Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 12

ELLSWORTH — An incident at an Orland campground July 1 led to charges for the campground owner and two others, Deputy Dan Harlan reported.

An Etna man had called police to report the campground owner had threatened him and assaulted him and his friends, Harlan said.

After investigating, Harlan summoned the owner, Norman Jacques, 57, of Bucksport on charges of assault and criminal threatening.

Harlan also charged the complainant, Benjamin Vawser, 27, of Etna and Charlene Bailey, 27, of St. Albans on one count each of theft of services.

Domestic Dispute

Deputy Shane Campbell and Deputy Michael Southard went to a camp on Spring River Lake in Township 10 July 1 for a report of a Florida man being intoxicated and “belligerent,” Campbell said.

The man’s family members, including two women and a teenage girl, did not want to file charges, police said. The trio was subsequently taken to an Ellsworth motel for the night, Campbell said.

Possible Assault

Deputies are investigating a possible assault case involving a Tremont man, his girlfriend and her son, reported Deputy David Lord.

Lord said the man, who suffered a cut on his head, went to a neighbor’s house Monday for help. The neighbor called an ambulance, which took the man to a hospital.

The man could not remember what happened but said he believed he was assaulted by either the girlfriend or her son, Lord said. “The girlfriend was interviewed and claimed self-defense.”

Pending written statements, police may forward the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office for review for potential charges, Lord said.

More Assaults

McFarland and Lord responded to a Stonington residence Sunday night to meet with a woman who reported her boyfriend had assaulted her. Deputies also spoke to witnesses. “The suspect has not been located and the case remains under investigation,” said McFarland.

Well-Being Check

On Saturday, the Hancock County RCC got a call from the Veterans National Suicide Hotline requesting a well-being check on a Fletchers Landing man. Lt. Tim Cote, McFarland and Lord went to the residence and spoke with the man.

“We determined that he was with other family members and he was safe,” McFarland said.

Also Saturday, a resident at a Sullivan group home wanted to speak with a crisis worker at a hospital. An ambulance transported the woman without incident, Lord said.

On July 3, a Trenton woman reported a domestic altercation at another Trenton residence. Upon investigation, police learned the complainant had been arguing with herself due to deteriorating mental health, said Deputy Zach Allen.


A car went off the road and into a ditch due to speed and slick road conditions from a recent rain storm on Blackwoods Road in Township 10 Friday, said Allen.

Amitava Saha, 36, of New Jersey had been driving eastbound in a 2014 Honda Accord, which sustained “disabling damage” to its front end, Allen said. Saha had been rounding a curve in the road when he lost control, said Allen.

“His wife, Nandinia Sarker, was treated for minor injuries from the airbag (deployment) but declined being transported,” Allen said. The car had to be towed.

A car struck and killed a deer that entered the roadway of Route 1 in Sullivan July 3, Harlan reported.

Alise Marshall, 26, of Ellsworth had been operating a 2018 Kia Forte northbound when the deer ran into the road, Harlan said. Marshall was unable to avoid the collision, which caused an estimated $3,000 damage, the deputy said.

Auto Buff towed the car and a Gouldsboro resident took the deer. Marshall wasn’t injured.

Citizen Assist

Deputy Luke Gross spoke with a Gouldsboro resident Sunday about an ongoing domestic violence situation. “All options and resources were discussed with no law enforcement action taken,” Gross said.

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