Island Police Log: Police going to dogs on hot August days

BAR HARBOR — It literally has been the “dog days” of August here.

Police received four separate calls on the hot afternoon and evening of Aug. 18 from people concerned about dogs left in hot cars. One of those resulted in a warning when Officer Brad O’Neil found a small dog that appeared to be in distress in a vehicle on Main Street. He brought the dog some water and warned the owner about cruelty-to-animals laws. O’Neil warned another dog owner the next day on Cottage Street for the same conduct, and police received two more similar calls Sunday.

Officer Judson Cake warned a dog owner Aug. 18 for having dogs at large when he saw two dogs running off leash on the Knox Road.

Officer Dustin Tierney picked up a dog on Wildwood Glen Aug. 18 that had been reported as a stray. He took it to a veterinarian until ownership could be determined.

Ashley Kidder, 27, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Aug. 18 on a charge of operating after license suspension.

Robert Robinson, 63, of Bar Harbor was arrested on Aug. 19 on a charge of operating under the influence (OUI). He also was summonsed on charges of possession of a Schedule W drug (heroin), possession of a usable amount of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Timothy Rich, 38, of Portland was arrested the morning of Aug. 19 on a charge of violating conditions of his release. He also was summonsed on charges of operating after suspension, speeding and failure to provide evidence of insurance. He was released from the police station on his own recognizance.

Officer Soren Sundberg warned a group of 10 people Aug. 20 for congregating in the Old Village Burying Ground after dark. The area is closed half an hour after sunset.

Drew Davis, 27, was arrested early Saturday morning on a charge of OUI.

Randall Lilly, 47, of Trenton was arrested Monday morning on a charge of violating a protection order, following a complaint to Bar Harbor Police. An officer from the Hancock County Sherriff’s Department made the arrest.

A Tremont teenager was reportedly distracted while using an electronic device while driving a 1975 MG Midget convertible on the Crooked Road Saturday evening. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled onto its passenger side, sustaining major damage, police said. No injuries were reported.

Kimberly Grass, 37, of Brewer reported that her 2004 Toyota RAV4 had been struck Aug. 20 on Eden Street in an alleged hit-and-run incident. She discovered damage to the vehicle when she returned after it had been parked for an hour. The other vehicle has not been identified, police said.

Mount Desert

On Aug. 17, police spoke to a man in Northeast Harbor who reportedly had been shouting at passing motorists.

Around 8 a.m. on Aug. 20, Rustin Taylor, 36, of Mount Desert reported that someone had backed into his 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck while it was parked at the Somesville One Stop, causing $500 in damage. The driver of the other vehicle left without reporting the accident, police said.

On Aug. 24, police spoke with a man in Hall Quarry and warned him about shooting off fireworks in violation of the local ordinance banning their use.

On the afternoon of Aug. 21, police received a call from a man in Seal Harbor who reported that neighborhood kids were driving golf balls in a small park and that the balls “almost struck his property.” He asked officers to suggest the kids go elsewhere or use “wiffle” balls instead.

Southwest Harbor

A bicycle reported stolen from the Harbor Ridge condominiums Aug. 21 was later found and turned in to police.

The owner of Pier One vacation rentals on Clark Point Road called Aug. 21 to complain about feral cats in the area.

A Pemetic Elementary School staff member called Aug. 22 to report “a lot of broken glass and litter” on the school grounds and to ask police to patrol the area. Signs posted at the school warn that loitering is not permitted after dark.

The windshield of a vehicle owned by an employee of Circle K on Main Street was reportedly broken while she was at work Aug. 23.

For the second time this summer, flower pots were reported stolen from a garden on Herrick Road on Aug. 24.

Swans Island

Deputy Rob Morang warned a motorist about operating an all-terrain vehicle on a public way on Swans Island Monday.

Morang has reopened an investigation into a burglary that occurred in 2012 on Swans Island.

Acadia National Park

A 27-year-old woman who was hiking the Great Notch Trail on Western Mountain in flip flops on Aug. 18 had to be rescued by rangers. The woman fell and hurt her leg around noon. Four park rangers and seven members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue helped carry the woman off the mountain.

At the same time, rangers were dealing with reports of a 69-year-old man who was suffering from weakness and shortness of breath while hiking on the North Ridge Trail on Cadillac Mountain. Park rangers and personnel from Bar Harbor’s Ambulance Service were able to reach the man and carry him to a nearby road. He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at the Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.

Other medical assistance incidents last week included a 74-year-old man who fell and hurt his leg and suffered a cut on his forehead at Echo Lake Ledges on Aug. 18. Northeast Harbor firefighters and ambulance personnel handled that call.

On Aug. 19, rangers provided assistance to a 54-year-old woman suffering back spasms at the Jordan Pond House and another visitor there that fell and injured her shoulder. That same day, crews assisted an 18-year-old man who suffered “heat related” distress while hiking on Cadillac.

On Aug. 20, rangers were called to the North Ridge Trail on Champlain Mountain after a 38-year-old woman fell and suffered minor injuries. The prime concern was for the condition of the two-year-old child she had in a backpack at the time of the fall. Rangers helped the family down to the trailhead, and they drove themselves to the emergency room to be checked out.

Two women from Russia called rangers on a cell phone around 6 p.m. to say they were along the shore of Somes Sound at the base of Acadia Mountain and were lost. Rangers were able to locate the two women and guide them to safety by 10 p.m.

Rangers assisted a 61-year-old woman who reported injuring her neck while picking blueberries near Witch Hole Pond on Aug. 23. Reports did not indicate the manner of injury. She was taken to the MDI Hospital Emergency Room by Bar Harbor Ambulance.

A 10-year-old boy who twisted his ankle while hiking on the Bubbles Divide Trail on Aug. 23 was carried down the mountain to the shore of Jordan Pond by family and friends. Rangers used a motor boat to meet the group on the shore and bring them back to the boat landing near the Jordan Pond House. The family took the boy to the emergency room.

Several bicycle accidents were reported last week. On Aug. 20 around 6 p.m., a woman was knocked off her bicycle on the Park Loop Road near Thunder Hole. The vehicle passed the rider and cut in front of her in an attempt to secure a parking space. She suffered cuts and scrapes and declined additional medical attention.

That same evening, a 12-year-old boy bicycling on the Around Mountain carriage road fell off the bike striking his head. Fortunately, rangers said, he was wearing a helmet. He was taken to the emergency room by a family member.

Rangers and volunteers conducted a two-hour bicycle education checkpoint on a carriage road on Aug. 21. They explained the rules of the roads to more than 100 people and distributed three free helmets to children riding bikes without them.

Five grams of marijuana was found lying in an access road at the Blackwoods Campground on Aug. 17.

Two park visitors allegedly caught with marijuana were summonsed by rangers on charges of possession of a controlled substance last week. They include Kyle Garcia, 26, of Princeton on Aug. 21 and Caitlin Clark, 31, of North Hills, Pa., on Aug. 22.

Cameron Dodgson, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was summonsed by rangers at Otter Cliffs on Aug. 21 on a charge of illegal camping.

Kristen Hart, 22, of Bangor was summonsed by rangers on Aug. 17 on the Paradise Hill Road on a charge of speeding.

Thomas Daley Jr., 73, of Bronxville, N.J., was summonsed by rangers on Sunday at the Thompson’s Island picnic area on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Rangers issued 16 tickets for illegal parking or obstructing a travel way this week.


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