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Vermont State Police Log: Flagger on road project hit by apple trailer

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Posted on September 13, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to an accident at the intersection of Smith Street and Witherell Road in Shoreham at approximately 3:51 p.m. last Saturday.

In their report, troopers said that 48-year-old Sheila King of Rutland was working as a traffic controller at a paving site there when she waved through a tractor towing a trailer with a load of apples. The operator of the tractor, Charles Kennett, 64, of Panton, had been making a left-hand turn onto Smith Street from Witherell Road.

Kennett stopped halfway through to offer King an apple, which she had accepted, police said. Kennett then resumed his turn on to Witherell Road and after completing his turn looked back and saw King laying on the road. King said after accepting the apple she was facing Kennett and did not see the trailer coming and it hit her. King suffered unknown injuries and was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

In other recent activity, VSP:

•  On Sept. 4 at approximately 6:09 p.m. received a report that a vehicle had struck a female juvenile pedestrian who was walking on Lake Dunmore Road in Leicester. The vehicle was described as a blue minivan with a spare tire mounted on top. The girl told police that the passenger-side mirror was damaged when she was struck. The vehicle was seen heading west on Fern Lake Road toward Route 7. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919, or information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

•  Late in the day on Sept. 4 began investigating the theft of Hereford-Holstein calf in Lincoln. The 150-pound calf is mostly black with a white face, white hooves and white-tipped tail. Anyone with information is asked to contact the VSP.

•  On Sept. 4 at approximately 8:52 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by Richard Quesnel, 27, of Cornwall. Police cited Quesnel for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

•  On Sept. 5 at 4:15 p.m. stopped a Dodge Neon on Route 117 in Jericho for what appeared to be an altered inspection sticker. Police charged Jamie Kilburn, 36, of Starksboro for driving with a criminally suspended license. The trooper said that further investigation revealed Kilburn had not registered the vehicle, had no insurance on the vehicle and had applied an altered inspection sticker to the vehicle. Kilburn was taken into custody and transported to the Williston Barracks for processing.

•  On Sept. 5 received report of a theft from a motor vehicle at the Snake Mountain trailhead on Mountain Road in Addison between 5 and 7 p.m. The victim said the front, passenger-side window of the vehicle was broken out and a purse containing various items was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the VSP.

•  On Sept. 5 at 6:36 p.m. cited Rhonda Bell of Burlington for driving with a criminally suspended license.

•  On Sept. 6 at just past midnight responded to a one-car crash in Ripton, where police say Brian Miller, 53, of Shoreham was westbound on Route 125, with clouds and fog in the air, when he swerved to avoid a deer in the road, ran his Infiniti off the roadway and collided with a tree. Airbags deployed. A passing motorist took Miller to Porter Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.

Police cited Miller for driving with a criminally suspended license. Troopers alleged that speed and alcohol were contributing factors to the crash, and they said a driving under the influence charge was pending.

•  On Sept. 6 at approximately 2:01 p.m. responded to a report of a burglary at a residence on Crown Point Road in Bridport. The 46-year-old homeowner reported that she had discovered a safe in her home had been opened some time in the previous year and various items of jewelry had been taken. Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the VSP at 388-4919, or to submit an anonymous tip by texting “CRIMES” to keyword “VTIPS.”

•  On Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. responded to a two-car crash on Main Street in New Haven. Police said David Whitcomb, 37, of Starksboro was following too closely behind a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Riley C. Billings, 21, of New Haven. When Billings stopped for a vehicle turning left, Whitcomb’s 2010 Ford F150 rear-ended the Mitsubishi, police said. There were no injuries as a result of the collision; neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors to this collision, police said. Police issued Whitcomb a written warning for following too closely.

•  On Sept. 7 at approximately 12:10 p.m. responded to a report of fraudulent use of a credit card owned by a 33-year-old Waltham woman.

•  On Sept. 7 at 10:19 p.m. stopped a black Ford truck on Route 30 in Whiting after clocking the vehicle on radar traveling at 65 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. The trooper cited the driver, Liam Fitzpatrick, 28, of Middlebury, for driving under the influence.

•  On Sept. 10 received a report of the theft of jewelry from a residence in Ripton sometime between May 9 and when the victim discovered the theft at 3 p.m. that day. Missing was a Tiffany platinum wedding and engagement ring set with a large, flawless diamond valued at between $15,000 and $20,000. State police are asking the public for assistance in locating the stolen ring set. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police.

•  On Sept. 10 at 8:17 a.m. responded to a one-car rollover in Starksboro. Police said a 16-year-old was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus westbound on State’s Prison Hollow Road when the vehicle entered a sharp left curve and the driver lost control. The vehicle left the north side of the roadway and rolled onto its side. Police said the driver was not impaired and there were no injuries. The trooper issued the driver a written warning for speeding.

•  On Sept. 10 at approximately 5:10 p.m. cited Robert Deyette, 54, of Vergennes for speeding. Police said they clocked him for driving 36 mph over the posted 45 mph speed limit on Panton Road in Panton.

•  On Sept. 10 at approximately 11 p.m. responded to a report of a family fight in New Haven. The troopers’ investigation showed that a physical altercation had taken place. Middlebury rescue was dispatched to the scene to check on minor injuries. Police arrested Ryan O. Sprigg, 28, of New Haven on charges on domestic assault and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail.

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