Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Feb. 18

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a motorist after getting a complaint that a vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road and had almost hit another vehicle head-on while on Front Ridge Road in Penobscot Feb. 11.

Deputy Marcus Downes arrested the motorist, Cullen Schneider, 40, of Orland, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

“Schneider was intoxicated and refused to cooperate with commands given to her,” Downes said. “After a brief struggle, Schneider was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.”

Lt. Tim Cote, Deputy Jeff McFarland and the Bucksport Police Department assisted, Downes said.


Deputy Brian Archer is investigating a theft of tools from a vehicle parked at a Waltham business Feb. 10.

A Dedham man reported the theft of a shotgun from his camp Friday. McFarland is investigating.

Unattended deaths

McFarland said an Orland man, 66, passed away at his home due to natural causes Feb. 11.

Deputy Travis Frost said a check on an unattended death at a Trenton residence Saturday revealed that a Trenton man, 51, had died by suicide. Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home assisted at the scene.


A pickup truck went off the road and hit trees before coming to rest after its driver swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway on Front Ridge Road in Orland Saturday, police said.

Timothy Gray, 32, of Sedgwick was driving south in a 2005 Dodge Dakota, which had to be towed, police said. Gray was not injured. The Maine State Police assisted.

Well-being check

A Hampden doctor called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center in the wee hours Saturday for a well-being check on one of his patients in Dedham who was reported to be intoxicated and suicidal, McFarland said.

“I determined that the subject’s parents had been with the subject and were in contact with him and they were going to call if further assistance was needed,” the deputy said.

Traffic stop

Deputy Dakota Dupuis conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker Feb. 10. The operator was on probation and prohibited from having alcohol. However, the occupants were seen trying to conceal alcohol, the deputy said.

“The alcohol was subsequently seized and the incident turned over to Maine Probation and Parole for further charges,” Dupuis said.

Citizen assist

Deputy Dylan Hall went to a Trenton residence Sunday to help with an out-of-control child. “Upon arrival I was able to calm the juvenile down and resolve the issue,” Hall said.

Agency assists

Downes helped look for a woman in Verona Island Feb. 11 who had failed to show up for a check-in with Maine Pretrial Services.

Downes assisted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services while it assessed a Lamoine family Feb. 11.

McFarland and Cote helped the Ellsworth Police during the agency’s investigation of a fight at a residence on Friday.

Deputy Luke Gross helped the Bucksport Police while officers investigated a domestic violence altercation on Friday.

McFarland and Archer helped Bucksport Police after a suspected suicide at a residence on Sunday.


Dupuis summoned Patrick Allen, 49, of Penobscot on a charge of operating after suspension after a traffic stop on the Castine Road in Orland Friday.

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