Hancock County Sheriff’s Log: Woman charged with threatening boyfriend, deputy with shotgun

ELLSWORTH — A Penobscot woman was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening both her longtime boyfriend and Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Day with a Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun.

Day said the couple had a dispute over finances. The woman called 911 after the man left the home. The woman thought her boyfriend had been spending money in a joint checking account on another woman, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Day arrested Debora Kapulka, 60, on one count each of domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct and two counts of criminal threatening with a firearm. The woman was freed Tuesday morning on $1,500 unsecured bail.

Kapulka was alone at the residence, which belongs to her boyfriend, when Day arrived. Kapulka explained her side of the story to the deputy and told him she didn’t have anywhere to go but was planning to move out.

A short time after, Day left the residence but met Kapulka’s boyfriend down the road from the residence. Day advised the man that he would return to the home with him to help the couple figure out what to do.

As Day followed the boyfriend back to the property, he allegedly saw Kapulka walk around a corner of the residence shotgun in hand.

“My window was down and I could hear Ms. Kapulka yelling” at her boyfriend “to get out of his vehicle,” Day wrote in the affidavit. “She appeared very upset and was screaming. Ms. Kapulka continued to swing the shotgun in the air and point the shotgun directly at us both.”

Day stated in his arrest affidavit that he yelled at Kapulka to drop the gun. She finally put the weapon on the ground after Day got out of his cruiser and drew his duty weapon.

However, before Day could reach the woman to place her under arrest, she reached through the window of her boyfriend’s vehicle and punched him in the shoulder, the deputy said.

One of Kapulka’s bail conditions is that she not return to her boyfriend’s residence.


Deputy Jake Day went to a Sullivan residence for a report of an unresponsive woman Aug. 3. The caller reported the woman had overdosed.

“I arrived shortly after the ambulance and found the woman to be breathing.” Day said.

The woman was hospitalized.


Detective Ben Astbury is investigating a burglary at a Deer Isle residence in which approximately $130 in coins was taken.


Day is investigating a theft of a 2009 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, which was taken from a Stonington residence Monday. The truck is valued at $15,000.

Thieves took $50 in cash from a farm stand in Blue Hill.

Citizen assist

Deputies handled a number of calls involving older residents this past week.

Lt. Chris Thornton checked on a Mariaville woman, 83, who reported seeing people in her garage Friday. Thornton contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services, which met with the woman at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Deputy Dana Austin conducted a well-being check Saturday on an elderly woman who was having trouble with a family member at her residence. After investigating, Austin escorted a man from the home and warned him not to return to the residence.

Deputy Franklin Jennings spoke with a Deer Isle woman, 84, who thinks people are coming on her property to damage her grass and bushes. The woman has surveillance cameras but hasn’t captured images of any trespassers, Jennings said.

Agency assist

Detective Stephen McFarland checked several items for fingerprints for the Winter Harbor Police Department.

Traffic stops

A deputy arrested a Franklin man Sunday after chasing his three-wheeler, which had been operating erratically on Route 182 in Franklin.

“A brief chase ensued until the operator finally pulled over on the Georges Pond Road,” the deputy said.

Christopher Berry, 38, was arrested on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.


A car went off the road, rolled on its side and struck a tree after a motorist lost control while turning left from the Bayside Road onto Goose Cove Road Sunday, McFarland reported. The operator lost control due to “excessive speed,” the deputy said.

Cameron Westmoreland, 18, of Bernard was operating a 2009 Pontiac, which sustained damage to its front and left side, McFarland said. Westmoreland cut his left side and a passenger hurt her eye, but both declined medical treatment, the officer said.

Noise complaint

A caller from Blue Hill complained about someone setting off fireworks near the town park Saturday just after 10 p.m. Deputy Jeff McFarland checked the area but didn’t find the source of the fireworks.

Jennifer Osborn

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