Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of Oct. 21

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office investigated three drug overdoses, including one fatality, over the past week.

Two occurred on Oct. 12 at residences in Surry and Trenton and the fatality occurred in Brooklin on Oct. 17.

The Brooklin overdose claimed the life of a 42-year-old woman, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Travis Frost.

Deputy Jeff McFarland said the Oct. 12 overdose in Surry involved a man, 22, who was revived with Narcan and taken to a hospital for treatment. Narcan is a drug that quickly reverses an opioid overdose. Police were called to the residence just after 2 a.m.

Also on Oct. 12, just after 9 p.m., Lt. Corey Bagley and McFarland went to a Trenton residence for a reported drug overdose. The man in question was conscious and talking and taken by Northern Light Ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Oct. 3, at a Lamoine residence, deputies used Narcan to revive a fourth individual who had overdosed on drugs.

Chief Deputy Patrick Kane said in some cases, the person who overdosed is cooperative and police know what was taken.

“Most times that is not the case and either they are not cooperative or the ‘scene’ has been cleaned by others prior to our arrival,” Kane said. “Fentanyl is most common in these cases we encounter.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration said fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency or disguised as highly potent heroin. Many think that they are purchasing heroin and don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths, the agency stated.


Deputy Brian Archer arrested a Winterport man who led Archer on a short pursuit after the deputy tried to stop him for speeding on Route 1 in Orland Oct. 13, police said.

Aaron Emerson, 54, was arrested on charges of eluding an officer, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, driving to endanger and operating without a license.


Deputy Travis Frost is investigating a theft of a firearm from a Deer Isle residence that was reported Sunday.

Animal problem

Archer said the town of Trenton’s animal control officer is investigating a report of a dog attack. The incident was reported Oct. 13.


Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo is investigating a burglary in Blue Hill that was reported on Friday.

Well-being checks

A concerned citizen asked the Sheriff’s Office Friday to check on an elderly Verona Island man who was not coming to his door for regular meal delivery. “It was determined he was not home and was OK,” said Deputy Zach Allen.

Deputy Hunter Fernald checked on a woman at a Trenton residence Friday who was having a mental health crisis. The woman was taken to a local hospital.

Citizen assists

Deputy Dakota Dupuis found a man painting a telephone pole in Trenton Oct. 14.

Dupuis learned that the man’s friend had died at that spot in a car crash years earlier and that it was the anniversary of the crash.

“The man was making a tribute to his friend on the telephone pole,” Dupuis said.

The deputy advised the man that he could not draw on property that he did not own.

“The man agreed to paint over the drawing with brown paint,” Dupuis said.

A Penobscot mother called for help with her daughter, who was “out of control” on Saturday. Allen said after he responded the girl agreed to remain calm for the rest of the day.

A Sedgwick woman reported a civil issue about custody of a dog on Saturday.

Agency assists

Dupuis, Bagley and Sgt. Dan Harlan helped the Holden Police Department look for a man who had allegedly fled on foot after an assault on Route 1A near the Dedham town line Oct. 8. The man was later arrested.

Deputy Marcus Downes helped the Holden police with a traffic stop as the result of a motor vehicle accident involving impaired operation Saturday.

Downes helped the Bar Harbor Police Department find a man who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol Sunday.


The Hancock County Regional Communications Center took a report about a suspicious item found on the Lamoine Beach Oct. 11. “Further investigation concluded the item was part of an ocean mammal,” said Fernald.

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