Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 13

Blue Hill thefts under investigation

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating two thefts at Blue Hill residences. One occurred on April 27 and the other on May 6. Multiple items were taken from an apartment in the May 6 theft, Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo reported.

More thefts

A Hancock resident reported a theft of money on May 5. Deputy Luke Gross is investigating.


A Stonington man called for help for his friend, 37, of Ellsworth, who had overdosed and needed an ambulance May 1. “I responded and assisted until an ambulance crew arrived and took him to the hospital,” said Sgt. Dan Harlan.


A man who allegedly took a pickup truck from his Stonington mother without permission on May 1 was located by the Veazie Police Department and arrested on Saturday, Harlan reported.

Ryan Lewis, 41, of Washington was charged with unauthorized use of vehicle and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. The truck was returned to the man’s mother.

Family problems

Gionfriddo met with a Deer Isle youth and mother after the youth dialed 911 after a dispute on Friday.

“Both parties were spoken to and advised on how to handle their arguments in the future,” Gionfriddo said.

Cabbie dispute

Deputy Jeff McFarland was sent to an Orland residence on May 3 to resolve a dispute between an Orland man and a cab driver over fare. McFarland said by the time he arrived the dispute had been resolved.

Trash problem

A Brooklin man reported a problem with people dumping trash on the Old County Road in Brooklin. “The caller wanted the information documented and he will call if he is able to get a license plate number in the future,” McFarland said.


Two cars were towed and one motorist checked at a hospital after a rear-end collision on Route 3 in Trenton May 7, McFarland reported.

Terri Hodgkins, 48, of Lamoine was driving a 2017 Ford Escape following a line of traffic that began slowing down, the deputy said. A 2017 Honda Civic operated by Brad Luscombe, 37, of Holden did not slow down in time and struck the back of the Ford, McFarland said. 

Hodgkins had neck pain and was checked at a local hospital. Luscombe was not injured, McFarland said. Both vehicles had reportable amounts of damage and were towed from the scene.

Deputy Dylan Hall charged a Southwest Harbor woman May 3 in connection with a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Main Road and Lilly Road in Dedham April 17.

Brittany Carter, 34, was summoned on charges of operating after suspension and leaving the scene of an accident.

Carter advised she had been driving a 2000 Honda east and, due to the weather and speed, the car started to hydroplane and crashed into a guardrail, Hall said. Carter and a passenger then left the scene due to Carter’s license being suspended.


Gionfriddo said an intoxicated man was harassing a woman in Surry on Sunday. The woman had left the area but wanted the incident recorded by law enforcement, as it was “strange,” the deputy said.

Citizen assist

Police were asked to check on a woman walking on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on May 3. “It was determined that she was OK and didn’t have any ill intentions,” said Deputy Zach Allen. 

Sleeping violation

A car was found parked in Surry with people sleeping inside early Sunday morning. That’s a violation of the town ordinance, Allen said. The occupants were spoken to and told to move along.

Agency assist

Harlan escorted a caseworker to a residence in Surry Friday and stood by during an interview of a man about child custody issues.

Unattended death

A Bangor woman found her mother deceased on Friday at her mother’s residence in Trenton. “There was nothing suspicious at the scene and it appeared as though she had died of natural causes,” Harlan said.

Found property

A good Samaritan turned in a camera found on Route 1 in Sullivan Friday to the Sheriff’s Office. “Through some investigative work the owner was located and the camera will be returned,” said Gionfriddo.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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