Hancock County Sheriff log week of January 20

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Amherst man after his vehicle was found off the roadway of Airline Road in Amherst Jan. 2.

Deputy Hunter Fernald arrested Keith Durand, 45, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating without a license.

Fernald was assisted by the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.


A car changing lanes on Route 1 in Orland Jan. 14 sideswiped another vehicle after the car’s operator failed to check his blind spot, said Deputy Kamren Jennings.

Jason Brown, 47, of Tremont was driving a 2016 Volkswagen Golf in an outside lane westbound on Route 1, Jennings said. Meanwhile, a 2016 Ford Flex, operated by Courtney Wood, 38, of Ellsworth, was also westbound but in the passing lane, the deputy said.

“Brown moved to change lanes and failed to check his blind spot, sideswiping Wood and causing reportable damage to both vehicles,” said Jennings. “No personal injuries occurred as a result of the impact and both vehicles were driven from the scene.”

Well-being checks

The Hancock County Regional Communications Center took numerous calls this week for well-being checks, including three for people threatening suicide.

Deputies went to Snows Cove Road in Sedgwick Jan. 15 to help a suicidal person wanting to jump into traffic, said Deputy Travis Frost. The person went voluntarily to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for an evaluation, Frost said.

Deputy Zach Allen helped the Maine State Police with a man in crisis “causing a scene” in Hancock Jan. 15. “He was subsequently transported to the hospital voluntarily for a mental health evaluation,” Allen said.

Lt. Tim Cote took a request from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 14 to check the Penobscot Narrows Bridge for a possibly suicidal woman. “I checked the area and later met with a Waldo County deputy, who advised that the female was believed to be in Belfast,” Cote said.

Cote checked on the well-being of an Orland woman Jan. 14.

“I spoke with the female, who had been drinking but was not thought to be a danger to herself,” Cote said.

Frost on Jan. 15 checked on the well-being of an elderly Brooksville resident, who was fine.

A California woman asked for a well-being check on her father, who lives in Blue Hill, on Jan. 10.

“Deputy Travis Frost and I went to the residence in Blue Hill and we were able to make contact with the father, who was fine,” said Deputy Jeff McFarland.

Civil complaint

A Surry man spoke with Cote about a child custody issue Jan. 15.

“I explained to the complainant that his complaint was not a criminal complaint and that he would need to speak with his attorney,” the lieutenant said.

Roadside argument

Allen checked on what he described as a “domestic altercation in progress” on the side of the road in Hancock Jan. 13.

“Both parties stated it was verbal only and agreed to go separate ways for the rest of the day,” Allen said.

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