Lincolnville police blotter
Lincolnville — Lincolnville police reported the following activity for the period ending July 22, 2012:
Chief Ron Young responded to a reported theft complaint on Richards Road. The complaint is under investigation.
Chief Young responded to a reported complaint of fish — herring — that had been spilled along Atlantic Highway. The Department of Transportation was notified and cleaned up the spill on the state highway, as is protocol.
Chief Young conducted a traffic stop on Camden Road. The driver was warned for operating with an unsecured load; Young followed the vehicle to the driver’s residence on Greenacre Road to make sure it made it there safely.
Chief Young conducted a parking enforcement detail at Norton Pond. Young issued two written warnings for improper parking of boat trailers.
Chief Young was notified by Belfast Police Department of a fuel drive-off; the vehicle was reportedly traveling south on Atlantic Highway. No contact was made with the vehicle.
Chief Young received a fraud complaint. The complaint was forwarded to the proper jurisdiction's agency as the complainant was not from Lincolnville.
Chief Young conducted a radar detail at a citizen’s request on Camden Road. Young issued three written warnings for speed; all operators were traveling at no greater than 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. More radar details will be conducted in this vicinity in the future, according to police.
Chief Young responded to Morrison Drive for service of paperwork. The subject was not at the residence.
Chief Young conducted an OUI roadblock detail on Camden Road with Maine State Police Troopers Lt. David Tripp, Trooper Don Webber, Detective Chris Tremblay, Sgt. Jason Richards and Corp. Jason Madore. The combined effort resulted in 149 total vehicles stopped and checked; and included eight administered field sobriety tests. Two arrests were made for operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs; citations issued included three civil drug violations, one seat belt violation, two moving violations and one non-moving violation. Fifteen written warnings were issued, mainly for moving violations.
Anne Fenner, 63, Bangor was issued a citation for an expired inspection sticker by Chief Young on Camden Road.
Griffin McGovern-Johnson, 27, of Lincolnville was issued a citation for operating with studded snow tires out season by Chief Young on Camden Road.
Chief Young responded to six animal control complaints during the reported activity period.
Inland Harbor Master Report
Deputy Inland Harbor Master Justin Twitchell reports some observations from patrolling Megunticook Lake this season the public should be aware of:
1. Paddle Boards — Many swimmers are using paddle boards and Twitchell advises the law has changed and now states that if you are on a paddle board you must be wearing a life vest or have a life vest on the board. The vest can be strapped to the board. The only exception is if someone were lying on the board and using it as a floatation device, or using their arms or legs to propel themselves. Any other form of propulsion requires a life vest.
2. Maximum Load Requirements — Twitchell also reports encountering numerous vessels that have been breaching the maximum load requirement. Each vessel has a placard in it that states that particular vessel’s load capacity by weight and or number of persons. Please locate this placard and adhere to its posting restriction.
3. The Cliffs — The Cliffs, (Fernalds Neck/Coastal Mountain Land Trust), although clearly posted “No jumping or swimming” are still being used actively. Violators are being told to leave. Repeat offenders could be subject to a criminal citation for trespassing.
4. Headway Speed — Headway speed means the slowest speed a boat can travel and still be able to maintain safe operation and steering. This is required in any area designated by “Headway Speed” marker buoys and within 200 feet of any shore line (to include islands).
Twitchell also reports water testing for bacterial and oxygen levels is being conducted and the results will be posted. The annual Loon Count was Saturday, July 21, and the results of that event will be posted as well. The “Goose Round Up” which takes place annually in the spring went well with numbers consecutive to 2011.
Twitchell would also like to thank all of the people he has encountered on or around the lake that have been so kind and supportive during a difficult transition; he notes we have lost an extremely valuable and knowledgeable man in the passing of Ken Bailey; we will never be able to replace him.