Sex offender re-arrested

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A convicted sex offender who was released from prison last month is back in jail.

Peter Mills, 58, was arrested Monday at his home on Mountain View Drive by Officer Shawn Merchant on a probation violation charge. The arrest was made at the request of Mills’ probation officer, according to Chief Alan Brown.

Brown said he did not know what terms of Mills’ probation had been violated. Attempts to reach his probation officer before publication time were unsuccessful.

Mills was released from prison Feb. 5. In September 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his conviction in June on gross sexual assault and other sex-related charges. Mills and his co-defendant, Stephanie Stark, were convicted of sexually assaulting women after they were given wine believed to contain a date rape drug.

Mills’ sentence included serving four years of probation upon his release. His conditions include no contact with victims, participation in a sex offender treatment program, no possession of sexually explicit materials and no use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol. He is a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

A resident reported Monday that they came home and found their apartment door open. The person later discovered a diamond ring valued at $3,800 was missing. Police are investigating.

Kenneth Stilwell, 34, of Ellsworth was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with failure to report for sentencing.

Bar Harbor

Firefighters responded late Saturday night to a fire alarm at the Cadillac Family Medicine Building at Mount Desert Island Hospital.

They found some smoke on the third floor of the building, Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said, but not enough to reduce visibility. “It was mostly at the ceiling, more of a haze and an odor,” he said.

The smoke was coming from a motor in the air handling system. Hospital staff arrived and made necessary repairs. Firefighters helped ventilate the building to get rid of the smoke. Mount Desert Fire Department assisted.

Kristin Bartlett, 24, of Bar Harbor was driving a 2004 Chevrolet on the Crooked Road in a snow shower March 7 when the vehicle struck some mailboxes. The Chevy was towed and the owners of the mailboxes notified, according to reports. Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, 48, of Bar Harbor, was driving a 2007 Chevy the same afternoon on Route 3 when her vehicle also skidded and struck mailboxes.

A man was found sleeping on the steps of a closed Cottage Street business on the morning of March 10. Police gave him a ride to a local church and helped connect him with a shelter.

John Molina, 33, of Ellsworth was arrested the afternoon of March 9 on an outstanding warrant for a failure to appear in court. He was reportedly hitchhiking on Route 102 before he was arrested and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Joseph Milan, 31, of Brewer was summonsed Monday evening on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Mount Desert

A traffic stop Friday ended with Officer Ryan Lawson confiscating marijuana and drug paraphernalia from a juvenile.

A resident reported receiving an email stating they had violated a traffic law. While appearing to be from an official source, the email was determined to be bogus and was deleted.

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