May 22, 2018
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After tense standoff, Winterport man charged in assault

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Joseph Chekovsky
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

WINTERPORT, Maine — A tense domestic violence standoff that began early Saturday morning was resolved peacefully five hours later, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Joseph Chekovsky, 35, of Winterport was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault and domestic criminal mischief.

The incident apparently began about 3:30 a.m. when Chekovsky allegedly slashed the tires of his girlfriend’s vehicle with a knife and smashed the driver’s side window when she was inside the car, McCausland said.

Some broken glass hit the woman in the face, he said.

Chekovsky went inside the mobile home with the knife and then was alone in the home with the woman’s 11-year-old son.

The woman called 911 and remained outside the residence.

Responding authorities included members of the Hampden Police Department, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police Tactical Team.

“We had enough officers to respond appropriately,” McCausland said.

Police made “several attempts” to contact Chekovsky, primarily using a public address system on one of the cruisers, but the efforts did not work, McCausland said. They also tried to contact him by telephone.

It was not clear where in the home the 11-year-old boy was during the incident, he said.

At 8:30 a.m., Chekovsky surrendered as a state police negotiator talked to him, McCausland said.

The 11-year-old was uninjured and the woman was slightly injured, he said.

Chekovsky was taken to Waldo County Jail, where he was booked and later released on $100 bail.

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