Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 17

ELLSWORTH — A Jeep went off the road and struck a ledge outcrop on Route 179 in Waltham Saturday, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Southard reported.

Southard said Rick Roussel, 32, of Princeton was operating a 2000 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Route 179 when he lost control of the vehicle.

The Jeep sustained “extensive front-end damage,” Southard said. Roussel was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A car struck two guardrails May 9 on Route 1 in Orland after a motorist swerved to avoid an animal in the road, Deputy Brian Archer said.

Juan Maldonado-Cruz, 30, of Bucksport was operating a 2003 Honda Civic, which was considered a total loss, Archer said.


Lt. Corey Bagley charged an inmate who allegedly assaulted a corrections officer at the Hancock County Jail May 6.

On May 10, Bagley summoned Ashley Bragg, 29, of Fletchers Landing on a charge of assault. Bragg’s court date is July 3.

Impaired operation

A concerned motorist called police Sunday after traveling behind a vehicle that was “all over the road,” Southard said.

Southard arrested Charles Skovgaard, 70, of Surry on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Citizen assist

On May 10, Southard got a request for help from an Orland man who returned home after heart surgery to find out his wife didn’t want him living at the residence any more.

Southard helped the man gather his belongings.

Deputies responded to a Lamoine residence for a suicidal man Monday. The man voluntarily went to a hospital, Deputy Dan Harlan said.

Well-being check

Someone called the Sheriff’s Office to have a deputy check on a woman and her children who were at the Blue Hill Mountain parking lot Friday. Deputy Dan Harlan said they were fine.

Underage drinking detail

The Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team conducted an enforcement detail Saturday but no violations were found.

Speed enforcement detail

Southard conducted a speed enforcement detail May 9, concentrating on Route 1 in Orland.

Over the course of four hours, Southard issued one summons and 29 warnings.


Deputy David Lord spoke May 9 with a Stonington couple who think a neighbor is looking in their windows at night. Lord said he couldn’t substantiate the couple’s complaint but did warn the neighbor not to trespass.


Deputy Zach Allen summoned Donald Murphy, 61, of Tremont on charges of theft of services, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release. The charges resulted from Allen’s assisting Emera Maine with an April 26 meter reading.

Lord summoned Matthew Foster, 38, of Deer Isle on a charge of exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles or more over the limit Monday on Goose Cove Road in Trenton.

Detective Frank Jennings summoned Joshua McAllian, 39, of Orland on a charge of operating after suspension Saturday.

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