Island Police Log: Woman injured in crash

An Ellsworth woman sustained serious injuries when this car hit a tree on Route 102 near Echo Lake on Tuesday morning. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY ELLEN MARTEL

An Ellsworth woman sustained serious injuries when this car hit a tree on Route 102 near Echo Lake on Tuesday morning.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — An Ellsworth woman was injured Tuesday morning when the car she was driving struck another vehicle, careened off Route 102 and struck a tree.

The driver, Heather Hammond, 35, was taken by the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. She later was airlifted by helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. As of Tuesday, she was listed in stable condition, according to interim Police Chief Mike Miller.

Hammond was southbound near the entrance to Echo Lake Beach when her vehicle struck the rear of a car driven by Chris Ring, 26, of Gouldsboro. Miller said Ring had not stopped his vehicle. Why the vehicles collided is not known.

Ring and his passenger were not injured. Ring’s vehicle sustained only minor damage and was able to be driven from the crash scene, Miller said.

Police discovered Monday morning that a car reported stolen during the overnight had been towed after it had been found parked illegally at a location several blocks from where the owner reported it had been left.

A bicycle valued at $75 was reported stolen Monday. The bike had been parked behind the owner’s home.

Victor Aguirre, 32, no address given, was summonsed Monday on a speeding charge.

Ryan Miller, 33, of Tremont was summonsed July 30 on a charge of operating after suspension. Miller’s license was suspended in June 2012, according to the report.

Rand Sheets, 30, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed July 29 after he reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Bar Harbor

Officer Christopher Wharff took a complaint Saturday night that a man left a Rodick Place business without paying his bill. He had tried paying with five different credit cards. All of them were declined, police said. He left one of the credit cards at the business. Officer Wharff saw someone at the Village Green who matched the physical description given in the complaint. The man fled off on foot. Police did not locate him immediately, but Sunday they arrested Maynard Hardison, 26, of Sullivan on a charge of theft of services and several outstanding warrants.

Michael Frongillo, 29, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Friday on a charge of theft after security cameras at a Holland Avenue business captured him stealing merchandise by hiding it in his clothes. Police said the items, worth about $350, were recovered.

Officer Dustin Tierney responded to Old Bar Harbor Road July 28 following a report of people fighting. Several people renting rooms in a house there were intoxicated and fighting. Jon Gaspie, 60, of Bar Harbor got involved in a fight between Heather May, 32, of Bar Harbor and Ashlee Piskura, 21, of Ellsworth. All three were summonsed on charges of disorderly conduct. During the fight, Ryan Paterson, 29, of Bar Harbor allegedly pushed Gaspie hard enough to cause a large gash on his head, police said. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Paterson was arrested on a charge of assault and released on bail a short time later.

After midnight July 28, Tierney warned someone setting off fireworks on Seabury Drive for a violation of the town ordinance banning fireworks.

Officer Brad O’Neil warned three people for criminal trespass who had been storing their belongings under the fire escape of a Kennebec Place building July 29.

Thomas Babb, 49, of Germantown, M.D., was summonsed on a charge of assault July 29 following a disagreement with someone on Main Street regarding a dog in a vehicle.

James Freedman, 22, of Ellsworth was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant.

Gregory Russell, 53, of Bar Harbor was summonsed July 27 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Lt. James Pinkham arranged for a lobsterman to pick up two people stranded on Bar Island Friday evening.

Officer Judson Cake summonsed Sharon Richards, 25, of Jonesport early Saturday morning on Eden Street on a charge of operating while under the influence. Kathleen Moores, 28, of Bangor was also in the vehicle and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Cake also summonsed Robert Murphy, 41, of Mount Desert Saturday morning on School Street on a charge of violating conditions of his release.

A woman was warned Sunday morning for sleeping on the floor in the public restrooms near the police station.

Mount Desert

A report Monday of suspicious activity in the basement of a Northeast Harbor inn’s employee housing led police to an underage drinking party.

Noah Tamulonis, 18, and two 17-year-old males were summonsed on charges of illegal possession of liquor by a minor.

A Tremont woman escaped injury July 29 when her 2014 Chevrolet left the Pretty Marsh Road and struck a rock ledge.

Alyssa Wolcott, 22, had swerved to miss a deer on the road, police said.

Summer in Somesville means rear-end vehicle collisions, and another occurred July 29.

Jean Blackburn, 52, of Chicoutimi, Quebec, was stopped in traffic on Route 102 when his 2011 Buick was struck from behind by a 2007 Subaru driven by Vasilios Katehis, 18, of Burlington, Conn. No injuries were reported.


The sheriff’s department is investigating vandalism to several vehicles parked at a residence and reported Sunday. Damage is expected to be in the thousands of dollars, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Eric McLaughlin.

A resident reported Monday that a large planter with flowers had been stolen.

A vehicle reported stolen Saturday later was recovered. The sheriff’s department is investigating.


A complaint Sunday of erratic operation of a vehicle on Route 3 led to the arrest of the driver, a Trenton man.

Ricky Skillings, 57, was arrested on charges of driving to endanger and violating bail conditions.

Acadia National Park

Rangers assisted a 28-year-old male bicyclist on the Around Mountain Carriage Roads on July 28 after he took a corner at high speed and rode off a 10-foot drop into the woods. The man, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered cuts, bruises and a large head laceration. The man told rangers he was okay and “wanted to keep biking.”

Instead, first responders got him to a Bar Harbor Ambulance for a trip to the emergency room at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.

As Ranger Darren Belskis was responding to the bike accident, he happened upon an injured 42-year-old woman sitting along the carriage road. She had apparently taken an 8-foot tumble down some rocks while hiking with her husband on the Giant Slide Trail. She was suffering from cuts, bruises and minor head, face and hip injuries.

Because other responders were already at the bike accident, Belskis was able to give the couple a ride back to their car at the Giant Slide trailhead so they could drive to the hospital.

Rangers interrupted a couple setting up a tent to camp out at the summit of Cadillac Mountain on July 28. They had brought wood and were preparing to make a campfire. They were sent off with a warning. They told rangers someone told them it was okay to camp anywhere in Acadia. Camping is allowed only in designated areas.

Emanuel Yehuda, 20, of Israel was summonsed by rangers on July 28 on a charge of speeding.

On July 29, rangers responded to reports of a 73-year-old woman who fell, hurting her head and hip, while hiking on the South Ridge Trail on Champlain Mountain around 12:30 p.m. Park personnel were able to perform a carryout rescue and had her down to the Beehive trailhead by 3:30 p.m. She was taken to MDI Hospital by Bar Harbor Ambulance.

That same afternoon, a 51-year-old man from Quebec ran into a low tree branch in the parking lot of the Jordan Pond House causing a scalp laceration. “He was bleeding profusely,” reports said. Rangers provided first aid and stopped the bleeding. The man was taken to the hospital by a friend.

More than four dozen traffic tickets for illegal parking and obstructing traffic were issued by rangers this week.

Several visitors who rangers said ignored signs noting the Lakewood area is closed after dark received summonses to court this week. Dalton Kimball, 20, of Victoria, N.Y., was summonsed on July 30 on charges of violation of a closed area and building a fire in an undesignated area. In the same incident, Justin LaVell, 21, of Syracuse, N.Y., was summonsed on charges of violating a closed area and possession of alcohol in a closed area. That same day, Dmitry Skog, 25, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on a charge of violating the closure at Lakewood.

Charles Park, 27, of Trenton was summonsed on a charge of violating closure at Lakewood and warned about allowing a dog to roam off leash on Aug. 1.

On July 30, rangers stopped a visitor from Beijing, China, after spotting him on a bicycle with a bulging plastic bag full of blueberries. While picking most vegetation in the park is illegal, blueberry picking for personal consumption is allowed. The limit is half a gallon per person, per day.

According to reports, the man, who had no ID and spoke no English, had more than a gallon and a half. Rangers found a translator in Bar Harbor.

Last Friday, rangers got a cell phone call from two visitors who were trapped on Bar Island by the incoming tide. A Bar Harbor fisherman went to the island in a skiff and brought them back to town.

Louis Perez-Martinez, 34, of Bangor was summonsed by park rangers on Aug. 2 on a charge of possession of alcohol in a closed area at Echo Lake Beach. Also summonsed for an alcohol violation was Carlos Perez-Guzman, 27, of Keasbey, N.J.

Nathan Smith, 39, of Belmont, S.C., was summonsed by rangers on Aug. 3 on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. That ticket was issued on Ocean Drive at Thunder Hole.


Last week’s police beat incorrectly described a July 23 traffic accident in Bar Harbor. Amber Howard was driving east on Crooked Road when another vehicle, traveling north on Norway Drive, pulled out in front of her. Howard’s Honda Fit struck the rear of the other vehicle, a Ford Explorer. The Islander apologizes for the error.


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