Cops & Courts

  • Former Loan Broker To Be Tried on Theft Charges

    ELLSWORTH — A former loan broker who pleaded guilty to stealing over $500,000 from his clients will go to trial on the charges.   On Monday, Superior Court Justice Kevin M. Cuddy rejected a plea agreement that would have entailed Eric Murphy Jr. serving 18 months in prison. On March 2, Murphy had pleaded guilty

  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Sorrento Arson

    ELLSWORTH — A woman charged by a federal grand jury of setting fire to a Sorrento house has pleaded guilty to damaging over $1,000 worth of federal property.   Cecelia Sanborn, 25, of Franklin pleaded guilty March 9 in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark said Sanborn will be sentenced later

  • Hancock County Sheriff: Brooksville Burglary Under Investigation

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at a Brooksville cottage that a caretaker reported Sunday.   Accidents Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Great Pond Road and Route 182 Monday after a motorist’s vision was obscured by brush and he was unable to see an oncoming car, police said.

  • Fifth District Court

    The following cases were heard in Fifth District Court, according to official records:   John Patten, 50, Eastbrook. Operating while license suspended or revoked at Ellsworth, Aug. 17. Fined $500. Matthew Peasley, 22, Otis. Operating while license suspended or revoked at Ellsworth, Nov. 23. Fined $250. Michael R. Peleski, 28, Franklin. Operating under the influence

  • MDI Police: Snow Snares Motorcycle Scofflaw

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park rangers responded to a report of a man riding a Yamaha motorcycle on motor roads closed for the winter on the night of March 6.   After allegedly bypassing a gate at the visitor center in Hulls Cove, Brian Nadeau of Orono, 41, got his bike stuck in a patch

  • State Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 1959

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police report that the highway deaths in Maine during 2009 and 2008 were at their lowest since 1959.   Maine is following a national trend, spokesman Stephen McCausland said. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the number of traffic fatalities nationwide reported at the end of 2009 reached the

  • Burglary Suspect Yanks Guilty Plea

    ELLSWORTH — A former College of the Atlantic (COA) freshman accused of burglaries at the school has withdrawn her guilty plea and will now stand trial, probably in July, according to the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office.   Olivia Pell, 20, of West Greenwich, R.I. pleaded guilty in January 2009 to one count of burglary

  • Hancock County Sheriff: Slick Roads Factor in Several Crashes

    ELLSWORTH — Slick roads Monday morning contributed to several accidents in Hancock County.   A car hit a tree and a rock after its driver lost control in slush on Washington Junction Road in Hancock Monday, police said. Angela Leach, 18, of Steuben was driving a 2002 Mercury Sedan, which was a total loss, police

  • MDI Police: Soda Machine Heats Things Up

    BAR HARBOR — Wiring inside a soda vending machine outside the Circle K convenience store on Cottage Street caught on fire early Tuesday. After a passerby reported the incident just before 2 a.m., firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring out of the machine. Firefighters had to force open the lock with a pry bar to