Crime

08/20/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police have pieced together the facts in a case that they say explains how a Winooski man ended up pulled over on the side of the road in St. George with a bullet in his leg fired from a gun in Starksboro. Troopers from the New Haven barracks were called at 5:45 a.m. on May 29 to a reported accidental shooting. Initially, the people involved were uncooperative, police said, and told investigators that Tyler Branon, 31, of Winooski was accidentally shot in the leg by an unknown male. After more than two months of investigation, state police said they’ve...
08/13/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Aug. 10 cited James E. Amblo, 42, of Vergennes for sexual assault, unlawful restraint and  violation of conditions of release. The arrest and citation arose from an incident on Main Street.  During the period from Aug. 3-9, Vergennes police conducted eight directed patrols and one foot patrol. Vergennes officers also:  •  On Aug. 3 assisted the Vermont State Police with the issuance of a mental health evaluation order on East Street in New Haven. The subject of the order was taken into custody without incident. •  On Aug. 4 responded to a minor two-vehicle...
08/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested Brian Warner, 47, of Salisbury on an outstanding warrant, following a traffic stop on East Main Street on Aug. 4. Two days later, on Aug. 6, police cited Warner for driving under the influence of drugs, following their investigation of an alleged domestic incident at an East Main Street residence. Police said no domestic assault had taken place. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were informed of the theft of solar garden lights from a North Pleasant Street business on Aug. 3. •  Found a collection of used, disposable syringes in the...
08/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were called to Leicester-Whiting Road in Leicester twice on recent occasions and both times cited the same man for serious crimes. On July 27 at a little after 5 p.m. state police received a report of a vehicle stolen from a Leicester Whiting Road home. Troopers identified the suspect as Christopher Bridgmon, 34, of Leicester.  Later, Pittsford police and troopers from the Rutland barracks located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. Bridgmon fled in the vehicle and ultimately crashed it in Pittsford. Police cited Bridgmon for an aggravated count of...
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating the theft of a record album collection from the Big Barn Home Center on Friday, July 31.  Police said the owner estimated the value of the vinyl collection at the New Haven Road business at $2,000.  In other action between July 27 and Aug. 2, Vergennes police department also conducted 25 motorized patrols, two property watches,  three foot patrols, and:  On July 27:  •  While working for the town of Addison cited Andrew Kayhart, 23, of Addison for excessive speed; police allege Kayhart’s vehicle was traveling 94 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 17...
08/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Thomas Hynes, 34, of Middlebury for first-degree aggravated domestic assault and disorderly conduct, following an incident at a Court Street residence on July 29. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services (MREMS) and Middlebury firefighters in helping a man who had experienced a medical crisis while on the roof of a Charles Avenue home on July 27. •  Investigated a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of South Main and Academy streets on July 27. Police said two people involved in the...
08/06/2020
BRISTOL — Last month, Bristol police dealt with parking issues in the Bartlett’s Falls area of Lincoln Road on at least seven separate occasions, sometimes after having received complaints. Police issued a total of 86 parking tickets on Lincoln Road in July — 52 for vehicles registered in Vermont and 34 registered out of state, according to Police Chief Bruce Nason. Drivers should beware that parking is not allowed in any part of the travel lane. Between July 6 and 26, Bristol police completed 19 foot patrols and more than nine hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Thursday were looking for a driver who fled the scene of a collision with a tractor-trailer (without the trailer) on Route 7 South, near Denecker Chevrolet, on Wednesday evening, July 29. Police have already established that the unknown driver was at fault in the crash based on video evidence taken from the truck. The accident backed up traffic on Route 7 as emergency responders cleared the wrecked vehicles and spilled diesel fuel. The truck driver, 43-year-old Shawn M. Lafountain, complained of a sore back and calf but declined medical attention, according...
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — A variety of incidents and accidents kept Vergennes police busy in the two weeks that ended this past Sunday, including arguments, traffic issues, animal problems, stolen lawn signs, phone threats and parking issues.  Between July 13 and 26 Vergennes police also conducted 55 traffic patrols, five property watches, and six foot patrols, and: On July 13: •  Responded to a report of a group gathered in front of an East Street house during the early morning hours and determined the report was false. •  Helped a Mountain View Lane resident who reported her husband was missing; her...
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Matthew Billings, 37, who is homeless, for burglary and six counts of violating his conditions of release, following an alleged break-in at Mac’s Convenience Store on East Main Street on July 27.  Police said Billings broke into the East Middlebury store after 3 a.m. this Monday and took some cigarettes and beverages. Officers reviewed the store surveillance video and identified Billings, and then took him into custody. Billings was lodged for lack of $5,000 bail, according to police. In other recent action, Middlebury police: •  Helped Middlebury Regional...

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