Island Police Log: Man charged with assault

BAR HARBOR — An alleged ongoing domestic assault situation at a School Street residence was reported to police early Sunday morning. Officer Brad O’Neil arrived to investigate a report that a juvenile in the house had been slapped. Bruce W. Peters, 65, of Bar Harbor was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault. No injuries requiring medical treatment were reported.

Firefighters responded to a chimney fire at the Harborside Hotel Saturday night. The chimney vents the lobby fireplace and comes out the third floor roof. It had been cleaned recently, according to reports.

Assistant Fire Chief John Lennon discharged a fire extinguisher up the chimney toward the fire. The hotel was evacuated while firefighters sprayed water from a ladder truck on the roof and into the chimney. Crews checked areas around the chimney on the second and third floor for signs of fire. Smoke was ventilated from the lobby, and guests were allowed back in within an hour. Crews and apparatus from other towns responded and remained in reserve if needed.

A two-car accident the afternoon of Sept. 15 at the intersection of Mount Desert Street and Holland Avenue resulted in both cars leaving the roadway, police said. John McCallum, 83, of Englewood, Fla., was reportedly driving on Holland Avenue when he failed to stop at the stop sign and continued into the intersection. His Subaru struck a Volkswagen Passat broadside, according to reports. The Passat, driven by Anna Hosta, 36, of Bar Harbor and owned by Cab-N-It, was headed into town on Mount Desert Street. No injuries were reported, but McCallum was taken to MDI Hospital for treatment of possible medical conditions contributing to the crash.

Two traffic accidents involving deer were reported this week, one Friday afternoon on Route 102 in Town Hill and one Saturday evening on the Crooked Road. No injuries were reported in either case, but the vehicles in both incidents were damaged when they struck deer crossing the road.

Harlan Lunt, 74, of Swans Island was arrested Sept. 15 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI). He had reportedly driven to a business he was familiar with and asked if he could stay the night.

A resident reported a scam phone call Sept. 15. The caller reportedly asked questions that would have allowed access to the resident’s computer. O’Neil recommended the resident file a report with the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Jay Charles Jolly, 22, of Millsboro, Del., was arrested Sept. 15 on an outstanding warrant. He was released on bail from the police station a short time later.

A Ledgelawn Avenue resident reported Sunday that his dog was attacked by another dog the day before. The dog had not been taken to the vet, police said.

Veronica Breceda-Harris, 42, was reportedly harassing someone she had been warned by police earlier this summer not to contact. She was arrested Sunday afternoon on Firefly Lane following a harassment complaint and investigation.

Three teenagers were warned Friday night at 11 p.m. for obstruction of traffic for reportedly skateboarding in the middle of Main Street.

Mount Desert

A 24-year-old transient was charged last week with the theft of a cell phone at a business in Somesville.

Michael Swenson was summonsed Sept. 16 on a theft charge for allegedly taking a cell phone that a customer accidentally left on a counter of the business. Officer Ken Mitchell began investigating the theft when the owner reported it missing.

Alan Walton Jr., 30, of Mount Desert was arrested Sept. 14 on a charge of domestic violence assault. Walton is accused of assaulting a woman who was treated for injuries sustained in the alleged attack at a local hospital, police said.

Southwest Harbor

A man complained Sunday that he was struck by a bottle thrown by a person who then ran south on Main Street. Police failed to locate the bottle hurler.

Gerad Tozier, 36, of Patten was summonsed Sept. 16 on charges of operating after suspension and possession of a dangerous knife as the result of a traffic stop by Officer Rick Graham.

Danielle Shepard, 35, of Tremont was summonsed Sept. 16 on a charge of operating with an expired registration.


A resident complained Sept. 16 that someone was “messing” with a family cemetery plot. The suspect, who reportedly was filmed on a game camera, has indicated to the sheriff’s department that he would “rectify the situation,” Deputy Shane Campbell reported.

A male resident was warned Sunday against trespassing and harassment.


A Trenton store reported Sept. 15 that someone had cashed six checks totaling $1,500 that were later returned for insufficient funds.

Acadia National Park

Problems with visitors in campgrounds in Otter Creek and at Seawall kept rangers busy this week.

On Sept. 19, rangers summonsed Saquib Nazim, 25, of Bangor on a charge of violating his camper agreement. Reports said it was for noise violations and leaving unsecured food lying about at a group site at Seawall.

That same day, Richard Rowland, 46, of Portland was summonsed at the Blackwoods Campground on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after rangers reportedly caught him with marijuana at his site. Later that evening, Rowland and three friends were kicked out of the campground for making excessive noise, rangers said.

On Sept. 17, trail crew workers found a light bulb that had been modified to be used for smoking crack cocaine. That find remains under investigation.

Two visitors on the summit of Cadillac Mountain required assistance on Sept. 20. One, a 50-year-old man off a cruise ship, experienced cardiac symptoms and was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. He was kept overnight for observation.

That same day, a 66-year-old woman fell while walking on the paved summit loop sidewalk. She sustained a head injury and was taken to the hospital by a companion.

Daniel Dwyer, 27, no address given, was summonsed by rangers on Long Pond near Southwest Harbor on Sept. 19 on a charge of allowing a dog to roam off leash.

A man apparently upset at being asked to pay the park entrance fee at the booth on the Park Loop Road near Sand Beach on Sunday put his vehicle in reverse and backed up to avoid shelling out $25 for a pass good for seven days. His vehicle crashed into the front of the car behind it, according to reports. Damage was minor, but the man was displaying “heated emotions,” rangers said.

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