Ellsworth Police log week of March 10

ELLSWORTH — Citizens contacted police to report suspicious persons, vehicles and behavior during early March.
On March 2, officers checked on a report of a vehicle parked behind a local business. The owner arrived at the same time as police. Also, a vehicle parked on the roadside facing oncoming traffic was towed, after officers were unable to contact its owner. And an older citizen reported that an unknown man knocked on his door, said nothing, and then walked away.

On March 4, officers investigated a report of suspicious activity at a city retirement complex. After checking the location, they found no one.

And on March 7, officers checking on suspicious activity reported near a local business found a man smoking a cigarette outside his hotel room.

No underage drinkers

An underage drinking enforcement detail found no violations, on Mar. 2.

Locked out

A possible trespassing complaint at a local apartment complex on March 2 turned out to be a locked-out resident.

Citizen assists

An officer drove an intoxicated man home on March 2.

Officers on March 2 provided a police presence for a landlord entering an apartment when the tenant’s lease had run out. There were no issues.

An officer on March 1 checked on a man who had fallen, and then contacted someone who could help him.

Officers responded to an overdose report on March 3. The person was conscious upon police arrival and was later taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

Youth issue

Officers responded to a concerned citizen report of a young person sitting in a snowbank on March 2. Police called his guardians to pick him up.


An individual was warned by police after a citizen complained of harassment on March 3. Police are investigating a separate complaint that was reported on March 2.

A citizen reported harassment to police on March 1 but did not want any action taken.

Domestic violence

Officers are investigating a domestic violence incident after responding to a local home on March 4.

Agency assists

Officers helped with disorderly hospital patients on March 1, 3 and 6.

A report of a possible domestic incident on March 2 was determined to have taken place outside of city limits. Police notified the appropriate agency.

Police checked on children at the request of the New Hampshire Department of Human Services on March 2. The children were “all set,” the responding officer reported.

Police assisted the Fire Department on a medical call at a local restaurant on March 1. A man having breathing problems was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.

Police provided backup for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on a traffic stop for a criminal complaint on March 8.


Police are investigating a theft of services from a local hotel on March 3.

A theft complaint from a local establishment on March 1 is under investigation.

Arrests and summonses

Bessie Beal, 35, of Hancock was arrested on a warrant charging theft by deception, forgery and misuse of identification and was also charged with attaching false plates following a traffic stop on March 6.

Aaron Higgins, 37, of Bar Harbor was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, for items valued at $46, on March 7.

Michael Ireland, 57, of Fletchers Landing was summoned on a charge of criminal trespassing on March 6 after receiving a warning not to return to a local business.

Alex Lane, 27, of Stockton Springs was summoned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child March 5 after officers responded to a check-well-being request in the parking lot of a local business.

Lucas Michaud, 30, of Ellsworth was summoned on charges of theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass following a theft complaint from a local business on March 2.

Trisha Murphy, 34, of Hancock was charged with failure to give correct name and date of birth to police, operating a vehicle with a revoked license, attaching false plates and operating an unregistered motor vehicle on Feb. 27.

Marissa Oullette, 36, no town listed, was charged with theft on March 5 for allegedly taking $27.12 worth of consumable items from Walmart.

Matthew Pike, 31, of Hancock was arrested on a warrant charging theft by deception, forgery and misuse of identification on March 6.

Randy Spencer, 28, of Otis was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash and failing to report a crash by the quickest means on March 7.

Dewayne Tincher, 34, of Ellsworth was arrested March 7 on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Nicolette Walls, 46, a transient, was summoned on a theft charge following investigation into the reported theft of $20 worth of food from a local store on Feb. 22.


A North Street driver lost control of his 2009 Dodge pickup truck March 1 at the intersection with Patriot Road and veered off-road, striking a tree. Jacob A. Hamilton, 20, of Ellsworth told police he had hit a section of the road still covered in snow. He was uninjured while his pickup was damaged but able to be driven from the scene.

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Wagstaff was driving too fast for conditions, police said, when she skidded off a snow-covered road at the corner of North Street and Patriot Road and hit an embankment on March 3. Wagstaff was driving a 2005 Honda sport utility vehicle. The Honda received minor damage.

Slushy Winkumpaugh Road conditions caused a 2020 GMC pickup truck to slide off down an embankment and overturn on rocks on March 3. Police said Thomas G. Dunn, 60, of Hulls Cove was negotiating a curve near Old County Road when the accident occurred. He told police he turned the wheel while sliding but nothing happened. Dunn was taken to a local hospital by a Northern Light ambulance for possible injury to his arms. His truck was towed from the scene.


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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