Police hot on trail of car theft suspect



BAR HARBOR — Police here believe they are close to arresting a man who stole a car last week that was parked on the Indian Point Road.

The owner of a 2013 Subaru returned from a 30-minute walk at the Blagden Preserve to find the vehicle missing. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys inside, said Lt. David Kerns.

Officers from Bar Harbor and Mount Desert quickly were in the area.

“We had units on all sides of that, so he basically couldn’t get away,” Kerns said.

Sgt. Chris Wharff spotted the car on the Knox Road by the Town Hill Market. When Wharff got out of his cruiser to speak with the driver, he drove off, nearly hitting the officer.

The Subaru later was located by Lt. Kevin Edgecomb of the Mount Desert Police Department about half a mile from the store, abandoned, on the Pine Heath Road. Kerns said the many paths in the wooded area made it easy for the suspect to get away unnoticed.

The car was towed and processed for fingerprints and other evidence.

Kerns urges people always to lock their vehicles and take the keys with them.

A resident of Eden Street called police shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday to report an intruder.

Police investigated and found a “heavily intoxicated” woman inside the home. The woman told police she believed she was inside a friend’s house. The intruder was not charged but did get a ride back to the hotel where she had been staying.

A Lamoine man was arrested Sunday after police responded to a report of a group of people on the roof of a West Street restaurant.

The three people involved ran off when police arrived but soon were located. One of the trespassers, Dakota Hatton, 28, of Lamoine, was arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of his release for allegedly consuming alcohol.

Three passengers complained of pain Monday after their vehicle was struck from behind by a 2006 Hummer at the traffic light at the head of the island.

Elizabeth Cata-Holmes, 35, of Southwest Harbor had stopped her 2015 Dodge for a red light when the vehicle was rear-ended by the Hummer, driven by Ariel Thibeault, 26, of Ellsworth.

Police said three children inside complained of pain but were not taken to a hospital for treatment.

Bernard Meunier, 49, of Ashby, Mass., was arrested Monday and charged with operating while under the influence (OUI).

Police failed to locate a man who reportedly threatened people with a knife Aug. 18 near the College of the Atlantic. The suspect, who displayed a fixed-blade knife, is unknown to the people he threatened. The incident remains under investigation.

A missing golf cart from a local hotel was found Aug. 18 hidden on the property. It appears someone decided to take the cart for a joyride.

There were no injuries reported and only minor damage to the vehicles involved in a crash Friday on Route 3.

A 2011 Kia driven by Jane Saflicki, 54, of Trenton struck a 2011 BMW driven by Rory Blaisdell, 21, of Ontario, Canada.

Nicholas Foster, 29, of Ellsworth was charged Aug. 18 with a protection order violation as the result of an investigation by Bar Harbor police. The alleged violation took place at the head of the island.

Passing a bicyclist on a curve near Rodick Loraine Aug. 16 led to a driver sideswiping an oncoming vehicle.

David Gilley Jr., 21, of Bar Harbor reportedly crossed the centerline while passing the bicyclist, causing his 2000 Ford pickup to strike an oncoming 2011 Jeep driven by Pamela Manice, 57, of New York City. The Jeep had to be towed from the scene.

Southwest Harbor

A 43-year-old Southwest Harbor man whom police reminded Saturday morning not to violate the conditions of his release was found to have done so when Officer Franklin Burke did a bail check that afternoon.

Burke happened to see Jason Moody that morning and warned him not to drink or go to a certain residence or he would be in violation of his bail. Moody, according to police, said he would comply.

Around 2 p.m. Burke checked on Moody, determined he had violated both conditions and took him into custody. Moody was booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Neil Long, 23, of Southwest Harbor was arrested Saturday on charges of operating after suspension and violating conditions of release as the result of a traffic stop on Main Street.

A business reported Monday two separate incidents involving the theft of cash.

Mount Desert

A driver from Pennsylvania was arrested Saturday following a traffic stop in Hall Quarry.

Harvey Klinger, 65, of Carversville, Pa., was arrested on a charge of OUI.

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Saturday in Otter Creek near the entrance to the Blackwoods Campground.

According to police, Scot Brine, 45, of Kingston, Mass., was attempting to pass a 1999 Dodge minivan in the right lane when the vehicles collided. Brine’s 2010 Toyota sustained $2,000 damage. The Dodge, driven by Miles Redelsheimer, 54, of Mount Desert, sustained $1,000 damage.

Trenton

An Ellsworth driver is facing several charges as the result of a traffic stop Sunday on the Goose Cove Road.

Tracy Lawonn, 39, was summonsed on charges of operating after suspension, speeding and failure to display a valid inspection sticker.

Swans Island

People illegally camping on a public beach Friday were told to move along.

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