MDI Police: Grenade Shuts Down Parking Lot

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The municipal parking lot on Village Green Way was closed for two hours Oct. 1 while a state police bomb technician removed a hand grenade from a pickup truck.


According to Southwest Harbor police Chief Dave Chapais, a resident went to the police station at about 10:15 a.m. to find out how he should dispose of a hand grenade he discovered in his late brother’s possessions. Once police learned the explosive device was about 30 feet away inside the man’s pickup truck, they cordoned off the area and notified state police and the Southwest Harbor Fire Department. The town office, which is above the fire station, the Southwest Harbor Public Library and nearby businesses were alerted to the potentially dangerous situation.

“We had everybody at a safe distance or under cover,” Chief Chapais said.

Maine State Police Trooper David Barnard, who is a member of the state police bomb squad, arrived shortly before noon. After meeting with Southwest Harbor police and the man who took the grenade to the station, the trooper approached the vehicle and removed the device, which was described as a “pineapple grenade.”

There is some question as to whether the grenade was live or had been deactivated. Police weren’t taking any chances.

“As far as we’re concerned it was a live grenade,” Chief Chapais said.

Live or not, Maine State Police will dispose of the device, the chief said.

People who find potentially dangerous explosive devices or chemicals are asked to call the police department for advice instead of taking them into the station, Chief Chapais said.

Brittany Carter, 23, of Tremont was arrested Monday on a warrant charging her with failure to appear in court.

Peter Benson, 27, of Southwest Harbor was summonsed Monday on charges of operating after suspension and possessing a suspended license.

Mount Desert

A woman reported Oct. 2 that she saw something floating in Northeast Harbor and thought it could be a person in distress. Police investigated and found the object was a marker buoy.

Police warned a man Oct. 3 at the Somesville Library about drinking alcoholic beverages in public.

A 1999 Ford driven by Jack Gilley, Jr., no listed address, of Southwest Harbor sustained about $200 damage in a collision with a deer Oct. 1 on Route 102 near Echo Lake.

A political sign promoting Eliot Cutler for governor was taken Oct. 1 from the lawn from a home on Peabody Drive in Northeast Harbor.

Bar Harbor

An Ohio man escaped injury early Sunday morning when he drove his pickup truck into a tree that had fallen into the road. Ian G. Black, 24, was traveling on Route 102, near the head of the island, when he came upon a large tree that had tipped over, according to reports. Mr. Black swerved to avoid the tree, but it was too late, and he struck it with his 2000 Dodge pickup, causing $1,300 to the front and passenger side of the vehicle. Workers from the Maine Department of Transportation removed the tree from the road.

A door from a service truck traveling on Main Street on Oct. 1 swung free without the driver noticing, striking three cars and causing minor damage.

Ayumi Hatai, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested on Route 3 on Sept. 30 on a charge of operating without a license and summonsed on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Brent Lockhart, 19, of Franklin, was arrested on Route 3 on Monday on a charge of false attachment of license plates.

A 17-year-old boy from Lamoine was summonsed Monday at Mount Desert Island High School on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Indian Point Road resident reported Sunday that her bird feeder was attacked, and some remnants of what appeared to be bear feces was left in the area.

A Sweet Farm Road resident reported hearing gunshots at 3:30 in the morning on Sunday. At the same time, A Norway Drive resident reported hearing firecrackers.

A Ledgelawn Avenue resident reported Saturday finding a bag of marijuana near her mailbox.

Three people this week reported seeing someone that they thought was Pete Peterson, a Southwest Harbor man who went missing late last month. Police followed up on the leads but did not locate Mr. Peterson.

Two people were reported stranded on Bar Island on Oct. 1. Harbormaster Charlie Phippen was contacted. And on Saturday afternoon, two men reported in separate incidents that they were stuck on Bar Island. Acadia National Park was notified.

A woman reported Saturday that one of her car windows was broken overnight while the vehicle was parked at an Eden Street hotel. A car was reported with a slashed tire on Bloomfield Road on Monday.

Part of a pottery machine, valued at $250, was reported stolen Friday from College of the Atlantic.

Police issued 22 warnings for speeding and other moving violations this week. Three minor car accidents were reported. Several car/deer accidents were reported.

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