Island police log: Deer derails lobster delivery

MOUNT DESERT — A truck filled with lobsters was towed the evening of Dec. 6, following a one-vehicle crash on Route 102 in Somesville. The 2012 commercial box truck, operated by Atitya Meas, 33, of Portland was travelling north when it reportedly swerved to avoid a deer, left the roadway, struck a sign, continued into a ditch and struck a rocky ledge. The truck was a total loss and was towed to a salvage yard. The lobsters were later transferred to another truck for shipment.

An Otter Creek man was summonsed on charges of assault and criminal trespass Dec. 3. Edwin Peake, 51, allegedly hit a neighbor during an argument, causing minor injury.

Two vehicles were towed following an accident the morning of Dec. 5, at the intersection of Eagle Lake Road and Route 198, which closed the road briefly. A 2014 Ford C-Max operated by Dean Henry, 70, of Southwest Harbor was turning left onto the Eagle Lake Road. In the glare of sunlight, the driver reportedly failed to see a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500, operated by Michelle Braley, 50, of Trenton heading north on Route 198 through the intersection. The two vehicles collided, resulting in extensive damage, according to reports. The fire department responded to clear leaked fluids from the road. Both drivers were checked by ambulance staff, but not transported.

Police responded Sunday to a report of a deer lying on the side of the road on Route 198. The deer had been struck by a vehicle and was still alive, according to reports, so an officer shot the injured animal and arranged for its disposal.


Bar Harbor

On Dec. 3, police arrested Jennifer G. Wright, 38, at her Bar Harbor residence on a warrant for failure to appear. Wright was transported to Hancock County Jail.

A downtown business reported Dec. 4 that a fence on its property had been vandalized. Police determined that the fence was on town property, according to reports, and that it had been damaged accidentally by the town’s sidewalk snow blower.

Police responded on Dec. 4 to a report of an injured deer on Eden Street near the Ferry Terminal. An officer shot the injured animal and arranged for someone on the town’s list to pick it up to use the meat.

Concerned passersby reported a young girl walking unescorted on Eden Street the afternoon of Dec. 5. The child was picked up and reunited with her parent, police said.

Following a traffic stop past midnight Saturday morning, Shayna Engelhard, 36, of Lamoine was arrested on a charge of OUI.

Saturday morning, a 2000 Volkswagon Golf operated by Teagan White, 23, of Bar Harbor was traveling west on the Crooked Road when the driver reportedly lost control and rolled into a ditch. The vehicle was towed and the driver was checked by paramedics.

A 2018 Subaru CrossTrek operated by Allan Pappas, 73, of Mount Desert was travelling south on Route 3 near the Schooner Head Road intersection Saturday afternoon, when it reportedly struck a deer that had entered the roadway. There was damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle, but it was drivable. No injuries were reported. The deer ran off.

Tracy Hicks, 51, of Tremont was arrested Sunday evening on charges of operating under the influence and operating without a license.

A passenger’s sneeze was blamed for a rear-end collision Monday on Route 102. A 2017 Nissan Sentra operated by Artem Maksutov, 30, of Ellsworth was travelling south when it slowed for turning traffic. Stephen Eddy, 57, of Trenton, was driving a 2006 Honda CRV behind the Sentra and was reportedly distracted when a passenger in the Honda sneezed, failing to notice the slowing traffic. The Honda struck the Nissan, according to reports, and both vehicles were towed. The fire department responded to clean up leaking car fluids, while police directed traffic. No injuries were reported.


Southwest Harbor

A needle was found in the woods near a Main Street gas station Dec. 4. An officer disposed of it at the police station.

Family members called police after a woman in her sixties reportedly verbally threatening them on Friday afternoon. When police arrived, the woman voluntarily went to the hospital in an ambulance.

Sergio Heese, 32, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence after being pulled over for erratic driving on Bass Harbor Road on Saturday around 1:30 a.m. A passenger in the car, Todd Lear, 47, of Tremont was summonsed on charges of violating conditions of release by consuming alcohol, assault on an officer and refusing to submit to an arrest. On their way to be processed at the county jail in Ellsworth, Lear was released to the hospital because of medical issues, police said.

Police received a report of a person falling in their apartment and needing help around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. An officer assisted an ambulance crew to lift the person onto a bed at the home but they refused to be transported for treatment.

Firewood was reported stolen from a Long Pond Road home on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. About half a cord was missing, according to reports.

Alaina Reagan, 31, of Southwest Harbor was not injured when the 2009 Toyota she was driving reportedly hit a deer on Seawall Road around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The deer died upon impact, police said, and the car had some damage.

A gunshot was reported in the area of Seawall Road on Sunday around 6 p.m.

An officer assisted a man with his wounded dog on Monday night, helping the man bandage an open wound on the dog’s leg until the owner could bring the dog to a veterinarian.



When deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance around 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, they found no crime had been committed and the people had separated from one another, according to reports.

A resident from Trenton went to the sheriff’s office to file a harassment complaint on Dec. 4 around 5 p.m. A deputy agreed to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office to see if they could serve a harassment notice to the person being accused of harassment.



Doris Thomas, 58, of Southwest Harbor was not injured when a deer ran into Tremont Road and collided with her 1993 Jeep Cherokee. No damage to the Cherokee was reported. Deputies did not report on the fate of the deer.

A 2016 Honda Pilot driven by Heather David, 43, of Bernard had to be towed after reportedly striking a deer on Tremont Road Friday morning. The deer had suddenly jumped in front of the vehicle, according to reports, and was killed in the collision.

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