ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police rushed to a three-car accident on Route 22A in Panton on the evening of Tuesday, July 30.
Police report that the three drivers involved in the crash were Duncan Sewall, 18, of Milton, Mass., in a Honda Pilot; Charles Swinton, 22, of Ticonderoga, N.Y., in a Chevy van; and Jordan Stearns, 17, of Ferrisburgh (police did not report what he was driving).
This collision left all three vehicles disabled.
No apparent injuries were noted on scene; however, several passengers were transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care for evaluation as a precaution. This accident remains under investigation.
In other recent activity, VSP:
•On July 22 cited Matthew Corbitt, 30, and Anandha Corbitt, 23, of Stickney Road in Whiting for cultivation of marijuana and endangering children. Police could not be reached for additional details by press time.
•On July 29 received a complaint that someone damaged a vehicle parked on Dove Lane in Starksboro while the owner was away at work that day. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at (802) 388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
•On July 30 at 6:07 p.m. received a report from a Starksboro man that the Vermont license plate was stolen off his truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•On July 30 at 7:01 p.m. responded to a one-vehicle crash on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh, on the bridge over Lewis Creek. Anthony G. Niemo, 44, of Middlebury told police that vehicles in front stopped suddenly causing him to rapidly brake, which resulted in loss of control of the 2002 Ford Windstar he was driving. The van struck the bridge guardrails causing damage to the bridge and the vehicle. The vehicle appeared to be a total loss. Niemo was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care for shoulder pain.
•On July 31 executed a search warrant at the Addison residence of Raymond Ritchie, 37, as part of their ongoing investigation into the 103 reports of burglary in Addison County. During the execution of the warrant, troopers and detectives seized numerous items that were believed to be stolen. A second search warrant was applied for and granted, to further the scope of the search. At the end of the search, in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, thousands of items were recovered and cataloged as evidence. A large amount of the property included jewelry, silver and sports memorabilia.
Ritchie was lodged and, on Aug. 1, pleaded innocent to three counts of unlawful trespass and three counts of possession of stolen property. His girlfriend, Nicole Burgos, 29, was cited on a felony count of cultivation of marijuana. For the full story, see addisonindependent.com or the Aug. 5 edition of the Independent.
•On Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. received a complaint that someone in a car with New York plates had driven away from the Jiffy Mart on Route 7 in New Haven without paying for $20 in gasoline. Anyone with information on this is asked to contact VSP.
•On Aug. 1 at 8:44 p.m. took into custody Joshua C. McCray, 24, of Bridport for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on previous charges. He was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility.
•On Aug. 3 at 1:04 a.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Lime Kiln Road in New Haven for a motor vehicle infraction. Police cited the driver, identified as 23-year-old Erik A. Brands of Addison, with driving under the influence of alcohol.
•On Aug. 3 received a report that between two and three weeks earlier a set of paddles/oars were stolen from a boat in the front yard of a Panton Road home in Panton. The paddles are described as green and black.
•On Aug. 4 received a report that someone had shot a projectile at a mailbox on Barnum Road in Monkton. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
•On Aug. 4 at approximately 2:50 p.m. responded to a one-car accident with injuries on Vermont Route 3 in Pittsford. When state police arrived on scene both occupants were out of the vehicle. Police said a 1996 Honda Civic driven by Kobe Pinkham, 18, of Brandon had been traveling southbound on Route 3 when it crossed the center line, continued for several hundred feet, went off the roadway and traveled for another 100 feet and struck a utility pole with the front driver side door, which severed the pole and resulted in a power outage. Pinkham, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center with internal injuries and fractures. The passenger, who was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, was treated at the scene for minor injuries that included scrapes and bruises. The vehicle was a total loss. This crash remains under investigation, and police said they believed speed was a factor.
•On Aug. 5 at around noon received a report of mailbox vandalism on Leicester-Whiting Road in Leicester. The resident reported that his dog alerted him just after midnight to something making noise outside. He looked out the window and saw a pickup near his driveway. He was unable to get a license plate or make/model/color of the vehicle, although he advised that it could possibly have been white. About an hour after the first call, a resident of Bullock Road in Leicester called VSP to report tire tracks on her lawn. Because of the proximity of these two cases, they are believed to be related. Anyone with information is asked to call VSP.