Hancock County Sheriff: Plow driver, homeowner relationship turns frosty

ELLSWORTH — Monday’s snowfall brought discord.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff McFarland was called to intervene between a Blue Hill resident and the man who plows his driveway.

The plow driver had intentionally blocked the man’s driveway with a large pile of snow, the deputy said.

“I responded to the residence and met with the complainant and the snow plow driver,” McFarland said. “I stood by while the driveway was cleared out.”

There was no word on what led the driver to block the driveway.

Citizen assist

A concerned friend asked deputies Saturday to check the well-being of a woman, 83, who had not been heard from since Friday.

Police discovered the woman on the bathroom floor. She’d fallen the day before and hurt her back and leg.

A Sedgwick woman called police Sunday to report that her sister-in-law was experiencing a mental health crisis. Deputy Frank Jennings took the woman to a local hospital for treatment.

Lt. Chris Thornton helped Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Monday handle a patient who has a history of being unruly.

A Deer Isle resident reported gunshots near his home Monday night. McFarland patrolled the area but couldn’t locate the source of the shots.

Teen troubles

A Franklin parent called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center Sunday to report a problem with the parent’s 13-year-old daughter. The problem involved a cell phone and the internet.

A Hancock man who has a remote camera set up in-house called police Sunday after seeing a man at his residence. Jennings responded and found the complainant’s daughter’s boyfriend at the home.


Deputy Eric McLaughlin said Christmas lights at a Franklin residence were vandalized Sunday.


A pickup truck left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its right side after a motorist fell asleep on Graytown Road in Sedgwick Sunday, McFarland reported.

Michael G. Robbins, 41, of Strong was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup, which sustained damage to its driver’s side front, McFarland said.

A sport utility vehicle slid off the road and struck a tree after a motorist lost control on an ice-covered roadway of Red Trail Road in Brooksville Friday, McFarland said.

Marshal R. Lebel, 17, of Brooksville was driving a 2008 Suzuki SX4, which sustained damage to its front passenger side, McFarland said.

Trash problem

A suspicious package on the Swan’s Island Ferry Sunday turned out to be trash, Deputy Travis Frost reported.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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