Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 31

ELLSWORTH — A Memorial Day weekend impaired driving detail yielded one arrest in the pre-dawn hours Saturday on Route 1 in Hancock, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy David Lord arrested Randy Grant, 33, of Gouldsboro on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating after suspension. Lord had initially stopped Grant for speeding.


Deputy Brian Archer is investigating a theft of medicine and money from a Surry residence.

Archer said the resident reported that someone broke into her home during the overnight hours Sunday.


A pickup truck struck an embankment after a motorist fell asleep on Route 1 in Hancock May 24, police reported.

Lt. Corey Bagley said Dylan Sargent, 21, of Hancock was operating a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, which sustained “major front-end damage.”

A sport utility vehicle and a car collided on Route 1 in Hancock Monday after the car attempted a U-turn in the roadway in front of the SUV, Deputy Zach Allen reported.

Jeff Wardwell, 66, of Bucksport was westbound in a 2007 GMC Envoy, which collided with a 2013 Ford Focus operated eastbound by Elizabeth Cozzi, 89, of Brewer, Allen said.

Allen said Wardwell tried to avoid the collision by swerving to the right but the driver’s side of his SUV still hit the front of the car.

Both vehicles sustained reportable damage, Allen said. Wardwell was able to drive his from the scene. Cozzi’s car had to be towed. No injuries were reported.

Citizen assists

Lord attempted to check on the well-being of a Bangor woman’s daughter who is living in Tremont with a boyfriend who has an abusive history.

The mother was concerned because she hadn’t heard from her daughter in a few days. Lord was not able to locate the daughter or the boyfriend.

Lord was sent to help a Blue Hill family Monday with an “out of control” teenager who has “diagnosed emotional issues.” The teen ran from the residence but returned a short time later and had calmed down.

“The parents will follow up for treatment options with the teen’s care provider,” Lord said.

Bagley and Deputy Jeff McFarland went to a Franklin residence Friday for a report of a “physical altercation” between a father and his adult son.

McFarland said the fight had ended by the time officers arrived. No one wanted to pursue criminal charges and the two were separated for the night, the deputy said.

McFarland and Lord checked on a domestic disturbance at a Brooksville residence Monday.

“We met with the husband and wife involved and we determined that the argument was verbal only and no crime was committed,” McFarland said.


On Friday, Allen summoned Aaron Merchant, 36, of Eastbrook on a charge of theft of services stemming from Emera Maine service.

Deputy Travis Frost summoned Melissa Murphy, 55, of Hancock on a charge of unlawful drug furnishing May 23.

Public outreach

Frost and his police dog Finn visited the Lamoine Consolidated School Friday.

Weapons violation

Detective Frank Jennings is investigating a possible incident regarding a person prohibited from possessing weapons having weapons in his possession.

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