Island Police Log: Altercation leads to arrest

BAR HARBOR — An employee of a downtown business alerted police to a couple fighting early Saturday morning as they were getting into a car. Officer Judson Cake saw the vehicle on Dreamwood Hill, pulled it over, and arrested Matthew Blethen, 22, of Ellsworth on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI), operating without a license and violating conditions of his release. He was taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Heather Little, 29, of Maryland was arrested Aug. 27 on a charge of OUI after Officer Soren Sundberg stopped her for allegedly driving on the wrong side of Eden Street.

Police received a report the evening of Aug. 27 that a man had exposed himself to two women on Main Street. The women went into a business to get away from the man, whom they did not know, police said, and reported the incident. Police were not able to confirm the report.

Officer Brad O’Neil responded to a report of an injured coyote on Route 3 Saturday night. He found the animal too severely injured to be safely moved and shot it.

Police received a report Aug. 25 of a red pickup truck trying to cross over coping stones and drive along the beach at the end of Bridge Street. O’Neil warned the driver for trespass by a motor vehicle. The beach below the high tide line is public, police said, but no one should be driving there.

Police received a report of three people walking on Mount Desert Street early Sunday morning, one of whom was allegedly punching a wooden fence on a church property. Sergeant Shaun Farrar located a group of people walking in the area and found broken pickets on the fence, but did not identify an offender.

Aaron Barrett, 27, of Addison was arrested Sunday night on a charge of OUI. Officer Timothy Frost had warned him and another man, who were reportedly visibly intoxicated, not to drive. They had been offered a cab fare, police said, but Frost later saw them driving on Eden Street. Frost conducted a traffic stop and arrested Barrett, who reportedly was driving. He was bailed from the police station a short time later.

Three people were warned Monday afternoon for violating the town’s panhandling ordinance.

Officer Timothy Bland arrested Nicholas Sosa, 24, of Bar Harbor early in the morning of Aug. 25 on Federal Street for violation of bail conditions. He was taken to county jail.

A local fisherman reportedly retrieved a family stuck on Bar Island Aug. 27 at the request of public safety personnel.

Southwest Harbor

An alleged assault last week on an Island Explorer bus is under investigation.

Acting police Chief Mike Miller said the Aug. 27 incident occurred somewhere between Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor and involved an unruly passenger. No one has been charged.

A “strange woman” wearing a blue-and-white polka dot dress was walking back and forth on the Marshall Brook Road on Sunday. The reporting party told police she seemed disoriented and possibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs. An officer responded but did not locate the woman.

Plants valued at $60 were stolen Saturday from planters on the Clark Point Road.

A homeowner reported Monday that his property had been vandalized.

A driver complained Aug. 27 that “juice” from lobster bait splashed onto her car when the driver of the bait truck slammed on his brakes near the Fernald Point Road.

Mount Desert

The Aug. 25 report of a female in Somesville suffering from possible alcohol poisoning led to summonses for three juveniles at the residence. They each were charged with alcohol violations.

Fireworks were reported Friday in Pretty Marsh. Officer Judson Cake patrolled the area but did not find the source.


A 62-year-old Hancock man was summonsed Aug. 27 following a single-vehicle crash on Route 3.

Oscar Faulkingham was southbound when a mechanical failure caused a rear tire on his 1995 Ford to lock up, sending the vehicle off the road where it struck an embankment.

Faulkingham was issued a summons charging him with violating the conditions of his learner’s permit. The car is a total loss.

Driver inattention is listed as the cause of a rear-end collision Friday on Route 3, according to the sheriff’s department.

Robert Shea, 42, of Ellsworth was driving a 2012 Chevrolet pickup and failed to see another vehicle stopped in traffic waiting to make a left turn. The Chevrolet struck the rear of a 2015 Chrysler driven by Paul Whitham, 55, of Pryor, Okla. No injuries were reported.

State police responded Aug. 27 to a complaint that mail was scattered on the shore in a wooded area of town. Trooper Caleb McGary notified the U.S. Postal Service of the matter.

Acadia National Park

Several park visitors sustained serious injuries last week.

On Aug. 25, a 68-year-old man was found lying in the Park Loop Road just south of Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor after apparently crashing his bicycle. Suffering from head and hip injuries, he was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor and later taken by LifeFlight helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

A 20-year-old woman hiking on the Precipice Trail on Aug. 29 suffered a broken leg and had to be carried off Champlain Mountain. The accident happened just above a large boulder field but below a portion of the trail that employs iron ladder rungs to assist hikers up the granite cliffs. It took park and Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue personnel about two hours to evacuate her off the mountain.

Rescuers were called to the South Bubble Trail on Aug. 28 after a 68-year-old man fell and injured his knee.

A camper at the Seawall Campground suffered a seriously burned hand on Aug. 25. The 25-year-old woman accidentally grabbed a metal fire ring while the fire was going.

On Aug. 28, a 70-year-old woman from California hiking on the trail around Jordan Pond fell and injured her right arm and leg. She was taken by Northeast Harbor Ambulance to the hospital in Bar Harbor.

Bryelle Rainone, 21, of Egg Harbor, N.J., was summonsed by rangers on Aug. 29 on a charge of illegal camping. He had set up a tent at the edge of the parking lot at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, according to reports.

On Aug. 30, two visitors at Lakewood were summonsed on charges of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). They are Kyle A. Braga, 28, of Standish and Hawa H. Mohamud, 24, of Portland.

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