Island Police Log: Ice shack found in middle of road



MOUNT DESERT — You might expect to see a deer or maybe a fox in the middle of the road at this time of year, but an ice fishing shack?

Police received a report Saturday of an ice shack sitting on Route 198 near the Eagle Lake Road intersection. Sgt. Leigh Guildford arrived and found that a passer-by already had moved the shack out of the travel lane. Guildford later learned the ice shack had fallen out of a man’s pickup. The owner, who was in the process of moving, didn’t realize what had happened until he got to his destination, police said.

No injuries were reported in a minor accident Oct. 6 in Northeast Harbor.

According to police, Philip McPherson of Mount Desert was pulling onto Route 198 from Route 3 in a 2013 Honda when it struck the rear of a 1997 Jeep driven by Juanita Sprague, also of Mount Desert. Estimated damage to both vehicles totaled $4,000.

Bar Harbor

A man was reportedly standing in the road Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Cottage and Main streets, yelling and attempting to direct traffic. He allegedly fled when officers arrived. Police caught up with him in the Village Green and warned him for blocking a public way and disorderly conduct, according to reports.

A Bridge Street resident reported two people fighting on her lawn Saturday. One was attempting to steal a bicycle from the other, according to reports. Police arrested Kevin O’Brien, 33, of Milo on a charge of disorderly conduct when he reportedly became belligerent and refused to calm down after they arrived. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Adam Alzaim, 23, of Massachusetts was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault, and his girlfriend, Brennan Field, 22, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on the same charge early Sunday after the two reportedly were fighting with each other outside Rite Aid.

On the evening of Oct. 6, firefighters and Officer Judson Cake responded to a report of a fire on the shore path. A group of people had apparently trespassed on private property and built a small campfire. The group was gone before Cake arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

Wil Zavala, 25, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Oct. 6 on a charge of operating without a license on Route 3 following two separate reports of a vehicle driving erratically.

Someone reportedly returned to their car, parked overnight on Ledgelawn Ave., the morning of Oct. 8 and found that one of the tires had been slashed. The incident is under investigation.

Police received a report Friday from a Newton Way resident who said trash at a neighboring property was attracting crows and other animals, including the caller’s own dog. The property owner was informed of the complaint.

Officer Brad O’Neil warned someone Saturday that camping overnight on the town pier is prohibited by a town ordinance.

Southwest Harbor

A 27-year-old Mount Desert man was arrested Monday after a woman called police to say someone was beating on her car with a skateboard.

Leif Oden was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal threatening, according to Chief Alan Brown.

Kyung Rim, 28, of Portland was summonsed Saturday on a speeding charge.

Cameron Faulkingham, 21, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed Oct. 7 on a charge of possessing a useable amount of marijuana.

Swans Island

A woman reported Saturday an act of vandalism at her residence. Two windows were broken.

Acadia National Park

A pair of park visitors lost on Cadillac Mountain after dark on Saturday called 911 for a rescue.

According to rangers, the pair used a cell phone to call for help around 9:30 p.m. after failing to get back down off the mountain before dark. A trace on the phone showed it be somewhere in the vicinity of the West Face Trail above Bubble Pond.

Rangers and members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue (MDISAR) fanned out to search the area. The missing hikers were found around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday near the south end of the pond. Rescuers helped lead them back to a trail and the operation wrapped up around 2:30 a.m.

A 44-year-old man fell and broke his leg while hiking on the South Ridge of Dorr Mountain just after noon on Saturday. Rangers and members of MDISAR took about two hours to carry the man out to a waiting Bar Harbor Ambulance. The hiker was taken to the emergency room at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.

On Sunday, a 62-year-old man fell and injured his ankle while hiking the Beehive Trail around 12:30 p.m. Nine rangers and MDISAR personnel carried the man about half a mile to the Park Loop Road, where he was taken by Bar Harbor Ambulance to the MDI Hospital.

That same afternoon, a 79-year-old woman passed out while walking down the stairs to Sand Beach. After first aid by rangers, she declined further medical attention.

Numerous citations were issued last week for parking violations and obstructing traffic last week. Traffic and congestion in the park over the Columbus Day holiday weekend was “a nightmare,” one ranger said.

Dennis Buchstabber, 19, of Stetson was arrested by rangers on Oct. 12 on a charge of operating while under the influence. He also was issued warnings for speeding and for a loud exhaust. His vehicle was stopped on the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 16-year-old girl from Guilford, was cited on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

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