Crime

01/20/2020
LINCOLN — A Florida man has been charged with one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child and one count of luring a child, stemming from a Dec. 27 incident in Lincoln, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police. Walter Hutton, 35, of Palm Harbor, Fla., was arrested by the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13 and will be extradited to Vermont to face the charges, the press release said. The VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations received a complaint about the incident on Dec. 28. “As a result of subsequent investigative actions, including multiple...
01/20/2020
VERGENNES — Following a West Main Street traffic stop on Jan. 11 Vergennes police cited a Hinesburg man for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said they stopped a vehicle operated by Robert R. Russell III, 25, for allegedly traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone. After noticing signs of intoxication, the city officer cited Russell for DUI, alleging his evidentiary blood-alcohol content tested at 0.176%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other incidents between Jan. 6 and 12, Vergennes police: On Jan. 6 spoke with a Vergennes Union High School student and a parent about challenges...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating a Jan. 6 armed robbery at Mac’s Convenience Store on East Main Street. The same business was later the target of a burglar only three days later. As previously reported by the Independent, a handgun-wielding man dressed in a green “hoodie” sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, and black mask walked into the store on Monday, Jan. 6, at around 8:50 p.m. and fired a shot into the floor, according to police. He then allegedly confronted the store clerk and removed cash from the register before firing the gun into the ceiling and leaving the store, police...
01/16/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are blaming a Bridport man for what appears to be a one-man crime wave between August and November of last year. After a five-month investigation, Vermont State Police on Jan. 7 announced they had cited Japheth Kehoe, 35, for multiple counts of theft, burglary and fraud. Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies took Kehoe into custody on Jan. 3 for unrelated charges. Troopers’ investigation led them to cite Kehoe for four counts of false pretenses or tokens, and one count each of burglary, receiving stolen property, unlawful mischief, unlawful...
01/13/2020
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Bristol Country Store on Wednesday evening, Jan. 8. The store is located at 3191 Route 116 South in Bristol, about 4 miles south of the village. A preliminary assessment suggests that someone broke a side window to gain entry to the store, State Trooper Josh Gurwicz told the Independent. The assailant stole beer, a few cartons of cigarettes and some cash register change — but no cash. Video footage from the store’s surveillance camera shows the incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m., Gurwicz said. Police are...
01/13/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Saturday, Jan. 4, responded to a report of a drunken man at Shaw’s Supermarket and ended up taking him into protective custody when his blood-alcohol content tested at well over four times the legal limit for driving. According to police, they discovered the man’s BAC was 0.349%; the limit for driving is 0.08. They brought him to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for detoxification. In other incidents between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, Vergennes police: On Dec. 30 investigated a report of a mailbox that was destroyed the night before by what appeared to be...
01/13/2020
BRISTOL — Between Dec. 16 and Jan. 5, Bristol police completed 22 foot patrols and more than seven 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 17 times, conducted 13 business checks, processed 13 requests for fingerprints, and facilitated the return of two loose dogs. The department also assisted Vermont State Police three times and Bristol Rescue Squad twice. In other recent activity, Bristol police: • On Dec. 16 were notified of damage done to a parked vehicle,...
01/09/2020
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are searching for the person who broke into a gas station and convenience store on Route 116 South in Bristol Wednesday night and stole something. Police report that the assailant gained entry into the Bristol Country Store at 3191 Route 116 South at around 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 8. Police said the person — wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with a hood, dark colored gloves, and dark-colored pants and shoes — stole “several store items.” Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to contact the state police at the New Haven barracks; the phone number is...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Mathew Billings, 36, of Cornwall for aggravated assault following an investigation of a reported knife-wielding man in a Jayne Court apartment on Dec. 30. Police said no one was injured in the incident. Billings was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail, according to police. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a medical call at a Wilmar Road home on Dec. 30. • Investigated a report on Dec. 30 of someone placing an unwanted political sticker on the outdoor bulletin board at...
01/09/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating a Granville house fire that killed a 37-year-old Granville man in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police said that Nathan Twitchell succumbed due to smoke inhalation, and they ruled the death an accident. As of Tuesday they had not determined the cause of the fire but it was not suspicious.  At around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, 911 operators received a call regarding a house fire at 210 Post Office Hill Road. The Granville Fire Department as well as other area fire departments responded to the scene to fight the fire. Members of the Vermont...

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