Crime

WHITING — Vermont State Police are asking members of the public to come forth with information they have on a shooting incident in Whiting Thursday morning. At approximately 5:15 a.m. on April 15 troopers from the New Haven state police barracks responded to a report of gunshots fired into a home on West Road in Whiting.  None of the people at the home were injured, but they described a scary incident in the pre-dawn hours. Someone came by the house and fired approximately nine gun shots at the residence from outside before leaving. Troopers canvassed the immediate area and located several...
VERGENNES — On April 10 Vergennes police cooperated with workers at the Charter House warming shelter in Middlebury to get help for a woman who called a dispatcher saying she was in Vergennes at the intersection of Mountain View Lane and School Street and needed assistance. During the course of helping the woman and eventually returning her to the Charter House, police said they also took a loaded firearm from her for safekeeping. The dispatcher first received a call from the woman and told Vergennes police she had ended the call after divulging her location in the city. Soon after the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a suspected burglary at a Frog Hollow Alley business on April 6. Police found the business door damaged. But officers ultimately determined the culprit was a beaver who had simply been chewing on the wooden doorframe, causing the damage. Police jokingly included the following line in the week’s crime blotter: “Police attempts to interview the beaver for unlawful mischief were unsuccessful.” In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Cited Lonny J. McCray Jr., 33, of Salisbury for driving with a suspended license, following a...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a family fight that was reported to involve a firearm on Thursday, April 8, at 7:14 p.m. on Main Street in Orwell. Troopers calmed the situation and investigated. They came away with the determination that 33-year-old Maurice Minyati of Shoreham had attempted to use a firearm on a household member, but was unsuccessful and nobody was injured. State police arrested Minyati, and after taking him to the New Haven state police barracks for processing cited him for first degree aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon and lodged him  at...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on March 27 cited a Bristol resident for possession of drugs following a Route 7 traffic stop. Police allege that John C. Cunningham, 47, had six grams of cocaine in the vehicle and $2,125 in cash on his person when they searched him and his vehicle after stopping him after he allegedly failed to stop for a red light at Route 7’s intersection with Monkton Road. Police said they saw drug paraphernalia in Cunningham’s vehicle and asked for permission to search it, but were denied. They said they obtained a warrant to do so, in part because the department’s canine...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested Victoria Wall-Drugg, 19, of Middlebury on an active warrant out of Rutland County, following a traffic stop on Route 7 North on April 2. Police said they released Wall-Drugg on citation pending her scheduled April 5 appearance in Rutland Criminal Court. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted a local person who was experiencing mental health problems on March 29. •  Served a no-tresspass order on March 30 on a person not wanted at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. •  Directed traffic pending the repair of a malfunctioning traffic light...
ADDISON COUNTY — An argument at a Whiting home last week resulted in a Vermont State Police citation. Troopers responded to a report of a citizen dispute on North Main Street in Whiting on March 31 at around 6:30 p.m. After investigating, troopers alleged that Cristopher Smith, 37, of Whiting damaged property owned by another Whiting resident. The local rescue squad took Smith to Rutland Regional Medical Center, and troopers cited him for unlawful mischief. In other incidents that the New Haven state police barracks reported since April 1, troopers: •  On April 1 at 7:53 p.m. calmed a citizen...
VERGENNES — In recent activity, Vergennes dealt with reports that included allegedly stolen cellphones, a youth riding a loud ATV on a city street, a medical emergency, and an R-rated unwanted text message. Between March 22 and 28, Vergennes police also conducted 10 cruiser and four foot patrols and one property watch, responded to an accidental 911 call, conducted a pre-employment fingerprint test, and also: On March 23: •  Took a report for insurance purposes of two cellphones that had earlier allegedly been stolen from a delivery box outside a Main Street apartment. •  Took a phone call...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Alton P. Brown, 42, of Middlebury for driving while intoxicated (second offense), following a stop for speeding on East Main Street on March 22. Police said Brown refused to give a sample of his breath as evidence, and he was charged with criminal refusal. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Checked on March 23 on the welfare of a local person who had posted self-harm comments on social media. Police said the person was located in good condition. •  Reported on March 23 that the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations (ACUSI) was...
ADDISON COUNTY — Detectives assigned to the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations on March 4 began an investigation into a suspected case of physical abuse of a child. Police determined that Kori Martell, 29, of Whiting had assaulted a five-year-old household member causing injury. In the course of the investigation state police said they found that Martell violated previous court ordered conditions of release stemming from a separate incident and provided false information to police in order to deflect the investigation. On March 23, Martell came to the New Haven state...

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