History of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office – Part IV

This is the fourth in a series of articles which explores the history of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  These articles were published in some of the local newspapers in the summer and fall of 2013. (Articles are archived here with permission of the author.)

Author’s Note:  While organizing rooms on the fourth floor of the Washington County Jail in the early part of 2013, members of the Sheriff’s Office found Jail Calendars dating back to 1805.  The level of detail available in the calendars varies greatly depending on the jailer at the time, and this series of articles aims to provide highlights from these calendars.  The archaic spelling of “jail” as “gaol” was used well into the 1800’s, with the exception of one short period between March and September of 1820, when Maine was a young state.  All information, unless otherwise noted, comes from the jail calendars and the Washington County Commissioner’s Records.  This is the fourth article in the series.

The Court of General Sessions which was begun in October of 1798 was continued on the 14th May 1799 at the house of Samuel Ellis.  Justices present at the session were Esquires Stephen Jones, George Stillman, and Phineas Bruce.

The committee originally appointed to purchase the old meeting house from John Hodgkins was dismissed, and a new committee to purchase or build a court house was appointed.  Stephen jones, Phineas Bruce, and Jacob Longfellow were chosen for that task.

At his request, Sheriff John Cooper was dismissed as a member of the Gaol Committee.

At the next Court of General Sessions of the Peace, begun on 20th August 1799, Sheriff Cooper protested “against the sufficiency of the County Gaol for the safe keeping of prisoners”.  His concerns, while recorded, were not addressed during the session.

Justices present at the August 1800 session were Stephen Jones, Alexander Campbell, Theodore Lincoln, George Stillman, John Brewer, Phineas Bruce, and James Campbell.  George Stillman was once again chosen to be the County Treasurer, a role important in the early days of the Sheriff’s Office, as the Treasurer kept track of fines and costs of court owed by current and former inmates.

The session was adjourned until the first Wednesday in October at the house of Samuel Ellis.  The first order of business was to build a house for the Gaoler.  Stephen Jones, Sheriff John Cooper, and Jacob Longfellow were nominated to be the committee in charge of this task.  The committee was also charged with making a report disputing the limits of the goal yard, to be presented at the next adjournment of the court.

The May 1801 session of the court brought a new facet of responsibility to John Cooper when it ordered that the house of Samuel Ellis be made a “Goal [sic] house for Debtors”.

The gaol and Gaoler’s house must have taken quite a time to plan, even before construction began.  The May session was adjourned until 20 October 1801.  At that time, Jacob Longfellow resigned from the committee responsible for erecting a house for the Gaoler.  Longfellow was replaced by Theodore Lincoln.

At the same session, the court order that $624.99 be set aside for the gaoler’s house and $17 for the “repair of the gaol”.  The estimate for the coming year included an additional $300 for the completion of the gaol and gaol house, as well as $60 for the Sheriff for house rent for the gaol keeper, who must have lived with the Sheriff until his home was constructed.  $80 was estimated for the Sheriff, clerk, and attorney.

Deputy and Gaolor William Albee resigned his post in 1801.  For the next four years, we can only guess that Sheriff John Cooper served as his own jailer and deputy, as records indicate that the next Deputy Sheriff and Gaolor was William Chaloner, who was appointed on 21st June, 1805.  Chaloner resigned 15th of July 1817, but we owe much to his twelve years in office.  The first of the jail calendars of Washington County that exists begins with records for the year 1805.  Whether or not calendars were kept before that time is unknown, however Chaloner’s records set the format which all calendars would use for more than one hundred and ninety years.

1801 brought another change to the Court.  Ralph H. Bowles, who had been the court clerk since 1790, was replaced by Josiah Harris.

1802 was a quiet year for the Sheriff’s Office.  During the August 1803 session, however, John Cooper’s duties must have been increased considerably.  With a small margin over George Stillman, incumbent and Registrar of Deeds, Cooper was elected as Treasurer for the County.   Throughout all the excitement, Cooper maintained his role as Sheriff.

For the first time in a long time, the court held a trial that made it to the records.  It was alleged that John Mitchel of Harrington was guilty of injuring the property of John Coffin of Addison.  It was reported that, on the night of 10 September 1802, Mitchel broke into Coffin’s cow close.  He used a long knife to cut two teats (and part of another) from one cow, while cutting one teat (and parts of two others) from a second cow.  Mitchel pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty lashes, a fine and court costs, and the admonition to be on good behavior for one year.

teats (and part of another) from one cow, while cutting one teat (and parts of two others) from a second cow.  Mitchel pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty lashes, a fine and court costs, and the admonition to be on good behavior for one year.

May 10-16 National Police Week

Since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which declared that May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which the 15th falls as Police Week, law enforcement officers and agencies across the country have held this week to be one of great import.

As with many civil services, the role of a police officer is not glamorous or prestigious.  The more than twenty-five full and part-time deputies here at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office became law enforcement officers because they all wanted to give back to their communities in a way that feels meaningful to them.

Lately, police departments all over the country have been highlighted in the news.  Our hearts are heavy for the agencies and communities who are at odds with each other.  We hope that those issues are resolved soon, and that the officers in those communities can go back to doing the work that they love.  Here in our own communities, we feel truly blessed to have the support of so many of our neighbors and friends for the work that we do each and every day.

Please join us in our appreciation of all of our deputies this week, as well as in all of the officers from other agencies with whom we work.

Weekly Report 4/13/15 to 4/19/15

WEEKLY REPORT

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

04/13/15 to 04/19/15

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

We have had a number of calls lately regarding noise complaints.  Please remember that, as the days are longer, your neighbors may be outside more enjoying the nice weather.  Sometimes their activities are noisy, but your neighbors aren’t necessarily doing anything illegal.  On the flip side, if you are a person who enjoys being outside – whether doing yard work or simply enjoying the sunshine – before breakfast in the morning or after dinner in the evening, remember that not all of your neighbors keep the same schedule you do.  Because of illnesses, age (both young and old), preferences, work demands, or other factors, not all of us are out and about during the same times.  Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, please do your best to be a good neighbor.  A little respect goes a long way.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 81 calls for service this week.

04/13/15:

Deputy Timothy Carter assisted officers from the Machias Police Department in the search for a suspect on Court Street in Machias.  They were unable to locate the suspect at that time.

A routine traffic stop on Main Street in Milbridge was initiated by Deputy Jim Malloy.  The operator was summonsed for failure to provide proof of insurance.

Cpl. Greg Sawyer responded to a complaint of loud noises on Route 1 in Perry.  Neighbors were interviewed, but the cause of the noise could not be determined.

Deputy Jim Malloy, assisted by Officer Alan Stanwood of the Milbridge Police Department, arrested an individual for operating under the influence on the Marshville Road in Harrington.  Field sobriety tests were give, and the individual was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he refused the Intoxylizer test.

04/14/15:

A report of criminal trespass on Allen Lane in Lubec was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter.  The suspect was issued summonses for criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

04/15/15:

A car-deer crash on Main Street in East Machias was investigated by Cpl. Greg Sawyer.  No injuries were reported.

04/16/15:

Cpl. Greg Sawyer was called to a residence on Main Street in Princeton to discharge a deer that had been hit by a vehicle.  The owner of a nearby residence helped find someone who could use the deer.

04/17/15:

Deputy Tim Carter, assisted by Sgt. Brandon Parker, responded to an incomplete 9-1-1 call on Main Street in East Machias.  Upon arriving at the site, they found a suicidal subject.  The subject agreed to be transported to Downeast Community Hospital.  Upon arriving at the hospital, the subject became uncooperative, but eventually calmed down.

A two-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Steuben was attended by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  No injuries were reported.

Deputy Jim Malloy attended a car-deer crash on Mason’s Bay Road in Jonesport.  No injuries were reported.

04/18/15:

A routine traffic stop on Route 1 in Machias was initiated by Deputy Tim Carter.  The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation for operating after suspension, as well as a citation for failure to provide evidence of insurance.

Deputy Tim Carter conducted a bail check on Charles Street in Machias.  The individual was issued a summons for bail violation for a positive THC urinalysis.

04/19/15:

A report of theft and vandalism on the Schoppee Point Road in Roque Bluffs was investigated by Deputy Tim Carter.  The incident was later resolved by the complainant.

Deputy Tim Carter responded to a report of harassment on Route 1 in Pembroke.  The subject was unable to be located at the time.

Weekly Report 04/06/15 to 04/12/15

WEEKLY REPORT

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

04/06/15 to 04/12/15

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

          We want to thank all of you who read our weekly report in the newspapers and on our blog (www.washingtoncountysheriff.wordpress.com). For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, please also check out our Facebook page.  We can be found listed as “The Washington County Sheriff’s Office”.  This is a great place to keep tabs on upcoming events, news articles, and information we may share from other agencies.  You can also send us private messages there if you have questions about what to do in certain situations.  For example, this week we had someone ask about what to do with hypodermic needles found beside the road.  This generated a Facebook post as well as a blog post.  (Remember, though, Facebook is never a substitute for calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.)

            The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 95 calls for service this week.

04/06/15:

            Sgt. Brandon Parker responded to a single-vehicle accident on the Milbridge Road in Cherryfield.  The driver was transported to the hospital for possible injuries.

            A routine traffic stop on North Street in Harrington resulted in the arrest of an individual.  Deputy James Malloy transported the driver to the Washington County Jail and issued summonses for attaching false plates and operating after suspension.

            Deputy Timothy Carter responded to the scene of an accident on Route 1 in Edmunds.  The driver had left the scene of the accident, but Deputy Carter – with the help of Officer Lewis Evans and Officer Damon Dore of the Pleasant Point Police Department – was able to find the driver.  Field sobriety tests were given, and Deputy Carter transported the individual to the Washington County Jail for an Intoxylizer test.  The individual arrested and booked into the jail on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

04/07/15:

            A single-vehicle crash on the Great Cove Road in Roque Bluffs was attended by Deputy Timothy Carter.  An individual was transported to Downeast Community Hospital for possible injuries.

            Deputy Timothy Carter arrested an individual on Court Street in Machias for an outstanding warrant.  The individual was taken to the Washington County Jail.

04/08/15:

            Deputy Timothy Carter attended the scene of a car-deer crash on Route 1 in Jonesboro.  No injuries were reported.

            A car-deer accident on Route 9 in Wesley was investigated by Deputy Timothy Carter.  No injuries were reported.

            Sgt. Brandon Parker investigated a two-vehicle accident just off the Addison Road in Columbia.  No injuries were reported.

04/09/15:

            Sgt. Ralph Pineo attended the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Route 86 in Marion.  Possible injuries were reported.

04/10/15:

            Deputy James Malloy responded to a report of theft on Masonic Lane in Pembroke.  The investigation remains open.

            While investigating another call on the Cross Road in Columbia, Lt. Timothy Tabbutt came in contact with an individual who had an outstanding warrant.  The individual was transported to the Washington County Jail.

            Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a report of assault on the Unionville Road in Steuben.  Upon being interviewed, the victim decided against pressing charges.

04/11/15:

            A car-deer crash on Route 1 in Whiting was investigated by Deputy James Malloy.  No injuries were reported.

            Deputy Dennis Perry investigated a car-deer accident on the Route 191 in Machiasport.  No injuries were reported.

A request for an individual to be removed from a property on the Ridge Road in Cherryfield was answered by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  The suspect was arrested for criminal mischief and taken to the Washington County Jail.

            Deputy Dennis Perry initiated several traffic stops throughout the county for various violations, including speeding, unregistered vehicles, failure to provide proof of insurance, and headlights/taillights that were not functioning properly.

04/12/15:

            Lt. Timothy Tabbutt attended a car-deer crash on Route 191 in Machiasport.  No injuries were reported.

            A car-deer accident on Route 189 in Trescott was investigated by Deputy James Malloy.  No injuries were reported.

            A report of theft on the Milbridge Road in Cherryfield was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt, with assistance from Deputy Dennis Perry.  The investigation remains ongoing.

            Lt. Timothy Tabbutt investigated a report of theft on Abbey Lane in Steuben.  The investigation was closed due to lack of interest of the victim.

            Deputy Dennis Perry responded to a complaint for a possible domestic disturbance on the Hadley Lake Road in East Machias.  The parties involved were separated, and a referral to DHHS was made.

            Sgt. Brandon Parker answered a call regarding a burglary on the Ridge Road in Addison.  The investigation remains open.

            During a routine traffic stop on Route 1 in Columbia Falls, Deputy Dennis Perry issued a summons for operating after suspension and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Sharps: What to do to Keep Yourself Safe

Many of us have encountered “sharps” at some point in our lives.  We have had our blood drawn, been administered tetanus shots, or maybe even had an I.V. prior to surgery.  Those of us who are diabetics are also familiar with other sharps, which include lancets and auto-injectors.  There are many reasons that people have to legally use these sharps in home settings.

Unfortunately, illegal drug users also employ sharps.  Needles, syringes, and infusion sets that make their way onto the roadsides, parking lots, and playgrounds of our communities may come from a number of sources, and whether their original use was legal or illegal, they should all be treated with caution.

On its website (www.fda.gov), the Food and Drug Administration offers this advice on sharps disposal and what to do if you accidentally are stuck by a sharp.

Importance of Safe Sharps Disposal

Used needles and other sharps are dangerous to people and pets if not disposed of safely because they can injure people and spread infections that cause serious health conditions. The most common infections are:

  • Hepatitis B (HBV),
  • Hepatitis C (HCV), and
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Safe sharps disposal is important whether you are at home, at work, at school, traveling, or in other public places such as hotels, parks, and restaurants.

Never place loose needles and other sharps (those that are not placed in a sharps disposal container) in the household or public trash cans or recycling bins, and never flush them down the toilet. This puts trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children at risk of being harmed.

Pet owners who use needles to give medicine to their pets should follow the same sharps disposal guidelines used for humans.

What to Do If You Are Accidently Stuck By a Used Needle or Other Sharp

If you are accidently stuck by another person’s used needle or other sharp:

  1. Wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention by calling your physician or local hospital.

Follow these same instructions if you get blood or other bodily fluids in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your skin. For more information on viruses and needle-stick prevention, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website.

DOs and DON’Ts of Proper Sharps Disposal

  • DO immediately place used needles and other sharps in a sharps disposal container to reduce the risk of needle sticks, cuts or punctures from loose sharps.
  • DO use an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, if possible. If an FDA-cleared container is not available, some organizations and community guidelines recommend using a heavy-duty plastic household container as an alternative.
  • DO make sure that if a household container is used, it has the basic features of a good disposal container.
  • DO carry a portable sharps disposal container for travel.
  • DO follow your community guidelines for getting rid of your sharps disposal container.
  • DO call your local trash or public health department (listed in the county and city government section of your phone book) to find out about sharps disposal programs in your area.
  • DO ask your health care provider, veterinarian, local hospital or pharmacist
    • where and how to get an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container,
    • if they can dispose of your used needles and other sharps, or
    • if they know of sharps disposal programs near you.
  • DO keep all sharps and sharps disposal containers out of reach of children and pets.
  • DO seal sharps disposal containers when disposing of them, label them properly and check your community guidelines on how to properly dispose of them.
  • DO ask your medical or prescription insurer whether they cover sharps disposal containers.
  • DO ask the manufacturer of your drug products that are used with a needle or other sharps if they provide a sharps disposal container to patients at no charge.
  • DO report a problem associated with sharps and disposal containers.
  • DON’T throw loose needles and other sharps into the trash.
  • DON’T flush needles and other sharps down the toilet.
  • DON’T put needles and other sharps in your recycling bin — they are not recyclable.
  • DON’T try to remove, bend, break, or recap needles used by another person. This can lead to accidental needle sticks, which may cause serious infections.

And remember, please call the Sheriff’s Office (255-4422) or send us a private Facebook message if you have any questions.  Generally, we advise people to carefully dispose of the needle by wearing thick gloves (preferably covered with a pair of disposable rubber gloves) and using a pair of pliers to pick up the needle, which can then be dropped inside an empty soda bottle. The cap should then be securely placed back on the bottle with the needle sealed inside. If you are not comfortable in doing this, you can mark the spot where the needle is located with a flag or some other item that clearly identifies the location. You can then call the Regional Communications Center at 255-4422 Ext. 17 or 25 and they will attempt to locate a deputy in your area who can dispose of the needle.

Weekly Report 03/30/15 to 04/05/15

WEEKLY REPORT

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

03/30/15 to 04/05/15

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

There have been a number of 9-1-1 hang-up calls received over the past few weeks.  Many of those phone calls have been because of children who were playing with phones. Please teach children the importance of calling 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.  Please also let them know that it is important to only call in an emergency.

The Sheriff’s Office received and responded to 88 calls for service this week.

03/30/15:

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a complaint of possible assault on the Black Duck Cove Road on Beals.  The parties were warned not to have further contact with each other.

During a routine traffic stop on Route 1 in East Machias, Deputy Timothy Carter found that the vehicle in question had illegally attached plates. The driver was issued a summons for the false attachment of plates. A citation was also issued for failing to provide evidence of insurance.

03/31/15:

Deputy Timothy Carter made contact with an individual on the Kennebec Road in Machias who had an outstanding warrant.  The individual was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

During a routine traffic stop on the Nepp Point Road in Roque Bluffs, Deputy Timothy Carter found that the driver did not have an active license.  Deputy Carter issued a summons for operating after suspension.

04/01/15:

Sgt. Brandon Parker and Deputy Timothy Carter assisted Trooper Chris Smith and MDEA agents with a search warrant on Maple Road in Columbia.   Three individuals were arrested and brought to the Washington County Jail.

A car-deer accident on Route 1 in Jonesboro was attended by Sgt. Ralph Pineo.  No injuries were reported.

04/02/15:

Deputy Timothy Carter responded to a complaint of theft on the Pettegrow Point Road in Machiasport.  Sgt. Brandon Parker assisted with an arrest of an individual.  With assistance from Chief Dwelley of the Machias Police Department, the stolen articles were recovered.

04/03/15:

A report of stolen items on the Springer Road in Danforth was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo and Cpl. Christopher Donahue.  The property was returned and no further action was necessary.

A concern of well-being on the Unionville Road in Steuben was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  The individuals involved were contacted, but no further action was necessary at this time.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a complaint of criminal threatening on Main Street in Jonesport.  The complaint remains open.

A report of possible assault on Railroad Street in Harrington was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  No charges were pressed by any of the parties involved.

Deputy Jim Malloy responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on the Haycock Harbor Road in Trescott.  Upon arrival, Deputy Malloy found that the driver appeared to be intoxicated.  The driver was transported to the Washington County Jail and administered an Intoxilyzer test.  The individual was issued a summons for Operating Under the Influence.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt conducted drug court checks on Butler Road in Cherryfield and on the Tibbettstown Road in Columbia Falls.    Both individuals were found to be in compliance with the conditions of their court orders.

04/04/15:

A sudden death on the East Side Road in Machiasport was responded to by Deputy Jim Malloy.  Deputy Malloy worked with the Medical Examiner’s office to ensure all the correct procedures were adhered to.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt, with assistance from Deputy Jim Malloy, attended a report of assault on the Wyman Road in Milbridge.  The individual was issued a summons for assault and removed from the residence and taken to another place to stay.

A single-vehicle rollover on Route 9 in Wesley was attended by Sgt. Ralph Pineo.  Non-incapacitating injuries were reported by one of the occupants of the vehicle.

04/05/15:

A single-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Edmunds was investigated by Deputy Jim Malloy.  No injuries were reported.

Weekly Report 3/16/15 to 3/29/15

WEEKLY REPORT

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

03/16/15 to 03/29/15 

ITEMS OF INTEREST:

We have responded to a very large number of reports of domestic disturbances and domestic violence and abuse recently.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens of Washington and Hancock Counties of the excellent services available from the Next Step Domestic Violence Project.  Their 24-hour crisis hotline (1-800-315-5579) connects callers with counselors who can give support and other information.  However, should you or someone you know be in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 129 calls for service during these two weeks.

03/16/15:

A complaint of theft on the County Road in Lubec was investigated by Deputy Jim Malloy.  Sgt. Wade Walker of the Machias Police Department detained a suspect for Deputy Malloy.  The suspect was arrested and issued a summons for attaching false plates and operating after suspension.  Captain Richard Rolfe and K-9 Stryker assisted with a search of the vehicle.  Investigation of the matter remains open.

03/17/15:

A single-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Harrington was attended by Deputy Jim Malloy.  No injuries were reported.

03/18/15:

Deputy Jim Malloy responded to a two-vehicle accident on Route 1 in Whitneyville.  No injuries were reported.

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt investigated a two-vehicle accident on Route 1A in Jonesboro.  No injuries were reported.

A two-vehicle crash on Route 193 in Deblois was attended by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  Neither party reported any injuries.

Sgt. Brandon Parker investigated a two-vehicle accident on the Leighton Point Road in Pembroke.  No injuries were reported.

A two-vehicle accident on the Centerville Road in Columbia Falls was investigated by Deputy Jim Malloy.  Neither party reported any injuries.

03/19/15:

A single-vehicle rollover on the East Side Road in Addison was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  Both passengers were wearing their seatbelts, and no injuries were reported.

03/20/15:

Lt. Travis Willey, Deputy Greg Sawyer, and Deputy Ryan Murry assisted State Trooper Smith with a traffic stop in reference to a reported theft on Route 1 in Columbia.  During the stop, drug paraphernalia was found.  Two individuals were arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

03/21/15:

A report of a violation of a protection order on County Road in Lubec was investigated by Sgt. Brandon Parker.  An individual was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

Sgt. Ralph Pineo investigated a report of erratic driving on Route 1 in Jonesboro.  The individual involved was issued a summons for operating after suspension.

03/22/15:

            A request for assistance from Sgt. Vinson of the Calais Police Department was answered by Sgt. Ralph Pineo.  Sgt. Pineo located an individual on Route 1 in Whiting who was wanted in connection with a domestic assault.  The individual was transported to the Washington County Jail.

A single-vehicle accident on the Kennebec Road in Machiasport was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo.  No injuries were reported.

03/24/15:

Lt. Timothy Tabbutt responded to a domestic complaint on the Basin Road in Addison.  It was found that no crime had been committed, and the parties were separated.

A report of harassment on Beals Island was investigated by Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  The parties involved were warned not to have further contact with each other.

Cpl. Christopher Donahue investigated a report of theft on the Marshfield Flats Road in Marshfield. Deputy Jim Malloy assisted in the case, which is still under investigation.

Lt. Travis Willey, assisted by Cpl. Christopher Donahue, responded to a report of domestic violence on the Unionville Road in Steuben.  An individual was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail.

03/25/15:

A report of domestic violence assault on the Cutler Road in Cutler was attended to by Deputy Jim Malloy and Lt. Travis Willey.  An individual was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail.

03/26/15:

Sgt. Ralph Pineo responded to a complaint of domestic violence on the Wharf Road in Cutler.  The case remains open.

A report of burglary on the Kennebec Road in Machiasport was investigated by Sgt. Ralph Pineo.  The investigation is ongoing.

A two-vehicle crash on the County Road in Lubec was attended by Deputy Jim Malloy.  No injuries were reported.

03/29/15:

Deputy Jim Malloy assisted Officer Christy Verburgt of the Machias Police Department with a report of domestic disturbance on Sprague Way in Machias.  An individual was warned against further contact and criminal trespass.  The victim was advised to obtain a protection order.

An assault on the Shipyard Road in Dennysville was investigated by Deputy Jim Malloy, with assistance from Officer Ryan Murry of the Pleasant Point Police Department and Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.  The matter remains under investigation.

History of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office – Part III

This is the third in a series of articles which explores the history of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  These articles were published in some of the local newspapers in the summer and fall of 2013. (Articles are archived here with permission of the author.)

Author’s Note:  While organizing rooms on the fourth floor of the Washington County Jail in the early part of 2013, members of the Sheriff’s Office found Jail Calendars dating back to 1805.  The level of detail available in the calendars varies greatly depending on the jailer at the time, and this series of articles aims to provide highlights from these calendars.  The archaic spelling of “jail” as “gaol” was used well into the 1800’s, with the exception of one short period between March and September of 1820, when Maine was a young state.  All information, unless otherwise noted, comes from the jail calendars and the Washington County Commissioner’s Records.  This is the third article in the series.

In the May 1794 session, the estimate laid before the General Court for the “necessary county tax from April 1792 when the last estimate was made” included several amounts relating to the Sheriff and the jail.  £50 was estimated for completion of the “goal & goaler’s house”, while £10 was needed to purchase the land upon which the jailhouse already stood.  The Sheriff was owed £10 for keeping the jail for the past two years, and he and his constables looked to collect ten pounds one shilling for their attendance in court.  The last charge was seven pounds nineteen pence for returning notes for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Senators.

The October 1794 Court of General Sessions of the Peace heard the trial of John D. Folsom, Gentleman, and Jonathan Stickney, Yeoman, both of Machias.  Folsom and Stickney were accused of assaulting, with arms, Samuel Scott, Jr. and his wife, Thankfull, on 8 June 1794.  The charges indicated that Folsom and Stickney “did beat, wound & ill treat” the Scotts “so that their lives were dispared [sic] of”.  Folsom and Stickney pled not guilty and requested a jury trial.  The jury found them guilty, and the court ordered Folsom to pay a fine of £15 (to and for the use of the Commonwealth).  Stickney was ordered to pay a fine of £5 (to and for the use of the Commonwealth), and together they were ordered to pay costs of prosecution in the amount of thirteen pounds, twelve shillings and six pence.  Additionally, Folsom and Stickney had to recognize £50 each with the promise that they would “keep the peace & be of good behaviour” for the next year.  Simon Elliot and Robert Munson each provided £25 sureties for Folsom, while sureties for Stickney were provided by Benjamin Gooch and Robert Munson. From the record available, it does not appear that the Scotts were awarded any damages by the court.

The trial of Folsom and Stickney, however, was overshadowed by the proceedings at the Court of General Sessions of the Peace the following year.  The session, which began 6 October 1795, was presided over by Theodore Lincoln as Foreman and attended by the Honorable Stephen Jones, Esq., the Honorable Alexander Campbell, Esq., James Avery, Esq., George Stillman, Esq., and Lemuel Trescott, Esq., as member of the court.  The first trial of the session brought a whole group of men to the bar regarding the events of the night of 15 June 1795.  Nathan Greely, Robert Elliot, Jonathan White, John White, Isaiah Foster, Paul Foster, Daniel Foster, George Stillman Foster, Thomas Swey, and Simeon Foster, all labourers, and Elias Foster, blacksmith, all of Machias, were accused of being involved in the crime.  The charges were that the men “with force & arms riotously, routously [sic], & unlawfully did assemble … with clubs, sticks & stones… the dwelling house of one Gilpha Moody… did attack, pull down demolish & destroy to the great terror and damage of said Gilpha.”  The men were also accused of assaulting, menacing, and beating Gilpha Moody and Nancy Wilkerson, both single women of Machias, as well violating and destroying their tranquility.

When the men were brought forward, they pled guilty.  The sentence issued was that the guilty parties pay costs of prosecution in the amount of $25.35, in addition to a fine of $6.00 each.  Isaac Parker, not Phineas Bruce, acted as attorney to the Commonwealth for this indictment.  Sadly, and once again, the wronged parties were not awarded any damages.

Notable during the 1795 session was the beginning of the monetary switch from pounds to dollars.

During this session, John Cooper, Esq. was appointed, in addition to the committee, to complete the Gaol.  An order was drawn on the county treasurer for £150 for the use of the gaol committee.

The portion of the estimated county tax for 1796 for the Sheriff was $60.

In 1797, two years after Nathan Greely and others were convicted of crimes against Gilpha Moody, Sheriff John Cooper submitted a bill to the county for “extra expense in taking charge & securing the prisoners in the action Commonwealth vs. Nathan Greely & all.”  The request for $8.11 was allowed.

The portion of the estimated county tax for 1797 for the Sheriff was $50.

At the end of the May 1798 session, it was ordered that the Sheriff be “requested to provide a suitable house for the Court of Common Pleas & General Sessions of the peace to assemble in the next October term.”  The court met a various places, including the meeting house, Phineas Bruce’s quarters, and the homes of members of the court.  Apparently the time had come for the Sheriff to take his turn in hosting the court.  This was likely a singular event, as the court house was in the process of being built.