Ellsworth Police log: Woman, child hurt in High Street crash

Ellsworth firefighters and County Ambulance personnel attend to Autumn Carter at the scene of a car crash on High Street in Ellsworth on the morning of July 1. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JACQUELINE WEAVER

Ellsworth firefighters and County Ambulance personnel attend to Autumn Carter at the scene of a car crash on High Street in Ellsworth on the morning of July 1. PHOTO BY JACQUELINE WEAVER

ELLSWORTH — A city resident and her child were both hurt in a two-car crash on High Street July 1.

Autumn Carter, 22, and 2-year-old William Carter were hurt when the car they were traveling in attempted to turn left into the Ellsworth Shopping Center from High Street.

Behind the wheel of the 2007 Ford Taurus was 23-year-old Josiah Carter. Police said he had a green light, but not a green arrow, and should have waited to make the turn.

Instead, the Ford was struck by a 1993 GMC pickup truck coming from the opposite direction on High Street. It was driven by Steven Ouellette, 62, of Bradford.

Sgt. Glenn Moshier said at the scene that both drivers had green signals, but that it was incumbent on Carter to yield to oncoming traffic.

Autumn Carter was taken to the hospital with a complaint of neck pain. William Carter was bleeding from his head, but the injury did not require him to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The Ford had to be towed due to the extent of damage while the GMC pickup truck suffered only minor damage.

Stolen police gun triggers three arrests

Three men from Connecticut were arrested on the Fourth of July after they were allegedly found to be in possession of a gun that was stolen from a police officer’s home several years ago.

Police were called to McDonald’s on High Street around 5:30 p.m. after receiving a report of “suspicious activity” by three men in a car with Connecticut license plates. The restaurant management wanted the men warned not to return to the McDonald’s.

Police found, however, that the men were allegedly in possession of a .45-caliber pistol. When the serial number on the gun was checked, it was found to have belonged to a police officer in Connecticut.

The gun was reported stolen in a burglary at the officer’s home a couple of years ago, according to Lt. Harold Page. Page said an undisclosed amount of cash was also recovered from within the car.

Arrested and charged with receiving stolen property (a Class B offense) were: Jose Aldino, 25, of Waterbury, Conn.; Eldier Perez-Rivera, 26, also of Waterbury; and John Pol, 23, of Meriden, Conn.

Paycheck pickup proves problematic

A Lincoln man was charged after he allegedly went to his former boss’s home in Ellsworth and caused a scene while trying to collect his final paycheck.

Brian Richardson, 40, was charged with driving to endanger and warned for trespassing following the July 3 incident.

A woman who lives on Walls Farm Way called police and said an ex-employee, Richardson, was “at her home demanding his paycheck.”

She said he was doing donuts in her driveway with his vehicle and that he “almost hit her husband.” The woman said Richardson’s check was in the mail.

Richardson left the scene and was later stopped by a state trooper on Route 1A.

Stuffed, sleepy and swerving

Around 11:30 p.m. on July 2, police received a report of a Volkswagen SUV “all over the road” on Route 3. The complainant said the vehicle crossed the centerline and almost hit a telephone pole.

The offending vehicle pulled into the Super Shoes parking lot, which is where police caught up with it. The driver denied any poor operation, but said he had “pulled over to take a rest” and said he and his traveling companions “had too much food” in Bar Harbor.

Police found no evidence of impairment, and the driver said he intended to remain there a while longer to rest.

Domestic dispute investigated

Around 12:30 a.m. on July 3, police received a report of a fight in a car on the Bayside Road. The man in the vehicle got out and was found shortly after.

Police said their investigation was “inconclusive” as to whether there was a physical altercation, and the two parties involved separated on their own accord.

Canine complaint

On the evening of July 3, police received a report of a dog in the back of a white Ford Ranger from California.

The dog was said to be “howling,” and while the windows were cracked the engine was not running.

Police responded and found the windows were cracked enough for a breeze to get through and there also was “a sign in the window stating there is water for the dog.”

Hold your horses

Police received multiple reports of horses running loose in the roadway on Christian Ridge Road on the afternoon of July 4.

Police said the owner helped in getting the animals out of the road and into an enclosed area, and he said he had “no idea how they got out.”

Fireworks on the Fourth

Police had only one complaint about fireworks over the holiday weekend. That complaint was called in just after 10 p.m. on July 4 by a Bucksport Road resident.

The woman said people were “setting off fireworks all over, specifically on Bridge Hill and down by the river.” She expressed concern they might “blow themselves up.”

One individual was located and warned for setting off fireworks in a prohibited area.

Thefts and other losses

On June 30, police received a report of a vehicle off the road along the Mariaville Road (Route 180) near the Green Lake Fish Hatchery around 10:30 p.m.

No one was in or around the vehicle at the time, and the vehicle was later reported as stolen. Police said this week the case remains under investigation.

Rebecca A. Bukala, 35, of Columbia Falls was arrested July 3 and charged with theft after she allegedly stole merchandise from Walmart.

That merchandise included seven eye shadow or eyeliner products and two lip gloss products, with a total value of $53.84.


Andrea King, 24, of Jackson, operating under the influence and criminal speeding (exceeding speed limit by 30 mph or more) on Water Street June 30.

Police said King was clocked at 72 mph in a 25-mph zone.

Codey Chandler, 26, of Ellsworth, was arrested July 2 on Main Street on a warrant out of Penobscot County charging him with failure to appear in court on a prior charge.


Anneliese Monkman, 24, of Clinton, operating after suspension on the Bangor Road June 29.

Wayne Hutchinson, 44, of Waltham, operating after suspension on State Street July 4.

Traffic violations

Morris Deckers, 29, of Ellsworth, operating without a license on the Mariaville Road June 29.

Matthew J. Bergin, 38, of Blue Hill, operating to avoid a traffic control device on Christian Ridge Road July 2.

Speeding tickets

Steven W. Ribble, 57, of Bangor, 49 mph in a 35-mph zone on High Street July 3.

Matthew G. Boynton, 34, of Lamoine, 59 mph in a 35-mph zone on High Street July 3.

Amit R. Chavan, 29, of Rocky Hill, Conn., 54 mph in a 25-mph zone on the Bucksport Road July 3.

Colby J. Lee, 16, of Seal Cove, 84 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A July 2.

The following drivers were ticketed in a 45-mph zone on Route 180 July 2 (alleged speeds listed in parentheses):

Elizabeth Perry, 19, of Ellsworth (55 mph)

Naomi M. Courtemanche, 40, of Ellsworth (54 mph)

Tracy C. McGarr, 30, of Bar Harbor (55 mph)

Edwin N. Hoff, 51, of Gurley, Ala. (54 mph)

Phyllis D. Ihle, 67, of Ellsworth (54 mph)

Seat belt violations

The following drivers were ticketed for allegedly failing to wear their seat belts on High Street June 1:

Norman A. Talbot, 73, of Franklin

Bruce A. Jordan, 62, of Waltham

Brittney L. Tilley, 22, of Milford

Sophia L. Miller, 26, of Brunswick

Samantha L. Leach, 19, of Winterport

Jerry S. Wilbur, 63, of Franklin

Tylor D. Matthews, 18, of Franklin

Donna M. Engler, 68, of Bar Harbor

Cole A. Cookson, 28, of Carmel.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.

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