MDI Police: Trash Bin Fire Suspicious

MOUNT DESERT — The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a suspicious fire that happened Sunday in a trash bin on the Seal Harbor Pier.

Officer Christopher Wharff was patrolling in the area when he noticed smoke coming from the bin. The Mount Desert Fire Department was called and extinguished the fire. Officer Wharff said the fire is believed to have been intentionally set. Evidence was collected and will be handed over to the state fire marshal.

A New Jersey man was arrested Aug. 26 after his fiancée came into an Otter Creek store to ask for help.

Matthew Lorenzoni, 37, of Frenchtown, N. J. was arrested on a charge of domestic violence criminal threatening. The alleged threat reportedly was made while the couple was inside a vehicle.

Walter Brewster Jr., 55, of Carbondale, Colo. was arrested Aug. 26 on a charge of operating while under the influence (OUI) after police responded to a report of a vehicle off the road on Cooksey Drive in Seal Harbor.

Mark Yeo, 22, of Tremont was summonsed Monday on a charge of operating after suspension.

A Northeast Harbor woman reported Sunday that her bicycle, valued at $200, had been stolen from her home.

A Tremont woman was treated at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for minor injuries following a rear-end collision Aug. 26 in Somesville. According to police, Shirley Eaton, 66, was stopped in traffic when her 1992 Ford was hit from behind by a 2009 Honda driven by Eric Neil, 38, of Stowe, Vt. Damage to the Ford is estimated at $3,000; the Honda sustained $500 in damage.

Southwest Harbor

A Florida woman was located and summonsed Aug. 28 for allegedly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident earlier in the month. Brittany Ward, 27, of Boca Raton, Fla. was charged with leaving the scene of an Aug. 10 accident on Main Street.

According to police, Ms. Ward was driving a vehicle that rear-ended another vehicle near Dead River Convenience. Ms. Ward is alleged to have told the other driver that there was no damage and drove off. There actually was damage to both vehicles, Chief David Chapais said.

A Southwest Harbor man was arrested Sunday after his ex-wife complained he had assaulted her.

Jason York, 31, was arrested on a domestic violence charge by Officer Aaron Arsenault. According to the officer’s report, the ex-wife told him Mr. York was intoxicated when she arrived at his home to pick up their son. Mr. York allegedly took the woman’s car keys and grabbed her by the arm.

Ears of corn were used Aug. 27 to entice two pigs running loose in a Marshall Brook Road yard to return home.

Nicholas Sosa, 18, of Tremont was summonsed Tuesday on a speeding charge.

A Causeway Lane resident found a gray-and-blue Avon inflatable boat washed up on the rocks on Sunday.

Tina Lewis, 19, of Southwest Harbor was arrested Aug. 28 on a charge of operating after suspension.

Gregory Connolly, 52, of Tremont was summonsed Aug. 26 on a charge of operating with a suspended license.

Two bicycles were stolen Aug. 25 from a residence on the Seal Cove Road.

Sally Abbott, 30, of Cambridge, Mass. was summonsed Aug. 25 on a charge of speeding.


State police received a complaint Aug. 24 that young drivers were “burning out” on the Tremont Road near the scene of a recent fatal crash. Trooper Christopher Smith responded and noted that the pavement near the scene had numerous black marks from spinning tires. The trooper did not witness any illegal activity while in the area.


A resident reported Aug. 28 that the front license plate on his vehicle had been stolen while parked near Route 3.

Bar Harbor

The owner of a company hired to fly a plane over town with a banner advertising Hollywood Slots casino on Aug. 25 was contacted by Lt. James Pinkham and told that Bar Harbor has an ordinance prohibiting airborne advertising. The man said he would stop the activity, according to reports.

Barry Raymond, 31, of Bar Harbor, was arrested early Sunday on charges of disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest, and criminal threatening after police observed him allegedly starting a fight in the Old Police Department parking lot.

Jay Wilson, 28, of Millinocket, was arrested early Saturday on a warrant after he was found passed out on the sidewalk near Prospect Avenue.

Michael J. Towsley, 45, of Hancock, was summonsed Aug. 26 on a charge of endangering the welfare of a dependent person after allegedly leaving in the middle of his caregiving shift at a Bar Harbor residence and returning home.

A man reported that a garbage truck backed into his vehicle on County Road Aug. 26

Police discovered evidence Aug. 27 that people have been hanging out in a vacant house near the backyard parking lot off West Street. A caretaker with Ocean Properties, the company that owns the house, was contacted.

Heidi Hambrecht, 30, of Otter Creek, was summonsed Aug. 28 on Route 3 on a charge of speeding.

A 12-inch stuffed tiger in a Spiderman costume was reported lost downtown Aug. 28.

Levi Carpenter, 28, of Harrington, was summonsed Aug. 28 on Main Street on a charge of not wearing a seatbelt.

A man reported Saturday that someone had been withdrawing $300 per day from his bank account.

Heavy rains Saturday had firefighters busy responding to multiple reports of basement flooding.

A large sinkhole was reported on the Schooner Head Road Sunday.

An unsecured manhole cover on Eden Street reportedly caused damage to two vehicles Sunday, including to a fire department ambulance.

Police issued 14 warnings for speeding and other moving violations this week. Seven minor traffic accidents were reported, including one involving a deer.

Acadia National Park

Several park visitors found themselves ticketed for alleged alcohol-related offenses last week.

On Aug. 25, rangers summonsed Tyler Ekstrom, 18, Christopher Donohue, 18, and Dana Ress, 18, no listed addresses, on charges of possession of alcohol by a minor. The charges followed noise complaints at a campsite at Blackwoods Campground in Otter Creek.

Three visitors to Sand Beach on Aug. 25 also got tickets. Susan Rodriquez, 41, of Bucksport was summonsed on a charge of providing alcohol to a minor. Ariela Martinez, 18 of Bucksport was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. David Craig, 29, of Bucksport was summonsed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

Clifford Anderson, 27, of Lincolnville, was summonsed by rangers at Blackwoods on Aug. 26 on a charge of damaging natural resources after he allegedly was seen cutting down live trees.

The “Happy For U” bus tour company was summonsed on Aug. 29 on a charge of operating in the park without a commercial operator’s permit.

On Aug. 27, rangers were called partway up the Penobscot Mountain Trail to assist a 78 year-old woman who fell and cut her head while hiking. Crews carried her a short way to a waiting ambulance.


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