An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.

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


June 19

Trooper Corey Smith investigated a gas drive-off complaint from the Pit Stop on School Street in Unity. A vehicle was fueled with $10 worth of gas and the operator failed to pay for it when inside the store making other purchases. The vehicle’s owner was identified as the operator and she returned to the store and paid for the gas.

Trooper Smith responded to Reynolds Road in Brooks for a burglary complaint. Jillian Porchetta, 22, of Knox was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. She was ultimately released on bail conditions prohibiting contact with the complainant or returning to the property.

Trooper Bethany Couturier contacted a complainant of Knox regarding a phone harassment issue he was having. All parties were warned not to call or text each other anymore.

On June 19 and again on June 20, Trooper Couturier and Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock met with complainants on Pond Road in Burnham regarding an ongoing neighborhood dispute. Trooper Wesbrock advised both parties to ignore one another and not be on either one’s property.

Trooper Couturier spoke with a complainant from Burnham regarding trespassing by her neighbor. Contact was made with the suspect, who was advised not to be on the complainant’s property anymore.


June 20

Trooper Smith charged Katrina Karlsen, 21, of Unity with passing a stopped school bus as a result of his investigation into a report of the same on June 16 by a bus driver in Unity.

Trooper Couturier responded to Park Drive in Unity for a reported domestic dispute. No assaults had occurred.


June 21

Trooper Smith arrested Benjamin Burke, 28, at his residence in Brooks on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a previous charge of a protection order violation. The warrant was issued by Kennebec County Superior Court.

Trooper Jonah O’Roak investigated a complaint of a male subject exposing his genitals while looking at the neighbors with binoculars. James Getchell, 66, was summoned for indecent conduct.


June 23

Trooper Jonathan Russell received information that Gordon Smith, 34, had warrants for his arrest and was reportedly hiding out in a camp on Bishop Road in Troy. Troopers Russell and O’Roak located Smith. Their investigation revealed that Smith did not have permission to be in the camp and he was also charged with criminal trespass.


June 24

Trooper O’Roak had Marty Ashworth, 38, summoned for theft and operating after revocation. Ashby was reportedly seen stealing scrap metal and driving on Old County Road in Stockton Sprints on May 12. Stockton Police Officer Darrin Moody assisted Trooper O’Roak with locating and summoning Ashby.

Trooper Shawn Porter pulled over a vehicle on Winnecook Road in Burnham for a seatbelt violation. During the investigation, Trooper Porter reportedly located marijuana in an Altoids container and the owner, 44-year-old Steven Theriault, was summoned for the violation.


June 25

Trooper Luke Cunningham stopped a juvenile of Farmington on Route 3 in Belmont for criminal speeding. The juveniles speed was measured to be driving at 88 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to police. The juvenile also had been drinking, and was taken to Waldo County Jail for an intoxilyzer test. The juvenile was charged with operating without a license (for a zero-tolerance violation) and criminal speed.