Island police: Police check on report of drug slipped in drink

BAR HARBOR — Police here received one call Monday morning with a third-hand report of someone allegedly putting an incapacitating drug into a female patron’s drink at a local bar while she was not paying attention Friday night. Investigators have not been able to corroborate the report.

“We want to make sure that if this is happening, we’re aware of it,” Lieutenant David Kerns said. “We hope people will call us immediately if they see something. Time is our worst enemy in these cases.”

Kelsey Koepke, 22, of Tuscon, Ariz., was arrested June 23 on Cottage Street on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Officer Brad O’Neil took a report June 24 of someone riding on the roof of a car traveling 50 mph headed off-island on Route 102. The passenger allegedly climbed out of the passenger side window and got onto the roof of the car. The automotive acrobat also was seen in Trenton, but when he responded to the report, Deputy Jeff McFarland could not locate the vehicle.

Lieutenant James Pinkham responded Thursday to a report of a small animal in distress about 100 feet from shore near Bar Island. A kayaker confirmed that the object was a rock.

Police and firefighters responded to a three-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Route 102 near the Mount Desert town line. Deborah Brophy, 75, of Northeast Harbor was treated by fire department paramedics for a minor facial injury. Her Ford Focus was towed. The other vehicles were operated by Hans Neukomm, 79, of Craryville, N.Y., and Karin Stevens, 20, of Mahtomedi, Minn. Neither was injured, but Stevens’ car also was towed.

Jessica Robinson, 20, of Winslow struck a deer while driving a 2002 Honda Accord Thursday morning on Route 3. The vehicle was able to drive away, and the carcass was taken to a zoo, Officer Judson Cake said. A 2003 Saab driven by Alan Michelson, 65, of Blue Hill struck a deer on Route 3 near King’s Creek late Thursday night.

Joseph Schaefer, 23, of Bar Harbor was summonsed early Saturday on Maple Avenue on charges of violating his bail conditions.

Cake warned a group on East Strawberry Hill Road for using fireworks, which are not permitted in town or in Acadia National Park.

Clothing, backpacks, gloves and hats were reported stolen from the Bar Harbor Club Sunday morning.

Keith Mercer, 27, of Portland was summonsed Sunday on charges of operating after suspension. John Michael Boucar, 27, of Ellsworth was arrested Monday on an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop on Route 3.

Southwest Harbor

The question here is, “why didn’t the chicken cross the road?”

A Seal Cove Road resident complained June 25 that someone opened the door to her chicken coop. The hens, she reported, stayed close to home and wandered onto the road.

That’s 2,000 returnable cans and bottles at 5 cents apiece.

The theft of about $100 in returnables from a Marshall Brook Road residence was reported Monday.

Kevin Guptill, 31, of Eastbrook was arrested Friday on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI) following a traffic stop on Village Green Way. Guptill was taken into custody after Deputy Dana Austin of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department performed a drug recognition evaluation on the Eastbrook man.

Police disposed of a hypodermic needle found June 24 on the shoulder of the Shore Road.

Mount Desert

Tyler Hamblen, 22, of Bar Harbor was charged with criminal speeding Saturday after police stopped him for allegedly driving 77 mph in a 45-mph zone on the Pretty Marsh Road.

The caretaker of a Seal Harbor summer cottage reported an outboard motor, valued at $1,200, was missing.

Police are investigating the June 24 theft of a debit card in Pretty Marsh. Cash later was found to have been withdrawn and a purchase was made using the card.


A June 24 traffic stop ended with a summons for a Frenchboro man.

Timothy Wiggins, 33, was summonsed on a charge of operating after license suspension.

The sheriff’s office received June 24 a complaint of harassment from a person on Gotts Island. The reporting party just wanted the incident noted. No action was taken.

Acadia National Park

Rangers in Acadia reported a relatively quiet week.

On June 24, they provided first aid to a five-year-old boy who slipped and cut his head on the sidewalk at the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Dennis McDonald, 40, of Bangor was summonsed by rangers on June 25 on a charge of operating after license suspension.

Jonathan Gaspie, 21, of Bar Harbor was summonsed by rangers on June 26 after his pickup truck was reported stuck in clam mud in Otter Cove. See photo on page one. According to reports, Gaspie said he parked his truck on the flats and was surprised by the incoming tide. Photos show the hood and roof of the truck splattered with mud.

Gaspie was summonsed on a charge of operating a motor vehicle off a designated route.


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