Ellsworth Police Log: Call leads to discovery of kids feeding cats in street

ELLSWORTH — It seemed strange, the caller thought.

Around 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 10, a caller told police two teenagers were “spreading something on the street” and then on the sidewalk on Pine Street.

The teens, who were wearing backpacks and carrying white bags, would reportedly “pull their shirts up” after spreading the substance.

Officers investigated and found the teens were “feeding the homeless cats and taking pictures for Instagram.”

Assaults and reported fights

On Sept. 9, a man from Sullivan said he was assaulted by a drunken hitchhiker he picked up on State Street.

The alleged assailant “fled on foot” and his identity was not known. The investigation is ongoing.

Just after 1 a.m. on Sept. 10, police were called to Tag’s Sports Bar on State Street for a report of a man and woman fighting.

Neither individual was charged, and both left on their own.

On the night of Sept. 11, police received a report that three people were having a fist fight in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn.

Officers arrived and found that the individuals were “all friends and were ‘play-wrestling.’”

Speeder gives police the slip

On Sept. 9, a caller told police a Chevrolet pickup truck had gone down Main Street doing “at least 100 mph,” almost crashed on the Union River Bridge and then continued on Route 172.

Police responded but failed to find the offender or any “overturned vehicles.”

Teen runaway found, returned

On Sept. 10, police received a report that a 16-year-old boy who ran away from his home in Auburn was at a business on State Street in Ellsworth.

Police went to the business, found the boy and brought him to the police station, where he was picked up by his parents.

Unattended death

On Sept. 9, around 10:30 p.m., police were called to an address on the Bucksport Road for a report of an unattended death. Information such as age and sex of the victim was not released.

Thefts and other losses

A local hair salon reported Sept. 7 that it received a bad check in the amount of $244 two days earlier.

Renys reported a bad check in the amount of $97.75 on Sept. 8.

On the morning of Sept. 9, a Red Bridge Road resident reported someone took a $600 chainsaw from his vehicle during the overnight hours.

On Sept. 10, police received a report of a “possible theft” at a High Street store. As of this week, the complainant was reportedly deciding whether to pursue charges.

The case reportedly involved one party using another individual’s credit card.

A lost wallet was reportedly stolen on High Street Sept. 10.


Brendon Morris, 36, of Ellsworth, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Sept. 6 on Christian Ridge Road.

Morris was arrested after he allegedly brandished a knife and used it to threaten another man at the residence.

Jill K. Jones-Carter, 37, of Sedgwick, operating under the influence on Main Street Sept. 7. Jones-Carter was charged, police said, after they received a complaint about her driving.

Joseph E. Dennison, 36, of Ellsworth, violation of bail conditions (consuming alcohol) on Foster Street Sept. 9.

Police initially received a report of a “suspicious and intoxicated male” who “may have tried to enter a local residence.” Police checked the area after Dennison’s arrest, however, and found no evidence that any homes “had been tampered with.”

Joshua Ireland, 27, of Bangor and also described as a transient, was arrested Sept. 11 on a warrant out of Penobscot County charging him with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of unpaid restitution on a prior criminal mischief charge.

Ireland came to the attention of police after a resident of Twin Hill Road reported Ireland was at her residence and was refusing to leave. In addition to being arrested on the warrant, Ireland was warned not to return to the residence.


Stephanie Brocco, 44, of Blue Hill, sale and use of drug paraphernalia on State Street Sept. 12.

Traffic violations

Francis Hubert, 63, of Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, texting while operating a motor vehicle on High Street Sept. 4.

Ricky D. Dyer, 59, of Gouldsboro, operating to avoid a traffic control device on the Christian Ridge Road Sept. 5.

Tanner V. Edgecomb, 30, of Dedham, improper passing on Route 1A Aug. 23.

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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