Winter Harbor Police Log Week of May 3

WINTER HARBOR — On April 18, police assisted with a domestic complaint in Gouldsboro that resulted in the arrest of Susan Ruffner, 49, of Gouldsboro.

Ruffner was taken into custody by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and charged with domestic terrorizing and violating bail conditions.

Possible stalking case

A local woman told police on April 20 she believed she was being stalked by a man who had assaulted her in December. She was concerned that the man was watching her, police reported.


On April 20, police were asked by local residents to clean the roadsides of hypodermic needles that had been found.

Police wrote in a report that they found “several” needles throughout the day that were removed.

Woman dies at home

Police performed a well-being check at a home on Hillcrest Drive on April 26 and ultimately found a woman who had died in her home.

When no one replied at the house, police made “a forcible entry to find the woman, deceased,” a police report read.

The family was notified by officers.

Whole new perspective

Police responded to a motor vehicle complaint from Washington County on April 18 of a Jeep driving in the middle of the road on Route 1.

When police intercepted the driver in Gouldsboro, the man said the Jeep was his girlfriend’s car, which had a steering wheel on the right side.

“The driver stated it was his first time driving a vehicle with the steering wheel on the right side, so his spacial judgment was a bit off,” a police report read.

An officer told the man to drive closer to the white line and released him.

Lights on

Police received a call about lights being on at a residence on Hillcrest Drive on April 20.

An officer checked the home and found it to be secure. There were no signs of forced entry.

Hold my gun

Police returned a .38 special revolver handgun on April 24 to an estate representative who had asked for authorities to keep the gun for safekeeping.

Agency assist

Police responded to a medical call on Ashville Road in Sullivan on April 26.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.

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