Teen High on Mushrooms Runs Into Traffic

ELLSWORTH — A 16-year-old Tremont boy who had ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms ran into traffic on State Street Monday in an apparent suicide attempt, according to police.

Bystanders were able to tackle the teenager and restrain him until police arrived.

The young man was taken to the emergency room for treatment and an evaluation. His companion, a 15-year-old Tremont girl, was also taken to the emergency room because she had been drinking.

The girl was summoned on a charge of possession of liquor by a minor.

Upon investigation, Officer Chad Wilmot charged two Ellsworth residents in connection to the incident.

Katelyn Hodgkins, 19, whose residence the drugs were allegedly consumed in, was summoned on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia, possession of liquor by a minor and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Sean Arey, 21, of Ellsworth was arrested on a charge of aggravated furnishing of schedule X drugs (mushrooms).

Police said Arey was in possession of 42.28 grams of mushrooms. He was transported to Hancock County Jail.

Santa Stolen

A CPR mannequin dressed as Santa was reported stolen from Town Auto Sales Dec. 22.

The mannequin was valued at $300.

Arrests and Summonses

Heather Betts, 26, Stonington, theft.

Douglas Pio, 29, Ellsworth, warrant.

Thomas Smith, 22, Lamoine, operating after suspension.

Anthony Sprague, 20, Ellsworth, operating after suspension.

Micah Chakirelis, 27, Trenton, sale/use of drug paraphernalia.

Paul Carpenter, 25, Hancock, sale/use of drug paraphernalia.

Custody Dispute

Police intervened in a child custody dispute on High Street Christmas Eve. Two men were separated and warned to have no further contact.


An Ellsworth woman was charged with theft Dec. 21 after allegedly trying to walk out of Marden’s with a cartload of merchandise.

Store security apprehended Amy Poors, 37, in the store parking lot. The total property value was about $150.


Sgt. Glenn Moshier warned a Bucksport man to have no further contact with his ex-girlfriend, who lives in Ellsworth, after the woman reported receiving unwelcome text messages.

Unsafe Driving

Two men were warned to stop doing “doughnuts” in the parking lot of an Industrial Road business Dec. 23.


Freezing rain Dec. 21 was a contributing factor in at least five property damage accidents, including one involving a driver who had pulled over as a safety precaution.

According to police, road conditions prompted Bonnie Gilfillan, 55, of Bar Harbor to pull her Ford sport utility vehicle into a private drive on Route 180.

Kelly Scott, 43, of Otis was traveling north in a 1991 Ford when he lost control on the icy road and slid into the rear end of Gilfillan’s SUV, pushing it into the ditch. Scott’s vehicle spun around before also landing in the ditch.

Also on Dec. 21, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the North Bend Road when driver Jackie Smith, 77, of Surry lost control on a curve of the icy roadway.

The truck crossed into the path of a 2006 Volkswagen driven by Neil Mackay, 52, of Ellsworth and the vehicles collided.

Alicia Grindle, 21, of Orland lost control of her 1999 Chevrolet while rounding a curve on Happytown Road the same day. The vehicle spun 180 degrees, left the roadway and struck several small trees.

Driver fatigue contributed to a Tuesday afternoon accident.

According to the report, LiHuei Bragdon, 56, of Eastport was traveling south on the Bangor Road when she fell asleep at the wheel. Bragdon’s 2002 Chevrolet car left the road and struck an embankment.

No injuries were reported.

For more police & court news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Cyndi Wood

Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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