Wiscasset Police Department

Wiscasset Police Blotter July 23-29

Short staff leads to delays in arrests, summons reports
Posted:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:00am
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It is taking longer than usual to get public information about accidents, arrests and summonses in Wiscasset these days, as the town has several reserve officers, but currently, only two full-time ones.

On Tuesday, the department released details of three accidents and an arrest dating from July 26 to Aug. 2. Information on an arrest related to an alleged July 22 road rage incident involving a gun had not been released.

Accidents have the priority, because the state requires accident reports to be filed within five days, according to Sgt. Craig Worster. So far, according to the department’s administrative assistant Nicole Viele, anyone who needed an accident report has been able to get one within that timeframe.

The accidents on July 26 involved one between Asia West, 19, of Saunderton, Rhode Island, who rear-ended a car driven by Stephanie Burchell, 24, of Benton, at the corner of Water and Main streets, and one at Bath and Churchill roads involving Candida Poore, 27, of Bath, who rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kurt Long, 21, of Cushing.

On Aug. 1, the accident involving a 1999 Jeep driven by Amanda Carmichael, 23, of Houlton and an SUV driven by Ted Griffith, of Johnson City, Tennessee, sent two people to the hospital. A third vehicle left the scene.

On Aug. 2, Shawn Toothaker, 52, of Wiscasset, was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault.

Worster said that because the police department is working with mostly reserve officers who might work one day per week, arrest reports get done when the the officer is back in the office. “That can be a week later, or even longer,” he said. The department is still between chiefs, and the two full-time officers are working more hours than normal. Responding to calls is the priority, he said.

Viele said that over the next few weeks, there may be more “report pending” items in the police log than normal, due to the short staffing, and the protocol that Town Manager Marian Anderson must review the reports before they are cleared to go out.

Additional information for the week ending July 29 includes:

Arrests

On July 24, Leeann Donovan, 28, of Waldoboro, was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault.

Summons

On July 23, Eric Gray, 51, of Wiscasset, summonsed for operating an ATV on a public way and operating an unregistered ATV.

On July 25, Stephen Hood, 54, of Wiscasset, summonsed for Criminal Mischief.

Accidents

There were 30 property checks, 22 traffic or vehicle-related calls, multiple welfare checks, several false burglar alarms, assistance to other agencies, assistance for a special detail, an unwanted subject, and an escort.