Island Police Log: Man with shotgun sought

TREMONT — Police officers from four agencies responded Sunday to a report of an intoxicated man on the Burnt Hill Road firing a shotgun in an unsafe manner.

According to the primary investigating agency, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, the man sped off from the scene upon the arrival of Deputy Dana Austin and later abandoned the vehicle before fleeing on foot. Despite a search by sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Maine State Police and police departments in Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, the suspect was not immediately located.

The incident remains under investigation, and charges are pending, Austin said.

Domenick Barnes, 29, of Tremont was summonsed Saturday on a charge of violating the conditions of his release after a sheriff’s deputy responded to an altercation on the Tremont Road.

Bar Harbor

Island Explorer bus driver Ronald Paul, 54, of Old Town was summonsed Aug. 4 on a charge of disorderly conduct following a suspected road rage incident at the intersection of Eden and Mount Desert streets. His bus pulled in front of another vehicle when turning left on Mount Desert Street. When the driver of the vehicle protested, Paul allegedly made an offensive gesture, and the other driver took a photo with a cell phone. Both parties went to the police station, where the driver who allegedly was cut off made a complaint.

Hong Liu, 46, of Bar Harbor was driving her Honda Accord on Mount Desert Street the morning of Aug. 6 when the vehicle struck a pedestrian. Edward Evans, 66, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. was treated by Bar Harbor Fire Department paramedics and taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Liu was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Charlotte Fonseca, 24, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension, and her 2010 Mini Cooper was towed following a three-vehicle accident Friday afternoon. Fonseca was traveling north on Route 3 in heavy traffic just before the traffic light at the head of the island when her Mini Cooper struck the rear of a Chevy van operated by Melvin Coombs, 59, of Orrington. The van was then pushed into the rear of a Jeep Cherokee, operated by Jimmie Ramsey, 66, of Tulsa, Okla. The Mini Cooper was seriously damaged and towed away. There was minor damage to the van and no damage to the Jeep.

Police took a laser pointer away from a teenager who reportedly was shining it in drivers’ eyes near the Village Green Aug. 4.

Officer Brad O’Neil brought copies of the town ordinances relating to noise levels to owners of two Cottage Street businesses Aug. 5 following a complaint the night before from someone in a rental property. The business owners agreed to monitor activity more closely, he said.

Lt. James Pinkham warned a group on Kavanaugh Place Sunday evening about violating the town’s anti-fireworks ordinance.

Jan Forte, 66, of Bar Harbor had let her dog off its leash to play at Albert Meadow Friday morning when the dog reportedly bit someone in the park. The hospital reported the dog bite, which caused a minor injury, to police. Officer Larry Fickett summonsed Forte on a “dog roaming at large” charge.

A vehicle reportedly struck a dog Friday night near the intersection of Cottage Street and Eden Street. Fickett took the dog to a vet, who treated it for non-life-threatening injuries.

Elmer Beal, 73, of Otter Creek was arrested Aug. 5 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Shawna Hardison, 50, of Sullivan was arrested Aug. 5 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Corey F. Gordon, 45, of Hancock was arrested Aug. 6 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Jessica Duhamel, 26, of Bar Harbor was arrested Friday on charges of operating without a license and OUI.

Carther Theogene, 25, of Orono was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant.

Jamin Keene, 20, of Bar Harbor was arrested Sunday on a charge of OUI. He also was summonsed on a charge of operating without a license.

Jon Gaspie, 60, of Bar Harbor was arrested Sunday on a charge of OUI.

James Tweedie, 56, of Bar Harbor reportedly was purchasing a car on Craigslist last month when the other party in the transaction called Bar Harbor Police. Officer Timothy Bland summonsed Tweedie July 18 on a charge of theft by deception. Tweedie insists it is all a misunderstanding.

“The DA’s office will determine whether those charges are appropriate,” Chief Jim Willis said. “A DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] investigator has been involved in this issue, and Tweedie has been very cooperative,” the chief added.

Swans Island

Deputy Rob Morang of the sheriff’s department received a report Friday that a coyote had been struck and killed by a vehicle. After talking with longtime residents, the deputy learned that coyotes seldom are seen on the island. Morang spoke with a game warden who suggested the animal swam from the mainland.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after the sheriff’s department received a report of a domestic fight. Kyle Dodge was arrested on a charge of domestic violence criminal threatening.

A distracted driver caused a two-vehicle crash Aug. 6, according to the report by Morang. Gerald Matthews, 82, of Swans Island was driving a 2003 GMC pickup on Atlantic Road when he reportedly became distracted by an item falling onto the floor. The GMC crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming 2003 Ford driven by Heidi Martin, 52, of Swans Island. No injuries were reported.

Mount Desert

The passenger on a motorcycle driven by a Massachusetts man received minor injuries Sunday when the 2008 Kawasaki stalled during a U-turn in Somesville and fell onto its side. Police did not specify the injuries to Maria Snow of Middletown, Mass. The driver, Daniel Colanton Jr., no age given, also of Middletown, was not injured.

Erika Sargent, 25, of no given address was issued summonses Friday charging her with criminal trespass and criminal threatening. The charges were in response to an earlier incident in Seal Harbor, police said.

Zachary Deane, no given age, of Bangor, was summonsed Friday on a charge of operating without a license.

A Northeast Harbor business reported Aug. 6 the theft of a blouse valued at $106.

Southwest Harbor

Cynthia Menzietti, 18, of Tremont was summonsed Saturday on a charge of operating after suspension.

Matthew Smart, 36, of Mount Desert was issued a summons Sunday charging him with driving with studded tires out of season.


A motorcyclist sustained only a minor foot injury when his 2007 Victory collided with a deer Monday night on Route 3 near Ellsworth Chainsaw.

Robert Moon, no age given, of Surry was southbound when the deer entered the road. Moon reportedly declined medical treatment at the scene.

A 2014 Subaru driven by a Lewiston woman sustained extensive damage in a rear-end collision Sunday on Route 3. Brittany Garcia, 21, failed to see that a 2007 Cadillac driven by Matthew Clark, 36, of Brewer had stopped. Her Subaru struck the rear of the Cadillac, which sustained only light damage.

Acadia National Park

Rangers arrested a Bass Harbor man on multiple charges following a traffic stop at Seawall on Aug. 4. Dean Mitchell, 48, was arrested on both federal and state counts of OUI. He was additionally charged with violation of a conditional license that barred him from consuming any alcohol, according to reports. Rangers said they stopped Mitchell’s vehicle shortly after 5 p.m. for a possible seat belt violation.

A bus driver for E-World Travel was summonsed on two charges while parked at the top of Cadillac Mountain on Aug. 4. Quo Wen Cia, 44, of New York was charged with violating conditions of a commercial operator’s permit and failure to display registration.

Sally Elliot, 57, of Anniston, Ala., was summonsed by rangers on Cadillac Mountain on Aug. 4 on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Rangers reported several minor traffic accidents involving full-size vehicles and mopeds this week.

On Aug. 7, rangers were called to the Jordan Pond House dorm following reports that someone who had left laundry in a washing machine overnight returned to find their clothes covered with maple syrup.

Rangers issued speeding tickets this week to Noah Sawyer, 24, of Bar Harbor, James Mitchell, 42, of Northeast Harbor, and Amelia Kief, 20, of Bar Harbor.

Paz Amit, 26, of Cambridge, Mass., was summonsed by rangers on Aug. 8 on a charge of illegal camping. He was allegedly camped out on the shore at Compass Harbor.

Rangers responded to reports of three injured hikers in the Bubbles/Jordan Pond area within minutes of each other on Aug. 5. One involved a 55-year-old woman who injured her ankle while hiking near Bubble Rock. She was assisted down the trail to her own vehicle and was driven to the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor by a friend.

Around the same time, a 29-year-old woman lost her footing and injured her ankle while hiking on the trail between North and South Bubble. She was carried by rangers down the trail to the edge of Jordan Pond and taken by boat to the access ramp at the south end of the lake. She also was taken to the hospital by a friend.

A few minutes after getting that call, rangers were summoned to the Flying Mountain Trail where a 40-year-old woman fell and injured her ankle. Rangers were able to provide the woman with crutches and help her walk down to a nearby road.

Later on Aug. 5, rangers assisted a woman hiking near Bubble Pond who slipped and fell and broke her nose.

Rangers responded to reports of a 5-year-old boy who fell off a bicycle and hit his head while on the Jordan Pond Carriage Road on Aug. 9. The boy was not seriously hurt. On Monday, an 11-year-old girl suffered cuts and bruises to her extremities and face after crashing her bicycle on the Witch Hole Carriage Road. Rangers said speed and rider inexperience were contributing factors.

A 25-year-old man who collapsed while hiking on Parkman Mountain on Saturday received medical attention by rangers and ambulance personnel. By the time rescuers reached him, he was alert and conscious. They treated him for being overheated and dehydrated, and he was able to walk out on his own.

On Aug. 7, rangers were called to the Bowl, behind the Beehive Mountain, in response to reports that a 34-year-old woman from Maryland had injured her foot while hiking. Rangers and Friends of Acadia Ridge Runners escorted the woman, who was able to walk with the aid of crutches, down the mountain.


A police report in the Aug. 6 edition of the Islander incorrectly stated that William Jenkins, 78, of Southwest Harbor had been arrested by the Southwest Harbor Police Department on a drunk driving charge. Jenkins was taken into custody after Officer Toni Ryan suspected he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth where a breath test indicated he had consumed no alcohol. According to interim Police Chief Mike Miller, the full resolution of the case was not updated in the police activity report released to the media.

The Islander apologizes for the error.

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