Police standoff in Ellsworth creates traffic headache for residents

Posted May 31, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
Last modified June 01, 2014, at 6:57 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Maine State Police negotiator remained on the scene of a situation in Ellsworth on Saturday evening, approximately seven hours after they were called to assist the Ellsworth Police Department with an incident that unfolded shortly before 11 a.m.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said he not elaborate further on why the negotiator was needed, saying further information had to come from the Ellsworth Police Department. Citing the ongoing situating, a dispatcher for the department said Saturday evening that the situation was ongoing and no one was available to provide information.

According to a statement on the department’s Facebook page, motorists and pedestrians were asked to avoid Route 179-North Street. The route was shut down because of the situation.

Police asked the public to find an alternative route to avoid the area.

On the department’s Facebook page, residents were stating that they could not access their residences or apartments due to the long line of police car and emergency vehicles that were lined up along the roadway.

Karen Jefferson, a 53-year-old Ellsworth resident who moved back to the area two years ago after spending 10 years in Bangor, was out with a friend for a drive when they noticed all of the police and emergency vehicles lining the roads and were told that they had to detour around the area.

“We had no idea what was going on until we got back to her place and checked Facebook,” she said. “We could hear someone talking on a public address system or a loudspeaker or something, so I got the impression that maybe they were trying to get someone to come out of a house or something and give themselves up. But there was a very strong police presence.”

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