Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of January 13

ELLSWORTH — It was a bad week for cars, trucks and utility poles due to slippery road conditions, judging by the number of collisions the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The driver of a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle due to icy conditions on Sunset Road in Deer Isle Jan. 6, said Deputy Travis Frost. Frost said the driver, Shawn Carter of Deer Isle, overcorrected and spun around into a ditch before hitting a deer.

Carter was driving a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, which had to be towed, the deputy said. Carter was not wearing a seat belt and suffered head and rib injuries, Frost said. Carter was treated at a local hospital. The Deer Isle/Stonington Fire Department assisted with traffic control at the scene.

A car struck a telephone pole and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels in a field off the roadway, after a motorist failed to navigate a corner on Bald Mountain Road in Dedham Jan. 6, Deputy Kamren Jennings reported.

Ella Jellison, 18, of Dedham was southbound in a 2009 Subaru Outback, which sustained disabling damage and had to be towed, Jennings said. Jellison was not injured.

The Dedham/Lucerne Fire Department assisted.

A car went off the road and struck two trees after its driver swerved to avoid a collision with an oncoming car on a slippery roadway on Dunbar Road in Penobscot Jan. 6, said Lt. Tim Cote.

Dakota Page, 20, of Penobscot was driving a 2004 Ford Escape, which sustained damage to its windshield and front end, Cote said.

A car slid off the roadway and struck a utility pole due to poor road conditions on Sunset Road in Deer Isle Jan. 8, Jennings said.

Michael Joyce, 18, of Stonington was driving a 2003 Ford Five Hundred, which was able to be driven from the scene, Jennings said. Joyce was not injured.

A car went off the road and struck a utility pole due to a slippery roadway on Tremont Road in Tremont Jan. 7, Deputy Brian Archer said.

Lawson Wulsin, 39, of Tremont was driving a 2010 Honda Fit, which sustained passenger-side damage and had to be towed, the deputy said. Wulsin was not injured.

A car went off a snow-covered road and into a ditch on Hinckley Ride Road in Blue Hill Jan. 8, police said. The vehicle then slid along a telephone pole, causing significant damage to its passenger side. Tonya Jewett, 41, of Sedgwick was southbound in a 2020 Chevrolet, police reported. Jewett and her passenger were not injured. The pole was not damaged.

A pickup truck went down over the rocks next to a public beach on Newbury Neck Road in Surry Jan. 6. Deputy Zach Allen said the accident occurred when the driver adjusted his plow, which was obstructing his headlights, causing him to go down over the rocks.

Brian Folckemer, 51, of Surry was driving a 2004 F250, which had to be towed out but only sustained minor damage, Allen said. Folckemer was not injured.

A Tremont man was charged after deputies investigated a vehicle found off the roadway on Kelleytown Road in Tremont Dec. 3, police reported.

Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo charged MacKenzie Farrell, 28, with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Well-being checks

Deputy Travis Frost went to Verona Island Jan. 9 to check on a person walking along the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

The Bucksport Police found and transported the person back to the Police Department. Bucksport Ambulance then drove the person to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for an evaluation.

Allen checked on a woman who was thought to be in crisis Jan. 5. The deputy found the woman walking on the roadside and she was taken to a hospital.

Allen was sent to an Amherst residence Jan. 4 to check on a man who needed to go to a hospital but was refusing to do so. “He eventually signed off with the ambulance and continued to decline being treated, although the following day requested to go,” Allen said.

Deputy Dakota Dupuis checked on a report of a woman screaming in a roadway in Franklin Jan. 4.

Dupuis said he was familiar with the woman because this was the third day in a row that the behavior had occurred.

The deputy located the woman at her residence a short time later and found her to be OK. “She was warned to stay out of the roadway,” said Dupuis. “I was assisted on scene by State Police Lt. Rod Charette.”


Jennings arrested a Hancock man after assisting the Maine State Police with a family fight at a Hancock residence Jan. 6.

Harry Larrabee III, 24, was charged with domestic violence assault, the deputy said.

Traffic problems

Jennings spoke with a Surry School Board member Jan. 6 about traffic issues and speeding along a bus route in Surry and shared the concerns with the patrol division.

Police spoke on Jan. 7 with an Ellsworth man in reference to several motor vehicle complaints about his driving. The man was warned about his operation.

Snow removal complaint

On Jan. 7, Frost spoke with a Sedgwick resident who is having issues with his neighbor’s snow removal.


Archer is investigating a burglary that was reported by a Dedham homeowner on Jan. 8.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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