SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A week after police charged two people with manufacturing methamphetamine in Bar Harbor, evidence of a recent “cook” to make the highly addictive drug was discovered here Sunday near a Seawall Road residence.
A resident reported finding a backpack containing drug paraphernalia in the woods off his driveway. Officer Franklin Burke responded, and after checking the contents, called the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) for assistance.
According to Chief Alan Brown, the backpack held three plastic bottles – one containing a crystal-like substance, another containing a clear liquid and the third, an empty bottle with a duct-taped cap with a hole – as well as plastic tubing and hypodermic needles.
Brown theorizes the contents of the bottles were what remained after methamphetamine was made using the one-pot method. The one-pot method involves mixing various materials in a bottle and is the same process used by the alleged drug makers arrested last week in Bar Harbor and in most, if not all, the recent “meth labs” discovered statewide.
The manufacture of methamphetamine creates hazardous and toxic byproducts and usually requires a response by a specially trained team of MDEA agents. In this case, there was no danger, Brown said. Southwest Harbor police were told to keep the backpack in a well-ventilated area. It later was picked up by an MDEA agent.
MDEA supervisory agent Corey Bagley reminds people that if they find items that appear to be involved in making methamphetamine, they should not touch or smell the items. Instead, they should call their local law enforcement agency, Bagley said.
Police investigated another drug-related complaint reported Dec. 9.
A motel owner found hypodermic needles in a recently vacated room. The owner also reported that the person who stayed in the room left without paying. There is a suspect, and the investigation is ongoing, Brown said.
A resident complained Monday that a man had come to her home promoting an alternative energy option. Police determined the man was not soliciting; he was “educating” residents about energy options.
Wendy Greenlaw, 55, of Bass Harbor was driving onto the island on Route 102 Friday morning when her Kia allegedly was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by James Linscott, 60, of Hancock. Greenlaw reportedly was traveling onto the island when she slowed abruptly, and the pickup struck her vehicle. She sustained minor injuries. Linscott left the scene without stopping, according to reports. Southwest Harbor police assisted Officer Soren Sundberg in locating Linscott at his workplace, where Sundberg summonsed him on a charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
A resident was surprised at the town transfer station Saturday morning when his poodle apparently triggered the door locks of his vehicle from the inside, locking him out. A tow company was called to get the owner back into the vehicle, police said.
Police responded early morning Dec. 8 to a call from the driver of a large semi truck pulling a trailer that got stuck in a ditch on the Harden Farm Road. An Acadia National Park ranger responded to get the truck back on the road. There was some damage to a lawn on park property, police said.
Two horses were reported at large Dec. 8 on Route 3 near the Hadley Point Road. They were returned to their owners.
A Subaru Outback wagon reportedly went off the road Tuesday morning near EBS in Town Hill. Police said driver Deborah Suter, 57, of Seal Cove made a turn too sharply and the car went into a ditch. A tow truck pulled the vehicle, which had only minor damage, back onto the road. Suter was able to drive away. No injuries were reported.
Ethaniel Fogg, 33, of Bar Harbor was arrested Dec. 9 on a charge of violating conditions of his release.
Alyssa Crotzer, 29, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Monday on a bail violation charge after she allegedly failed a test for illegal drug use.
A Seal Harbor resident reported Dec. 10 that a $300 pair of sunglasses was stolen from a vehicle sometime in late October or early November.
A 1995 Toyota driven Sunday by a Tremont teen struck a deer on the Tremont Road.
Kendrew Van Gorder, 16, was not injured according to the report.
A resident was warned Sunday for verbal harassment after two Southwest Harbor residents complained to police about her alleged behavior.
A person responsible for stealing a street sign Dec. 10 was later located. Arrangements were made for its return.
Deer on the road led to a two-vehicle rear-end collision Friday on the Oak Point Road.
Chantal Longo-Guess, 41, of Trenton was driving a 2015 GMC near the Trenton Town Office when she braked for two deer crossing the road. The GMC was struck from behind by a 2005 Nissan driven by David Bowers, 57, also of Trenton.
Bowers told police he was tired from driving all day and failed to see that Longo-Guess had stopped until it was too late to stop. No injuries were reported.
Deputy Eric McLaughlin on Dec. 10 came to the aid of a motorist experiencing a health emergency after the sheriff’s department received a report that a vehicle was parked for more than half an hour along Route 3 on Thompson’s Island with its four-way flashers activated.
The driver was having an asthma attack. McLaughlin called for an ambulance and stayed with the victim until medical help arrived.
A resident reported Dec. 10 that someone had tried to enter his home through a window. The damage didn’t appear to be recent, Lt. Tim Cote noted.
A man who called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center Dec. 9 “yelling and swearing” about a complaint earlier that day was warned for his conduct.