Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Nov. 18

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Litchfield woman who died after jumping off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Monday.

Elder abuse

Deputy Zach Allen helped the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Nov. 8 while the agency conducted an interview about possible abuse of an older Dedham woman.


Deputy Marcus Downes arrested a Hancock man after interviewing a woman about an ongoing domestic issue Nov. 9.

Mark Freeman, 53, was charged with domestic violence assault, refusing to submit to arrest and violating conditions of release.

A Deer Isle man was arrested on Snow’s Cove Road in Sedgwick Nov. 14 after Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo received multiple reports of an intoxicated motorist and a vehicle off the road.

After investigating, Gionfriddo arrested Robert Niemoeller, 36, of Deer Isle on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and violating conditions of release.

Two people were charged Nov. 9 after deputies helped the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office locate a man who allegedly violated his bail as well as a protection order and was thought to be staying in Dedham.

Allen said the wanted man, Timothy Mello, 41, fled on foot but was later located and charged with refusing to submit to arrest and criminal mischief. Mello is in Waldo County Jail custody.

“Also arrested and charged was 39-year-old Heather Segar (Francis) for hindering apprehension,” Allen said. Segar, a Brewer resident, was taken to the Hancock County Jail.


Deputies handled numerous crashes involving deer in the past week, all of which resulted in significant property damage.

A pickup truck sustained major front-end damage after a deer ran into a travel lane of Route 1 in Orland Nov. 10, said Lt. Corey Bagley.

Jeffrey Van Trump, 55, of Ellsworth was driving a 2500 Dodge Ram, which had to be towed, Bagley said. Van Trump was not injured.

A pickup truck struck a deer on Main Road in Dedham Nov. 11, which resulted in disabling damage to the truck’s front end, said Deputy Dylan Hall.

Michael Dumont, 69, of Old Town was eastbound in a 2017 Ford, which had to be towed, Hall said. Dumont was not injured.

A young Surry motorist lost control of a car, which struck a tree after she swerved to avoid a deer on Patten Pond Road in Surry Nov. 8, said Deputy Jeff McFarland.

Reese Morang, 16, was driving a 2011 Subaru Forester, which had damage to its passenger side front corner and had to be towed, McFarland said.

A pickup truck rolled onto its roof after a motorist lost control when he misjudged a corner of the River Road in Brooklin Nov. 13, Hall said.

Zachary Billings, 18, of Deer Isle was driving a 1988 Chevrolet, the rear tires for which lost traction, causing the truck to spin and roll onto its roof, Hall said. The truck had to be towed due to disabling damage. Billings was not injured.

A car went off the road and struck a large tree after a young motorist lost control while rounding on a corner on Pleasant Street in Blue Hill Nov. 15, Allen said.

Jasmine Black, 16, was driving a 2007 Kia Rio, which was towed from the scene. Black was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the deputy said. Black’s passenger, a 13-year-old boy, was not injured.

Agency assist

Allen, Deputy Kamren Jennings and Deputy Dakota Dupuis went to a Hancock residence Nov. 14 to help the state police find a wanted man.

Mental health issue

Downes checked on an Eastbrook woman who was possibly suicidal Nov. 9. Downes found the woman was OK and in the care of her parents.

Unattended deaths

Downes investigated the unattended death of a Brooksville woman, 67, on Nov. 13 and found she died of natural causes.

Hall checked on the death of a Verona Island man, 42. He, too, died of natural causes, police said.

Well-being check

Downes checked on two people who could not be easily seen walking on Route 1 in Hancock near the edge of the roadway Nov. 9.

“They were advised to wear reflective clothing and to stay away from the edge of the travel lane,” Downes said.

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