Ellsworth Police: Woman scammed in attempt to get loan



ELLSWORTH — A local woman is out almost $1,500 after she reportedly fell victim to a scam after trying to get a loan.

The woman told police that she applied for a $10,000 loan with a company and was approved. The company asked her to send money for the first and second payments, and she sent them $1,438 on prepaid cards.

The company sent her tracking numbers and told her where she could pick up her payments, but when she went to do so she was told that the tracking numbers were no good.

She called the loan company and staff there told her she needed to send more money. She told police she realized she was being scammed at that point. She asked for her money back, but the company reportedly said no and ended the call.

Police told the woman there was nothing they could do for her. They advised her to watch her bank accounts closely and keep an eye on her credit report.

Man Hurt in Single-car Crash

A city resident suffered a minor injury after the brakes on his car failed and he hit a utility pole Oct. 1.

Police said Corey T. Nichols, 37, was headed east on the Bucksport Road (heading down Bridge Hill) around 5:50 p.m.

He told officers after the crash that his brakes failed, and because there were cars ahead of him he opted to go off the road instead of hitting them.

That caused him to collide with an old utility pole. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, and Nichols was taken to the hospital by ambulance for a complaint of arm pain.

Man Warned for Soliciting

On Oct. 6, a woman reported she was on the walking path along State Street when a man approached her and solicited money, which made her nervous.

The man followed the woman back to her car and she gave him $3. Police later found the man and warned him to not approach people for money. He also was told he could not live in the woods behind the trail.

Child Reports Abuse

On Oct. 2, on behalf of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Dotty Small interviewed a 14-year-old girl who reportedly disclosed sexual abuse over a number of years. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.

Signs, Sign,

Everywhere a Sign

On Sept. 30, a resident called and expressed concern “about the placement of political signs on Bridge Street Hill.” The man said he felt the signs blocked the view of motorists.

Police checked and although they confirmed there were many signs there, they said there was “clear vision for all approaching traffic” at the intersection itself.

Bad Driving Near Children

On Oct. 2, police received a report of someone driving erratically on the Buttermilk Road “while children were waiting for a school bus.” The complaint is under investigation.

Thefts and Other Losses

A theft complaint on State Street Sept. 30 turned out to be unfounded, after it was determined a piece of furniture — the one believed to have been stolen — had instead only been moved inside out of the rain.

Trevor Stover, 50, a transient, was summoned on a theft charge after he allegedly shoplifted a $15 bottle of vodka from Hannaford on Oct. 2.

A business on Main Street reported Oct. 3 that an unidentified man had “removed a section of curbing from the parking lot” and used it as a skateboard rail.

The business owner took care of putting the curbing back in place, and asked police to keep an eye on the property after hours.

Robert G. Bishop III, 37, of Ellsworth was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (Class C, with priors) and violation of conditional release.

Police said Bishop “concealed $95 worth of clothing and attempted to obtain a refund for property he failed to purchase at Renys.”

Bishop was then summoned the next day on a theft charge after police said they found he allegedly stole a jacket from Walmart on Oct. 2.

Kerilyn Bishop, 30, a transient, was arrested and charged with theft on Oct. 6, also stemming from an Oct. 2 incident at Walmart. Police said she allegedly “filled up a shopping bag with unpurchased items and left the store without paying for them.”

On Oct. 6, a High Street business reported that an employee gave items to her roommate without paying for them. That complaint is under investigation.

On Tuesday morning, a woman reported the theft of $48 worth of medication from her mailbox. Police said the prescription medication was not a narcotic or a drug that can be abused.

Arrests

David L. Hopkins, 33, of Ellsworth, was arrested Sept. 30 on the Bangor Road on a charge of operating after habitual offender revocation, as well as two outstanding warrants charging him with the same alleged offense.

Buddy Sanders, 49, of Ellsworth, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct on Main Street Oct. 1. Police said Sanders “made threats to do harm to other tenants in his apartment building.”

Five days later, Sanders was arrested on different charges. On Oct. 5, also on Main Street, he was arrested and charged with violation of bail conditions, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of Schedule Z drugs.

Lori E. King, 41, of Ellsworth, violation of bail on Edgewood Way Oct. 1. Police said she allegedly tested positive for drug use, in violation of her bail conditions.

William Connell, 20, of Hancock was arrested Oct. 2 on State Street on two warrants charging him with unpaid fines.

Summonses

Dana Myrick, 25, of Milbridge, possession of a usable amount of marijuana on High Street Sept. 30.

Cory Wilmar, 36, of Dexter, operating after suspension and illegal attachment of plates, both on Route 1 Downeast Highway Oct. 1.

Danielle Mower, 20, of Dexter, criminal speed on Oct. 4. Police said Mower was clocked at 87 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on the Bangor Road.

Melissa Brooks, 38, of Ellsworth, operating after suspension on Main Street Oct. 6.

Speeding

Kim Jongmin, 35, of Pasadena, Calif., 78 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Sept. 26.

Ashley N. Abbott, 20, of Milford, 64 mph in a 55-mph zone on Route 1A Oct. 2. Abbott also was ticketed for allegedly following too closely behind another motor vehicle.

Lee C. Umphrey, 55, of Biddeford, 44 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street Oct. 3.

Amanda J. Butler, 27, of Lubec, 49 mph in a 30-mph zone on Main Street Oct. 3.

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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