Island Police: Officers log busy week for giving trespass warnings 

Southwest Harbor 

When an employee didn’t show up for work in time on Sept. 22 around 10 a.m., their employer called police concerned for their safety. According to the report, the employee was found and they were fine.  

Unidentified pills on the grounds of Pemetic Elementary School were called in by a member of the staff on Sept. 22 around 11:30 a.m. They were later identified as dietary supplements and disposed of, according to police.  

Police received a report around 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 about a vehicle in town in which the occupant was possibly doing drugs. When an officer searched the area where the vehicle was seen, he learned it had left town.  

After searching the Main Street area, an officer was unable to find a vehicle reported with a possibly impaired driver reported on Sept. 23 around 9 a.m. 

Police received a report on Sept. 23 around 2:30 p.m. of a possibly impaired driver in a white van who had just entered town. When an officer located the van at Seal Cove Shops on Seal Cove Road, he spoke with the driver who showed no signs of impairment. 

A man was reported for being on a person’s back porch on Seawall Road without the homeowner being at home on Sept. 23 around 5:45 p.m. When an officer found the man, he was warned for trespassing. 

On Sept. 24 around 10 a.m. following a brief investigation, Danielle Shepard, 40, of Tremont, was issued several summonses for allegedly operating after suspension, illegal attachment of plates, possession of schedule Z drugs and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses.  

Attempts to find the owner of a credit card found in town on Sept. 24 around 2 p.m. were unsuccessful. Police contacted the credit card company and put the card in storage.  

No one was injured and both vehicles could be driven away from a collision on Main Street on Sept. 24 around 2:30 p.m. A 2002 Ford Taurus, driven by Daniel Venable, 61, of Tremont, had stopped to allow pedestrians to cross at a crosswalk when a 2013 Ford Truck was unable to stop in time. The truck, driven by Robert Williams, 54, of Hancock, hit the rear end of the Taurus causing minor damage to both vehicles.  

An officer was going to assist a local business with an uncooperative employee, but the man left before the officer arrived on Sept. 24 around 8:30 p.m. According to the report, police will be issuing the man warnings not to return to the business and to cease any harassment. 

Police responded to the unattended death of a 67-year-old man but reported there was nothing suspicious about the death but that it was likely due to medical complications. 

Police received a report from a resident off Seal Cove Road around 11 a.m. on Friday about suspicious vehicles pulling into their driveway late at night. The resident asked police for extra patrol of the area.  

Utility tampering was reported on Friday around 12:30 p.m. regarding a valve on a main water line on Town Wharf Way being turned off for at least an hour. According to police, the water line was turned back on by the water and sewer district.  

Sand Point Road property owners reported people trespassing around 2 p.m. on Friday and asked police to have the people camping on their land removed.  

A vehicle illegally parked on Clark Point Road was reported on Friday around 2 p.m. It had moved to a legal parking spot by the time an officer arrived.  

An officer assisted Acadia National Park rangers on Seawall Road in a vehicle search on Friday around 7:30 p.m. A citation for an open container was issued by the park service.  

An iPhone, debit card and drivers license were reported lost, possibly at the Southwest Harbor Food Mart, around 8 p.m. on Friday. The items were found later by the person who made the report.  

Police stopped a vehicle because of a defect on Main Street just after midnight on Saturday. As a result, Lela Newbury, 28, of Bangorwas issued a summons for unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.   

A resident went to the police station on Saturday around noon to report a lost tan handbag. After leaving the station, the person returned a short time later to report finding the handbag.  

Police received a report of a neighbor dispute on Saturday around noon. An officer reported the disagreement was civil in nature and passed that information along to the person reporting.  

Open windows at a Main Street business were reported on Saturday around 3:45 p.m. Police contacted a person with keys to the business.  

Police stopped a vehicle for speed around 1 a.m. on Sunday. As a result of the stop, Richard Diver, 28, of Delaware, was issued a summons for violating conditions of release and operating under the influence.  

Police helped to find a possible missing person from Massachusetts on Sunday around 1:30 p.m. after members of their family reported they hadn’t arrived. Later the person had been found and police canceled their search.  

No one was injured and both vehicles could be driven from an accident near Carroll Homestead on Main Street that happened on Monday around 10:40 a.m. A 2020 Hyundai driven by Roberta Sprague, 72, of Mount Desert, was traveling south on the north end Main Street when it collided with a 2016 Subaru driven by Matthew Patten, 27, of Malden, Mass. Patten reported he had pulled to the side of the road and was attempting to turn back onto the road, heading in the opposite direction and did not see the Hyundai approaching.  

An alarm in a building in the area of Fernald Point Road was reported around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. An officer checked the building and it appeared to be okay.  


Around 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, a deputy stopped a vehicle with a registration that had expired near the beginning of 2019. As a result of the stop, Wayne Seavey, 51, of Tremont, was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle greater than 150 days.  

Timothy Cook, 39, of Tremontwas found at his residence on Sept. 21 around 7:30 p.m. and arrested on an outstanding warrant for a probation revocation. Cook was transported to the Hancock County Jail.  

On Sept. 23 around 4:45 p.m., a woman called to report a vehicle had been parked on the side of the road near her home for the last two days. Because it was parked near a bridge, she was concerned for the vehicle’s owner. After researching the information from the vehicle registration, a deputy contacted the vehicle’s owner who lives right near where it was parked.  

A woman who lives on Great Gott Island called on Sept. 23 around 7 p.m. to report a verbal confrontation with a man who also lives on the island. She asked that the incident be documented and did not want any other action taken.  

A woman called to report her cell phone being hacked on Sept. 24 around 5 p.m. A deputy met with the woman to discuss her concerns and she asked to have the information documented for future reference. 

Morgan Black, 40, of Tremont, was arrested on Sunday around 6:20 p.m. and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and falsifying physical evidence. Black was taken to the Hancock County Jail. 


A man called on Sept. 23 around 10 p.m. to report ongoing problems with the neighbor who lives in the apartment above him. According to the caller, the man who lives upstairs had come to his door, yelling at him, accusing him of being loud and waking up his daughter. The man calling felt threatened by the neighbor. A deputy went to the building to meet with everyone and warned them all for disorderly conduct and harassment and told them to leave each other alone. 

When the 2011 Subaru driven by Katrina Willette, 40, collided with a deer on Sept. 21 around 5 a.m. she was not injured. There was damage to the driver’s side of the Subaru but it could be driven from the accident. 

As the result of a probation check on Friday around 11:20 a.m., Austin Kleffman, 32, of Trenton, was arrested for a probation violation. Kleffman was taken to the Hancock County Jail. 

A trespasser was reported by a resident on Friday around 3 p.m. A deputy gave them a verbal trespassing warning. 

Deputies escorted employees of the Department of Health and Human Services to a residence on Friday around 10 a.m. 

As a result of a traffic stop on Sunday around 10 a.m.Sarah Norwood, 26, of Trentonwas issued a summons for attaching false plates. 

A man reported a theft on Sunday around 4 p.m. and asked for the incident to be documented.  

On Monday around 9:15 p.m., a 36-year-old man staying in town made a harassment report.  

When a deputy responded to a report made on Monday around noon of a parking problem involving an 18-wheeler parked in a dangerous location, it was already gone.  

Bar Harbor 

On Sept. 21 at 6:32 a.m., Zachary Taylor, 25, of Mount Desert, was heading north on Main Street when he struck a concrete barricade and picnic table located in a marked parking stall. There was damage to the barricade, picnic table and the 2019 Nissan Frontier Taylor was driving.  

At 4:13 p.m. on Sept. 21, an Audi Q5 operated by Melaine Milan, 37, of Westfield, N.J., was parked in a legal parking spot in a public parking lot on Newport Drive when a 2009 Hyundai Azera driven by Rena LeClair, 17, of Mount Desert, attempted to pull into an adjacent parking space and struck the Audi on the rear driver’s side, causing minor damage. LeClair left the scene without providing information. An officer identified and contacted her to facilitate an exchange of information for insurance purposes.  

Around 4:34 p.m., an out-of-town repo company contacted the police department to advise that they were taking possession of a vehicle.  

On Sept. 21 at 7:31 p.m., an officer got a report of a vehicle trying to drive the coastline at Hadley Point beach.  

Alistair Lewis, 29, of Trenton, was charged with operating a vehicle after suspension following a traffic stop on Eden Street at 10:21 p.m. on Sept. 21. 

An employer called the police because of concern for an employee who had not shown up for work on the morning of Sept. 22. It was determined that the employee had been transported to the hospital for a medical issue earlier that morning. 

On Sept. 22 at 11:21 a.m., a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Christopher Tanis, 41, of Glenburn, was parked on Atlantic Avenue surrounded by orange traffic cones to warn approaching traffic when a 2014 box truck driven by Jeffery Lawford, 33, of Bar Harbor, turned onto Atlantic from Main Street and attempted to pass the Silverado on the left. Lawford sideswiped the Silverado’s driver-side mirror and front corner panel area, sustaining a minor scratch to his own vehicle. No injuries were reported and both vehicles were driven from the scene. 

An officer spoke with a Bar Harbor businessman in reference to barricades blocking access to employee parking off Main Street on Sept. 22 at 4:41 p.m. After speaking with several business owners, it was found that the barricades had been placed in the alley leading to a parking lot because of large potholes and exposed underground piping. The property owner was notified of the issue and said it would be fixed the next day. 

On Sept. 22 at 11:26 p.m., officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance taking place in the area of Kebo Street. Robert Soinski, 31, of Parma, Ohio, was arrested and taken to Hancock County Jail without incident. 

At 7:51 a.m., the police department took a report of people putting up signs on utility poles on Sept. 23. Later that same day, another report came in regarding the signs. 

An Eden Street business owner reported damage to a hotel room at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23. After an investigation, the incident was determined to be civil in nature. 

At 11:51 a.m. on Sept. 23, a property owner reported a dog on their property and wanted the animal picked up. In route, the officer ran into the owner who was looking for the dog. The owner went and picked up the dog. 

On Sept. 23 around 5:13 p.m., a 2003 Volkswagen GTI driven by Brian Wood, 29, of Bar Harbor, was heading east on State Highway 3 in the area of Knox intersection when traffic slowed to allow vehicles to turn onto Knox Road. Wood attempted to swerve around the vehicles and left the road onto a grassy area, striking a highway sign before coming to a stop. No injury was reported, but the vehicle sustained disabling damage to its front end. 

On Sept. 24 at 9:19 a.m., an officer spoke with someone at a business who was trying to get property back from a former employee. 

At 7:58 a.m. on Saturday, the police department took information on a possible stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located and no charges were filed. 

At 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, someone called to report a male walking in Bar Harbor with an open alcoholic beverage. 

Officers responded to a noise complaint around 10 p.m. Saturday at a local apartment complex. The individual was issued a warning for disorderly conduct. 

Early Sunday morning, a resident reported that someone was camping in a vehicle in town, but the vehicle was gone when an officer arrived. 

At 3:42 p.m. on Sunday, an officer took a complaint about a person riding a bike on private property. 

Mount Desert 

At 2:14 a.m. on Sept. 21, an officer observed a vehicle trunk had been left open with no one around.  

On Sept. 23 around 10:35 a.m., an officer stood by while a driver changed a flat tire. 

On Sept. 23 at 4:10 p.m., a local resident advised the police department about past, suspicious activity occurring on their property.  

An officer spoke to a local resident on Sept. 24 regarding recent tampering to their political campaign signs. 

An officer responded to a report of an ATV being operated on a public road as well as a private road without permission at 3:59 p.m. on Friday. The owner of the ATV was issued a verbal warning.  

On Friday at 4:29 p.m., an officer responded to a report of roaming dogs in Somesville. 

Officers responded to a medical call at 6:07 p.m. on Friday. The patient died in the presence of emergency services personnel and the matter was not considered suspicious.  

Ernest Robbins, 56, of Mount Desert, was arrested and charged with an OUI after a traffic stop at 11:22 p.m. on Friday. Robbins was taken to the Hancock County Jail without incident. 

On Saturday at 4:39 p.m., an Otter Creek resident reported gun shots coming from Northeast Harbor, but the complaint was unfounded. 

A motor vehicle complaint was made at 5:25 p.m. on Saturday. An officer checked with the operator and found that it was a new driver. 

On Sunday, a harassment complaint was made in Northeast Harbor at 10:34 a.m. resulting in another Northeast Harbor resident receiving a cease harassment order. 

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