Crime

03/12/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were busy enforcing traffic laws between March 2 and 8. During those seven days city police conducted a dozen special traffic details around Vergennes during which they ticketed 14 drivers and warned another 10. On March 5 they also stopped a tractor-trailer truck on Monkton Road and ticketed the company for operating a vehicle that was 53,500 pounds overweight for the road. That ticket amounted to $9,362. Police issued a second $220 ticket for failing to obtain a permit to operate an overweight vehicle on the road. Police on March 5 and 6 also enforced the...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received into evidence what police described as “a powdery substance and pills” found in a school bathroom on March 5. The initial police log item said the school was located on Charles Avenue. Police later told the Independent that the school was the Patricia A. Hanaford Career Center. Police said the case is under investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Investigated an allegation of cruelty to a family member at a Main Street location on March 2. •  Were informed that someone had written graffiti on the Mill Street pump house on March 2...
03/12/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a crash on Route 7 in New Haven last Friday, March 6, at around 6:30 p.m. Troopers alleged that Carl F. Wrighton, 59, of Hyde Park failed to stop his vehicle at a stop sign at the intersection of River Road and Route 7. Wrighton’s vehicle struck another vehicle traveling southbound on Route 7. No injuries were reported in the crash. While speaking with Wrighton, troopers detected signs of impairment, screened him for drunk driving and cited him for driving under the influence, second offense. They also cited him for negligent...
03/09/2020
DOVER — Vermont State Game Wardens are reminding snowmobilers to stay sober if they are planning to get on their snow machine and head out on the trails. Consuming alcohol while operating a snowmobile is illegal and dangerous. Wardens report that on Monday, Feb. 17, they were conducting a routine snowmobile patrol on VAST trail C7-100 near the Stratton-Dover line when they encountered Lawrence Orenstein, 61, of Wilmington driving a snowmobile without up-to-date VAST stickers or registration. A warden stopped Orenstein for the infraction. While investigating the registration issue, wardens...
03/05/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded last week to what they said were two unsubstantiated calls related to Northlands Job Corps, one making what they determined was a false allegation of a sexual offense, and the other apparently a prank call. The first came on Feb. 27. City police investigated a report from an anonymous caller that a Northland Job Corps employee was involved in a sexual assault with a NLJC student. Police said they determined the caller, who refused to identify himself or the student, had fabricated the story. On Feb. 28 Vergennes police responded to Northlands after the...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Scott Hawthorne, 53, of Park City, Utah, for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop at the intersection of Exchange Street and Route 7 North on Feb. 28. Police said they measured Hawthorne’s blood-alcohol content at 0.98 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Intervened in a fight between two Middlebury Union High School students on Feb. 24. •  Served a temporary restraining order on a parent on behalf of a local juvenile on Feb. 24. •  Investigated allegations of “inappropriate...
03/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — On Feb. 27 between 10 and 11:17 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of an assault at a home in Salisbury Troopers investigated and report that 65-year-old Paul LaFountain of Salisbury had assaulted a household member. State police officers said they also discovered two dogs that were severely neglected and deprived of adequate medical attention. Due to the severe neglect, they obtained a warrant to seize both dogs, and once they got them in hand took the K-9s to the emergency veterinary hospital in Burlington for immediate medical attention.  Police cited LaFountain...
02/27/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police went to an Addison home on Feb. 20 to help Vermont State Police handle a report from a family member of an agitated elderly man said to be suffering from dementia who was wielding a loaded shotgun in his yard. City police said as they arrived the man had calmed and put down the weapon, and he told VSP he had heard something outside his home and had taken the gun to investigate. City police said VSP then determined the man did not pose a threat to anyone’s safety. Also between Feb. 17 and 23 Vergennes police ticketed six cars for violating the city’s wintertime ban...
02/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received information on Feb. 19 of a possible sexual abuse incident that the local victim alleges occurred “several years ago.” In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were informed of the theft of a Salamander heater from a Munson Road resident’s garage on Feb. 17. •  Investigated a two-vehicle crash, without injuries, on Route 7 South on Feb. 17. •  Responded to a report of sagging power lines at the intersection of Methodist Lane and Seymour Street on Feb. 18. •  Responded to a verbal domestic dispute between a man and woman in the Storrs Avenue area...
02/27/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police have arrested a man they say broke into and robbed the West Addison General Store, known as WAGS, in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. On Feb. 21 state police executed a search warrant at a Shoreham residence, where troopers say they found several items  that implicated Joshua Rheaume, 44, of Shoreham in the WAGS burglary. They took Rheaume to the New Haven barracks for processing and cited him for burglary and grand larceny. During their investigation, police learned that Rheaume had two warrants out for his arrest. At the conclusion of processing,...

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