Ellsworth Police Log: Man knocked over when car hits his shopping cart

ELLSWORTH — A city man was uninjured after he was knocked to the ground in a local parking lot last week by a driver who did not see him.

John R. Mott, 90, of Ellsworth was pushing a cart in the travel lane at the Mill Mall on State Street around 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Meganne B. Alley, 25, of Ellsworth was backing out of a parking spot at the same time and did not see him behind her.

Her 2003 Ford made contact with the cart Mott was pushing, causing him “to lose his balance and fall to the ground,” according to police.

Mott complained of arm pain after his fall, but did not need to be taken to the hospital by ambulance, according to a police report.

Winter weather

The two recent snowfalls kept police busy with reports of stuck vehicles, cars off the road and minor accidents, but no serious crashes or injuries were reported.

Inadequate attire prompts warning

A High Street business owner called police on the evening of Feb. 2 to report a “bald male walking around the parking lot taking off his clothes.”

Police found the man, warned him to go back inside and not return to the business in question.

Harassment at school

A mother told police on Feb. 6 that her 9-year-old son was being harassed by a 10-year-old student at school. Police are investigating.

Thefts and other losses

Marie C. Sanipas, 43, of Surry was charged last week with theft after she allegedly stole more than $1,300 while employed at KFC in Ellsworth in December and January.

Angie Grindle, 21, of Sullivan, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Grindle had worked as a babysitter, and her former employer later reported she had “kept some of her child’s clothing” and was selling it.

Police said Grindle allegedly took clothing, a bag, a baby bottle and liners with a collective value of $55.

Catherine M. Pickard, 27, of Ellsworth was arrested after she allegedly stole $25.70 worth of consumable goods at Walmart on Feb. 4. Police said she was arrested due to prior theft convictions.

A woman told police that “someone stole her purse and shopping bags from her shopping cart” while at a High Street grocery store on Feb. 6.

Police said store staff reviewed surveillance footage and found there was “no footage of anyone approaching her cart and taking the items.”

Two women were arrested and charged with theft after they allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart on Feb. 7.

Amanda Alley, 20, of Hancock and Miranda Berry, 21, of Sullivan, were both arrested and charged with theft.

Police said Alley stole a ring valued at $10 while Berry also stole a $10 ring and an $8 car air freshener.

Joseph Miller, 22, of Winter Harbor was summoned on charges of theft and misuse of identification this week resulting from a case dating to last year.

In late 2015, a debit card holder reported a card had been lost and used by someone else the following day.


Alicia B. Kinney, 31, of Orland was arrested Feb. 2 on High Street on a warrant charging her with failure to pay fines.

Joseph Dennison, 35, of Ellsworth, disorderly conduct and obstructing public ways, both on Water Street Feb. 2.

Gary Nightingale, 36, of Old Orchard Beach was arrested Feb. 3 at the Department of Health and Human Services office on Eastward Lane on a warrant charging him with unpaid fines.

Police were at the DHHS office prepared to keep the peace at a meeting Nightingale was set to attend. He was arrested on the warrant prior to the meeting taking place, however.

Dustin Francis, 35, of Blue Hill was arrested Feb. 3 on a warrant charging him with failure to pay fines.

Ivory Brulotte, 34, of Roque Bluffs, operating under the influence and operating beyond license restrictions, both on State Street Feb. 4.

Police said Brulotte drove into oncoming traffic and caused a crash.


A 13-year-old Ellsworth boy was charged with possessing tobacco products after he was allegedly caught with cigarettes at school on Feb. 8.

Traffic violations

Todd C. Carter, 46, of Hulls Cove, passenger with an open container in a motor vehicle on a public way, Feb. 2 on High Street.

Bert E. Sinclair, 59, of Ellsworth, improper passing on East Main Street Feb. 4.

Connor D. Lee, 20, of Sullivan, operating a defective motor vehicle on Route 1 Feb. 4. Lee was also ticketed for allegedly failing to provide proof of insurance.

Speeding tickets

The following motorists were ticketed in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A (alleged speeds listed in parentheses):

Kathleen Woodman, 57, of Woodstock, New Brunswick (64 mph on Feb. 3).

Jodie King, 59, of Sarasota, Fla. (64 mph on Feb. 3).

Lisa L. Higgins, 49, of Newburgh (82 mph on Feb. 4).

Jennifer E. Worster, 41, of Hancock (69 mph on Feb. 7).

Genelle L. Rowe, 18, of Bangor (69 mph on Feb. 7).

Theresa J. Leighton, 63, of Grandview, Mo. (64 mph on Feb. 7).

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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