Island Police Log: Domestic violence arrest

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — After a concerned friend called police regarding a possible domestic violence situation Feb. 20, officers went to the residence to investigate. An officer spoke with a woman who reportedly told police her boyfriend had threatened her. After questioning both people, police arrested Loren Wayne Spurling Jr. 28, of Southwest Harbor on charges of domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence assault.

A call came into dispatch regarding what sounded like “people partying in the woods” in the area of Forest Avenue around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. When officers responded to the area there were no people found making noise.

Following a complaint Feb. 19 and investigation, police warned a resident for reported harassing another person on Facebook.

A woman called around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 about harassment going on between her and a male neighbor. The neighbors agreed to not have contact with one another. But, on Saturday, following several days of reported harassment, Dale Bernaquer, 44, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed on a charge of harassment.

Southwest Harbor Police were asked to respond to the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal on Feb. 20 around 3 p.m. for an active domestic assault. When officers arrived, they found a mother and daughter in a physical fight. Officers collected information about the incident to pass on to the state police.

Around 6:45 a.m. on Friday police received a report of two black Labrador Retrievers at large in the area of the swamp near Gott’s Store. The owner of the dogs retrieved them from the police station.

A woman called police around 10 a.m. on Friday to report that a relative of her ex-boyfriend was holding onto some of her things and not willing to return them. After a call from an officer, the relative agreed to bring the items to the police station, where the woman picked them up.

An officer reported helping a woman get into her locked car around 11 a.m. on Saturday. The officer then helped the woman get a spare key.

Bernard Boisvert, 62, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on a charge of OUI around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Boisvert was transported to Bar Harbor Police Department to be processed and then given a ride home.

A tree was reported down and blocking both lanes of the road on Herrick Road around 5 p.m. on Sunday. The town’s highway department responded and cleared the tree from the road.

Police received a report of a 9-1-1 call from Herrick Road around 6:15 p.m. on Monday. When an officer arrived at the location, he found a child had possession of his mom’s cell phone and had accidentally made the call.

A transformer blowing on Long Pond Road was reported on Monday night around 6:30 p.m. A spruce tree had landed on the power lines and was weighing them down. Emera was called and repaired the damage later in the evening. Traffic was not impeded during the incident.

No damage was reported to a door that blew open, setting off an alarm that was reported around 9:15 p.m. on Monday.


Bar Harbor

Police found an open door while doing a property check at a school in the early morning on Feb. 18. Police checked the building and secured the door.

A dog found loose on Spring Street was brought to the police station Feb. 18 and later retrieved by its owner.

Police stopped a vehicle for driving below the speed limit and drifting within the lane on Route 3 near the Tarn on the evening of Feb. 18. As a result of the traffic stop, Wendy Littlefield, 51, of Northeast Harbor was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence. She was bailed from the police station.

Police warned occupants of two different vehicles for sleeping in their cars in the early hours of Feb. 19, on Eagle Lake Road and in Hulls Cove.

A dead coyote reported was reported alongside the road in Hulls Cove on Feb. 20, but officers could not find it.

Police served multiple subpoenas on Feb. 20.

Police checked on a vehicle parked across from the entrance to Blackwoods Campground the evening of Feb. 20. It turned out to be unoccupied, and National Park staff informed police that the vehicle owner was winter camping.

Following a traffic stop for speeding and weaving in and out of the lane Feb. 21 on Eden Street, Todd Koontz, 33, of Seattle, WA was arrested on a charge of OUI. He was bailed from the police station.

The morning of Feb. 21, police assisted a disabled motorist on the McFarland Hill portion of Eagle Lake Road. Police slowed traffic and coached the driver up the hill.

Police spoke to an intoxicated man on Cottage Street past midnight Friday morning, then learned that he was under bail conditions, including a curfew and restrictions on possessing or using alcohol. As a result, Robert Jackson, 28, of Bar Harbor was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of his release. He was taken to Hancock County Jail.

Saturday evening, police escorted the MDI High School girls’ basketball team from the head of the island to the high school, upon their return from winning the Northern Maine Class B Girls Basketball Championship.

Police assisted a disabled motorist who had blown out two tires striking a pothole on Route 102 in Town Hill Saturday night. The vehicle was towed and police notified MDOT of the pothole.


Mount Desert

Police received a complaint of a vehicle travelling slowly and along the center line of Eagle Lake Road, the evening of Feb. 18. Police located the vehicle in Somesville and spoke to the driver, who reported driving cautiously due to slippery road conditions.

The morning of Feb. 20, a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan operated by James Gonzales, 68, of Mount Desert, reportedly drove into a snow bank off Hall Quarry Road. The driver reported falling asleep. After being towed back onto the road, the vehicle was drivable and had no observable damage. No injuries were reported.

The afternoon of Feb. 21, police attended to a deer with two broken legs off Route 102 near Echo Lake. Police shot the animal and dragged it into the woods.

Police delivered a bucket of sand to an elderly Sargent Drive resident on Friday.



Deputies served two subpoenas to residents on Saturday.

A resident spoke with a deputy about a snow plowing situation on Sunday around 4 p.m. The deputy offered suggestions, and a phone call was made to the other party involved.



A marital dispute was reported Sunday around noon. Deputies determined no crime had been committed.

Slippery roads sent a 2003 Honda Accord off the road and into a business sign on Route 3 just after 5 p.m. on Monday. The Accord, driven by Rylee Robertson, 18, of Mount Desert was traveling south when it hit a patch of black ice on the road which caused it to spin around in the road before it went off the right side. A Bar Harbor Police officer brought Robertson to MDI Hospital for an evaluation of minor injuries. The Honda was damaged but able to be driven from the accident.


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