Island Police Log: Charges follow crash, outage

BAR HARBOR — A Bar Harbor man was hit with a slew of charges following a single-vehicle accident that took out power to up-island areas Friday. Police say Michael B. Smith, 21, crashed his 2007 GMC pickup into a utility pole on the Knox Road, cracking the pole and leaving it lying across the road. He then allegedly drove away.

Power was reported out along most of Route 3 and into Hulls Cove.

Smith was subsequently summonsed on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to report an accident by the quickest means, operating an unregistered motor vehicle expired greater than 150 days and failure to provide evidence of insurance.

A crash on Main Street led to the arrest of a Bar Harbor man April 7. Police say Joseph Schaefer, 23, was intoxicated when he lost control of his 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck, crashed into a stone wall and rolled the truck onto its side. Schaefer was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI). He received a few minor cuts in the accident but refused treatment, according to reports. The crash tore off the right, front wheel of the truck, reports state.

Kalob Brehm, 19, of Bangor was summonsed Sunday on a charge of attachment of false license plates.

A driver got his vehicle stuck in the mud at the graveyard on Kebo Street on Sunday and had to summon a tow truck to get it out.

The police department this week received a handful of phone calls from people running into identity theft issues when filing their income taxes, in relation to the massive data breach that occurred with Anthem Insurance this year.

Officer Judson Cake helped a stranded motorist on April 8 by giving her a ride to the store to purchase engine coolant.

Officer Cake helped an intoxicated man get to his hotel Friday.

Dustin Dunn, 28, of Bar Harbor was arrested April 9 on a charge of OUI.

A small trash fire behind the West Street Hotel was doused with a fire extinguisher by police on Sunday. Firefighters hosed down the area to prevent a flare up.

Firefighters responded to Bar Harbor Bank and Trust on April 9 to investigate a water leak in the basement. It was determined that a roof drain pipe in the basement was leaking. Two bank maintenance employees were routing the water to a sump pump well. A plumber was contacted to fix the leak. There was no permanent damage.

Firefighters were called to a Seely Road residence April 8 after an elderly woman accidentally left her car running in an attached garage for seven hours. A neighbor was able to open the garage, turn off the vehicle and bring the homeowner to his house, reports state. The homeowner was alert and oriented, and responders saw no need for treatment. There were no carbon monoxide levels detected in the air of the house. It was determined that the door between the house and the garage had been shut the entire time preventing the poison exhaust from entering the residence.

Mount Desert

A 21-year-old Southwest Harbor man was arrested Saturday for alleged drunk driving after police stopped his vehicle in Somesville. Ryon Harper was arrested on a charge of OUI.

A man reported Friday that a firearm belonging to him had been stolen from his girlfriend’s home in Somesville. There is a suspect, police said.

An elderly man reported missing here Monday night later was found safe in Southwest Harbor.

According to Officer Ken Mitchell, the 81-year-old man, who suffers from dementia, wandered away from his home on the Beech Hill Road. He was reported missing around 6 p.m. The report touched off a response by Mount Desert police, the Maine Warden Service, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, an Ellsworth Police Department canine and handler and Southwest Harbor police.

While the search centered on Beech Hill Mountain, the man was found around 8:30 p.m.

“He apparently went up and over [the mountain] and came out in Southwest Harbor,” Mitchell said.

Southwest Harbor

A Clark Point Road resident called police Saturday night to say someone was banging on her door. When she went to find out what was going on, she saw two or three people run away from her home. Police found no signs of the uninvited visitors.

Two ATV riders were reported riding illegally on the Seawall Road on Saturday. Police did not locate the drivers.


The sheriff’s department arrested a Southwest Harbor woman Monday after they received a complaint that a person was drunk and disorderly at a residence.

Kathy Donovan, 41, was arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of her release.

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