Island Police Log: Hit and ‘run’ at Marathon

MOUNT DESERT — It was a hit-and-run in more ways than one.

A runner in the MDI Marathon Sunday ran into the side of a car pulling onto Route 102 from the Hall Quarry Road. The marathoner, Ty Thurlow, 31, of Presque Isle, fell down and suffered minor scrapes and bruises, according to police. The vehicle did not stop.

Thurlow resumed the race and reported the incident after crossing the finish line in Southwest Harbor.

A Connecticut woman was summonsed Friday after police found her vehicle abandoned on Manchester Road in Northeast Harbor, where it had crashed into a tree.

Officer Ted Cake later located Helen Bissell, 20, and issued her summonses on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

Bissell’s 2004 Mini Cooper sustained front-end damage and was towed from the scene.

Vandals were busy last week, and in two cases, restrooms were targeted.

Profanity was spray painted Oct. 14 in black on an exterior wall of the public restroom on the Seal Harbor pier. That same day, Cake found that the portable toilet at Suminsby Park had been tipped over. The next day, Oct. 15, police received reports of black spray paint marring a road sign and one for the marathon.

Three decorative figurines valued at $300 were reported stolen Saturday from a Seal Harbor property.

Bar Harbor

Residents at a Barberry Lane home reportedly discovered an uninvited guest Sunday night. An intoxicated man had been offered a ride home by friends but was kicked out of the car before they arrived at his home, according to reports. He allegedly let himself into the house and sat down at the kitchen table. Officer Brad O’Neil and Sgt. Shaun Farrar arrived and took the man home. The homeowners did not wish to pursue charges.

A cow was reported standing in a ditch on the Crooked Road Oct. 13. Officer Chris Wharff contacted the owners, who corralled the animal.

Someone reported a large squirrel inside a closed Cottage Street business Saturday afternoon. Police notified the business owners.

Dacota Dow, 25, of Bar Harbor was reportedly driving a 2013 Subaru on the Crooked Road early Sunday morning when his vehicle went off the road. He was the only occupant of the vehicle, which was towed due to disabling damage. No injuries were reported. He was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence and released on bail a short time later.

Robert Ward, 37, of Gainesville, Fla., was summonsed Oct. 14 on Route 102 on a charge of operating without a license.

According to police, Lara Jacobson, 32, of Ellsworth was driving at least 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 3 early in the morning of Oct. 15. She was arrested on charges of criminal speeding and OUI.

Police responded to a report of marijuana smoke on West Street Oct. 15 and summonsed Travis Allen, 31, of Westbrook on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Employees at a West Street hotel called the police just after midnight Friday to report two guests yelling loudly inside their hotel room. Officer Judson Cake warned the pair about disorderly conduct.

Music from a wedding party on West Street Saturday drew two complaints from residents. O’Neil asked the group to turn down the music.


Maine State Police are looking for a driver whose vehicle did “doughnuts” on several lawns before crashing into a tree and leaving the scene. The vehicle involved in the Oct. 14 incident is a dark blue Dodge Durango or Dodge Dakota from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Police said the vehicle sustained significant damage to the front driver’s side. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call them at 667-3722.

A resident reported Friday that someone had cut a screen on a window to her home.

Southwest Harbor

The theft of firearms from a residence was reported Monday.

Jeremiah Dorval, 41, of Tremont was summonsed Oct. 13 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Acadia National Park

Rangers went to the aid of a 64-year-old woman who injured her ankle in a fall while hiking around Jordan Pond on Oct. 14. Rescuers used a small motorboat to transport the woman to the parking area at the pond’s south end. She took herself to the hospital.

On Monday, a pair of park visitors from Rochester, N.Y., called 911 on a cell phone to report they were lost on the top of Valley Peak along Somes Sound. It was getting dark, and they did not know which trail to take to get down.

A ranger hiked up to the pair’s location and escorted them down the mountain.

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