Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Burglaries, break-in under investigation

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies have handled multiple burglary complaints in the past week.

Deputy Eric McLaughlin arrested a Winter Harbor woman who was allegedly trying to break into a Winter Harbor residence Friday.

McLaughlin charged Leslie Norton, 22, with criminal attempt (burglary).

Norton also had two warrants charging failure to appear.

Deputy Jeff McFarland is investigating a burglary at a Dedham residence that was reported Monday evening.

On Sunday, Deputy Brian Archer received a burglary complaint from a Trenton man. Burglars broke into the man’s shed and stole tools. Archer is still investigating.

Juvenile Problem

A woman in Orland called police to report that her two juvenile daughters threatened to jump out of their mother’s vehicle to attempt suicide Sunday.

McFarland met with the family in Orland and the girls agreed to let their mother take them to Eastern Maine Medical Center for an evaluation.

“I followed them to the hospital to be sure there were no further problems,” McFarland said.

Traffic Control

On Friday, Deputy Dana Austin spoke with a Surry woman who had been throwing tennis balls in the roadway to slow down passing vehicles.

“I located and warned the female for her behavior,” Austin said.


Police are investigating a theft of checks from a Hancock mailbox, which was reported Aug. 11.

Criminal Mischief

Deputy Eric McLaughlin is investigating a report of several mailboxes, which were damaged on Orrin Road in Mariaville Sunday.

Citizen Assist

Deputy Jake Day went to a Fletchers Landing residence Aug. 11 to assist with a landlord/tenant issue involving medical marijuana.

“Parties involved were found to have their medical marijuana cards and parties were separated,” Day said.


Austin summoned Scott Griffin, 46, of Tremont on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant Sunday.

Austin said the charge resulted from a motor vehicle accident. Griffin was treated at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for minor injuries, the deputy said.

Police summoned Steven Brewer, 52, of Deer Isle on a charge of operating after suspension Friday in Stonington.

Noise complaint

A caller from Blue Hill complained about someone setting off fireworks near the town park Aug. 6 just after 10 p.m. Deputy Jeff McFarland checked the area but didn’t find the source of the fireworks.


A pickup truck rear-ended another truck that had stopped on top of a hill to avoid a deer that had entered the roadway of Tremont Road in Tremont Friday, Day reported.

Justin Lee, 18, of Seal Cove had been operating a 2014 Dodge Ram and had crested the hill but didn’t realize the truck in front of him had stopped, said Day.

The Dodge rear-ended a 2010 Ford F150 operated by Kenneth Seavey, 22, of Tremont, Day said.

The Dodge sustained moderate front end damage and the Ford “extensive rear-end damage,” the deputy said. No injuries reported.

A Bucksport man was charged after allegedly leaving the scene of a crash on Back Ridge Road in Orland Sunday, Archer reported.

Teagan Whitten, 28, had been driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, which skidded through the intersection of Back Ridge Road and Cedar Swamp Road striking an embankment, the deputy said.

Whitten was unfamiliar with the road, Archer said.

Archer summoned Whitten on charges of failure to give notice of an accident by quickest means and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

A car was totaled after rolling over multiple times and hitting a tree after swerving to avoid a deer in the roadway of Bayside Road in Trenton Sunday, Archer said.

Kimberly Webster, 29, of Trenton had been driving a 2002 Subaru Forester, which was a total loss, said Archer.

When Webster swerved, the car hit soft dirt on the road’s shoulder, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle, the deputy said.

A Castine man was summoned after an accident on the Castine Road in Castine Friday, Franklin Jennings reported.

Lawrence Meaney, 27, had been driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, which went into a ditch after hitting a soft shoulder during a turn, the deputy said. Meaney advised that he went into the turn too fast, Jennings said.

Meaney was summoned on a charge of operating after suspension.

The Tahoe sustained extensive front end damage, Jennings said.

Thick fog led to a crash in which a pick up truck rolled onto its side on North Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle Aug. 11, reported Deputy Jennings.

Wilbert Gove, 37, of Sedgwick had been driving south in a 2001 Ford Ranger, which sustained damage to its front end and passenger side, Jennings said.

“Reduced visibility in heavy fog caused Gove to drive off the road and into the ditch where the truck rolled onto its side and then righted itself,” the deputy said.

Gove cut his wrist but declined treatment at the scene, Jennings said.

A car went off the road, rolled on its side and struck a tree after a motorist lost control while turning left from the Bayside Road onto Goose Cove Road Aug 7., McFarland reported. The operator lost control due to “excessive speed,” the deputy said.

Cameron Westmoreland, 18, of Bernard was operating a 2009 Pontiac, which sustained damage to its front and left side, McFarland said. Westmoreland cut his left side and a passenger hurt her eye, but both declined medical treatment, the officer said.

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