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Law enforcement officials with Troop D of the Maine State Police responded to the following incidents in Waldo County during the past week. Anyone with information regarding ongoing investigations is asked to call 1-800-452-4664.

Feb. 21
Trooper Ryan Brockway stopped Karyn Kochenbaur, 43, on Route 3 in Palermo for speeding. Kochenbaur was summoned for operating after suspension and speeding.

Feb. 22
Trooper Donald Webber investigated a report of a theft on Kendall Corner Road in Waldo. His investigation revealed Joseph Hills, 21, of Waldo had allegedly stolen a check, forged it and cashed it at a local store. Hills was summoned for theft and forgery.

Trooper Bethany Couturier stopped Carlton Munro, 18, on Route 3 in Belfast for inspection and registration violations. Munro was summoned for operating after suspension and operating an unregistered motor vehicle for more than 150 days.

Feb. 23
Trooper Jason Madore investigated a report of illegal dumping on Choate Road in Montville. One of the town’s selectmen had reported the illegal dumping, but they said they did not want to pursue charges against the responsible party.

Couturier responded to a report of a possible burglary and theft on Fenwick Road in Belmont. The complainant had reported the theft of jewelry, coins and cash. Couturier’s investigation led to Marie Swearingen, 34, who was located in Litchfield and arrested for violation of condition of release. Swearingen was taken to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, where she was also summoned for receiving stolen property.

Trooper Jonathan Russell, while assisting Trooper Brockway with a traffic stop on Route 3 in Belmont, stopped 30-year-old Bruce Evans after Evans reportedly improperly passed the stopped police cruisers. Evans was summoned for operating after suspension, and warned for the improper passing of emergency vehicles with their emergency lights activated.

Feb. 24
Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Route 1 in Northport. A 16-year-old male had allegedly damaged property belonging to an 18-year-old female. The male was summoned for criminal mischief and released to the custody of his mother.

Sgt. David Tripp stopped to check on a suspicious male on Anderson Street in Belfast. Tripp’s investigation revealed Darrin Hills, 38, was allegedly in violation of his bail conditions and Hills was arrested for the offense and taken to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Feb. 25
Trooper Luke Cunningham responded to a report of a noise disturbance on Kendall Corner Road in Waldo. Several neighbors had reported what they considered to be excessive noise coming from target practice with guns from a nearby residence. The Sheriff’s Office had also received some complaints about the same situation, and the investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Trooper Corey Smith completed his investigation into a report of a sexual assault. His investigation resulted in a 16-year-old male from Belfast being charged with unlawful sexual contact, and the teen was released into the custody of his parents.

Feb. 26
Trooper Jonah O’Roak assisted the Ames School in Searsmont with practicing their emergency plan.

Feb. 27
O’Roak stopped Robert Bacon Jr., 48, on Route 52 in Belfast. Bacon was arrested for allegedly operating under the influence (class C) and violation of condition of release, and he was taken to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.