Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Oct. 15

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Archer went to a Franklin residence to check on a man who had reportedly overdosed Oct. 6.

“Prior to my arrival at the residence, the male was administered Naloxone (Narcan) and was able to be revived,” Archer said. An ambulance took the man to a hospital for further observation.

Sexual abuse complaint

Detective Stephen McFarland is investigating a report from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services about possible sexual abuse of a child under age 12. The report was made last week.


Deputies took numerous theft complaints in recent days from campaign signs to mail.

Multiple residents in the towns of Orland, Surry and Trenton have reported missing political signs.

An Orland woman reported a theft from her greenhouse on Sept. 29. The building was damaged also, said Deputy Dan Harlan, who is investigating.


Vandalism was reported at a public landing in Sedgwick Saturday.

“I responded and met with a caretaker on scene who advised that some items were missing as well,” said Harlan. “This incident is currently under investigation.”


A man, 62, who has been sleeping in an abandoned house in Orland has been warned about trespassing, said Harlan. The situation was discovered when another man called deputies Sept. 29 to report something suspicious at the property.


Deputy Luke Gross met with an elderly Sullivan resident Sept. 29 to educate the resident about scam telephone calls.

On Oct. 6, Harlan spoke with an Orland woman who was sent a bad check after trying to sell a refrigerator on a buy-and-sell website.

“She was sent a check to cash that turned out to be not negotiable,” the deputy said. “She did not cash the check and did not lose the item she was selling.”

Harlan talked to a Trenton woman Sept. 30 who had gotten a call from someone claiming to be a Spectrum cable employee to whom she had given a credit card number.

“She said that they requested money for a receiver,” Harlan said. “She called Spectrum and they advised this was a scam and not to pay. She told me that she had given a credit card number but canceled it in time.”


Gross is investigating a complaint about suspicious activity on town of Islesford property.


Deputy Marcus Downes gave a Blue Hill man a criminal trespass warning Oct. 7 not to return to the Blue Hill Walgreens after a complaint that he was making female employees uncomfortable by making “inappropriate comments” to them.

Agency assist

Deputy Jeff McFarland and Deputy Dakota Dupuis went to Bucksport Sunday to help police search for a wanted man seen that evening at a gas station. The man was not found.

Lt. Tim Cote assisted the Ellsworth Police Department, which was handling a complaint about a man walking around a local motel with a firearm Oct. 2. “It was determined that he was returning to his room after a day of hunting,” Cote said.

Lt. Corey Bagley stood by the Ellsworth Police Department parking lot Oct. 7 while officers spoke with a man and woman.

Archer helped Ellsworth with a trespassing call on Oct. 6.

Missing people

Deputies were called to check on a handful of people who were overdue for a gathering or missing from school in recent days.

An elderly Franklin couple was reported missing Oct. 6 after they missed the time and location they were to meet family members by several hours, said Downes. Before the deputy got too far into the investigation, he learned that the couple had arrived home.

A school resource officer from Spruce Mountain School in Jay reported Sept. 29 that a Verona Island boy hadn’t shown up for class despite being enrolled in the school.

“I located the child and his mother and found that he was being home-schooled,” Harlan said. “This information was passed on to the Spruce Mountain School.”

Archer checked on a girl Oct. 2 after she didn’t show up for school. He was able to speak with the girl and a family member to determine she was OK.


A car, operating too fast, went off the road, down a small embankment and into small trees after its driver swerved to avoid running into the back of a vehicle that was stopped to turn into the Surry General Store on the Blue Hill Road in Surry Oct. 8, Harlan reported.

Jaime Murphy, 31, was driving a 2004 Buick, which sustained “significant damage” to the passenger side, the deputy said. Murphy was treated on scene by medical personnel.

A bed rack on a pickup truck caught a low-hanging wire, which bent the bed rack and caused the back window to shatter on Fletchers Landing Road Sept. 30, said Deputy Dylan Hall. The wire had blown down from a telephone pole during a windstorm.

Jeremy Johnston, 41, of Lamoine was driving a 2019 Ford, which was able to be driven from the scene, Hall said.

Due to driver inattention, a car rear-ended another, which had been stopped to turn left from Route 1 onto Route 46 in Orland Oct. 2, said Deputy Zach Allen.

Isabelle Thomas, 19, of Raymond was driving a 2012 Subaru Impreza, which struck a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse operated by Ashley Orcutt, 35, of Orland, said Allen.

Thomas’s car was towed from the scene. The Chevrolet was able to be driven. No one was injured, Allen said.

Jennifer Osborn

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