Crime

VERGENNES — Vergennes police handled a variety of calls between Sept. 20 and 26, including twice helping out Vermont State Police in major cases, performing welfare checks, dealing with vandalism, investigating the theft of money from unlocked cars, and processing what they called a minor altercation outside a local business. As well as conducting two foot patrols, responding to one car alarm, and helping one motorist get into a locked vehicle, during that week Vergennes police: On Sept. 20: •  Began investigating the reported theft of $128 cash from a strongbox left in an unlocked car parked...
MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday, Sept. 26, Middlebury police spoke with and calmed a man who reportedly threw rocks at a low-flying helicopter that was inspecting power lines. Police said the man was upset that the  helicopter had been flying “for a prolonged period of time over his house with no prior notice given.” Police also reported that no rocks struck the helicopter. In other incidents between Sept. 20 and 26, Middlebury police: On Sept. 20: •  Went to Button Bay Road in Ferrisburgh to help Vermont State Police with an intoxicated male reportedly armed with a large knife who had threatened...
ADDISON COUNTY — A Berlin woman faces burglary and grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a dog from a Leicester home. On Sept. 24 at around 6 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a burglary at a Route 7 home in Leicester. Troopers said they determined that Patricia Dukette, 57, of Berlin had entered the residence without permission and took a dog. The dog was returned to its owner on Sept. 26, and police cited Dukette into Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Oct. 25 to answer the burglary and larceny charges. Also, on July 19 at 4:25 p.m. state police were contacted...
BRISTOL — On Sept. 13, after investigation, Bristol police arrested Harry Doner III, 33, of Bristol for embezzlement. Doner is accused of embezzling from the Maplefields gas station and convenience store on West Street and was ordered to answer the charge in Addison Criminal Court on Nov. 8. Details of the case against Doner won’t be released until after his arraignment. Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19 Bristol police conducted 25 foot and seven car patrols, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 19 times, at Bristol Elementary School 19 times, and at local businesses 19 times....
VERGENNES — After several incidents in which unlocked vehicles parked around Vergennes have been entered and money and items stolen, city police are urging residents to keep their cars and trucks locked and not leave anything of value in them. Most recently, a resident reported the theft during Sunday night of about $128 from an unlocked car in a Sunset Drive yard. Earlier on Sunday, a Thomas Circle resident reported seeing a man leaving the scene after seeing tail lights on his wife’s car light up, and told police it was clear someone had entered the vehicle. Also on Sunday, police took a...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) at the scene of a reported car crash on River Road in New Haven on Sept. 19. Police said the driver in question had allegedly tried to evade an ACSD deputy following an attempted traffic stop for erratic driving. Police said the vehicle ultimately stopped and the ACSD deputy cited its driver — 24-year-old Dean Bushee Jr. —for driving under the influence, with injury resulting. Police said Bristol Rescue Squad personnel got medical help for an injured woman passenger who was in the suspect’s car at the time...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police, operating out of the New Haven barracks on Friday, Sept. 17, cited two men, both from out of the county, for driving under the influence of drugs (DUI-drugs) in separate incidents. They also cited a third driver, a Lincoln resident, for the same offense on Tuesday. VSP ordered one driver, David Farnham, 41, of Grand Isle, into court on Sept. 27 to answer charges of DUI, third offense, and criminally driving with a suspended license. The incident began at about 11:15 p.m., when troopers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Travis Huestis, 31, of Middlebury for two counts of violation of an abuse prevention order, following  an alleged incident in the Woodbridge Lane area on Sept. 6. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Referred on Sept. 6 an allegation of sexual offenses in the Court Street area to the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations. •  Investigated an alleged road rage incident at the intersection of Court and Washington streets on Sept. 6. •  Warned two men who had been riding their skateboards the wrong way at night on College Street on Sept. 7...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police recently cited a Massachusetts man for impaired driving following a crash in Hancock, and also two Addison County men for drunken driving in separate incidents. On Sept. 4 at around 9:30 a.m. troopers responded to a report of a one-car crash on Route 125 in Hancock. Police cited William Shaw, 39, of Danvers, Mass., for driving under the influence of drugs. Separately, on Aug. 31 at 4:48 p.m., troopers were notified of erratic driving on Route 100 in Waitsfield. They located the vehicle and stopped it. Officers cited Mark Smith, 62, of Granville for...
NEW HAVEN — A Vergennes man died and a Cornwall woman sustained what Vermont State Police described as “significant injuries” in a motorcycle-car crash at the intersection of Route 7 and the River Road in New Haven at around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. State police said their preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Honda Odyssey driven by 27-year-old Kayla Delphia of Cornwall was turning left from the River Road onto Route 7 toward Middlebury. As it did so, when a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven northbound on Route 7 by Stephen Tucker, 69, of Vergennes struck the minivan on the...

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