Island Police Log: Gate-crashing vehicle sought

BAR HARBOR — Acadia National Park officials asked law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout last week for a vehicle that apparently hit and damaged a locked steel gate on Great Meadow Drive in the park on Jan. 21.

Rangers found broken plastic front end parts from the vehicle near the gate, police said. The vehicle, which appeared to have been mired in snow for a while, has not been found.

Lt. James Pinkham reported finding a stop sign and street sign post knocked down at the corner of Main and West streets Jan. 19.

Enough snow drifted onto Cromwell Harbor Road Jan. 19 near the golf course that a vehicle became stuck in a drift in the middle of the road, police said. A towing company responded to free the car.

Police responded to a report of erratic driving on the Eagle Lake Road around midnight Saturday night and arrested Benjamin Hamor, 42, of Northeast Harbor on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Amanda Damon, 29, of Franklin was driving on Route 3 early Monday morning when her Jeep struck a deer. The Jeep was damaged but drivable. No injuries were reported.

Southwest Harbor

A Southwest Harbor man was arrested Monday on charges related to an alleged home burglary in December.

Brandon Thomas, 27, was arrested on warrants charging him with burglary, forgery and theft. Thomas is accused of entering a residence without permission and stealing checks that he later allegedly forged and cashed, according to Chief Alan Brown.

Thomas was taken into custody after Officer Rick Graham, who was aware of the outstanding warrants, spotted him driving. Additional charges are pending, Brown said.

A warrant charging theft of services has been issued for a transient who on Dec. 9 allegedly left a motel without paying his bill. As of Tuesday, Scott Bagley, 50, had not been taken into custody.

Wil Zavala, 26, of Norwalk, Conn., was summonsed Monday on a speeding charge after being stopped on Main Street.

Police are investigating a report Sunday from a resident claiming a tire on his vehicle had been slashed, purportedly by his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

John Evans, 74, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed Saturday on a charge of operating with an expired registration.

Two vehicles were towed from the scene of a Jan. 19 crash at the intersection of the Seal Cove Road and the Long Pond Road.

Frederick Wright, 81, of Southwest Harbor reportedly drove his 2001 Subaru onto Long Pond Road and into the path of a 2012 Chevrolet pickup driven by Charles Cobb, 61, of Lamoine. No injuries were reported.

A business owner reported Jan. 19 the theft of cash from an office. The case is under investigation.

Mount Desert

Two car-deer collisions were reported, one on Monday, the other on Jan. 19.

Michael Good, 59, of Bar Harbor was driving a 2013 Chrysler on Route 198 when the vehicle struck a deer on the road.

A 2013 Dodge driven by Jacqueline Young, 67, no town given, sustained moderate damage after striking a deer on Jan. 19.

A vehicle slid out of an icy driveway and onto Route 198 on Jan. 19 and into the side of another car.

Heidi Bauer, 22, of Bar Harbor was unable to stop her 2006 Subaru at the end of the driveway. It struck the passenger side of a 2002 Toyota driven by Chris Buczko, 32, of Mount Desert.


Terie Laws, 43, of Swans Island was summonsed Jan. 21 on a charge of operating after suspension as the result of a traffic stop by Deputy Dana Austin of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.


A 2011 Chevrolet van driven by Charles Barton, 67, of Trenton struck a deer Jan. 20 on the Oak Point Road.

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