Cars off the road in first winter storm

BAR HARBOR — No one was injured but a van was declared a total loss Friday afternoon after hitting a tree. The 2006 Toyota Sienna operated by Dirk Erlandsen, 49, of Bar Harbor was traveling north on snow-covered Norway Drive when it got to a “bad corner” according to the police report, slid off the roadway and struck a tree. The van was towed.

Friday afternoon, a small mail truck slid off Eagle Lake Road due to slippery conditions. Police helped with traffic control while a tow truck towed the mail truck back onto the roadway. No injuries or damages were reported.

A 2005 Toyota Matrix was towed with possible damage to the front right wheel, after it slid off Norway Drive in the snow Friday afternoon. The driver, Sophia Estabrooke, 16, of Bernard reported no injuries.

One car was towed Friday morning after two vehicles skidded off the roadway in slippery conditions. A 2013 Dodge Dart operated by David Bennett, 32, of Cherryfield was making a right turn from Eagle Lake Road onto Cromwell Harbor Road when it reportedly lost traction, struck a fire hydrant, and came to a stop. Candace Pileski, 36, of Franklin was following Bennett in her 2014 Honda CRV. When she attempted to avoid the Dodge Dart, her vehicle lost traction as well and grazed a tree before coming to a stop. No injuries were reported, but both vehicles were damaged and the Honda was towed.

A 2018 International 7400 plow truck operated by Albert Leeman, 43, of Hancock was traveling west on Indian Point Road near the Mount Desert line Friday morning when the side of the plow reportedly struck a utility pole. The pole snapped, but no injuries or damage to the truck were reported. Police contacted Emera about the pole.

Matthew O’Connor, 46, of Bar Harbor, was issued a summons on Nov. 12 on a charge of operating with a suspended vehicle registration. When an officer ran his license plate number, they found his registration had been suspended by the Secretary of State’s office following concerns about title to the vehicle.

Flooding was reported at the intersection of West Street Extension and Prospect Avenue Nov. 13. Police determined that the road was passable, and contacted the Maine Department of Transportation about the flooding.

Austin Orecchio, 24, of Morristown, N.J. reported minor damage to his 2010 Subaru Outback by an unknown vehicle while it was parked on Mount Desert Street Nov. 14.

A trailer struck the side of the stone overpass bridge on Eagle Lake Road Nov. 14, according to reports. The tall trailer was hauled behind a work truck operated by Thomas Barnett, 46, of Milford. Barnett moved over to make room for oncoming traffic and reportedly struck the bridge. There was damage to the top of the trailer, police said, but no discernible damage to the bridge.

A delivery truck operated by Donald Speirs, 60, of Bangor was heading west on Crooked Road Saturday when it reportedly struck a deer. Police arrived to find the deer alive but with a broken neck, so they killed it and contacted someone on the town’s list to use it for meat.

Frank Rumill, Jr., 85, of Bernard called to report that his 2012 Ford Fusion was hit in a downtown parking lot on Saturday by an unknown vehicle.


Mount Desert

Gunshots were reported the afternoon of Nov. 12 near Whitney Farm Road. Police located a group who were doing target practice on their own property.

A resident was asked to move his boat, that had been parked along Walls Street in Otter Creek, to clear the way for snow removal by the town Highway Department Nov. 13.

A 2018 GMC truck operated by Dave Higgins, 61, of Otter Creek, reportedly backed into a small stone wall at the pump station on South Shore Road in Northeast Harbor the afternoon of Nov. 13. There was damage to the rear passenger side, and no reported injuries.

A woman called police on Nov. 14 to ask if there was a warrant for her arrest. She had received a phone call from someone saying she needed to pay $250 in order to not be arrested. Police determined she had been the victim of a phone scam.

Federico Galucci, 27, of Italy was driving a 2019 Jeep Cherokee on Route 233, approaching the stop sign at the intersection with Route 198 Friday morning when he reportedly lost control on the snow-covered road and went through the intersection. The Jeep slid across Route 198 and landed in the ditch on the other side. No injuries were reported. The Jeep was drivable after being towed from the ditch.

Spencer Nighman, 26, of Somesville was stopped in the road, waiting to make a left turn, when his 1992 Toyota pickup was reportedly struck from behind by a 2015 Nissan Rogue operated by Maggie Collins, 17, of Bar Harbor that lost control in the slushy conditions. Both vehicles went off the road, and sustained significant damage. Both were towed and minor injuries were reported. A dog riding in the pickup truck hit its head on the windshield, police said, and was taken to the vet.


Southwest Harbor

After hitting a deer on the morning of Nov. 13, Nathaniel Lunt’s Ford F250 was still drivable, police reported. Heading into Southwest Harbor on Carroll’s Hill, Lunt, 33, of Mount Desert was unable to avoid the deer that reportedly ran into the road and struck his truck. The deer died as a result of the accident.

When an officer looked around Seal Cove Road following a report of a tree down just before 11 a.m. on Nov. 14, he came up empty handed. A communication error was realized when it turned out the downed tree was on the Tremont end of the road, police reported.

Police reported an unattended death at a local residence on Nov. 16.

An alarm at a local business Friday morning was activated by accident, police said.

Police disposed of a dead cat found by the side of the road on Main Street Friday.

When town plow trucks were working on clearing the area of Village Green Way on Friday they reported a vehicle blocking the road. An officer reported trying several times to contact the owner of the vehicle but was unsuccessful. There was no request to have the vehicle towed.

An abandoned boat was reported by a local business owner around 2 p.m. on Friday. Police advised the issue is a civil matter and recommended the business owner speak to his lawyer.

A snow day is a good excuse to go sledding, unless it is in the road. Police received a report on Friday of children sledding in the road on 3 Rod Road, just off Main Street. When an officer went to check out the area, he found no children or sleds.



The passenger side door of a 2017 Chrysler van driven by Mark Piccuro, no age or town given, was reportedly struck by a deer on the Tremont Road the evening of Nov. 13. Neither Picurro nor his passenger was injured during the accident, but the van was damaged.

A woman reported harassment via the internet to the sheriff’s office on Nov. 13.



Nathaniel Madore, 25, of Trenton was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release on Nov. 15 around 9 p.m. Madore’s arrest was part of a violent offender task force detail, the sheriff’s office said.

A 2000 GMC Sonoma driven by Matthew Driscoll, 19, of Trenton lost traction and slid off Bayside Road in slippery conditions at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, according to reports. The Sonoma rolled onto its side and was damaged, but no injuries were reported.

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