Rifle Shot Scares Off Would-be Burglars

ELLSWORTH — Would-be burglars were sent scrambling Sept. 29 when a Penobscot homeowner fired a rifle shot into nearby trees to scare them off.

According to Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Sargent, the homeowner fired the shot after hearing people in her yard trying to break into her vehicle and a shed. The intruders were gone when police arrived. Sheriff’s deputies and a state police K-9 dog and handler checked the area, but no suspects were located.


Deputies are searching for the driver of a 1988 Jaguar that was found totaled Saturday in Brooklin. The vehicle was apparently traveling westbound on Route 175 when it left the road, spun around and came to rest in a field. The driver likely was injured. Blood was found around the driver’s seat, Deputy Ben Astbury reported.

A Deer Isle woman was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension after her 1995 Toyota crashed into a building Saturday in Stonington.

Allyson Larsen, 22, was driving on Main Street around 5:20 a.m. when her vehicle left the road, broke a utility pole and crashed into a garage. Larsen told Deputy Rob Morang she was changing radio stations when the crash occurred. The Toyota is considered a total loss.

A 38-year-old Ellsworth woman was treated Saturday at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth for back and shoulder pain after the 2008 Dodge she was driving hit a guardrail and went into a ditch in Orland. Amy Foss told Deputy Jeff McFarland the accident occurred while she was swerving to avoid a deer on Route 1.

Deputies responded to a fourth single-vehicle accident Saturday, this time on Route 204 in Lamoine.

Kristen Kinsman, 22, of Franklin was traveling westbound near Pinkham’s Flats when the 1998 Toyota she was driving left the road on a curve and hit a tree. Kinsman sustained minor injuries in the crash but declined treatment, police said.

Damage to the Toyota is estimated at $4,000.

Speed is being blamed for a crash Friday on the North Penobscot Road.

According to Deputy Morang, Terri Snow, 35, of Orland was driving too fast when her 2008 Ford left the road and hit a utility pole. The Ford is a total loss.

A 2000 Jeep driven by a Gouldsboro woman is considered a total loss after a Sept. 26 accident on Route 1 in Hancock.

Vicki Barnard, 53, told police she lost control of the Jeep while swerving to avoid a vehicle that entered her lane of traffic. The Jeep left the road, hit an embankment and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels. Barnard was treated at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.


Deputies are investigating a burglary reported Sunday at a vacant home in Orland.

An Orland man reported the theft of paving materials on Sept. 29.

An Eastbrook resident reported the theft of firewood from a shed on Sept. 25.

Bail Violation

Ralph Haley, 49, of Blue Hill was arrested Friday on a charge of violating his bail conditions following a well-being check.

Charges Filed

Timothy Musetti, 22, of Tremont was arrested Sept. 28 on a warrant charging him with default in payment of fines.

Failure to stop at stop sign led to charges for a Blue Hill man driving in Brooklin on Sept. 27. Deputy Luke Gross charged Chesley Yurchick, 34, with operating after suspension.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander