Island police log: Tenant files phony police report

BAR HARBOR — A man was summonsed on charges of aggravated criminal mischief and making a false report Sunday after allegedly trashing the Kennebec Street apartment where he is a tenant and claiming a burglar did the damage.

Jordan Harrington, 22, of Bar Harbor called police Saturday evening to report a burglary in progress. When police arrived, Harrington reportedly told them the alleged burglar was gone and pointed out damage to the front door.

The next day, after further investigation including speaking with the landlord, police determined Harrington had done the damage himself. Officers estimated property damage to exceed $2,000.

A woman was warned for shoveling snow into the roadway during the snowstorm the morning of March 4. Plowing or shoveling snow across the road onto a sidewalk or blocking a sidewalk are all prohibited, police said.

Officer Tim Bland briefly stopped traffic on Route 3 in Hull’s Cove 8:40 a.m. so an 18-wheeler that had become stuck on School House Hill could back up.

While it was still snowing March 4, a plow truck driven by Robert Collier, 71, of Bar Harbor reportedly struck a parked Honda Accord while plowing on Greeley Avenue. There was minor damage to fenders on both vehicles.

A town plow truck driven by Benjamin Beal, 37, of Ellsworth reportedly dinged the corner of the fire department building in Town Hill while plowing the parking lot the afternoon of March 4.

No one was injured in an accident on Route 3 March 4 when a Toyota Corolla driven by Patrick Shepard, 24, of South Carolina pulled into the driveway of the Atlantic Oceanside hotel to turn around. When Shepard pulled back out onto Route 3, he didn’t see a Ford SUV driven by Tasha Higgins, 47, of Bar Harbor and the Corolla reportedly struck the passenger side of the SUV.

Roland Salsbury, 68, of Bar Harbor was driving a Ford F350 truck the evening of March 4 on the Indian Point Road when it reportedly went off the road and over a snowbank. He backed out of the snowbank, but the vehicle began sliding and struck a tree, causing damage to the passenger side door and mirror.

Police are investigating a reported theft of merchandise from a Town Hill business March 5.

A Ledgelawn Avenue resident reported a squirrel in her fireplace March 5. The animal left the house through the chimney and police advised the woman to call a game warden if it came back.

A passerby helped pull a Subaru Crosstrek out of a ditch on Route 3 near the Oceanarium March 6. The Subaru was driven by Virginia Claire Davis, 36, of Roswell, Ga., and had reportedly lost control on a patch of ice, spun around and gone into the ditch. No injuries or damage were reported.

Police stopped Jesse McGowan, 34, of Sullivan on Route 3 Friday for expired registration and plates that did not match the vehicle. He was also carrying a concealed weapon, which no longer requires a permit, but anyone carrying a weapon is required to notify police of the fact when stopped. McGowan was summonsed on charges of attaching false plates and failure to notify law enforcement of a concealed weapon.

A Dodge Ram driven by Shane Dowsland, 35, of Southwest Harbor reportedly struck a deer Friday afternoon on Route 102. The bumper and grill of the truck had some damage. Dowsland was given a deer tag to keep the deer.

Two people were warned for sleeping in cars in the early morning hours Saturday.


Mount Desert

Police are investigating a reported assault in a residence the evening of March 3 during an argument between the male homeowner and a woman who doesn’t live in the house.

Police lent a live animal trap to a resident March 4 to deal with problem skunks.

A minor accident was reported the afternoon of March 4 on Jordan Pond Road. A plow truck driven by Harry Pye, 61, of Seal Harbor backed into a Ford Fusion that was turning into a driveway across the street, police said. The Fusion was driven by Dominic DiGuardia, 61, of Mount Desert.

Police received a noise complaint from Main Street in Northeast Harbor the evening of March 5 and asked the resident to turn down the music.

Some lobster traps reportedly fell off a truck on Sound Drive the evening of March 6 but were retrieved before an officer arrived.

Glare and loose gravel on the road were blamed for an accident in Somesville Friday afternoon that resulted in one truck being towed. Charles Grindle, no age given, of Southwest Harbor was driving a Dodge Ram on Route 102 and stopped to make a left turn onto Someshenge Way. A Toyota Tacoma driven by Matthew Staples, no age given, of Bar Harbor reportedly didn’t stop in time and rear-ended the Ram. The Tacoma was towed and the Ram had significant damage to the rear bumper and undercarriage, police said. No injuries were reported.

An item was reported taken from a boat at the Northeast Harbor Marina Saturday.


Southwest Harbor

The owner of a building where a broken window was reported March 6 decided not to press charges.

Brady Thomas, 22, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on a charge of domestic assault Friday around 8:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s office and Bar Harbor police were asked to back up an officer responding to a burglary alarm at a Main Street business the evening of March 7. The officer reported finding a door open and not being sure if someone was inside the business. No one was located inside the business, and it did not appear that anything was missing.

The front passenger-side bumper of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt had minor damage after its driver, Armand Gagnon, 77, of Southwest Harbor, reportedly misjudged the distance from another vehicle while parking at the post office Friday afternoon. There was no damage reported to the 2015 GMC Sierra that was parked in a space next to the one Gagnon was attempting to pull into on Friday. No one was in the Sierra, which is owned by Noel Musson, 46, of Southwest Harbor, at the time of the collision.

Roberta Rolfe, 51, of Gouldsboro was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension following a traffic stop on Bass Harbor Road Friday afternoon.

Amy Picard, 42, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on charges of domestic assault on Monday around 8 p.m.


Acadia National Park

A 61-year-old man reportedly slipped and fell Feb. 23 while hiking down the North Ridge of Dorr Mountain. He braced his own arm and went in a private vehicle to the hospital, rangers said.

An illegal winter campsite with a campfire was discovered March 3 when rangers found a gate on the carriage road near Eagle Lake had been left open. Winter camping in the park is allowed, but only in designated areas.

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