MDI Police: Ice Sends Vehicles Skidding

BAR HARBOR — Three people escaped uninjured from a single-vehicle accident on Route 3 on Jan. 26 that left substantial damage to the van they were riding in.


Karen A. Ressel, 50, of Bar Harbor, was traveling south near the head of Mount Desert Island at about 8 p.m. with her two sons, when, according to police reports, she lost control of her 2005 Toyota van on the ice-covered road. The vehicle crossed the centerline, went down an embankment, and rolled over. Ms. Ressel and her sons, all of whom were wearing seatbelts, were not injured in the accident. The Toyota sustained an estimated $7,500 in damage, police said.

Forty-five minutes later, after Ms. Ressel’s husband Stephen, 55, parked the family’s second vehicle at the scene, the Subaru wagon slid into the back of the police department’s unmarked Dodge cruiser, which had been driven to the scene by Lt. James Pinkham. Neither vehicle was damaged. Police blamed the mishap on the icy roadway.

Sam Buck, 20, of Bar Harbor, was arrested Tuesday on Route 102 on a charge of operating while under the influence OUI. Mr. Buck was summonsed on charges of operating without a license and driving to endanger.

Brent Lockhart, 19, of Franklin, was arrested Saturday night on Route 3 on a charge of violating the conditions of his release to obey a nighttime curfew. Mr. Lockhart was summonsed on a charge of possession of liquor by a minor.

A person who reported being stuck in an elevator at the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust building on Main Street on Jan. 28 managed to get free just as firefighters began to arrive on the scene two minutes after the call came in.

A Federal Street resident reported Jan. 27 purchasing a laptop computer from a person in Ohio through the website Craig’s List and never receiving the merchandise.

Firefighters responded to two reports of structure fires the afternoon of Jan. 28. Both were false alarms. On Ledgelawn Avenue, what was thought to be smoke proved to be the result of an active clothes drier vent, fire chief Dave Rand said. On Prospect Avenue, a malfunctioning furnace was found belching smoke and steam.

Slippery road conditions caused police to shut down the Eagle Lake Road for a short time Jan. 28 while waiting for sand from the highway department. Vehicles were unable to make it up the hill near the Kebo Valley Club.

A horse found loose in the Knox Road was quickly retrieved by its owner Sunday.

Police issued 13 warnings for speeding and other moving violations this week. Two car/deer accidents were reported.

Swans Island

Police here expect to make arrests in conjunction with burglaries at four vacant summer cottages.

According to Chief Jerry Michaud, the break-ins occurred some time before Christmas but weren’t discovered until mid-January. There are suspects and arrests are pending, the chief said.

Chainsaws, a .22-caliber rifle, a handgun and other items were taken in the burglaries.


A Southwest Harbor woman was charged with driving to endanger following a single-vehicle accident Jan. 25 on Route 3.

Louisa Mead, 51, was charged after the 2005 Volkswagen she was driving left the road and struck a utility pole. Ms. Mead was unresponsive at the scene and taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth for treatment. The Volkswagen is considered a total loss.

Mount Desert

A woman reported Monday that an adult male had made inappropriate remarks to her 8-year-old daughter. Police noted that the man is temporarily away from town and would be warned upon his return to have no contact with the girl.

Paintballs damaged several buildings in Somesville. On Saturday, a homeowner reported his home was hit by paintballs. On Tuesday, a business owner said the business and a sign had suffered the same fate.

Police failed to locate the source of a gunshot Jan. 27 on the Joy Road in Northeast Harbor.

A tree fell on a rental car parked in a Northeast Harbor driveway on Jan. 25. The person who rented the vehicle was told to notify the rental company.

Southwest Harbor

Police received a report  Sunday that vandals had broken a window in a door to a vacant home off Main Street. Lieutenant Mike Miller investigated and believes the damage was caused by the wind blowing the door open and not by vandals.

A Southwest Harbor man was summonsed after police responded Jan. 29 to a report of a disabled vehicle near a downtown bank.

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

Aaron Bernstein, 40, of Tremont was summonsed Jan. 27 on a charge of failing to stop for a stop sign.

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