Ellsworth Police log week of January 6

ELLSWORTH — Twenty-five-year-old Austin Hamilton of Ellsworth was arrested on three counts of drug trafficking on Dec. 30, when officers seized 6.7 grams of cocaine base, 6.9 grams of methamphetamine and 12.64 grams of heroin/fentanyl. Also found and seized was $2,768 in cash, believed by police to be drug proceeds.

Officers searched Hamilton’s car in the Maine Smoke Shop parking lot around 12:30 p.m. Police were seeking him following a bail violation complaint, Deputy Chief Troy Bires said, related to a November 2021 domestic violence arrest. A complainant had notified police that Hamilton had allegedly broken his bail conditions.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency assisted the Ellsworth Police Department in the investigation.

The three counts of trafficking in Schedule W drugs are all Class B charges, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Unwanted visitors

Officers responded to the Eagle’s Lodge Motel after the desk clerk called shortly before 10 p.m. on Dec. 31. The clerk had asked that three people visiting people staying at the motel be asked to leave and not return. The trio had left before police arrived.

On Jan. 1 at a local motel, police were called to remove a woman who was no longer a paying customer. As she had many belongings, a time was agreed upon for her to leave.

Officers on Jan. 3 moved along a man from a local business for disorderly behavior. They also moved along a disorderly person from a local motel on Jan. 2.

Alcohol-related issues

Officers conducting a detail to check for intoxicated drivers on Dec. 30 stopped six cars between 7 and 11 p.m., issued three verbal warnings for defective equipment and three verbal warnings for speed.

Officers responded to a complaint of a possibly intoxicated driver on Dec. 31 at about 7 p.m. Police found the driver, who was not intoxicated.

A medical issue brought officers to a city apartment on Jan. 1 around 2:15 a.m. A man said he had alcohol poisoning.

He was then taken to the hospital by ambulance.

A woman requested assistance with an evaluation and alcohol rehabilitation late on Jan. 1.

Well-being checks

Police responded to a request to check a woman’s well-being at a local hotel on Jan. 1 at about 2:30 a.m. Officers found the woman to be fine.

A local business called police Dec. 31, concerned about a person walking around. Officers checked the person and found him to be OK.

A woman in her home was found to be “all set,” police reported after checking up on her at the request of a caller on Dec. 29. So was a man in a truck parked at a local gas station Dec. 28. A caller was concerned about his well-being.

Suspicions reported

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at a local business on Jan. 1. The person had left before police arrived.

A report of a “suspicious person” sitting in the parking lot of a city park on Dec. 27 turned out to be someone watching television in his car.

Mental health issue

Police were called to a local business on Jan. 1 for a report of a suicidal man with a knife. When officers arrived, the man was speaking with the caller in the caller’s car. After several minutes, the man stepped out and was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for an evaluation.

Marijuana issue

Officers are investigating a report of a youth furnished with marijuana by a local resident on Dec. 27.

Assault complaint

An assault complaint made to police on Jan. 1 prompted officers to speak with the alleged offender and issue a warning to leave the victim alone.

Domestic calls

Officers responding to a possible domestic situation on Dec. 31 at 12:15 a.m. found it to be verbal only. One of the two people involved left for the night.

Agency assists

Officers assisted the Fire Department and Northern Light Medical Transport at a local residence on Dec. 31 shortly before 11 p.m. A person there had called 911 and was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

Police provided traffic control while the Fire Department responded to a propane leak at a local business on Dec. 29.

Officers on Dec. 28 assisted Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital with a woman experiencing mental issues.


Police are investigating the possible theft of a wedding ring that was reported on Dec. 28.

Arrests and summonses

Bradley Mills, 32, a transient, was arrested on a charge of violation of bail conditions and an outstanding warrant on Jan. 2. He was taken to Hancock County Jail.

Alexander Hess, 25, of Riviera Beach, Fla., was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, alcohol, minutes after midnight on Dec. 31.

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Anne Berleant covers news and features in Ellsworth, Mariaville, Otis, Amherst, Aurora, Great Pond and Osborn. When not reporting, find her hiking local trails, reading or watching professional tennis. Email her at [email protected]

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