Bar Harbor Police were called after a passerby grew concerned for the welfare of a man seen going for a 10-minute swim off the town beach in Bar Harbor on Saturday. The ocean water temperature was around 40 degrees. Officers spoke to the man, who said he swims in the ocean regularly during the colder months. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT ROBINSON

Island Police Log: Teen drinking charges filed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — One teenager has been summonsed and charges are pending against others in an apparent underage drinking party on Saturday.

The incident is under investigation. Police first were alerted to the situation by a parent from Bar Harbor who reported his two teenage sons were missing and in Southwest Harbor. The father located one of the boys, and after police arrived, he and Officer Rick Graham found the other. A third boy, who police said was intoxicated, was taken into custody and released to an adult relative.

The intoxicated teen, a 17-year-old from Swans Island, was summonsed Tuesday morning on a charge of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

A resident reported March 1 that he had chased off a prowler who was in the woods near his home. The man said the prowler was wearing a headlamp that he turned off as he ran away after being confronted.

Bar Harbor

Christopher Fleming, 38, was arrested Saturday on a charge of domestic violence assault. He allegedly assaulted his domestic partner Friday morning at their home. She called police Saturday when he was away. Maine State Police and Marine Patrol assisted Bar Harbor Police in making the arrest because Fleming was off the island at the time. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Police received five reports this week of dogs running loose or missing and one of a dog bite.

“As the weather starts changing, people are letting their dogs out more, and then they’re gone,” animal control officer Diana de los Santos said. “People get lax during the off season, but there’s still a leash law.”

In Acadia National Park, dogs must be on leash at all times. The leash can be no longer than six feet.

Missing and found pets often are posted on Facebook pages, such as the MDI Lost and Found Pet Alert page. Pets are usually reunited with their owners within the day, she said.

Officer Tim Bland responded Feb. 27 to a Ridgeway Drive house following reports of a possible sexual assault. He did not find evidence of the assault, but he summonsed a teenage boy on a charge of possession of alcohol by consumption. The boy’s parents had not provided the alcohol, police said.

A man reportedly went for a swim near the town pier Saturday morning without a wetsuit. Officer Judson Cake responded to a call from a concerned resident, but when he arrived, the swimmer was out of the water, changing, and said he was fine.

Mount Desert

Police received a report March 3 that an unoccupied home in Somesville might have been entered without permission. The incident most likely occurred sometime during the previous week. Nothing appears to be missing, police said.

An Otter Creek homeowner reported Sunday that someone had damaged a fence on the property.


A 17-year-old juvenile from Southwest Harbor was summonsed Saturday on a charge of a minor possessing liquor. The charge came as the result of a traffic stop. The juvenile was taken to his parent’s home.

The sheriff’s department received a report Sunday of a suspicious incident involving a vehicle on Harbor Drive. The driver was said to be stopping and asking pedestrians to get into the vehicle.

Swans Island

A resident reported Monday that someone had attempted to use his credit card without permission. The account was closed and the transaction denied, according to Deputy Rob Morang.

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