Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Aug. 16

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Tremont woman who allegedly assaulted a man and tried to set his belongings on fire Saturday.

Deputy Michael Southard charged Tricia Roe, 34, with felony domestic violence assault and attempted arson, which is also a felony.

Roe is free on bail. (Update 6/25/2020: Charges of criminal attempt and domestic violence assault were dismissed in 2018. Roe pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal mischief.)

Witness tampering

Deputy David Lord charged a Tremont woman with tampering with a witness in a criminal case on Monday.

Lord arrested Jessica Evangelista, 41, on a charge of tampering with a witness or informant.

Lord said Evangelista had been “messaging and harassing” a witness about “sticking up for the victim in the case. Evangelista is the suspect from the original case.”

Jail assault

A corrections officer at the Hancock County Jail was assaulted by an inmate during the booking process Aug. 3, Deputy Shane Campbell reported.

After investigating, Campbell summoned Kyle Conner, 33, of Old Town on charges of assault and violating conditions of release.


Southard is investigating an assault in Tremont that was reported Saturday.

Southard is investigating a complaint about vandalism and assault from a Franklin resident that was reported Aug. 9.

Impaired driving

Campbell arrested a motorist after two other motorists reported a car operating erratically on Hinckley Ridge Road in Blue Hill Aug. 8.

Campbell arrested Benjamin Cough, 30, of Bucksport on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

The deputy first met Cough’s car, which had been heading in Campbell’s direction, on the Blue Hill Road in Surry. At the time, Cough was traveling at 92 miles per hour, Campbell said.

“I activated the blue lights and the same vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and crashed,” Campbell said. “The operator ran from the scene then returned to the scene with no shoes.”


Two vehicles had to be towed after a pickup truck rear-ended a sport utility vehicle that had stopped in traffic to allow another vehicle to turn on Front Ridge Road in Orland Aug. 2, Deputy Dan Harlan said.

Wendy Canning of Belfast was operating a 2005 Chevrolet SUV, which was rear-ended and pushed into a guardrail by a 2010 Toyota truck operated by Bernard Castino of Blue Hill, Harlan said.

Harlan estimated damage at $3,000 for the SUV and $5,000 for the truck. Both vehicles had to be towed.

Speed enforcement

Campbell conducted a speed detail on Route 1 between Sullivan and Gouldsboro between 6 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 8.

“As a result, nine vehicles were stopped for speeding,” Campbell said. The deputy issued eight summonses for speeding and one warning.


Lt. Corey Bagley summoned Brandon S. Knight, 23, of Fletchers Landing on a charge of operating a motor vehicle after suspension on Route 182 in Franklin Saturday.

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