Ellsworth Police Log: Man faces charges after briefly escaping police

ELLSWORTH — A city resident faces four charges after an alleged assault and brief escape from police custody last week.

Police were initially called to Tag’s Sports Bar around 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 11 for a report of a physical altercation. Upon arrival and investigation, they found that 24-year-old Matthew Blethen had allegedly assaulted the bouncer at the bar.

Blethen was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. While subdued, however, he reportedly “escaped custody and led officers on a foot pursuit across the parking lot and onto State Street before being apprehended,” according to a police report.

Once caught, Blethen was then taken to the Hancock County Jail with additional charges: assault, escape and refusing to submit to arrest/detention.

Mystery motorcyclist evades the law

Just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 13, Officer Andrew Weatherbee tried to pull over a motorcycle on the Bucksport Road after he clocked it at 87 mph.

The black-and-green sports bike pulled away from Weatherbee, however, and he opted not to engage in a high-speed pursuit because he was traveling in the Twin Hills area.

Ellsworth police did not see the motorcycle or the rider, who was said to be wearing dark clothes and a dark helmet, again. Word was passed on to Bucksport police, but the bike was not seen or stopped there, either.

Bicyclist not seriously hurt after being struck by car

An Ellsworth man avoided serious injury after he was hit by a car on Bridge Hill Aug. 10.

Lorena A. Chase, 59, of Blue Hill was headed up Bridge Hill when she approached the intersection of Route 172 and routes 1 and 3 around 5 p.m. that evening in her 2014 Jeep SUV.

Scott Firley, 49, of Ellsworth was standing on the median strip with his bicycle. Chase claimed the bike rolled out in front of her; Firley said he did not see Chase’s Jeep because he was looking in the other direction and told police the collision was his fault.

Firley was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. He had abrasions and bruises on his head, but did not need to be taken from the scene by ambulance.

Chase was unhurt and her vehicle had minor damage.

Bobcat hit by SUV

On the morning of Aug. 14, 26-year-old Anthony Hall of Ellsworth was traveling south on North Street when a female bobcat ran into the side of his 2016 Kia SUV.

The collision caused about $200 in damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle. The bobcat was taken by Lt. Tim Cote of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Elderly woman dies

On Aug. 12, a 93-year-old woman died at her Grant Street residence. Police said the death appeared to be the result of natural causes.

Thefts and other losses

On Aug. 9, a resident of an Oak Street apartment reported that her car had been keyed.

On Aug. 11, a Deane Street resident reported a laptop computer missing from an apartment.

On Aug. 12, police received reports of several camps in the western woods of Ellsworth, off of the Bucksport Road, having been broken into.

Alcohol was taken from one of the camps, while a TV was reportedly taken from another. Police said the cases showed signs of the same MO (modus operandi). The break-ins are under investigation.

On Aug. 12, a man reported he left his truck in the parking lot of the Ellsworth Marketplace on Downeast Highway and that when he returned, he found someone had filled his door locks with super glue.

Susan Ruffner, 47, of Gouldsboro was charged Aug. 13 with negotiating a worthless instrument. The charge came after she allegedly wrote a check for $88.90 at Friends & Family Market on Aug. 4 that was subsequently not honored by the bank.

A burglary was reported Aug. 14 at an Oak Street home that is for sale. The caller said the door to the garage was open.

Police responded and determined it was likely bank employees who had been through the house, as the building was winterized and had notices on doors and windows. Nothing was disturbed, and police speculated the bank employees simply forgot to shut the door when they left.


Bruce Wilbur, 25, of Ellsworth was arrested and charged with a probation violation (allegedly consuming alcohol) on the Bangor Road Aug. 13.

Wilbur came to police attention after officers received a report of “two suspicious males” walking on the Bangor Road around 1:40 a.m.

Adam Chavez, 38, of Southwest Harbor was arrested Aug. 14 shortly before midnight on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of violation of bail.

Chavez was arrested following his discharge from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.


Frederick G. Crowe, 58, of Princeton, assault on High Street Aug. 10. Police said Crowe was involved in a road-rage incident and allegedly pushed another man.

Crystal Cartwright, 31, of Ellsworth, operating after habitual offender revocation on Myrick Street Aug. 12. Cartwright also was ticketed, charged with failing to provide proof of insurance.

Cartwright was charged after she was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Myrick Street, which police said was caused when the driver of the other vehicle made an improper turn. Nobody was hurt in the crash.

Hillary L. Gray, 25, of Southwest Harbor, operating after suspension on High Street Aug. 13.

Gray was summoned after she was involved in a two-car crash in which she hit another car while making a left-hand turn onto Foster Street.

The driver of the other car complained of head pain while a man riding in the car suffered bruises on his legs. An 8-year-old child in the vehicle hit by Gray was unhurt.

Chanel Bowden, 26, of Westwood, Mass., and Alyson Bailey, 20, of Mansfield, Mass., both were summoned on one charge each of possession of a usable amount of marijuana after the vehicle they were in was stopped following a traffic complaint just before 11 p.m. on the Bangor Road Aug. 14.

A 17-year-old boy from Fletchers Landing was summoned on a charge of possession of marijuana on the night of Aug. 3.

He was charged after police were called to the end of Addie Road to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

Speeding tickets

The following motorists were ticketed in a 30-mph zone on Main Street on Aug. 5 (alleged speeds listed in parentheses):

Todd B. Johnston, 42, of Hancock (44 mph).

Howard F. Harmon, 96, of Cherryfield (44 mph).

Michael J. Jordan, 44, of Hancock (44 mph).

Donald P. Cary, 75, of Prospect (44 mph).

Barry L. Hanscom, 58, of Machias (44 mph).

Dalton L. Farley, 56, of Machias (44 mph).

William G. Lahaye, 64, of Candia, N.H. (44 mph).

Ralph Colson IV, 24, of Hancock (44 mph).

Rebekah L. Bubel, 21, of Blue Hill (44 mph).

The following motorists were ticketed in a 45-mph zone on Route 180 on Aug. 5:

Mark L. Grindle, 51, of Surry (54 mph).

Bradley P. Smith, 36, of Ellsworth (54 mph).

Blake W. Curtis, 21, of Eastbrook (54 mph).

The following motorists were ticketed in a 30-mph zone on Main Street July 31:

Timmy L. Torrey, 58, of Hancock (39 mph).

Althea M. Davis-Brown, 55, of Hancock (39 mph).

Hope E. Jacobs, 51, of Gouldsboro (39 mph).

Vickie L. Tracey, 53, of Hancock (39 mph).

Melissa L. Cirona, 33, of Columbia Falls (39 mph).

Other motorists ticketed recently include:

Saben G. Rossi, 30, of Brewer, 44 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street Aug. 14.

Jessica A. Demazariego, 28, of Harrington, 44 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street Aug. 9.

Ryan I. Abdullah, 31, of Jamaica, 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Aug. 9.

Joshua Ellis, 25, of Fountain, Colo., 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Aug. 8.

Dwight W. Engelhardt, 47, of Bangor, 69 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Aug. 5.

Nicole L. Keniston, 32, of Frankfort, 39 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Aug. 5.

Stephanie E. Miller, 33, of New York, N.Y., 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road Aug. 1.

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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