MDI Police: Repo Woman Hit by Deadbeat

BAR HARBOR — A Bangor man caused a ruckus Tuesday morning when he and another driver were observed racing through town.

As it turns out, Michael Acosta, 28, was speeding through town in an attempt to avoid having his 2003 Saab repossessed by a car dealership, police say. Mr. Acosta took off from Cottage Street when a repo agent from Card Enterprises showed up to take back the vehicle, and was chased through town by the repo woman before getting away, according to reports. Suspecting that he was headed back to Bangor, the Bar Harbor police department notified the Ellsworth police to be on the lookout for Mr. Acosta. He was subsequently pulled over by Ellsworth police, who arrested him on a charge of operating after suspension. He was also summonsed on a charge of driving to endanger, for his actions in Bar Harbor, during which he struck the repo woman with his car.


A two-vehicle accident on the Crooked Road on Sunday saw one driver taken to the hospital and resulted in the total loss of a car.

Sandra Read, 61, was turning left onto the Crooked Road from Old Norway Drive in her 2005 Chevy pickup, pulling a horse trailer, when her vehicle was struck by a 1998 Saturn Sedan coming from the direction of Bar Harbor, driven by Patrick Skeate, 28, also of Bar Harbor. The truck suffered significant damage in the accident, Officer Tim Frost said, while the Saturn was considered a total loss.

Mr. Skeate, who police say was speeding, suffered facial injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Mount Desert Island Hospital. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, Officer Frost said.

A town-owned 2006 Ford pickup sustained an estimated $1,500 in damage on Aug. 19 after it was backed into a telephone pole. Town employee Tony Griffin, 39, of Bar Harbor, was backing up the truck while on a job when the accident occurred. The tailgate of the truck, which was down when the pole was struck, was damaged.

Michael C. McNamara, 39, of Bar Harbor, was arrested Aug. 18 in the old police department parking lot on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI).

Carol Gilley, 46, of Bar Harbor, was arrested Sunday on a charge of harassment at a Woodbury Road residence. Ms. Gilley, who allegedly was intoxicated, was twice warned before being arrested.

A flag was reported stolen from a Cottage Street bank on Aug. 20. A Main Street shopkeeper reported Monday that a number of items had been stolen from the store over the weekend. A woman reported Aug. 20 that several items had been stolen from her hotel room on Eden Street. A theft of cash was reported by a Cottage Street store in Saturday. A Ledgewood Road resident reported that items were stolen from his residence on Aug. 19.

A Maple Avenue resident reported finding a large amount of money in her mailbox on Monday.

Anne H. Lauziere, 30, of Westford, Mass., was arrested Sunday on a charge of OUI.

Thomas O. Dyer, 38, of Bucksport, was arrested Saturday while on foot on School Street on a charge of violating the conditions of his bail not to possess alcohol.

A man and woman were warned for criminal trespass after reports that they were “having relations” on Mount Desert Street on Aug. 19. The same couple was reported several times to the police during the week for fighting with each other. They also were warned Aug. 19 for drinking in public and disorderly conduct.

Micaela L. Ward, 44, of Bar Harbor, was summonsed Sunday on a charge of operating after suspension.

A 17-year-old girl from New York was summonsed Saturday on charges of theft and possession of alcohol by a minor after allegedly stealing a bottle of vodka from a Rodick Place bar. According to reports, the girl was wearing a fake mustache at the time of the theft, and was accompanied by a young man wearing a fake mustache and a Robin Hood-style hat.

A thin and shivering dog found at a guest cabin business on Route 3 was taken to the Acadia Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday.

A flaming puddle of fluid on Route 3 was reported on Aug. 18.

Two men were reported taking money out of the fountain at Agamont Park on Tuesday.

Four people were warned Aug. 20 not to return to the Bar Harbor Club after sneaking into the hot tub there.

A woman who was concerned that her car had been stolen on Aug. 19 was informed that because the car had been parked on private property, it had been towed.

A Cottage Street bar was warned on Aug. 20 for exceeding the noise ordinance.

A man reported on Aug. 20 forgetting a $500 pair of sunglasses in a taxi.

A caller from an Eden Street hotel reported Monday that there was an explosion in the dining room. The caller then said that everything was OK.

Vandalism to a tour bus was reported on Sunday.

Three men were warned for sleeping in public at Albert Meadow on Sunday.

A Mount Desert Street innkeeper reported Sunday that a pickup truck was driven through the inn’s yard, causing damage to a flowerbed and a sprinkler. Beer bottles were also strewn around.

A Bar Harbor man was instructed to pay $1,000 to a Linconville woman last week or be charged with theft by deception after being implicated in a possible Craig’s List scam.

Police issued 10 warnings for defects and other moving violations this week. Six minor traffic accidents were reported.

Mount Desert

A New York woman was transported by helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment after the car she was riding in rolled over Saturday morning in Somesville.

According to police, Jenna Gagliano of Mount Sinai, N.Y. suffered a major injury to her right hand from the crash. Initial treatment was provided at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. The driver, Joseph Gagliano, 45, also of Mount Sinai, and two children in the vehicle were not injured.

Mr. Gagliano was northbound on Route 102 around 8:30 a.m. when he reportedly became distracted by an insect inside the 1999 Mercedes Benz. The vehicle rolled over after Mr. Gagliano overcompensated and lost control after crossing the centerline of the road.

The Mercedes Benz is considered a total loss.

Officer Ken Mitchell directed traffic Monday while a crew removed a hornet’s nest from the traffic light in Somesville.

A man reported Monday that he lost a silver money clip containing approximately $120 cash on Main Street in Northeast Harbor.

Mailboxes were discovered vandalized Sunday on the Bartlett’s Landing Road in Pretty Marsh.

Shawn Marsh, 35, of Tremont was summonsed Aug. 18 on charges of possessing a useable amount of marijuana and for the sale/use of drug paraphernalia.

A wooden sign with the word “Tillinghast” was reported stolen from a Somesville property on Aug. 20. The sign is valued at $300.

Southwest Harbor

A Bar Harbor teenager was summonsed Aug. 19 for the alleged theft of clothing from the Moody Mermaid shop.

The alleged shoplifting was reported when the 17-year-old girl left the shop. Police located her and the missing items at a nearby Island Explorer bus stop.

Nathan Smallidge, 44, of Tremont was arrested Aug. 20 on a charge of operating after suspension. He additionally was summonsed on charges of possessing a useable amount of marijuana and for the sale/use of drug paraphernalia.

Michael McEnroe, 48, and Keith Raymond, 35, both of Tremont, were each summonsed Saturday on a charge of failure to stop at a stop sign.

Dead River Convenience reported Sunday that someone in a gray car drove off without paying for $36 in gas.


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