Ellsworth Police log week of May 12

ELLSWORTH — The intersection of North Street, or Route 179, and Bangor Road continues to cause safety concerns.

Earlier this month, according to police, video evidence shows Ellsworth resident Dylan Taplin, 22, ran the stop sign on North Street before being hit by a dump truck heading north on Bangor Road. The driver of the truck was too close to stop in time and struck Taplin’s vehicle right in the middle of the driver’s side, pushing it across the street and into a pile of rocks.

Taplin’s side airbags did deploy, but he was taken to the hospital with a fractured skull. Luckily, the passenger in Taplin’s vehicle and the driver of the truck were unharmed.

State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) has confirmed that an engineer from the Maine Department of Transportation will be coming this month to inspect the intersection after several residents voiced their concerns.


Officers conducted a security detail at Constitution Hall on May 6.

On May 7, a man called police regarding an Apple AirTag in his vehicle that Apple had notified him about. An AirTag is a tracking device designed to act as a key finder or means to track down other personal objects. The devices also have raised safety and privacy concerns. The AirTag was located but the man realized that the keys belonged to his friend.

Well-being checks

On May 2, officers were asked to check on a local man’s well-being. He was unable to be located at first but was later found to be out of state.

On May 5, officers were asked to check on a man who was unresponsive. Police arrived and found that the man had died but that the circumstances were not suspicious.

Officers checked on the well-being of an elderly man on May 6 and his family was called to assist him.

Agency assists

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital requested help with an unruly crisis patient on May 2. Police met with the patient and “came to an agreement.”

Police assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a report of a domestic assault on May 3. The department provided backup, as the Sheriff’s Office only had one deputy available to respond.

K9 Officer “Agent” was deployed on May 4 to assist the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office by conducting a sniff test of a vehicle that was part of a traffic stop. Agent was able to locate illegal drugs and an arrest was made.

Police assisted the Probation and Parole Department on May 5 after a probation officer placed a hold on an individual.

Trespassing and disorderly

On May 3, police received a noise complaint regarding young people at a local park. The youths were advised to keep the noise at a reasonable level.

Officers responded to a report of two women arguing on May 5. One of the women involved was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

On May 5, a local resident called to report loud music at a local business. The man was advised of the noise ordinance that is in effect.

Police removed two individuals from a residence on Brookside Court on May 6 at the request of the homeowner.


The theft of a “Thin Blue Line” flag, valued at $30, was reported to police on May 3. Officers have investigated the incident but have been unable to locate any suspects.

Police are investigating the theft of a passport from a local business that occurred on May 3.

On May 7, a resident reported that his laptop, valued at $500, had been stolen from his vehicle while parked outside an apartment complex.

Arrests and summonses

Ronald Donovan, 55, of Lamoine was summoned on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer after a cargo trailer was reported stolen on May 3 from the parking lot of a local business.

Shaylee Overlock, 21, of Ellsworth was charged with violation of conditions of release and unlawful possession of drugs on May 4.

Justin Bulley, 29, of Trenton was summoned on a theft charge May 5 after allegedly shoplifting from Walmart. The value of the items stolen was unknown at press time.

Tyler Skillings, 19, was arrested on May 5 for a warrant out of Penobscot County charging failure to appear on charges of operating a vehicle after suspension of his license and violation of bail conditions.

John Goodwin, 34, of Hancock was arrested after it was discovered during a traffic stop on May 6 that he had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on a drug charge, criminal forfeiture of property and cruelty to animals.

Venessa Grey, 24, of Ellsworth, a passenger in a vehicle at a traffic stop on May 7, was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear on charges of operating a vehicle without a license. She was transported to Hancock County Jail.

Traffic violations

Officers conducted a distracted driving detail on May 9. Five vehicles were stopped, and one summons was issued.


Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].
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