Crime

01/02/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of mailboxes in several northern Addison County towns late last week. This past Friday morning, Dec. 27, troopers received a report of stolen mailboxes on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh. Police said 11 mailboxes had been taken or removed from posts in the ground. The missing mailboxes were later located at a fishing access on Fort Cassin Road in Ferrisburgh. Later that day, at around 5 p.m., Vergennes police passed on a report of a mailbox stolen on Macdonough Drive. Reports of more stolen or damaged mailboxes came in on Saturday...
12/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Richard Waite, 58, of Pawlet for simple assault at a Lower Foote Street business on Dec. 17. Police said the citation was based on a complaint that Waite had allegedly assaulted a co-worker. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Received a report of miscellaneous tools being stolen from an unlocked building on Route 7 South on Dec. 16. • Were informed on Dec. 16 of the alleged theft of an unspecified amount of money from a backpack at Middlebury Union High School. • Cited Mathew Billings, 36, of Cornwall for false pretenses following reports of...
12/26/2019
BRISTOL — Between Dec. 2 and 15, Bristol police completed 21 foot patrols and five 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 10 times, conducted eight business checks, processed at least 14 requests for fingerprints, and facilitated the return of one loose dog and one lost wallet. The department also assisted Vermont State Police, Bristol Rescue Squad and the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations. In other recent activity, Bristol police: • On Dec. 2...
12/19/2019
VERGENNES — City police on Dec. 15 arrested John Coleman, 47, of Vergennes and charged him with four crimes in connection with domestic dispute that day at a Scovel Lane residence with a woman they described as his girlfriend. Police allege that Coleman at various points during the incident locked his girlfriend out of her residence, grabbed and ripped her clothing, blocked her in the kitchen of her home with his body to prevent her from leaving her residence, and attempted to grab her cellphone to prevent her daughter from calling police. City police charged Coleman with aggravated...
12/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report about the alleged sexual assault of a woman by a man at a Court Street residence on Dec. 13. Police said the case is under investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Were informed of the theft of cash from a wallet that had been left near the TJ Maxx store on Dec. 9. • Served a temporary no stalking order on a man in the East Main Street area on Dec. 9. • Were informed of possible “inappropriate activity” between two juveniles in the Charles Avenue area on Dec. 9. • Investigated a report of possible drug activity at 6:45 p.m...
12/19/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police engaged in three incidents deemed worthy of press releases between Dec. 10 and 16. In the first, troopers on Friday, Dec. 13, at a little before 1:30 a.m. stopped a motor vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh after observing a motor vehicle violation. While speaking with the driver, identified as Tyesha Franklin, 29, of Shoreham, troopers detected indicators of impairment and they screened Franklin and then arrested her for driving under the influence. State police alleged that during the investigation, Franklin provided false information to law enforcement....

THE SUSPECT, SEEN here on security camera footage, was wearing a white/black zip-up hoodie sweatshirt with a “Fox Racing” logo on the left chest, dark colored pants, tan shoes, dark colored gloves and possibly a light-blue bandana covering his face.
12/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police this morning continue to look for a man who assaulted a clerk at the Champlain Farms store at 25 Court St. in Middlebury at around 10:17 p.m. this past Friday, Dec. 13, and took off with an undetermined amount of cash. Police said the suspect assaulted the store clerk with a “blunt object.” The clerk was taken to Porter Hospital, where he was treated and released. Police said the suspect was wearing a white/black zip-up hoodie sweatshirt with a “Fox Racing” logo on the left chest, dark colored pants, tan shoes, dark colored gloves and possibly a light-blue...
Kory George
Kory George. Photo: Vermont State Police.
12/13/2019
BURLINGTON — Police have arrested the man they suspect murdered David Auclair in Hinesburg on July 11. Auclair’s stepson, Kory Lee George, 31, formerly of Monkton, was arrested this morning on suspicion of first-degree murder, burglary and obstruction of justice connected to Auclair’s shooting death in Hinesburg on July 11, according to a Vermont State Police press release. “Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that George participated in a coordinated effort to kill David Auclair late July 11 at the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot,” the press...
12/12/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes police at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 4 decided to request that Vergennes Union elementary and high schools and the nearby Champlain Valley Christian School go into lockdown after a report of the sound of gunshots near VUES. According to Police Chief George Merkel city police, assisted by Vermont State Police Captain Michael Manley, who was in Vergennes at the time, found nothing to indicate there was a threat to the schools. Police later said the source of the sound might have been a transformer exploding on Panton Road. Police were nearby assisting on a monthly Walk and Ride...
12/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at Greg’s Market on Elm Street on Dec. 8. Police said they received a report of a smashed window at the market, which reopened for business earlier this year after a lengthy hiatus. Police said they determined someone had been inside the market during the overnight hours. Authorities and store officials are busy determining whether anything was stolen from the store. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted Vermont State Police with a domestic dispute at a Lower Notch Road home in Bristol on Dec. 3. • Announced on Dec. 3...

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