Slow-speed chase ends with charges

BAR HARBOR — A Mount Desert woman is facing several charges after she reportedly led police on a slow-speed chase Aug. 31 that began at the town pier and ended on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.

According to police, Julie Romer, 45, was attempting to trespass on a boat tied up to the town pier when she was spotted by Harbormaster Charlie Phippen. Confronted by the harbormaster, Romer fled, driving off in her vehicle. Police located the vehicle downtown and attempted to stop Romer, who continued to drive. Police eventually were able to get Romer to stop near the Bear Brook picnic area on the Park Loop Road by blocking her vehicle using police cruisers.

Romer was summonsed on charges of eluding an officer, reckless conduct and driving to endanger.

A Bar Harbor woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly stabbed a man with a dinner fork at a High Street residence.

Nancy Knight, 58, was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic violence assault and booked into the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. The victim did not suffer serious injury, according to Lt. David Kerns.

A resident complained Monday that his neighbor was weed-whacking and shining a vehicle’s headlights at his home at 2 a.m. Police advised the early morning landscaper that taking retaliatory action when an issue arises is not the best course of action and to call the police instead.

A complaint of shots being fired Saturday evening at a store at the head of the island proved unfounded. The “shots” turned out to be someone banging on a metal trash receptacle.

Police arrested three people for impaired driving last week.

Justin Dowd, 32, of Waltham, Mass., was arrested Monday on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

On Sept. 1, Robert Hanscome, 25, of Bar Harbor was arrested on an OUI charge as the result of a traffic stop on Norway Drive. Hanscome also was charged with operating after suspension.

Jeffrey Woodbury, 56, of South Portland was arrested Aug. 30 on an OUI charge.

Cash was reported stolen Sunday from a wallet at a business. Police have a suspect, and charges are expected.

Troy Bickford, 47, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Aug. 31 on a charge of operating after suspension.

A 2012 Hyundai driven by Marjory Russakoff, 60, of Southwest Harbor had to be towed after it struck a deer Aug. 30 on Route 102. Russakoff was not injured, police said.

Southwest Harbor

A 24-year-old resident was summonsed Saturday following an incident at a home on the Clark Point Road.

Angela Micucci was summonsed on an assault charge after she allegedly pushed another person.

The theft of services at an auto repair business was reported Aug. 31.

Also on Aug. 31, the rear window of a vehicle parked at a business was reported smashed.

Mount Desert

A 2010 Honda sustained significant front-end damage when it hit the back of another car on Aug. 30 on Route 198.

According to police, Michel Kohl, 37, of no given town in Luxembourg, had stopped for a vehicle turning into the Parkman Mountain parking lot when his 2016 Toyota was struck from behind by the Honda driven by Elizabeth MacDonald, 17, of Mount Desert. No injuries were reported.

A kayak was reported missing Aug. 30 by a Somesville resident.

On Aug. 29, police escorted an uninvited raccoon from the pantry of a Seal Harbor residence and back outdoors.


A Machias man was arrested for alleged drunken driving as the result of a sobriety checkpoint Saturday on Thompson Island.

Justin Cirrincione, 30, was arrested on an OUI charge and taken to the Hancock County Jail.

A resident reported Saturday a phone scam involving his electric service.

According to the sheriff’s department, the reporting party said he received a call saying his electrical service was going to be disconnected unless he paid over the phone. The man did not give any financial information to the caller.


Damaged and missing mailboxes and damage to fences along the Bernard Road were reported Saturday.

A Tremont woman suffered injuries to her arm as the result of trying to stop her car from rolling Saturday on the Bernard Road.

According to the sheriff’s department, Ruth Lynk, 68, had stopped in a parking lot and got out of her 2012 Dodge minivan without putting the running vehicle in park. While the Dodge was rolling, Lynk got back in but hit reverse instead of park, sending the vehicle into the side of a parked 2016 Chevrolet owned by Nancy Hinckley, 69, also of Tremont.

Lynk was treated at the scene. Both vehicles sustained damage.

Acadia National Park

Rangers at a sobriety roadblock on Route 3 on Thompson Island on Saturday night arrested one man for alleged drunk driving and another person on a marijuana charge.

Richard Boyd, 62, of Southwest Harbor was arrested on a charge of OUI. He was taken to the county jail in Ellsworth. At the same roadblock, Rochelle Carlson, 23, of Indian Island was summonsed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (PCS).

Rangers made another arrest on a charge of OUI at Thompson Island on Aug. 26. David Tonini, 50, of Mount Desert was charged with drunk driving in that case. He also was summonsed on a charge of having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Other park visitors summonsed recently on a charge of PCS for alleged possession of marijuana included Harry Coffin, 27, of Levant, Shanna Watson, 31, of Gardners, Pa., and Walter Ely, 54, of Maine.

Two motorcyclists reportedly operating recklessly on the Park Loop Road were stopped by rangers on Aug. 30. Joseph Prevete, 22, and Phillip Prevete, 48, no address listed, each were summonsed on charges of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.

Operators of large recreational vehicles ran afoul of park regulations recently. Christopher Ellison, 62, of Mill Valley, Calif., was summonsed on Aug. 23 on a charge of violation of a closed area for taking his rig up the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road.

Christa Manning, 44, of Massachusetts, was cited on Aug. 24 on a charge of failure to control a motor vehicle after her RV allegedly hit a parked vehicle and drove away without stopping.

Reported violation of the park’s alcohol rules resulted in rangers issuing several tickets in the past week.

Aaron Riva, 25, of Maine, was cited on Aug. 28 on a charge of consumption of alcohol in a closed area at the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Alcohol consumption is prohibited in parking lots, on beaches and in areas marked with signs.

Nichola Colantonio, 21, of Hebron, Conn., was summonsed on Aug. 22 on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Aniket Bhattacharya, 27, of Michigan, was summonsed on Sept. 3 on a charge of alcohol in a closed area at Sand Beach.

Several visitors were summonsed on charges of illegal camping recently. They include Richard Earl, 38, of Vermont on Aug. 31; Sara Curley, 24, no address listed on Sept. 4 at the Seawall Picnic area; Monther Alshiabani, 24 of Massachusetts at Sand Beach on Sept. 5; and Thomas Panivoni, 27, of New Jersey on the Schooner Head Road on Sept. 5.

Virginia Morse, 19, of Maine, was summonsed by rangers on Sept. 4 on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Evan Parton, 33, of Massachusetts was summonsed on Sept. 1 on a charge of leaving a campfire unattended.

Patuary Zillurarhman, 32, of Minnesota was summonsed on Sept. 5 on a charge of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.

Among those charged with speeding recently were Michael Smallidge, 59, of New York; Sapan Sharma, 32, of West Berlin, N.J.; and Ravi Kiran Thuma Satyanarayana, 26, of Connecticut.


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