Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 4

ELLSWORTH — A two-vehicle collision on Route 1 in Orland June 26 injured three people who were taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Lt. Corey Bagley said the crash occurred when a westbound vehicle, which was turning left into a local business, struck the front driver’s side of an eastbound car. The collision caused both vehicles to spin in the roadway and come to a stop blocking traffic on Route 1.

Roberta Mann of Orland had been driving the westbound vehicle, which struck a 1997 Jaguar XK8, operated by Leslie Hardware, 71, of Silver Spring, Md., the lieutenant said.

Hardware had head and leg injuries. His passenger, Maureen Stawick, 67, also of Silver Spring, suffered a leg injury.

Mann was treated for chest and leg injuries.

Bucksport Ambulance and Northern Light Medical Transport took all three to EMMC.

The Orland Fire Department handled traffic control. The Maine State Police also assisted.

Hospital spokesman Bob Potts said Hardware and Stawick were in fair condition on June 27. Mann was listed in stable condition.


Deputies checked on two people fighting on a dock in Bass Harbor June 23, but neither wanted to pursue charges, said Deputy Chris Sargent. Police warned the pair about disorderly conduct. The Mount Desert Police Department assisted as did the Maine Warden Service.

Citizen Assist

An 80-year-old Penobscot woman called deputies on June 25 to report that she had been receiving harassing “scam-type” phone calls.

“She was given advice on how to best deal with the situation,” said Deputy Dan Harlan.

On June 27, Deputy Dakota Dupuis talked to an Aurora man who had questions about a property line dispute.

Dupuis advised the man to speak to his neighbor first to see if an agreement could be reached.

“I then advised if that did not help to contact the town office prior to the Sheriff’s Office getting involved,” Dupuis said.

Hit and Run

On June 26, a Surry man reported damage to three mailboxes on his road. “It was determined the mailboxes had been hit by a vehicle that did not remain on scene,” according to the report.

Drug Paraphernalia

A Franklin man called police June 28 after finding a needle at the end of his driveway.

Bagley retrieved the needle and safely disposed of it.

Road Rage Incident

Dupuis encountered a road rage incident, which he said required “immediate enforcement action” on Route 1A in the town of Holden June 25, while driving back from training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

“I watched as a silver sedan directly in front of me tailgated a black pickup truck so closely that I estimated less than a foot of distance between the two vehicles,” Dupuis said.

“The silver sedan then began swerving in the lane and making obscene hand gestures towards the pickup truck.”

The sedan swerved into an oncoming lane and then back again, at which point Dupuis stopped the operator of the sedan. The Holden Police Department cited the driver, the deputy said.

Erratic Operation

A complaint about an erratic motor vehicle on Route 1A in Trenton heading into Ellsworth June 26 turned out to be a motorist unfamiliar with the area and driving in foggy conditions, said Deputy Travis Frost.

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