Crime


A MAN WEARING a black knit cap and sporting a distinctive moustache was caught by surveillance camera during a burglary at the West Addison General Store early Sunday morning.
02/19/2020
ADDISON — Vermont State Police are trying to find the burglars who broke into West Addison General Store — WAGS — this past Sunday morning. At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, several motion alarms at WAGS alerted state police of an intruder. When troopers got there, they found that someone had forced their way into the story via the front bay window. Their initial investigation indicated that at least two people entered the business and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and beer. The subjects quickly departed the area in an older green Subaru, possibly a Legacy or Outback. This incident is...
02/17/2020
BURLINGTON –— A former Addison County resident, whose multi-state armed robbery spree ended in Brattleboro in 2018 when police shot him multiple times, has been sentenced to just over six years in federal prison for using a gun for three stick ups at Vermont convenience stores, including one in Vergennes. Mark Triolo, 47, received the 75-month sentence in U.S. District Court in Burlington for robbing the Small City Market in Vergennes on May 1, 2018, and for holdups at both the Ascutney Sunoco Station in Weathersfield and Allen Brothers Farm Stand in Westminster on May 4, 2018. The six-years-...
02/17/2020
BURLINGTON — A gun unlawfully purchased by a Shoreham man at an Addison County sports store and later reported stolen was used in at least two shootings in Jersey City, N.J., federal court records in Vermont show. Travis Norris, 31, is facing a two felony counts in connection with making false statements during the purchase of the .380 caliber pistol at Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury on July 7, 2019, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Norris tried to deceive the federally licensed store on Route 7 South when he lied by saying he was not a user of...
02/13/2020
VERGENNES — On Feb. 4 Vergennes police inspected a Revolutionary War display case at the Bixby Library because a patron was concerned ordinance in the case was potentially still dangerous.  A city officer who responded to the complaint determined there was no risk because prior to being displayed the ordinance had been, according to police, “rendered inert.” Between Feb. 3 and 9 Vergennes police also ticketed five vehicles left out overnight in violation of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight parking on city streets, and ordered two of them to be towed.     In other action during those...
02/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Albert LaPlante, 51, of Milton for driving under the influence, after he allegedly drove off the road at the intersection of North Pleasant and High Streets on Feb. 7. Police said they measured LaPlante’s blood-alcohol content at 0.244%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted a Valley View resident with an unwanted, intoxicated guest on Feb. 3. •  Checked on the welfare of a local child in the Delancy Lane area on Feb. 3. Police found the child to be OK. •  Responded to a report of a woman acting “...
02/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks issued one press release detailing troopers activity between Feb. 3 and 10. On Feb. 5 at around 6 p.m., a trooper stopped a motor vehicle on Shoreham-Whiting Road in Whiting after observing a motor vehicle violation. The trooper cited driver Darryl Davis, 48, of Shoreham for driving a vehicle that was not equipped with an ignition interlock device, which Davis is required to have. Davis is due to answer the charge on March 16 in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division. State police also issued daily brief...
02/06/2020
VERGENNES — During special traffic details last week Vergennes police issued tickets that totaled more than $19,500 in fines to two trucking companies for overweight vehicles. The first ticket came during a Jan. 28 patrol on Panton Road. Police issued two tickets, one ticket for a commercial motor vehicle overweight violation for $10,052 and another for $220 for failure to obtain an overweight permit. On Jan. 30 on Monkton Road city police issued another pair of tickets, one for $9,017 for an overweight violation and the second for $220 for the failure to obtain an overweight permit. During...
02/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police ended up arresting a Middlebury woman on Feb. 2 after responding to a complaint of an out-of-control person at the Charter House warming shelter on North Pleasant Street. Officers responded to the Charter House at around 11:40 a.m. this past Sunday to help calm the situation. They learned the guest in question, Kendra Pixley, 40, of Middlebury had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.  Police then took Pixley into custody, and she was transported to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility by the Addison County Sheriff’s Department. In other recent...
02/06/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — A Jan. 29 traffic stop in Salisbury resulted in Vermont State Police levying multiple charges against a Salisbury woman, including assaulting four police officers. At about 7:20 p.m. this past Wednesday, a Vermont State Police trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 53 in Salisbury after observing a violation. The trooper identified the drier as 31-year-old Erica Fitzgerald. During the stop, the trooper alleges that Fitzgerald attempted to provide police with a false name. The trooper also discovered that Fitzgerald was driving with a suspended or revoked license....
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 21 cited a Winooski man for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, fifth offense, following a West Main Street traffic stop. Police said they screened and cited Hassan Nur, 40, of Winooski after they stopped his vehicle for allegedly traveling 47 mph in a 30 mph zone. They also ticketed Nur for speeding and for failing to use an interlock device, which requires a driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting or continuing to operate a vehicle. Also between Jan. 20 and 26 police ticketed four vehicles for parking overnight on city streets in...

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