Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of July 8

ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pennsylvania man after investigating an “ongoing” domestic dispute at an Orland residence Saturday.

Deputy Marcus Downes charged Nicholas Kerstetter, 25, with domestic violence assault and took him to the Hancock County Jail.

There were multiple intoxicated people at the residence, Downes said. The Maine State Police assisted.

More arrests

A man was arrested on a warrant after a woman called from a Trenton motel about an argument with her boyfriend July 2, Lt. Tim Cote reported.

Cote said he met with both individuals involved and determined the dispute was verbal. As a result of the investigation, Alfred McCoy, 60, was arrested on a Penobscot County warrant charging failure to appear.

Deputy Jeff McFarland arrested Kyle Nevells, 23, of Stonington on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after a traffic stop in Stonington Sunday.


A dog was injured July 1 after it ran into the road and hit a front quarter panel of a car that had been traveling south on the Castine Road in Castine, said Deputy Hunter Fernald.

The dog was taken to a veterinary center, Fernald said. Jeanna Wiegert, 53, of New York was driving a 2013 Mazda MZ5, which had reportable damage but was able to be driven from the scene.

A car went off the roadway and hit a tree after the motorist who had a learner’s permit was driving too fast and failed to negotiate a turn on North Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle Sunday, Deputy Dylan Hall reported.

Yao-Han Zhang, 18, was driving the car, a 2011 Mazda, Hall said. Zhang was driving with his father, Hua Zhang, 65. Both are from Indiana. “No one was injured, however the vehicle was towed from the scene,” Hall said.

A pickup truck went off the road June 28 and struck several trees after its driver swerved to avoid a collision with another truck, Deputy Kamren Jennings reported. The other truck had stopped in traffic to allow a motorcycle to turn on the Franklin Road in Hancock.

Justin White, 23, of East Machias was driving a 2003 Ford Super Duty, which swerved to avoid a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 operated by Joshua Bassett, 36, of Columbia Falls, Jennings said. Both trucks were southbound. The Ford then left the road and struck several trees, which caused a reportable amount of damage. No one was injured.


Deputy Zach Allen checked on a complaint about a man in Dedham sleeping in his vehicle June 30. “The man was located and told to leave,” Allen said.


A Surry man was charged after Hall observed a car operating 90 miles per hour in a 50-mile-per-hour zone on the Surry Road in Surry Saturday.

Alexander Smith, 20, was summoned on a charge of criminal speed.

Underage drinking detail

Deputy Dakota Dupuis and Hall conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail June 24.

As a result, deputies summoned Tyler Pelletier, 20, and Samuel Roy, 20, both of Plymouth, on one count each of illegal possession of liquor by a minor.

Business problem

Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo spoke last week with an Otis woman about a company the woman had hired to do work on her property but had canceled because the business was being “too difficult.”

“She was concerned they would still show up, as they were very agitated,” Gionfriddo said. “I spoke with the owner of the company, who advised they were not going to go to the property and will not be doing business with the Otis resident.”

Citizen assists

Lt. Corey Bagley called a tow truck for a motorist whose vehicle had broken down on Route 1 in Hancock on June 28 and let the motorist sit in his air-conditioned cruiser until the wrecker arrived. The temperature on that day reached the mid-90s.

“During the late evening hours on 06/30/21, I assisted a stranded motorist on Route 1A in Dedham,” said Downes.

Cote located an intoxicated Sullivan man in Surry July 1 for his sister, who resides in Hampden and was concerned about the man’s welfare. The man was given a ride home.

Mental health issues

Downes helped the Ellsworth Police with a person experiencing a mental health crisis Saturday.

Deputies went to a Dedham residence Friday to check on a suicidal man.

“Upon contact with the male, he was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation,” Downes said.

Parking problem

Gionfriddo had to navigate a parking problem at Steamboat Wharf Road in Tremont June 29.

“I drove through the area, and I could barely get my cruiser down, as there were vehicles parked on both sides,” Gionfriddo said. “That road is marked with no parking signs and the vehicles were still parked there. Announcements were made to the guests at Thurston’s Lobster Pound and eventually all vehicles were moved.”

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