Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 21

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Lt. Corey Bagley arrested two people after getting a call May 14 from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital reporting a domestic violence assault victim in the emergency room with “severe injuries.”

“As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Violet Brown and 40-year-old Paul Brown, both of Hancock, were arrested and transported to the Hancock County Jail,” Bagley said. “Violet Brown was arrested on a charge of domestic assault. Paul Brown was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic violence assault.”

Health-care worker assaulted

Lt. Tim Cote took a report of an assault on a health-care worker who was tending to a patient May 13 at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital.

“The assault had occurred on 5/9/20 and is currently under investigation,” Cote said.

False report

The Hancock County Regional Communications Center got a complaint Sunday about Tremont residents “not quarantining,” said Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo.

Gionfriddo said after she spoke with the caller, it was determined that the caller disliked this family member and was trying to get the person in trouble.


A call Monday night about a couple fighting in a room at a local hotel turned out to be a couple having an argument but the man involved, Justin Gross, 41, was charged with violating conditions of his release, said Deputy Jeff McFarland.

Noise complaints

A noise complaint in Sullivan Monday turned out to be people trying to corral a loose pet, said Gionfriddo.

A Blue Hill woman reported a loud party nearby on May 8 at 9:19 p.m. Cote, Allen and McFarland found a small group of people sitting around a fire pit. They were advised of the complaint and agreed to keep things quiet, McFarland said.

Community outreach

Deputy Brian Archer and Detective Frank Jennings participated in a parade for a Surry boy who was celebrating his 10th birthday on Sunday. “Also joining in the parade were the Ellsworth Police Department, the Surry Fire Department and several friends and family members who were in their personal vehicles,” Archer said.

Gionfriddo escorted Tremont Consolidated School teachers for a school parade on the Tremont Road May 13.


Deputy Dakota Dupuis spoke with a Trenton woman who thinks someone has been going into her vehicle at night and taking items. The incidents were reported May 13.

An Otis woman reported a suspicious man near her house doing Census work. Allen found the man and warned him to stay off the woman’s property.

The RCC took a 911 call for the second night in a row on Sunday from a Blue Hill woman convinced someone was in her apartment and trying to enter her bedroom, said McFarland.

“I responded to the residence and determined that the apartment was all secure and there was no one trespassing in the apartment,” McFarland said.


Detective Stephen McFarland is investigating fraudulent activity in a local woman’s bank account, which has resulted in a theft of funds.


A caretaker reported vandalism to the lawn and driveway of a Blue Hill property on Friday.


Archer is investigating a theft of gas from an Orland business that was reported Saturday.

Mental health issue

Gionfriddo took a Blue Hill man having a mental health crisis to a hospital for an evaluation at the request of a crisis worker May 8.

Deputy Zach Allen located a man in Trenton in need of a mental health evaluation May 13.

“He went to the hospital without issue,” Allen said.

A Trenton man called the RCC May 15 to report someone was in his house. But, after deputies went to the man’s house and met with him, he appeared to be having mental health issues, police said.

Found property

A company that renovates foreclosed properties reported finding a firearm at a property being worked on May 13. Allen collected the gun and put it in a safe area at the police station.

Neighbor problem

On May 12, a Deer Isle resident reported an ongoing issue with a neighbor who is allegedly antagonizing the resident’s dogs then complaining to the town about the animals, said Deputy Chris Sargent. The town’s animal control officer is going to handle the issue, Sargent said.

Agency assist

Archer assisted the Maine State Police Sunday with a crash investigation in Penobscot.

Cote helped the state police with a personal injury accident in Eastbrook May 12.

Jennifer Osborn

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