ELLSWORTH — Police had Ellsworth High School go into lockdown mode Tuesday morning as the school, along with others around the state of Maine, was affected by an active shooter hoax.
The station received the hoax call at 9:52 a.m., authorities said.
“Ellsworth High School followed all emergency procedures and the Police Department, along with other emergency services and law enforcement, responded to the call,” authorities said. “The school was immediately secured and law enforcement followed protocols to make sure the students and staff were safe. At 10:48 a.m., the school lockdown was lifted and classes resumed.
“We will continue to take all threats of violence at any of our schools seriously until we can investigate and determine the threat not to be credible,” police said. “The students, staff and administration of EHS should be proud of themselves for handling this stressful situation in a calm, serious and professional manner.”
Maine State Police spokesperson Shannon Moss said at this time that these reports are believed to be a hoax. The Maine Information Analysis Center is involved in coordinating the investigations. The Maine State Police have been assisting local law enforcement agencies.
Youth punishment issueA young person threatened a family member with a knife after having electronics taken away for being disrespectful Nov. 11, police said.
The youth was taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for a mental health evaluation and was later released.
Sex offenseOfficers are investigating a possible sex offense that was reported Nov. 13.
Mental health issuesOfficers handled a number of incidents involving people experiencing mental health crises during the past week. In most cases, the persons in question were taken to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital for mental health evaluations.
An officer spoke with a person having possible memory loss and contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to see about getting the resident some help.
Homeless manA business called the police station in the wee hours Nov. 6 to have a homeless man who was sleeping in front of the business moved along. The man agreed to move away from the building, an officer said.
ArrestsPolice arrested Ruth Walsh, 31, of Perry on charges of assault on an emergency care provider and violating conditions of release Nov. 9.
Heather Davis, 42, of Deer Isle was arrested on a charge of bail violation Nov. 13.
Michael Best, 40, of Princeton was arrested on charges of bail violation, criminal trespass and refusing to submit to arrest or detention Nov. 11.
Police arrested Keith D. Beausoleil, 65, of Ellsworth on charges of operating after revocation and violating conditions of release after a Nov. 10 traffic stop.
Eric Redman, 30, of Orland was arrested on a warrant Nov. 7.
SummonsAvegail Harbants, 24, of Ellsworth was summoned on a charge of theft after allegedly taking $306 of household merchandise Nov. 10.
Motor vehicle burglaryA local business reported a man trying to break into a vehicle Nov. 11. Store employees confronted the man, who fled. Officers weren’t able to find the suspect vehicle.
Hunting violationOfficers were notified about two dead deer that were left on the Mariaville Road roadside Nov. 8. Maine game wardens were notified.