Island Police Log: Online sale shakes up neighborhood

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A suspicious vehicle possibly harassing people was reported on Monday morning driving around the Coast Guard base on Clark Point Road. When an officer located the vehicle, the person driving was trying to contact a person they had arranged to buy something from online.

In a case of phantom drivers, a two-vehicle accident in the parking lot of a Fernald Point Road business was reported around 3:40 p.m. on Feb. 12. There was no one inside either vehicle when a 1999 Ford F250 owned by Ian Jellison, 37, of Southwest Harbor reportedly rolled in a 2013 Subaru owned by Cynthia Booker-Bingler, 62, of Surry. No damage was reported on the truck, but the Subaru’s rear bumper cover was damaged in the collision.

Jorge Rosa, 50, of Ellsworth called to report his vehicle had gone off the road near the entrance to Echo Lake beach around 9 a.m. on Feb. 13. A wrecker assisted Rosa with his vehicle but the responding officer found Rosa’s license to be suspended. He was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.

Around 11 a.m. on Feb. 13, an officer found a car stuck in a snowdrift on Seawall Road. A wrecker was called and pulled the car out and made sure it got home safely.

A 2013 GM truck driven by Robert Currier, 50, of Bar Harbor reportedly backed into a barricade in the Circle K parking lot the afternoon of Feb. 13. Currier was not injured and the truck was drivable, police said.

Police are investigating a report of a vehicle being hit in a driveway off Seawall Road by a private plow truck driver around 3 p.m. on Feb. 14.

A man came to the police station a little after 7 a.m. on Saturday reporting an alleged trespasser on video surveillance of his residence. There was no damage to the property and police are working to identify the person on the video.

Police assisted with traffic flow Saturday afternoon when a wrecker was helping a stranded motorist on Main Street.

When an officer pulled over a vehicle on Main Street around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday for speed and a vehicle defect, a marijuana pipe and alcohol were confiscated. Occupants of the vehicle were minors and didn’t appear to have consumed the alcohol they were carrying, according to police.

Police were called on Sunday around noon to help someone whose car was stuck in a car wash.

Police are investigating a possible theft from a resident’s 401K retirement fund.


Bar Harbor

On the evening of Feb. 10, a small deer ran into Route 3 and was reportedly struck by a 2013 Volkswagon Passat operated by Lindsey Shopland, 53, of Bar Harbor. The Volkswagon had damage to the front and driver’s side, but was drivable. No injuries were reported. The deer died on impact, and was dragged into the woods by police.

A legally parked 2013 Honda CRV, last operated by Lisa Dewitt, 55, of Ellsworth was damaged in a parallel parking accident on Main Street Feb. 11. A 2016 Honda CRV operated by Peter Martin, 24, of Bar Harbor was backing into a spot when it reportedly struck the parked vehicle.

A dog found Feb. 11  on Norway Drive was reunited with its owner.

Police are still investigating a three-vehicle accident on Route 102 in Town Hill the afternoon of Feb. 11. A southbound 2014 Jeep Compass operated by Jasmine Worster, 27, of Norridgewock was starting to turn left from Route 102 into a business when it was reportedly struck head-on by a northbound 2003 Honda CRV operated by William Geel, 65, of Trenton. As a result of the collision, the Compass reportedly struck a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Keith Harrington, 64, of Bailey Island before coming to rest in a ditch off the northbound lane. The Compass and CRV were towed; the Grand Cherokee was damaged but drivable. Worster reported minor cuts and bruises, and Geel was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Harrington reported no injuries.

Police referred a report of a sick fox in a downtown parking lot on Feb. 12 to a game warden, after officers could not find the animal.

A 2009 Toyota Corolla operated by Alaina Reagan, 31, of Southwest Harbor was travelling west on a snow-covered Eagle Lake Road the evening of Feb. 12. According to police reports, the Toyota was travelling too fast for conditions when it lost control on a curve east of the high school and slid off the road, completing a 180 degree turn, and landing in an embankment off the eastbound travel lane. The vehicle had only minor damage and was drivable after being towed back onto the road. No injuries were reported.

Upon receiving a report of a vehicle off the Eagle Lake Road on Feb. 13, police found a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup last operated by Ryan Graves, 46 of Mount Desert with damage to the driver’s side of the pickup truck.

Police directed traffic on lower Main Street the afternoon of Feb. 13 while the highway department worked to get one of their vehicles unstuck.

Robert Kane, 71, of Bar Harbor told police he was plowing his own driveway with his 2015 GMC plow truck Feb. 13 when it reportedly struck his parked trailer, causing minor damage to the truck.

The new traffic light at the intersection of Eden Street and Mount Desert Street was not cycling properly Feb. 13, according to reports. Police switched the lights to flashing and contacted DOT to alert them of the problem.

A 17-year old boy was arrested on charges of domestic violence assault and refusing to submit to arrest the afternoon of Feb. 14 following a reported fight at a School Street residence. He was released to his mother’s custody.

Friday afternoon, a 2012 Subaru Legacy operated by Carmen Greene, 58, of Bar Harbor was travelling south on Route 3 near Salsbury Cove when it hit an icy patch and began to spin. The driver reportedly over-corrected and the vehicle went into the opposite lane’s ditch. The Subaru was towed. No injuries were reported.

Police are investigating a report received Saturday of a broken window at a Main Street business.

A Hulls Cove resident was warned Saturday evening for allowing their dog to run loose in the road.

A vehicle was towed from a snow bank in Hulls Cove Saturday after reportedly losing control on a slippery road.

Police met the MDI High School boys swim team as they returned to the island after winning the Class B Boys State Championship on Saturday, and escorted them to the high school.

A man stopped for reported erratic driving on Eagle Lake Road Saturday afternoon told police he was slowing down for icy patches in the road.


Mount Desert

Police provided traffic control in Somesville on Feb. 14 while the town highway department removed snow.

Police removed a dead deer from the Pretty Marsh Road on Saturday. Due to the deer’s poor condition, it was left on the side of the road.



A woman called to report a town plow truck had struck a telephone pole around 1 p.m. on Feb. 13 on Harbor Drive and knocked wires loose.

A plow truck operated by Tremont town employee Jimmy Schlaefer, 37, of Franklin reportedly struck a utility pole on Harbor Drive the afternoon of Feb. 13. The impact knocked wires loose, according to reports, but when a deputy arrived he found the affected wire was an unused coaxial cable. It was a dead wire attached to an old structure, he said. It had been moved out of the way. There was minimal damage to the pole and no damage to the truck.

Southwest Harbor police assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a bail check on Scott Martin, 56, of Tremont the evening of Feb. 14. Martin was summonsed on charges of violating conditions of release because he had allegedly violated three separate sets of bail conditions from three different counties, according to Chief Deputy Patrick Kane. Martin violated the conditions when he refused to supply a urine sample during the bail check, according to Kane.



Deputies are investigating a referral the sheriff’s office received on Jan. 24 from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Around 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 a man went into the sheriff’s office to report he had been assaulted by his roommate. No criminal charges were filed from the complaint, but the roommate, George Taylor, 38, who was on probation, was arrested on a probation hold at the request of his probation officer. Taylor was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

When the sheriff’s office received a report of a suspicious man in Trenton on Feb. 13 around 8 p.m., deputies were already speaking with him about a different incident.


Acadia National Park

A 67-year-old woman from Worcester, Mass. reportedly fell while hiking down the Gorham Mountain Trail Feb. 12, injuring her leg. She was wearing traction devices at the time of her fall, rangers said. A group of 12 rangers and MDI Search and Rescue volunteers carried the woman on a litter to a waiting ambulance.

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