Comments for: Sheriff’s office ID said man who left gun at L.L. Bean could carry concealed weapon despite only being a “special deputy”

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 5:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:17 p.m.

ELLSWORTH | Ellsworth police are wondering why a Washington County sheriff gave the authority of a sheriff’s deputy to a doctor who had not completed the police academy training required by Maine law. Sheriff Donnie Smith deputized Benjamin Newman, 72, who operates a small practice in Winter Harbor and …

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  • Anonymous

    ” According to Newman, on the back side of the ID, there is text that
    states he “is a qualified law enforcement officer of the Washington
    County Sheriff’s Office” and as such “is authorized to carry a concealed
    firearm.” Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department verified
    that language was present on the ID.”

    ““I can deputize anybody I want to, at any time I want to,” Smith said.
    “He is a special deputy, but that doesn’t necessarily give him the right
    to carry a concealed firearm.”

    Hey wait a minute! Didn’t I just read:

    ““is authorized to carry a concealed
    firearm.” Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department verified
    that language was present on the ID.””

    So basically this Smith guy is deputizing people without knowing how much power he is giving them. He hasn’t even read the card he hands out??!?!

    To quote chief Wiggum from The Simpsons: “You’re not getting a gun until you tell me your name!”

    Oh my I just realized…he looks just like Wiggum:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/7a/Chief_Wiggum.png/220px-Chief_Wiggum.png

    • Superuser23

      But the law says he can only deputize in events of a declared emergency or war, so I am curious what event took place that warranted this. Does this mean just Washington County has special deputies running around and maybe the next time I visit someone is going to yell “Police, pull over now” from a rusty Chevrolet?

    • Guest

      I live the art

      • Anonymous

        This all sounds like good stuff for a Sarah Graves who-dun-it
        book ,that is, if she wrote them about crooked cops.

  • Henderson bobby

    I thought those were badges just given to kids. Its all in the wording . Anyone can be qualified . Not just anyone is authorized .

  • Anonymous

    Gee, Smith doesn’t want to talk to the BDN. That is a rare event!

    • Superuser23

      It is, just last week, I thought this man would never keep his trapper shut and has to have his nose everywhere, now he is quiet, and not talking.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of pieces to this puzzle.
    Does the Deputy/Doctor have prescription writing

    authorization for narcotics ?
    If so , a quick glance at his recent prescribing history
    may be of interest.

    • Anonymous

      Nice work detective.

    • Anonymous

      Irrelevant to the charge, which itself is flimsy.

  • Anonymous

    Now isn’t Sheriff Smith the same one that stated just a week or two ago, that citizens with conceal weapons permits …………….. scares him………….. of course he might have been looking in the mirror when he said this.

    • Anonymous

      Yes he was and his comments we in relation to this situation with the doctor. This putz runs his mouth and it comes out other orifices! He doesn’t know up from down and has very little Law Enforcemenf experience himself!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Washington County doesn’t want to do anything about it, but other law enforcement officials might be interested in the concealed weapon issue.

  • Anonymous

    Barney Fife?

  • Anonymous

    Time to step down Sheriff Smith. Who knows what could have happened if someone else had found the handgun? Someone could have re-killed one of the stuffed animals in LL Bean.

    • Anonymous

      Smith wont “cop” to the responsibility being his!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not opposed to firearms and concealed carry permits, but I have a little trouble accepting the idea that a medical doctor can be an armed law enforcement officer.

  • Anonymous

    Why is anyone surprised by this.

    2007 – Sheriff Smith reports 25-75 (depending on the article) handguns stolen from the evidence room.

    Wonder what happened to those guns Sheriff Smith.

    • Anonymous

      It goes deeper than that JD.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure it does.

  • Anonymous

    the LePage should remove the sheriff

  • Anonymous

    If the comments in this article were not so incredulous it would be humorous. It never ceases to amaze me about human nature. All of these law enforcement officials had no comment on the assault weapons after those senseless homicides in Conn. None of them had any words of wisdom/criticism when Sheriff Glenn Ross told his friend, Bob Carlson, aka the sexual predator, that HE was under investigation, which may I remind everyone, lead to his suicide. NOW that Sheriff Smith is under scrutiny, they are all commenting on this article. These other law enforcement officials have an axe to grind when it comes to Sheriff Smith as he disagreed with the findings of the Maine State Police in regards to the Bob Carlson investigation. Sheriff Smith departed from the Maine Sheriffs Association when he realized that it was going to be the “ol boys network” when they circled the wagons around Sheriff Glenn Ross. Do they think the the public has such a short memory? These men didn’t think that Sheriff Ross did anything illegal or immoral and none of them had anything publicly to say about it. NOT ONE WORD! If Glenn Ross wasn’t prosecuted or asked to be relieved of his duties by the Governor, Sheriff Smith surely won’t. All he did was give a Doctor credentials to get into the WCJ and the Sheriff states that he had no idea that the Doctor was using it to carry a concealed weapon. I wonder did the Sheriff himself give that ID to the Doctor or did the jail personnel type it up? It really doesn’t matter because Sheriff Smith has already taken responsibility for giving the Doctor “special deputy status”. Wouldn’t it be nice if Glenn Ross would do the same in the Bob Carlson investigation?

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you forgot about the 25-70 (depending on the news source) handguns that “disappeared” from “the evidence room at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and it looks as if it may be an inside job”.

      What was the outcome of that “investigation”?

      http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2126&dat=20070511&id=qfYyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dw8GAAAAIBAJ&pg=933,2447353
      http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2126&dat=20070511&id=qfYyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dw8GAAAAIBAJ&pg=933,2447353

      • Anonymous

        Sheriff Smith is the one who discovered it! He is the one that reported it to the Commissioners and the Attorney Generals office, did you even read the article in its entirety? If so, did you understand it?

        • Anonymous

          Oh I did….and it happened on his watch. Just like the Doctor with they “special Deputy” credentials with the full “LEO” powers including concealed carry. It happened on his watch but so far he isn’t taking responsibility for it.

          Seems likes he likes to point fingers but not take responsibility.

          • shadyashell

            if it happened on his watch why wasn’t he charged with it? your stupid

          • Anonymous

            LOL spending to much time in the “shade” are we?

            He was the Sheriff when the handguns mysteriously disappeared from the jail.

            He was the Sheriff when the money disappeared from the inmates jail fund.

            He was the Sheriff when the Deputy Sergeant was “assaulted” but not “assaulted”.

            And now he is the Sheriff with the Doctor Deputy with the LEO credentials and authorization to carry a concealed weapon without a concealed weapon permit but the good Sheriff “didn’t know the doctor had used it as license to carry a concealed weapon” despite ” the fact that Newman’s ID card calls him a “qualified law enforcement officer” with the “right to carry a concealed firearm.””

            Seems like a great many things are happening on Sheriff Smith’s watch that he has no idea are happening.

            And I’m the “stupid” one?

    • Anonymous

      Glenn Ross in my opinion should be prosecuted. But..in his defense as far as this article is concerned, he didn’t seem so side with or against you.. Oops, I mean with or against Sheriff Smith.

  • Anonymous

    kinda looks like rosco p. coltrain wheres boss hogg?

    • shadyashell

      rosco has been suspended and boss hogg is on vacation

  • Anonymous

    Regardless, it is stupid to leave a gun in a public bathroom. A child could have picked it up and tried it on himself or someone else. Obviously the doctor is not capable of carrying a loaded weapon on his person….he is irresponsible.

  • casper

    isn’t it a fair question to ask if every person that goes in and out of that jail doing things there with inmates also has one of those cards and if not, why not and why the doctor if others dont need one?

  • Superuser23

    The BDN could take the headline down a couple of notches, reading the headline pretty much was like reading a novel.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the retired drug sniffing dog is a deputy, the dog can still get people arrested.

  • Anonymous

    Now, if we only had a Boss Hawg character down there in Washington County, there could be a brand new sit-com written.

  • Anonymous

    nice pose Donnie

    • Anonymous

      All he’s missing is the boots and cowboy hat…Yeeeehaaaaa…

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get too technical………….

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a classic case of “dealing with the idiots” all around.

  • Anonymous

    As long as Sheriff Donnie gave him only one bullet that he could keep in his pocket….”Now you go on out there Barney and protect the citizens and never, NEVER take that gun off even when you go to the bathroom.”

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