Crime

ADDISON COUNTY — Several people were seriously injured in a fiery minivan crash on Route 22A in Addison this past Saturday. On Feb. 27 at around 12:45 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report that a Dodge Grand Caravan had crashed into a tree off Route 22A near Stickle Road. While they were on the way, troopers were told the vehicle was engulfed in flames and all occupants were out of the vehicle. Driver Kenneth Clark, 78, of Hinesburg, and passengers Kristie Norton, 58, of Hinesburg and Michele Harrison, 43, of Petersburg, Va., were transported to UVM Medical Center for injuries...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday night cited a New York resident for driving under the influence of drugs after finding him slumped behind the wheel of his pickup in the Champlain Farms convenience store parking lot. Police cited Drew M. McCarthy, 37, of Mechanicsville, N.Y., for DUI-drugs and released him to a family member after a trip to Porter Hospital that included McCarthy being administered NARCAN after police said he began to overdose at the city police station. Sgt. Jason Ouellette and Officers Mark Barber and Jill Harter arrived at about 5:30 p.m. and assessed the situation....
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of an alleged domestic assault at a South Village Green apartment on Feb. 16. Police said they’ve referred the case to the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  On Feb. 16 arrested Lonny J. McCray Jr., 33, of Salisbury on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. •  Retrieved a sexual assault evidence kit from Porter Hospital on behalf of Rutland police on Feb. 17. •  Received a report that dogs on Morse Road had been attacked by loose dogs on Feb. 17. •  Received...
ADDISON COUNTY — Car crimes kept Vermont State Police busy last week. Early in the week troopers received a report of a theft of an automobile from an unlocked garage off Sunny Valley Drive in Starksboro sometime between 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 14. The thief went into the garage through an unlocked side door and stole the unlocked automobile with the keys that were left inside. The vehicle is described as a silver 2012 Volvo XC60 with the Vermont license plate CGH 550. If you know anything about this incident, police ask you to please call the New Haven state police barracks at...
BRISTOL — On Feb. 9, after months of investigation into a complaint of fraud, the Bristol Police Department cited Jodi Lathrop, 51, of Bristol for embezzlement. Lathrop was ordered to appear in Addison Criminal Court on April 12 to answer to the charge. Between Feb. 8 and 21 Bristol police completed 12 foot patrols, conducted five car patrols, monitored traffic during school dismissal three times, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 12 times, at Bristol Elementary School 14 times, and at local businesses 13 times. Police also completed at least 10 fingerprint requests,...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are working with Bristol police to investigate a possible child pornography case, according to Vergennes Chief George Merkel. Merkel said the case involves alleged nude photos of a juvenile, and an investigation is ongoing. In other activity between Feb. 8 and 14, Vergennes police conducted 22 motorized and three foot patrols and one property watch; ticketed three vehicles left on city streets in violation of the city’s overnight winter parking ban; dealt with one false alarm and one accidental 911 call; and also: On Feb. 8 secured an unlocked door at a New Haven...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are looking at a Feb. 8 one-vehicle crash with injuries on Blake Roy Road as a possible driving-under-the-influence of alcohol offense. Police responded to the incident just before 10 p.m. that Monday. They said a truck went off the road and struck a tree. The male driver was transported to Porter Hospital, while the male passenger was taken to UVM Medical Center. Police said they obtained a search warrant to draw a sample of the operator’s blood due to suspicion of DUI-alcohol, and an investigation was continuing as of earlier this week. In other action between...
ADDISON COUNTY — Between Feb. 7 and 15, troopers at the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police reported no incidents serious enough to warrant a full press release. State police keep a briefer log of daily activity. According to that log, troopers at the New Haven barracks: •  On Feb. 7 at 6:15 p.m. assisted a citizen on Plank Road in New Haven. •  On Feb. 8 reported no incidents. •  On Feb. 9 at 9:48 a.m. checked out a report of a disturbance caused by a motor vehicle at Routes 30 and 74 in the heart of Cornwall. •  On Feb. 9 at 11:58 a.m. assisted an agency at the barracks. •  On...
BRISTOL — Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7, Bristol police completed 16 foot patrols, conducted eight car patrols, monitored traffic during school dismissal five times, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 14 times, at Bristol Elementary School 14 times, and at local businesses 14 times. Police also completed at least 16 fingerprint requests, responded to three alarms that turned out to be false and facilitated the return of one loose dog and one lost wallet. The department also assisted Vermont State Police once and the Vermont Department for Children and Families once. In other...
VERGENNES — Ferrisburgh’s Hoehl Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Vergennes Police Department, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. Merkel said a foundation representative told him a member of the foundation’s board had recommended the department for the award. A letter that arrived with the donation stated the award was “in honor of the good relationship the Vergennes Police Department has with their community and the tremendous work that they do.” Merkel said the department has used the donation to help pay for training for its officers, including in “Interview and...

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