Island Police: COVID-weary vandals take frustration out on school property 

Southwest Harbor 

A resident called police on April 6 around 11:30 a.m. to report harassment and was given a statement form to fill out regarding the incident. 

An injured or sick raccoon was reported to police around 4:45 p.m. on April 6. After capture and an investigation, the animal control officer determined the raccoon had likely left its den and was feeling groggy due to semi-hibernation. The raccoon was returned to the wild. 

No one was injured in an accident involving two cars at the intersection of Main Street and Seal Cove Road around 4:30 p.m. on April 8. A 2020 Chevrolet Trax was waiting to turn onto Main Street at the intersection when it was hit from behind by a 2004 Hyundai Elantra driven by Jacob Peabody, 18, from Southwest Harbor. According to the police report, Shannon Snurkowski, 48, from Southwest Harbor, was stopped at the intersection preparing to turn and Peabody, who was looking left, thought she had already left the intersection, which caused the Elantra to hit the Trax. Both vehicles could be driven from the accident. 

An officer responded to a motor vehicle complaint around 8 a.m. on Friday, which resulted in a warning for lack of a current inspection.  

Police received a report of cash (approximately $1,000) being stolen from a vehicle on Clark Point Road on Friday around 1 p.m.  

An intoxicated man called the station on Friday around 7 p.m. and wanted to speak with an officer. The man talked with an officer for a bit and then said he was going to bed.  

A woman called police around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to report after leaving friends, she believes she lost her purse somewhere near Wood Street.  

A debit card found at the laundromat was brought to the police station around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Shortly after, the card owner came to the station to retrieve it. 

Police responded to a home around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday for a suicidal person who was given resources and help.  

Police received a report of a man on a motorcycle hitting a building just before 11 p.m. on Saturday. When police went to look, there was no evidence of the incident. Eventually, police learned it had been a man on a bicycle who had struck the building and no damage could be seen.  

A resident came to the police station around 1 p.m. on Sunday wanting to speak to an officer about family members visiting from out of state. Apparently, the resident has had problems with the visitors in the past.  

An officer responded to an unlocked business just before midnight on Sunday and locked it.  

Around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, police received a report of ‘no vaccine’ signs being placed on school property. According to the report, Pemetic Elementary School was aware of the signs but also reported possible damage to some photos posted on utility poles in town. Police are investigating the incident. 

On Monday around 9 a.m., a resident came to the police station to report a suspicious person on their property. There was video footage of the person walking around the property, but nothing was damaged or missing.  

A report of possible vandalism was made on Monday around 10:30 a.m. After investigating further, police learned that a domestic situation had resulted in property vandalism. The investigation continues.  


A request for a wellbeing check on a juvenile was made on April 7 around 1:45 a.m. An officer was able to contact the child’s parents and they agreed to bring their child to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

A 52-year-old man called the sheriff’s office on April 8 around 1 p.m. to report a problem he was having with his 93-year-old landlord. 
An officer spoke with a woman on Monday around 3 p.m. about her juvenile daughter receiving strange phone calls from someone trying to get personal information from her.  


A man made a report to the sheriff’s office on Sunday around 4:45 p.m. that an unknown vehicle hit a dog in town. The dog ran off and the animal control officer was contacted. 

A man from Steuben reported a civil issue on Monday around 1:30 p.m. having to do with a vehicle in Trenton.  

The occurrence of a suspicious incident was reported on Monday around 5:30 p.m. by a female resident.  

Bar Harbor 

At 9:41 a.m. on April 6, after investigating a citizen’s complaint, an officer issued warnings to a group of employees for operating the wrong way on a one-way street. 

The police department received a complaint of a loud car stereo at 6:30 p.m. on April 6.  

On April 6 at 7:20 p.m., an officer responded to a report of an erratic driver traveling towards the island from Trenton. After stopping the vehicle, the officer determined the driver was not impaired, but issued a warning for speeding. 

An officer took a report of a suspicious person in Hulls Cove six seconds after midnight on April 7. 

On April 7 at 12:49 a.m., an officer performing a property check in Bar Harbor located recent theft activity. This incident is currently under investigation. 

A bit after 1 a.m. on April 7, an officer observed that the catalytic converter had been cut off a vehicle in Hulls Cove. This matter is currently under investigation. 

On April 7 at 10:26 a.m., a subject came into the police department to report and altercation with a subject in a car over driving issues. The other subject was not located. 

At 10:56 a.m. on April 7, an officer took someone home from Mount Desert Island Hospital after no other ride could be arranged. 

On April 7 at 11:27 a.m., someone called in to the department about a wildlife issue and was instructed to contact the warden service. 

At 12:47 p.m. on April 7, someone turned in a credit card that had been found in Trenton. The card company put a hold on the card and said they would contact the owner. The card was placed into lost and found for safekeeping. 

On April 7 at 4:19 p.m., an officer responded to a downtown business in reference to found drug paraphernalia. 

Close to 7 p.m. on April 7, the police department received a report of a skateboarder on the tennis courts. 

At 7:07 p.m. on April 7, the police department assisted the Bar Harbor Fire Department with a lift assist. 

On Friday at 5:10 a.m., a 2018 Jeep Cherokee driven by Anita Colsonm, 59, of Sullivan, was traveling southbound on Route 3 in Bar Harbor when it struck a deer, causing minor damage to the front of the Jeep. 

At 7:38 a.m. on Friday, a complaint was made against construction workers who were not wearing masks. 

On Friday at 9:46 a.m., a subject came into the police department to complete sex offender registry paperwork. 

Close to 3 p.m. on Friday, an officer took a complaint of gunshots in the Salsbury Cove area. The officer checked around and spoke to neighbors and found nothing suspicious. 

At 10:19 a.m. on Saturday, an officer assisted a man who was having difficulty walking and breathing. 

At 2:54 p.m. on Saturday, a debit card fount in an ATM was brought into the police department. Contact was made with the card’s owner who advised she had already canceled it and requested it be destroyed. 

On Saturday at 9:31 p.m., an officer responded to a complaint of subjects camping in their vehicle in the town of Bar Harbor. Contact was not made with the occupants of the vehicle. 

On Monday, the police department inspected several vehicles seeking Bar Harbor vehicle-for-hire licenses. 

Mount Desert 

On April 6 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Jeanna Fernald, 83, of Mount Desert, was driving her 2014 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on State Highway 102 when she was passed by another vehicle that clipped Fernald’s Equinox when it cut back into the travel lane, causing minor damage to the driver’s side fender. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle that caused the damage. 

A little after 6 a.m. on April 7, a 2007 Dodge Dakota, operated by Seth Tainter, 45, of Southwest Harbor, was heading southward on Route 198 in Mount Desert when a deer entered the roadway. Tainter was unable to avoid the deer and hit it with the front of the Dakota, which caused minor damage to the grill area. The deer died at the scene and was later picked up by Maine DOT. 

On April 7 at 3:48 p.m., dispatch took a report of a snapping turtle being found in some sort of trap on the Long Pond Fire Road. The state police were notified to send a game warden. 

At 5:44 p.m. on April 8, an officer responded to a report of a backpack being left behind at the Somesville Library in Mount Desert. The officer was able to find the owner’s identification inside the pack and returned it to its owner. 

On Saturday at 10:06 p.m., an officer assisted the Southwest Harbor Police Department in responding to an individual in crisis. 

A little past 11 p.m. on Saturday, an officer responded to an agency assist in the town of Southwest Harbor for a report of a possible intoxicated driver, but the vehicle was not located. 

On Sunday at 9:12 a.m., an officer was advised that dispatch was unable to make contact with a member of the Good Morning Program. While the officer was en route to the location, dispatch made contact to say all was well.  

At 9:11 p.m. on Sunday, an officer came across debris in the roadway on Eagle Lake Road near Liscomb Pit Road and moved all the items to the side of the road.  

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