Crime

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Bryce Kowalczyk, 21, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, after receiving a report at a little before 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 of a truck “going doughnuts” on the Middlebury baseball field. Police said they measured Kowalczyk’s blood-alcohol level at 0.126%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Received a report about an alleged theft from the Tractor Supply Co. store on Foote Street on Feb. 1. Police determined no theft had occurred; simply a mistake at the register. •  Spoke with Middlebury Union High...
ADDISON COUNTY — Troopers at the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police cited two men for driving under the influence in separate cases last week. In the first incident, troopers at around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 responded to Knox Hill Road in Orwell for the report of an intoxicated man who was lost and out of gas. Police identified the driver as 65-year-old Roger LaDuc of Castleton. Police report that LaDuc was driving on Knox Hill Road when his vehicle slid off the roadway and became stuck in the snow. While speaking with LaDuc, troopers detected indicators of alcohol impairment and...
VERGENNES — On Jan. 28 Vergennes police ticketed a truck driver hauling crushed cars north on Route 22A after being told parts from the cars — including pieces as large as a hood — were flying off the back of his truck and threatening other vehicles. City police stopped the driver on Main Street and said he “acknowledged his vehicle was losing pieces as he drove.” As well as ticketing the driver for hauling an unsecured load, police said they grounded the vehicle until its load could be safely wrapped with security netting.  Between Jan. 25 and 31, Vergennes police also conducted 16 cruiser...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Jan. 27 helped the Vermont Department of Health locate two people who had recently had close contact with a COVID-positive individual. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Spoke with a local person on Jan. 26 who reported having been harassed on Facebook. •  Investigated a report of “many” people entering the Maplefields store on Route 7 South without wearing masks on Jan. 26. •  Were told that employees of a Maple Street business were allegedly not wearing masks on Jan. 26. •  Received a report about a man allegedly trying to steal a can of beer...
ADDISON COUNTY — On Jan. 28 at around 7:20 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a family fight at a Watchpoint Road home in Shoreham. Troopers investigated and said they determined Richard Quesnel, 35, of Shoreham attempted to cause serious bodily injury to an intimate partner. Troopers arrested Quesnel and took him to the New Haven barracks for processing. After conferring with a judge, police released Quesnel with conditions and with a citation for aggravated domestic assault. State police keep a briefer log of daily activity. According to that log, troopers at the New Haven...
BRISTOL — Between Jan. 18 and 24, Bristol police completed four foot patrols, conducted at least two car patrols, monitored traffic during school dismissal twice, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School seven times, at Bristol Elementary School six times, and at local businesses seven times. Police also completed at least four fingerprint requests. In other recent activity, Bristol police: •  On Jan. 18 issued notices against trespass to two people. •  On Jan. 18 helped someone with the return of their vehicle. •  On Jan. 19 helped someone get into their locked vehicle. •  On...
VERGENNES — During the week of Jan. 18-24, Vergennes Police issued a criminal citation to a driver for driving a vehicle with a suspended license; sent the department Drug Recognition Expert to Middlebury, resulting in another citation; investigated unauthorized credit card use; and handled car accidents, a loose dog, welfare checks, and a domestic dispute. During those seven days, Vergennes police also performed 15 patrols and one foot patrol, ticketed two cars for violating the city’s wintertime parking ban, and: On Jan. 18: •  Helped Vermont State Police (VSP) by responding to a one-car...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Jackson Downey-Teachout, 30, of Salisbury for driving under the influence, following a two-car crash on Court Street on Jan. 21. Police said they suspected Downey-Teachout might have been driving under the influence of drugs, based on a screening performed by a Drug Recognition Expert affiliated with the Vergennes Police Department. Police said lab results are pending in this case. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted Vermont State Police in serving a citation on a resident of the South Village Green apartments on Jan. 18. •  Assisted...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police troopers stationed at the New Haven barracks were called to help look for a reported lost hiker on Jan. 21. Last Thursday at about 7:30 p.m. the Vermont State Police Shaftsbury barracks received the call about an overdue hiker. A family member reported the hiker was alone, had driven to the Peru area from Massachusetts earlier in the day, and failed to make contact with his family after it became dark — they were concerned for his welfare. Troopers in Bennington, Rutland and Addison counties, as well as police from Winhall and Manchester completed...
BRISTOL — On Jan. 10 Bristol police cited Aliza Rudinski, 28, of New Haven for identity theft and false token. Rudinski was ordered to appear in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on March 29 to answer to the charges. Between Dec. 28 and Jan. 17, Bristol police completed 17 foot patrols, conducted at least 15 car patrols, monitored traffic during school dismissal six times, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 20 times, at Bristol Elementary School 19 times, and at local businesses 17 times. Police also completed at least nine fingerprint requests and verified one...

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