Ellsworth Police log week of May 5

ELLSWORTH — On April 26, officers reported that they assisted an individual with Project HOPE (Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort). Project HOPE was launched by the Police Department in 2016 in partnership with Healthy Acadia. The program aims to connect residents seeking treatment for drug addiction with resources and programs that can get them the help they need.

The department held a fundraiser in April to help keep the program running. To connect with Project HOPE, call the Ellsworth Police Department at 667-2168 and ask for Project HOPE assistance.

To learn more about the program, connect with an Ellsworth police officer, contact Tracy Crossman at [email protected] or 610-0386 or visit

If you would like to make a financial contribution to Project HOPE, visit or call Shoshona Smith at 667-7171, ext. 210.

Agency assists

Officers deployed a spike strip on April 26 to assist the Holden Police Department with a car chase that went on for 43 miles before the suspects were stopped in Southwest Harbor.

Also on April 26, officers assisted the Gouldsboro Police Department by serving a cease harassment notice to an Ellsworth resident.

Officers served a subpoena on behalf of the Bar Harbor Police Department on April 27.

The department assisted the Maine State Police by transporting a prisoner from Orland to the Hancock County Jail on April 27.

On April 30, officers assisted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by standing by while the agency spoke with two individuals.

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital requested assistance with a disorderly patient on May 1. When police arrived, the patient had already calmed down.

Well-being checks

Police were asked on April 26 to check on the well-being of a person who had not been heard from in several days. Officers checked several possible locations but were not able to locate the individual.

On April 28, police were made aware of someone who may have been struggling with mental illness. Officers arrived on the scene and helped resolve the situation. The woman said she would call if she needed further assistance.

The department received a call from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on April 29 regarding a woman who had stated that she intended to harm herself. Officers located the woman and brought her to the hospital.

Trespassing and disorderly

On April 26, officers responded to the scene of an argument and gave both people involved disorderly conduct warnings.

A suspicious person was reportedly checking a mailbox and looking at houses on April 27. Officers located the individual and were told that he was checking the mail at a friend’s house.

On April 29, a local store reported a disorderly customer, who then fled. Officers were unable to locate the customer.

Officers issued both a trespass and harassment notice to an individual after being called to a local residence on April 30.


On April 28, a patron left a local restaurant without paying the bill. After being contacted by police, the person paid the bill, and no charges were filed.

Officers are investigating a theft that occurred at a local business on April 30.

Christopher Smith, 35, of Fletchers Landing was charged with theft by unauthorized taking after allegedly stealing approximately $50 worth of groceries on May 1.

Arrests and summonses

Nicholas D. James, 33, was arrested on a warrant out of Hancock County charging aggravated forgery on April 28.

After the department received a trespassing report from a local business, officers arrested Joseph L. Gionet, 56, of Ellsworth on charges of violation of condition of release and criminal trespass.

Nicolette Walls, 47, of Ellsworth was arrested on April 28 on an active warrant out of Hancock County charging failure to appear.

Officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on April 29. As a result, Scott Morrison, 53, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

On April 30, LeeAnn Muller, 36, of Minnesota was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after an investigation into a family fight.

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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