Island Police Log: Riflemen prompt call to deputies

TRENTON — Two men walking March 11 along Route 3 with rifles on their shoulders led a concerned citizen to call the sheriff’s department.

The caller told Deputy Travis Frost there was “nothing suspicious” about the men but wanted to know if it was legal for them to carry the weapons in this manner. The deputy patrolled the area but did not find anyone fitting the description.

Except for felons and those under court order, it is legal for most citizens to openly carry a firearm in Maine.

Ralph Colson, 22, no address given, was summonsed March 11 on charges of speeding and possession of a useable amount of marijuana as the result of a traffic stop.

Also on March 11, a Bar Harbor woman who reportedly fell asleep while driving on Route 3, resulting in a traffic accident, was not injured, according to the report.

Dorothy Bruce, 75, was driving a 2000 Mercedes Benz which crossed the center line, hit a mailbox, crashed through a snowbank and came to rest in the front yard of a home.

Southwest Harbor

A traffic stop Monday resulted in the arrest of a Tremont driver.

Jason Mann, 35, was arrested on charges of operating while under the influence (OUI) and violating his bail conditions.

Officers Shawn Merchant and Toni Ryan had stopped Mann’s vehicle when they received a phone call from a sheriff’s deputy asking them to be on the lookout for a vehicle of that very description. The deputy reportedly was looking for Mann in order to serve him with a protection order.

Police served a trespass notice Monday to a Southwest Harbor woman, warning her not to return to a certain residence. Shannon Wass, 40, was served with the notice, said acting police chief Mike Miller.

Mount Desert

Stuart Flaherty, 34, no address given, was summonsed March 12 on a charge of operating with an expired license.

Bar Harbor

A driver who fell asleep at the wheel resulting in a crash escaped injury in the accident Friday. Ashley Charpentier, 20, of Orrington was traveling south on Route 3 when she fell asleep while driving a 2007 Chevy sedan, according to reports. The vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a newspaper box before coming to a stop in a snowbank.

Justin Bunker, 21, of Cranberry Isles was summonsed March 11 on a charge of operating without a license in violation of restriction. Jessica Bunker, 21, of Lamoine, a passenger, was summonsed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Speigel, 48, of Mount Desert was arrested March 12 on two Hancock County warrants for failure to appear to pay fines.

Officer Judson Cake on Friday found a chainsaw that had fallen out of a resident’s pickup truck and been reported lost.


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