Crime

05/21/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police with help from both Middlebury and Vermont State police responded to a 3:45 a.m. report on May 16 from a Hillside Drive apartment that an intoxicated mother had tried to stab her daughter, but learned on arrival the allegation was untrue, city police said. Police said that through investigation they learned the daughter had made up the story because she was upset after her mother had turned off the residence’s WiFi.  According to police they calmed the situation down and arranged for another family member to stay at the apartment for the remainder of the morning....
05/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last week were called to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on Route 7 South to deal with several crime reports. The hotel has for the past two months accommodated area homeless persons in need of a place to stay due to the temporary closure of the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter. That shelter closed in late March in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, on May 13, Middlebury officers assisted Addison County Sheriff’s Department officials with an intoxicated man at the hotel. The next day they responded to a report of a person on hotel grounds in...
05/21/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police report late night burglaries at two different Route 7 gas stations this past week. In the first instance, state police on May 12 at 2:31 a.m. looked into a report of a motion alarm at the Jiffy Mart convenience store in New Haven Junction. Troopers discovered that two people had forced entry through the front door and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The burglars quickly departed the area on foot Meanwhile, on May 15 at three-quarters of an hour past midnight, state police responded to the report of a motion alarm at...
05/14/2020
This Friday, May 15, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Law enforcement officers from around the nation, and across Vermont, will join together in socially distanced spirit in remembrance of officers who have died in the line of duty. Each year an annual ceremony is traditionally held at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. This year the pandemic prevented that tradition, but instead it inspired a new one. Officers and their colleagues will stand together in a socially distanced salute both inside and outside of Vermont law enforcement stations, correctional facilities, probation...
05/14/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between May 4 and 10, including chasing down a suspect for the Vermont State Police, investigating a retail theft, calming a fracas in a store’s parking lot, handling a dispute about wayward house cats, and dealing with an alleged drunk-driving case.  As well as conducting 15 motorized and one foot patrol and participating in nightly clang-and-bang parades, during those seven days Vergennes police:  On May 4: •  Checked on a city resident who was reported to be experiencing emotional distress due to health issues; police...
05/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police looked into a report of a man walking in the middle of Route 7 South at around 10:40 p.m. on May 4.  Police took the man — who is homeless — to Porter Hospital for evaluation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded to a report of an overdose patient at a Munson Road home on May 4. Police said the person was conscious and alert, and that Middlebury Regional EMS staff determined the patient didn’t need to be taken to the hospital. •  Responded to a theft complaint in the Elm Street area on May 4. •  Helped mediate a custody argument at a John...
05/14/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Troopers with the Vermont State Police encountered a vehicle traveling 82 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 7 near the New Haven/Waltham line on May 7 at around 10:20 a.m. The trooper attempted to stop the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder but the vehicle failed to yield and accelerated away at a high rate of speed. Shortly thereafter the vehicle encountered a slower-moving tractor-trailer and the driver was unable to safely pass it, so he aimed his SUV toward the right shoulder and went off the traveled portion of highway.  The vehicle came to rest at the bottom of a steep embankment;...
05/07/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are warning local residents not to respond to blackmail emails threatening to release video of recipients in compromising positions.  According to city police they and other Vermont law enforcement agencies have received multiple reports of an email scam in which recipients are asked for money in exchange for videos that show the recipients engaging in sexual acts.  Police said senders do not have videos of recipients and advise them not to send money and instead to contact the police department with any concerns. City police received complaints on April 28 from a...
05/07/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on April 27 responded to a call for medical assistance on Jackson Lane, where Kumar Jaswinder, 59, had collapsed.  Police performed CPR but were unable to save Jaswinder’s life.  The case remains under investigation, though preliminary indications are that Jaswinder died of medically related natural causes. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • On April 27 assisted another agency on Ethan Allen Highway. • On April 27 assisted an elderly woman on Amory Lane with her thermostat, as the heat in her house had gotten too high. • On April 27 responded to a...
05/07/2020
BRISTOL — Between April 6 and 26 Bristol police completed 26 foot patrols and 90 minutes 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 21 times, Bristol Elementary School four times and local businesses 20 times, and facilitated the return of two dogs and other unspecified personal property. The department also assisted Vermont State Police once and Bristol Rescue twice. In other recent activity, Bristol police: • On April 7 assisted another agency in locating someone. • ...

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