ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State police on Dec. 17 cited Jason A. Gagnon, 27, of Bomoseen, for domestic assault and other charges on Monday after he allegedly tried to force his way into a Shoreham apartment and then allegedly vandalized a car belonging to one of the female occupants who had tried to defend herself with a pistol.
Police said they were called to the Route 22A apartment at around 12:30 a.m. amid reports of a family fight. Police allege that Gagnon had tried to force his way into the apartment, where two women were located, by punching and kicking the door. One of the two women had secured a .22-calber pistol inside the residence because she feared for her safety, police said.
Gagnon was ultimately able to get the gun from the woman and then went outside and punched and broke the side-view mirror of the woman’s vehicle, according to police.
Gagnon then got into his truck, put it in four-wheel drive and rammed the victim’s vehicle in an attempt to push it into the apartment building, according to police.
In addition to the domestic assault charge, Gagnon must also answer to citations for violation of an abuse prevention order (two counts) and unlawful mischief, according to police.
On Dec. 18, police cited Daniel Raymond, 26, of Middlebury, for possession of marijuana, after stopping the vehicle in which he was traveling on Upper Plains Road in Salisbury. Raymond was processed at the New Haven VSP barracks and subsequently released with a citation to appear at the Addison County Courthouse on Feb. 11.
Police are investigating a reported Dec. 19 burglary at a residence on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro. The victim reported that his residence was entered sometime during the day and the culprit stole a Sharp 26-inch LCD TV. Nothing else was reported stolen from the residence.
Also under investigation are two separate burglaries that occurred in Bristol, one on Dec. 20, the other on Dec. 21. On Dec. 20, thieves broke through the door of an outbuilding to get inside a home off Route 116 and steal jewelry and clothing. It is estimated that the burglary occurred between 3:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Then on Dec. 21, a Fred Johnson Road resident reported the theft of an undisclosed amount of jewelry, a box of Christmas ornaments and some coins.
Meanwhile, a Morgan Horse Farm Road resident reported on Dec. 20 that someone had broken into her Weybridge home during the past few months and stole some antique silverladles, napkin rings and spoons. Some of theutensils were etched with an ornate “S.”
On Dec. 21, police cited John C. Lawrence, 44, of Bristol, for possession of marijuana, following a stop on Main Street in New Haven. While speaking to Lawrence, troopers detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Police said they searched the vehicle and seized an unspecified amount of marijuana. Lawrence was released on a citation and is scheduled to appear in Addison District Court on February 25, 2013.
State police cited Derick J. Smits, 23, of Bridport, for driving under the influence, following a stop for speeding on Route 22A in Shoreham.
Authorities are seeking help in finding out who sideswiped and damaged two mailboxes on Route 30 in Cornwall on Dec. 23.
Kaleb Gorton, 20, of Bristol, faces charges of operating with a criminally suspended license, being in violation of conditions of release, and criminal possession of a malt beverage by a minor, following a stop on Austin Road in Bristol on Dec. 24.
State police are investigating a second report of vandalism to Comcast fiber optic cable that occurred sometime between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24 off Ruby Brace Road in Starksboro. Police said someone used a shotgun or rifle to shoot and damage a fiber optic line located behind 175 Ruby Brace Road. Comcast reports that 600 homes were affected by the vandalism and the estimated repair cost for the first incident has been placed at $15,000. The latest vandalism damage is also being placed at $15,000. State police are currently looking into leads in the case.
Police cited Christine Jackson, 44, of Vergennes, for driving under the influence, following a stop on Pearson Road in New Haven on Dec. 24.