Bill Trotter

According to a woman who lives across the road, “It’s like God picked up the Jeep and launched it at the telephone pole.” 

A Jeep crashed into the pole on Route 3 in Trenton around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. The driver allegedly ran off on foot before showing up, hours later, at a local supermarket and in need of medical care. The man (police haven’t released his name) was taken to an Ellsworth hospital for treatment. Charges are pending.

The highway was shut down and nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers lost power for several hours as police and response crews investigated and cleaned up the accident scene.

At around 9:30 a.m., the Jeep had been towed away but lots of debris remained in the ditch where the vehicle came to rest. Among the items: a boot, a maul, cigarette lighters, empty cigarette packs, a broken pint glass with “Vacationland” printed on it, socks, three black waiter aprons, a black pair of pants, cassette tapes of 1960s pop music, a stick of Old Spice deodorant, key chains (with no keys), both side-view mirrors and the Jeep’s roof rack.

My my, Ellsworth. You sure have changed. #Maine

My my, Ellsworth. You sure have changed. #Maine

One firefighter sprays grime off another Tuesday morning at the scene of a residential garage fire in Trenton.

One firefighter sprays grime off another Tuesday morning at the scene of a residential garage fire in Trenton.

Spring finally starts to stir in #Maine.

Spring finally starts to stir in #Maine.

Sunny skies, mild temps today in #BarHarbor. #mewx

Sunny skies, mild temps today in #BarHarbor. #mewx

Schooner Head during today’s blizzard.

Schooner Head during today’s blizzard.

Ron Swanson sighting in #BarHarbor #pseudopaparazzo

Ron Swanson sighting in #BarHarbor #pseudopaparazzo

If you’re passing thru Ellsworth before 9 p.m., this is a great place fron grub. On Rt.3 going up the hill toward Bar Harbor.

If you’re passing thru Ellsworth before 9 p.m., this is a great place fron grub. On Rt.3 going up the hill toward Bar Harbor.

Somehow I knew it would come to this. #slainte #stpatricksday

Somehow I knew it would come to this. #slainte #stpatricksday

#Maine Misspelling Museum

#Maine Misspelling Museum

Bangor day today. Headed to #Maine Discovery Museum after lunch.

Bangor day today. Headed to #Maine Discovery Museum after lunch.

The scientific term for this phenomenon is ‘bruchdreifachbildungen.’ Read about it at http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/10/news/state/scientist-odd-looking-maine-lobsters-are-not-mutants-and-still-safe-to-eat/

The scientific term for this phenomenon is ‘bruchdreifachbildungen.’ Read about it at http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/10/news/state/scientist-odd-looking-maine-lobsters-are-not-mutants-and-still-safe-to-eat/

Infamous art thief revisits criminal past in Ellsworth, Maine

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At the age of 22, days after he had been caught stealing a grandfather clock from a house in Sullivan, Maine, Myles J. Connor Jr. escaped from the old Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth using a bar of soap he had blackened with shoe polish and carved into the shape of a gun. His freedom lasted only five days, but Connor would go on to compile a lengthy rap sheet that includes the theft of several valuable paintings, as well as assault, drug possession and the shooting of a police officer, among other offenses. He also has been linked to the notorious 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, though he was in prison when it occurred.

Connor, now 71, revisited the former Ellsworth jail on Wednesday with a documentary film crew from Howlin’ Wolf Pictures. Click here to read my story about his visit.

A bar of soap art thief Myles Connor carved into the shape of a gun to use in his 1965 escape from Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, Maine.

A bar of soap art thief Myles Connor carved into the shape of a gun to use in his 1965 escape from Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, Maine.

Sand Beach at @AcadiaNPS #barharbor #maine #Acadia

Sand Beach at @AcadiaNPS #barharbor #maine #Acadia