Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 24

Citizens call in suspicious behavior

ELLSWORTH — Officers were called to several locations over reports of people acting in ways observers deemed “suspicious.” Investigation of the incidents proved them to be unfounded. The reports included a request to check a suspicious motorcycle parked on the side of a local road on June 20. The driver told police the motorcycle had broken down and he was waiting for a tow.

On June 19, police received a report of suspicious activity around a local residence. They patrolled the area throughout the night and saw no suspicious activity. 

Also on June 19, Officer Toni Ryan responded to a report of a suspicious man getting into cars at a local grocery store. She learned the man, who was elderly, was trying to find his sister’s car.

Truck on fire

Police responded to a report of a truck on fire on Happytown Road on June 12 and found Nicklas Steinbarger, 18, of Blue Hill, pacing the roadway. He told officers he had just bought the truck from someone 3 miles away and while driving noticed smoke coming out of the engine, with flames rising as he pulled over. Steinbarger was warned for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Speed details

Officer Jon Mahon conducted two speed details on June 17, one in the early morning hours and one in the early afternoon. He stopped 30 cars, issued 25 warnings for speed, two warnings for defects and three speeding tickets.


Police on June 18 issued a trespass notice to a Gouldsboro resident to not return to private property in Ellsworth.

Officers on June 16 warned a man for criminal trespassing after an Ellsworth woman reported her boyfriend would not stop harassing her and showing up at her home. The man was also warned to have no contact with the woman.

Agency assists

Officer Zackery Kline assisted the Department of Health and Human Services with a well-being check of a local resident on June 18.

Police received a request from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on June 15 to assist with a patient with mental health issues who was out of control.

Officers removed an intoxicated woman after Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital called on June 18.

Police assisted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with a vehicle search on June 14.

Officer Robert Angelo assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest of a driver who two deputies were pursuing on June 16. The man, Darren Smith, was then charged by the Sheriff’s Office.

Domestic calls

Police responded to a local residence for a domestic situation on June 18. Police separated the parties, with one party leaving “to go cool off,” Kline reported.

Officer James Hassard responded to an incident on Bangor Road on June 20 in which a man reportedly was trying to run over a woman. But when officers arrived, they found the woman had stepped out of the car during an argument to walk and the man was “simply following behind her in the car.”

Youth issue

Police on June 19 fully investigated a report of a suspicious incident involving an Ellsworth police officer on the Downeast Highway and determined the youth had made the incident up. No charges were filed. 


A local business reported a theft on June 15 but declined to file charges.

Arrests and summonses

David Conway, 22, of Ellsworth turned himself in on an outstanding warrant on June 18.

Keoki Huntley, 41, of Sherman was arrested on two active warrants out of Penobscot County on June 16.

A 17-year-old girl from Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of possession of liquor by a minor on June 16.


A driver went off the road after falling asleep behind the wheel but escaped unscathed when his 2007 Subaru sedan caught fire. Robert Wilson, 25, of Bangor was headed north on Bangor Road near the Winkumpaugh Road intersection on the morning of June 4 when he struck a utility pole guide wire before coming to a stop. The car then burst into flames. Police did not indicate why the car caught fire.

A 42-year-old Westbrook woman, Kristina Corbezzola, reportedly ran a Church Street stop sign June 10, striking a 2013 Toyota sedan traveling on Oak Street driven by Jamie L. Hicks, 34, of Ellsworth. Hicks complained of general pain but declined immediate medical attention. Corbezzola was found by police to have a suspended driver’s license. The 2004 Buick sport utility vehicle she was driving belongs to an Ellsworth resident. Both vehicles received functional damage in the accident but only Hicks’ Toyota needed to be towed. 

Ceceila A. Doering, 19, of Holden drifted from the northbound to southbound lane on Bangor Road at 4:40 a.m. on June 19. Her 2014 Subaru sedan then veered off the road. Doering ended up in a ditch, damaging the Subaru’s front end, undercarriage and wheel assemblies. She also received a bloody nose and a possible head injury. Her passenger, Mary A. Butler, 18, also hit her head. Neither requested medical treatment. 

Anne Berleant

Anne Berleant

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