Crime

12/05/2019
VERGENNES — During a routine traffic stop on Panton Road, Vergennes police on Nov. 29 arrested a Burlington man wanted in Chittenden County. Police stopped a car operated by Timothy J. Ely, 63, of Burlington for allegedly speeding on Panton Road and discovered there was an outstanding Chittenden County warrant for his arrest for writing bad checks and embezzlement. Police lodged Ely at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with a cash bail of $5,000, and also issued him a speeding ticket. In other incidents between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, Vergennes police: On Nov. 25: • Responded to a...
12/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of the theft of a snowboard and equipment from an unlocked vehicle parked off Ridge Line Road on Nov. 26. The investigation continues. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Responded to a report of a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident on Nov. 25. • Received a report of a liquid manure spreader accidentally discharging its contents onto Quarry Road and various mailboxes and vehicles in the area on Nov. 25. Police said the owner of the spreader attempted to clean the mess and he also contacted the Middlebury Department of Public Works...
12/05/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — On Nov. 30 Vermont State Police wrapped up their role in investigating a bad crash on Route 22A that had sent four people to the hospital with major injuries. On Oct. 27 at 6:05 p.m. troopers from the New Haven state police barracks were dispatched to two-car, head-on crash on Route 22A near North Cream Hill Road in Bridport. Police report that a 2018 Jeep Compass driven by Tre W. Nichols, 21, of Burlington was traveling north at a speed of 58-59 mph, crossed the yellow centerline, and struck a southbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata driven by Tammy Simmes, 53, of Fair Haven. Each...
12/05/2019
BRISTOL — Bristol police are investigating a burglary that took place at the Bobcat Cafe and Brewery in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 17. Police determined that cash was taken from the Main Street business but at this time do not have any leads in the case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Bristol police at (802) 453-2533. Between Nov. 4 and 24, Bristol police completed 28 foot patrols and three 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...
12/04/2019
BRISTOL — Police called to a domestic disturbance at home on Lower Notch Road in Bristol late Tuesday night shot a man who apparently had a gun. The man, whom police did not identify by name, was reported to be in critical but stable condition and undergoing surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington at a little past 7 a.m. Wednesday. Two Vermont State Police troopers and a Bristol police officer responding to the domestic violence call late on Dec. 3. A state police press release said the officers were confronted by a suspect armed with a firearm. When the man refused...
12/03/2019
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police on Tuesday afternoon identified the two people found dead at a home at 2188 Upper Notch Road in Bristol on Monday as Gary Guilmette, 71, and Candice Guilmette, 70. Police concluded that Gary Guilmette shot his wife with a rifle then turned the gun on himself and took his own life. Police were notified at about 4:20 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, that a neighbor had discovered the bodies of two residents of the home. Troopers said their preliminary investigation indicates there is no threat to the general public. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team has...
12/02/2019
VERGENNES — On Nov. 24 Vergennes police took a step to warn vehicle owners that the city’s winter parking ban was set to begin this past Sunday, Dec. 1. Police went along Main Street and side streets on Nov. 24 and placed notices on windshields reminding people that the law prohibiting parking on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. would soon take effect. The ban runs from Dec. 1 until March 31. Vehicles parked in violation of the ordinance can be ticketed and/or towed, and owners will be liable for storage as well as towing fees, police said. The ban is intended to keep streets clear to allow...
11/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police took a juvenile into custody for driving under the influence of marijuana following a traffic stop on Route 7 North on Nov. 23.  Police obtained a warrant to get a blood sample from the youth. That sample is being analyzed by the Vermont Forensic Lab. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •Investigated a phone-email scam at a Gambrel Court residence on Nov. 20. •Responded to an unlawful mischief complaint at the South Village Green apartment building on Nov. 20. Police believe two juveniles were responsible for damaging and spray painting walls in the...

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11/21/2019
STARKSBORO — Bristol resident Eric LaRose, 29, has been charged with several counts of assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun toward three people on Bluebird Lane in Starksboro Monday evening. LaRose had been involved in a physical altercation with Starksboro residents Gary LaRose, 41, and Melissa Preston, 40, according to a press release issued by state police Wednesday morning. During that altercation LaRose assaulted the couple and “recklessly discharged a firearm in the direction of three individuals,” police said. State troopers from the New Haven barracks...
11/21/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Nov. 13 cited a Northlands Job Corps student for simple assault on another student, and police said he pleaded guilty in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division the next day and was convicted and expelled from the Job Corps program. Convicted, according to city police, was Shalom B. Fenton, 22, of Fredrikstead, Virgin Islands. According to police, Fenton tried to steal the other student’s X-box, and then hit him repeatedly in the face while also using what they called “hate-motivated language.” Police said the victim was taken to Porter Hospital for...

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