Ellsworth Police: Driver hits Main Street flower shop



ELLSWORTH — A local man was injured after his car crashed into a Main Street business on the evening of Jan. 29.

Police said 56-year-old William J. Monti of Ellsworth was headed down Main Street around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in his 2003 Dodge SUV.

Monti told police he had a “coughing fit,” which caused the vehicle to cross the roadway, jump a curb and strike the Bud Connection flower shop.

The building did not appear to be seriously damaged as a result of the collision.

Monti was bleeding from his face as a result of the accident, and was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital by County Ambulance.

Monti allegedly “admitted to having two beers,” and police are awaiting results of a blood test to determine what his alcohol level is. As of Feb. 3, Monti had not been charged with anything.

Two teens charged with theft

Two teenagers from Mount Desert Island were charged with theft after they allegedly collectively stole $125 worth of beauty and hair care products from Walmart.

Summoned on charges of theft were Stephanie Perkins, 18, of Bar Harbor and a 17-year-old girl from Tremont.

Police said Perkins allegedly stole $70.49 worth of merchandise, ranging from hair coloring to “spike wax,” while the 17-year-old girl allegedly stole $54.61 worth of products including hair coloring and nail polish.

Anti-overdose drug helps local man

On the evening of Jan. 26, officers assisted personnel from County Ambulance at the scene of a drug overdose involving a 33-year-old man. The man was reportedly unresponsive when police and ambulance personnel arrived.

Ambulance personnel gave the man Narcan and he then “became responsive.” He was then taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Narcan (trade name for the drug naloxone) is designed to treat the effects of overdosing on heroin. Legislators passed a bill in 2014 allowing family members, police officers and firefighters to administer the drug, and the law went into effect without the signature of Governor Paul LePage.

LePage initially said he had concerns that expanded access to Narcan would encourage heroin users by giving them what he described as a safety net.

The expanded access to Narcan came after deaths in Maine from heroin abuse climbed in recent years. In 2011, the state had seven heroin-related deaths, while by 2012 the number had climbed by 400 percent to 28.

Dog day of winter

On Jan. 29, police received a report of a large white dog roaming at large in the vicinity of Beechland Road and Bayside Road.

The dog was caught just before Officer Rick Roberts arrived on scene, and he noted that the dog — later found to be named “Sweetie” — was “150 pounds and will not move.”

The dog eventually was coaxed into the police cruiser, and turned over to its owner. The owner was warned for allowing a dog to roam at large.

Running gone wrong

An anonymous caller reported Jan. 27, during the blizzard, that there was a jogger out running in the wild, wintry conditions.

The caller said he “thought it was dangerous to be out jogging in the blizzard and thought someone should check in case he fell down.”

Police patrolled the area but did not see anyone out jogging.

Downed drone is claimed

A Laurel Street resident reported last week that a video-capable, quad-copter drone had been found in her back yard after it apparently crashed there.

It turns out the drone belongs to a man who lives in the neighborhood, who had received the drone as a Christmas gift and was taking it out for its maiden voyage when it crashed.

The man learned his drone had been found after police shared information about it, and Detective Dotty Small said the man was going to speak to his neighbor and apologize for and retrieve the downed drone.

Gone to pot

A man who lives off of the Bucksport Road “brought in a marijuana pipe that he found in his stepson’s room” and asked police to destroy the item. Police obliged his request.

Thefts and other losses

A man told police Jan. 29 that his vehicle had been keyed while it was parked at Ellsworth High School on the evening of Jan. 23.

An employee of a company that rented an apartment on State Street reported on Jan. 30 that two TVs had been stolen from the apartment sometime in the past two weeks.

Someone reported $27 worth of prescription drugs (non-narcotic) stolen from a vehicle on Jan. 31.

Police are investigating two separate shoplifting incidents at Walmart in which they are working to identify the suspects.

On Jan. 28, a man was seen on video leaving the store with a cart full of alcohol, according to Lt. Harold Page.

On Feb. 2, a man reportedly concealed a BB gun and accessories and attempted to leave the store. He was confronted by security, dropped the items and fled the scene.

Miscellaneous

Staff at Walmart “reported receiving a $1 bill with writing on it that they thought might be related to illicit drug sales.” The information was forwarded to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

A folding music stand was found Feb. 1 at the corner of Main and Hancock streets. The stand was turned over to the Police Department, and a photo is posted on its Facebook page.

Arrests

Allen Fitch, 62, of Ellsworth, operating under the influence on State Street Jan. 31. Police said Fitch “went off the road on State Street and was stuck in a snowbank.”

Timothy Savage, 46, of Ellsworth, domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing, at an apartment complex off of the Bangor Road Feb. 2.

Police said Savage allegedly shoved a woman down on a bed and told her he was “going to put her head through a wall,” according to Page.

Summonses

Scott Knowles, 21, of Winter Harbor, possession of a usable amount of marijuana on Fifth Street Jan. 26. Knowles also was issued a traffic ticket for allegedly failing to provide proof of insurance.

Amanda Robbins, 24, of Surry, attaching false plates on High Street Jan. 28.

Justin Kane, 19, of Sullivan, illegal possession of liquor by a minor (by consumption) on the Surry Road Jan. 29.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.

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