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.