Driver-flagger altercation

BAR HARBOR — A driver who was tired of waiting for a flagger in a construction zone was warned by police for failure to stop May 10 near the intersection of Main and Mount Desert streets. He had started to proceed past the flagger, he told police, “because he had things to do.” The flagger said he held his stop sign in front of the car but the car “proceeded forward and hit the stop sign,” according to reports. The driver claimed that the flagger had hit the roof of his car with the sign, causing damage.

Officers warned the operator of a vehicle who reportedly was making dangerous passes on Route 3 on May 8.

Carmen Sanford, 66, of Mount Desert was driving her 2013 Honda on Park Street on May 8 when she reportedly stopped near the playground and began backing up. The Honda struck a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Ambreen Ahmed Sayed, 29, of Bar Harbor. The Ford was driving legally in the roadway, police said. There was no reportable damage, and no one was injured.

One deer was struck by two cars in quick succession on Eagle Lake Road on May 9, according to reports. A 2018 Nissan driven by David Neitman, 47, of Brookfield, Wis., struck the deer, which then walked into the other lane, where it was struck and killed by a 2017 Toyota driven by Derek Farrow, 57, of Tremont. Both cars sustained minor damage, and the deer was taken away by a resident on the deer list.

Police received a complaint on May 10 of a tractor trailer following cars too closely around Dreamwood Hill on Route 3. Police located the driver and warned him about his driving.

Timothy Rich, 41, of Seal Harbor was summonsed Saturday on a charge of operating after suspension of his driver’s license.

The owner of a property on Frenchmans Hill Road reported on May 10 that a screen in a cellar window in their house had been cut. Whoever cut the screen appeared not to have gained access to the property, police said, but the owner asked police to increase patrols around the property.

On Friday, a local business reported possible credit card fraud. Reports say marine equipment was purchased by a resident of Aroostook County with a credit card. After the sale went through and the products were shipped, the credit card company reportedly called and said the charges would not be paid. The matter is under investigation.

A male was warned for trespassing four separate times at downtown businesses and other properties between Saturday and Monday.

Police contacted a caller who mistakenly dialed 911 on Sunday. The caller said they were playing mini golf and there was no emergency.

A man who claimed someone had hit him with a shovel on Temple Street Sunday afternoon contacted police to report the alleged assault. He was cutting through private property when the owner of the property approached him, according to reports. There was a verbal exchange, but officers said there were no signs of a physical altercation and no signs that anyone had actually been hit by a shovel. No charges were filed.

On Monday, a 2015 Chevrolet driven by Douglas Springer, 48, of Ellsworth struck a deer on Norway Drive. There was no damage to Springer’s vehicle. The deer was killed and was too damaged to be salvaged for meat.

Mount Desert

A wallet was reportedly stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Main Street in Somesville on May 8. The matter is under investigation.

The owner of a summer property on Northern Neck Road submitted a late report of copper piping having been stolen this winter. The theft is under investigation.

Southwest Harbor

The morning commute was extended on May 9 due to an accident in downtown Southwest Harbor. At 7:40 a.m., a Toyota Corolla traveling north was struck from behind by a Ford F250, according to police reports. Upon impact, the car crossed the road and hit a stop sign post at the corner of Village Green Way by Carroll Drug.

Hayley Sawyer, 34, of Southwest Harbor sustained possible injuries to her head and hand when the truck collided with her car, according to reports. No injuries were reported, but the Corolla sustained extensive damage to the rear end and driver’s side.

Police received a report May 9 of an assault at a residence off Seal Cove Road. Police are investigating the matter. No charges have been filed.

Sasha Pendley, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was summonsed May 10 on a charge of operating without a license on May 10, according to a police report. Around 2 p.m., police received a call about a possibly impaired driver traveling on Clark Point Road. When they pulled the vehicle over, Pendley was driving a vehicle owned by James Tweedie, who was a passenger. Tweedie, 36, reported a Portland address to police. He was summonsed on a charge of permitting unlawful use of his vehicle.

Police received a call from a resident on May 10 requesting assistance in convincing someone she was not a scammer. Her number had apparently been used in a “spoofing” scam and appeared on a scam victim’s caller ID system. Spoofing occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted by a caller ID display to disguise their identity, according to the Federal Communications Commission website.

Around 7 p.m. on Sunday, police received a report of goats walking along Rte. 102 near Robinson Hill. Police were unable to locate the goats but did speak with a resident in the area who said they had returned home.

A walk in the woods during a birthday party celebration on Sunday went awry when three boys got lost, according to police reports. The Hancock County Regional Communication Center received a call around 9 p.m. that evening from one of the boys. Over the phone, the dispatcher was able to guide the group back to Rte 102, near the Tremont line, where they were picked up by an officer and returned home.

Emily DeCristofano, 30, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed on a charge of a vehicle registration expired more than 150 days on Tuesday, following a traffic stop for vehicle lights that were out.


A Deer Isle man was summonsed on a speeding charge on Goose Cove Road Monday afternoon. Matthew Foster, 38, reportedly was driving more than 30 mph above the posted speed limit.


Donald Murphy, 61, of Tremont was arrested April 26 on charges of theft of services, criminal mischief and violating conditions of release after electric company Emera Maine requested help from the Sheriff’s Office with a residential meter reading. The incident remains under investigation.


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