Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 24

ELLSWORTH — An Orland man was arrested Saturday after allegedly shooting at a neighbor’s dog, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Dan Harlan arrested Robert Tinney, 60, on one count of felony reckless conduct.

The dog was not injured, police said.

Tinney appeared before Judge Michael Roberts on Monday for a bail hearing.

Roberts set Tinney’s bail at $1,000 unsecured, citing Tinney’s nearly nonexistent criminal record. He has one incident on his record from the 1970s, said Assistant District Attorney Heather Staples.

Staples had asked for $1,000 cash bail. The prosecutor said Tinney had fired at the animal while he was intoxicated, which is “terrifying.”

Lawyer of the Day William Ashe argued for lower bail because of Tinney’s lack of criminal history and because he has ties to Maine.

Also, the investigation will reveal that Tinney was bitten by the dog, the defense attorney said.

Road rage

A case of tailgating and road rage led to a rear-end collision on Washington Junction Road in Hancock May 15, Lt. Corey Bagley reported.

One motorist felt the other was following too closely, so the motorist applied his brakes, at which point the collision occurred.

Both parties stopped but the complainant advised the other motorist was “verbally abusive” and then drove away.

Bagley is investigating the incident. Damage was minimal, but the motorist whose vehicle was hit is having back pain.


Two motorists escaped injury after their cars collided when one fell asleep while driving on Snows Cove Road in Sedgwick May 14, Deputy Zach Allen reported.

Nat Barrows, 72, of Stonington was driving a 2001 Honda Fit, which crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a 2017 Honda Civic operated by Debra Smith, 55, of Lamoine, Allen said.

Smith attempted to avoid the oncoming car by swerving left. The Fit’s front passenger side struck a wheel well of the Civic, Allen said. Both cars were totaled, the deputy said. No one was injured.

Agency assist

Deputy Michael Southard conducted a security detail at a Coastal Road property in Brooksville Saturday where the George Stevens Academy prom was held.

Citizen assist

Deputy Luke Gross checked on a resident who called to report “someone was in the home without permission,” the deputy said. “It was found the caller was suffering from mental illness and there was no emergency.”

Well-being check

Deputy Travis Frost checked on the well-being of Sullivan children Sunday and to ensure that parents were still following an “action plan.”

“Upon arrival I did confirm they were and there were no further issues,” Frost said.

Drug paraphernalia

Maine Department of Transportation employees found drug paraphernalia along Route 9 in Amherst Monday. Lt. Tim Cote collected the items for safe disposal.

Motor vehicle complaint

Deputy David Lord on May 15 warned a Stonington man whose driver’s license has been suspended not to get behind the wheel. A complainant advised the Sheriff’s Office that the man has been driving at times intoxicated and recklessly.

Speed detail

Southard conducted a speed detail on Route 1A in Dedham May 17. Southard stopped 10 vehicles and issued five summonses and seven warnings.

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