Maine State Police Log: Two charged in Washington County robbery

ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police arrested two Roque Bluffs men in Ellsworth Sunday night after they allegedly robbed a homeowner in the Washington County town of Whiting.

Sheriff Barry Curtis is charging the two with attempted armed robbery.

The homeowner reportedly shot one of the men, Richard Guptill, 28, according to police. Guptill was arrested at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for the wound.

Troopers also located the other suspect, Kristopher Preston, 28, in Ellsworth.

Both were taken to the Washington County Jail.

Operating Under the Influence

Troopers charged two motorists with operating motor vehicles while under the influence of intoxicants last week.

Trooper David Barnard arrested Brenda Horton, 53, of Surry on charges of OUI, violating conditions of her release and failure to stop for an officer on Route 172 in Surry Oct. 28.

Trooper Jacob Ferland arrested James Stilphen, 23, of Mechanic Falls on a charge of OUI in Ellsworth Oct. 26.


A hit-and-run crash in Hancock Sunday led to charges for a Connecticut motorist.

Police summoned Elysia Petzold, 19, on charges of driving to endanger and operating beyond license restrictions. No word on injuries or property damage.

Criminal mischief

Several vehicles were damaged in a Hancock gravel pit Oct. 26. Trooper Caleb McGary is investigating.


McGary is investigating two thefts in Deer Isle, including gas that was taken from a business during the night of Oct. 23.

Thieves also took two beehives Oct. 27.

Trooper Chris Smith is investigating a theft of several hundred feet of multi-strand grounding wires taken from an Emera Maine substation in Otis Oct. 29.

“The wire is actually copper clad or copper weld, which is not worth as much for recycling,” Smith said.

Smith also is investigating a theft of a Mercury 5HP motor and a Stihl chainsaw from a storage shed off Springy Pond Road in Otis Oct. 28.


Trooper Jeffrey Taylor charged Tyler Kuester, 24, of Cranberry Isles with possessing a loaded firearm on a public way and possessing an open container of alcohol. The charges stem from a traffic stop on Route 1 in Hancock Oct. 29.

Taylor also summoned Melissa Rolfe, 29, of Franklin on a charge of operating without a license Oct. 29 on Route 182 in Franklin.

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