Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of June 25

ELLSWORTH — On Friday, someone on Upper Unknown Lake — that’s in Township 4 — called for help with a person acting disorderly and causing a problem, said Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Corey Bagley.

Bagley said the caller’s cell phone service wasn’t very good and police weren’t able to obtain any more information about what was happening. Bagley called the Maine State Police, which had a unit respond to the lake with a Maine game warden from the Howland area. Howland is in Penobscot County, about 33 miles north of Bangor.


Burglars broke into a Dedham residence and stole items June 16. Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo is investigating.


Thefts were reported from residences in Orland and Tremont on June 17. Deputy Luke Gross and Deputy Zach Allen are investigating, respectively.


A motorist was charged after leaving a single-vehicle accident Sunday night that resulted in the vehicle catching fire, police reported. Police said the vehicle caught fire after it hit a cement wall embankment in a parking lot on Seabreeze Avenue in Stonington.

Tyler Robbins, 24, of Deer Isle advised Deputy Travis Frost that he had been driving his 2005 GMC pickup truck “doing donuts” in the parking lot and overcorrected, sending his truck into the wall and coming to rest in front of a telephone pole.

“The vehicle received severe front-end damage and the fire was contained in the engine compartment,” said Frost. “Robbins advised he was wearing his seat belt and not injured.” His passenger, 18-year-old Emma Frye of Bernard, “was seated in the front passenger seat and admitted she was not wearing her seat belt. She stated at the time of the impact she hit her head off the dashboard. She felt minor pains but refused medical treatment.”

Frost summoned Robbins on charges of operating after suspension, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and failure to report motor vehicle crash by quickest means. The Stonington Fire Department and Memorial Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.

A Freightliner van struck a moose that had entered the roadway of Route 9 in Township 22 last week.

Christopher Mullen, 57, of Machias was eastbound in a 2018 Freightliner, which had to be towed due to disabling damage, said Deputy Dakota Dupuis. Mullen was not injured.

Deputies said speed and cell phone use were factors in a crash in which a pickup truck went into the opposite lane, off the road and hit a large rock head-on Saturday on Donnell Pond Road in Franklin.

Frost said Forrest Grant, 51, of Franklin was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango, which spun around and came to rest in a ditch after hitting the rock. Forrest was wearing his seat belt and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Northern Light Ambulance took Forrest to a local hospital.

A passenger, Tammie Grant, 49, of Franklin, was in the passenger seat, also belted in, and was not injured, police said.

The truck sustained “severe front-end damage,” Frost said.

A motorcyclist was treated at a local hospital after sliding on the roadway away from his motorcycle, which had slid onto its side and spun around after the operator lost control on a curve on North Stonington Road in Stonington Sunday, police said. Police said the roadway was covered with loose gravel.

Frost said Thomas Drinkwater, 62, of Milford was not wearing a helmet and suffered minor head injuries. He was treated at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

Drinkwater was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson, which was towed from the scene.


A landlord/tenant disagreement led to arrest for one of the parties, who had an outstanding warrant, police said.

Dupuis arrested Felishia Taylor, 33, of Orland on a warrant and took her to the Hancock County Jail Sunday.

Citizen assist

Deputy Christopher Sargent checked on the well-being of an elderly man Saturday who had been frequenting the area of Leaches Point Road and Gross Point Road in Orland. The man was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation, Sargent said.

Jennifer Osborn

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