Island Police Log: Car-deer crashes continue

BAR HARBOR — Three car-deer accidents were reported this week. In one, Officer Jerrod Hardy had to shoot and kill a deer that had been struck by a Toyota Rav 4 on Route 3 and badly injured. The Rav 4 sustained disabling damage, but its driver, Christopher Decentes, 31, of Brewer, was not injured.

Passing motorists were concerned about a severe-looking accident Dec. 2 near the intersection of Route 3 and the Old Bar Harbor Road, but no serious injuries were reported.

James McKay, 54, of Bar Harbor reportedly was waiting to make a left turn onto Old Bar Harbor Road in a Chevy box van when a pickup truck operated by Matthew Ketchen, 37, of Bar Harbor struck the rear of the van. Ketchen admitted to being distracted at the time of the crash, according to reports. Both vehicles were towed, and Route 3 was closed briefly to clear debris from the roadway.

Employees at the Kebo Valley golf course reported finding broken lights and beer cans when they arrived the morning of Dec. 2.

Robert Coulumbe, 61, of Milford was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. Officer Tim Frost noticed a vehicle at a Route 3 nonprofit that has previously reported returnable cans and bottles stolen. He conducted a traffic stop that led to Coulumbe’s arrest.

Police received more than a dozen calls about a tree down across Route 3 near the intersection with Norway Drive Dec. 3. Officer Brad O’Neil and Lt. Kerns moved the tree out of the roadway.

A dead coyote was reported on the side of the road on Ledgelawn Avenue Friday morning.

Police received a report Saturday afternoon of a spoon and syringe by the roadside near the intersection of the Crooked Road and Norway Drive. Hardy retrieved and disposed of them.

Catherine Austin, 49, of Seal Harbor was arrested Dec. 1 on Route 102 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Krysten Ryner, 19, of Birch Harbor was arrested late Dec. 1 on Firefly Lane on an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear.

Following a bail check, Rachel Higgins, 32, of Bar Harbor was arrested Monday night on a charge of violating the conditions of her release.


A 911 hang-up call here Sunday resulted in the arrest of an Ellsworth woman for a bail violation after a deputy came to the residence to investigate.

Alyssa Powell, 25, was subject to bail conditions requiring her to submit to random testing for drugs, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputy Travis Frost took her to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where after allegedly testing positive for using drugs, she was arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of her release.

Mount Desert

Motor vehicle accidents involving deer continue to keep officers busy. Three such accidents were reported this week; only two resulted in damage to vehicles.

On Friday, Steve Bernard, no given age, of Southwest Harbor was northbound on Route 102 in Somesville when a deer ran onto the road and into the side of his 2004 Chevrolet. Damage was estimated at $2,500.

Micah Beaulieu, 35, of Blue Hill was driving Dec. 3 on Route 198 when his 2010 Toyota struck a deer on the road.

A woman reported Sunday that a sweater had been taken from her vehicle while it was parked at Little Long Pond.

Cash was stolen Dec. 2 from a vehicle parked in Northeast Harbor.

Southwest Harbor

A man who reportedly had been making inflammatory phone calls to a business was warned Dec. 3 to have no further contact with the complainant.

Police are investigating the unauthorized use of a credit card. A resident reported Dec. 2 that his card had been used several times at locations outside of Maine.

John Molina, 33, of Ellsworth was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to pay fines.

Officer Franklin Burke responded Nov. 29 to a report of a deer lying on a road. When he arrived at the scene, the deer stood up and walked away with no visible injuries. The officer theorizes the animal was stunned from a collision with a vehicle.


Two pills found Sunday in the parking lot at the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal were identified later as legal dietary supplements.

Acadia National Park

The driver of a tractor trailer headed for a Bar Harbor construction site was summonsed by park rangers on Monday. According to reports, Igor Tomsa, 23, of Chicago accidental drove his truck to seasonal park housing on the Haraden Farm Road. In an attempt to turn his big rig around, it became stuck, the wheels leaving large ruts in the lawn of a seasonal employee housing complex. Tomsa was charged with operating off an established route.

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