Island Police Log: Police deal with repeat customer

BAR HARBOR — Kelsey Koepke, 22, of Tucson, Ariz., was summonsed three times this week by police. She was taken to the hospital in the early morning June 30 following a well-being check and summonsed on charges of violating conditions of her release. She was summonsed again on the same charge Friday afternoon following a report of a woman asleep in the Village Green and unable to wake up. Later Friday night, she was summonsed on two counts of theft, misuse of identification and violating her bail condition.

A portable toilet was reported tipped over on Edgewood Street June 30.

The inspection sticker on a motorcycle was reported stolen in the Old Police Department parking lot June 30.

A vehicle was towed from the sand bar leading to Bar Island July 1 after it got stuck in the mud there.

Richard J. Gately, 59, of Ellsworth was arrested July 1 on charges of operating while under the influence (OUI), operating after suspension and criminal threatening.

Kristina King, 25, of Bar Harbor was arrested Thursday on a charge of OUI.

A man was warned Saturday night for shooting off fireworks on a public beach near the Town Pier. Town ordinances permit possession but not the use of fireworks on public or private property.

Dmitrieff Alexander, 18, of Mount Desert was arrested Sunday morning on charges of criminal trespassing on Main Street near Newton Way. He and a 17-year-old juvenile from Eddington also were summonsed on charges of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

Robert Machanic, 31, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Sunday night on Route 3 on charges of theft and criminal mischief following an incident at a business where he had been employed. Police said he stole some records from the business, police said, but not credit card information or anything of monetary value.

Two people were hurt in a traffic accident at the head of Mount Desert Island on Friday afternoon.

Steven Walls, 73, of Bar Harbor was driving a Chevy Equinox south on Route 3 at the head of the island when it collided with a Dodge Stratus making a left turn onto Route 102 due to confusion about right of way. The Dodge was driven by Patricia Robinson, 19, of Sherman. Passengers Rita Walls, 75, of Bar Harbor and Peggy Robinson, 75, of Sherman were injured and taken to hospitals in ambulances.

Two buses operating in town caused minor damage to other vehicles by cutting corners too tight this week, according to police. They included an Island Explorer bus that struck a Town of Bar Harbor truck Thursday when turning onto Main Street from Firefly Lane and a Downeast Transportation bus that sideswiped the rear of a Subaru Forester stopped in traffic at the intersection of Main and Mount Desert streets.

Mount Desert

Bystanders rescued a man who fell into the ocean July 2 in Seal Harbor.

The man, whom police did not identify, was heard shouting for help from the water off the Seal Harbor dock shortly before 10:30 p.m.

The man had been brought to shore and taken home by the time Sergeant Leigh Guildford arrived at the dock. The man apparently had fallen off his boat while tying it to a mooring for the night.

A crate of lobsters valued at more than $500 was stolen June 30 from the Northeast Harbor Marina.

A Mount Desert man’s truck was sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver Friday while turning into the Somesville Post Office.

James Gonzales, 65, was making a right turn into the post office lot when the other vehicle attempted to pass him on the right and hit the front passenger side of Gonzales’ truck.

Southwest Harbor

It was hot Sunday, and several people decided to take a dip in Long Pond at the town’s drinking water pump station. Police were called because swimming is prohibited in that area because of its use as a public water supply. The swimming scofflaws were gone by the time the officer arrived.

A Main Street business June 30 reported receiving a counterfeit $50 bill as payment.

A Massachusetts teenager was summonsed Monday after Officer Shawn Merchant stopped her for reportedly driving erratically. Leigh Belmonte, 18, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was summonsed on charges of possessing a useable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Richard Higgins, 45, of Tremont was summonsed Monday on a charge of possession of a useable amount of marijuana as the result of a traffic stop by Deputy Travis Frost.


Be careful out there.

Route 3 Monday was the scene of what is likely to be one of many rear-end collisions caused by inattentive drivers.

Alfred Kemp, 19, of Richmond, Vt., was stopped in traffic behind a vehicle waiting to make a left turn when his 2015 Chrysler was struck from behind by a 2015 Subaru driven by Chris Prokopeas, 47, of Southlake, Texas. No injuries were reported.

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