Island Police Log: Fisticuffs at post office


SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Road rage was given as the reason for a reported physical fight at the post office on Dec. 27 around 11:30 a.m. When police arrived at the post office, one of the men said the other man involved had left. Witnesses told police it appeared to be a case of road rage. The officer recorded statements from the man who was still present as well as from a witness and has attempted to contact the other man missing from the scene. The investigation is ongoing and police are unsure if the two men knew each other.

Police stopped a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve for multiple defects. Following a field sobriety test, the female driver was taken to the Bar Harbor Police Department for a breath alcohol test. According to police, that test showed a blood alcohol level below the legal limit to operate a vehicle. Police reported the case information will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review.

Christopher Lester, 43, of Southwest Harbor was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 24 on a charge of operating under the influence. He was originally stopped because of an expired registration and a light defect on his vehicle. Lester was processed at the Bar Harbor Police Department.

A package containing an oil burner part was found on Seawall Road and turned in to police on Dec. 26 around 11:30 a.m.

Sun was the reported reason for a fender bender in the Seal Cove Shops parking lot the afternoon of Dec. 27. Lisbeth L. O’Connell, 69, of Old Chatham, NY was driving a 2016 Subaru Forester into the parking lot of the shops when she was blinded by the sun, police reported. Rebecca Gray, 67, of Southwest Harbor was driving a 2011 Subaru Outback and backing out of a parking spot when the two Subarus reportedly collided. Both cars had some damage but were drivable. Gray also reported neck pains but refused treatment.

An officer received a report of a resident being hospitalized for a BB/pellet gunshot wound to the foot the afternoon of Dec. 26.

A cat hit by a car on Main Street was reported on Dec. 27. An officer found the dead cat, which was believed to be feral, and disposed of it.

Dustin Lawson, 29, of Seal Harbor was summonsed Dec. 27 on a charge of operating after suspension. Police had received a report of a vehicle coming onto the island with an intoxicated driver and located Lawson at the Circle K.

Police received a report of fireworks on Trap Mill Road around 7 p.m. on Friday. When an officer located the people setting them off, they were warned for an ordinance violation.



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A woman was warned in the early morning of Dec. 24 on Route 102 for speeding and failing to stop for a police officer. She told the officer she did not feel she could safely stop when she first saw the cruiser lights.

A deer ran into Eagle Lake Road the morning of Dec. 24 and was reportedly struck by a 2016 Ford Explorer operated by Ashley Closson, 28, of Bass Harbor. The Ford had some damage but was drivable. The deer died from the impact, and was tagged and given away.

A 2012 Ford F150 pickup truck operated by Holly Wallick, 43, of Bar Harbor was backing out of a space in a Cottage Street convenience store parking lot when it reportedly struck a parked 2005 Ford Focus last operated by Ralph Hines, 69, of Bar Harbor, causing minor damage.

A 2016 Ford Explorer police cruiser operated by Caleb Mora, 25, of Surry, reportedly struck a gate on Public Works Way around midday Dec. 25. The cruiser was leaving the Bar Harbor Highway Garage when the windshield iced up, limiting the driver’s visibility, when it struck the automatic gate that had not yet opened, police said. No injuries were reported and the cruiser had minor damage.

The afternoon of Dec. 25, police stopped a vehicle with expired stickers on Ocean Avenue in Hulls Cove. As a result, Kelly Kane, 41, of Bar Harbor was summonsed on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle greater than 150 days.

Friday afternoon, police received report of a domestic argument at a Town Hill residence. Police responded and, while talking to the parties involved, one woman reportedly threatened violence on another household member. As a result, Hailee Herbest, 18, of Bar Harbor was arrested on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing, and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

An accident on Eagle Lake Road in a rain/snow mixture Friday afternoon resulted in two vehicles towed, but no injuries. A 2011 Chevy Colorado operated by Joshua Sawyer, 18, of Southwest Harbor was travelling west on the McFarland’s Hill section of Eagle Lake Road when it reportedly began to skid and crossed into the oncoming lane, striking a 2018 Toyota Tundra operated by Eric Roos, 54, of Bar Harbor. Both vehicles came to rest alongside the eastbound lane, and were towed due to disabling damage. Ambulance staff were on hand to evaluate all parties involved. Two young passengers in the Toyota were taken to the hospital for further evaluation, but no injuries were found.

Bryan Maurais, 25, of Tremont was arrested Friday evening on a charge of operating under the influence. He was bailed from the police station.

A rollover accident was reported early Saturday morning in Otter Creek. A 1996 Ford Ranger operated by Vincent Abbott, 45, of Otter Creek was heading north on Route 3 in Otter Creek when it reportedly fishtailed on black ice, over-corrected, drove into a guardrail and overturned. No injuries were reported but the vehicle was towed due to damage.



Two women were warned not to have contact with each other after one reported a harassment issue to the sheriff’s office Christmas eve.

Rhonda Langley, 45, was summonsed on a charge of operating without a license when a deputy stopped her vehicle on Granville Road around 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The stop was originally for expired registration and the registered owner’s license being suspended out of Florida.

Donald Murphy, 62, of Tremont was arrested Monday morning on an outstanding warrant. He was taken to Hancock County Jail.



A car-deer accident was reported on the Bayside Road Saturday afternoon. Christina Boucher, 60, of Trenton was driving her 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van on Bayside Road around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday when a deer reportedly jumped into her lane. The deer struck the front end of the van and caused damage, but Boucher was able to drive it from the scene. As a result of the impact, the deer died in the woods and Boucher reported minor pain on her side. No medical attention was sought.

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