Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 18

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies were called out in the wee hours Sunday to help Maine Marine Patrol officers handle a dispute between two elver fishermen.

“One fisherman allegedly threatened the other with a gun,” said Deputy Jeff McFarland. “When we arrived on scene, we were only able to locate the complainant and there was no evidence to substantiate his claim.”

The elver fishery can be lucrative business.

The 2018 elver season was the most lucrative in recent history for the fishery with elvers bringing an average of $2,366 a pound, according to a March 19 article in The American.

This year’s elver price was averaging $1,914 a pound as of Sunday, April 14.

Pedestrian check

Deputy Chris Sargent stopped to check on a man walking on Main Street in Blue Hill at 1:20 a.m. Friday. Sargent described the man as “elderly.”

The deputy said the man refused to identify himself, advised he was “all set” and continued on his way.


A motorist left the scene after his car crashed into a telephone pole and then a ditch after he failed to negotiate a corner of Route 1 in Gouldsboro Sunday, Deputy Zach Allen reported.

Francisco Feliciano, 29, of Milbridge was operating a 1998 Honda Accord, which was a total loss, Allen said.

The Maine State Police located Feliciano later on, Allen said. Feliciano was summoned on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage crash.

Road hazards

Lt. Tim Cote happened upon several tractor-trailers stuck on a hill with several more backed up behind them while patrolling Route 9 in Amherst April 9.

Cote, a Maine State Police trooper and several Maine forest rangers were able to get the vehicles underway and eventually the road was cleared.

Jailhouse investigation

Cote is investigating a report that drugs were found in a letter sent to a Hancock County Jail inmate April 5.

“The letter was confiscated as evidence and the investigation is ongoing,” Cote said.

Juvenile problem

Allen was called to handle an out of control student at the Trenton Elementary School April 11.

“After responding, I was able to calm the juvenile down, at which point he was released to his parents,” Allen said.

Agency assist

Deputies helped the Maine Department of Health and Human Services interview a Blue Hill couple April 11.

McFarland helped the Maine State Police with a traffic stop in Blue Hill Friday.

Neighbor problem

McFarland warned a Surry resident about disorderly conduct Saturday. Neighbors had complained that the man had been spinning tires and making a lot of noise at 1:30 a.m.


Deputy Chris Sargent summoned Mario Bartlett, 24, of Stonington on a charge of operating after suspension Saturday in Stonington.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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