MDI Police: Inattention Cited in Crash

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Police said driver inattention led to a two-vehicle collision Dec. 31 on Main Street.


According to the report, Margery Stafford, 88, of Tremont pulled her 2007 Subaru out of a parking space and into the path of a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Justin Sprague, 22, of Bar Harbor. No injuries were reported. Damage estimates were unavailable by press time.

Tina Lewis, 29, of Tremont was arrested Dec. 30 on charges of operating after suspension and violating her bail conditions.

Police remind drivers that the winter parking ban remains in effect until April 15. Parking is prohibited on all town roads and parking lots between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate snow removal. The reminder was issued after police received numerous complaints from the town’s public works crew regarding parked vehicles during the latest snowstorm.

Mark Kandutsch, 55, of Bar Harbor was summonsed Jan. 1 on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

The astronomical high tide coupled with large waves washed rocks onto the Seawall Road on Jan. 1.

Meghann Kenney, 31, of Windham was summonsed Sunday on a speeding charge.

Mount Desert

Damage to a 2008 GMC pickup is estimated at $10,000 following a single-vehicle crash Jan. 1 in Somesville.

Robert Massucco, 73, of Mount Desert was driving on Route 198 near the Mount Desert Campground when his pickup left the road and struck a rock outcropping. Mr. Massucco was not injured, police reported.

A green pack basket with five ice fishing traps and other fishing gear was found Saturday on the Hadlock Pond Road by Officer Brian McGinley. The basket is believed to have fallen out of a truck.

A driver who turned left as a vehicle was passing hers reportedly caused a Dec. 30 accident on Route 198 in Northeast Harbor. Police said Chelsea Libitzki, 21, of Mount Desert was northbound when she pulled the 2006 Jeep she was driving into the path of a 1988 Ford pickup driven by Bert Damon, 55, also of Mount Desert. Damage to the Ford is estimated at $3,000 and at $1,500 for the Jeep.

Bar Harbor

A two-vehicle accident on Route 102 on Dec. 31 caused significant damage to both cars but left each driver without injuries, according to reports.

Priya Venugopalan, 42, of Bar Harbor, was stopped on Route 102 in his 2009 Nissan, waiting to make a left turn onto the Kitteridge Brook Road, when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 2003 Jeep, driven by Michael Joyce, 39, of Swans Island, police say. Both vehicles received an estimated $3,000 in damage. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.

Slippery road conditions Jan. 1 contributed to several minor traffic accidents, including a car that struck a pole at the corner of Indian Point Road and Oak Hill Road, a car that went off Route 3 near Hamilton Station, and a vehicle that was rear-ended on Route 102 near the head of the island. No injuries were reported.

Eric Bassey, 40, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was summonsed on Park Street early Jan. 1 on a charge of unlawful possession of fireworks.

A man was warned for drinking in public on Rodick Street on New Year’s Eve.

Traci Remick, 40, of Trenton, was summonsed Monday on a charge of speeding on Route 3 and warned for an expired registration.

Highway department workers removed a tree that had fallen into the Indian Point Road Dec. 29.

MDI Towing was contacted regarding a vehicle parked in front of a Cottage Street driveway Jan. 1. A car parked on Millbrook Road that was blocking snow removal was towed Jan. 2.

Empty propane tanks at a Cottage Street shop caused reports of a strong propane odor Saturday.

A resident found an injured owl in the middle of Mount Desert Street Sunday. Police contacted the Acadia Wildlife Foundation and arranged to transport the owl there.

A Highbrook Road woman reported sliding off her driveway into a tree on her property on Saturday, causing the vehicle’s rear window to blow out.

Police issued 11 warnings for speeding and other violations this week.

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