Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Jan. 16

ELLSWORTH — A reported “explosion” in the basement of a Blue Hill residence Saturday turned out to be fireworks that had been set off in the roadway in front of the residence by an unknown person, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Sargent reported.

Sargent said the Blue Hill Fire Department responded.

Blue Hill Fire Chief Matt Dennison said Blue Hill follows the state ordinance for fireworks regulation. But, since the town does not have its own police force, enforcement is difficult, the chief said.

It is illegal to set off fireworks anywhere other than your own property or somewhere you have permission to do so, according to the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office.


A sport utility vehicle went off the road, struck a rock, went airborne then struck several trees on Salt Pond Road in Blue Hill Friday, Sargent reported.

Katherine Bridges, 34, of Brooklin was driving a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which was a total loss, the deputy said.

Sargent summoned Bridges on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Two cars collided after one entered the roadway of Toddy Pond Road in Surry Friday and the other car was unable to stop in time due to traveling too fast for the road conditions, Deputy Travis Frost reported.

Donald Decker, 76, of Brooklin was driving a 2012 Toyota Prius, pulling into the travel lane, when the Prius was struck by a 2006 Kia Sorrento operated by Thomas Folckemer, 16, of Surry, Frost said.

“Folckemer tried to stop but was unable to, swerved and hit the rear end of Decker on his driver’s side,” Frost said. “Folckemer continued to slide, coming to rest halfway into the ditch. Both were wearing seat belts and not injured.”

Frost said both cars were able to be driven away from the scene. There was no word on damage estimates.

A car went off the road, struck a rock and came to rest in a brook after a Massachusetts man lost control of the vehicle due to snow-covered road conditions on Airport Road in Stonington Jan. 6, Deputy Jeff McFarland reported.

Josh Billings, 30, of Gloucester, Mass., was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla, which sustained front end damage and had to be towed, McFarland said. Billings was not injured.

“Greasy” road conditions on North Sedgwick Road in Sedgwick Jan. 7 contributed to a single-vehicle crash, police said.

A sport utility vehicle skidded sideways, struck a telephone pole and slid into a ditch, said Deputy Zach Allen.

Sarah Bamford, 41, of Sedgwick was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy, which sustained damage to its passenger side and had to be towed, Allen said. Bamford wasn’t injured.

A car rear-ended a pickup truck after glare from the sun prevented the car’s driver from seeing the truck slow for traffic on Route 1 in Orland Jan. 6, Allen said.

Judy Gray, 74, of Orland was driving a 2008 Subaru Legacy, which rear-ended a 2000 Chevrolet truck driven by Griffin Patchell, 21, of Madison, Allen said.

“Gray was transported to the hospital with complaints of minor chest pain while Patchell and his two passengers were uninjured,” the deputy said. Both vehicles had to be towed.


A Trenton resident reported an unauthorized person using a business credit card Jan. 9. Deputy Luke Gross is investigating.

Agency assist

Frost helped the Orland Fire Department with a vehicle fire on Saturday.


Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo said police are investigating an assault that occurred in Fletchers Landing. The incident was initially reported to the Ellsworth Police.

Internet problem

Gionfriddo said she is investigating a case involving an underage person who is “receiving inappropriate content through an online app from adults.” The complaint was reported on Jan. 7.


Deputy Dakota Dupuis arrested Marilyn Davis, 43, of Eastbrook on a warrant Monday.

Frost arrested Megan Morin, 35, of Franklin on a warrant Monday.

Family problems

A Franklin woman called police Jan. 7 to report her brother-in-law was being disorderly and she wanted him removed from her home.

“Lt. [Corey] Bagley and I responded to the residence and I gave the brother-in-law a ride to a motel in Ellsworth,” McFarland said.

Maine Sex Offender Registry

Lt. Tim Cote was notified Jan. 6 that a registered sex offender living in the town of Aurora was not complying with registry requirements.

Cote met with the man and advised him he had 24 hours to comply.

“He was able to correct the problems and is now in compliance,” Cote said.

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