Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of March 14

ELLSWORTH — Icy, slushy road conditions Monday kept Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies busy with crashes.

A car went off the road and into a ditch, striking a mailbox on Mud Creek Road in Hancock around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Deputy Zach Allen said Kristyn Butters, 32, of Hancock was operating a 2011 Honda Civic when she lost control due to the road conditions.

The car sustained over $1,000 in damage to its front end. Neither Butters nor her child who was in the car was injured, Allen said. The car was towed.

A pickup truck went off the road due to slippery road conditions on Airline Road in Amherst Monday afternoon, Allen said.

The truck’s left side was damaged, but the driver, Amanda Braley, 35, of Biddeford, and her three small children were not injured.

The truck, a 2017 Toyota Tundra, was operable following the crash, but the pickup was damaged further when a tow truck operator left the Toyota in reverse, Allen said.

That caused the Toyota to back into the rear boom of the tow truck, damaging the Toyota’s tailgate, Allen said.

Jeremy Maker, 44, of Aurora was operating the wrecker, a 2005 Ford, the deputy said.

A car went off the road and struck a tree due to an ice-covered roadway on Snow’s Cove Road in Sedgwick Monday around 10:30 p.m.

Deputy Jeff McFarland said Joseph A. Stinson, 43, of Deer Isle was driving south in a 2007 Nissan Armada. Stinson was not injured, but the Armada had over $1,000 in damage to its right side and had to be towed, McFarland said.

A caller reported a snowmobile crash just after 1 a.m. Saturday on Cave Hill Road in Waltham, Deputy Dakota Dupuis reported.

“While en route we were advised that a telephone pole had been broken, a snowmobile abandoned in the roadway, and no operator in sight.”

“Upon arriving on scene it was determined that it had actually been a truck that had gone off of the roadway, struck a telephone pole, went over a snowbank and continued down the roadway, at which time it had lost the snowmobile it was carrying in the bed of the truck,” Dupuis said.

“Through a detailed investigation I was able to determine the make and the model of the truck based upon truck parts left behind at the scene,” Dupuis said.

Dupuis later summoned the driver, Matthew Meserve, 23, of Lamoine on charges of failure to notify law enforcement of a property damage crash, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, criminal mischief and driving to endanger.

The deputy said speed and alcohol were suspected to be contributing factors in the crash.

A car went off the road due to road and weather conditions on Route 1 in Orland Sunday, Deputy Travis Frost reported.

Shawna McArdle, 31, of Bucksport was driving a 2007 Subaru, which hit a guardrail and then slid across the roadway into an oncoming lane and off the road, Frost said. The car came to rest in a ditch.

McArdle and her passenger were wearing their seat belts and weren’t injured. The car had to be towed.

Agency assist

Allen controlled traffic on Beechland Road in Ellsworth Monday morning while the Ellsworth Police Department dealt with a car that had slid off the road.

Youth problem

Deputy Chris Sargent is investigating a March 6 report from the Mountain View School in Franklin about a drug-related issue involving two students.

Citizen assist

Sargent provided help to a Brooklin resident by disposing of “drug-related material,” March 7.


Dupuis charged a Hancock man Friday after he allegedly had contact with his ex-fiancée through social media. The woman has a protection order prohibiting direct and indirect contact, Dupuis said.

The deputy summoned Christopher Dieter, 39, on a charge of protection order violation.

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