Winter Harbor Police Log Week of Oct. 15

WINTER HARBOR — Police received a complaint Sept. 17 regarding a potential scam. A Winter Harbor resident claimed he was possibly being scammed by a potential buyer for an item he was selling on Craigslist.

Chief Danny Mitchell advised the individual to not have any more contact with the potential scammer and to look for another buyer elsewhere. No money or items were lost in the attempted transaction.


Officer Ken Schuurman arrested Brian Middaugh, 58, of Barrington, N.H. on a charge of operating under the influence on Sept. 18. Middaugh was taken to Hancock County Jail.

Camping not permitted

On Sept. 23, Mitchell found a pickup truck parked at the end of Grindstone Avenue early in the morning, with the owner sleeping in the back. Mitchell spoke with the vehicle’s owner and advised that the vehicle could not continue to park there, as overnight parking is not permitted. The driver told police that the parking location had been added to a popular “boondocking” website as a “free” wild camping location. Police contacted the owner of the website, which has since listed the Grindstone location as closed to camping.

On Sept. 24, Mitchell found a camper with Washington state registration plates and one with Maryland plates parked overnight at the end of Grindstone Avenue. The occupants also reported finding the site listed online. All were informed that camping was not allowed.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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