Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Aug. 13

ELLSWORTH — A Verona Island woman accidentally hit an acquaintance she saw walking along the roadway after backing up to speak to him on East Side Drive in Verona Island Aug. 6, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Evelyn Joost, 92, was driving a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica when she saw her friend. “She passed him, stopped and backed up in an attempt to speak with him,” said Deputy Travis Frost. “Joost did not see Meade cross the road as she was backing up and hit him.”

The friend, Durward Meade, 96, of Verona Island, fell onto the road and received minor head injuries but nothing life-threatening, said Frost. Bucksport Ambulance took Meade to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor.

Joost’s car was not damaged and she was able to drive it from the scene, Frost said.

More accidents

A pickup truck caught fire on the Main Road in Dedham Friday, Frost said.

Gary Thibeault, 39, of Greenbush was driving a 2006 GMC 3500 when he smelled smoke inside the vehicle, Frost said. Thibeault stopped at a business and then saw fire coming out of the dashboard. He was able to remove his seat belt and get out of the truck before he was injured.

“Citizens” extinguished the fire, but the Dedham Fire Department also responded, the deputy said. Union Street Towing removed the truck. There was no word on a damage estimate.

A medical event led to a pickup truck leaving the road and striking a telephone pole and trees before coming to rest Friday on Douglas Highway in Lamoine, Deputy Brian Archer said.

Justin Clark, 31, of Lamoine was driving a 2016 Chevrolet northbound when he experienced “a medical event,” Archer said. The truck went off the left side of the roadway, struck a telephone pole, crossed a private drive and struck trees before coming to rest, the deputy said.

“Mr. Clark was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for an evaluation as a result of the medical event, which was considered non-life-threatening” Archer said. “Two female passengers were also transported to the hospital by private vehicle as a precautionary measure.”

The vehicle was considered a total loss, said Archer. “I was assisted at the scene by the Maine Warden Service, Lamoine Fire Department, Versant Power and Dave’s Towing.”

Well-being check

Deputy Zach Allen was asked Aug. 6 to check on the well-being of a woman thought to be involved in a long-term domestic violence situation in Penobscot. “The woman was located and provided with resource information relevant to the situation,” Allen said.

Unattended death

Allen investigated an unattended death in Deer Isle Aug. 6 and determined that a man, 40, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Long-distance complaint

The Maine State Police Monday called to forward a complaint the agency had received in one of the camping areas between Upper and Middle Unknown lakes, said Lt. Corey Bagley. “After talking with the state police, it was decided that the Warden Service and a trooper from Troop E would take care of the complaint.”

Upper and Middle Unknown lakes are located in Hancock County but in Township 4, which is about a two-hour drive from Ellsworth, according to Hancock County’s Unorganized Territories Supervisor Millard Billings. Billings said Township 4 Northern District also is known as Oquiton and is the most northeastern township east of Nicatous Lake.


Bagley took a complaint Monday from a Hancock resident who advised that someone had hacked into personal accounts and apps and made it so the resident could not access them. The complainant advised the person doing this also was getting other people to “mess with them to drive them crazy.”

Bagley is investigating.

Citizen assists

Deputy Marcus Downes stood by with emergency lights for a motorist who had to change a flat tire on the Main Road in Dedham Aug. 6.

Downes helped a Surry man look for two farm animals that had escaped his property and entered the roadway. The animals were eventually secured.

Firearm found

A man found a firearm on East Side Drive on Verona Island Saturday. Deputy Dakota Dupuis collected the firearm and took it to the Sheriff’s Office until the owner is located.


Dupuis and Deputy Dylan Hall were en route to a noise complaint in Lamoine Sunday when they stopped a truck with multiple traffic violations.

Daniel Churchill Eaton, 36, of Lamoine was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating without a license.

Agency assist

Frost assisted the Maine Warden Service with a motorboat accident on Toddy Pond in Orland Sunday.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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