Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for violating conditions of release
ADDISON COUNTY — On Nov. 9 at approximately 4:54 p.m. troopers at the Vermont State Police barracks in New Haven received a call about a possible violation of a relief from abuse order that occurred in Addison County.
After speaking with the victim and reviewing the court order, troopers determined that Donald Whalon Jr., 33, of Colchester had violated this order by texting the victim approximately a week prior to the victim reporting the incident.
On Nov. 11 Whalon agreed to meet with troopers at the barracks to discuss this incident and to be processed for the offense. Troopers cited Whalon for violation of a relief from abuse order. He is scheduled to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, criminal division on Dec. 18.
In other recent activity, troopers:
• On Nov. 10 received a report that someone had stolen two large, full propane tanks from a home on North Branch Road in Ripton sometime between Aug. 20 and Nov. 8. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 802-388-4919.
• On Oct. 20 were made aware of possible threatening comments made by Bruce Martell, 67, of Ferrisburgh while he was at the Dakin Farm in Ferrisburgh; the incidents occurred between Sept. 13 and Oct. 20. After investigating, state police reported on Nov. 11 that they had arrested Martell and cited him for disorderly conduct.
• On Nov. 11 learned that someone smashed the rear window of a truck parked at a home on Parks Drive in Orwell and stole a hunting backpack with valuable hunting tools inside. The theft occurred between 2:30 and 5 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919.
• On Nov. 11 at approximately 11:16 p.m. responded to Cornwall home off Route 30 for a reported family fight. Police cited Miguel Angel Garcia, 39, of Cornwall for driving under the influence and took him to the Act 1 detox center in Burlington.
• On Nov. 13, during the mid-morning hours, conducted a saturation patrol on Route 22A in Shoreham and Bridport. The purpose of this patrol was to focus on speed violations, operator’s use of hand held devices while driving, ensure seatbelt use and promote driver safety and education. Troopers stopped six vehicles and issued six traffic tickets and three written warnings.
• On Nov. 14 during the morning hours, conducted a saturation patrol on Route 7 in Addison County for similar reasons. Police stopped one vehicle and issued one traffic ticket.
Officials at VSP-New Haven thanked the motoring public for obeying the Vermont traffic laws and keeping the roads safe for their fellow motorists.
Troopers from the New Haven barracks will team up with local and county law enforcement agencies in Addison County to conduct sobriety and safety enforcement for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. As of Oct. 30, Vermont has seen 59 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. This scheduled program is an opportunity to use high-visibility enforcement to reduce the number of crashes/fatalities statewide.
Recent crash data can be found online at ghsp.vermont.gov. In addition to checkpoints, troopers will also aggressively patrol and enforce motor vehicle laws concerning impaired, distracted/aggressive driving, speeding and seatbelt use in high traffic and high crash areas. Several DUI checkpoints will be held during the next four weeks in Addison County.
For information regarding alcohol/drug treatment and prevention; the following resources are available to assist in collaboration with The United Way of Addison County.
• Vermont 2-1-1 (dial: 2-1-1).
• Counseling Service of Addison County: 802-388-7641.
• Mountain Health Center: 802-453-5028.
• Valley Vista Addiction Treatment: 802-222-5201.
• Turning Point Recover Center: 802-388-4249 (NARCAN is available).
• The United Way of Addison County: 802-388-7189.
Vermont State Police release a daily log of a selection of their activities. In Addison County, those activities included:
• on Nov. 5. received a report of a suspicious person offering to help a child with his ATV, Routes 22A, Orwell. Police are looking for more information.