Police Log: e-Bike ‘disability’ cheating suspected

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rangers are reporting a recent increase in motorized electric bicycle (“e-bike”) usage on the carriage roads by people claiming a disability when no disability is evident.

E-bikes are prohibited on the carriage roads, except for people with permanent disabilities that prohibit them from using the carriage roads without motorized assistance. People with a disability are encouraged to display a handicapped tag, rangers have said.

The Cadillac summit was closed several times last week due to congestion. On Aug. 16, the summit was closed around noon and 165 vehicles were turned away. On Aug. 19, the summit was closed both at midday, when more than 180 vehicles were turned away, and closed again at sunset.

A minor motor vehicle accident was reported on Paradise Hill Road Aug. 19.

A 7-year-old boy was taken to MDI Hospital in a Northeast Harbor ambulance Aug. 20 after reportedly falling off his bicycle on a carriage road.

Rangers assisted a 25-year-old woman suffering from heat exhaustion at Bubble Pond Aug. 20, according to reports.

A dog fight at Blackwoods Campground Aug. 20 led to one of the dogs going to the vet, rangers said. One dog broke its lead and reportedly attacked another dog that was on leash.

Parents of a 5-year-old took the child to MDI Hospital Aug. 20 for a cut on the head following a “piggybacking accident,” according to reports.

A 64-year-old woman fell and injured her ankle on the Hadlock Brook Trail Aug. 21. She was able to walk out with assistance and a walking boot, rangers said.

Michael Spencer, 58, of Dedham was cited on a charge of possession of marijuana Aug. 21. Separately, Erik Reuther, 22, of Warren, R.I. was cited on a charge of possession of marijuana the same day.

A 19-year-old woman reportedly fell on a bicycle Aug. 22 on a carriage road near Jordan Pond House and suffered minor road rash.

The two campgrounds in the park have installed new speed bumps, rangers said, “to assist in slowing vehicle traffic to increase safety for visitors and staff.”


Southwest Harbor

Karli Dyer, 19 of Hancock was summonsed the morning of Aug. 21 on a charge of speeding. Dyer was reportedly traveling at 55 mph in a 35 mph zone on Seal Cove Road. A small amount of marijuana was also confiscated because of Dyer’s age, police said.

A small ‘camp’ set up on a property near Pemetic Elementary School was reported Aug. 20. After investigating, police are making attempts to notify the property owner, according to reports.

Police received a call on Aug. 21 around 6:45 p.m. from a woman reporting a suspicious person outside her apartment. The woman sounded confused, the dispatcher said. When police arrived, they summonsed Brian Shepard, 40, of Southwest Harbor on a charge of violating conditions of his release by consuming alcohol. The woman who called was also transported to the hospital for evaluation, police said, and a five-year-old child was removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Police assisted with a dispute between roommates in a Forest Avenue apartment Aug. 23. The parties agreed to be civil with one another for the night, according to reports.

A vehicle that had gotten stuck in a Freeman Ridge Road driveway Friday night was pulled out by a wrecker, police said.

A report of a car being keyed, received Saturday morning, is under investigation.

A truck accident at Dysart’s Marina Sunday morning is believed to have been caused by a medical emergency. Police say the driver suddenly became unconscious before the truck rolled backwards down Apple Lane and into a railing of the deck on the marina. The man was transported to MDI Hospital and was still there on Monday, according to reports.

A person was warned by police after reportedly yelling obscenities on Main Street Sunday afternoon.

A Forest Avenue couple were both warned for disorderly conduct Monday afternoon after police received a report of a domestic dispute. The case is still under investigation.

Around 7 p.m. on Monday police responded to a residence on Seawall Road. A woman from the residence had called police, concerned about gunshots, according to reports. When police explained there was a law enforcement officer in the area shooting deer due to a nuisance permit, the woman reportedly made a comment about shooting the law enforcement officer. When police arrived at the house to question the woman, she told them the gunshots and reason for them had shaken her up. Officers left the home after determining there were no safety concerns.



A resident reported people shooting off fireworks the evening of Aug. 21. The fireworks had stopped by the time he called the Sheriff’s Office at 11:15, but the man said he would call back if they started again.

On Saturday a resident reported finding a circular hole cut in the front window of her home around 10 a.m. Deputies reported there were no suspects or clues at the scene.



Following bail checks, Keith Madore, 54, and Brian Madore, 28, both of Trenton, were arrested Aug. 22 on charges of violating conditions of their release. Both were taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

The bail compliance check was a project of a new, multi-agency Hancock County Violent Offender Task Force, according to reports.

Deputies responded to a three-car accident at the intersection of Route 3 and Jordan River Road the morning of Aug. 21 at 8 a.m. Hartley Rogers was driving a 2017 Lexus SUV behind Ira Benowitz in a 1999 Honda Civic, according to reports. Benowitz was following Nicole Fronczak, who was driving a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

All three cars were stopped at the light of the intersection when it turned green. Rogers drove forward when the light turned green, he told deputies. His Lexus collided with Benowitz’s Civic, pushing the latter into the rear of the Volkswagen driven by Fronczak, the report stated.

No injuries were reported and all vehicles could be driven from the accident, but all three were damaged.


Bar Harbor

On August 21, a 2013 Ford F35 operated by Zachary Mitchell, 33, of Bernard, was traveling west on Mount Desert Street when it reportedly struck a parked 2011 Chevy, owned by Nicholas Norwood, 34, of Bar Harbor. The Chevy’s mirror was broken, police said.

A 2017 Toyota Highlander owned by Derek Volkin, 46, of Medford Mass., was parked on Cottage Street on Aug. 21 when it was reportedly struck by a 1997 Chevy Sedan operated by Suzanne Loebl, 93, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The Toyota sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.

An Otter Creek resident spoke to police on Aug. 21 about concerns with motorists speeding through the village.

An Aug. 21 hang-up call to 911 originated from an Old Norway Drive location, where two brothers were reportedly engaged in a domestic fight. Police investigated and determined a fistfight had occurred. A 16-year-old Bar Harbor resident was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.

A 2017 Subaru owned by Lori Alley, 52, of Bar Harbor was parked near the ball field on Park Street Aug. 22 when it was struck by a 2009 Jeep in a hit-and-run. The Subaru sustained minor damage to the front bumper. Alley notified police, who reviewed footage from a camera stationed at the ball field. Police reported that the operator of the Jeep was Jennifer Van Dongen, 40, of Bar Harbor, and warned her for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

A local restaurant called to report three patrons leaving without paying their bill Aug. 22. The patrons were located, and the bill was paid. No further action was taken.

Police conducted a distracted driving detail on Aug. 22 and issued citations to Maya McCabe, 18, no town given, for operating after suspension and possession of a usable amount of marijuana while underage.

A motorist hit and ran over a fawn on Route 3 Aug. 23, according to reports. There was no damage to the vehicle. Police removed the fawn from the roadway.

Police conducted a distracted driving detail Aug.23 and issued eight warnings for speed, distracted driving, and other violations.

On Aug. 23, a 2018 Dodge van operated by William Shepke, 71, of Schaumburg, Ill. was reportedly backing out of a parking spot when it struck a 2006 Toyota SUV operated by Patricia Schwerdman, 28, of Upper Saddle River, N.J. There was minor damage to both vehicle bumpers. No injuries were reported.

Someone turned in a firearm to police on Aug. 23.

A pedestrian was reportedly struck by a skateboard in a downtown crosswalk Aug. 23. The skateboarder had jumped off the skateboard, according to reports, and the board continued rolling down the street. Police responded but were not able to locate the skateboarder.

The operator of an electric bicycle reportedly lost control on Holland Avenue on Friday and was thrown over the handlebars, sustaining a neck injury.

On Friday, items were reported taken from a room of a local hotel off Eden Street. The case is currently under investigation.

A utility wire was reported hanging onto the road on Federal Street Saturday. Police coned off the area and contacted power company Emera Maine.

A small blue SUV was reported traveling the wrong way in the construction zone on Route 3 Saturday. Police did not locate the vehicle.

Police assisted the Fire Department on Saturday when a lightning strike reportedly caused a small woods fire on Lookout Point Road.

Police received several reports of loose dogs this week, and dogs shut in parked cars, and many found items were turned into the police department.

A New Hampshire man was reportedly responsible for damage to construction equipment on Main Street Saturday. James Barous, 31, was summonsed on a charge of criminal mischief.

Police assisted with traffic control on Sunday when a coach bus got stuck trying to go up a steep hill at the entrance to the Bluenose Inn. Police stayed on the scene until a tow truck arrived.

A 2007 Ford Explorer operated by Joan Tyler, 81, of Northeast Harbor, was reportedly backing out of a parking space in a downtown parking lot on Monday when it struck a 1988 Volvo sedan owned by Nathaniel Modert, 37, of Glen Cove. There was minor damage to the Volvo. No injuries were reported.

A 2019 Havana Scooter operated by Dian Boslet, 59, of Ashville, Pa., was traveling north on Holland Avenue at low speed on Monday when it tipped over, causing minor injuries to the driver’s ankle and hand.


Mount Desert

A 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon operated by Joseph Kavanagh, 69, of Lake Luzerne, N.Y. was traveling north on Route 102 in Hall Quarry Aug. 22 when it reportedly struck a deer. There was minor front-end damage to the vehicle. The deer ran away from the scene and Kavanagh was not injured.

Police stopped a driver for failure to stop for a stop sign, and failure to stay in lane Aug. 23. As a result, Gabriel Olsen, 25, of South Thomaston, Conn., was arrested on a charge of OUI.

Zakari Charette, 20, of Northeast Harbor was arrested Aug. 23 on a warrant from Penobscot County District Court on a charge of failure to appear.

Alisa Gilliham, 27, of Kansas City, Mo. reportedly lost control of the scooter she was operating on Sound Drive on Friday, resulting in a broken arm.

A bicycle operated by a 16-year old collided with a 2011 Audi operated by Caroline Kobbe Willis, 23, of New Canaan, Conn., on Oak Hill Road Monday. The cyclist suffered minor cuts, and the Audi sustained slight damage. There was no damage to the bicycle.


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