Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Jan. 24

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on Friday charged a Blue Hill woman in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

At the direction of the District Attorney’s Office, Lt. Tim Cote summoned Rita Grindle, 54, on charges of theft by deception, a Class C felony and misuse of a public benefits instrument, a misdemeanor.

Mental health issue

A Lamoine mother called deputies on Saturday about her teenage son, who was having suicidal thoughts, Deputy Zach Allen said.

“Deputies responded and met with the family,” Allen said. “The 15-year-old decided to go to the hospital voluntarily to speak with a crisis worker.”


Cote and Deputy Dakota Dupuis arrested a Frankfort man after being called to a domestic dispute in Orland Saturday night.

Police charged Kyle Greenleaf, 22, with domestic violence criminal threatening and criminal mischief.

“The Bucksport Police Department and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the apprehension of Greenleaf,” Dupuis said.

Youth problem

Dupuis was sent to a Surry residence Friday to deal with a girl who was out of control and destroying property.

“I was able to speak with both the juvenile and parents to reach a resolution and have the two parties communicate with one another,” Dupuis said.

Maine State Police Trooper Josh Lander assisted.

Citizen assist

Allen checked on the well-being of a girl, 6, on Saturday at the request of her father, an Otis man.

“I determined the child was safe and with her mother,” Allen said.

On Jan. 15 a Blue Hill man reported that a Penobscot woman, 49, was intoxicated and wandering around “claiming to be lost.”

Deputy Dan Harlan helped the woman get a ride to her destination.


Allen is investigating a burglary at a Castine Road residence in Penobscot. Nothing was missing but belongings were destroyed, Allen said. There are no suspects at this time, the deputy said.


Snowy road conditions led a car to drift into a ditch, spin 180 degrees and flip onto its driver’s side on Pleasant Street in Blue Hill Monday morning, Allen reported.

The operator, Caitlyn Bray, 22, of Blue Hill, complained of a minor shoulder injury and was taken to Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital, Allen said.

There was no word on a damage estimate for the car, which was a 2014 Chevrolet Spark.

A pickup truck sustained “moderate damage” after it caught fire on Front Ridge Road in Penobscot Jan. 17, Dupuis reported.

“I learned that the operator, Devon Emrick, 18, of Deer Isle, had been on his way home when his whole front driver’s side tire and rim broke off of the truck he was driving,” Dupuis said. “This caused him to come to a quick stop at which time the truck caught fire. A passer-by was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. The vehicle sustained moderate damage while Emrick was unharmed.”


A snowmobile was stolen from a Castine Road residence in Orland Jan. 13.


Vandals “egged” two vehicles parked at a Brooksville residence between the overnight hours of Jan. 11-12, Deputy Brian Archer reported.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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