Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 19

ELLSWORTH — A motorcyclist suffered a head injury and broken bones in a collision on Route 1 in Verona Island Monday night, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The crash occurred when an eastbound car drove into the westbound lane to pass a tractor-trailer truck that was waiting to turn left into the Fort View Variety Store, according to Deputy Jeff McFarland.

The car hit a westbound motorcycle head-on as soon as the car entered the oncoming lane, the deputy said.

Thomas Greenlaw, 49, of Stockton Springs was driving a Harley Davidson.

Bucksport Ambulance took Greenlaw to Eastern Maine Medical Center, McFarland said. Greenlaw was not wearing a helmet. There was no word Tuesday on Greenlaw’s condition.

Wendell Dennison, 56, of Machiasport was driving the car, a Lincoln MKZ, the deputy said.

Jeffrey B. Paine, 61, of Dedham was operating the tractor-trailer, a Red Western Star, McFarland said. The tractor-trailer was not struck.

Dennison cut his hand. Bucksport Ambulance took him to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Chief Deputy Pat Kane and Deputy David Lord assisted McFarland at the scene, as did the Bucksport Fire Department and the ambulance service.

More accidents

A sport utility vehicle went down an embankment and struck a utility pole, breaking it in half, after a motorist swerved to avoid either a bear or a moose in the roadway of Route 9 in Amherst July 11, Deputy Shane Campbell reported.

Stephen Warren, 34, of Eastport was driving east in a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, which had to be towed from the scene, Campbell said.

Warren had a sore knee and was treated at the scene by Capital Ambulance. Emera Maine and Aurora first responders also assisted.

A pickup truck went off the road and struck a road sign and a utility pole after a motorist lost control on Reach Road in Brooklin July 9, Deputy Dan Harlan reported.

Harlan said the accident occurred when the motorist reached for a lunch pail that had fallen to the floor of the truck.

James Friend of Brooklin was driving a 2004 Toyota truck, which sustained over $5,000 in damage, Harlan said. Friend was not injured.

False report investigation

False allegations about the welfare of three minor children in Sullivan may lead to criminal charges for the informant, according to police.

Deputy Michael Southard got a request from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services just after 11 p.m. on July 11 to check on the children.

“It was discovered that the request was based on false information and the informant is under investigation for criminal charges,” Southard said.

Mental health issues

Court Security Officer William Gardella called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center after encountering a man walking around the courthouse claiming to be Donald Trump.

Lt. Corey Bagley and Harlan escorted the man from a courtroom down to the Sheriff’s Office parking lot, where officers asked the man to talk with someone at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

The man refused, so Bagley and Harlan took him into “protective custody” and drove him to the hospital for an evaluation.

A Blue Hill mother called police for help with a teenager suffering a mental health crisis July 9. The teen was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, Deputy Luke Gross said.

Deputy Brian Archer took a mentally ill man, found walking in a Franklin roadway Sunday, to a hospital for an evaluation.


An Orland business was burglarized July 9. Deputy Gross is investigating.


A Deer Isle woman called police Friday after seeing a bonfire on her property. Deputy David Lord located two men camping on the property, which they thought was public land. The men left without incident.

Citizen assist

Deputy Zach Allen provided traffic control for a large group of motorcyclists having a benefit ride from Hancock through Ellsworth Sunday.

Noise complaint

Lord checked on a report of a large party on the back shore in Castine Sunday night. No one was around upon Lord’s arrival.

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