Island Police Log: Clams freed, men in hot water

MOUNT DESERT — Two men warned Jan. 26 for digging clams without a permit didn’t heed the advice and received summonses from police on Sunday.

Sgt. Leigh Guildford observed two men digging clams on the flats of Bartlett Island, which is part of the town of Mount Desert, around 4:15 a.m. When the men returned in their boat to Bartlett’s Landing in Pretty Marsh, Officer Ted Cake was there to greet them.

Cake reported the men were in possession of a “large amount of clams.” They had no valid permit from the town. As a result, Dennis Pomeroy, 52, and Lloyd Tibbetts, 28, both of Searsport were summonsed for violating the town’s shellfish ordinance, a civil violation.

The clams were seized and “returned to the ocean,” Cake reported.

A Northeast Harbor contractor reported Feb. 3 the theft of cash and tools valued at $1,600. Police are investigating.

A two-vehicle collision Sunday on Route 102 resulted when one of the drivers lost control of his vehicle while passing another.

Derek Benson, 24, of Southwest Harbor was driving his 2006 Ford pickup near Echo Lake when the truck fishtailed and struck a 2000 Volkswagen driven by Ted Fletcher, 54, also of Southwest Harbor. No injuries were reported; Officer Tim Frost said the road was “slick in spots” at the time of the accident.

Joey Colon, 27, of Mount Desert was arrested Feb. 2 on a warrant charging him with failure to pay a fine.

Southwest Harbor

Police charged a man Monday for two checks he allegedly forged and cashed at a business here on Sunday.

Dusten Phippen, 25, of Tremont was arrested by Lt. Mike Miller on charges of forgery and theft by unauthorized taking. Each check was for $200, police said.

Jason Moody, 42, of Southwest Harbor was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence assault charge. According to police, Moody allegedly pushed a family member.

Bar Harbor

Police are investigating a reported theft of a tile saw worth $800 from a hotel. A contractor working on a project at the hotel reported the saw missing Jan. 24. It had been left in a room the contractors had been working out of, police said.

No one was hurt in a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 102 and the Indian Point Road Friday morning. Brian Jeanotte, 50, of Bar Harbor was making a left turn from Indian Point onto Route 102 in his GMC pickup. He pulled out into the intersection to make room for two cars turning right onto Indian Point. Martin Nason, 59, of Ellsworth was traveling south, straight through the intersection, when the two trucks collided. One needed to be towed from the scene, police said.

Several traffic accidents were reported during this week’s snowstorms.

Teresa Bompczyk, 20, of Tonawanda, N.Y., was driving her 2004 Jeep Liberty on Highbrook Road Monday evening when it slid off the road and struck a telephone pole. There was minor damage to the vehicle but no damage to the pole or injury to the driver.

Several other vehicles went off the road in the storms Friday and Monday, including a mail truck that had to be pulled out of a ditch by a tow truck.

John Willet, 60, of Bar Harbor was summonsed for an alleged expired vehicle registration after being stopped for speeding Feb. 2 on Route 102.

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