Island Police Log: Stuck truck chain reaction

BAR HARBOR — A tractor-trailer stuck on the icy incline of the intersection of Eden Street and Eagle Lake Road was eventually able to move again and clear the scene by the time police arrived on Jan. 31. However, another accident happened while the tractor trailer was stuck.

A line of stationary vehicles had formed behind the tractor-trailer. A 1996 GMC 1500 plow truck operated by Levi Carpenter, 38, of Glenn Cove pulled out of the line of traffic and moved in the empty oncoming lane to approach the tractor-trailer and offer the driver assistance. As the GMC moved alongside the line of stopped traffic, a 2015 Toyota RAV SUV operated by Nancy Wagstaff, 55, of Trenton reportedly pulled out to pass the tractor trailer. The GMC reportedly sideswiped the Toyota with the plow, damaging the driver’s side of the vehicle and pulling off the front bumper. The Toyota was towed but plow truck was undamaged. No injuries were reported.

On Jan. 29, police found a snowmobile helmet off the road near the Eagle Lake Boat Launch, and contacted the Park Service.

Austin Orecchio, 24, of Morristown, N.J. was summonsed on a charge of criminal speeding Jan. 29 after reportedly driving 71 mph in a 40 mph zone on the Schoolhouse Hill section of Route 3.

Police responded to a report of a domestic fight at a Bar Harbor residence Jan. 30. Officers found that the conflict was verbal only, according to reports.

On Jan. 30, a 2014 Ford F-150 operated by Charles Bradford, 76, of Bar Harbor reportedly struck a parked 2010 Toyota 4-D as it pulled out of a parking space in the MDI Hospital parking lot. The Toyota, owned by Brenda Beckett, 55, of Seal Harbor, had minor damage to the rear bumper. No injuries were reported.

A single vehicle crash in slippery conditions on Norway Drive the evening of Jan. 30 resulted in a car being towed. A 1998 Volkswagen sedan operated by Brett Duley, 17, of Bar Harbor was traveling southeast when it slid off the road to the right, striking a tree. The airbag deployed. The Volkswagen sustained significant front end damage, but no injuries were reported.

A 2018 Ford van operated by Joshua Harriman, 24, of Jackson was heading south on Route 3 in icy conditions the morning of Jan. 31. When the van stopped to make a left turn, it was reportedly struck from behind by a sliding 2009 Dodge pickup operated by Brandon Moulton, 32, of Bucksport. There was minor damage to both vehicles.

A 2015 Subaru Impreza operated by Diana Alley, 61, of Southwest Harbor was heading south on Route 102 when a 2017 International plow truck operated by Matthew Welsh, 23, of Ellsworth, reportedly turned left onto Route 102, striking the driver’s side of the Subaru. Welsh was plowing and did not see the other vehicle, police said. The plow truck was undamaged, but the Subaru was towed.

A car was towed the afternoon of Jan. 31 after reportedly striking a telephone pole off Eden Street. A 2016 Mazda CX-5 operated by Melinee Dsilva, 25, of Ellsworth was heading north when it lost traction when the road curved to the right, and slid off the road to the left. No injuries were reported.

Two men were warned for smoking marijuana in Grants Park Friday afternoon.

Saturday night, police stopped a car on Main Street for expired registration. After the driver admitted to drinking, police arrested him on a charge of driving under the influence. However, at the police station, the driver tested negative for alcohol and drugs, and the arrest was dropped.

Sunday afternoon, police asked a man to leave the premises of a medical facility, at the request of staff. According to reports, staff had already requested him to leave, and he did not cooperate. He left without incident when asked by police.


Mount Desert

A deer was reportedly struck on Pretty Marsh Road Jan. 29 by an eastbound 2014 Nissan Rogue operated by Amy Tolman, 25, of Scituate, Mass. There was minor damage to the vehicle, but no injury. The deer ran off.

A 2018 Subaru Crosstrek operated by Anna Kennedy, 45, of Northeast Harbor was heading south on Harborside Road Friday afternoon when it hit a patch of ice, overcorrected twice, and slid off the road, striking a utility pole. The pole was undamaged, but the Subaru was towed.

A dog was found in Seal Harbor near Jordan Pond Road Sunday morning, and brought to the police department until the owner came to bring it home.


Southwest Harbor

A woman reported being harassed by a man from Chester around 10 a.m. on Jan. 30. She left property that belonged to him at the police station for his family to pick up. Police warned the man not to have any further contact with the woman.

A woman reported harassment from a Bangor man Jan. 30 at her house. He drove by calling her names, according to reports. When police arrived at the location, the man had already left.

Stephen White, 49, of Tremont was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension and for violating conditions of release around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday. One of the conditions of White’s release, according to police, is that he is prohibited from driving.

Timothy Wiggins, 36, of Frenchboro was pulled over for a missing license plate light around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday and arrested on an outstanding warrant for allegedly failing to pay fines. Wiggins was also summonsed on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license.

A television box was reported stolen from a residence Monday. It is unknown how long the box has been missing, according to police, and there are no suspects at this time.

Monday evening, a woman reported damage to her 2010 Toyota sedan that was legally parked in a parking lot.



When a 49-year-old man called the sheriff office with questions regarding a custody agreement dispute around 2 p.m. on Jan. 30, he was encouraged to file for contempt of court.

A 2002 Ford Focus driven by Emma Keenan, no age given, of Ellsworth ended up in the ditch after sliding into the rear of a 2007 Honda Accord driven by Ethan Laplante, 29, of Bangor. A deputy reported the road was covered with packed snow, which contributed to the crash that happened around 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 31. Laplante had slowed to turn into Industrial Way and Keenan was unable to slow down in time. The Accord was driven from the accident while the Focus needed to be towed. No injuries were reported.

Brewer Police Department requested the sheriff office serve a summons to a woman they believed lived in Trenton. After investigating, it was determined the woman lives in Eastbrook and the request was passed on to state police.

A large mailbox was blamed for obstructing the view of Charles Dabb, 78, of Ellsworth when his 2007 Toyota Tacoma collided with a 1998 Toyota Avalon operated by Benjamin Bowden, 21, of Orrington on Friday around 3:15 p.m. Dabb was pulling out of a parking lot just off Industrial Way in his Tacoma as Bowden was driving by. Bowden’s passenger side was damaged, as was the Tacoma, but both vehicles were driven from the scene. No injuries were reported.

A deputy served a temporary protection from harassment order to a man around 7 p.m. on Friday.



John Harkins, 68, of Tremont was summonsed for operating an unregistered vehicle for more than 150 days around 2:15 p.m. on Jan.29.

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