Ellsworth Police: Speed Enforcement Detail Results in 30 Tickets

ELLSWORTH — Officers issued speeding tickets to 30 motorists out of 33 who were stopped during a speed enforcement detail on Route 1A July 21.

Sgt. Shawn Willey said the tickets issued were for speeds ranging from 70 mph to 83 mph in a 55-mph zone.

The remaining three motorists stopped for speeding were issued warnings. One motorist was given a warning about not wearing a seat belt. Police arrested on woman stopped for speeding on a charge of operating after suspension.

Police Chief John DeLeo noted that the department does not get any portion of the fines paid. All fines go to the state.

The two-hour speed detail was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Highway Safety.

DeLeo said warnings depend on the officer.

“We’ll look at the person’s driving history,” the chief said. “A lot may depend on time of day, amount of traffic, weather conditions, the road you’re actually on.”

Running in Place

A Calais resident called police July 23 around 9:15 p.m. after noticing an empty 2008 GMC Yukon parked with the engine running and doors unlocked at a local dealership.

A dispatcher reached the vehicle’s owner, who advised he’d left the vehicle at the dealership for service at 2 p.m.

Officer Chris Smith said it appears an employee left the vehicle running and forgot about it. Smith took the key and locked up the vehicle for the night.


An Ellsworth resident reported a large sum of money missing from his vehicle Sunday.

A cast iron bathtub is missing from a High Street property.


A pickup truck rear-ended another on Route 3 Friday after a motorist got distracted by an insect on his arm, police said.

Thomas Hanson, 48, of Bar Harbor was driving south in a 1999 Ford, which rear-ended a 2007 Ford operated by Terry Keller, 46, of Gouldsboro, police said.

An officer estimated $4,000 in damage for the 2007 truck and $2,000 for the other truck.

A car rear-ended a stopped car, pushing it into an SUV that had been waiting on Route 1A to turn left into Tracy’s Apartments July 21, police said.

James MacKenzie, 18, of Gardiner was driving a 2001 Cadillac, which struck a 2000 Cadillac operated by Joseph Coleman, 22, of Gardiner, police said. The 2000 Cadillac was pushed into a 1998 Chevrolet operated by Ann Simon, 42, of Ellsworth, police said.

An officer estimated $10,000 in damage to the 2000 car, $5,000 to the 2001 car and $2,000 to the SUV.

Arrests and Summonses

Mario DeSanctis, 24, Bangor, operating without a license.

Uriah Hon, 22, Ellsworth, operating after suspension.

Thomas Bower, 52, Ellsworth, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Kennth Cicuto, 26, Porland, OUI.

Paul Munger, 29, transient, warrants, protection order violation, violating conditions of release.

Ellsworth girl, 17, carrying passengers beyond interim license restriction, leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Roberta Rolfe, 42, Columbia, forgery.

Shauna Petty, 29, Sullivan, operating after suspension, speeding.


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