Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 15

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Cote is investigating a case involving possible financial exploitation of an elderly couple by their adult son.

The Hancock County District Attorney’s Office referred the matter to police on Friday.

Elder abuse

A caller reported possible elder abuse in Hancock Friday. However, Deputy Luke Gross found that no crime had been committed.

All’s well that ends well

A report of an erratic driver in Hancock Saturday turned out to be a tired motorist, Deputy David Lord said.

Deputy Travis Frost went to a location in Lamoine Friday after OnStar, which is General Motors’ vehicle safety system, reported that an emergency button had been pressed in a vehicle.

Frost said there was no emergency. The vehicle owner was looking for a button for the dome light and hit the OnStar button by mistake.

A Waldo County resident on Monday asked police to check on his children’s well-being, as he thought their mother was intoxicated. Lord checked on the children, who were safe, and no one was intoxicated.


Deer ran into cars in Orland and Hancock last week.

A deer ran into the side of a car on Route 1 in Orland Friday, Deputy Dan Harlan reported.

Joseph Hanafin, 32, of Penobscot was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry, which sustained an estimated $2,000 in damage, Harlan said. Hanafin was able to drive from the scene. There was no word on the deer.

A deer ran into the driver’s side of a car on Route 1 in Hancock Saturday, Harlan said.

Cheryl Havey, 26, of Franklin was driving a 2015 Honda Accord, which sustained about $2,000 in damage, Harlan said. There was no word on if the deer survived.

A car struck a deer that ran into the roadway on Back Ridge Road in Orland Monday, Lord said.

Adam Rowe, 30, of Bucksport was operating a 2005 Ford Focus, which sustained front-end damage, Lord said.

The deer was killed and given to a resident, the deputy said.

Recovered vehicle

A call about a vehicle parked on the edge of Buttermilk Road in Lamoine Nov. 8 turned out to be a Toyota Camry that was stolen from a Verona Island residence earlier in the week.

“The vehicle was turned over to the Maine State Police for further investigation,” Lt. Tim Cote said.

Citizen assist

On Nov. 6, Lt. Corey Bagley spoke with a Bucksport woman who was concerned about two children going back to a residence due to court order.

“I explained to the woman that I was not able to overrule the court,” Bagley said.

Unattended death

Deputies checked on an unattended death at an Orland residence Nov. 7. Deputy Luke Gross said the death was due to natural causes.


On Nov. 8, Gross summoned Kristle Hanscom, 34, of Orland on a charge of violating conditions of her release.

Jennifer Osborn

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