Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Oct. 24

ELLSWORTH — A tree fell on a vehicle belonging to a Deer Isle heating and plumbing company while the vehicle was traveling down East Side Drive on Verona Island during the wind storm Oct. 17, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo said the operator, Richard Howard, 48, is an employee of Percy L. Brown & Son. Howard wasn’t injured.

“Howard realized the tree was falling but did not have enough time to stop,” Gionfriddo said. “Howard moved into the oncoming travel lane to try and avoid being hit. There were no vehicles in the other lane at the time.”

Ultimately, the vehicle was struck on the passenger side and had to be towed from the scene.

More accidents

A car overcorrected, went off the road and down into a ditch and hit a large rock on Castine Road in Orland Oct. 17, Deputy Jeff McFarland said.

Bailey Girsa, 18, of Millinocket was northbound in a 2008 Ford Taurus, which sustained a reportable amount of damage, McFarland said.

Girsa and her passenger, also 18, were wearing their seat belts but suffered minor injuries.

“Both girls were transported by a friend to Blue Hill Hospital to be checked out,” McFarland said.

Deputy Zach Allen is investigating a hit-and-run that occurred on Route 3 at the intersection with Oak Point Road in Trenton Friday.

An unknown vehicle, while trying to turn right onto Oak Point Road, struck the passenger side rear of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had stopped for a red light at the intersection, Allen said.

Jack Cunningham, 61, of Bar Harbor was driving the Jeep, Allen said.

Domestic violence assault

Deputies arrested a Brooklin man after responding to a domestic violence complaint in Brooklin Sunday.

Deputy Jeff McFarland said as a result of the investigation, police arrested Andrew Pickering, 30, on a charge of domestic violence assault. Pickering was taken to the Hancock County Jail and released on bail.

Unattended death

Deputy Brian Archer checked on an unattended death of a Lamoine man, 44, on Friday.

Mental health issue

Lt. Bagley, McFarland and Deputy Dakota Dupuis responded to a Franklin residence for a report of a suicidal woman Oct. 16.

Dupuis said the woman agreed to get help and was taken to a local hospital.

Agency assists

Dupuis, who is a certified drug recognition expert, assisted the Ellsworth police by evaluating a man who had been stopped for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

“My evaluation concluded that the male was in fact impaired by drugs and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle,” Dupuis said.

Deputies helped the Maine State Police respond to a domestic altercation in Hancock Saturday.

Allen dispatched a deer in Ellsworth for the Maine Warden Service on Friday. Gionfriddo issued a tag for the animal.


Someone smashed the windshield of a Tremont man’s vehicle on Saturday.


Dupuis summoned Thomas Moody, 26, of Machiasport on a charge of operating after suspension Oct. 17 while patrolling Franklin.

Possible prowler

McFarland checked a Deer Isle woman’s garage after she was concerned about a possible prowler on Sunday. McFarland said he didn’t find anything suspicious.

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