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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Knox Regional Communications Center position opening

Our friends at the Knox Regional Communications Center (911 dispatch) have opened a search for a deputy director. Go to the Knox County website for more information. You can click HERE to be taken directly to the applicable page.

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.