Crime

10/14/2019
BRISTOL — On Sept. 29 Bristol police cited Dean Heffernan, 35, of Bristol for driving with a suspended license. Heffernan was ordered to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Nov. 4 to answer the charges. Between Sept. 16 and 29 Bristol police completed 22 foot patrols and more than 48 hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Officers checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 12 times; conducted 13 business checks; processed at least 16 requests for fingerprints; facilitated the return of two...
10/11/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department is asking for public help to solve an alleged burglary that occurred at a residence near the town green earlier this month. On Saturday, Oct. 5, around 10 a.m., a person entered a home on West Street, near School Street, and stole money, according to Bristol police. The suspect, who is described by the BPD as a white male about five feet tall with a slender build, wearing dark clothing and possibly a hat, may have left on foot and headed east toward Main Street. Police ask that anyone who may have home or other security cameras on School Street, Park...
10/10/2019
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police on Thursday provided the name of the man whose body was found dead in Salisbury on Tuesday morning. The body of 34-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on the morning of Oct. 8. Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Wednesday, which state police said enabled them to positively identify Nicholas Louras. They said someone shot him to death with a gun. Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, who died as the result of an exchanging of gunfire with Rutland City and...
10/10/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded five times to a Riverside Apartments unit on Main Street on Saturday night in an effort to calm what they described as “tenants arguing over domestic issues and tenancy issues.” Each time they sought to calm all parties, and on the third visit city police “urged them to seek other living arrangements.” On the fourth visit one tenant told them of “a possible criminal violation” on the part of another tenant. Chief George Merkel said his department was investigating the possible crime, but declined to describe it due to its sensitive nature and due to the...
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Richard Cram, 61, of Middlebury for first-degree aggravated domestic assault, following an investigation at a Case Street residence on Sept. 30. Police said Cram was lodged for lack of $10,000 bail. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Received a report on Sept. 30 that a Woodland Park resident had been the victim of a phone scam. Police said the victim had provided a caller with gift card numbers and personal information. • Served a no-trespass order on a local person on behalf of the Vergennes Police Department on Sept. 30. • Responded to a...
10/10/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations were called to the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford on Oct. 1 at around 8 p.m. for a training accident involving a trainee for the Middlebury Police Department. Detectives learned that police recruits were involved in a low-light firearms training scenario supervised by certified firearms instructors. During the training scenario, Daniel Ailinger, 23, accidentally discharged his firearm while removing it from his holster, state police report. Training staff from the Vermont Police Academy...
10/02/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Sept. 26 cited a Ferrisburgh man for simple assault and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted a male employee of the Long Trail Physical Therapy Office on Meigs Road. Cited was Thomas S. Eriksen, 58. Police allege Eriksen entered the office and then became disorderly and punched an employee, after which “a physical altercation ensued.” Police said when the fight ended Eriksen left the scene and was later found at his home and cited into Addison Superior Court. Between Sept. 23 and 29, Vergennes police also conducted three special traffic details,...
10/02/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Clinton Coley, 27, and Rhiannon Banks-Morgan, 21, both of Middlebury, for domestic assault. The citations followed an investigation at a Benedict Lane home on Sept. 25. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •Were alerted to a possible drug transaction from a vehicle on Weybridge Street on Sept, 23. Police said they were unable to find the vehicle. •Served a temporary restraining order on a person in the Seminary Street Extension area on Sept. 23. •Investigated a report of two boys shooting Air-Soft guns near a hiking trail off Seminary Street...
10/02/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont State Police trooper attempted to stop a Ford Focus on Route 7 in Middlebury for a traffic violation this past Saturday, Sept. 28, at around 10:30 p.m. After the trooper activated her blue lights and siren, the car sped up and failed to stop.  Police report that the vehicle turned into a local business in an apparent attempt to evade the trooper, and continued driving through several fields until it ultimately became stuck. The driver fled on foot.  State police said that during this incident, the driver attempted to turn the vehicle around and while doing so backed...

CHASE ATKINS
09/27/2019
ADDISON — An Addison man has been charged with a hate crime, stemming from allegations he deflated the tires of a vehicle belonging to an employee of the organization Migrant Justice and left a voicemail at that nonprofit asking its representatives to stay away from area farms, back in August. Chase Atkins, 24, of Addison has been cited with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by telephone, with a hate-crime enhancement. Police said the case relates to an ongoing investigation into several suspicious incidents and vandalisms in the Bridport area during the month of August. Police allege Atkins...

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