Scientific name sparks search

BAR HARBOR — Police here see a lot of strange things while patrolling local roads, but even veteran officers must have been shaking their heads when dispatch received a call Sept. 28 saying there was “an injured Haliaeetus leucocephalus” on the Old Bar Harbor Road near the MDI Biological Laboratory.

Lt. Jim Pinkham failed to find any bald eagle in distress. Haliaeetus leucocephalus is the taxonomic name for the bird of prey.

A passenger on a Downeast Transportation bus was treated for minor injuries she suffered Friday in an accident in the Hannaford parking lot on Cottage Street.

The driver, Norma Valente, 55, of Ellsworth, was making a turn in the parking lot when the bus struck the rear hatch of a 2011 Honda. The owner of the Honda, Kevin Kall, 51, of Hudson, was loading groceries into the back of the vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to close the hatch before it was struck. Kall received a cut from the broken rear window of the Honda but declined treatment.

The bus passenger, Michelle McLeod, reportedly complained of shoulder and neck pain and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

On Monday, a woman directing a tourist bus out of a parking area on West Street was struck by a car.

The victim was knocked down by a 2016 Kia driven by Barbara Simmers, 59, of Louisiana, who said she was using the backup camera and failed to see the woman. The victim at first said she was fine but, at the urging of her employer, went to Mount Desert Island Hospital and was treated for contusions.

A 16-year-old boy is facing charges after police responded Sept. 29 to a report that he was damaging property at his home and stealing items. The boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was summonsed on charges of theft and criminal mischief.

Someone thought they got a good deal on firewood last week, but it might have been a misunderstanding.

A resident who reported missing wood told police Sept. 29 she had put a table in her front yard with a sign stating the item was free. Police believe the person who took the firewood assumed it was free as well.

A 2003 Chevrolet pickup sustained extensive front-end damage Sept. 27 after the driver swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

Zachary Hutchins, 24, of no given town in Maine was driving on the Crooked Road when his truck left the road and struck a tree.

A traffic stop on Route 3 Saturday for erratic operation led to the arrest of a Trenton man for alleged drunken driving.

Zane Beesley, 34, was arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

A Mariaville man was arrested Sept. 29 for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Mighles Manheim, 27, was arrested on an OUI charge and summonsed on a charge of possessing a useable amount of marijuana.

Zachary Austin, 25, of Bangor was summonsed Sept. 28 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Southwest Harbor

Three male juveniles were summonsed Saturday on alcohol-related charges as the result of police investigating a complaint of underage drinking behind a home and stopping the vehicle they were in.

The youths, a 17-year-old from Southwest Harbor, a 17-year-old from Tremont and a 15-year-old from Bar Harbor, were charged with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. The Southwest Harbor youth was driving and also summonsed on a charge of illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor.

A residential theft reported Monday is under investigation.

Mount Desert

Police responded to the report Friday of a black Jeep driving on Seal Harbor Beach but failed to locate the vehicle.

Lt. Kevin Edgecomb stood by Monday until a towing company driver arrived to open the door of a vehicle inside which a child had been locked. The child was not in danger.


Shane Elliot, 38, of Saco was summonsed Friday on a charge of possessing a useable amount of marijuana as the result of a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy.

The owner of a rental property reported Sunday a theft from the unit.


Casey Henderson, 44, of Trenton was arrested Sept. 27 on a warrant charging him with default in payment of a fine. Henderson was booked into the Hancock County Jail and later released on bail.

Swans Island

A contractor reported Friday that tools were missing from a work site.

Acadia National Park

Lee Shafer, 39, of Harrington was cited by rangers on Sept. 21 on a charge of alcohol in a closed area at Lakewood. He also was summonsed to court on charges of possession of a controlled substance (PCS) for marijuana, indecent exposure and indecent conduct.

Joseph Franczek, 67, of Vermont was summonsed by rangers on Sept. 23 on a charge of violation of a closed area.

Jason Lindelof, 32, of Wisconsin was summonsed by rangers on Sept. 23 on a charge of illegal camping at the Schooner Head Overlook. Kate Weins, 28, of Olathe, Kan., was summonsed on the same charge in connection with that incident.

Eric Zabukobec, 43, of Apopka, Fla., was cited on Sept. 24, on a charge of having alcohol in a closed area at Sand Beach.

On Sept. 24, James Doheny IV, 77, of Cheshire, Conn., was cited on a charge of violation of a closed area for operating a recreational vehicle on the Cadillac Summit Road.

Several visitors were issued speeding tickets on West Street Extension on Sept. 24. They include Jonathan Stewart, no age or address listed, and Jennifer Ward, 49, of Peterborough, N.H.

Timothy Davis, 60, of Winter Harbor was cited by rangers at Frazier Point at Schoodic on Sept. 26 on a charge of illegal use of a metal detector. Detectors are not allowed anywhere in the park.


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