Island Police: Plow truck rips door off Toyota

MOUNT DESERT — A town plow truck skidded through an intersection Monday and crashed into a 2005 Toyota, ripping a rear door off the vehicle and causing $5,000 damage.

Benjamin Jacobs, 35, of Tremont was plowing snow on Church Street and reportedly was unable to stop at the intersection with the Summit Road. The town-owned 2013 Dodge pickup struck the Toyota driven by Christine Norwood, 40, of Mount Desert.

Another Toyota, a 2014 model, sustained $3,000 damage in a Feb. 18 rear-end collision at the intersection of routes 198 and 233.

The Toyota, driven by Joyce MacIntosh, 54, of Mount Desert, was stopped at the intersection when it was struck from behind by a 2004 Jeep driven by Eurith Harper, 35, of Southwest Harbor.

Damage to the Jeep is estimated at $100.

Bar Harbor

A routine check of Route 102 businesses Sunday led to the arrest of a Mount Desert man. Officer Chris Wharff was on patrol near the Town Hill Market around 2 a.m. After spotting fresh footprints in the snow, he came across Zachary Damon, 29, on the porch of the building. Damon was arrested after Wharff found he had an active warrant out of Ellsworth District Court for failure to appear. He was taken to Hancock County Jail. No foul play was suspected at the market.

A chimney fire broke out at the Milky Way home of Sam Hyler on Tuesday. Firefighters observed heavy smoke coming from the chimney when they arrived at 7:40 a.m. Hyler said he had just loaded the wood furnace when he heard loud noises coming from the chimney, according to reports. Firefighters followed up Hyler’s use of fire extinguishers with suppression agents of their own and also used a weight on a chain to knock loose excess debris in the chimney. The house and attic were checked with a thermal imager before the scene was cleared.

Game Warden Phil Richter responded Saturday to Ledgewood Road where two dogs were stuck together by their collars. Richter was able to free the dogs, according to reports.

Keith N. Goodrich, 46, of Bar Harbor was arrested Saturday on an outstanding warrant related to a charge of theft by deception.

Jeremiah Brown, 33, of Brownville was arrested Sunday on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Officer Eric McLaughlin helped push a car out of the snow at the intersection of West and Rodick streets Feb. 19, and again on Eden Street on Friday. Officer Judson Cake helped get a car out of the snow on Route 3 on Monday.

Police responded to a report from a neighbor of a possible residential break-in on Greeley Avenue on Friday. Officer Larry Fickett found upon investigation that the suspicious party was, in fact, the homeowner, and that they had lost their keys, according to reports.

Firefighters responded to Sonogee Estates Saturday where there was a small heating oil leak in the furnace room. Furnaces were shut off while absorbent pads were used to clean up the oil. The space was ventilated and a heating contractor notified.

Officer Brad O’Neil stood by with the owner of a broken down car waiting for a tow in Hulls Cove Feb. 18.

Report of a vandalized car on Cedar Avenue was investigated by police Feb. 19.

Officer Soren Sundberg directed traffic around a broken down bus on Eden Street on Friday.

Firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at an Oak Hill Road residence Sunday. There was no carbon monoxide detected in the air in the house, but the detector was chirping. After a battery issue was ruled out, the homeowner was advised to replace the unit.

Officer Dustin Tierney helped a Main Street resident get into their dwelling after they locked themselves out on Monday.

Firefighters provided mutual aid during a structure fire in Trenton on Saturday.

Southwest Harbor

It was a quiet week for officers here, but dispatchers stayed busy with ambulance calls and reports of dogs running loose. An officer did respond Monday to a report of a “loud bang” at a residence on the Seawall Road.

The homeowner said her house shook, and her dogs became agitated when the noise occurred. The officer found nothing at the scene out of the ordinary.


The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reported that a rear-end collision Friday on Route 3 resulted when a teenage driver failed to notice vehicles that had stopped in a work zone.

Cynthia Menzietti, 17, of Tremont was northbound in a 2003 Audi when the vehicle struck the rear of a 2011 Ford driven by Matthew Stewart, 60, of Mount Desert. Stewart complained of neck pain but declined treatment at the scene, Deputy Jeff McFarland reported.

A Bar Harbor man crashed his 2006 Subaru Feb. 19 on Route 3.

Bowman Short, 52, was southbound when he reportedly lost control of the car on the slush-covered roadway and struck a snowbank.


Deputy Jacob Day assisted an elderly resident Friday by freeing a door that had become stuck.

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