Ellsworth Police Log: Two arrested following parking lot accident

ELLSWORTH — Two men were arrested after an alleged drunk-driving accident in the parking lot of a Water Street bar Oct. 30.

Police said Del P. Rinaldi, 44, of Bass Harbor, was backing up his 2006 GMC pickup just before 9 p.m. on Oct. 30 when he hit a parked, unoccupied vehicle.

He allegedly drove out of the parking lot but was stopped a short while later and arrested, charged with operating under the influence.

Rinaldi’s passenger, 45-year-old Delwin Faulkingham of Southwest Harbor, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Police said Faulkingham was yelling profanities while a family with children was nearby.

On Oct. 30, just after 9:30 p.m., police received a report of an erratic driver on the Mariaville Road. Police found the vehicle, and after observing its operation, pulled it over.

The driver, 36-year-old Sharon Gardner of Otis, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and operating after revocation.

On Nov. 1, just before 1:30 a.m., Sgt. Glenn Moshier stopped a vehicle on Grant Street after observing erratic operation.

As a result of the traffic stop, 26-year-old Zachary Cravens of Ellsworth was arrested and charged with both OUI and operating after suspension.

Confused caller

On Monday evening, a woman called police to report there was a woman who had “been motionless for hours in a chair by the ice machine outside Walmart.”

The caller provided a description of the woman, and police went to look for her. They could not find the woman the caller described, however — and it turned out there was a good reason for that.

“Upon further discussion with the caller it was determined that she thought she was calling the Ellsworth Police Department in Ellsworth, Kansas.”

Dueling damage theories

On Oct. 28, a woman came in to the police station to report that her silver Audi had been vandalized overnight on High Street.

The woman said a mechanic told her it appeared someone tried to remove the grill and bumper, and that there was an issue with a tire and part of the bumper was missing.

Police looked the damage over and determined a more likely cause was that the car had backed up and hit a curb.

A tipsy toilet and other wind-wrought havoc

On Oct. 29, police were called to multiple downed trees and utility lines as a result of the strong winds from the storm that morning and the night before.

One of the storm-related incidents police responded to was on State Street, where a city employee found that the portable toilet at Knowlton Park “had been knocked over sometime during the night.”

Rather than attribute the toilet trouble to criminal activity, police determined that “the high winds were the most likely cause.”

Thefts and other losses

On Oct. 27, a church on Beechland Road reported that its steeple had been damaged. Police said it appeared a bullet, pellet or perhaps rock from a slingshot had hit the fiberglass steeple about 20 feet off the ground, leaving a hole in the steeple.

Melissa Richards, 39, of Hancock was summoned on a charge of theft Oct. 27. Police said she was caught “concealing $49 worth of miscellaneous items” at Walmart.

Antonio Ortiz, 25, of Harrington was summoned on a charge of theft at Walmart on Oct. 28. Information about what Ortiz allegedly stole or the dollar value of the item(s) was not immediately available.

A Happytown Road resident called police on the evening of Oct. 28 to report his house had been broken into sometime that day. An unknown amount of money was reportedly taken.

Ashlee H. Paskura, 21, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of theft Oct. 28 after police said she was “caught shoplifting makeup and hair care products from Walmart” worth $46.22.

On Oct. 30, police received a complaint that fir tips, branches used for wreaths and other decorations, were being illegally harvested on a Bangor Road property.

Small said the people doing the tipping did not have permission to be doing it on that land, and as a result were told to leave and warned not to return to the property.

A 16-year-old boy from Bass Harbor was summoned on a charge of theft on Oct. 30 after he allegedly stole gaming cards worth $34.34 from Walmart.

Appliances were reported missing from a North Bend Road residence that was reportedly burglarized on Nov. 2.

A 15-year-old girl reportedly stole a pair of Nike sneakers valued at $39.99 from Marden’s on Oct. 30. Small said the girl “put them on and left her sandals behind.” The girl has not yet been charged, but is expected to be in the near future.

A Buttermilk Road resident told police on Nov. 2 that a tonneau cover, used to cover the bed of a pickup truck, had been stolen.


Melissa Brooks, 37, of Ellsworth was arrested Oct. 31 on High Street on a Hancock County warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge.

Ayla Carney, 27, of Ellsworth was arrested Oct. 31 on Oak Street on an outstanding warrant out of Washington County charging her with failure to appear in court on an earlier charge.

Justin E. Whalen, 24, of Ellsworth, domestic assault on Mayflower Way Oct. 31. Police said Whalen allegedly elbowed a woman in the face.


Kody Bunker, 22, of Penobscot, possession of a usable amount of marijuana Oct. 28 on State Street. Bunker was summoned after police received a report of an assault at Tag’s Sports Bar in the Mill Mall. Bunker was issued a trespass notice warning him not to return to the premises.

Traffic violations

Bruce S. Bosinger, 52, of Bedford, N.H., failure to stop at a stop sign on Downeast Highway Oct. 28.

Matthew R. Vanasse, 29, of Ellsworth, texting while operating a motor vehicle Oct. 31 on High Street.

Speeding tickets

Xu Zheng, 28, of Elmhurst, N.Y., 54 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street Oct. 28.

Veronika L. Bamford-Connors, 37, of Steuben, 54 mph in a 30-mph zone on East Main Street Oct. 29.

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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