Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of March 10

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in which a Surry woman left several children home alone March 3.

Lt. Tim Cote said a referral was made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.


Deputy Dylan Hall is investigating a theft of firearms from a Trenton residence. The theft was reported Feb. 28.

Firearm problem

Two Bar Harbor residents were cited Feb. 25 after shooting close to a Tremont residence, which resulted in a bullet striking the side of a woman’s house, Deputy Zach Allen reported.

Nicholas Carter, 30, and Clara Turner, 23, were each charged with reckless conduct with a firearm.


A motorist was injured in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Sedgwick Ridge Road and North Sedgwick Road in Sedgwick March 2, Deputy Dakota Dupuis reported.

An eastbound car first collided head-on with a westbound sport utility vehicle before striking a second vehicle, which had been stationary on Sedgwick Ridge Road waiting to turn onto North Sedgwick Road, Dupuis said.

John Bryant, 89, of Brooklin had been eastbound in a 2017 Toyota Camry, which struck a westbound 2021 Toyota Rav4 operated by Harlie Burke, 25, of Brooklin, Dupuis said. The sedan then struck a 2011 Chevrolet Impala operated by Cody Witham, 25, of Sedgwick, Dupuis said.

The deputy said Bryant was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Burke and Witham were not injured.
Both the Toyota sedan and SUV had to be towed due to significant damage, Dupuis said. Witham was able to drive the Chevrolet from the scene.

An SUV left the road and struck a tree after a young motorist lost control on the East Blue Hill Road in Blue Hill March 2, Dupuis said. “Speed is believed to be a contributing factor,” the deputy said.

The crash occurred when a Penobscot youth who was traveling west in a 2007 Nissan SUV failed to negotiate a corner, Dupuis said. “The juvenile was not injured in the crash while the SUV was towed from the scene due to significant damage.”

An SUV went off the road and struck a tree after a motorist lost control of the vehicle in the snow on Douglas Highway in Lamoine March 3, said Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo.

Kevin Blais, 36, of Lamoine was traveling west in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, which had to be towed due to disabling damage, Gionfriddo said. “Blais was injured and transported to the hospital for suspected minor injuries.”

Citizen assists

An Orland woman called for help with a disabled vehicle and a cell phone that wouldn’t work March 4.

“She was helped and thankful for the response,” Allen said.

Hall spoke March 4 with a mother concerned about her son who was visiting his father and had reached out to her stating he didn’t feel safe. “I was able to speak to the child and transported him to his mother for the night,” Hall said.

Agency assists

Allen helped the Maine State Police with a traffic stop in Sullivan March 4.

Lt. Corey Bagley helped a trooper at a Hancock residence with a person who was out of control March 3.

Hall drove to the Penobscot/Hancock County line March 4 to pick up a Bangor woman who had been arrested by the Bangor Police Department on outstanding Hancock County warrants.

Gionfriddo helped Southwest Harbor Ambulance with a man possibly overdosing in Tremont March 4.

“Upon arrival it was determined safe for Southwest Harbor EMS to come in and assess the male,” Gionfriddo said.


Allen warned someone about harassing a Blue Hill woman via social media network Facebook March 5.

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