Island Police Log: Mangy coyote reported

Mangy coyote reported


Bar Harbor

Around midday Dec. 31, police responded to a report of a mangy coyote near the American Legion Hall on the corner of Cottage Street and Roberts Avenue. Police did not find the animal.

Early morning Jan.1, police stopped a vehicle on Cromwell Harbor Road for failure to signal. As a result of the traffic stop, Onofrio Varano, 35, of Quebec City, PQ, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence, and transported to Hancock County Jail.

On Jan. 1, police investigated a dead deer on Oak Hill Road, determining that the deer had been illegally poached. Police referred the matter to the Maine Warden Service for further investigation.

The morning of Dec. 3, police assisted the Bar Harbor Highway Department in getting vehicles moved for snow removal on Hancock Street.

A Jan. 3 single-vehicle accident led to minor injuries. A 2000 Ford Ranger operated by Gage Pinkham, 19, of Bar Harbor, was northbound on an icy Schooner Head Road when he lost control and left the road, striking a tree. The driver reported minor injuries to the head, but refused medical transport. The vehicle was towed due to major front-end damage.

A box truck operated by Caleb Graham, 21, of Trenton became stuck in a ditch after sliding off Eagle Lake Road on Jan. 3. Traffic was temporarily stopped while the truck was towed back onto the road. The truck was then able to continue on its way, with no injuries or damage reported.

One vehicle was towed after a two-vehicle collision the afternoon of Jan. 3 on Eagle Lake Road. A 1995 GMC Sierra operated by Henry Muise, 16, of Trenton was travelling south on the snow-covered road when the vehicle it was following began to fishtail. Upon braking, the Sierra was reportedly struck from behind by a 2008 Honda CRV operated by Kyle Nicholson, 17, of Bar Harbor. The Honda was towed due to font-end damage, and the Sierra sustained damage to the rear bumper. No injuries were reported.

A 2015 Ford F150 operated by Owen Mild, 18, of Bernard was towed Friday afternoon following a one-vehicle accident on Old Farm Road. The operator reportedly had switched from four-wheel drive to two-wheel drive when the vehicle lost control and struck a tree. The truck was towed due to damage, and the driver sustained a cut on his hand but refused medical treatment.

Mount Desert

Police removed large ice chunks from the road on Sargent Drive on Dec. 30.

The evening of Dec. 31, a 2005 Toyota Tacoma last operated by Aaron Robidoux, 28, of Sullivan, reportedly rolled from the parking lot of Pine Tree Market, down an embankment and into the closed garage door of Dick’s Body Shop. There was damage to both the vehicle and the garage door, but no injuries. The operator had reportedly exited the vehicle not realizing it was not in “park.”

Police responded to a late report of property damage at a seasonal residence on South Shore Road Jan. 2. The fire department had noticed damage to the door of the residence while responding to a fire alarm the previous day, and informed the caretaker, who in turn informed the police. Police said it appeared that someone was trying to gain entry, but there was no way to prove when it happened.

A Mount Desert resident contacted police on Jan. 2 upon receiving a notice from an out-of-state turnpike authority that he had failed to pay a toll. Police determined it was likely a case of a misread registration plate, and advised the resident to contact the out-of-state agency about it.

A 2014 Nissan pickup truck operated by Christopher Higgins, 55, of Dedham sustained minor front-end damage but was drivable following an accident on snow-covered Route 198 the afternoon of Jan. 3. The truck reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree. No injuries were reported.

The evening of Jan. 3, a vehicle was towed after striking several trees off Pretty Marsh Road. The westbound 2004 Ford F-350 operated by Ariel Thibeault, 28, of Tremont skidded off the snow-covered road. There was significant front-end damage to the vehicle, and the driver reported arm pain but refused medical evaluation.

A 2014 Chevy Cruz operated by Andrew Pierce, 23, of Southwest Harbor, was travelling north on Route 102 in Somesville Saturday evening when he lost control. His car ended up sliding off the snowy road, turning 180 degrees, and coming to rest in a ditch off the southbound travel lane. The Chevy sustained minor front-end damage but was drivable after being towed from the ditch. No injuries were reported.

A Saturday night accident led to an arrest on an active warrant and a towed vehicle. A 2008 Chevy Trailblazer was northbound on Route 102 near Ikes Point when it lost traction, fishtailed and went off the road, striking a stone wall. The Chevy was towed due to rear end damage. The driver, Shannon Nicholson, 48, of Trenton, was arrested on an active warrant out of Hancock County for failure to appear. He was transported to Hancock County Jail. A dog in the vehicle was taken in by Southwest Harbor police, who arranged for pick up.

Southwest Harbor

An officer responded to a report of low-hanging wires on Shore Road around 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 1. When the officer arrived, he noticed the wires had come down across the road and were resting on an unoccupied vehicle in the driveway of a seasonal home. After setting out cones in the road and turning on his emergency lights, the officer stayed on the scene until Emera could come and fix the problem.

On Jan. 2 around 9 a.m. the harbormaster brought two bicycles to the police station that had been parked outside his office for several weeks. The harbormaster did not know who the bikes belong to.

An injured animal was reported at a residence on Seal Cove Road around 11 a.m. on Jan. 2. When an officer arrived at the residence, he found an injured bird with a possible broken wing. Despite being unable to fly, the bird went into the woods on its own.

A female resident asked police to give her a ride home around noon on Jan. 2 after she realized it was difficult to get there on foot because of icy sidewalks and work trucks blocking her route. An officer gave her a ride home.

An officer responded to the parking lot of Beech Cliff Apartments around 9 p.m. on Jan. 2, because of a call complaining about someone playing a vehicle radio too loud. When the driver was asked to turn off the music, the driver did.

An officer heard a fire call for a house on Herrick Road around 10 p.m. on Jan. 2 and went to check out the residence. When he arrived, there was smoke coming from external electrical wires. The officer evacuated a family of four from the house, asked the owners to move their vehicles that were parked under the connecting wires and waited for Emera to arrive. The incident resulted from an electrical surge that shorted out power to the home, according to the officer.

Police received a report of vehicle not stopping for a child in the crosswalk around 3 p.m. on Jan. 3. Police later received a report from a witness who said the child had darted into the road after hesitating and the vehicle did its best to avoid the child in deteriorating road conditions.

Police received a report from Pemetic School around 1 p.m. on Friday regarding a student problem. According to an officer, the child did not take the school’s lockdown drill seriously. The reporting officer spoke with the student about fooling around during serious times and the student agreed to try harder.

A resident called police requesting a call back around 5:45 p.m. on Friday. An officer called the number provided, left a message and has not heard back from the resident.

On Friday just after 9 p.m., Daniel Brown, 36, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

A smoking vehicle in the Circle K parking lot came to the attention of an on-duty officer around 9 a.m. on Saturday. The vehicle had overheated and the owner was dealing with it.

An officer responded to a noise complaint on Clark Point Road around 9 p.m. on Sunday. When he arrived, the officer discovered that a large dog had knocked something over.

A resident came into the police department just after 1 p.m. on Monday to show a nuisance permit issued by the Maine Warden Service. The permit allows the resident to harvest two deer, with some restrictions, and once they are harvested the permit expires for re-evaluation, according to police.

When an officer attempted to serve court papers to a resident around 3:15 p.m. on Monday, he was told the resident had gone fishing and would be gone for about a month.


A deputy responded to a residence around 11 a.m. on Monday because the owner believed someone had been in her home. The deputy discussed home security options with the woman.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, a deputy spoke with a woman who believes someone has been entering her house without permission. She wanted the incident documented.


An Ellsworth man reported a piece of wood in the roadway of Bar Harbor Road on Friday around 6:30 a.m. A sheriff’s deputy responded and removed the wood from the road.

Around 10 a.m. on Friday a woman came to the sheriff’s office with concerns about a protection from abuse order against her husband.

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