Crime

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police launched an untimely death investigation at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on Jan. 4. Police said hotel staff found Robert Ihinger, 47, deceased in his hotel room. Police said their initial investigation suggests Ihinger died from a drug overdose. Ihinger, who was homeless, had been staying at the hotel since mid-October, authorities said. Middlebury police are waiting for autopsy and toxicology reports from the state lab before closing their investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded on Jan. 4 to a report of a suicidal man who’d...
ADDISON COUNTY — The drivers of an ATV and a Toyota RAV4 were not injured when they two vehicles collided in the intersection of Route 116 South and Notch Road in Bristol this past Friday evening, but the passenger on the ATV was hurt, Vermont State Police reported. Troopers responded to the crash at a few minutes before 6 p.m. on Jan. 8. Their preliminary investigation showed that Erica Emilio, 38, of Middlebury was driving a 2019 RAV4 southbound on the state highway and came upon a southbound unregistered Arctic Cat ATV occupied by an 18-year-old driver and a 17-year-old passenger...
VERGENNES — Raymond William White, 34, of Vergennes was arraigned on Monday afternoon in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly shooting a man on Sunday morning at his First Street home in Vergennes, according to court paperwork.   The victim, a 42-year-old man, was in “critical, but stable condition” at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.  The Independent is not identifying the victim or a third man involved because of an ongoing investigation and unsubstantiated...
VERGENNES — In a week that ended 2020 and began 2021, Vergennes police conducted two welfare checks, helping a despondent individual during one; dealt with a domestic dispute; helped a woman with an abuse-relief order; and looked into two complaints of suspicious activity. Between Dec. 28, 2020, and Jan. 3, 2021, Vergennes police also conducted 18 motorized patrols, three property watches and six foot patrols; ticketed four vehicles left out overnight in violation of the city’s wintertime parking ban; and also: On Dec. 28: •  Along with the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad checked the health of a...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Johanna Schneider, 28, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop on Jan. 1. Police said they measured Schneider’s blood-alcohol content at 0.181%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were asked by Vermont State Police to be on the lookout for a vehicle coming out of Salisbury on Route 7 on Dec. 28. •  Served a temporary restraining order on a local person on Dec. 30. •  Took into custody 21-year-old Edward Lamson — whose last address was in Winooski — at the request of St....
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police recently dealt with two bad car crashes south of Bristol Village in which people were badly injured. In the first incident, troopers on Dec. 28 at about 4:50 p.m. received a report that a motorist had crashed into a cyclist on Burpee Road in Bristol. State police said their investigation showed that Jacqueline Clark, 75, of Vergennes was driving a 2019 Ford Fiesta north on Burpee Road when she hit a northbound cyclist, Marcelina Ramirez, 31, of Bristol. Bristol Rescue Squad took both Ramirez and Clark to Porter Hospital for treatment of nonlife-...
BRISTOL — On Dec. 27 Bristol police received a report of gunshots in the vicinity of Mount Abraham Union High School. Upon investigation police determined that target practice was occurring at a nearby range, which gave the impression the shooting was closer than it actually was. No further action by police was necessary. Between Dec. 21 and 27, Bristol police completed six foot patrols and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School seven times, at Bristol Elementary School six times, and at local businesses seven times. The department also assisted Bristol Rescue twice and were in...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between Dec. 21 and 27, including a truck accident, commercial vehicle enforcement, a welfare check, a lost wallet, an attempted suicide on Christmas Day, and resolving a domestic dispute. During those seven days, the Vergennes Police Department conducted 18 motorized patrols and one foot patrol. Officers also: On Dec. 21 went to Valley Vista on Alden Place to help center staff with a female client who they were told had showed up at the facility intoxicated and combative. Police said she had calmed by the time they arrived and...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Cordelle Santamore, 21, of Plainview, N.Y., for driving under the influence on Court Street Extension on Dec. 23. Police said a sample of Santamore’s blood was sent to the Vermont Forensic Lab for analysis. Results of the blood test are pending. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were informed of the theft of a power drill from a Route 7 South business on Dec. 21. Police said criminal charges are pending against a suspect who was allegedly captured on video. •  Assisted a motorist who had driven off Route 7 South on Dec. 22. •  Assisted...
BRISTOL — Between Dec. 7 and 20, Bristol police completed 15 foot patrols and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 13 times, at Bristol Elementary School nine times, and at local businesses 14 times; completed at least 12 fingerprint requests; verified one vehicle identification number; and facilitated the return of one lost wallet, one item of “found property” and one loose dog, whose owner was subsequently ticketed for violating the town ordinance. The department also assisted Vermont State Police twice and Bristol Rescue once. In other recent activity, Bristol police: •  On...

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