Crime

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited James Thurston, 31, of New Haven for violation of his court-ordered conditions of release, after a woman complained that Thurston had allegedly followed her and made “sexually suggestive comments” on Oct. 7. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded to a complaint of someone revving their car engine off Case Street on Oct. 5. •  Receive complaints about some people allegedly not complying with COVID-19 guidelines at a bingo game off Exchange Street on Oct. 5. •  Helped with a custody exchange at a Washington Street home on Oct. 5. •  ...
ADDISON COUNTY — A Leicester man was killed when his car went off Route 7 in his hometown on Oct. 7. Vermont State Police found Jeffrey McGrath, 53, dead in his car at the scene of the crash. At around 5:30 p.m. on that Wednesday state police received a report that a car was off the road near Maple Run Road. Troopers found a 2007 Chevy Malibu had left the southbound lane of Route 7, struck a significant portion of guard rail, turned over and finally came to rest approximately 75 feet down an embankment. McGrath, who apparently was the only person in the car, was not wearing a seat belt....
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a person overdosing on drugs in the South Village Green apartment complex on Oct. 1.  Police said Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services (MREMS) took the person to Porter Hospital. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded to reports of a loud neighbor in the Mead Lane neighborhood on Sept. 28. •  Responded to a customer-employee dispute at the Champlain Farms store on Court Street on Sept. 28. •  Collected drug paraphernalia that was found at the Charter House warming shelter on North Pleasant Street on Sept. 28...
ADDISON COUNTY — While driving on Monkton Road in Monkton this past Monday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 a.m., a Vermont State Police trooper saw a vehicle operating at a high rate of speed in the opposing lane. The trooper turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle, which accelerated and failed to yield for several miles. The vehicle eventually came to a stop on Monkton Road. The officer identified the driver as Conrad Wells, 33, of Addison. While speaking with Wells, the trooper detected indicators of impairment and screened him for driving under the influence. Eventually, he arrested Wells, took...
LEICESTER — A Leicester man was killed Wednesday evening when his car went off Route 7 in his hometown. Vermont State Police found Jeffery McGrath, 53, dead in his car at the scene of the crash. At around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 state police received a report that a car was off the road near Maple Run Road. Troopers found a 2007 Chevy Malibu had left the southbound lane of Route 7, struck a significant portion of guard rail, turned over and finally came to rest  approximately 75 feet down an embankment. McGrath, who apparently was the only person in the car, was not wearing a seat belt. Police...
BURLINGTON — An Addison County man, who officials say shot his girlfriend during a picnic in Hancock in August, late last week pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Brian Warner, 47, has felony convictions, including sexual assault and burglary, court records show. He appeared briefly in federal court by phone from the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield to enter his plea Friday. Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford ordered Warner held until Wednesday when a hearing was scheduled on a motion by prosecutors for the...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Police on Saturday cited a city resident for driving under the influence of alcohol after responding to a First Street family dispute involving concern for a young girl. Cited following a Panton Road traffic stop was 34-year-old Raymond W. White. Police said they received two calls, one from a family member and one from a neighbor, regarding a situation at a First Street home.  The family member, according to police, expressed concern that the girl might ride with her father, White. The neighbor reported general concern about a dispute at the address and the girl’s...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited three people for driving under the influence in separate incidents this past Saturday.  First, shortly past midnight on Sept. 26 police pulled over a vehicle on Route 7 South following a report of erratic driving. They ended up citing the driver — identified as 35-year-old Kwesi Wilson of Londonderry — for DUI and driving with a suspended license. Police said the results of Wilson’s evidentiary blood test were pending. Then, at around 5:30 p.m., officers cited Sarah Bolsta, 37, of Middlebury for DUI following a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 South. Bolsta’s...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police said a Middlebury man was killed when the Jeep he was driving struck a tree in Panton last week. It was on Sept. 20 at around 9 a.m. that troopers responded to a one-car crash on West Road off Route 22A in Panton. Police found a 2004 Jeep Cherokee in the road containing an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat. They identified the man as 69-year-old James Warner. Police report Warner’s vehicle struck a tree before coming to rest in the center of the road. The road was said to be dry and the weather clear. Warner was taken to UVM Medical Center, where he...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were able to find a juvenile female who went missing on Sept. 14, and then reunite her with her family with help from her cellphone company.  Police said they were told the girl was last seen by a friend that Monday walking home from school on Main Street. They said the girl did not answer her cellphone, but with cooperation from her provider police were able to ping her phone a number of times over the course of 48 hours.  They used that information to narrow down their investigation into the girl’s whereabouts, and were eventually able to reach her by calling a...

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