Ellsworth Police Log: Child-related calls keep officers busy



ELLSWORTH — Calls related to children in one way or another kept officers busy in the past week.

On July 26, a resident reported child abuse at a local apartment complex. The complaint was referred to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Around 10 a.m. on July 27, police received a report of two young boys leaving State Street Grocery without any parental accompaniment.

Police found the boys, 5-year-old twins, at Knowlton Park and spoke with them. The mother was then located and reunited with her sons. She said she had been out looking for them after they walked away from the house.

On July 27, police received a report of child abuse on State Street and then found out it was unfounded. Police found “a 3-year-old didn’t want to go to bed and was screaming.”

Shortly before 9 p.m. on July 27, police received a report of suspicious vehicles in the Tractor Supply parking lot off of High Street.

An investigation found a couple were trying to get a baby to go to sleep, and that they met at the store “to drive around the building.”

Cruiser vs. bicycle crash

Shortly before 8 a.m. on July 31, Officer Gil Jameson was involved in a crash with his cruiser and a bicyclist near the corner of Spring and Church streets.

There was reportedly minor personal injury in the crash, which is being investigated by Deputy Luke Gross of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Charges follow two-car crash

A crash in front of the Colonial Inn on July 29 resulted in both drivers being charged.

Police said 71-year-old Reginald Thompson of Stonington, in a 2008 Chrysler van, rear-ended 62-year-old Laurene M. Gray of Trenton on her 1942 Harley-Davidson when she was stopped in traffic.

Thompson was issued a summons charging him with operating after suspension. Gray, meanwhile, was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle for more than 150 days.

Thefts and other losses

On July 27, a man said he lost his wallet at the Branch Lake swimming area. Police said it appeared the wallet may have been stolen after someone in the area saw it there. The man said he lost $1,174 in cash in addition to the wallet itself and other contents.

Omar Mejia, 32, of Bangor, was summoned on a charge of theft after he allegedly was caught stealing $67 worth of merchandise at Marden’s. Mejia was working there as a temporary employee at the time, according to police, and the stolen item was recovered.

On July 30, police received a report of a theft of Suboxone from a residence off of the Bucksport Road.

On the afternoon of Aug. 1, a wallet was reported stolen from a Bucksport Road residence.

Arrests

Dale Johnson, 22, of Ellsworth, was taken to the Hancock County Jail on a probation violation hold on July 28.

Johnson was reportedly found on Franklin Street “trying to start physical altercations with other people” and was “extremely intoxicated.”

Ayla Carney, 27, of Bucksport, was arrested July 28 on an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on prior charges of driving to endanger and failing to report an accident.

Summonses

Michael Brunt, 22, of Jonesport, domestic violence assault and violation of bail, both on the Bucksport Road July 26.

Timothy Fogg, 26, of Dover-Foxcroft, operating after suspension on the Bangor Road July 28.

Richard Magoon, 27, of Osborn, violation of conditional release on High Street July 30. Police said he was found to be possession of Schedule Z drugs (Suboxone) as well as hypodermic needles.

Kerry E. Wholey, 66, of Ellsworth, violation of conditions of release (possession of alcohol) on Water Street July 30.

Wholey also was issued a summons on behalf of the Bar Harbor Police Department charging her with leaving the scene of a property damage crash in that community.

Justin Thomas, 23, of Hancock, criminal mischief at Tag’s Sports Bar on State Street on July 31. Police said Thomas was drunk and knocked over and broke a vending machine.

Kevin Pedersen, 24, of Orland, criminal speeding on the Bangor Road Aug. 1. Police said Pedersen was clocked at 88 mph in a 55-mph zone (criminal speed is defined as traveling 30 or more mph over the posted speed limit).

Speeding tickets

William Ross Dardick, 42, of Ellicott City, Md., 76 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road July 21.

Hugh Bryan Cole, 63, of Hopkinsville, Ky., 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road July 21.

Mary Jane Milner, 78, of Dedham, Mass., 64 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road July 21.

Alex Mashinsky, 50, of Memphis, Tenn., 49 mph in a 40-mph zone on Route 1A July 21.

Steve E. Poplawski, 40, of Peabody, Mass., 44 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 22.

Rebecca Ortiz-LaMora, 29, of Milbridge, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 22.

Derek R. Anton, 34, of Woolwich, 63 mph in a 40-mph zone on Beechland Road July 19.

Brendan J. Murphy, 24, of Plainville, Mass., 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street July 22.

Sumana R. Chintalapudi, 29, of Memphis, Tenn., 49 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street July 23.

Andrew I. Stettner, 43, of Pelham, N.Y., 44 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street July 23.

Katie A. Leblond, 24, of Millinocket, 64 mph in a 40-mph zone on Bayside Road July 23.

Edward O’Donald, 49, of Boyertown, Pa., 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A July 23.

Taylor R. Grimes, 21, of Old Town, 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A July 23.

Beth A. Smart, 63, of Ellsworth, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 28.

Carli A. Carter, 19, of Otis, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on the Christian Ridge Road July 28.

Michael A. Carlisle, 54, of Jacksonville, Fla., 44 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road July 28.

Bonnie J. MacGregor, 55, of Eastport, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 28.

Tiffany A. Lawonn, 28, of Otis, 52 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 28.

Norman Morse, 58, of Hancock, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 28.

Paula W. Coffey-Paine, 74, of Bangor, 39 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 28.

Storme M J Macomber, 23, of Castine, 79 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Aug. 2.

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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