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Law enforcement officials with Troop D of the Maine State Police responded to the following incidents in Waldo County between Dec. 11 and Dec. 25. Anyone with information regarding ongoing investigations is asked to call 1-800-452-4664.

Dec. 11

Trooper Bethany Couturier responded to North Searsport Road in Frankfort in reference to a theft of chainsaws. The area was checked, and during the investigation the officer learned that a 17-year-old male juvenile, from Frankfort, had been in the area earlier that morning with some chainsaws that he had sold. The chainsaws were recovered and another theft was discovered during the investigation. The juvenile was charged with the thefts.

Trooper Benjamin Sweeney charged Michael Butler, 23, of Winterport with operating under the influence. The charges were the result of a previous single-car crash in Frankfort, where Butler was allegedly driving.

Dec. 12

Troopers Sweeney and Corey Smith responded to a crash on Goshen Road in Winterport. A vehicle that officers with the Hampden Police Department had been pursuing earlier in the day eluded police and crashed. Troopers arrived to find the car unoccupied and on fire. Trooper Sweeney doused the fire with an extinguisher and then accompanied Trooper Smith and K9 Freyja as they tracked the operator. The K9 team tracked the suspect for more than a mile through thick fir stands and swamp before locating the subject, who was later identified as 25-year-old Christopher Michaud of Bucksport. Michaud was apprehended without incident and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. Michaud was charged with eluding an officer, criminal speeding and failure to report a crash by the quickest means.

Trooper Smith responded to Swanville Road in Frankfort for a suspicious event reported by a resident late at night. The complainant reported that they could hear car doors closing and voices in the driveway. Trooper Smith found evidence that a vehicle had been in the yard and left prior to his arrival. The incident is under investigation.

Dec. 15

Trooper Shawn Porter stopped a vehicle being operated by 21-year-old Bryce Ridley on Route 1 in Searsport for driving on oversized tires. Ridley was summoned for operating a defective motor vehicle.

Trooper Stephen Morrell responded to Stone Earthworks on Swanville Road in Frankfort for a theft complaint. The victim refused to cooperate with pursuing criminal charges against the suspect.

Trooper Morrell responded to Perry Drive in Winterport for a loud noise complaint and 39-year-old Lisa McKinney was warned for disorderly conduct because she was playing her music too loud. Trooper Morrell returned a short time later and McKinney was summoned for disorderly conduct.

Dec. 16

Trooper Smith and K9 Freyja performed a K9 demonstration for students attending the law enforcement program at Waldo County Technical Center.

Dec. 18

Trooper Sweeney charged Juli Valliere, 52, of Jackson with theft of lost/mislaid property in connection with a jewelry theft on Village Road in Jackson in November.

Trooper Morrell responded to Mechanic Street in Winterport for a domestic violence incident. Following an investigation, Matthew Stetson, 35, was arrested for domestic violence assault.

Dec. 19

Trooper Morrell stopped 32-year-old Jonathan Boehmer for speeding on Route 69 in Winterport. Boehmer was reportedly traveling at 77 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, and was summoned for criminal speed.

Trooper Morrell investigated the theft of seven well drilling bits on Kendall Road in Winterport. The complainant advised that his wife saw two males believed to be in their 20s loading eight drilling bits into a dark blue truck. When she confronted the males they unloaded the drilling bits. Gould later found seven drilling bits to be missing. The case is under investigation.

Dec. 20

Trooper Morrell investigated the suspected theft of Vicodin pills from a subject who lives in Winterport. The case is under investigation.

Dec. 21

Sgt. Blaine Bronson, Trooper Porter and his certified K-9 partner Tex went to Rhode Island for cadaver training.

Trooper Elisha Fowlie responded to a 911 hang-up on Route 1 in Stockton Springs. The elderly homeowner accidentally hit her panic alarm button.

Dec. 22

Troopers Couturier and Fowlie responded to White Orchard Road in Frankfort for a domestic situation. A female juvenile was charged with assault.

Troopers Sweeney and Smith were dispatched to Twining Road in Winterport for a report of an assault. Upon arrival at the scene it was discovered that 29-year-old Cassandra Joy had slapped another individual. Joy was charged with assault.

Trooper Morrell was called to respond to an unattended motor vehicle crash on Bangor Road in Prospect. Upon arrival a heavily damaged vehicle was found off the side of the road with no one around. No reports had been taken of this vehicle crash. It was later determined that vehicle owner and operator Lisa Monteith, 32, of Frankfort had crashed the vehicle at approximately 11 p.m. the previous night. Monteith was subsequently charged with failure to give notice of an accident by the quickest means.

Dec. 25

Trooper Sweeney responded to a rollover crash in Waldo at the intersection of routes 7 and 131. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Maine State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 3 in Palermo. Both vehicles were occupied by two people and all four individuals died at the scene. Investigation revealed the 1997 Subaru Legacy wagon that was traveling westbound on Route 3 was occupied by the driver, 18-year-old Tyler Manduca, and his 21-year-old brother, Kyle Manduca, both of Bucksport. That vehicle lost control on the ice covered roadway and slammed into a 1999 Ford Taurus that was traveling eastbound on Route 3. The Ford was occupied by 64-year-old Dennis Sturges, the driver, and his 83-year-old father, Roy Lucier, both of Palermo. Speed was a factor in the fatal crash; however, alcohol is not considered a factor. The case is under investigation by Sgt. Patrick Hood as well as Troopers Porter and Morrell.