Police in Hancock County investigating accident, vandalism spree and burglary

Posted May 16, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.

SURRY — Police are investigating a single-car accident early Sunday morning on Newberry Neck Road.

The Hancock County Regional Communications Center received a call at about 2:35 a.m. Sunday reporting a motor vehicle accident on the road in Surry. The caller reported that the driver had fled the scene.

Deputy Jeff McFarland of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department went to the scene and determined that the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in the accident had been reported stolen from a residence in Ellsworth.

The vehicle had been traveling south on Newberry Neck Road when the operator failed to make a sharp right-hand curve. The Jeep went off the left side of the road, struck a large rock and then a tree head-on.

According to Chief Deputy Richard Bishop, the RCC also received a forwarded 911 call reporting that Ryan Blagojevic, 35, of Surry had been found unconscious on the back lawn of a residence not far from the accident scene. According to Bishop, Blagojevic’s injuries were consistent with his having been the driver in the accident, but deputies have not yet determined that he was driving.

Blagojevic was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and later transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious head injuries. There was no information available on his condition Monday, according to a hospital representative.

Charges are pending in the case, which remains under investigation.

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Vandalism to cars over the weekend

DEER ISLE — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating several incidents on the island last weekend in which cars were vandalized.

All three incidents are connected, according to Deputy Scott Kane of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, who, with Deputy Ben Astbury, is investigating the incidents.

The first incident was reported at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday. A woman in Deer Isle reported that someone had vandalized a vehicle parked at her residence. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at about $750. Deputy Astbury reported there was a suspect in the case.

Later that day, Deputy Kane responded to two similar calls. The first involved an estimated $600 in damage to a 2002 Nissan in Deer Isle. The second incident occurred in Stonington, where there was a report of damage to a vehicle and 10 lobster traps. Total damage in that incident was estimated at $2,000.

The cases remain under investigation.

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Three charged in Subway burglary

BUCKSPORT — Police have charged three local men in connection with a burglary at the Subway sandwich shop on Route 1 earlier this month.

According to Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan, the three men allegedly broke into the shop through the rear door on May 6 and took a cash box containing about $400 from the business. Sgt. David Winchester and Officer Daniel Harlan investigated the incident and in the past several days arrested the three suspects.

Police arrested Nicholas Bailiy, 22, on Saturday, May, 14, and Peyton Webster, 18, on Thursday, May 12; both on charges of burglary. Deric Ireland, 20, was arrested on Thursday, May 12, on a charge of violation of bail. He also was charged with burglary.

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