Monday, August 7, 2017

Female Bicyclist Injured in Collision with Vehicle in Saint George - August 3, 2017

Just before 7 p.m. on August 3, 2017, Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported vehicle and bicycle crash on Rt. 131 (Port Clyde Road) in Saint George, near Ridge Road.

According to witness statements, a 21-year-old female, riding a bicycle, was traveling in the southbound lane of Rt. 131, riding toward Port Clyde. The bicycle was struck by a car, operated by a 17-year-old female, which was travelling in the same direction on Rt. 131.

The 21-year-old female bicyclist suffered serious injuries and was taken via Lifeflight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She is reported as being in serious but stable condition. The 17-year-old female did not sustain any physical injuries.

Port Clyde Road was shut down for several hours while Deputies investigated. The cause has yet to be determined; details will be released as they are known. Names are being withheld until notifications are verified.

Assistance was provided by Knox Regional Communications Center, Saint George Fire &Ambulance, and Lifeflight of Maine. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rt. 1 Crash in Warren - July 17, 2017

Just after 5 p.m. on Monday, July 17th, Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a two vehicle head-on crash on Rt. 1(Atlantic Highway) in Warren near Sandy Shores Rd. 

According to witness statements, Joseph Kennedy, was in his vehicle stopped facing northbound waiting to turn left in traffic when April Pease, 28 of Pittston operating a 2006 Chevrolet sedan was unable to stop in time travelling in the same direction.  Pease swerved to the right to avoid hitting Kennedy from behind and lost control of her vehicle.  She swerved towards the ditch and apparently over-corrected, going around Kennedy’s vehicle and proceeded in to the southbound lane striking a 2011 Honda sedan almost head-on.  Richard Zauft, 63, of Sudbury, Massachusetts was travelling southbound and could not react in time to avoid being hit by Pease. 

Zauft and a passenger in Zauft’s car along with April Pease sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Pen-Bay Medical Center.  Pease was issued a summons for an illegal pass. 

Assistance was provided by Knox County Regional Communications Center, Warren Fire and Ambulance Dept., Waldoboro Ambulance, and Thomaston Ambulance.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Route 17 Fatality - July 16, 2017

Just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a two vehicle crash on Heald Highway (Rt. 17) in Union at the intersection of Town House Rd. 

The Deputies arrived and found that a 1968 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by Ronald Moon, 64, of Waldoboro had struck the back of a 2016 Audi SUV, driven by Chaturvedi Alok, 57 of New Delhi, as it was pulling onto Heald Highway from Town House Road. 

The passenger on the back of the motorcycle, Felicity Davidson, 63, of Rockport was not wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle.  Ms. Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene. Moon suffered broken bones and was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center.  There were no injuries sustained to people in the Audi. 

Apparently, Alok pulled out onto Heald Highway not seeing the motorcycle as it crested the hill travelling eastbound.  Neither speed nor any impairment is believed to be contributing factors.  The investigation will be continued by Deputy Daniel Landers. 

This is the 6th fatality on Knox County roads since May 1st.  Please stay alert, avoid distractions, wear your seatbelts and watch your speed. 

Assistance was provided by Knox County Regional Communications Center, Union Fire and Ambulance Dept., and the Knox County District Attorney’s Office.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Two Fatalities in Head-on Collision in Union - July 12, 2017

Just before 5 p.m. on July 12, Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a two vehicle head-on crash on Rt. 17 in Union, just east of Shepard Hill Rd. 

Sherry Cloutier, 52, of Augusta, operating a 2011 Ford Sedan, was driving west on Rt. 17. For some unknown reason, Cloutier crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Saab sedan operated by Angela Knight-Boege, 49, of Warren, who had been travelling eastbound, head-on. 

Both Cloutier and Knight-Boege were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers in either vehicle. Rt.17 was shut down to traffic for nearly 3 hours before crews were able to clear the road. 

Assistance was provided by Knox County Regional Communications Center, Union Fire and Ambulance Dept., Northeast Ambulance, and Washington Fire Dept.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Three Knox County Sheriff's Office Employees Recognized for Service June 30, 2017

Sheriff Donna Dennison recognized three Knox County Deputies at their last patrol meeting held on June 30, 2017. 

Deputy Nathaniel Jack was given a life saving award for his efforts on May 18th. While on his way home, Deputy Jack came across an accident involving a truck and a motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle struck the back end of the truck and was thrown from his bike, receiving a severe laceration to his leg. Deputy Jack used his training and experience from the military and law enforcement to apply a tourniquet. Medical professionals from EMS and the hospital stated that Deputy Jack’s actions very likely saved the man’s life.


Deputy John Hansen has decided to retire after 25 years in law enforcement. Along with agencies in other states, he served the Knox County Sheriff’s Office from 1992-1996 and again from 2010 to current. Sheriff Dennison thanked him for his service. Deputy Hansen will stay on in a part-time capacity. 


Lieutenant Reginald Walker was recognized for his anniversary date of June 6th, 2017 being his 30th year with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  Lt. Walker has served in almost every capacity with the Sheriff’s Office in his 30 years. He has been a dispatcher, patrol deputy, patrol supervisor, patrol administrator, detective and currently serves as the Detective Supervisor. Lt. Walker is also the agency’s polygraph examiner. His institutional knowledge is invaluable. He has been a great mentor and friend to everyone in the Sheriff’s Office, past and present. We do expect him to stay around to receive recognition for a 50th year of service as well…..he wasn’t so sure of that.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Penobscot Island Air Mail Plane Crashes on Vinalhaven - June 26, 2017

At approximately 7:41 a.m. on the morning of June 26, 2017, Knox County Sheriff's Deputies Robert Potter and Paul Simonetti responded to the airstrip on the island of Vinalhaven for a reported plane crash.

A small plane belonging to Penobscot Island Air delivering mail to the island crashed at the end of the runway into some trees. The pilot, Ted Weslake, was alert and conscious with apparent injuries, though the extent are yet unknown. He was up and walking but could not remember what happened. Mr. Weslake was flown to PBMC in Rockport. The FAA has been notified of the incident.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


Two Traumatic Incidents - Gunshot Wound June 23 & Infant Death June 24, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to two traumatic incidents this past weekend. On 6/23/17 (Friday night) at approximately 11:00 p.m., Sgt. Lance Mitchell, Deputy Jeremy Joslyn and Deputy Scott Redmun responded to a report of a female with a gunshot wound in St. George. Sgt. Mitchell and Deputy Joslyn arrived to find 22-year-old Amber Libbey had sustained a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Her live-in boyfriend, 21-year-old Sam Ryan reported that he was asleep and awoke to the sound of the gunshot. Sgt. Mitchell and Deputy Joslyn immediately started administering first aid with the assistance of Deputy Redmun who arrived several minutes later. The Deputies continued to tend to the wound and blood loss until St. George Rescue arrived on scene. The Deputies investigated the incident and found that Libbey had picked up the loaded 9mm handgun and it had accidently discharged into her abdomen. Libbey was transported to Pen Bay medical Center, Rockport, where she was in stable condition.

On 6/24/17, at approximately 8:30 am (Saturday morning) Sgt. John palmer, Deputy Paul Pinkham and Deputy Paul Spear responded to the report of a 2 ½ week old girl who had died during the night in Warren. The death was discovered by the 26-year-old father and 21-year-old mother who immediately reported the death to the Knox County Sheriff's Office. The Deputies secured the scene and responded to Pen bay Medical Center until the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit could respond and continue the investigation. According to Maine Protocol, the State Police Major Crimes Unit investigates all deaths of children under the age of 3 years old.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

South Thomaston Fatal Accident - May 25, 2017

On May 25th the Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle crash involving three people. The crash occurred on Rt. 131 in South Thomaston near Alder Lane. One passenger, Zachary Elwell, 21, of St. George was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Kelsey Campbell, 19, of South Thomaston and another passenger, Austin Jurkowski, 19 of St. George were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  

Witnesses stated that the car was travelling at a high rate of speed and had just passed a vehicle before losing control and going off the road, striking many trees and rolling over multiple times.  The deceased person was ejected from the vehicle.  It is also believed that alcohol is a contributing factor. 

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction and Mapping Teams are continuing with the investigation.  

South Thomaston Fire and Ambulance, St. George Fire Dept. and Thomaston Fire Dept. also assisted at the scene as well as Knox County Regional Communications Dispatchers helping coordination of all involved.

Due to the ongoing investigation, only one crime scene photo is being released at this time:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Knox County Sheriff's Office seeking help from the public - Missing Person from Lewiston - Kevin Mitchell

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a person reported missing out of Lewiston. At approximately 9:15 p.m. last night, Deputies were called regarding a suspicious vehicle located on Mt. Pleasant Rd. in Union. Information gathered there led them to the vehicle belonging to a Kevin Mitchell, 44, of Lewiston. 

Mitchell has been reported missing by his wife since Saturday.  Mitchell apparently has ties in this area from when he was younger. A search of the area where the vehicle was located by Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service K-9 Units has not turned up anything. 

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is concerned for his well being and seeking the assistance of the local public for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mr. Mitchell. He is described as 6 ft. 1 inch tall, 220 lbs. with graying hair and blue eyes. 

If anyone has information, please call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 207-593-9132.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Two Deceased in Fatal Accident on Route 1 in Warren - May 1, 2017

Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle crash on Rt. 1, near the intersection of the Stirling Rd. in Warren this morning at around 6:20.  

Apparently, for a reason not known at this time, a vehicle driven by Kenneth Chipman III, 57 of Warren, travelling northbound, crossed the centerline.  The 2017 Toyota sedan collided with a southbound 2007 Toyota SUV driven by Evan Aurelio, 32, of Winterport along the driver’s side, spinning that vehicle around and then Chipman struck head-on into a 2008 Land Rover SUV, driven by Cheryl Brimson, 67, of Rockport.  John Brimson, (husband) 68, also of Rockport was a passenger in the vehicle. 

Kenneth Chipman III and Cheryl Brimson were killed instantly.  John Brimson was taken to the hospital by Warren Ambulance and Aurelio was checked at the scene by EMS and released after being interviewed.  

Knox County Sheriff’s Office response team is currently mapping and reconstructing the crash to try to determine a cause.  Road remains closed.

Warren and Waldoboro Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Law Enforcement Conducting Safety Checkpoints in Knox County

Spring has apparently sprung here in Knox County. With that said, Sheriff Dennison would like to make the citizens of Knox County and our visitors aware that Deputies, along with the assistance of local law enforcement, will be conducting public safety checkpoints, or roadblocks, throughout the county this year.

Checkpoints serve several purposes: detecting impaired drivers, motor vehicle and conservation law compliance checks, criminal investigation information gathering, and high-risk incident isolation. At the end of the day, we conduct them to safeguard you and your families from risky drivers and incidents.

We will be conducting checkpoints at varying times and locations throughout Knox County, often times with no notice other than this press release.

Please double check that your vehicle is properly registered, inspected, and insured. Ensure that you and your passengers are properly secured. Please do not engage in texting messaging. Finally, watch your speed and pay attention to your surroundings. Many areas of the county are undergoing road construction and the speed limits have been changed. Many of these changes are enforceable regardless of whether workers are present or not.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vehicle Crashes into a House on Western Road in Warren - April 10, 2017

Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scott Redmun responded to a crash on Western Road in Warren at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Monday. The report came into Knox Regional Communications Center as a car had hit a house. 

Deputy Redmun arrived on scene and spoke with the single occupant/operator of the vehicle, Bridget Artibani, 32, of Warren. Artibani was driving a 2009 Ford sedan. Artibani stated she believed that she lost the power steering in her car that caused her to go off the road and strike the house. Artibani sustained minor injuries to her face and was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center. No one inside the residence was injured.

Warren Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The crash is believed to be alcohol related.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Two Vehicle Crashes - Hope and Owls Head - April 6, 2017

#1 Hope:  Deputy Scott Redmun responded to a reported crash on the Camden Road in Hope at 8:15 p.m. last night. Joshua Gray, 33, of Union stated he swerved to avoid a small dog in the road and lost control of the 2008 GMC Utility truck he was operating. The vehicle travelled along the ditch before riding upon an embankment that caused the truck to rollover on its’ driver’s side. Gray complained of leg pain but refused treatment. It was discovered that Gray’s license was also suspended and was summonsed for same by Deputy Redmun. The truck was towed from the scene.

Hope Fire Dept. and Northeast Ambulance assisted at the scene.

#2 Owls Head:  Deputies Arthur Smith and Jeremy Joslyn responded to a crash on Ash Point Rd. in Owls Head at approx. 4:00 p.m. yesterday. Those involved stated that Charles Johanson, 27, of Thomaston backed out of a driveway and was struck by Kyle McCarthy, 23, of Rockport. Apparently, McCarthy tried to go around Johanson as he backed out of the driveway, but Johanson turned into the path of McCarthy causing the collision.

McCarthy was driving a 2001 Dodge SUV and Johanson was driving a 2015 Ford truck. 

An adult passenger in McCarthy’s vehicle was transported to PBMC for knee pain by Rockland Rescue. No one else was injured.

Owls Head Fire Dept. and Rockland Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Knox County Jail Positions Open!

The Knox County Jail currently has positions available for both full-time corrections officers, and per diem corrections officers (on-call as needed but we can work around your schedule). If you're interested, please check out the Knox County's Positions Available. This LINK will take you directly to it!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Aggravated Assault Arrest of Travis Reed of Friendship - March 12, 2017

At approximately 5:00 a.m., Sunday, March 12th, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Maine General Hospital after receiving information that someone was there with obvious signs of being in a fight in Friendship.

Deputy Jeremy Joslyn went to the hospital to talk with the victim.  The victim stated he had been at a residence in Friendship and questioned a Travis P. Reed, 19, of Friendship regarding statements he was saying about him. The victim stated that Travis started punching him in the face and didn’t stop after making contact many times. The victim stated there were witnesses to the altercation.  The hospital confirmed he had many facial fractures.

Deputy Joslyn obtained a warrant for Reed’s arrest and he was found later that day. Reed was arrested without incident and due to the seriousness of the injuries was charged with Class B, felony, aggravated assault.

Reed remains at the Knox County Jail.

OUI Arrest of Brandi Griffin of Waldoboro - March 11, 2017

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Redmun received a complaint from the Regional Communications Center at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th regarding a woman possibly driving a vehicle while intoxicated.  Information received was that she was operating in Warren at the time and headed towards Waldoboro.  Deputy Redmun was in the area and through communications with dispatch and the complainant was able to locate the vehicle.

Deputy Redmun stopped the alleged vehicle and identified the operator as Brandi Griffin, 31, of Waldoboro.  Based on the Deputy’s observations and investigation, Ms. Griffin was arrested and charged with 5 misdemeanors of Operating Under the Influence, Violation of Conditions of Release, Unlawful Possession of Schedule “Z” Drugs, and due to the fact she had two young children in the car, she was also charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Griffin remains at Knox County Jail.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sheriff's Log: January 29 - February 4, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to 258 calls for service for the period of January 29 thru February 4, 2017. An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

Jan 29

Deputy Paul Pinkham conducted a traffic stop in Warren. Kyle Ilvonen, 24, of Camden, was summoned for Failure to Display Valid Inspection.

Sergeant Matthew Elwell responded to the report of damaged personal property in South Thomaston, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Scott Redmun responded to the report of a hit and run traffic crash in So. Thomaston. Scott Elwell, 53, of Saint George, lost control of his vehicle due to impairment, went off the roadway, and struck a tree. Elwell returned to the roadway and continued to an address in St. George. The vehicle sustained inoperable damage. No injuries were reported. Elwell was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Operating without a License, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, and Failure to Report Crash by Quickest Means.

Dep. Arthur Smith conducted a bail compliance check in Warren. Jason Fogg, 26, of Warren, was arrested for Violation of Conditional Release.

Deputies Jeremy Joslyn and A. Smith responded to Rockland to assist in tracking a burglary suspect. The suspect was located and arrested by Rockland Police Department.

Jan 30

Dep. Nathaniel Jack responded to a traffic crash in Union. Vicky Elston, 49, of Belgrade, lost control of her vehicle due to distraction, went off the roadway, and struck a utility pole. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Robert Potter responded to the report of missing property on Vinalhaven, the incident is under investigation.

Sgt. John Palmer responded to the report of missing property in Warren, the incident is under investigation.

Sgt. Palmer conducted a wanted person check in Rockland. Shayne Elwell, 29, of Rockland, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Dep. Redmun conducted a wanted person check in Cushing. Clyde Maloney, 71, of Cushing, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Jan 31

Dep. Redmun conducted a traffic stop in Union. Tyler Powers, 19, of China, was summoned for Speeding.

Detective Justin Twitchell responded to the report of a non-compliant sex offender. Jeffrey Sparks, 50, of St. George, was arrested for Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act.

Dep. Joslyn and Det. Twitchell responded to the report of a vehicle off the road in Owls Head. Dep. Joslyn summoned Shawn Dishop, 47, of So. Thomaston, for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Failure to Produce Evidence of Insurance.

Dep. Redmun and Lieutenant Patrick Polky responded to a report of threatening in So. Thomaston. Robert Edwards, 34, of So. Thomaston, was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault, Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Domestic Violence Terrorizing, and Criminal Restraint.

Feb 1

Dep. Potter responded to the report of missing property on Vinalhaven, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Paul Spear responded to a traffic crash in Warren. Erik Hoagland, 33, of Damariscotta, lost control of his vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and came to rest in a ditch. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Jack responded to a traffic crash in Warren. Bobby Young, 41, of Warren, lost control of her vehicle due to slush, crossed the roadway, and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. Minor injuries were reported.

Dep. Spear responded to a traffic crash in Warren. Beverly Sager, 67, of Longmeadow, MA, lost control of his vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and struck several trees. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Jack responded to a traffic crash in Union. Sarah Drickey, 66, of Union, lost control of her vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Jack responded to a traffic crash in Union. David Bartosik, 63, of So. Thomaston, lost control of his vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and came to rest in a ditch. The vehicle sustained functional damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Spear responded to a traffic crash in St. George. Alan Hall, 80, of So. Thomaston, lost control of his vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and struck a guardrail. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Jack responded to a traffic crash in Union. Jade Snider, 20, of Union, lost control of her vehicle due to slush, went off the roadway, and came to rest in a ditch. The vehicle sustained functional damage. No injuries were reported. Snider was summoned for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspension.

Dep. Spear conducted a wanted person check in Warren. Richard Rytky, 53, of Warren, was arrested on four Arrest Warrants.

Feb 2

Dep. Potter responded to a traffic crash on Vinalhaven. Michael Gale, 44, of Vinalhaven, lost control of his vehicle due to speed and icy roads, went off the roadway, and struck a boulder. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Sgt. Elwell conducted a traffic stop in Washington. Jared Palmer, 35, of Washington, was summoned for Failure to Display Current Certificate of Inspection.

Dep. Joslyn and Sgt. Elwell conducted a bail compliance check in Washington, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Joslyn conducted a traffic stop in Warren. Patrick Higgins, 39, of Winthrop, was summoned for Speeding.

Feb 3

Dep. A. Smith conducted a wanted person check in Rockland. Danielle Rolerson, 30, of Thomaston, was arrested an Arrest Warrant.

Deputies A. Smith and Pinkham responded to the report of a family fight in Warren. Dep. A. Smith arrested Barbie Fogg, 47, of Warren, for Domestic Violence Assault.

Dep. Redmun conducted a traffic on North Haven. Anthony Joyce, 38, of North Haven, was summoned for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspension.

Dep. Spear conducted a wanted person check in Warren. Jennifer Porter, 39, of Warren, was arrested on two Arrest Warrants.

Dep. Joslyn conducted a wanted person check in Warren. Todd Morales, 44, of Warren, was arrested on three Arrest Warrants.

Feb 4

Dep. A. Smith conducted a wanted person check in Rockland. Deanna Toler, 34, of Warren, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Sgt. Lance Mitchell responded to a complaint of noise in Friendship, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Curt Andrick conducted a wanted person check in Rockland. Ashley-Nichole Roman, 29, of Rockland, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Sgt. Mitchell and Dep. Joslyn responded to a traffic crash in Warren. Michael Tucker, 26, of So. Thomaston, went off the roadway when he failed to comply with a traffic warning sign and struck a boulder. The vehicle sustained disabling damage. Major injuries were reported.

Dep. Joslyn conducted a traffic stop in Hope. Dennis Wadsworth, 45, of Union, was summoned for Exceeding Speed Limit by 30 MPH or More.

Dep. Joslyn conducted a wanted person check in Rockland. Carlton Elliott, 28, of Waldoboro, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Knox County Sheriff's Office Honors Its Employees

On the night of February 4th, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office held its annual employee recognition banquet at “The Landings” restaurant in Rockland.  There were approximately 50 people in attendance to see those receiving awards for accomplishments made in 2016. Sheriff Dennison recognized 6 people total for their heroic and leadership duties as members of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and one person with a special recognition for his service to the Office as well as the whole community of Knox County.  

The first two recipients of awards were for lifesaving actions in the course of duty. 

Corrections Officer Dennis Palmer rescued an inmate one night from attempting to harm himself in the cell he was in. The inmate had made no communications or signs of wanting to harm themselves, but due to Officer Palmer’s quick response, the person was saved and assisted to get the help they needed.

Lt. Patrick Polky was on duty the night of September 7, 2016 when he responded to a call that a person had communicated to dispatch that he was in distress. Upon Lt. Polky’s arrival, as he was exiting his cruiser, he heard a gunshot. Lt. Polky initially took a defensive tactical response not knowing whether he was being shot at or not.  Once he verbally engaged with the subject he saw that the person had shot himself.  Lt. Polky immediately called for EMS response and began lifesaving measures as the person had shot himself in the chest. The person has since recovered from his wounds and is back to work. 

Two supervisors were recognized for their leadership in the jail and patrol. Sgt. Elmer Sweetland and Sgt. Matthew Elwell, respectively, were awarded “Supervisor of the Year” citations for their work as leaders within the organization. 

Brandon Mosher was awarded “Corrections Officer of the Year” and Paul Spear as “Deputy of the Year”. Both were recognized for their work ethic and attitude as being outstanding in their profession. 

Sheriff Dennison presented a special award to Walker Hutchins of “Burpee, Carpenter, and Hutchins Funeral Home” of Rockland. Sheriff Dennison thanked him for all the work he has done and helped us with over the years. Chief Deputy Carroll stated, “We wanted to recognize a person that we; unfortunately, see during troubling times in our professions. There is no better man, in his profession, than Walker Hutchins. When times are at their worst, Walker has a calming affect for all involved. I can speak for us in law enforcement, that even we feel better and know that things are going to be o.k. when Walker shows up on scene. This community is very fortunate to have someone like Walker in it.” 

Elmer Sweetland, Officer Brandon Mosher, Sgt. Matthew Elwell, Sheriff Dennison, Chief Deputy Carroll, Deputy Paul Spear, Lt. Patrick Polky.  Missing is Officer Dennis Palmer.


Sheriff Donna Dennison, Walker Hutchins, Chief Deputy Tim Carroll

Friday, February 3, 2017

Don't Say "Yes"! Watch out for phone scammers!

Scammers are using recordings of a victim's own voice to try to convince them to send money.

According to recent reports, when a victim answers the phone, the scammer asks "Can you hear me?" or some other question. When the victim answers "yes" the response is recorded and the scammer later uses that recording to try to convince the victim that they have agreed to pay the scammer money.

It is important to know that just because you hear a recording of your voice saying "yes" it does not mean that you owe anyone money. The debt would only be valid if BOTH parties know what is being offered and agree to the payment for services or goods.

Don't allow yourself to be persuaded to send anyone money unless you have previously agreed to purchase the goods or services and on the price.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Arrest of Robert Allen Edwards, Jr. of South Thomaston - January 31, 2017

On January 31, 2017 at approximately 5:30 PM, the Knox Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from an address on Buttermilk Lane in South Thomaston. The caller reported that a male was “freaking out” and throwing himself under a vehicle that was trying to leave the residence. During the call, the Dispatcher was able to hear a struggle for the phone and received additional information that the male was not allowing anyone to leave the residence.

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified and started toward the location. Units from the Thomaston Police Department and the Maine Marine Patrol also responded to the residence based on information that the male had a violent history. Units arrived on scene within minutes and were able to separate all parties involved and quickly investigate.

Robert Allen Edwards Jr., 34, of South Thomaston, was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault, Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening, Domestic Violence Terrorizing, and Criminal Restraint.

Edwards is currently confined at the Knox County Jail and bail has been set at $10,000.00 cash.

Sheriff's Log: January 12 - 28, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to 303 calls for service for the period of January 12th thru 28th, 2017. An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

Jan 22

Sergeant John Palmer conducted a traffic stop in Saint George. Jared Hansen, 38, of St. George, was summoned for Operating After License Suspension.

Sgt. Matthew Elwell conducted a traffic stop in Warren. Dustin Kimball, 21, of Waldoboro, was summoned for Passenger not Secured in Seatbelt.

Jan 23

Detective Donald Murray conducted a wanted person’s check in Rockland. Matthew Leigh, 20, of Washington was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Deputy Scott Redmun responded to the report of a protection order violation in Union. Faylyn Vitale, 21, of Warren, was arrested for violating a Protection from Abuse Order.

Jan 24

Dep. Nathaniel Jack responded to a traffic crash in South Thomaston. Walter Galick, 63, of So. Thomaston, lost control of his vehicle due to slush covered road, went off the roadway, and struck a utility pole. The vehicle sustained functional damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Jack, Sgt. Palmer, and Lieutenant Patrick Polky responded to a traffic crash in Owls Head. Ashley Price, 24, of Owls Head, lost control of her vehicle due to slush covered roads, went off the roadway, and struck a tree. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. Minor injuries were reported.

Deputies Paul Pinkham and Jack responded to a traffic crash in Union. Sheldon Lavway, 19, of Union, lost control of his vehicle due to speed and slush covered roads, went off the roadway, and struck a tree. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. No injuries were reported.

Dep. Redmun conducted a wanted persons check in Union. Kathy Grierson, 28, of Union, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Dep. Paul Spear and Lt. Polky responded to a traffic crash in St. George. Kristin Hodgdon, 41, of St. George, lost control of her vehicle due to wet roads, went off the roadway, and struck several trees. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. No injuries were reported. Dep. Spear summoned Hodgdon for Producing Evidence of Insurance Not in Effect.

Jan 25

Sergeant’s Lance Mitchell and Palmer, Dep. Jack, and Det. Justin Twitchell responded to the report of a domestic assault in Hope. Sgt. Mitchell arrested Carly Gilbert, 19, of Camden, for Domestic Violence Assault, Obstructing the Report of a Crime, and Violation of Probation.

Dep Spear responded to the report of a theft in Warren, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Jeremy Joslyn and Sgt. Elwell responded to a traffic crash in Washington. Mindy Lavoie, 40, of Friendship, lost control of her vehicle due to icy roads, went off the roadway, and struck a utility pole. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. Minor injuries were reported. Dep. Joslyn summoned Lavoie for Failure to Produce Evidence of Insurance.

Jan 26

Deputies John Hansen and Spear responded to a traffic crash in So. Thomaston. Philip Poland, 42, of Cushing, failed to control his vehicle and trailer due to sobriety, left the roadway, and struck a culvert. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. No injuries were reported. Dep. Spear arrested Poland for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Jan 27

Dep. Joslyn conducted a wanted person’s check in Appleton. Nyssa Belvill, 29, of Appleton, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Dep. Robert Potter conducted a traffic stop on Vinalhaven. Brandon McAuliffe, 20, of Warren, was summoned for Operating After License Suspension.

Dep. Scott Redmun conducted a traffic stop in Hope. A Juvenile, 16, was summoned for Carrying Passengers in Violation of Interim License Restriction.

Dep. Scott Redmun conducted a traffic stop in Thomaston. Sasha Grotton, 27, of So. Thomaston, was summoned for Failure to Display Valid Certificate of Inspection and Failure to Produce Evidence of Insurance.

Jan 28

Dep. Pinkham conducted a traffic stop in Warren. Dale Shallow, 40, of Warren, was summoned for Operating with an Expired Registration.

Sgt. Mitchell conducted a traffic stop in Rockland. David Huntley, 69, of Rockland, was summoned for Speeding.

Deputies Redmun and Joslyn responded to a report of threatening statements. Dep. Redmun summoned Shayne Elwell, 29, of Rockland, for Terrorizing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sheriff's Log: January 15 - 21, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to 282 calls for service for the period of January 15th thru 21st, 2017. An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

Jan 15

Deputy Nathaniel Jack and Sergeant John Palmer responded to a report of a domestic assault in Warren. Dep. Jack arrested Michael E. Grant, 53, of Warren, for Domestic Violence Assault.

Dep. Scott Redmun conducted a traffic stop in Warren. Paul Heino, 41, of Thomaston, was summoned for Operating a Defective Motor Vehicle, Failure to Produce Valid Inspection, Failure to Produce Evidence of Insurance, and Violation of Conditional Release.

Jan 16

Dep. Redmun, Dep. Arthur Smith, and Sgt. Matthew Elwell responded to the report of a disorderly male in Friendship. Dep. Smith summoned a 17-year-old Juvenile for Disorderly Conduct.

Sgt. Palmer responded to the report of a theft in Warren. Candice Jones, 41, of Waldoboro, was arrested for Theft by Unauthorized Taking and Jonathan Jones, 41, of Waldoboro, was summoned for Theft by Unauthorized Taking.

Dep. Smith responded to a traffic crash in Hope. Rachel Ripley, 25, of Hope, struck a deer on Barnestown Rd. The vehicle sustained functional damage and no injuries reported.

Jan 17

Dep. Robert Potter responded to a traffic crash on Vinalhaven. Patrick Gasperini, 28, of Vinalhaven, died at the hospital while being treated for injuries he sustained. The crash is under investigation.

Dep. Paul Spear conducted a traffic stop in Cushing. Shanon Lafrance, 45, of Cushing, was summoned for Operating after License Suspension.

Dep. Spear conducted a wanted person’s check in Rockland. James Makie, 51, of Cushing, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Jan 18

Deputies Redmun and Potter responded to the report of a theft on Vinalhaven; the incident is under investigation.

Sgt. Lance Mitchell responded to a traffic crash in Warren. Emily Weiss, 40, of Warren, lost control of her vehicle, due to slippery road conditions, on Eastern Rd. and struck a tree. The vehicle sustained functional damage and minor injuries were reported.

Sgt. Mitchell conducted a wanted person’s check in Washington. Allen Shenett, 51, of Washington, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Detective Dwight Burtis responded to the report of a protection order violation in Rockland, the incident is under investigation.

Deputies Jeremy Joslyn and Spear responded to the report of a probation violation in Friendship. Dep. Joslyn arrested Jonathan Sevon, 42, of Friendship, for Violation of Probation.

Jan 19

Dep. Smith conducted a traffic stop in Cushing. Travis Robinson, 34, of Cushing, was summoned for Speeding.

Dep. Smith responded to the report of a theft in Friendship, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Smith responded to a report of identity theft in Washington, the incident is under investigation.

Sgt. Mitchell responded to the report of a missing person from Saint George. The individual was located by Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on January 20th, subject was safe and healthy.

Dep. Joslyn conducted a wanted person’s check in Cushing. Brittany Maloney, 29, of Cushing, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant.

Dep. Joslyn and Sgt. Mitchell responded to the report of a traffic crash in Warren. Shane Stockbridge, 22, of Warren, rolled his snowmobile on an ice bank on Depot Rd. The vehicle sustained functional damage and Stockbridge was taken to the hospital for injuries.

Jan 20

Deputies Pinkham and Joslyn conducted a wanted person’s check in Rockland. Dep. Joslyn arrested Danica Miller, 21, of Warren on an Arrest Warrant.

Dep. Pinkham responded to the report of a bad check in Union, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Smith and Sgt. Mitchell responded to the report of a traffic crash in St. George. Kyle Clough, 24, of St. George, was following Christian Dehlinger, 56, of Rockland, too closely and was unable to stop when Dehlinger began to slow down for a stopped school bus on the River Rd. Clough and Dehlinger’s vehicles were towed due to disabling damage. Dehlinger was taken to the hospital for injuries.

Dep. Potter responded to the report of a theft on Vinalhaven, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Potter responded to the report of a bad check on Vinalhaven, the incident is under investigation.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sheriff's Log: January 8 - 14, 2017

The Knox County Sheriff's Office received 259 calls for service from January 8th - 14th, 2017. Some of the calls responded to included agency assists, animal problems, bail and warrant checks, business and residential alarms, business and residential property checks, check-ins, citizen assists, civil disputes, court paper service, crash reconstructions, crisis interventions, death investigations, drug evaluations, finger printing, forensic mapping, nuisances complaints, motor vehicle crashes, police information, police K-9 tracks, school visits, sex offender registrations, shellfishing compliance, suspicious persons and circumstances, traffic hazards, and traffic stops. An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

Jan 8

Following a suspicious person’s complaint in Cushing, Deputy Jeremy Joslyn arrested Richard Butler, 37, of Rockland, for Terrorizing with a Dangerous Weapon and Furnishing Scheduled Drugs. Dep. Joslyn also arrested Joshua Weaver, 31, of Rockland, for Possession of Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia.

Dep. Scott Redmun responded to the report of a theft in Union, the incident is under investigation.

Jan 9

Dep. Paul Spear responded to the report of a motor vehicle burglary in Rockport, the incident is under investigation.

Dep. Arthur Smith and Sergeant Matthew Elwell responded to the report of a domestic assault in Warren. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of Deputies. A temporary warrant for Domestic Violence Terrorizing, Aggravated Assault, and Violation of Conditional Release was issued on Lauren Tozier, 44, of Warren.

Jan 10

Following a wanted person’s check in Warren, Dep. Joslyn arrested Lauren Tozier, 44, of Warren, on an Arrest Warrant.

Following a wanted person’s check in Warren, Dep. Alicia Gordon arrested, Amanda Tozier, 33, of Warren, on an Arrest Warrant.

Lieutenant Reginald Walker responded to a report of identity theft in South Thomaston, the incident is under investigation.

Following a wanted person check in Rockland, Dep. Spear arrested William Costigan, 55, of Thomaston, on an Arrest Warrant.

Jan 11

Following a traffic stop in Appleton, Dep. Smith summoned Jessica Hudson, 21, of Bremen, for Failure to Display Valid Inspection.

Following a traffic stop in Union, Dep. Gordon summoned Todd Matson, 39, of Union, for Speeding and Failure to Provide Insurance.

Jan 12

Following a traffic stop in Warren, Dep. Paul Pinkham summoned Christian Kolofsky, 44, of Vinalhaven, for Failure to Display Valid Inspection.

Dep. Smith responded to a report of theft in Owls Head, the incident is under investigation.

Following a wanted person check in Hope, Dep. Joslyn arrested Richard Stanton, 30, of Hope, on an Arrest Warrant.

Following a wanted person check in Rockland, Dep. Gordon arrested Melanie Allen, 42, of Union, on an Arrest Warrant.

Jan 13

Deputies Joslyn, Gordon, and Sgt. Lance Mitchell responded to the report of a domestic assault in Washington. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of Deputies. A temporary warrant for Domestic Violence Terrorizing, Criminal Threatening, and Aggravated Assault was issued on Brandon Klein, 32, of Washington.

Following a wanted person check in Rockland, Dep. Pinkham arrested Thomas Powell, 25, of Friendship, on an Arrest Warrant.

Following a check for a wanted person in Washington, Dep. Joslyn arrested Brandon Klein, 32, of Washington. Klein was also charged with Violation of Probation.

Following the report of a protection order violation in Cushing, Dep. Spear arrested Jesse Grant, 22, of Cushing, for Violation of Protection from Abuse Order.

Jan 14

Following a traffic stop in Appleton, Dep. Joslyn summoned Philip Pease, 82, of Union, for Operating Without a License.

Following a traffic stop in Rockland, Dep. Redmun summoned Brandon McClure, 19, of Rockland, for Operating Without a License and Failure to Provide Insurance.