Island Police: Suspect seeks heat, not high

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Police last week tracked down a suspected drug dealer in a case that ended with a mix-up worthy of Mrs. Malaprop herself.

A woman reported Jan. 27 that her father, who lives on the Seal Cove Road, had just phoned her to say a suspicious man had come to his door looking to buy drugs. Her father was shaken by the encounter but didn’t want to call police, she said.

Acting Chief Mike Miller responded and spoke with both the father and the suspect. It seems the suspect had come to the door seeking help in finding the Acadia Fuel company office and was looking to buy “propane,” not “cocaine.”

Officer Eric Richardson did track down a suspect and make an arrest during a Jan. 31 incident involving a car off the Seawall Road.

The officer followed footprints in the snow from the unoccupied vehicle and found Michael Davis, 33, of Winter Springs, Fla., walking near Manset Corner. Davis was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Monday’s snowstorm wreaked havoc with drivers as they attempted to negotiate the slippery slope of Long Hill. No serious accidents were reported.

Officer Nick Hardwick helped a resident gain access to her home on Jan. 31 by opening a frozen door.

Bar Harbor

Officers detoured traffic up Crooked Road and across Norway Drive Saturday while a jackknifed tractor trailer was extricated from Schoolhouse Hill on Route 3 in Hulls Cove. It was able to move after the road was plowed and salted by state crews.

Bar Harbor highway crew members helped move a tractor trailer that was stuck at the intersection of Eden and West streets Saturday.

Officer Chris Wharff responded Sunday to Otter Cliffs Road where a woman had gotten her vehicle stuck in a snow drift in the middle of the roadway. Officer Tim Bland helped a motorist get their vehicle out of a snow bank on West Street on Jan. 27. Chief Jim Willis, Officer Soren Sundberg and Officer Brad O’Neil all pitched in to help tow a vehicle out of a snow bank on Schoolhouse Hill on Route 3 on Jan. 28.

Lt. James Pinkham helped a motorist with a jump start at the town pier Jan. 29. Wharff attempted to help free the vehicle and stood by until Mount Desert Police arrived. Officer Larry Fickett provided a ride to a person he saw walking on Eagle Lake Road during the snowstorm Monday. Fickett later needed help during Monday’s blizzard from the fire department after getting the police department’s pickup truck stuck in snow drifts in a parking lot on Kebo Street.

A two-vehicle accident happened during icy driving conditions on Indian Point Road on Friday. Bradley Russell, 31, of Ellsworth told police he was traveling east when his 2003 Chevy Impala started sliding. The Impala hit a utility pole on its passenger side, slid across the road and struck an oncoming 2009 Chevy Equinox being driven by Jennifer Young, 36, of Bernard, according to reports. Both vehicles were significantly damaged, reports state, while both drivers escaped injury.

A 16-year-old Bar Harbor girl was summonsed Saturday at a Kief Farm Road residence on a charge of assault and criminal mischief.

A group of teenage boys were warned to stop snowboarding off the roof of a downtown building Jan. 28. Two people on top of a building on Cromwell Harbor Road Saturday were warned to stay off the structure. A sledder on the hill in front of the Bluenose Inn on Eden Street was advised to stop the activity Saturday.

Taylor Patterson, 23, of Bar Harbor was arrested Jan. 29 on a charge of domestic assault.

Tyler Murphy, 25, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Monday on a charge of failure to notify police of an accident by the quickest means after police received report of a badly damaged pickup truck abandoned on Schooner Head Road.

Mount Desert

Officer Ken Mitchell dealt with an out-of-control juvenile Jan. 31 and gave the young man some advice about making better choices when reacting to things that don’t go his way.

Also on Jan. 31, police helped a worried wife get in touch with her husband. The man left the house an hour earlier, and she had been unable to contact him, she said. An officer found the man at his workplace in Northeast Harbor, where he said he had already talked with his wife.


A 2004 Toyota pickup sustained extensive damage to the passenger side as the result of a single-vehicle crash Jan. 29 on the Bayside Road.

According to the sheriff’s department, James Crawford, 21, of Mystic, Conn., was northbound when the truck began to fishtail and veered off the road, where it struck a utility pole. Deputy Jacob Day reported Crawford was driving too fast for conditions and lost control on the snow-covered road.

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