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Vermont State Police: Police investigate animal-cruelty claim

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Posted on September 27, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — After Orwell town officials received several complaints about the condition of some animals in town, the officials on Sept. 21 requested the assistance of the Vermont State Police. Troopers went with the Orwell animal control officer to the home of Kevin Desjardin, 33, on Church Street.

Police found two dogs that had been exposed to the elements, and were deprived of proper shelter from the elements. Additionally police found that one of the dogs was housed in a small kennel that was not properly cleaned or cared for, creating what police called “a less-than-desirable living environment for the animal.”

Desjardin arrived to the residence a short time after police arrived. Troopers cited him for two counts of cruelty to animals. Desjardin is due to answer the charges in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Nov. 5.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police:

•  On Sept. 18 at around 4:19 a.m. were notified of a one-car crash on Route 116 near Carlstrom Road in Bristol. Driver Julie Conrad, 41, of South Burlington told police that she swerved to miss two deer crossing the road, one of her tires caught the edge of the roadway as she did this and she careened off the roadway and collide with a tree. Conrad’s vehicle sustained heavy front-end contact damage and she was transported to Porter Hospital to be checked out. State police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.

•  On Sept. 21 at approximately 5:20 p.m. stopped a car on Route 30 in Sudbury because it didn’t have an up-to-date inspection sticker or front license plat. Police cited the driver, identified as Cassandra Keyes, 30, of Sudbury, for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•  On Sept. 23 reported that troopers had received a complaint this month that Dana Bent, 25, of Cornwall had deprived a juvenile of their chainsaw and a pistol. After investigating, state police alleged that Bent ultimately sold at least one of the items in an attempt to defraud the victim. Police cited Bent for petit larceny and false pretenses or tokens.

•  On Sept. 23 at approximately 5:05 p.m. received a report of a medical call in the Hillside Drive neighborhood in Starksboro; the dispatcher believed there might be illegal drugs involved in this incident.

Upon arrival, troopers made found that the Bristol Rescue Squad was screening Todd Sprano, 42, of Starksboro; Sprano declined any further medical assistance. State police found Sprano was in possession of a controlled substance, specifically heroin. police arrested Sprano and cited him for possession of a controlled substance.

State police operating out of the New Haven barracks release a daily log of a selection of their activities. In Addison County, those activities included:

•  Sept. 17, accident with damage, Route 22A, Panton.

•  Sept. 17, motor vehicle disturbances, Shaker Hill Road, Starksboro.

•  Sept. 17, agency assist, Delorm Road, Leicester.

•  Sept. 17, motor vehicle disturbances, Orchard Terrace, Bristol.

•  Sept. 18, lost or found property, Lake Street, Shoreham.

•  Sept. 18, juvenile problem, Satterly Road, Ferrisburgh.

•  Sept. 18, alarm, Dragon Brook Road, Ripton.

•  Sept. 18, motor vehicle disturbances, Richville Road, Shoreham.

•  Sept. 18, citizen dispute, Route 7, Leicester.

•  Sept. 19, citizen dispute, Purinton Road, Bristol.

•  Sept. 20, vandalism, Route 22A, Shoreham.

•  Sept. 20, suspicious person or circumstance, Route 7, Leicester.

•  Sept. 20, citizen assist, Robert Young Road, Starksboro.

•  Sept. 21, traffic hazard, one mile north of Routes 22A and 73, Orwell.

•  Sept. 21, driving with a criminally suspended license, Schoolhouse Road at Route 30, Sudbury.

•  Sept. 21, traffic hazard, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Sept. 21, burglary/breaking and entering, Route 74 West, Shoreham.

•  Sept. 22, false alarm, Staton Drive, Panton.

•  Sept. 22, suspicious person or circumstance, West Shore Road, Salisbury.

•  Sept. 22, false alarm, Ferson Road, Leicester.

•  Sept. 22, motor vehicle disturbances, Crown Point Road, Bridport.

•  Sept. 22, missing person, Long Trail and Clark Brook Trail, Ripton.

•  Sept. 22, suspicious person or circumstance, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Sept. 22, agency assist, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Sept. 22, motor vehicle disturbances, Route 7, New Haven.

•  Sept. 23, motorist assistance, Route 7 at Greenbush Road, Ferrisburgh.

•  Sept. 23, welfare check, Tottingham Road, Shoreham.

•  Sept. 23, possession of regulated drugs, Hillside Drive, Starksboro.

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