MDI Police: Flaming Undershirt Lights Way

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A Surry teen burned pieces of his undershirt to help find his way out of the woods after becoming lost Sunday evening.


According to ranger reports, the 18-year-old was hiking with an adult family member on Beech Mountain when they became separated after reaching the summit around 6 p.m. The teen apparently lagged behind his companion while hiking down to their car at the pump house at Long Pond. He was reported missing at about 8 p.m.

At approximately 10 p.m. a Southwest Harbor police officer found the teen unhurt walking along Route 102 on the other side of the mountain. He apparently hiked back to the summit and down a step cliffside trail to the east and emerged on the state road. Along the way he took off his undershirt and burned strips of it either to signal for help or assist seeing his way in the dark, rangers said.

Bar Harbor

A 16-year-old Bar Harbor boy was arrested March 16 on charges of gross sexual assault and violating conditions of his probation. The boy allegedly sexually assaulted an underage male relative. The alleged assault occurred some time within the past year, Sgt. David Kerns said. The boy, whose name is being withheld by police because of his age, is currently on probation for convictions of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, police said. He remains locked up in juvenile detention and is due to be arraigned in May.

Kevin King, 52, of Bar Harbor and Australia, was arrested March 18 on a charge of domestic violence assault and summonsed on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing. Mr. King was arrested on the Crooked Road, outside of a house where his alleged victim had gone to seek safety.

Firefighters responded Monday to a report of a possible chemical spill at the ferry terminal on Eden Street. The cause of the report turned out to be cleaning products that had been thrown away and had leaked into a metal trash receptacle. The garbage truck driver who reported the spill told emergency medical service workers he was lightheaded from the odor. He was examined at the scene and released.

Holly Greason, 20, of Bar Harbor, was summonsed Saturday on a charge of possession of alcohol by a minor by consumption.

A 15-year-old Bar Harbor boy was arrested Sunday on a charge of criminal mischief after allegedly attacking his father’s truck with a baseball bat.

Tabor A. Horton, 21, of Surry, was summonsed Sunday on a charge of speeding on Route 3.

A male and female involved in an altercation in front of a Cottage Street restaurant March 17 were warned not to consume any more alcohol.

Meryl Sweeney, 27, of Mount Desert, was summonsed Saturday on a charge of operating while under the influence following a traffic stop on the Eagle Lake Road.

A large lobster bait spill took place on Eden Street on March 16.

Steven R. Dewitt, 36, of Oakfield, was summonsed Sunday on a charge of speeding on Route 3.

A cardboard box flew out of the back of a utility truck traveling on the Eagle Lake Road March 17, almost causing an accident.

Police borrowed a small have-a-heart trap from Acadia Wildlife Foundation to help an Atlantic Avenue resident trap a squirrel that had gotten into her house.

The owner of the Cottage Street building where the Rite Aid pharmacy is located complained March 19 that a beverage distributor was trespassing in the parking lot behind his building by making a delivery to an adjacent business through his fence door. Police advised the complainant that the matter was a civil issue.

A large, copper tank was reported stolen March 18 from a seasonal residence on Route 3.

Shain Cook, 32, of Lamoine, was summonsed Tuesday on charges of speeding and for operating with an expired state inspection sticker on the Knox Road.

A caller reported 12 napkins being thrown out of a bus March 18.

Two women were warned for criminal trespass March 19 following reports of a fight at a Crooked Road residence.

Police issued 19 warnings for speeding and other moving violations this week. Two minor traffic accidents were reported, one of them involving a deer. Police dealt with reports of several loose dogs this week.

Southwest Harbor

Andrew Kuti-Hellmer, 22, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed March 18 on charges of operating after suspension and possessing a suspended license.

Also on March 18, Sheila Hanlon, 21, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed on a speeding charge.

A woman reported March 17 she found hypodermic needles along the road at the bottom of Long Hill.

George Lirakis, 63, of Harborside was summonsed March 17 on a speeding charge.

A seventh-grade boy complained March 17 that a man in a vehicle had given him the finger as he was walking near the intersection of Trap Mill and Seawall roads.

James Norwood, 44, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed March 17 on a speeding charge.

Mount Desert

Police on Saturday night escorted the state champion Mount Desert Elementary School Jazz Band from Somesville to the school. The band took first place in its division at the state middle school jazz festival.

A Northeast Harbor resident told police Sunday that he believes someone put sugar in the gas tank of his vehicle. The complaint is under investigation.

Jake Pinkham, 22, of Mount Desert was summonsed Saturday on a charge of possessing a usable amount of marijuana.

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