Ellsworth Police Log: Alleged employee theft investigated

ELLSWORTH — Officials are investigating the death of a Washington County man whose body was found in a local motel room Thursday morning, which appears to be drug-related.

Brendon J. Bubar, 27, of Cherryfield was found dead in a room at The Colonial Inn on High Street around 8:40 a.m. on March 31. Staff at The Colonial reported the discovery to police.

Police said the case is being investigated by the Medical Examiner’s Office, which will try to determine a cause of death. Items found in the room suggest drugs were involved, according to police.

“We found evidence in the room to make us believe it was an accidental overdose,” said Lt. Harold Page.

Alleged employee theft investigated

Officials with Acadia Village Resort, the timeshare facility off of Downeast Highway, reported an alleged employee theft to police on March 31.

The employee is alleged to have taken around $3,000 over the course of several months, Page said. No one has been charged in connection with the case as of Tuesday, and it remains under investigation.

Pets are like children, but not exactly the same

On the evening of March 30, police responded to Pioneer Farm Way “to what was first thought to be a 10-year-old child in the water.”

“When officers arrived on scene it was found that it was a dog in the water, not a child,” police reported. “Officers assisted the dog owner with getting the animal inside to warm up.”

Rocky relationships

On March 30, police received a report of a stolen vehicle on High Street. Police investigated and found the vehicle was not stolen, but rather “marital property” and that the “parties involved are in the process of divorcing.”

On April 1, a man on High Street reported his girlfriend stole his Lexus the night before. He said he did not want to pursue charges but just wanted his vehicle back.

The man advised his girlfriend lived “somewhere in Dedham,” but police could not find any record of her there and the man did not return messages left for him. Based on his desire not to pursue charges, police took no further action.

On April 3, a resident came into the police station at 4:40 a.m. to report her “boyfriend being loud and not allowing her to sleep.” Police responded and warned the man to quiet down.

Bad drivers abound

On the evening of April 1, a driver reported another motorist driving all over the road on Myrick Street.

Police caught up with that driver, who said he was “just coming off the island and it was rainy and foggy.” He was warned for his poor operation.

Later that night, a motorist reported the driver behind him was “swerving all over the road” on Route 1A “and actually bumped into him at a light.”

The driver of the alleged bumper car was found and warned.

Around 7:30 a.m. on April 2, a driver on Route 1A said an SUV had been tailgating him in Dedham, passed on a double yellow line and almost hit another car head-on.

Police responded but could not locate the offending vehicle.

That afternoon, a driver complained about a pickup truck being operated erratically on State Street.

Police later found the truck on the Surry Road and ticketed the operator, 26-year-old Nicholas S. Rivers of Ellsworth, on a charge of imprudent speed.

On April 3, a man said a car going down Bridge Hill almost hit his vehicle, and that the offending vehicle was “all over the road.”

Police responded but could not find that vehicle.

Later that day, a driver on the Bucksport Road said a red sports car with temporary plates and a spoiler was speeding and making bad passes heading into Ellsworth.

Police found that vehicle, but after following it for several miles did not observe any violations.

On April 4, a woman coming into Ellsworth on Downeast Highway said another woman had “been tailgating her since Gouldsboro,” swerving over the line and “sticking her head out the driver’s side window.”

Police responded but could not find the offending vehicle.

Sign trouble

Police received reports of a man allegedly causing damage at several Water Street businesses on April 2 — tearing signs off buildings, knocking over another sign and knocking over a sawhorse. The man was issued several trespass warnings, covering the properties involved.

Thefts and other losses

Taylor McDevitt, 26, of Bernard was summoned on a charge of theft March 30. Police said McDevitt allegedly stole $112 worth of cosmetics from Walmart.

On April 2, a Straw Way resident reported his debit card was used by an unauthorized party (apparently in California) and that he was now out $800.

Amanda Robbins, 26, of Surry was summoned on a charge of theft after she allegedly took $46.26 worth of cosmetics from Walmart.

Isaac Griffith, 39, of Lamoine was summoned on a charge of theft on April 3 after he allegedly took a $15 bottle of lubricant from Walmart without paying for it.

A woman came into the police station April 4 and reported that her keys, including one to her new car valued at $300, had been stolen. The case is under investigation.

On April 4, prescription medications were reportedly stolen from a vehicle. The case is under investigation.


Shaun Parsons, 37, of Ellsworth was arrested March 29 at his Church Street residence on a warrant.

William Flanagan, 45, of Ellsworth, was arrested March 29 on Nicolin Road on a warrant charging him with an unpaid fine of $410. He was additionally summoned on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana after police said marijuana was found in his bedroom.

Jordan Kneeland, 33, of Machias, violation of condition of release (consuming alcohol) on State Street March 30. Kneeland came to the attention of police after a business asked for offices to get a man who appeared to be drunk to move along.

Joseph Gionet, 50, of Ellsworth, violating a protection order on High Street March 30. Police said Gionet contacted a woman whom he was not supposed to have contact with.

Jeffery Lawford, 29, of Bar Harbor was arrested March 31 on Beals Avenue on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a prior charge.

Jeffrey Dommel, 48, of Lamoine, operating under the influence on Downeast Highway April 1. Police said Dommel was stopped after he was observed driving erratically.

Ryan Arbo, 22, of Bangor, was arrested April 1 on High Street on four warrants — one charging him with failure to appear in court on a prior charge out of Washington County, and the other three out of Penobscot County charging him with unpaid fines.

Arbo was also issued a summons charging him with operating after suspension.

Ashley Smith, 23, of Ellsworth, operating under the influence of alcohol on Washington Street April 2.


Noah O. D’Alessio, 19, of Ellsworth, passing a stopped school bus with lights flashing on the Bangor Road March 31.

Traffic violations

Tracy J. Lawonn, 39, of Ellsworth, passing a vehicle traveling in the same direction in a no-passing zone on the Bangor Road April 3.

Amelia N. Clark, 25, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension on High Street April 3. Clark was also ticketed for allegedly failing to register her vehicle for between 30 and 150 days.

Speeding tickets

Danielle M. Rollins, 35, of Ellsworth, 50 mph in a 30-mph zone on East Main Street March 31.

Elizabeth A. Grindle, 31, of Dedham, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on the Bucksport Road April 3.

Timothy D. Plouff, 60, of Otis, 59 mph in a 45-mph zone on the Mariaville Road April 5.

The following motorists were ticketed in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road April 3 (alleged speeds listed in parentheses):

Roger A. Thurber, 25, of Ellsworth (39 mph).

Dawn M. Nault, 47, of Deer Isle (39 mph).

Jamie L. Hicks, 28, of Ellsworth (49 mph).

Amara S. Brown, 18, of Steuben (52 mph).


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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