Ellsworth Police Log: Driver charged with OUI after Bayside Road crash

ELLSWORTH — An out-of-state driver was charged with multiple offenses, including drunk driving, after he allegedly caused a two-car crash on Bayside Road July 19.

Police said Andrew D. Wilhelm, 26, of Branford, Conn., was making a left-hand turn into a driveway on Bayside Road around 10:30 p.m. when he failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming vehicle.

That vehicle, a 2005 Subaru driven by 19-year-old Mariah E. Beverage of Ellsworth, was struck by Wilhelm’s 1996 Ford pickup truck. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the crash due to the extent of the damage.

Neither Beverage nor Wilhelm was injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

Wilhelm was charged with operating after suspension, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and operating under the influence.

A police report indicated Wilhelm’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Motorcyclist injured

A Trenton man was injured when the motorcycle he was driving went down on the roadway after hitting loose gravel last week.

Police said 21-year-old Timothy Wedge of Trenton was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle on North Street when he came to the stop sign by Sunrise Glass.

As he began to pull out to make a left-hand turn, that is when the bike hit the loose gravel and went down. Wedge and the motorcycle ended up on the ground on the other side of the roadway.

Wedge, who was not wearing a helmet, was bleeding from his head but did not need to be taken from the scene by ambulance, according to a police crash report.

Thefts and other losses

On July 24, police received a report of a “shoplifter at Walmart that was fleeing in a car.”

Police stopped the vehicle, and the theft suspect — 27-year-old Heather Nadeau of Argyle — was arrested and charged with theft and violation of bail conditions.

Police said she stole a bikini top and bikini bottom, a skirt and two pairs of water shoes.

The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Carl Dawes of Carmel, was arrested and charged with operating after suspension.

Adrian E. Nietz, 40, of Southwest Harbor was charged with theft by deception after he allegedly switched price tags on two items at Marden’s on July 16. The store’s loss was reported at $24.80.

A 16-year-old girl from Bar Harbor was charged with theft after she allegedly stole a $2 headband from Walmart on July 23. She tentatively has a court date for Oct. 7, though Lt. Harold Page said the District Attorney’s Office and the juvenile intake officer have discretion over whether that charge will be pursued.

Page said Walmart’s policy is to seek prosecution on any theft that takes place in its stores.

Police received a report of a burglary at a Water Street residence on July 24. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was reported missing or disturbed inside the residence.

On July 25, police received a report from a Deane Street resident that a front door and vehicle windshield had both been damaged by pellets from a BB gun.

On July 25, Gold Star Cleaners on Downeast Highway reported a case of embezzlement in which an employee allegedly stole “several thousand dollars,” according to police.

The alleged theft happened earlier this year. The case is under investigation.


Kimberlee Greenlaw, 44, of Ellsworth was arrested July 21 on warrants charging her with unpaid fines. She was arrested after she was seen walking down the road on High Street.

Kayla Cortright, 25, of Hancock was arrested July 21 on High Street on a warrant out of Hancock County charging her with unpaid fines of $370.

Zachary R. Rand, 25, of Southwest Harbor was arrested July 22 after he turned himself in at the Hancock County Jail on a warrant out of Penobscot County charging him with failure to appear on a prior charge.


Emily Bamford, 24, of Bucksport, criminal speeding on the Bucksport Road July 21 (she was allegedly clocked at 60 mph in a 25-mph zone; criminal speeding is defined as 30 or more mph over the posted speed limit).

A 16-year-old girl from Ellsworth was summoned July 22 on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor (consumption) on Garland Road.

The summons came while police were investigating a report of possible animal abuse. That complaint remains under investigation.

Brock Murphy, 30, of Hancock, operating after suspension on High Street July 24.

A driver’s defense

On the evening of July 21, a caller reported a reckless driver on Christian Ridge Road, crossing the centerline, not paying attention and talking on the phone.

Police caught up with the vehicle in question, and the driver said “his vehicle sits extremely low to the ground” and that he “was avoiding the bumps.”

“He said he got a speeding ticket yesterday, so he was not trying to get our attention,” the report concluded.

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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