Island Police Log: Stranded visitors are rescued from not-so-deserted islands

BAR HARBOR — Six people were reported stranded Friday afternoon on Bar Island, which is part of Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor Harbormaster Charlie Phippen and Officer Christopher Wharff brought them back to the municipal pier by boat.

Three kayakers were blown onto Sheep Porcupine Island May 21 and rescued by a good Samaritan.

On Sunday afternoon, three people and one vehicle stranded on Bar Island when the tide came in were advised by the Park Service, because they were not in distress, to wait until the next low tide and drive themselves back.

Terry E. Thomas, 50, of Garland was arrested Friday on charges of criminal trespass at a Main Street restaurant following a warning by police not to return to the property. He was arrested again on Sunday afternoon on charges of stalking and violating conditions of release and transported to the Hancock County Jail.

A single-vehicle accident was reported early Saturday morning on Route 3. No injuries were reported, but a power line pole with guide wires was snapped at the base. Police remained on location directing traffic until Emera Maine arrived to make repairs.

Police responded twice Saturday night to noise complaints at a 30 Forest St. residence. Tenants at the apartment were warned, and property owner Paul DeVore was issued a disorderly house violation.

A brush fire was reported Sunday afternoon at the Peggy Rockefeller Farm on Norway Drive. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park fire crews responded. A grassy area of about 20 square feet was affected. Approximately 500 gallons of water and foam were sufficient to extinguish the fire.

David Niemann, 22, of Bar Harbor was driving a 2000 Saab sedan on Norway Drive Sunday evening when it reportedly left the roadway and struck both a tree and a telephone pole.

He was transported to a Bangor hospital via LifeFlight helicopter due to serious injuries. The vehicle is considered a total loss. Wires and a tree were down around the vehicle, according to reports. Fire Department personnel responded and remained until the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office could reconstruct the circumstances.

Police are investigating a complaint received May 19 of credit card fraud from a person who resides in Ellsworth.

Southwest Harbor

Used hypodermic needles were reported Friday at the Cable Crossing Road and on May 19 in an alley near Clark Point Road businesses. Police disposed of the hazards.

Main Street construction has made for some bumpy traveling, but a Tremont driver who hit a storm drain Sunday might consider finding another way through town. Two tires on his vehicle blew out when he drove over the metal grate.

Mount Desert

A Somesville woman didn’t fall for a scam she reported to police on Friday.

The woman received a check in the mail from someone wanting to buy an item she had posted on Craigslist. The check was made out for more that the sale price. She was instructed to send the extra money back to the sender. She went to her bank, where she learned to check was bogus.

Kenneth Tracy, 58, of Mount Desert was driving May 19 on Route 3 in Seal Harbor when a deer ran onto the road and struck his 2013 GMC pickup.


Deputy Jeff McFarland met May 21 with the principal of the Tremont Consolidated School and the parents of a seventh-grade student who allegedly had threatened a teacher.

A canoe was reported missing May 18 from Seal Cove.

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