Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 16

ELLSWORTH — A spring snowfall led to numerous accidents last week, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

A car crossed into an oncoming lane, went off the roadway and struck several trees before coming to rest down a small embankment after its driver lost control on a snow-covered Newbury Neck Road in Surry April 9, said Lt. Tim Cote.

Melissa Morse, 51, of Bar Harbor was driving south in a 2002 BMW, Cote said. There is no word on a damage estimate.

A car went off the road into a ditch after a motorist lost control on a snow-covered roadway on Toddy Pond Road in Surry April 9, said Deputy Chris Sargent.

Mary Nevells, 39, of Blue Hill was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart, which sustained minor damage, Sargent said. Nevells was not injured.

Deputies got a call April 9 that a tractor-trailer was unable to make it up a hill on Route 1A in Dedham because of the snow-covered roadway. “Response was made, but the tractor-trailer had left the area before a deputy arrived,” said Sargent.

A car struck a downed tree in the roadway of Upper Falls Road in Orland Friday, which resulted in heavy front-end damage to the vehicle, Sargent reported.

Emily Morrow, 30, of Orland was northbound in a 2017 Ford Escape, the deputy said.


Deputy Travis Frost spoke with a Brooklin resident who had received an “odd” piece of mail last week.

“After further investigation, it appears this resident was cyber-scammed and security suggestions were provided,” Frost said.

Citizen assist

Sargent spoke to a Trenton man who called 911 on April 4 with questions about the Governor’s stay-at-home order.


Deputy Brian Archer summoned Darrell Freethey, 63, of Brooklin on a charge of operating after suspension April 8.

Justin Gibson, 41, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension April 1 in Ellsworth.


A Trenton business reported a theft April 9. Deputy Dakota Dupuis is investigating.

Shots fired

Deputy Luke Gross investigated a Franklin resident’s complaint April 9 of hearing gunshots for several days. Gross said no crime was found to have occurred.

Cote got a report of a man walking around the outside of his residence with a firearm on Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan April 7. The man advised he was having issues with rodents and was trying to get rid of them, the lieutenant said.

Mail investigation

On April 9, a Trenton woman discovered that someone had opened mail containing personal paperwork related to her employment. Dupuis said the woman intends to file a report with the postmaster but also wanted the incident documented with police.

Domestic dispute

Dupuis and Gross responded to a domestic dispute at a Trenton residence Friday. An investigation revealed the incident was “verbal,” Dupuis said. “Both parties were separated for the day and given disorderly conduct warnings.”

A Franklin woman reported a domestic “altercation” on April 7, police said. The parties were separated for the night.

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