Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Aug. 6

ELLSWORTH — A Sedgwick man was injured after his pickup truck went off the road, struck a ditch, went airborne and then hit a utility pole and several trees before coming to rest on the Ellsworth Road in Blue Hill July 30, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Chris Sargent said Thomas Frade, 29, was westbound in a 2005 Dodge Dakota, which was a total loss. Frade suffered a head injury, Sargent said.

More accidents

An investigation into a vehicle found crashed with blood inside and outside the vehicle and no one around on the Blue Hill Road in Surry July 16 led to charges for the operator, Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo reported.

“With the help of the Ellsworth Police Department, I was able to identify the driver as Nathan Nichols, 38, of Surry,” Gionfriddo said. The deputy found Nichols at his residence.

Gionfriddo summoned Nichols on charges of operating after suspension, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to provide proof of insurance. There was no word on the extent of Nichols’ injuries, but he did go to a hospital on his own to get checked out, according to the deputy.

Car problem

Lt. Tim Cote and Deputy Dakota Dupuis were sent to a Trenton residence July 28 to handle an argument between a man and his grown daughter.

“A father and his adult daughter were arguing over car keys that the daughter refused to give to the father, who owned the car,” said Dupuis. “The daughter refused to provide the father with the keys upon our arrival and stated that she had lost the keys. The father was advised that he could report the vehicle stolen if the daughter took off with the car.”

Civil family dispute

A Florida man called July 29 for advice involving his deceased father’s estate and family members. Sargent spoke to the man and documented the information.


A Stonington man reported the theft and misuse of several credit cards July 30. Sargent is investigating.

Dupuis is investigating a theft of an American flag from the front lawn of a Sullivan residence. The theft occurred between the evening hours of July 29 and the afternoon of July 30. The thief also destroyed multiple flowerpots.

Traffic stop charges

Two motorists traveling on mopeds in Surry July 29 were charged.

Michael Stanley, 59, of Surry was arrested on charges of operating after revocation and violating conditions of his release.

Fellow motorist Sherry Runci, 39, of Surry was summoned on a charge of operating after revocation.

Unattended deaths

On Sunday, Deputy Zach Allen handled matters at the unattended death of a Sullivan woman who was in hospice care.

On July 24, Deputy Brian Archer and others responded to a Tremont residence for the unattended death — by suicide — of a Tremont man.

Domestic assault investigations

Cote and Dupuis checked on a dispute on Route 9 in Amherst Sunday. The officers determined the dispute was verbal and no further complaints were received.

Sargent is investigating a report of a domestic assault received on Sunday. The incident allegedly occurred Saturday evening.

Mental health issue

Deputies went to a Waltham residence Sunday to check on a man who was having suicidal thoughts, said Allen. “After speaking with him, he agreed to go to the hospital via ambulance,” Allen said.

Mooring line cut

A Brooklin resident reported that sometime since last fall his mooring line had been cut in Center Harbor, said Cote. The resident asked to have the incident recorded in case anything else happens.


A Dedham resident advised police Sunday about an ongoing trespassing issue on property owned off the Lily Road.

A Mariaville man called Sunday with questions about a trespassing issue. Allen spoke to him.

Well-being checks

Callers requested well-being checks on a Penobscot woman and a Dedham man July 29. Both were fine.

Citizen assist

Allen helped a motorist whose vehicle became disabled on Route 3 in Trenton July 26.

Criminal mischief

Cote is investigating damage to vehicles near a residence on West Shore Road in Otis that was reported July 28.


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