Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of March 19

ELLSWORTH – Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies reported that someone tried to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle left overnight at the end of a camp road in Hancock March 12.

Deputy Dakota Dupuis said a man had left his vehicle at the end of the dirt road and walked to his camp. Upon returning in the morning, the man discovered someone had tampered with his vehicle.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals, which make them a target for thieves.

The incident is still under investigation.


On Friday, a Hancock resident called to report a possible domestic dispute at his residence. The incident involved two people that he had allowed to stay the night before.

“Deputy Dakota Dupuis and I arrived at the residence and spoke with both parties involved and as a result of the investigation, Billie Jo Curtis, 45, formerly of Sorrento, was arrested on

charges of domestic violence assault and violating conditions of release,” said Lt. Corey Bagley.


An Otis resident called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center (RCC) Friday to report someone had been spray painting trees, mailboxes, telephone poles and the roadway.

Missing Child

Deputies helped search for a missing Brooksville child Sunday. The child was found

in an upstairs bedroom at the family’s residence.


On Monday, the RCC received a call from a woman in Florida regarding a trespass issue at a property she owns in Surry.

Deputy Jeff McFarland spoke with the woman. “We discussed her options,” McFarland said.

“She decided to try to resolve the issue herself and will call back if she needs any further assistance.”

Agency Assist

Deputy Luke Gross escorted a Maine Department of Health and Human Services employee

to an Amherst home March 12 to conduct an interview and an inspection.

Deputy Travis Frost helped Maine State Police Cpl. Chris Smith with a traffic stop March 12.


A car went off the road and hit a telephone pole, breaking it in half after a motorist failed to negotiate a slight curve on Front Ridge Road in Penobscot Saturday, Dupuis said.

Trey Plummer, 19, of Deer Isle had been driving a 2007 Toyota, which was a total loss, the deputy said. Plummer suffered minor injuries. Speed was a factor in the crash, according to police.

Deputy Zach Allen assisted.

Citizen Assist

Det. Franklin Jennings conducted well-being checks on a Franklin man and an Eastbrook woman in two incidents Friday. Both were found to be okay.

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