Cops & Courts

  • Grand jury indicts accused Orland rapist

    Grand jury indicts accused Orland rapist

    ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Aug. 9 indicted an Orland man who is accused of raping an intellectually disabled woman. The grand jury indicted Van Stevens, 49, on two counts of gross sexual assault. The assaults are alleged to have occurred on Feb. 27 in Stonington, according to the indictment. The alleged victim

  • Two-county car chase ends in Blue Hill with gunfire

    Two-county car chase ends in Blue Hill with gunfire

    BLUE HILL — A 43-mile police pursuit that concluded in Blue Hill late Saturday morning began in Northport and ended in gunfire. The incident resulted in charges for a Camden man whose family had called police about the man’s well-being, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Waldo County Sheriff’s Lt. Matthew C. Curtis said

  • Hancock County divorces

    Hancock County divorces

    The following divorces were granted in Ellsworth District Court: Alfred W. Pettegrow II, Southwest Harbor and Kimberly A. Pettegrow, Southwest Harbor. Married April 8, 1995, at Somesville. Ashley M. Risinger, Surry and Douglas L. Risinger, Shady Cove, Ore. Married April 23, 2013, at Surry. Amie I. Burton and Eric J. Burton, Birch Harbor. Married June

  • Two injured in Hancock ATV crash

    Two injured in Hancock ATV crash

    HANCOCK — A Hancock man and a Lamoine woman were taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center after an all-terrain vehicle crash on B&B Drive in Hancock just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Maine Game Warden Cpl. John MacDonald reported. The driver, Eric Butters, 50, of Hancock, sustained serious injuries and was taken from the scene by

  • Hancock County Jail log August 6-13

    Hancock County Jail log August 6-13

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between August 6 and 13: Jennifer L. Atwood, 38, Stockton Springs, warrant unpaid fine. Elizabeth A. Clifford, 29, Bangor, back for court. Christopher D. Kerns, 45, Corinna, failure to appear. Timothy L. Thorpe, 38, Dedham, violating conditions of release and operating a motor vehicle

  • Maine State Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    Maine State Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    ELLSWORTH — A passer-by pulled a Portland man from the wreckage of his vehicle just before it burst into flames on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick Saturday, the Maine State Police reported. Samuel Scribner, 25, was driving an unknown vehicle, which went off the road and struck a tree, Trooper Travis Chapman said. Chapman charged

  • Former Blue Hill treasurer indicted on theft charge

    Former Blue Hill treasurer indicted on theft charge

    ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury Aug. 9 indicted Blue Hill’s former treasurer on one count of theft. The former treasurer, Jody A. Murphy, 38, of Franklin, is represented by Ellsworth attorney Max Coolidge. The indictment alleges that Murphy took funds belonging to the town of Blue Hill between Oct. 14 and Nov. 16

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    GOULDSBORO — As a result of an Aug. 8 traffic stop on East Schoodic Drive in Birch Harbor, Eben Moss, 34, of Fryeburg was arrested on a warrant for violating conditions of release and possession of a suspended driver’s license. Moss had previously been summoned in Birch Harbor on July 28 on a charge of

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 16

    ELLSWORTH — A mother and daughter were arrested on domestic assault charges on Aug. 9, after the two reportedly got into an argument over $300. Police said Tamara Strout, 48, reportedly lent her daughter, 24-year-old Mariah Ryan, the money. Ryan called police to the Ellsworth residence and claimed that her mother had pushed her into