Rollaway car just misses ranger

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A Park Service employee narrowly escaped being pinned between two vehicles July 12 at Seawall Campground.

When Matthew Nickel, 28, of Beverly, Mass., stepped out of his car and walked toward the building, according to reports, “he heard visitors yelling and trying to stop his vehicle that had started to roll backwards.”

The car rolled for about 100 feet. A Park Service employee was working on a disabled government vehicle nearby and “was able to step away from the vehicle he was working on and miss being pinned between the two cars,” rangers said.

A New Hampshire man was carried a short distance to an ambulance July 11 after he tripped and fell while jogging on the South Ridge trail on Cadillac Mountain near the Blue Hill Overlook.

A team of 18 rangers and volunteers from MDI Search and Rescue worked to help a 50-year-old man from Philadelphia to an ambulance after he reportedly injured his knee on the Gorham Mountain trail July 11.

John Dewalt, 49, of Fort Mill, S.C. was cited on a charge of being in a closed area July 11 on Sand Beach.

Tobias Hays, 40, of Los Altos, Calif., was issued a violation notice for speeding on the Lower Mountain Road near Jordan Pond House July 11.

Anderson Coach & Travel was cited on a charge of violating terms and conditions of their permit at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center July 12.

Jeffery Kaliss, 72, of San Francisco was cited on a speeding charge July 12 after reportedly driving 52 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone on Paradise Hill Road.

Setfania Precsenyi, 43, of New York was cited on a charge of parking off the roadway on Lower Mountain Road July 12.

Peter Lam, 61, of Bar Harbor was reportedly distracted by his GPS system when he failed to negotiate a turn July 13 on Lower Mountain Road and the vehicle he was driving struck two coping stones.

Vadim Pugachevskiy, 50, of Marlboro, N.J., was cited on a charge of crossing double yellow lines to pass July 13 on Paradise Hill Road.

A car driven by Kakuya Ueda, 29, of Boston was towed after it struck a coping stone on Lower Mountain Road July 14. Ueda was reportedly distracted by a GPS system he was using.

Paradise Transportation of Roosevelt, N.Y., was issued a citation July 14 at Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond for operating without a commercial use authorization.

A 80-year-old man went to MDI Hospital for treatment of cuts on his wrist and elbow after reportedly falling on the Jordan Pond Path July 15.

Randall Lovely, 47, of Winslow was cited on a charge of possessing marijuana at Great Head July 15.

Ryan Oclair, 24, of Bangor was cited on a charge of possessing marijuana on Paradise Hill Road July 15.

George Beylerian, 28, of Seaside Heights, N.J., was cited on a charge of possessing marijuana at the Cadillac summit July 15. He was also arrested by Bar Harbor police on an outstanding warrant from a Penobscot County court.

John Miranda, no age given, of Boston was cited on a charge of possession of a controlled substance at the Precipice trail parking lot July 16.

Tucker Lewis, 24, of Ellsworth was issued a violation notice for reportedly operating an unregistered vehicle July 16. He was also warned for speeding, a suspended license and insurance.

Anthony Puiia, 31, of Bangor was cited on a charge of possessing marijuana at Schoodic Point July 16.

Carolyn Anderson, no age given, of New Hampshire was issued a citation for improper food storage July 16 at Schoodic Woods Campground.

Wayne McKechnie, 26, was arrested July 16 on Paradise Hill Road on a charge of operating under the influence of marijuana.

The Cadillac Summit was closed for over an hour July 18 due to congestion.


Bar Harbor

No one was injured but two vehicles were damaged in an accident July 16 at the entrance to the KOA Campground on Route 102. A 2018 Nissan driven by Robert Weaver of Boulder, Colo., pulled out of the campground and struck a 2011 Honda CRV driven by Peter Webster of Somerville, Mass., according to reports. The Honda sustained damage to the right rear side and rear tire and was towed from the scene. The Nissan sustained minor front end damage. No charges were filed.

Two vehicles reportedly backed out of parking spaces and into each other on the town pier July 17. Both a 2018 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Robert Popplewell, 56, of Rogersville, Tenn., and a 2019 Kia van driven by Lisa Gordon, 61, of Columbia, Md., sustained rear bumper damage.

A 2010 Subaru Forester driven by Cary Rohan, 33, of New York City was turning left onto a private drive from Route 3 July 18 when it was reportedly struck from behind by a 2008 Subaru Outback driven by Mary Richards, 33, of Mount Desert. The Forester sustained rear passenger-side damage and the Outback sustained front end damage. No injuries were reported and no charges were filed.

Police received a complaint July 19 about “someone walking by houses late at night.”

Amanda Gibson, 26, of Spruce Head, Mich., was arrested on a charge of OUI Friday.

A 2015 Ford Fiesta driven by Gagian Corey, 23, of Columbia was turning left into the Mainely Meat parking lot on Route 3 Friday when it was reportedly struck from behind by a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Enrique Herreros, 73, of Bar Harbor. Herreros had a facial cut that did not require medical attention. The car sustained rear end damage and was towed from the scene. The pick-up sustained minor front end damage.

Dennis Hassel, 42, of Maumee, Ohio, was summonsed on a charge of operating without a license Friday.

Aubrey Bragg, 31, of Greenbush was arrested on charges of operating after suspension and violating bail conditions Saturday.

Michaela Schwartz, 19, of Caribou was arrested on an OUI charge Saturday.

A 2013 Subaru Impreza driven by Cadi Howell, 16, of Mount Desert sustained extensive front end damage and had to be towed after reportedly striking a utility pole on Indian Point Road Saturday. According to the police report, Howell was “in a state of disattention” when her car veered onto the shoulder on the opposite site of the road. She over-corrected to the right and then back to the left before striking the pole, police said. No injuries were reported.

Lee Ledford, 31, of Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested on an OUI charge Sunday.

Jason Doane, 21, of Bangor was summonsed Sunday on a charge of operating after suspension.

Two vehicles were disabled but no one was injured in an accident on Crooked Road Sunday. A 2006 Toyota Scion driven by Zachary Bergquist, 19, of Athol, Mass., was turning around in the roadway when it was reportedly struck by a 2005 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Tyler Hamblen, 25, of Bar Harbor. Both vehicles sustained extensive front end damage. No charges were filed.

Audrey Ward, 17, of Ellsworth was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension Sunday.


Mount Desert

Katherine Pierce, 23, of Tremont was summonsed July 16 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Earl Moore, 81, of Mount Desert was summonsed on a charge of driving to endanger July 18.

An Island Explorer bus driven by Jonathan Gordon, 65, of Ellsworth sustained minor damage to the front bike rack when it was clipped by a 2013 Mitsubishi July 19 on Route 102 in Somesville. The driver of the car, Chelsey Dawicki, 24, of Bar Harbor was trying to pass the bus as it pulled away from the sidewalk after dropping off passengers. The car had minor damage to its right side.


Southwest Harbor

Police received a complaint about a vehicle parked at the corner of Dirigo and High roads. When officers investigated on July 18, they found the vehicle was not obstructing the intersection or lines of sight for drivers.

Officers warned a woman for harassment the morning of July 19 after receiving a report of threatening and harassment.

Around the time of the evening commute on July 19, police received a call about an injured coyote, possibly hit by a vehicle. When they arrived at the scene there was no sign of the animal or the caller, according to reports.

The bumper of a 2016 GMC 2500 belonging to Jeffrey Reed of Southwest Harbor was damaged in a possible hit and run in the Post Office parking lot Friday. Police were unable to identify or locate a second vehicle, according to reports.

A $20 bill found outside a local establishment was brought to the police station just after 3 p.m. on Saturday by a tourist. Upon researching the bill’s markings, police discovered the bills are used for training purposed at Chinese banks, according to reports. The U.S. Secret Service was notified, Chief Alan Brown said, and a copy of the report and bill will be forwarded to them.

A resident reported a possible identity theft incident Monday.



Hancock County Sheriff’s office reported the arrest of Donald Murphy, 62, of Tremont on July 19. Murphy was arrested on an outstanding warrant and transported to Hancock County Jail.

A 24-year-old woman filed a report Monday regarding a Tremont man who she said had stalked her in the past. She wanted the information on record, according to reports.


Swans Island

The sheriff’s office received a report of a detached power line on Saturday around 1 p.m. Michael Murphy, 66, of Addison was driving a 2016 Freightliner box truck on Harbor Road when it struck a low hanging power line, knocking it from the pole, according to the report. No injuries or damages to the truck were reported.

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