Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Sept. 26

ELLSWORTH — A referee at the Maine Maritime Academy homecoming football game was injured by debris from a cannon that an alumnus brought to the game Saturday, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

“It is tradition upon scoring that MMA would shoot off a cannon using a blank shotgun shell,” said Deputy Dakota Dupuis.

“The male referenced who had brought his own cannon had ‘loaded’ it with black powder and a substance that he had made into a ‘wad,’” Dupuis said. “Upon igniting the cannon, a referee on the football field was struck in the head by the wad, causing injury.”

The referee was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The investigation continues and will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office pending potential criminal charges,” Dupuis said.


A patrol to enforce underage drinking laws in the town of Castine during the nighttime hours Saturday led to an arrest, Dupuis said.

Dupuis and Detective Frank Jennings arrested Andrew Plata, 21, of Rhode Island on charges of failure to provide identification and refusing to submit to arrest.

The deputy said Plata was given a “lawful order” to provide identification and reportedly refused to do so even after advised he would be placed under arrest.


A sport utility vehicle went off the road and hit a tree on Oak Point Road in Trenton Saturday, Deputy Travis Frost said.

Lisa Korey, 52, of Trenton was operating a 2008 Kia SUV, which was a total loss, Frost said.

A passenger, Brian Madore, 29, of Trenton, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered facial injuries after his face hit the windshield, the deputy said. A private vehicle took Madore to a local hospital.

Speed was a factor in this crash, Frost said.

A pickup truck hit a tree after its driver failed to negotiate a curve on Eastbrook Road in Franklin Sept. 17, Dupuis said.

Eric Archer, 23, of Franklin was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer, which sustained significant damage, Dupuis said.

Noise complaints

A Castine woman reported that her neighbors were being loud, revving their engines and spinning tires just before 11 p.m. Sept. 19.

“I responded and checked the area and the suspect’s house was all dark and quiet when I arrived,” McFarland said.

There was another noise complaint in Castine on Friday. McFarland spent some time in the area but all was quiet.


Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo is investigating a complaint about someone fraudulently using a Surry man’s name in Connecticut. The incident was reported Sept. 18.

Missing child found

A Tremont resident reported Friday that a child was missing from the home, Deputy Luke Gross said.

“The child was quickly found to have walked over to the neighbor’s home,” Gross said.

Agency assist

Deputies assisted fire personnel and the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office at the scene of a structure fire in Otis Sept. 15, Deputy Chris Sargent said.

The marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

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