Crime

10/29/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — A former Vergennes resident, 60-year-old Robin Jones of Middlesex, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ferrisburgh late Saturday afternoon. On Oct. 24 at approximately a quarter to 5 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of the crash with injuries on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Troopers report that Mu Kwarta Bu, 37, of Utica, N.Y., was driving a 2012 Honda Civic southbound on Hawkins Road into the intersection at Little Chicago Road, where the Honda collided with a 2004 GMC truck driven by Jones. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the eastbound lane of...
10/25/2020
FERRISBURGH — A Middlesex man, 60-year-old Robin Jones, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ferrisburgh late Saturday afternoon. On Oct. 24 at approximately a quarter to 5 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of the crash with injuries on Little Chicago Road in Ferrisburgh. Troopers report that Mu Kwarta Bu, 37, of Utica, N.Y., was driving a 2012 Honda Civic southbound on Hawkins Road into the intersection at Little Chicago Road, where the Honda collided with a 2004 GMC truck driven by Jones. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the eastbound lane of Little Chicago Road....
10/22/2020
VERGENNES — While on special Governor’s Highway Safety Patrol duty in Ferrisburgh on Oct. 15, Vergennes police cited a Ferrisburgh resident for driving under the influence of alcohol. Cited was Sandra L. Backstrom, 66. Police tested Backstrom after stopping her vehicle on Basin Harbor Road for allegedly crossing the center line.  In other activity between Oct. 11 and 18, Vergennes police conducted 21 motorized patrols, four foot patrols and one property watch, and: On Oct. 12: •  Twice aided Vermont State Police with car accidents in Ferrisburgh, one involving three vehicles on Monkton Road...
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police between Oct. 12 and 18 were three times called upon to calm disagreements between couples. None of the situations involved physical violence and police arrested no one.  On Oct. 15 two officers calmed a splitting couple long enough to allow a man to remove belongings from a Court Street apartment. Later that day, police investigated a separate, alleged incident involving a child custody dispute at a Valley View residence and determined the complaint to be unfounded.  On Oct. 16 officers responded to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel after receiving a report of an...
10/22/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police in the past week cited a Bristol man for violating an abuse prevention order twice for two separate incidents.  First, on Oct. 13 troopers received a complaint regarding a violation of an abuse prevention order. They looked into the report and ended up citing Kaleb Gorton, 28, of Bristol for violating an abuse prevention order of Oct. 12. Police didn’t formally deliver the citation until they located Gorton on Oct. 17.  The next day, Oct. 18, at 6:23 p.m. state police were dispatched to a welfare check in Bristol. Troopers investigated again and...
10/22/2020
BRISTOL — Between Sept. 14 and 26 Bristol police were kept busy with a number of citizen disputes. Of the six occasions police responded during that period, one was a disagreement over garbage container use, one was a disagreement over property control and a third turned out to be civil in nature. In all but one of the disputes, police determined that no action rose to the level of an offense. A sixth case, of unspecified nature, is still under investigation. During that same period Bristol police completed 20 foot patrols and five car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part...
10/15/2020
BURLINGTON — The mastermind behind a major heroin trafficking conspiracy in Addison County, according to federal authorities, is being held without bail pending a hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Friday. Kevin D. Williams, 32, of Patterson, N.J., is charged with knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances between Nov. 1, 2019, and Oct. 11 in Vermont, federal court records show. Williams, also known as “Taco,” appeared briefly in federal court Tuesday afternoon by phone from the Northwest State...
10/15/2020
VERGENNES — Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 11 Vergennes police began investigation of two alleged sex offenses, cited two drivers for drunk operation, responded to verbal domestic disputes, several times helped out Vermont State Police, and twice worked with the Department for Children and Families on sensitive cases. During those two weeks, Vergennes police also conducted 34 directed patrols, nine foot patrols and a property watch, and:  On Sept. 28:  •  Assisted a resident with an abandoned vehicle in his Main Street parking lot. •  Responded to report of a dispute in a Hillside Acres apartment...
10/15/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited James Thurston, 31, of New Haven for violation of his court-ordered conditions of release, after a woman complained that Thurston had allegedly followed her and made “sexually suggestive comments” on Oct. 7. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded to a complaint of someone revving their car engine off Case Street on Oct. 5. •  Receive complaints about some people allegedly not complying with COVID-19 guidelines at a bingo game off Exchange Street on Oct. 5. •  Helped with a custody exchange at a Washington Street home on Oct. 5. •  ...
10/15/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — A Leicester man was killed when his car went off Route 7 in his hometown on Oct. 7. Vermont State Police found Jeffrey McGrath, 53, dead in his car at the scene of the crash. At around 5:30 p.m. on that Wednesday state police received a report that a car was off the road near Maple Run Road. Troopers found a 2007 Chevy Malibu had left the southbound lane of Route 7, struck a significant portion of guard rail, turned over and finally came to rest approximately 75 feet down an embankment. McGrath, who apparently was the only person in the car, was not wearing a seat belt....

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