Crime

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Police responded to a report that someone had affixed Nazi swastika stickers to posts at the entrance of Wright Park off Seymour Street Extension on Sept. 14. Anyone with information on this incident should contact Middlebury Police at 388-3191. In other action last week, Middlebury Police: • Spoke with a local man who had reportedly been threatening self-harm on Sept. 14. Police concluded the man didn’t appear to be a threat to himself. • Were informed of the theft of a purse from a vehicle parked off Juniper Lane on Sept. 14. • Located a street sign on Seymour Street...
BRISTOL — On Sept. 13, Bristol police arrested James S. Thorpe, 19, of Bristol for domestic assault, after responding to a report of a domestic conflict. Thorpe was ordered to appear in Addison Criminal Court on Sept. 14. During processing, police discovered that Rutland Criminal Court had issued a warrant for Thorpe for failing to appear for a previous charge of unlawful trespass, and ordered him to appear in that court on Sept. 21. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13, Bristol police completed 17 foot patrols and more than 17 hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which were part of...
VERGENNES — Following several incidents, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel put out a statement on social media reminding dog owners not to allow their pets to roam free.  Merkel noted city officers have “recently responded to an increasing number of dog complaints in the city, during which dogs that were not leashed or controlled by their owners, attacked pedestrians and inflicted injuries. “These incidents were unacceptable, and the owners of the dogs received substantial fines for violating the city dog ordinance,” Merkel added. “Luckily, no serious injuries were sustained, but the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were called to a car crash on Sept. 13 when an older man had experienced a medical episode while driving up Route 7 North and veered off the road. The man was found unresponsive behind the wheel of the car.  Fortunately, an off-duty staffer from the Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services (MREMS) was in the area, revived the man, and applied CPR until the ambulance on duty arrived. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded to a noise complaint at the South Village Green apartments complex on Sept. 7. •  Investigated a report of some...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police attempted to stop a motor vehicle on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro on Sept. 8 at around four minutes before 9 p.m. The car failed to stop and the trooper pursued it.  The chase came to an abrupt end when the driver of the car failed to make a left turn onto Hollow Road, the vehicle then left the road and it came to a position of rest down a slight embankment. While speaking with driver Jessica Baker, 38, of Starksboro the trooper observed several signs of alcohol impairment and took her into custody after a brief struggle. Police cited Baker for driving...
VERGENNES — Alerts from citizens enabled Vergennes police to twice issue citations to impaired drivers last week. On Sept. 3 just before 10 p.m., a caller told police someone was driving erratically through neighborhoods south of Main Street, at one point allegedly traveling in the opposite lane.  Police said they stopped a vehicle being driven by Scott Bissonette, 25, of Vergennes on Spring Street. After he allegedly failed roadside testing and registered 0.216 on a roadside breathalyzer test, police cited him for driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal blood alcohol limit for...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Barry Burnham, 57, of Middlebury for two counts of simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct, after investigating a report of a man allegedly threatening a man and woman about the way they were driving their vehicle on Burnham Drive at around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2.  Police said witnesses alleged Burnham had displayed a shotgun during the incident. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Served a no-trespass order on Aug. 31 on a man who wasn’t wanted at McDonald’s Restaurant. •  Advised a group of people to not wear dark clothes...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police accused a Bristol man with ramming his pickup truck into a truck driven by a Starksboro woman. On Sept. 1 at around 10 p.m. troopers were called to an incident on States Prison Hollow Road in Starksboro. Police report that Brianna Jennings, 27, of Starksboro was driving home with three others in her vehicle when it was struck by a silver pickup truck. Police allege Ricky Chobot, 31, of Bristol was driving the silver pickup and that he struck the other vehicle intentionally. After striking her vehicle, Chobot drove away, according to the police report....
BRISTOL — On Aug. 22 Bristol police cited Arlene Denis, 73, of Bristol for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police had stopped Denis after observing her driving down the road dragging something beneath her vehicle. Investigation determined that she had struck an unknown object, damaging the undercarriage of her vehicle, part of which was hanging loose. Denis was ordered to appear in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on Sept. 8. Between Aug. 17 and 30, Bristol police completed 13 foot patrols and more than 10 hours of car patrols in various parts of town, some of which...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Aug. 24 investigated a report of a man stopping his silver pickup truck in front of a Shannon Street home and allegedly “swearing and yelling” at a woman for having a Black Lives Matter sign posted in her yard. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Responded, with Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services (MREMS), to a report of a drug overdose at the South Village Green apartments on Aug. 24. Police said the patient was taken to Porter Hospital. •  Received a report about a man allegedly sexually touching himself while looking at women’s...

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