Crime

04/09/2020
VERGENNES — Between March 30 and April 5 Vergennes police continued their focus on maintaining high visibility during the current COVID-19 crisis, while also keeping an eye on vacant homes and other potentially sensitive properties, such as grocery stores and schools. During that week city police conducted 16 directed patrols through downtown, neighborhoods, and the Shaw’s Supermarket Area, and another 11 targeted property watches of specific buildings and areas.  In other action between March 30 and April 5, Vergennes police:  On March 30:  • Responded to a report of a store patron who drove...
04/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police referred, to the Addison County Union on Special Investigations, two possible sexual assaults reported in the community on April 1. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Responded to a noise complaint in the Court Street Extension area on March 30. • Conducted a welfare check on a Jackson Lane family on March 30, at the request of the Vermont Department for Children & Families. • Checked the welfare check of a man in the Court Street area on March 30. The man was OK, police said. • Assisted a Case Street resident who on April 2 thought she’d heard...
04/09/2020
PANTON — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a family fight at a home in Panton this past Sunday, April 5, at around 2 p.m.  Troopers report that they investigated the report and determined that Richard Ambrose, 49, of Panton had assaulted a family member.  Police cited Ambrose into Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to answer the charge of domestic assault.
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December. The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die. “Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release. On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...
04/02/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Monday filed seven charges against Jackson Downey-Teachout, 29, that stemmed from a series of December domestic incidents at a Main Street residence. Police said they were notified of the alleged crimes in late February. Police said Downey-Teachout, whose last known residence was in Cornwall, was already being held at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility on an earlier, separate charge of aggravated domestic assault when they charged him this week. City police cited him for second-degree aggravated domestic assault, violating an abuse-prevention order, second...
04/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an explosion and billowing smoke emanating from Rouse Tire on Willow Drive at around 2 p.m. on March 23.  The police investigation indicates a Rouse worker was preparing metal drums to be cleaned of motor oil, when one of the drums exploded. Police said the worker was taken to Porter Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Middlebury firefighters put out a small fire, according to police, who added there was no damage to the building. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Called a towing service to remove a...

BRISTOL POLICE STOOD by while Bristol Public Works employees removed a traffic hazard by rolling this boulder off Lovers Lane.
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — On Feb. 25 Bristol police responded to a report of a traffic hazard on Lovers Lane and found that a small boulder had rolled down the hill and into the road. The Department of Public Works had initially planned to remove the boulder with a front end loader, but it was close enough to the edge of the road that, after rocking it a couple of times, town officials were able to roll it into the ditch. Between Feb. 24 and March 8 Bristol police completed 21 foot patrols and more than three hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of the Governor’s Highway...
03/26/2020
VERGENNES — A March 17 report to Vergennes police of a stolen vehicle from a Main Street home proved to have a mostly happy ending.  On that Tuesday police were told by a Main Street resident that she briefly left her vehicle running to go back into her home, and when she came back out it was gone.  The responding officer searched the area and found the vehicle nearby, in police lingo, “resting against a tree.” Police reported the vehicle did sustain minor damage in the incident.  In other incidents between March 12 and 22, Vergennes police:  On March 12: •  Removed a sticker advertising the...
03/26/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police assisted Vermont State Police, Bristol Rescue Squad and Middlebury Regional EMS at a single-vehicle crash where a person sustained non life-threatening injuries, on River Road in New Haven on March 17. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) with an overdose patient at a Jackson Lane home on March 16. •  Assisted MREMS officials with a drunken man in the Boardman Street area who had been seeking housing assistance on March 16. MREMS took the man to Porter Hospital. •  Told a man to stop banging on a South...
03/26/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week cited drivers in two separate incidents for drunk driving. The first incident was on March 17. That Tuesday, at 10:25 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a one-car crash on River Road in New Haven. Police report that Crystal Hall, 40, of Vergennes was driving a 2004 Monte Carlo eastbound on River Road when the car went off the roadway, struck a tree and came to rest down a slight embankment amongst heavy brush. The car was totaled. While speaking with Hall, police noted several signs of alcohol impairment. Hall and a juvenile passenger were...

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