Monday, August 31, 2015

Old Medication Collection

Don't forget, you don't have to wait for the annual Drug Take-back Day if you have old or unwanted medications lying around. You can drop them off in the lobby of the Knox County Sheriff's Department Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Blast from the Past - 2006

Outgoing Sheriff Dan Davey congratulates Donna Dennison on December 28, 2006 after she was just sworn in for her 2007 - 2010 term as the new sheriff of Knox County.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Citizen Police Academy

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison and the Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce the offering of its First Annual Citizen Police Academy. The Knox County Sheriff's Office has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. Through implementation of the Citizen Police Academy, the Sheriff's Office can offer citizens of Knox County new insights into how police, corrections officers, and dispatchers perform their duties, as well as how these departments serve the community.

The Citizen Police Academy is an eight-week program where citizens attend a three-hour class one night a week beginning September 30, 2015. The classes are Wednesday nights from 6 - 9 p.m.

Applications for the Citizen Police Academy can be found at this link. Completed applications should be returned to the Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or you can mail it to:

Sgt. Lance Mitchell
Knox County Sheriff's Office
301 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Applications are due in to Sgt. Mitchell by September 28th if you wish to participate in the Citizen Police Academy in 2015.
Sergeant Lance Mitchell will be the Lead Instructor and classes will be taught by Knox County deputies. We will also have guest speakers from the Knox County District Attorney's Office, the Knox Regional Communications Center (9-1-1/Dispatch), the Maine State Marine Patrol, the Maine Warden's Service, and others.

The curriculum will cover such areas as History of Policing, Maine Law, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigative Techniques, Evidence Recovery, K-9 Program, Drug Recognition Expert Program, etc. Each academy participant will also receive hands-on training in Arrest Control, and Basic Hand to Hand Combat Techniques. Role-playing is also an important component of the program.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office's Citizen Police Academy will be a great success in closing any gap between the community and the Sheriff's Office. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Monday, August 24, 2015

First Annual Guns n' Hoses Charity Softball Game 2015 for DARE program

The Knox County Sheriff's Office, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #700 and the Cushing Fire Department would like to announce the First Annual Guns n' Hoses Charity Softball game for the Knox County DARE program. The game will be held at the Rockland Elks Field on Rankin Street in Rockland, on September 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. This game is free to all. Donations will be accepted.

The Knox County DARE program is in the Washington, Appleton, Union, Hope, Warren, Thomaston, Saint George, Friendship, and Owls Head Schools. As part of the 10-week program, students who successfully graduate from the program have a culmination event at a beach which consists of a BBQ and prizes for DARE participation. Students also receive prizes for writing the best essay in their class, and one student receives a prize for writing the best essay in all of Knox County. This event is not possible without generous donations from the community. This softball game is being held with the hopes of offsetting costs associated with the DARE program.

Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers from Knox County will battle it out on the field to determine who will win the inaugural event. Prior to, and after the game, children can take a tour of a police car and/or fire truck, and the whole family can watch a friendly, but competitive game of softball. Seating is limited, but the lawn is not! Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the game. Concessions will be available.

Jerrad Dinsmore of the Cushing Fire Department is the organizer of the event. If you are unable to make it out to the game but would like to donate, contact Jerrad at the Cushing Fire Department 38 Cross Road in Cushing 04563, or at 207-691-5555.


Corey J. Dodge 1974 - 2015

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of a former Patrol Deputy, Corey Dodge of Dexter, Maine. Dodge was killed while working for private contractor DynCorp International in Kabul, Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Dodge was hired as a full-time deputy in March of 1999 and served in that capacity until he resigned in February of 2006 to deploy overseas as a private contractor to be a law enforcement instructor in Afghanistan. During his time at the Sheriff's Office, Dodge became a certified Hostage Negotiator, a Field Training Officer, and was a Maine Criminal Justice Academy Instructor in Defensive Tactics, Interactive Use of Force, Stinger Spikes (road spikes), and Radar. He was recognized by his supervisors as motivated, thorough, and highly productive. Dodge was also chosen as Deputy of the Year in 2002. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

This newspaper clipping is from the Saturday, September 16, 2006 edition of the Courier Gazette. The caption reads: "Former Knox County Deputy Corey Dodge, right, is working in Gardez, Afghanistan as a police advisor to the Afghan National Police. He is pictured here with Commander Baret at the Regional Training Center. Dodge is teaching the officers tactical training initiatives, which means building searches, vehicle searches, advanced first aid, team movements, squad movements, and individual movements, he said. Dodge has been stationed in the country since April."

Friday, August 21, 2015

No excuse. Ever.

The news has been full of domestic violence lately and none of it is okay. You’ve heard the rhetoric and slogans but maybe you’re not convinced anyone can actually help. There are honestly people out there that care and can help.

Dwight Burtis of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is the Domestic Violence Detective. He can be reached at 207-594-0429 ext. 722 or at

If you would like to talk with an advocate at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, call 866-834-HELP (866-834-4357), TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine. For more information on what the MCEDV does, visit their website at

If you are not comfortable speaking with law enforcement or a state helpline, New Hope for Women provides victim services locally. NHW staff work to help end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and can help those going through those types of situations right now. Call their toll-free, confidential 24/hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-522-3304. Your safety is extremely important and NHW can work with you to keep you safe. For more information and resources, visit NHW’s website at

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 and get help.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Underage Drinking Party at Gravel Pit in Appleton - August 15, 2015

On Saturday night, August 15th, Knox County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an anonymous complaint of a party at a gravel pit off of Collinstown Road in Appleton. The complaint was received just prior to 11 p.m.

When deputies arrived on-scene, they estimated there were approximately 50 people around a bonfire in the gravel pit. Many people ran for the woods as deputies arrived.

10 juveniles were summonsed for Illegal Possession of Liquor by a Minor
1 juvenile was summonsed for possession of tobacco
4 minor adults: Jade Snider, 19, of Union, Angela Hickman, 19, of Rockland, Alexis Stone, 18, of Rockland, and Matthew Leigh, 19, of Washington, were summonsed for Illegal Possession of Liquor by a Minor.

Of the approximate 30 people who stayed, those of legal age were identified and allowed to leave along with the others once deputies identified sober drivers. Three vehicles were towed due to there being no identified owners/operators.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office has obtained grant monies to help combat underage drinking enforce and Operating Under the Influence laws as the summer winds down. Working with other local law enforcement agencies there will be continued efforts throughout the coming months through Sobriety Checkpoints around the County. Our ultimate goal is to check as many vehicles as possible and hopefully find as few violations as possible, ensuring the safety of our youth and roadways.

Friday, August 14, 2015

3 Vehicle Crash in Hope - August 13, 2015

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on August 13, 2015, the Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to a three-vehicle crash on Route 17 near the intersection of Alford Lake Road in Hope. According to the drivers involved and witnesses, a 2008 Mazda 4-door, driven by Dakota Maddocks, 19, of Appleton, was headed east and suddenly had to stop for a car in front of her turning onto Alford Lake Road. Bruce Pease, 33, of Appleton, driving a 2004 Volvo Cement truck, owned by Ferriaolo Construction of Rockland. Pease was not able to stop in time and veered left, striking the left rear of the Mazda and then went into the opposing lane of oncoming traffic. The Volvo struck a 2014 Chevrolet 3500 utility truck driven by Ryan Gauthier, 36, of Albion, owned by O&P Glass of Manchester, Maine, head-on. The collision caused both vehicles to go off the road and hit some trees.

The driver of the Mazda and her passenger, a 7-month-old child, were okay. The driver of the Volvo cement truck was not transported to the hospital by ambulance, but was going to get checked due to complaint of pain in his arm and shoulder. The passenger of the Chevrolet utility truck was taken to the hospital for complaint of pain and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle because he was pinned in. He was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center by Union Ambulance and later life-flighted due to possible broken bones, although not life-threatening injuries.

Route 17 was blocked while necessary equipment was brought in to tow the vehicles out and so the site could be inspected by the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement of the Maine State Police.

Assisting agencies included Sterling Ambulance, Hope Fire Department, Rockport Fire Department, and the Maine State Police.

Jail Gardens

The vegetable gardens at the Jail are doing really well this year. There is an abundance of produce.

Inmates snap green beans and peas, preparing them for the kitchen.

The inmates have also been harvesting squash, onions, and potatoes. A huge crop of corn and other produce was planted this year.

Behind the Jail is a large garden with rows of corn and potatoes.

Growing all this food at the jail helps keep the cost of feeding the inmates down. The inmates take pride in their work and appreciate the opportunity to be outside. Any extra food is given to the local soup kitchens.