Island Police Log: Minivan hits riding mower

MOUNT DESERT — A minivan collided with a riding lawnmower last week in Northeast Harbor.

Police said Steven Bernard, 44, of Southwest Harbor was crossing Harborside Drive on a 2012 Toro when the driver of a 2012 Dodge backed up into the mower.

No injuries were reported. The mower sustained about $100 damage. The Dodge, driven by Rafal Graczkowski, 53, of Millertown, N.Y., was not damaged.

A resident complained Monday that holes were being dug in the Village Green in Seal Harbor. The complainant believes someone using a metal detector to look for underground valuables was responsible.

A firearm was reported stolen Sunday from a vehicle parked in Northeast Harbor.

Kelsey Bubier, 24, of Birch Harbor was arrested Friday on a warrant charging her with unpaid fines following a traffic stop. Bubier also was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.


A 37-year-old resident is facing several charges after his vehicle was stopped during a drunk-driving detail conducted Friday by the sheriff’s department.

Shaun Parsons was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of drugs, operating after suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia by Deputy Dana Austin. Parsons was taken to the Hancock County Jail and released on bail.

Parson’s legal problems didn’t end there. A subsequent visit by his probation officer resulted in his second arrest of the day, this time on a probation violation charge.

A traffic stop Monday ended in the arrest of a Southwest Harbor man on a drug charge.

James Farley, 37, was charged with possession of a scheduled drug and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where he later was released on bail.

David LaFortune, 36, of Tremont was arrested June 4 on a warrant out of Cumberland County charging him with failure to appear in court on an aggravated assault charge. He also was charged with possession of dangerous knives.

Bar Harbor

Officer Brad O’Neil responded June 2 to a report of cows in the road on the Crooked Road and notified the owner, who corralled the cow back into its pasture. Officers Chris Wharff and O’Neill rescued a family of six who was stranded on Bar Island after the tide had come in over the bar Sunday afternoon.

A single-vehicle crash was reported Thursday morning on the Indian Point Road. Abbe-Jaye Soohay, 23, of Bangor was operating a 2014 Ford Focus, which had to be towed due to extensive damage.

Steven Corrigan, 54, of Wells was arrested Friday on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI). He was later released on bail from the police station.

Robin Beal, 41, of Bar Harbor was arrested Saturday on a charge of OUI.

Three bicyclists on Route 3 were warned late Wednesday night about the requirement to have lights on their bikes after dark.

Steven Whitten, 27, was fixing his bicycle chain Saturday night in the roadway on Cottage Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Brendan McGarr, 26. McGarr was issued a citation for failure to produce evidence of insurance. Whitten sustained minor injuries.

Southwest Harbor

A resident living on Three Rod Road reported Monday that someone stole medication and sunglasses valued at $70 from her parked vehicle. The rearview mirror also was damaged.

Vinodh Ramachaneran, 28, of West Chester, Pa., was summonsed Sunday on a speeding charge.

Jane Saflicki, 53, of Trenton was issued a summons June 4 on a bad check charge.

Trespassers apparently are stealing no-trespassing signs from a Seawall Road property, the owner reported June 3.

Crystal glassware was reported missing June 1 from the garage of a seasonal residence on the Seawall Road.


A three-vehicle chain-reaction crash occurred June 4 when one of the drivers slowed for a green light at the intersection of Route 3 and the Oak Point Road.

According to the sheriff’s department, Bernice Lithgow, 54, of Machias was northbound in a 2004 Pontiac when she slowed, thinking the light was going to turn from green to yellow. The vehicle behind her, a 2001 Chrysler driven by Jonathan Lee, 21, of Hampden, also slowed. The third vehicle did not. That 2001 Ford pickup, driven by Carl Anderson, 42, of Garland, struck the rear of the Chrysler, pushing it into the Pontiac.

Total damage is estimated at $4,600.