Island Police: Target practice triggers calls to police

Southwest Harbor

Gunshots near Ellis Boat Company on Seawall Road were reported on Nov. 2 around 4 p.m. When an officer checked the area, he found a man and his son target practicing in a safe manner.

An officer reported patrolling at the election polls just after they opened on Nov. 3 while people were casting their votes.

Gunshots on Seawall Road were reported on Nov. 3 around 3 p.m. An officer explained it was, again, a man and his son target practicing and that it was being done safely.

A caretaker for a seasonal home reported a fence panel missing from the property on Nov. 4 around 10:30 a.m. Following an investigation, the fence panel was found on a neighboring property, apparently blown there by the wind, and was returned.

On Nov. 5 around 6 a.m., an officer escorted an oversized tractor trailer truck through Main Street.

An alarm going off at a home on South Causeway Road was reported around 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 5. When an officer responded to the address, the alarm had stopped.

A car/deer accident was reported around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the area of Main Street and Fernald Point Road. According to the report, while William Dohmen, 75, of Bar Harbor, was traveling south on Main Street in a 2007 Toyota Camry, a deer ran into the road in front of the car. There was damage to the front end of the Camry, but it could be driven from the accident. The deer died from the impact, but no human injuries were reported.

When officers responded to a domestic kerfuffle on Freeman Ridge Road around 9 p.m. on Nov. 5, everyone involved was warned for disorderly conduct. According to the report, the incident was verbal only.

On Friday around 8 a.m., a local boat business asked police for help escorting a large boat from Manset to Mountain View Road. The escort was conducted without incident, according to police.

An officer attempted to serve a protection order on a resident around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday but could not find the person. He tried again on Sunday and, again, could not find the person.

Police were asked to check a VIN number on Saturday around noon for a motorhome that a Vero Beach, Fla., resident was looking to purchase.

Officers helped with an ongoing investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office around 1:15 p.m. on Saturday by looking for possible stolen items in a cemetery off Cape Road in Tremont.

An officer helped a resident retrieve their belongings from a former domestic partner’s home around 8 a.m. on Sunday.

A dog bite was reported around 9 a.m. on Monday. The person who was bitten was checked by ambulance personnel but was not taken to the hospital. They instead went to the medical clinic in town for treatment. According to police, the dog was current on its shots.

Four lost hikers from Maryland were brought back to their vehicle by officers from Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert around 7:30 p.m. on Monday.


A woman called the sheriff’s office around 1 a.m. on Oct. 30 after her daughter’s boyfriend came to their house and refused to leave. While the mom was on the phone with a dispatcher, the boy left and she said there was no need to respond to the address.

A resident called the sheriff’s office on Friday around 7:30 p.m. about a problem with a former tenant who was very slow in removing belongings from the rental. According to the report, when the caller confronted the renter, they were given an attitude. A lieutenant with the sheriff’s office spoke with the landlord to explain their rights and, during that conversation, the tenant finished packing and left the property.


When a deputy responded to a report of multiple suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of Edward’s Brothers on Route 3 around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, the vehicles had left.

Just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 4, a deer crossed Route 3 in front of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Michael Kane, who was not able to avoid hitting it. Kane was not injured in the accident, but the deer died and was tagged before being given to another resident.

A business reported theft by patrons on Nov. 4 around noon. According to the report, the incident is being investigated.

One vehicle in an accident that was reported to have happened on Route 3 near Oak Point Road on Nov. 4 around 2:30 p.m. did not stop and could not be found.

Deputies responded to a motor vehicle complaint on Friday around 6:45 p.m. that started on Route 3 and continued onto the Jordan River Road in Lamoine. According to the report, a small grey car was operating erratically, traveling into the opposite lane, into the ditch and sideswiping a guardrail. When the driver, Roger Sargent, 36, of Sullivan, was found in Lamoine, he was arrested on charges of operating under the influence and driving to endanger. Sargent was taken to Hancock County Jail and was also given a summons for possession of a schedule Z drug. The car was towed from the scene.

Bar Harbor

On Oct. 30 around 5 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle that the Ellsworth Police Department was looking for. After the officer identified the woman driving, and at the request of the investigating officer, she was issued a summons charging her with theft.

On Nov. 3 at 4:21 a.m., an officer assisted a citizen whose vehicle was stuck in the roadway.

A passing motorist reported a driver possibly stuck on MacFarland’s Hill on Eagle Lake road around 7 a.m. on Nov. 3 during the snowstorm. An officer drove through the area but did not find stuck motorists.

On Nov. 3 at 8 a.m., Katie Norwood, 34, was heading downhill on Frenchman’s Hill Road toward the intersection with Crooked Road when she lost control of her 2014 Chevy due to snowy road conditions. Norwood entered Crooked Road and struck a 2003 Ford driven by Dave Harper, 63. Minor damage to the Chevy resulted, but no injuries were sustained.

At 4:11 p.m. on Nov. 3, the police department received a report of kids playing near the road and throwing objects into the roadway towards vehicles.

On Nov. 4 at 4:28 a.m., Kevin Frates of Bucksport, driving a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 on State Highway 3, saw something “weird” in the road and swerved to avoid it, hitting an open sewer manhole with the vehicles rear tire. The truck sustained extensive rim damage and was towed. No injuries were reported, but Frates was warned for operating an unregistered vehicle with expired temporary plates.

At 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 5, a 2019 Subaru Outback operated by Mary Parham of Lamoine struck a deer on State Highway 3 in Bar Harbor due to poor visibility caused by fog. Though sustaining extensive damage to the passenger side front end, the Subaru was operable and no injuries were reported. The deer ran off.

On Friday at 9:15 a.m., an officer was advised of a traffic crash at the intersection of Hancock and Main streets in Bar Harbor. Jacqueline Carter, 28, of Bar Harbor, was pushing a stroller, which held her 4-month-old, when she was hit by a 2019 Subaru driven by Judith Povich, 72, of Ellsworth. Carpenter was injured and walked to the hospital, where the officer met up with her and her baby. Povich was making a left-hand turn onto Hancock Street from Main Street and did not see Carter pushing the stroller. No charges were filed.

A 2019 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Deborah Blank, 67, of Bar Harbor, hit a parked 2020 Jeep Grand owned by Jeffrey Hall, 62, of Bar Harbor, on Friday at 7:36 p.m. on Cottage Street, while she was attempting to park. There were no injuries, but the Jeep was towed from the scene.

At 6:08 a.m. on Sunday, an officer responded to a noise complaint because machinery was being operated prior to the time allowed by the town ordinance. The owner of the machinery was notified and told of the complaint.

Residents in the area of Pirates Cove reported hearing gun shots on Sunday around 12:38 p.m. After investigation, the gunshots were found to be coming from a group target shooting in a nearby quarry.

At 2:23 p.m. on Monday, a resident reported hearing sounds coming for an upstairs apartment that was closed up for the winter. Officers checked on the apartment at the owner’s request and found everything to be OK.

Mount Desert

An officer located a knocked-over pedestrian sign at 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 3 and notified the highway department.

An officer worked a security detail at the polling station at the Somesville Fire Department on Nov. 3. No issues were reported.

An officer assisted Mount Desert Fire Department on Nov. 3 at 8:46 a.m. regarding a report of lines on fire.

At 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 3, officers responded to a downtown Northeast Harbor business in reference to a report of a possible trespassing/burglary in progress. A male subject was located in the business when officers arrived, but he was released when the business owner declined to press charges.

On Nov. 5 at 9:44 a.m., an officer retrieved an item of value from the ocean, and the owner is trying to be identified.

A property owner notified the police department on Nov. 5 at 12:29 p.m. that someone previously barred from their private property was now allowed to be there.

At 2:19 a.m. on Sunday, an officer picked up a man who was walking down the road and organized a ride home.

On Monday at 8:39 a.m., an officer logged an investigation into some vandalism to new construction in Northeast Harbor.

An officer performed a well-being check on Monday at 10:17 a.m. and made a referral to Adult Protective Services as a result.

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