Crime

03/19/2020
VERGENNES — As unwanted calls continue to arrive on local phones, on March 11 Vergennes police heard from a Main Street man. He had heard from a caller who told him he must return the call immediately or he would be arrested. Police told the complainant it was an attempted scam. As always, police advised him not to answer calls from unknown numbers. Between March 9 and 15, Vergennes police also ticketed 10 cars left out overnight on city streets in violation of the Vergennes wintertime parking ban, and they conducted six special traffic details around the city, during which they warned three...
03/19/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Micah Pratt, 35, of Middlebury for driving under the influence following a traffic stop on Route 7 South on March 9.  Police said they measured Pratt’s blood-alcohol content at 0.108%; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Cited Andrew Neil, 47, of Middlebury for driving with a criminally suspended license on Foote Street on March 9. •  Cited Lonny McCray Jr., 32, of Salisbury for driving with a criminally suspended license on Washington Street on March 9. •  Were informed that someone had vandalized a...
03/19/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were involved in a car chase on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh in the early morning hours of March 12. It ended with a Burlington man behind bars and facing multiple charges. At around 1:20 a.m. on this past Thursday troopers from the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks attempted to stop a car on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh for a motor vehicle violation. The vehicle failed to stop and continued through Vergennes and back onto Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, state police reported.  After a brief pursuit, the vehicle stopped on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. Police said they...
03/12/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police were busy enforcing traffic laws between March 2 and 8. During those seven days city police conducted a dozen special traffic details around Vergennes during which they ticketed 14 drivers and warned another 10. On March 5 they also stopped a tractor-trailer truck on Monkton Road and ticketed the company for operating a vehicle that was 53,500 pounds overweight for the road. That ticket amounted to $9,362. Police issued a second $220 ticket for failing to obtain a permit to operate an overweight vehicle on the road. Police on March 5 and 6 also enforced the...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received into evidence what police described as “a powdery substance and pills” found in a school bathroom on March 5. The initial police log item said the school was located on Charles Avenue. Police later told the Independent that the school was the Patricia A. Hanaford Career Center. Police said the case is under investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Investigated an allegation of cruelty to a family member at a Main Street location on March 2. •  Were informed that someone had written graffiti on the Mill Street pump house on March 2...
03/12/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to a report of a crash on Route 7 in New Haven last Friday, March 6, at around 6:30 p.m. Troopers alleged that Carl F. Wrighton, 59, of Hyde Park failed to stop his vehicle at a stop sign at the intersection of River Road and Route 7. Wrighton’s vehicle struck another vehicle traveling southbound on Route 7. No injuries were reported in the crash. While speaking with Wrighton, troopers detected signs of impairment, screened him for drunk driving and cited him for driving under the influence, second offense. They also cited him for negligent...
03/09/2020
DOVER — Vermont State Game Wardens are reminding snowmobilers to stay sober if they are planning to get on their snow machine and head out on the trails. Consuming alcohol while operating a snowmobile is illegal and dangerous. Wardens report that on Monday, Feb. 17, they were conducting a routine snowmobile patrol on VAST trail C7-100 near the Stratton-Dover line when they encountered Lawrence Orenstein, 61, of Wilmington driving a snowmobile without up-to-date VAST stickers or registration. A warden stopped Orenstein for the infraction. While investigating the registration issue, wardens...
03/05/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded last week to what they said were two unsubstantiated calls related to Northlands Job Corps, one making what they determined was a false allegation of a sexual offense, and the other apparently a prank call. The first came on Feb. 27. City police investigated a report from an anonymous caller that a Northland Job Corps employee was involved in a sexual assault with a NLJC student. Police said they determined the caller, who refused to identify himself or the student, had fabricated the story. On Feb. 28 Vergennes police responded to Northlands after the...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Scott Hawthorne, 53, of Park City, Utah, for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop at the intersection of Exchange Street and Route 7 North on Feb. 28. Police said they measured Hawthorne’s blood-alcohol content at 0.98 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Intervened in a fight between two Middlebury Union High School students on Feb. 24. •  Served a temporary restraining order on a parent on behalf of a local juvenile on Feb. 24. •  Investigated allegations of “inappropriate...
03/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — On Feb. 27 between 10 and 11:17 p.m., Vermont State Police received a report of an assault at a home in Salisbury Troopers investigated and report that 65-year-old Paul LaFountain of Salisbury had assaulted a household member. State police officers said they also discovered two dogs that were severely neglected and deprived of adequate medical attention. Due to the severe neglect, they obtained a warrant to seize both dogs, and once they got them in hand took the K-9s to the emergency veterinary hospital in Burlington for immediate medical attention.  Police cited LaFountain...

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