Island police log for week of Sept. 1

Bar Harbor 

Jennifer Matthews-Halvorson, 50, of Ohio, was charged on Aug. 23 with operating under the influence, driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an incident. Witnesses reportedly saw her strike a parked vehicle with her 2022 Dodge Challenger on Main Street near the Bar Harbor Grand hotel. According to witnesses, Matthews-Halvorson’s vehicle’s front bumper got stuck on the vehicle it had hit, so she spun the tires and tried backing up, nearly striking pedestrians. She then drove off. According to the police log, several witnesses took photographs of her vehicle. Eight minutes later, Matthews-Halvorsen was making a right-hand turn off Eagle Lake Road onto Route 198 and entered the oncoming lane of traffic, quickly corrected and struck a 2013 Audi being operated by a Maine man who had stopped when he saw her coming at him. Matthews-Halvorson again reportedly left the scene. She was located later by officers. 

The police received a report on Aug. 23 about an injured fawn on Eden Street near the College of the Atlantic entrance. An officer who went to the area was unable to find the fawn and later learned that a passerby had taken the deer to Acadia Wildlife in Trenton for help. 

A lineman crew was reported as being unsafe on Friday but responding officers found the crew was using all the necessary traffic safety measures and traffic was flowing without issue. 

An officer checked on a motorist on Friday night who turned out to be stargazing. 

At 12:16 a.m. on Saturday, a person was warned for operating heavy machinery in violation of the municipal ordinance prohibiting such work at that time of day. 

A subject was warned by an officer on Saturday morning for urinating in public, indecent conduct. 

A resident called the police on Saturday to report receiving a message that sounded like a scam. The message was that the caller had struck a vehicle and caused damage. The caller was told by police to disregard the message as the department had not gotten any reports of such activity. 

Items that were placed in the police department’s lost and found this week include a wallet, a purse, two credit cards and a ring. 

Mount Desert 

The police department took a report on Aug. 23 about graffiti written in chalk in front of a Main Street business in Northeast Harbor. 

A Somesville resident called the police on Saturday to report a fire on the island in Somes Pond. The resident did not think anyone should be out there. The police log reports that there is a camp on the island and nothing illegal was going on. 

Southwest Harbor 

A resident called the police department on Aug. 25 to report a drone flying next to their house and looking inside their windows. 

Justin Bent, 35, of Southwest Harbor, was arrested on Friday on two warrants for failing to appear. 


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