A winter storm on the second day of spring Monday caught many by surprise. A Florida man was driving this 2012 Honda east on Eagle Lake Road morning when it began to slide. He overcorrected, and the vehicle slid off the road and rolled over on embankment, police said. Driver Alex Alexander, 24, of Fort Lauderdale and a passenger were uninjured. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Island Police Log: Eagle Lake Road takes toll

BAR HARBOR — Several multiple-vehicle accidents were reported on the Eagle Lake Road this week.

Andrew Keblinsky, 68, of Bar Harbor was driving his Volkswagen on the Eagle Lake Road Friday morning when he pulled over to the side of the road and stopped. The car was still partly in the roadway, though, and a Chevy pickup driven by Ashley Kidder, 27, of Bar Harbor struck the rear of the Volkswagen. There were no injuries and no citations, but both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Haleigh Smith, 19, of Bar Harbor was driving a Mazda west on Eagle Lake Road Tuesday morning when a Ford Taurus driven by Noah Kinney, 18, of Presque Isle made a left turn onto Norway Drive in front of her. Smith was not able to avoid hitting the other car, police said, and her Mazda struck the rear passenger side door of the Ford. Both vehicles were towed; no injuries were reported.

A caller reported seeing a suspicious vehicle and tracks in the snow leading to the shore near Eagle’s Way Monday afternoon. Thomas Island and The Twinnies islands are nearby, so the caller suspected illegal clamming, police said.

Lt. James Pinkham responded and arrested William H. Gatcomb, 45, of Sullivan on two outstanding warrants for unpaid fines. Later in the evening, Sgt. Leigh Guildford returned to the area and summonsed Justin Kane, 20, of Sullivan on a charge of violating conditions of his release.

A Mariaville teenager was cited for speeding Saturday evening on Route 3 after police received reports of someone speeding and attempting to pass other vehicles on the right. Christopher Barnes, 16, was reportedly driving a white sedan south on Route 3 when he was stopped by Pinkham.

Wesley Hamor, 34, of Bar Harbor was summonsed March 15 on a charge of operating after suspension and attachment of false license plates. Officer Judson Cake stopped him on Park Street when he noticed an expired inspection sticker on the vehicle. The officer discovered the mismatched plates when he ran the number, police said. Hamor’s license suspension was an administrative one, according to reports.

During a traffic stop Saturday afternoon on Route 102, Jamie Jordan, 36, of Harrington was summonsed on a charge of operating with a license more than 90 days expired. Officer Kevin Edgecomb warned her for speeding, and a family member agreed to pick her up and drive her vehicle away, police said.

Police received reports March 15 and 17 of several signs containing offensive sexual language attached to telephone poles on Bayview Drive. Some were attached high off the ground; police contacted power company Emera Maine and asked them to remove the signs.

Lt. David Kerns retrieved an empty backpack and empty three-ring binder from the Bar Island sandbar at the foot of Bridge Street March 16.

Southwest Harbor

Police here received two reports of suspected illegal drug use last week.

On March 14, a resident reported finding a used hypodermic needle, a spoon with burn marks and five pills while cleaning a rental unit. The pills later were identified as gabapentin, a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy, which has been linked to drug abuse.

On March 17, a woman reported her medications were missing. She told police she suspected her boyfriend had taken them.

Mount Desert

Police received a report Saturday of suspicious activity in the Cranberry Isles parking lot in Northeast Harbor.

The report of smoke March 16 in Somesville turned out to be a permitted burn.


A 43-year-old resident is facing an assault charge stemming from the sheriff’s department’s investigation into a Feb. 23 complaint regarding an alleged road-rage incident.

Scott Mackenzie was summonsed on the assault charge on March 16. According to the report, Mackenzie was upset that another driver had passed him.

A driver who said she was distracted rear-ended a vehicle stopped Friday for a red light at the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 3 and the Jordan River Road.

According to Deputy Eric McLaughlin, Jennifer Gray, 24, of Trenton was northbound on Route 3 when her 2003 Chevrolet struck the rear of a 2013 Honda minivan driven by Patricia Grant, 40, of Bar Harbor.


A homeowner was warned March 16 about playing loud music after another resident called the sheriff’s department with a noise complaint.

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