Domestic assault arrest made

MOUNT DESERT — A Somesville resident accused of assaulting his wife was arrested April 13, four days after the alleged incident took place.

Michael Heniser, 39, was arrested at his home on a charge of domestic violence assault and booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. Heniser is accused of assaulting his wife on April 9.

According to Lt. David Kerns, the incident was reported by a third party “who had concerns.” Police went to Heniser’s home the morning of April 13 to interview the victim, who still had visible bruises, Kerns said.

“He returned home while the victim was being interviewed,” Kerns said.

Heniser was charged with a Class D crime, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Following his arrest, Heniser was served with a protection from abuse order, according to the sheriff’s department.

Police believe a stuck throttle on a motorcycle caused a crash Saturday that hospitalized the operator with serious injuries.

Nicholas Hall, 26, of Bar Harbor was riding his Suzuki motorcycle on the Eagle Lake Road and approaching the intersection with Route 198 when the throttle stuck open. Hall was unable to stop before hitting a guardrail. He was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital and later airlifted by helicopter to a Bangor hospital. He reportedly suffered injuries to the head and spleen, police said.

An employee of a Northeast Harbor business was summonsed April 13 for allegedly stealing items from the Main Street store.

Jeffrey Phelps, 44, of Mount Desert was summonsed on a theft charge.

The driver of a vehicle reportedly operating erratically Saturday in Somesville was not impaired but on vacation and lost, police said.

Bar Harbor

Two car-deer accidents were reported, both on April 12.

Aiden Pasha, 23, of Bar Harbor was driving on Route 3 near Sonogee when his 2010 Honda struck a deer on the road. The Honda sustained front-end damage but was operable, police said.

Phillip Bunnell, 57, of Cherryfield was traveling on the Indian Point Road when his 2003 Nissan hit a deer, damaging the driver’s side front of the vehicle.

A motorcyclist from Harrington crashed his bike Saturday on Route 3.

Carroll Perry, 33, was riding a 2014 Triumph when he reportedly lost control. Perry was not injured. The Triumph was trucked from the scene.

Michael Lamotte, 48, of Bar Harbor was arrested Saturday on a charge of operating while under the influence.

Lt. Jim Pinkham investigated an April 11 report of people screaming on the Cromwell Harbor Road and found the commotion was from a couple arguing.

Southwest Harbor

Burglaries were reported at two seasonal homes. On April 13, a caretaker reported someone has gained entrance through an unlocked window. He was unsure if anything was missing. On Saturday, another caretaker said tools had been stolen from the basement of the home he looks after.

A Tremont man was summonsed Friday after police received a report of an erratic driver.

James Moore, 61, was charged with failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle, driving without a valid inspection sticker and failure to provide proof of insurance.


Sheriff’s deputies, Maine State Police and canine units from the Ellsworth Police Department and state police searched April 12 for a burglary suspect but came up empty handed.

The person who reported the burglary in progress said the suspect fled on foot.

Swans Island

Morgan Maynard, 24, of Nashua, N.H. was summonsed April 12 on a charge of operating without a valid driver’s license.


In the April 13 edition, the description of an April 7 collision in Somesville incorrectly identified the driver of the vehicle that struck the rear of a stopped car. The driver was David Farley, 62, of Tremont. Lynne Hutchinson, 57, of Surry was driving the car that was struck.

The Islander apologizes for the error.

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