ADDISON COUNTY — Between March 27 and April 2, Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks closed Route 7 for about 7 hours beginning at around 5:20 p.m. on March 29 while they negotiated with a drunken man who had a gun and was threatening violence. Ultimately, the man surrendered.
In addition, VSP reported only four other incidents during the week — three marijuana busts and a burglary at the county fairgrounds. Specifically, troopers:
• On March 31 between 8:12 and 8:45 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Tyler Norris, 21, of Whiting on Route 7 in Salisbury for speeding on Route 7 in Leicester. During the stop Norris was found to be in possession of marijuana. The trooper processed him at the New Haven barracks and subsequently released him with a citation to appear at the Addison Criminal Division for possession of marijuana.
• On May 1 at 7:39 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven on Route 7 in New Haven by Ryan W. Rosploch, 26, of Brandon for speeding and having illegal tint on his windshield that obstructed his view. Investigation led to the trooper to discover approximately 1 ounce of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle. He processed Rosploch at the barracks, cited him into court to answer the charge of possession of marijuana, and issued traffic tickets for the speeding and obstructed windows violations.
• On April 1 at 9:16 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Brittany Hathorn, 18, of Bristol for allegedly driving 57 mph in a 35 mph zone on Swamp Road in Cornwall. The trooper said that during the stop, he found that Hathorn was in possession of alcohol and marijuana. She was processed at the New Haven barracks and subsequently released with a citation for possession of marijuana.
• On April 2 at 10:30 a.m. were called to investigate a break-in and thefts at the county fairgrounds off Field Days Road in New Haven. Trooper Doxsee reported that someone had gained entry under a garage door into the Paquette Building, which housed RVs and boats. Signs of forced entry were evident on several boats and RVs, as there were tool and pry marks on the doors and hatches, he reported. Two battery-powered alarms were stolen from the building. The value of the missing property and the cost for repair of damaged property was undetermined as of Monday evening.
VSP said there have been several burglaries at this property and troopers are asking the public for help in solving these crimes. Anyone with information regarding burglaries at the Field Days fairground is asked to contact the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.