Car knocks down utility pole, closing road in storm

BAR HARBOR — Three separate accidents were reported in slippery road conditions during the Nov. 20 snowstorm, within half an hour of each other. A fourth accident of the afternoon was reported the next day.

A Toyota sedan driving on Eagle Lake Road reportedly lost control, crossed the center line, and struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the road, knocking it down. The road was closed and traffic diverted until Emera could replace the pole. According to police, the road was open again within an hour. The Toyota was operated by Kelli Feder, 36, of Tremont. It was towed. No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, on Indian Point Road, a 2011 Hyundai operated by Reilly Pappas, 19, of Mount Desert lost control, slid off the roadway and struck several trees. No injuries were reported, but the Hyundai had substantial front-end damage and was towed.

On Route 3, a 2003 Chevy Utility van operated by Joan Deveau, 54, of Bar Harbor was traveling south towards Otter Creek when it slid off the roadway and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. No injuries were reported, and the van was towed due to damage on its front right side.

The accident reported after the fact happened on Old Farm Road during the storm. A 2006 GMC Yukon-Minor operated by Lowell Larson, 62, of Walton Beach, Fla. reportedly slid off the road, struck a tree, and came to rest in a driveway. The GMC had minor damage to the front passenger side. It was drivable, but stayed at the scene of the accident until the next day when conditions improved. No injuries were reported.

Police responded to other reports of cars off the road throughout the afternoon of Nov. 20.

A 2010 GMC pickup truck operated by Joshua Stoll, 35, of Lamoine, reportedly struck a deer while traveling west on Indian Point Road the morning of Nov. 19. The truck was damaged but drivable and the deer ran off.

Loose lug nuts were blamed when a tire fell off a moving 2013 GMC Silverado 1500 on Indian Point Road the morning of Nov. 20. The front driver’s side tire reportedly fell off, damaging the wheel assembly and rim. The vehicle, operated by Hannah Phippen, 27, of Bar Harbor was towed. Phippen reported she had winter tires put on the previous day, and a garage employee had not tightened the lug nuts sufficiently. According to police reports, the garage took responsibility for the accident and offered to pay for damages. No injuries were reported.

Around noon on Nov. 20, Marley Chamberlain, 19, of Bar Harbor was driving through the flashing yellow traffic light on Route 3 at the Hulls Cove park entrance when her 2007 Ford Edge was reportedly struck by a 2015 Toyota Camry operated by Taylor Dean, 27, of Brewer. The Camry was stopped at a flashing red light and proceeded into the intersection, assuming the Ford Edge also had to stop, police said. Both vehicles were unable to avoid each other, and sustained minor front end damage. No injuries were reported.

A 2003 Lincoln Town Car operated by Matthew Pinkham, 27, of Hancock was traveling south on Route 3 near Kings Creek the morning of Nov. 21 when it reportedly slid off the roadway and down an embankment due to snow, striking several small trees. The car was towed. No injuries were reported.

Past midnight on Nov. 22, Sapphire Geiger, 20, of Bar Harbor was stopped on Cleftstone Road for a vehicle defect and arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor. Geiger was bailed from the police station. A passenger, Travis Tapley, 26, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on a charge of furnishing liquor to a minor.

A 2018 Tesla operated by William Nutt, 79, of Witney, England was traveling east on Eagle Lake Road near Young’s Mountain Friday when it was reportedly struck on the driver’s side by a deer that had run into the road. The driver’s side windshield, door window, and rear quarter panel of the vehicle were damaged, according to reports. The driver reported minor cuts and scrapes. The car was drivable. The deer ran off.

A Philadelphia man was arrested on charges of driving to endanger early Saturday morning. Nathan Hughes, 26, was stopped on Route 3 near King’s Creek for speeding, according to reports. A subsequent test showed some alcohol in his system, police said. He was bailed from the police station.

A man visiting with family was bitten when trying to separate his own dog from a family member’s dog while the two were fighting, police said. He was treated for the bite at the hospital. Because of the circumstances of the bite, and because both dogs were up-to-date on their shots, the police did not consider either dog to be a threat to public safety. No further action was taken.

An Eagle Lake Road resident reported hearing a “big bang” Sunday morning, followed by the power going out and returning a few seconds later. Police couldn’t find anything that may have caused the noise.

An alarm at an employee housing building in Hull’s Cove Tuesday morning was determined to have been set off in error by people doing work there.


Mount Desert

A 2005 Toyota pickup truck operated by Christine Mild, 52, of Bernard reportedly slid sideways on an incline while heading south on a snowy Route 102 the afternoon of Nov. 20. The pickup truck’s front and rear passenger side were damaged when it struck a guardrail. It was towed. No injuries were reported.

A deer ran into Oak Hill Road the evening of Nov. 21, reportedly coming into contact with a 2018 Subaru Impreza operated by Bethany Barnard, 31, of Marshfield. No injuries were reported, but the Subaru had some front end damage.

A caretaker reported an injured raccoon, found under the porch of a summer residence on Peabody Drive in Northeast Harbor on Saturday. Police checked on the animal and advised the caretaker to leave it alone, as the house was unoccupied.

Sunday night just before midnight, police came across a car-deer accident on Route 102 in Somesville. A 2018 Ford Explorer pulling a trailer, operated by Lisa Gillis, 49, of Tremont was travelling south when a deer entered the road. The Explorer was unable to avoid running over the deer, police said. No injuries or damage to the Explorer or trailer were reported, but the deer died as a result of the accident. Police tagged the animal and arranged for it to by removed.


Southwest Harbor

A missing dog was reported to police around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the area of Seawall Road. Later, the dog was reported found.

After receiving three 9-1-1 calls from the same number on McEnroe Road around 3 p.m. on Nov. 20, police went to investigate. The officer reported the calls were made by a child who wanted to talk to a fireman.

Slippery road conditions in the snowstorm the afternoon of Nov. 20 led to several reports of cars struggling up, off the road or stuck on Long Hill, Route 102.

When an officer went to check on one of those vehicles off the road on Long Hill, he discovered a three-car accident. A 2006 GMC driven by Brian Gordius, 33, of Tremont was in the lead of the pile-up. Gordius’s truck was reportedly hit from behind on the slippery road by a 2017 Toyota Camry driven by Claire Fox, 40, of Ithaca, NY. A 2017 Subaru, driven by Marie Ericsson, 35, of Bass Harbor then reportedly slid into the Camry. There was no damage reported to Gordius’s truck, but the Subaru and Camry both had reportable damage. All vehicles were driven from the accident scene and no injuries were reported.

Police received a report of a van obstructing Salem Town Road from being plowed around 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 20. When the owner of the van was contacted, he moved it.

Tow trucks were too busy to respond to a vehicle broken down at the top of Carroll Hill around 5 p.m. Nov. 20. An officer determined the vehicle was off the road out of traffic and not in the way of a plow.

A manhole cover on Main Street reportedly damaged a vehicle driving over it Nov. 20.

Southwest Harbor police were asked to pick up two local residents from the Bar Harbor Police Department after 3 a.m. on Saturday and bring them home.

An Everstart battery charger was found in the middle of Seawall Road Saturday evening. It was brought to the police station.

A dog was reported to be at large on Freeman Ridge Road Sunday afternoon. Police did not locate the dog.

A Long Pond Road resident reported a stray cat in her yard to police around 2 p.m. on Monday. The woman told police she would trap the cat and bring it to the station for the animal control officer.



When a deer reportedly ran in front of Roberta Power’s 2015 Kia Sorrento on Tremont Road around 6 p.m. on Saturday, she was unable to stop in time. Power, 61, of Tremont was not injured when the vehicle and deer collided. The Kia had reportable damage.

A Franklin woman called the sheriff’s office asking them to check the well being of her four-year-old daughter, who was with their father. A deputy reported contacting the father who had the child and was visiting relatives in another part of the state.



As part of a violent offender task force detail, Keith Madore, 55, of Trenton was arrested on a charge of probation violation on Nov. 15. Madore was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Mark Carignan, 55, of Bar Harbor reportedly lost control of his 2011 Toyota Sienna in slippery road conditions Nov. 16 on Route 3. The Sienna spun off the road and hit a telephone pole, according to reports. There was severe front-end damage to the vehicle and it had to be towed. Carignan and his passenger were both wearing seat belts and escaped injury.

The sheriff’s office received an anonymous report Nov. 19 of a person habitually operating a vehicle without a license throughout Ellsworth and Trenton area. A deputy advised the patrol division to watch for the person, who is currently under suspension.

Richard White, 71, of Trenton was issued a summons for allegedly failing to provide insurance and for operating an unregistered vehicle more than 150 days. White received the summons as a result of an accident reported on Bayside Road around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. He was backing his 1992 Chevrolet Blazer onto Bayside Road and reported not seeing a 2018 Subaru Forester driven by Leah Olson, 47, of Trenton. When White’s Blazer hit Olson’s Forester, side airbags were deployed, but no one was injured, according to the report. Olson was able to drive the Forester home and there was rear-end damage to the Blazer.


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