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The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from Dec. 12 through Dec. 18.

Dec. 12

Deputy David Johnson responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in the town of Hope involving a single vehicle striking a deer. Non-reportable damage was sustained.

Deputy Don Murray responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Warren involving a single vehicle whose operator lost control while pulling to the side of the road and ended up in the ditch. Reportable damage was sustained.

Deputy James Moore began an investigation of stalking in Thomaston. The male suspect in this case was later located and issued a summons for harassment by Lincoln County Deputy Kevin Dennison on behalf of Deputy Moore.

Dec. 13

Sgt. Matt Elwell responded to a report of an erratic vehicle in Rockport. The vehicle and operator were later located in Hope and the elderly male advised that due to the rain, he was having a hard time seeing.

Deputy John Hansen began an investigation of assault in Port Clyde. This is still an active investigation with probable charges pending.

Dec. 14

Deputy Johnson conducted a radar detail in Warren. No violations were noted.

Deputy Johnson began an investigation of harassment in Warren. This is still an active investigation as the suspect has yet to be located.

Deputy Mark Tibbetts responded to a report of an erratic vehicle in Hope. The vehicle and female operator were later located and appeared to be all set.

Deputy Moore conducted a radar detail in Warren. One warning for speed was issued.

Deputy Moore responded to a report of an erratic vehicle in Rockport. The female operator was located and explained that it was due to avoiding a vehicle pulling out of a driveway.

Dec. 15

Deputy Johnson, with the assistance of Thomaston Police Department units, located the suspect named in a previous stalking/harassment complaint. The male was warned on same.

Deputy Larry Hesseltine began an investigation of criminal mischief on Vinalhaven. The damage reported is believed to have been caused by a recent storm.

Deputy Moore responded to assist Maine State Police Trooper Mark Barney at the scene of a domestic in Washington. This was deemed a verbal argument only and the parties separated for the night.

Dec. 16

Deputy Arthur Smith responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Cushing involving a single vehicle striking a bobcat. Non-reportable damage was sustained and the bobcat was turned over to the Maine Warden Service.

Sgt. Jacob Boyington responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Warren involving three vehicles. Reportable damage was sustained with one operator checked and released for unknown injuries.

Deputies Moore and Sgt. Boyington responded to a report of a male said to have harmed himself in St. George. Upon arrival and after speaking to the male in question, he was transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center for an evaluation and was later released.

Dec. 17

Deputy Hesseltine responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Vinalhaven. This incident involved a dump truck operator who lost control on a slippery hill and struck a parked vehicle.

Deputy James Butler responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Union involving a single vehicle striking a deer. Reportable damage was sustained.

Subsequent to a traffic stop in Thomaston, Deputy Moore arrested Dayton Bragg, 20, of Appleton on a charge of violating conditions of release.

Dec. 18

Deputy Palmer began a fraudulent documents investigation in South Thomaston. Pascal LeRoyer, 51, of South Thomaston was arrested on a felony charge of negotiating a worthless instrument and was transported to the Knox County Jail without incident. After further inquiries through U.S. Immigration, it was also found that LeRoyer has been living in the United States for the last five years illegally and a hold was placed on same by U.S. Immigration.

Deputy Murray responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash in Warren involving two vehicles, one of which backed into the other. Non-reportable damage was sustained.

Deputy Murray began an investigation of a vehicle theft in Owls Head. The vehicle was later recovered and returned to the owner. There are no suspects or leads at this time as to who actually took the vehicle.

Sgt. Boyington arrested Benjamin Tripp, 24, of Spruce Head on an outstanding arrest warrant. Tripp was taken to the Knox County Jail without incident.

Deputy Johnson conducted a radar detail in Warren. Two warnings were issued for various traffic infractions.

Deputies Johnson and Sgt. Boyington responded to a report of two disorderly males in Tenants Harbor. Upon arrival, it was found that one male fled from the scene, while the other decided to stay and continue to be disorderly. Subsequent to this response, Wayne Vertefeuille, 57, of Connecticut was charged with assault and disorderly conduct and was transported to the Knox County Jail after being released from PBMC for treatment for injuries sustained during the altercation. The male who fled from the scene also faces pending charges of theft.

Deputy Johnson responded to an erratic vehicle complaint in Thomaston. The vehicle and female operator were located and a warning was issued for operation.

In total this week, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received 204 calls for service. Those calls that are not listed above are such calls as all-terrain vehicle problems, alarms, 911 hang-ups, along with nuisance, erratic vehicle and suspicious complaints.