Winter Harbor Police log week of January 13

WINTER HARBOR — Sgt. Philip Sargent received a report on Dec. 28 of a telephone scam. According to the complainant, the caller requested payment for various reasons and said that the person answering the call would be fined if they hung up but fined less if they stayed on the line. The victim was referred to the FBI field office in Bangor.

Well-being check

The U.S. Postal Service called police on Dec. 18 to report that a resident hadn’t picked up their mail in a while and had several packages outside. Police checked the location and found that the person had been admitted to the hospital.

Mental health

Officer Ken Schuurman responded to Old Route 1 in Gouldsboro on Dec. 18 for a report of a man having a mental health issue. The man was convinced to seek help and was transported to Ellsworth by ambulance.


A resident on Dec. 19 asked Officer Eli Brown to assist with a dispute with their ex regarding discipline of their child. Brown spoke with both parties.

A resident found a used hypodermic needle on his lawn and delivered it to an officer for disposal on Dec. 29.

Motor vehicle incidents

Brown responded to Main Street on Dec. 22 for a report of a vehicle that crashed into a residence. On arrival, no vehicle was found. Police learned that the vehicle did not strike the house, although it had gone off the road and the driver drove off. Brown attempted to locate the vehicle but could not. Gouldsboro police assisted in searching the area.

Brown received information on Jan. 2 regarding an unsafe motor vehicle that had been inspected. The information was passed to the State Police Motor Vehicle Inspections Division.

Brown assisted a woman at Schoodic Point who was locked out of her car on Jan. 2 and had dropped her keys in a deep crevice. She was outside in freezing temperatures and rain. Gouldsboro police also responded. Officers used a tool to try and find the keys, which were believed to be some 8 feet down in the crevice. The keys were found nearby.

Police were called to a single-vehicle crash on Arey Road on Jan. 7. Snowy conditions were a factor in the accident.

Winter Harbor police assisted Maine State Police and EMS on Jan. 8 with a two-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Gouldsboro. One of the vehicle’s drivers sustained minor injuries but did not need transportation. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


Winter Harbor police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle towing an unregistered utility trailer. It was determined that the driver, Nathaneal Smith, 51, of Gouldsboro, had a suspended license. He was summoned on charges of operating after suspension, bail violation and towing an unregistered trailer. Smith was warned for several other defects.

Winter Harbor police summoned Melissa Pete, 43, of Gouldsboro on charges of operating after suspension and bail violation. During the same incident, Darren Whitney, 55, of Winter Harbor, was also cited for allowing unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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