Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 30

ELLSWORTH — Speeding motorists and one fleeing motorcyclist, among other issues, kept the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office busy the past week.

Deputy Brian Archer tried to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on Pleasant Street in Blue Hill Sunday, which led to a pursuit and the motorist’s eventual arrest on multiple charges.

“I was operating with my blue emergency lights and audible siren activated and was approaching the motorcycle from the rear,” Archer said. “The operator of the motorcycle continued to accelerate and reached speeds above 100 mph. I continued to follow the motorcycle with my lights and siren activated, and the operator refused to stop. The motorcycle continued into Orland onto Front Ridge Road and made a right turn onto Acadia Highway. The motorcycle then turned into a residence in Orland, and the operator fled into a nearby wooded area.”

Archer located the motorcyclist after searching woods nearby with help from other officers, including Deputies Luke Gross and Marcus Downes, the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service.

Nickolas Grivois, 32, a transient, was arrested on charges of eluding an officer, operating after habitual offender revocation, driving to endanger, criminal speeding and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

More speeding

A West Hartford, Conn., father and son were each charged with criminal speeding after Deputy Dakota Dupuis observed two motorcycles that appeared to be racing each other traveling towards him at a high rate of speed and passing another motorist on Route 180 in Ellsworth on July 23.

Dupuis said the two men charged are Robert Polo, 51, and Zachary Polo, 19. “Specifically, they were traveling at 95 and 96 miles per hour in a posted 45-mile-per-hour speed zone,” Dupuis said. Zachary also was summoned on a charge of operating without a license.

Also, July 23, Ryan Eaton, 29, of Amherst was summoned on a charge of criminal speed. Dupuis said Eaton had been traveling 76 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.


Deputies arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in Surry on July 22.

Deputy Dan Harlan said the woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The man fled but was located in the early morning hours of July 23, according to Lt. Tim Cote.

Dupuis arrested Derrick E. Maxie, 33, of Surry on charges of elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant woman, criminal restraint and obstructing the report of a crime.

Stolen vehicle found

A young man is in custody after a Blue Hill woman found a vehicle near her residence Monday she thought might have been stolen and notified deputies.

“I was able to confirm that the vehicle was stolen from the Fairfield area, where the registered owner lives, after speaking with the Fairfield Police Department,” Archer said. “As a result, a juvenile male was taken to the Hancock County Jail for a probation violation as requested by his juvenile probation officer.”

Archer also charged the boy with refusing to submit to arrest. The theft of the vehicle is being investigated by the Fairfield Police Department.

Contractor problems

The staff at the Blue Hill Surry Transfer station reported July 23 an ongoing issue involving a contractor failing to make required payments for disposal of materials at the facility, Deputy Chris Sargent said.

Sargent spoke to a Georgia man July 23 who reported a problem involving a Sedgwick contractor he’d hired. Sargent advised the man that it was a civil matter and provided options.


Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo is investigating a theft of a trailer license plate in Tremont.

A Surry woman reported the theft of several street signs in her area on Sunday.

A Winter Harbor man reported a theft of his propane tanks on Sunday. Gionfriddo is investigating.

Assault investigation

Gionfriddo is investigating an assault that allegedly occurred in Hancock on Sunday.

Custody issue

Deputy Zach Allen spoke to a Dedham man who called with questions regarding custody of a household pet on July 22. There was no word on what type of pet was involved.


A pickup truck rear-ended a car, which had slowed to turn left into a driveway off South Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle Friday, Allen said. The impact caused the car to spin 180 degrees and come to rest in the opposite breakdown lane.

Gail Coad, 69, of New Hampshire had been driving a 2012 Mini Cooper, which was rear-ended by a 2013 GMC 1500 operated by Robert Ray, 56, of Stonington, the deputy said.

Coad’s passenger had a minor back injury and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, said Allen. Both the car and truck had to be towed from the scene.

Unattended death

Deputies responded to a Tremont residence July 24 to check on the unattended death of a Tremont man.

Lost and found

Keys were found in Blue Hill on Friday and turned into the Sheriff’s Office.

A woman reported her daughter lost an iPhone in Blue Hill on Saturday.

A Pennsylvania man lost his wallet in Trenton on July 22.

Meanwhile, Gionfriddo reunited a phone lost in Lamoine and a camera lost in Otis with their respective owners Sunday.


Allen summoned Jacqueline McMillen, 54, of Orland on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer July 23 at an Orland store.

Counterfeit bill

Allen collected a fake bill that had been used at an Orland business July 23.

Identity theft

A Fletchers Landing woman reported on July 24 that her identity had been stolen.

“I took down the information she gave me and advised her on the steps she needed to take to protect herself in the future,” said Gionfriddo.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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