Island Police Log: Truck takes itself on a ride

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A layer of ice made for slick conditions around town on Jan. 24. Several single-vehicle accidents occurred.

Around 7:45 a.m. police received their first call from a man who said his truck had been outside in his driveway one minute and was gone the next. An officer who responded is unclear if the 2017 Silverado had recently been driven, but the unoccupied truck did slide from its parking spot, down the slope of the driveway, and then collided with a tree in the yard. The rear of the truck was damaged in the collision. According to the officer, the truck was in gear.

A second call came in around 9:45 a.m. from Sheila Woodard, 30, of Southwest Harbor after her 2015 Nissan Rogue rolled over on 3 Rod Road. According to the report, Woodard was driving down an ice-covered hill when she lost control of the vehicle, which rolled onto the driver’s side. A 3-year-old child was restrained in a car seat in the Rogue and was not injured. Woodard had a minor cut on her leg that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was towed and is considered a total loss, police said.

A third call came in around 1:30 p.m. when a woman reported her vehicle had slid off Wesley Avenue and into a ditch. The vehicle was towed from the ditch and had only minor damage.

Chief Alan Brown met with a man on Jan. 22 around 9 a.m. who had received a possible scam letter. The letter was from a Canadian bank and said a relative of the man had died and left a bank account with an open beneficiary status. The letter claimed the man would be entitled to a portion of several million dollars and wanted him to make contact.

On Jan. 22 around 5 p.m. an officer assisted the fire department with an odor investigation on Clark Point Road. The smell of propane was traced to tanks within the Coast Guard compound that were running low on fuel, an officer reported.

An abandoned 911 call that last hit the Freeman Ridge cell tower was received by Hancock County dispatch and turned out to be a medical call. An ambulance responded to the call.

A 45-year-old Bangor man was warned for harassment several times Sunday and Monday at a Jody’s Acre Road residence. Around 9 a.m. on Sunday an officer met with a woman who was concerned about harassment from this man, her ex-boyfriend harassing her.

Later that day, the same man was reported banging on the door of the residence, according to an officer. Police issued a no trespass warning and told the man not to return to the property.

Damage to a vehicle at the same property was reported Monday morning. A suspect has been identified in the incident, police said, but no charges have yet been filed.

Again on Monday around 5 p.m., police received a report from a person at the Jody’s Acre Road residence about the same man trespassing. Police issued him a warning and he left, according to reports.

A dog owner was warned for dogs making noise following a complaint after 10 p.m. Monday.

An officer responded to Shore Road for a trespassing complaint around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The man who allegedly trespassed was not present. A no trespassing warning is waiting to be served to him, according to the officer.


Bar Harbor

In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, a Ford Ranger operated by William Renault, 19, of Bar Harbor, reportedly struck a deer crossing West Street Extension. The deer ran off uninjured, and the Ranger not damaged.

Joshua Yoder, 25, of Brewer was summonsed on a charge of domestic violence assault Jan. 21. The assault is alleged to have happened two days earlier in a residence, when Yoder reportedly grabbed a domestic partner by the arms during an argument. Police noted bruising to the victim’s arms during their investigation, according to reports.

A deer collision the night of Jan. 21 resulted in no injuries and minimal vehicle damage. A 2014 Ford F-150 operated by Ryan Littlefield, 23, of Northeast Harbor was travelling east on Route 3 near Pirate’s Cove when the deer collided with the vehicle, then ran off.

A vehicle was towed the morning of Jan. 22, following a collision on Eden Street. A 2013 Chevy Spark operated by Helena Bader, 24, of Bar Harbor, was entering the road from a parking lot when it reportedly struck a passing 2013 Dodge Avenger operated by Jordan Nicole Horrocks, 23, of Havre De Grace, Md. Bader reported there was ice on the side and rear windows of her vehicle, which prevented her from seeing. The Dodge was towed due to rear end damage and a deflated tire. The Chevy had some damage to the front passenger side. No injuries were reported.

Police responded to a report of a deer with a broken leg on Jan. 22 on West Street Extension, but were unable to find the animal.

A trailer stuck in the ice at the intersection of Eden Street and Eagle Lake Road on Jan. 22 was freed with help from volunteers using a tow strap, and sand thrown under the tires. Police directed traffic around the trailer as the volunteers worked.

The afternoon of Jan. 22, a 2010 Dodge sedan operated by Hunter Campbell, 19, of Winslow was travelling north on Schooner Head Road when it reportedly slid off the road due to slippery conditions. The Dodge had minor damage to the undercarriage, but was drivable. No injuries were reported.

Also on Jan. 22, a 2011 Toyota Tacoma operated by David Byers, 46, of Lamoine went off Mount Desert Street and hit a snowbank. Byers said he was trying to avoid striking an unidentified vehicle that had pulled out in front of him. The truck had some damage to a bumper.

Fabian Gaynor, 29, of Ellsworth was summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension Jan. 23 after police recognized him pumping gas and stopped the vehicle when he drove away.

The morning of Jan. 23, a deer ran into Route 3 near Stony Brook Way, and was reportedly struck by a southbound 2018 Toyota Prius operated by Todd Little, 55, of Ellsworth. The vehicle had minor front end damage, the deer ran off and no injuries were reported.

The afternoon of Jan 23, a deer entered Route 3 on Dreamwood Hill in front of a 2003 Honda Pilot operated by Samuel Leonardi of Northeast Harbor. The vehicle reportedly struck the deer, sustaining front end damage. The deer was injured but crawled into the woods, police said. No injuries were reported and the car was drivable.

An accident between parked cars in an icy downtown parking lot was reported on Jan. 24. At an unknown date and time, an unknown vehicle reportedly struck a parked 2016 Toyota Prius owned by Kristen Cameron, 47, of Bar Harbor. The impact reportedly caused the Prius to slide on the ice into a parked 2014 Subaru XVCros owned by Jeremy Vroom, 25, of Lamoine. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.

On Jan. 24, police stopped a dump truck on Indian Point Road in Town Hill that had reportedly lost some of its load while passing through Trenton. The operator agreed to go remove the rocks from the road.

Trevor Klopfstein, 18, was arrested Jan. 24 in his Bar Harbor residence on a charge of unlawful possession of Xanax without a prescription.

On Friday, police discovered a deep pot hole on Route 102 in Town Hill, and notified MDOT.

A motorist reported a possibly injured deer off Eagle Lake Road on Friday. Police arrived to find the deer had left the area.


Mount Desert

The evening of Jan. 21, police assisted the Mount Desert Highway Department with traffic control while they removed snow in Somesville.

On Jan. 23, a Mount Desert business reported receiving a bad check from a local resident. The matter is under investigation.

A tree was reported in the roadway on Pretty Marsh Road Jan. 24. Police contacted MDOT to remove it.

Police set cones around a downed telephone wire on Pretty Marsh Road on Friday, and contacted the phone company to repair the line.

A deer-vehicle accident on Sound Drive was reported after the fact on Friday by the operator, Steve Weed, 50, of Mount Desert. There was no visible damage to the vehicle, and the deer ran off.

Police issued a deer tag on Saturday for a deer that was killed in a nonreportable auto accident in Mount Desert. The car was undamaged, so the police report did not include that information. The deer was given to a local resident.

A group was warned for disorderly conduct after reportedly playing loud music in a public park after midnight Sunday morning.



A woman reported to the sheriff office on Jan. 23 around 9 a.m. that a friend of hers had damaged the door to her apartment when coming inside. A deputy reported it was a civil matter between the apartment owner and the tenant. The woman said the apartment owner had asked her to call the sheriff office to have the incident on record.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible domestic disturbance around 10:45 p.m. on Friday. When they arrived, there had been no physical assault and both parties were intoxicated, according to the report. The homeowner requested the deputies remove one woman from the home and be given a ride to her home.



The evening of Jan. 21, for the third time in a week, a deputy responded to a call about a man dressed in dark clothing walking on the side of the road on Route 3. Because of the cold temperature, the deputy gave the man a ride to Ellsworth, according to reports.

The Ellsworth Police Department served a cease harassment notice and a no trespassing notice to a resident on Sunday around 4 p.m. A deputy assisted the department in serving the notices.

Regina Charette, no age listed, was arrested at a local residence on an active warrant on Sunday around 7 p.m. Charette was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

A deputy spoke with a woman on Monday around 7 p.m. about an elderly relative who lives in Trenton. She was concerned for the relative’s ability to care for himself and asked about available resources to assist him, according to the report.

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