Island Police Log: Crash knocks out power

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A Manchester resident escaped injury late Sunday when her pickup truck hit a utility pole after she reportedly fell asleep while driving down Carroll’s Hill.

According to police, Marion Tourtelotte, 63, was driving from Manchester to Southwest Harbor and had almost reached her destination when her 2011 Ford truck crossed the oncoming lane and struck a pole just south of the Southwest Food Mart around 11 p.m.

Electric power was out for about four hours in Southwest Harbor and parts of Tremont while a crew worked to replace the snapped pole. Emera Maine officials estimate 3,500 customers were affected.

Tourtelotte’s truck is considered a total loss.

Police received a report April 20 that vandals had damaged the windshield of a vehicle while it was parked at the Pemetic Elementary School. The reporting party said the damage occurred six days earlier.

Bar Harbor

A Bar Harbor man who was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on counts of domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and other charges was summonsed Friday at his home for violating conditions of his release. He was not home by a designated curfew when police conducted a bail check, according to reports, so officers returned later in the evening and issued the summons.

A traffic stop for an alleged speeding offense resulted in the arrest of a Sullivan man on two outstanding warrants. Charles Pinkham, 30, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped April 20 on Indian Point Road. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

A two-car accident at Red Rock Corner April 18 resulted in both cars being towed. James Oldham, 69, of Bar Harbor was issued a citation on a charge of failure to keep right. He was turning left onto Gilbert Farm Road from Route 102 in his minivan, according to reports. It struck a 2009 Ford Ranger driven by Leonard Milchuk, 72, of Bass Harbor, traveling in the other lane on Route 102.

A tree down on a power line interrupted electricity for 568 households in town Sunday night, according to reports.

Scott Beaudreault, 32, of Bar Harbor, was arrested Saturday afternoon on Route 3 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Thomas Rush, 47, of Bar Harbor was arrested Monday night in the Degregoire Park area on a charge of OUI.

A Route 3 shorefront business owner reported three people trespassing Monday morning to dig for worms in the mudflats. Officer Doug Brundrett asked the wormers to park in the parking lot and check in with staff before heading out to dig.

Lt. James Pinkham responded to a report of someone passed out on the sidewalk on Rodick Street Friday evening. He helped the person get home safely.

A vehicle was reported stuck on the Bar Island sand bar Saturday morning with the tide coming in. It had been pulled out by the time police arrived.

A resident reported finding needles in a soda bottle in the area of the Gilbert Farm Road April 19. Officer Josh Jordan collected and disposed of them.

Other needles reported or brought into the police station this week were found on Cottage Street and on the Schooner Head walking path.

A van in a business parking lot was apparently struck in a hit-and-run accident April 20. The van’s owner discovered a dent and paint damage the following day and contacted police, who took a report.


A Tremont woman was arrested April 19 on a drug charge as a result of a traffic stop on the Tremont Road by Lt. Chris Thornton of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Patricia Closson, 49, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug and violating conditions of her release. Closson also was summonsed on a charge of possessing a useable amount of marijuana.

A traffic stop Friday on the Cape Road resulted in a summons for a Tremont man.

Joshua Matteson, 29, was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.

A resident complained Sunday about an ongoing noise issue.

A Tremont business reported a theft April 21. There is a suspect. The incident is under investigation.

Mount Desert

A Tremont woman complained of head and neck pain following a rear-end collision April 20 on Route 198.

Meredith Donovan, 64, was stopped in traffic to make way for an oncoming vehicle carrying a wide load when her 2007 Subaru was struck from behind by a 2010 Ford pickup driven by George Jones, 76, of Mount Desert. According to police, Jones had crested a hill and didn’t have enough time to brake for the stationary Subaru.

John Chruscielski, 48, of Ellsworth was arrested Saturday on a charge of OUI following a traffic stop by Officer Ryan Lawson.

Acadia National Park

Joshua Belyea, 28, of Dresden was issued a summons on a charge of illegal camping on April 26 after rangers discovered him set up at the Thompson Island Picnic Area.

On April 24, Michael S Fleming, 31, of Uxbridge, Mass., was summonsed for having unrestrained pets when rangers allegedly spotted him with two dogs off leash. The reporting ranger stated one dog had porcupine quills in it.

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