Crime

01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a child being left alone in a vehicle parked off Court Street Extension on Jan. 23. Police said they spoke with the mother and notified the Vermont Department for Children & Families about the incident. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Mediated a family dispute over the custody of a child at a Monarch Court home on Jan. 20. •  Issued a no-trespass order to a man for the Memorial Sports Center on Jan. 20. •  Were asked to check the welfare of a Deerfield Lane resident on Jan. 20. Police said the person wasn’t there,...
01/30/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police issued a number of citations for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs recently. Perhaps the most noteworthy occurred this past Sunday when troopers cited two Shoreham men for DUI in the same vehicle. On Jan. 26 at around 5:53 p.m. troopers responded to a report of a car off Route 22A in Shoreham. A report from Trooper Sean Hauter said that investigation showed that Neil Freeman, 47, and Jason Babcock, 40, had each been in total physical control of the vehicle just prior to the arrival of police. While speaking with Freeman and Babcock, state...
01/27/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police between Jan. 13 and 19 continued to ticket vehicles for violating the city’s winter overnight parking ban and for speeding while also dealing with a variety of cases, including scam and threatening complaints, vaping students, vandalism, truancy and gas drive-offs. During those seven days, Vergennes police: On Jan. 13: •  Ticketed two vehicles for violation of the winter parking ban. •  Responded to a report of a disabled tractor-trailer truck near the Small City Market; it was gone when police arrived. •  Conducted a traffic patrol on Main and Green streets and...
01/27/2020
BRISTOL — Between Jan. 6 and 19, Bristol police completed 20 foot patrols and more than four hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Officers checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 13 times, conducted 12 business checks and processed nine requests for fingerprints. The department also assisted Vermont State Police four times, Bristol Rescue Squad twice and Bristol Fire Department once. In other recent activity, Bristol police: • On Jan. 7 responded to a 911 hang-up and determined that it was an accidental...
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded on Jan. 14 to a single-vehicle crash, with minor injuries, on Court Street, near its intersection with Creek Road. Police said a man experienced a seizure while driving south on Court Street at a quarter past 7 a.m. He veered off the roadway, across the sidewalk and across the lawn behind Middlebury Pediatric Dentistry, according to police. He crossed South Village Green, hitting street signs, passing over the westbound lane, the grass median and the eastbound lane, police said. The vehicle continued across some grass behind People’s Bank, clipping an...
01/23/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Heavy snowfall this past Thursday, Jan. 16, resulted in some traffic crashes that kept Vermont State Police busy in Addison County. Police reported that roads were snow-covered and slippery that morning, resulting in a couple crashes that sent more than a dozen people to hospitals. At approximately 5:30 a.m. that day state police were notified of a vehicle roll over on Route 22A near Brown Road in Shoreham. Firefighters from Shoreham, Orwell and Middlebury also responded, along with rescue squads from Middlebury, Benson and Vergennes.  State police report that Jolaina Pizarro...
01/20/2020
LINCOLN — A Florida man has been charged with one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child and one count of luring a child, stemming from a Dec. 27 incident in Lincoln, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police. Walter Hutton, 35, of Palm Harbor, Fla., was arrested by the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13 and will be extradited to Vermont to face the charges, the press release said. The VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigations received a complaint about the incident on Dec. 28. “As a result of subsequent investigative actions, including multiple...
01/20/2020
VERGENNES — Following a West Main Street traffic stop on Jan. 11 Vergennes police cited a Hinesburg man for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said they stopped a vehicle operated by Robert R. Russell III, 25, for allegedly traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone. After noticing signs of intoxication, the city officer cited Russell for DUI, alleging his evidentiary blood-alcohol content tested at 0.176%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other incidents between Jan. 6 and 12, Vergennes police: On Jan. 6 spoke with a Vergennes Union High School student and a parent about challenges...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating a Jan. 6 armed robbery at Mac’s Convenience Store on East Main Street. The same business was later the target of a burglar only three days later. As previously reported by the Independent, a handgun-wielding man dressed in a green “hoodie” sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, and black mask walked into the store on Monday, Jan. 6, at around 8:50 p.m. and fired a shot into the floor, according to police. He then allegedly confronted the store clerk and removed cash from the register before firing the gun into the ceiling and leaving the store, police...
01/16/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are blaming a Bridport man for what appears to be a one-man crime wave between August and November of last year. After a five-month investigation, Vermont State Police on Jan. 7 announced they had cited Japheth Kehoe, 35, for multiple counts of theft, burglary and fraud. Addison County Sheriff’s Department deputies took Kehoe into custody on Jan. 3 for unrelated charges. Troopers’ investigation led them to cite Kehoe for four counts of false pretenses or tokens, and one count each of burglary, receiving stolen property, unlawful mischief, unlawful...

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