Crime

07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Thursday were looking for a driver who fled the scene of a collision with a tractor-trailer (without the trailer) on Route 7 South, near Denecker Chevrolet, on Wednesday evening, July 29. Police have already established that the unknown driver was at fault in the crash based on video evidence taken from the truck. The accident backed up traffic on Route 7 as emergency responders cleared the wrecked vehicles and spilled diesel fuel. The truck driver, 43-year-old Shawn M. Lafountain, complained of a sore back and calf but declined medical attention, according...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents and accidents kept Vergennes police busy in the two weeks that ended this past Sunday, including arguments, traffic issues, animal problems, stolen lawn signs, phone threats and parking issues.  Between July 13 and 26 Vergennes police also conducted 55 traffic patrols, five property watches, and six foot patrols, and: On July 13: •  Responded to a report of a group gathered in front of an East Street house during the early morning hours and determined the report was false. •  Helped a Mountain View Lane resident who reported her husband was missing; her...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Matthew Billings, 37, who is homeless, for burglary and six counts of violating his conditions of release, following an alleged break-in at Mac’s Convenience Store on East Main Street on July 27.  Police said Billings broke into the East Middlebury store after 3 a.m. this Monday and took some cigarettes and beverages. Officers reviewed the store surveillance video and identified Billings, and then took him into custody. Billings was lodged for lack of $5,000 bail, according to police. In other recent action, Middlebury police: •  Helped Middlebury Regional...
07/30/2020
CORRECTION: The Vermont State Police Log in the July 9 edition of the Addison Independent incorrectly identified the person who was cited for driving under the influence at the scene of a June 30 crash on South Lincoln Road. The trooper cited Russell G. Hill, 49, of Lincoln for DUI. We apologize for the attributing the citation to Anthony J. Rochon, who was not cited for DUI. ADDISON COUNTY — A 72-year-old woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a two-car crash on Route 7 in Salisbury. Joan Dayton, 72, of Londonderry was declared deceased at...
07/27/2020
SALISBURY — A 72-year-old woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a two-car crash on Route 7 in Salisbury. Joan Dayton, 72, of Londonderry was declared deceased at Porter Hospital that afternoon. Vermont State Police report that at around 1:13 p.m. on July 25, Brian Davidson, 37, of New Haven was driving a 2006 Cadillac DTS eastbound on West Salisbury Road toward Route 7 at what police described as “well over the posted speed limit.” Witnesses told police that Davidson’s Cadillac failed to stop at the stop sign and continued on into Route 7. At...
07/23/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 6 issued a no-trespass order to a customer of the Small City Market who, according to the store owner, had been harassing customers at the Main Street convenience store about their failure to wear facial masks in a public place. The store owner reported he had been receiving complaints about the patron and requested the no-trespass order, and police said they issued it without incident. Vergennes police however, urge residents on their Facebook page to wear masks in shops and crowds:  “Please continue to follow Governor Scott’s directive to maintain your...
07/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Louis Mongeon, 26, of Middlebury for domestic assault following investigation of a reported disturbance at a Jackson Lane residence on July 19. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were informed of the theft of a sign from a North Pleasant Street property on July 13. •  Received a report about a cow loose on Route 7 North on July 13. •  Received a complaint about someone honking their horn in the Court Street Extension area on July 13. •  Responded to a noise complaint in the Washington Street area on July 14. •  Searched in vain for a vehicle...
07/23/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to an assault in Monkton that was reported at 12:55 a.m. on July 19. Troopers investigated and determined that Christopher M. Allen, 39, of St. Albans had assaulted a household member. It was also determined that Allen had prevented access to emergency services for the victim, destroyed their cell phone, made several threats to endanger their life, and was wanted on two arrest warrants. Allen was transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing. Police cited him for two counts of being wanted on arrest warrants, and for domestic assault,...

A security camera in downtown Middlebury caught this image of two males who police want to question in connection with a case involving hateful graffiti.
07/16/2020
Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, several hate symbols were found painted along the Cross Street Bridge, near the Ilsley Library, and along the route into the Marble Works, including on the footbridge. Images seen by the Independent showed spraypainted messages of "WLM" with one accompanied by a swastika.  After documenting these symbols the town of Middlebury began the process of removing/covering them. Police...
07/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on July 8 cited a town resident for driving under the influence of drugs. Following a Court Street traffic stop police cited Hunter J. Quesnel, 24, of Middlebury for the offense after observation. Police said they took a sample of Quesnel’s blood as evidence and sent it to the Vermont Forensic Lab for analysis; results are pending. In other action between July 6 and 13, Middlebury police: On July 6: •  Checked a Mead Lane apartment because of an odor a landlord feared was of a dead body. Police discovered rotting food in an oven. The tenant was not present.  •  ...

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