Empty house is poor hideout



BAR HARBOR — Increased police patrols in the area of reported suspicious activity led to the Dec. 7 arrest of a Franklin man on an outstanding warrant.

Police were called to an unoccupied residence in Town Hill by a caretaker who said they had found an unlocked window and that some items seemed to have been disturbed. Police determined that someone might have been inside the home a few days earlier and agreed to step up patrols in the area.

Later that same day, Officer Brad Smith spotted a vehicle on the grounds of the home and investigated. As a result, Jeffrey Long, 35, was arrested on a warrant charging him with default in payment of fines. The case remains open, and other charges are possible, police said.

A Southwest Harbor man was arrested for alleged drunk driving Dec. 8 after police responded to the report of a fight outside a residence on the Shannon Road.

One of the people reported to be involved in an altercation, 21-year-old Andrew Gurin, left driving away in a vehicle before police arrived. Gurin was stopped on the Cromwell Harbor Road and arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

The first significant snowfall of the season Monday proved slippery going for many drivers. Police responded to three accidents that morning. No injuries were reported.

Aliaksandr Tur, 29, of New York was driving downhill on the Eagle Lake Road when he attempted to make a right turn onto the Cromwell Harbor Road at the Kebo Valley Golf Club. The slick roadway and driver inexperience led to Tur’s 2016 Toyota sliding onto a traffic island and striking a utility pole, police said.

The Eagle Lake Road was the scene of another accident earlier in the morning.

Aaron Herrick, 33, of Mount Desert was eastbound when his 2002 Ford slid off the road. The vehicle was not damaged but had to be towed back onto the pavement.

In Hulls Cove, Leslie Goodwin, 64, of Hicksville, N.Y., was driving on Route 3 when she lost control of her 2003 Kia on a curve. The Kia crossed the center line and hit the rear driver’s side of a 2012 Subaru driven by John O’Brien, 71, of Bar Harbor. Total damage is estimated at $3,500.

Officer Ken Mitchell assisted a motorist who had stopped to help an injured owl Saturday. The raptor, which had been struck by another vehicle, was taken to Acadia Wildlife Foundation for treatment.

A Kentucky resident is facing charges following a traffic stop Saturday on Route 3.

Edward Friedhoff, 33, was arrested on charges of criminal speeding and operating without a license. Friedhoff reportedly was driving 81 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Officer Soren Sundberg assisted in evacuating the occupants of the Compass Harbor condominiums Dec. 8 after a heating system malfunctioned in one of the units. Firefighters were concerned about the possibility of carbon monoxide inside the units.

Police assisted Acadia National Park rangers Saturday, arresting Timothy Baker, 22, of Waterville on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

Mount Desert

A Tremont teen escaped serious injury Friday after his vehicle crashed in Pretty Marsh.

Zachary Fitzgerald, 17, was attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control of his 2005 Honda due to speed and loose gravel on the road, according to police. The Honda skidded off the road, where it hit several trees and a large rock before rolling onto its roof.

Fitzgerald, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained cuts to his hands in the crash. The Honda is considered a total loss.

Timothy Wedge, 21, of Trenton was summonsed Dec. 8 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Southwest Harbor

Police summonsed Lucas Lemoine, 35, of Southwest Harbor Friday on a charge of driving to endanger at the request of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department.

Deer were involved in two accidents last week.

On Dec. 8, Theodore Welton, no age given, of Southwest Harbor was driving on Carroll’s Hill when his Jeep struck a deer, damaging the left front fender of the vehicle.

Michael Mansolilli, 34, of Southwest Harbor was swerving to avoid a deer Dec. 7 and struck a vehicle driven by Ekaterina Lyakhovich, 54, of Mount Desert.

Swans Island

The sheriff’s department responded Sunday to a report of a suspicious package aboard the Swans Island ferry. The package was found to contain trash.

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