Island Police Log: Habitual offender nabbed

SOUTHWEST HARBOR A Glenburn man was arrested Saturday evening on charges of operating after habitual offender revocation with a prior, possession of Schedule Z drugs and an outstanding warrant.

A sheriff’s deputy recognized Christopher Thomas, 35, who he knew had a suspended license and pulled him over on Main Street in Southwest Harbor. A Southwest Harbor police officer assisted the deputy in the arrest.

A passenger, Shawn Scott, 44, of Southwest Harbor was also arrested on charges of violating 11 sets of bail conditions. They included testing positive for drug use, alcohol possession and possession of a substance suspected to be cocaine. Both Scott and Thomas were taken to Hancock County Jail.

A woman met with Chief Alan Brown around 12:30 p.m. on March 13 regarding harassing messages she was receiving from an Ellsworth woman over Facebook. Brown reported attempts would be made to contact the woman and warn her.

A man brought a trailer license plate found near Mount Desert Campground into the police station around 1:30 p.m. on March 13. Police called the last known number for the person the plate was registered to and left a message.

An officer assisted a woman who was locked out of her apartment on March 14 around 6 p.m.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted an officer with a well-being check on a man on Seawall Road around 9 p.m. on March 14. The man was found to be very intoxicated and reported he would be going to bed and would call police if needed. Police received a second call around 11 p.m. regarding a suicidal man at the same address. When an officer went to check on the man, he was reportedly found in acceptable health.

Sheriff’s deputies assisted police in arresting Todd Lear, 47, of Southwest Harbor on March 14 around 10:30 p.m. on charges of violating conditions of release. Lear was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Four lobster traps were found in the middle of Main Street and turned into the police station around 8 p.m. on Friday

A suspicious vehicle on Seal Cove Road was reported around 9 a.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was broken down and waiting to be towed, police said.


Bar Harbor

Early on the morning of March 11, police took a report of slippery road conditions on Route 3 near the head of the island and notified the Maine Department of Transportation.

A loose dog was reported running on Cottage Street the morning of March 11 and was returned to its owner.

A plow truck reportedly struck a parked Subaru while backing out of a driveway the afternoon of March 11, causing some damage. The GME 25000 plow truck operated by Scott Mitchell, 58, of Bar Harbor reportedly struck the legally parked Subaru, last operated by Hilda Roderick, 91, of Bar Harbor.

Grayson Dobbs, 21, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on March 12 on a charge of criminal trespass after reportedly being seen at a Cottage Street business he had been warned to stay away from.

Following a traffic stop for speeding on Route 3 near King’s Creek on March 12, Matthew O’Connor, 46, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.

Residents in two separate households were bitten by their own family dogs on March 12 and 13, according to reports. Police said both dogs were up to date on shots.

A Honda Odyssey parked in the Hannaford parking lot on March 13 was struck by a vehicle driven by Christopher Wilson, 55, of Somesville, causing minor damage. Wilson left his contact information on the windshield of the Odyssey, which belongs to Donna Kane, 71, of Bar Harbor.

Police removed a telephone line that was laying in the road on Main Street Friday morning, and contacted the utility company to return it to the pole.

A verbal argument at a Mount Desert Street residence Friday evening drew a visit from police, but no action was taken.

No one was injured when the driver’s side door of a Honda Civic parked on Cottage Street was opened from the inside and reportedly struck a passing Chevy Malibu Friday evening. Mark Puglisi, 57, of Mount Desert was driving the Civic. The Malibu was operated by Mary Smith, 87, of Bar Harbor.

Early Saturday morning, police shot an injured deer on Route 3 near King’s Creek that had been struck by an unknown vehicle, according to reports.

Smoke seen in the area of King’s Creek Saturday was determined to be from a permitted burn.

John Wallace, 44, of Deer Isle was pulled over for alleged speeding and weaving Saturday evening on Route 3 near Hadley Point. After failing a field sobriety test but testing below the legal limit for alcohol (0.8), Wallace was arrested on a charge of driving to endanger. He was bailed from the police station.

An accident in the MDI Hospital parking area Sunday morning caused minor damage. A 2016 Subaru Forester operated by Moorhead Kennedy Jr., 88, of Northeast Harbor was backing up to the hospital entrance when it reportedly struck a parked 2014 Ford Escape, last operated by Debra Bumbaugh, 67, of Bar Harbor.


Mount Desert

A Northeast Harbor resident was served with a temporary protection order Mar. 12.

Police tried to catch a loose dog running on Rt. 198 the afternoon of March 12. The dog ran into the woods.

An SUV was towed after reportedly striking a deer on March 12 on Route 198. The 2014 Honda CRV was operated by Changong Pang, 54, of Mount Desert. An officer shot the badly injured deer.

A Hall Quarry resident was informed of a noise complaint against them the night of March 12, but the officer noted not hearing any unusual noise when he arrived.

A dog was reported running loose on Rt. 198 in Somesville Friday.

Police conducted a security check of the Masonic Hall in Somesville Friday night, after it was reported that a red light was seen from a third-floor window. The search turned up nothing.

Christopher Wilson, no age given, of Ellsworth was issued a citation Saturday after reportedly leaving a vehicle parked on the ice on Hadlock Point.

Police placed parking cones on Joy Road to discourage basketball fans in town for Great Harbor Shoot Out games from parking in the prohibited area.

A 2016 Honda Odyssey operated by Cherrie Weed, 51, of Seal Harbor reportedly struck a deer Saturday evening on Route 3 in Seal Harbor. There was no damage to the vehicle, and the deer ran off.



A man contacted the sheriff’s office around 4:30 p.m. on March 11 about a possible identity theft. A deputy reported the man is already speaking with Maine Revenue Services and contacting the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service.

Officers were asked to do a well-being check on a 69-year-old woman the afternoon of March 13 whom relatives had not heard from in a couple of days. Deputies reported they found her deceased outside the home and though the cause of death is uncertain, it does not appear to be suspicious.



No one was injured in an accident involving two vehicles on Route 3 around noon on March 15. According to the report, drivers in both vehicles did not allow one another to merge into the single lane. Colin Brock, 63, of Corea was driving a 2016 Ford Van and Kristoffer Fleisher-Durbin, 37, of Ellsworth was driving a 2008 GMC truck when the vehicles collided. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the accident.

A man called the sheriff office to report items missing from his garage. After speaking with a deputy, it was determined that his ex-son-in-law had taken the items.

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