Island Police Log: Numerous accidents reported during storms

BAR HARBOR — A town plow truck was hit by another vehicle early Sunday morning at the intersection of Route 3 and Norway Drive.

Terry Walters, 62, of Gouldsboro was driving his GMC pickup off island, and Brandon Leavitt, 28, of Trenton was driving the plow truck. Walters’ truck was behind the plow when it slowed to make a right turn onto Norway Drive. Walters pulled to the right thinking the plow truck was going to make a left turn, police said, but the plow truck was preparing to plow the intersection and also turned right. The GMC truck hit the passenger side of the plow truck. It was towed with major damage. There was minor damage to the plow truck. No injuries were reported.

Benjamin Lincoln, 45, of Bar Harbor was driving a Nissan on Route 102 Jan. 12 when an Emera Maine truck in front of him slowed to pull over. The truck was driven by Artemio San Diegano of New Brunswick. The road was slippery, police said, and Lincoln was unable to stop his vehicle in time. The Prius struck the utility truck, sustaining moderate damage. No injuries were reported.

Karen Doherty, 55, of Rockland was driving a Prius at the Sieur De Mont Springs entrance to the Acadia National Park Loop Road Jan. 14 when she noticed the road was closed ahead of her. Due to icy conditions, she was not able to stop in time, and the car struck the closed gate, according to reports.

Early Saturday morning, Chloe Gordon of Scarsdale, N.Y., was driving a Mazda on Route 3 when the car went off the road in snowy conditions and struck a telephone pole, according to reports. No injuries were reported. There was minor damage to both the car and pole.

A towing company successfully pulled a vehicle out of the ditch on the side of Schooner Head Road Saturday night after the driver reportedly swerved to avoid hitting a deer. No injuries or damage were reported.

An Oak Hill road resident was summonsed Jan. 13 on a charge of dogs at large, a civil violation. A neighbor reported dogs running loose. Several complaints had been logged in the past about these dogs, according to reports.

Another resident reported dog tracks in the snow on his property Monday. He suspected a neighbor’s dog, police said, but Officer Timothy Frost and Game Warden Phil Richter responded and said the tracks were left by a coyote.

Timothy Reynolds, 26, of Bar Harbor was arrested Jan. 14 just after midnight on Route 3 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

A resident reported hearing gunshots early in the morning of Jan. 14 on Main Street, but officers couldn’t verify the report or locate anyone in the area.

Michael Jack, 38, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Jan. 14 on a criminal mischief charge. An acquaintance reported to police that Jack had destroyed his video gaming system.

Officer Brad O’Neil gave a resident a ride home early Saturday morning following reports that the person was yelling profanities behind a Cottage Street residence.


A resident reported missing Friday was found Sunday in custody at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Friends and family told Deputy Dana Austin of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department that they had not seen or had contact with 31-year-old Christopher Lemoine for four days. Lemoine was located at the jail; he had been arrested by Ellsworth police on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court.

They might have been shooting blanks, but they still got a warning.

State police and sheriff’s deputies responded Friday to a report of gunshots at a residence in Bass Harbor. The investigation revealed the gun was loaded with blanks. The individuals involved, whom police described as intoxicated, were warned about their behavior.

Mount Desert

Police said driving too fast for winter conditions resulted in a single-vehicle accident Sunday on the Pretty Marsh Road.

Ryan Lynde, 22, of Brewer was driving a 2002 Volkswagen that left the road and struck a guardrail and trees.

A mechanical problem led to a rear-end collision Friday at the Somesville traffic light.

Elaine Mangini, 59, of Hancock was stopped at the traffic light when her 2015 Subaru was struck from behind by a 2015 Kia driven by Margaret Stewart, 57, of Mount Desert.

Wayne Biebel, 29, of Erie, Pa., was summonsed Friday as a result of a traffic stop on a charge of attaching false license plates.

A 2002 Subaru driven by Laverne Redlon, no given age, of Southwest Harbor sustained moderate damage Jan. 14 after sideswiping a guardrail on Route 102 near the Acadia Mountain turnoff.

A 2012 Jeep driven by a Tremont woman went off the road twice during the early morning of Jan. 13.

According to police, Kimberly Gaither, 44, first slid into a ditch at the intersection of the Indian Point and Pretty Marsh roads. Gaither was able to get the vehicle back on the road, but it slid off again in the same area. This time, the Jeep had to be towed.

Southwest Harbor

Drivers are wise to be wary of deer on the road at this time of year. Lobster traps are another story.

A resident was driving on Long Hill Monday when her 2003 Ford struck lobster traps lying on the road. Damage is estimated at $600.

Icy conditions are to blame for a single-vehicle accident Jan. 12 on Route 102.

Emily Matteson, 35, of Tremont was northbound when she reportedly lost control of her 2008 Ford pickup. The truck fishtailed off the road, hit an embankment and rolled onto its side. No injuries were reported. The truck sustained about $1,500 damage.


A 2003 Volkswagen is considered a total loss after the driver, a 32-year-old Bucksport man, reportedly fell asleep Saturday morning while traveling on Route 3.

Daniel Smith was southbound when the car drifted off the road and struck a rock and rolled over. No injuries were reported.

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