contos, 31, on charges of obstructing government administration and falsifying physical evidence.

Dupuis said he was looking through a bag in the vehicle because one of the people in the group was on probation.

Contos “ripped the bag away, causing drug paraphernalia amongst other items and suspected drugs to be strewn through the parking lot,” Dupuis said.

Dupuis said additional charges are expected. The Bucksport Police Department assisted.


A pickup truck went airborne Saturday and rolled onto its roof after a motorist got distracted by electronics in the truck.

The driver overcorrected after going onto the soft shoulder of North Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle, Deputy Travis Frost reported.

Kimberly Ranieri, 52, of Deer Isle was driving a 2000 Toyota Tundra, Frost said.

Ranieri was not wearing her seat belt and declined transport to a hospital to be checked out, Frost said. She was taken to a hospital later via private vehicle for minor neck and head pain, the deputy said.

The Deer Isle Fire Department handled traffic at the crash scene.

A car went off the road and over an embankment before striking trees and coming to rest on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick April 3, Deputy Brian Archer reported. Slippery road conditions were to blame.

Shawn Lanigan, 36, was driving a 1996 Honda Civic, which was a total loss, Archer said. Lanigan was not injured.

A 2005 Toyota Sienna was also totaled after its operator lost control in the slushy roadway on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick April 3.

That vehicle, driven by Christian Elkington, 58, of Kennebunk, went off the road and over an embankment before hitting trees, Archer said.

Elkington suffered minor injuries to his face and arm and was treated at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital, the deputy said.

Juvenile problem

Deputy Luke Gross said he offered advice to parents and to Mountain View School officials who on Friday reported a “chronic disciplinary issue with a student.”

The school and parents requested information on any applicable laws, Gross said.


Deputy Jeff McFarland checked a Penobscot residence in the wee hours Friday after a woman reported that she could see and hear prowlers outside her home. McFarland didn’t find anything suspicious.

Well-being checks

On April 4, Deputy Zach Allen checked on a Trenton woman, 66, on behalf of her older brother, 68, who lives in southern Maine.

Agency assist

Deputy Luke Gross on April 4 escorted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to a residence in Sullivan to interview parents. The interviews were subsequently conducted in Ellsworth.

Co-worker dispute

Gross and Dupuis warned an Ellsworth man not to return to a co-worker’s house in Sullivan after the Ellsworth man reportedly took a ladder from a tree stand from the co-worker’s residence after the two had a disagreement Friday.

Shattered windshield

A chunk of ice flew off a vehicle and shattered the window of a car being driven by a Gouldsboro woman Friday on Route 3 in Trenton.

Dupuis said the woman didn’t report the incident until later in the day and instead called a business number that was on the side of the offending vehicle.

“The owner of the business denied responsibility and said they would not pay for the windshield,” Dupuis said. “I explained to the female that due to the gap of time in between the incident and the time reported in addition to no way of confirming whether the business was responsible or not, I would be unable to pursue any type of restitution for the damages.”


Dupuis summoned Jeremy Nevells, 42, of Little Deer Isle on a charge of operating after suspension in Brooksville Sunday.

Community outreach

Gross conducted a bicycle and helmet safety workshop for an RSU 25 Child Safety Fair on Sunday.

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