Coronavirus Madness: Armed neighbors chop down tree to barricade men into quarantine

The Penobscot Bay Pilot of Maine reports that last Friday, March 27, 2020, at approximately 3:35 p.m., a man used a VHF radio system to hail the Coast Guard for assistance at a residence in the area of Cripple Creek Road on Vinalhaven, an island town in the Gulf of Maine.

According to a March 28 news release from the Knox County Sheriffs’ Office in Rockland, ME, the man reported that several people with guns had cut down a tree, blocking the road to his home, and were telling them that they need to be quarantined. The press release said:

While investigating the downed tree, a neighbor started yelling at him and a group of people showed up and began to gather around. Believing the group may be there to harm him, fled to his residence and told his roommates what he had found. The trio decided to stay put in the residence, utilized a VHF radio to hail the Coast Guard for assistance, they had no other means of communication, and utilized their drone to keep an eye on the group until law enforcement could arrive to help them.

Deputies, along with members of the Maine Marine Patrol and a Coast Guard boarding party, made contact with the complainant and discovered that a tree had in fact been cut down and dragged into the driveway to block the way. The vigilante group had dispersed prior to law enforcement’s arrival.

The press release continues:

Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek residents are supposed to be quarantined because they came here from another state [New Jersey] and could have COVID-19. Deputies did investigate this and learned that the trio had been residing on Vinalhaven for about 30 days, which is outside of the guidance issued by state officials, and none have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office says:

“We want to bring to the public’s attention the matter of restricting a person’s movements within the state. Whether someone is a Maine resident or not, they have the right to free movement and anyone who infringes upon that free movement is potentially violating the law.

If you are concerned about someone potentially being infected or not following the emergency rules or recommendations, please contact us. We want everyone to be informed about COVID-19 and the rules around it. We also want everyone to be safe and not overreact in this time of uncertainty as it could end poorly.”

Maine State Rep. Genevieve McDonald who represents Vinalhaven posted this in her Facebook page:

There are two guys from NJ on Vinalhaven who have been renting a house since September while working on a construction job. They went to the mainland, and were targeted because of their license plate when they arrived back on Vinalhaven.

There were words between them and some locals, and the conversation apparently didn’t go very well. A group of local vigilantes decided to take matters into their own hands, and barricade these guys into their rental property. Marine Patrol and the USCG responded, along with Knox Co Sheriff’s Dept.

THIS IS A TREMENDOUS WASTE OF RESOURCES.

Now is not the time to develop or encourage an “us vs. them” mentality. Targeting people because of their license plates will not serve any of us well. Every person, whether local or from away, who leaves the island and comes back puts their community at risk.

Except for in the most extreme circumstances, we do not have the authority to control the movement of US citizens within our borders, and frankly, I’m concerned about the number of people who are eager to hand their rights over to the government.

Note: According to Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking the Wuhan virus and COVID-19, as of last night, New Jersey had 16,636 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 198 deaths, while Maine had 275 confirmed cases and 3 deaths.

~Eowyn

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William
William
6 months ago

“I’m concerned about the number of people who are eager to hand their rights over to the government.” Me too, that’s the real problem, not this cold that might be going around. Vinalhaven is one of the most beautiful places in the entire universe. Even the name is beautiful. But people “from away”, NJ, have every right to visit. As long as they go back to Jersey when they finish their job 🙂 Whoever did this with the tree..brain dead

Cornell
Cornell
6 months ago
Reply to  William

Which clause of the Constitution allows for the government to suspend Constitutional rights in the event of pandemic disease outbreaks? I would argue that for the government to arrest clerics for holding religious services violates both the freedom of religion and the right of assembly clauses.

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  Cornell

They only have the right to suspend constitutional rights in the event of a FAKE epidemic

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
6 months ago
Reply to  Cornell

Gov’t doesn’t have the AUTHORITY or RIGHT to suspend the COTUS; they have the POWER to do so because they have the guns! Remember what Mao said: all power comes from the barrel of a gun…

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  MarkyMark

Well said. This is all about power. They have gone beyond cultural Marxism to straight up Mao. The Virus? Pfft, a flimsy pretext. At least they think they still need a pretext because they realize we have “power” (2A) as well and need to be bought into this. And when push comes to shove it is well to remember that not all of “their” guns will be pointed at us

DCG
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DCG
6 months ago

I’ve seen the many, many comments on social media….everyone believes they are the Wuhan virus police now. It’s amazing…

Cornell
Cornell
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

The mass hysteria being whipped up by the media is pure evil….

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

COVID Rats. They think they are being good global citizens. They deserve only our contempt and loathing

Lana
Lana
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Isn’t it amazing how quickly it people can be turned into Soviet style snitches!?

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
6 months ago

Every person, whether local or from away, who leaves the island and comes back puts their community at risk.
Except for in the most extreme circumstances, we do not have the authority to control the movement of US citizens within our borders…

This is changing. Kentucky (and other states) just put into effect new rules that force those coming into the state to be quarantined 14 days… Being in a state that recorded its first cases of Wuhan after a woman traveled here from NY (and testing positive), I’d err on the side of safety.

chemtrailssuck
6 months ago

From what I’ve read, Maine is heavily demon-crat/socialist. That’s where Satan worshiper Stephen King is from. They’re a bunch of loony neighbors. Zombie loonies.

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

Maine used to be solidly republican/conservative. It’s changed since I left. A story: In elections in small Maine towns the town clerk would read the ballots by party thus: “Republican..Republican..Republican..Democrat??..huh..Republican..Republican..Democrat?? Sonofabitch musta voted twice.” King’s career has been dark side-assisted for a long time. A disinformationist nonpareil

Lana
Lana
6 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

I used to see pics of Maine and think I would love to live there , but why would I want to go from the frying pan ( CA. ) into the fire. Every where you find liberals you will find good little spies and snitches. They can’t wait to please their daddy the government. It’s just like the Prius drivers going 55 miles an hour in the fast lane; not only are they going to be good little followers of the rules, but they appoint themselves enforcers making sure that you are going follow them too.

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  Lana

I spent the first half of my life in Maine and I used to think, why would I want to live anywhere else? The natives were poor hardscrabble extremely reticent Yankees, accustomed to “making do” with very little, and tough-as-a-bagful-of-hammers French Canadian Catholics. Gradually it was “discovered” and became cool and so was infiltrated with creatures “from away” along with their pets, Somali and Bantu “refugees”. The Maine I grew up in is long gone. Everything they touch turns to sh*t

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
6 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

Don’t forget that the Bush family has their compound there; remember Kennebunkport?

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  MarkyMark

The Maine Coast has always been an Old Money summer playground. Acadia National Park (spectacular) belonged to the Rockefellers. They donated it to the park service – 30 thousand acres. Bar Harbor still has many opulent Gilded Age mansions. There was a huge fire there in the 1930’s and many papers around the world reported that the peasants had revolted 🙂 The Bushes moved in in 1912. There goes the neighborhood

Cornell
Cornell
6 months ago

Quarantine and social distancing may be a huge mistake for the segment of the population that hasn’t got underlying medical issues. Many people need to be exposed to the virus in order to acquire immunity and preventing this will also prevent us from reaching herd immunity. Only the at risk segment of the population, diabetics, pregnant women, hypertensive and those with coronary issues and the older individuals should be quarrantined. Young and robustly healthy people shouldn’t be overly fearful, the odds of surviving this virus are favorable for them.

DCG
Admin
DCG
6 months ago

Our mayor is issuing a shelter in place tomorrow along with a curfew. Guess what else he’s doing: opening more businesses (like sporting goods stores). No contradiction there…

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

God I hate that expression. I guess when they order it it makes them feel like Sargeant Rock or something. What are you going to be “allowed” to do? I think I could roll with SIP for a while but vaccination is where I draw the line. In conservative OK of all places. I’d expect that here but our Gov actually said, “I don’t think I can or should order American citizens to be confined to their homes for days on end.” Of course not. But he could always change his mind

DCG
Admin
DCG
6 months ago
Reply to  William

I’m allowed to go to liquor and sporting good stores! Makes perfect sense, right?!

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

It makes as much sense as anything these days. Looking around today it seems most places are open, auto parts stores, hardware stores, liquor stores, the Spectrum store where people pay their cable and internet bills. All essential, unlike schools, churches, doctors offices, and mental health clinics. If there is an interruption in the supply line for psych meds it could get very ugly. Uglier I should say. Incidentally, there is some indication that new cases nationwide have leveled off, possibly peaked

DCG
Admin
DCG
6 months ago
Reply to  William

I heard they may be peaking in Texas. I mean, we’ve already, for the most part, been shut and hunkered down for three weeks. How long does it take to “flatten the curve” for Pete’s Sake…

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

Until they decide to call it off. With a virtual epidemic it’s whatever they decide, whatever they say. In MA it was reported that the number of people coming to ER’s for “typical” medical issues has declined sharply. All that means is that they are now calling those typical issues COVID-19. If you go to an ER and you cough they will test you. While waiting several days for the results, which are pretty meaningless anyway, you are classified as a “case”. The curve will flatten when they go back to calling those typical medical issues whatever they really are,… Read more »

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  William

And if and when they decide to call it off, it will be for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with a viral pandemic. I think it has a ways to go before it plays out, they can’t just pull the plug on it. That would cause them to lose credibility 🙂 There are several scenarios, one of which is the “second wave”, probably in the Fall. Whether or not that happens depends on whether DJT can get a handle on it

DCG
Admin
DCG
6 months ago
Reply to  William

I know two people who got tested for Wuhan virus in WA ST. One has a sinus infection and one has bronchitis. Wanna bet they are still part of the “presumptive positive” stats?

Deplorable Patriot
Editor
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

I got $100 on DCG being right. Any takers?

William
William
6 months ago

Nope, you already won and I don’t have 100 bucks to throw away

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  DCG

If they were tested they are now “cases”. It’s how they created the “AIDS epidemic” in Africa. Everything was AIDS. As Kary Mullis said, “Cut yourself with a machete? AIDS.” Otherwise no treatment, not even aspirin

CalGirl
CalGirl
6 months ago

Down the block fr us in our semi-rural small development, there appeared about a week ago a giant RV w/NY tags & a gaggle of people who arrived on it….”visiting” the homeowner where it is parked. The neighborhood is pissed….we KNOW what has happened here, and don’t blame them for wanting to “refugee out” of the bull’s eye. We are not going to chop a tree down to make sure they stay put and away from us….but….we sincerely keep our eyes out for activity that would seem untoward. So far…. everyone is staying inside the house.

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Stay away from those people. You could get a mild to moderate cough and fever. Probably not though

CalGirl
CalGirl
6 months ago
Reply to  William

Thank you William. There is an emotional cost to all this…our only grand-baby lives 30 mi. away in Orange Co., CA, is turning 6 in mid April. Her private school is shut down, & she has to”do”her assignments on an iPad w/ Apps provided by her school. She’s still only FIVE yrs old. OMG. …when I was her age, I didn’t EVEN go to K-garden (not required then) & I was running barefoot through the fields of my maternal grandparents dairy farm, playing in mud …building “forts” w/hay bales in the barn, sitting on the knee of my great-grandmother learning… Read more »

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

I was being mildly sarcish CG, I am of the opinion that “The Virus” is a phantom. But yeah, kids, apps..my Lady has a granddaughter who spends every Wed with her. She had been a bright and curious kid but then her “father” got her a device at age 11. Now addicted, apps, games, death-cult lite. She’s doing “schoolwork” at home – 20 minutes of reading a day. 20 minutes! The horror! I despair for the present generation. As for running barefoot through fields – we know now that that’s not “safe”. Somebody could get hurt 🙂

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
6 months ago

I’m starting to worry a bit… governors are beginning to call up the National Guard to “help with testing and building medical centers”, etc. Yeah. Right.

And then the shooting begins. Fenced internment camps. Quarantine. Who will be the first to enter, Christian congregations who refuse to be cowed?

“They” are also now telling us that the “surge” (sounds like “purge”, eh?) is coming in two weeks. Will things get so contagious that there will be a curfew? Gotta go out and get more supplies today… About a month’s worth. Maybe a generator…