Tool theft arrest made

TREMONT — Hancock County sheriff’s deputies made an arrest in connection with the December theft of tools from a business in the village of Bernard.

As a result of the investigation, Kenneth Stillwell, 33, of Southwest Harbor was charged Jan. 14 with theft and arrested on outstanding warrants.

Some of the missing tools were sold to a local business and have been recovered, according to Lt. Tim Cote. The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are pending against Stilwell, and there are other suspects in the case, Cote said.

Bernard Corner was the scene of a two-car crash Jan. 13. Patrick Faulkingham, 18, of Tremont was making a left-hand turn from the Tremont Road onto the Bernard Road when he reportedly failed to see an oncoming vehicle driven by Austin Seavey, 54, also of Tremont. Seavey was unable to avoid the collision. His 2007 Chrysler struck the side of Faulkingham’s 1998 Ford.

Bar Harbor

Avalon Kerley, 16, of Bar Harbor received minor injuries, and her 2002 Lexus SUV lost a rear wheel, during a single-vehicle accident on Norway Drive Friday. Police say Kerley lost control of the SUV during snowy conditions before leaving the roadway. The Lexus was towed from the scene.

In another accident, on Sunday, Bret Welch, 19, of Bar Harbor walked away without injury after striking a utility pole with his 2001 Honda SUV. Police say Welch was driving on Crooked Road when he hit a patch of ice and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV was towed from the scene with severe front-end damage.

Police responded to several deer-automobile accidents this week.

Officer Shaun Farrar directed traffic while a car that had left the roadway was towed back onto Eagle Lake Road Jan. 12. The driver, a Massachusetts man, was not injured. Police responded to several accidents on area roads during slippery conditions Sunday.

Jason Locke, 32, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Jan. 14 on a charge of operating after suspension.

A driver reported Jan. 15 that the driver’s side window of his vehicle had exploded while driving on Knox Road.

Nicholas Chase, 32, of Blue Hill was summonsed Jan. 15 on Route 102 on a charge of passing a school bus with flashing lights.

Lt. James Pinkham provided a Mount Desert Island Hospital patient with a ride to Ash Street Friday.

Officer Larry Fickett removed a large, deceased raccoon from Route 3 on Sunday.

Officer Tim Bland on Monday contacted the company that was responsible for a large amount of gravel spilling onto Indian Point Road. The company representative agreed to have the gravel cleaned up.


A report Monday of a driver suspected of being intoxicated resulted in the arrest of a Pennsylvania resident.

Kenneth Fay, 58, of Ridley Park, Pa., was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Southwest Harbor

A Bar Harbor man who reportedly crashed his truck early Sunday was issued a summons when he returned hours later to get the vehicle unstuck.

According to police, 25-year-old Tyler Murphy was driving a 2005 Ford pickup which left the East Ridge Road and damaged a fence sometime around 3 a.m. Murphy reportedly left the scene and returned to get the truck around 11 a.m. That’s when Officer Nick Hardwick issued Murphy a summons for failing to notify the property owner about the accident.

A Warren man fell afoul of the law twice last week.

On Jan. 13, Scott Bagley, 49, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault for an alleged incident involving his girlfriend, police said.

Two days later, on Jan. 15, Bagley was arrested after he allegedly violated his bail conditions by having contact with the victim of the assault through Facebook.

Tools were reported stolen Jan. 15 from a property on Marshall Brook Road.

Mount Desert

A traffic stop Monday led to the arrest of a 39-year-old Ellsworth man.

Joseph Parsons was arrested on a charge of operating without a license. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth and later released on bail.


Correction: An earlier version of this article contained an error. The report incorrectly listed the name of the suspect in the theft of tools in Tremont. The person charged in the December theft is Kenneth Stillwell, 33, of Southwest Harbor, not Ryan Stillwell. The Islander apologizes for the error.


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