Crime

02/27/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police went to an Addison home on Feb. 20 to help Vermont State Police handle a report from a family member of an agitated elderly man said to be suffering from dementia who was wielding a loaded shotgun in his yard. City police said as they arrived the man had calmed and put down the weapon, and he told VSP he had heard something outside his home and had taken the gun to investigate. City police said VSP then determined the man did not pose a threat to anyone’s safety. Also between Feb. 17 and 23 Vergennes police ticketed six cars for violating the city’s wintertime ban...
02/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received information on Feb. 19 of a possible sexual abuse incident that the local victim alleges occurred “several years ago.” In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were informed of the theft of a Salamander heater from a Munson Road resident’s garage on Feb. 17. •  Investigated a two-vehicle crash, without injuries, on Route 7 South on Feb. 17. •  Responded to a report of sagging power lines at the intersection of Methodist Lane and Seymour Street on Feb. 18. •  Responded to a verbal domestic dispute between a man and woman in the Storrs Avenue area...
02/27/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police have arrested a man they say broke into and robbed the West Addison General Store, known as WAGS, in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. On Feb. 21 state police executed a search warrant at a Shoreham residence, where troopers say they found several items  that implicated Joshua Rheaume, 44, of Shoreham in the WAGS burglary. They took Rheaume to the New Haven barracks for processing and cited him for burglary and grand larceny. During their investigation, police learned that Rheaume had two warrants out for his arrest. At the conclusion of processing,...
02/27/2020
BRISTOL — On Feb. 11 Bristol police cited Joshua S. Goodrich, 30, of Danby for violation of a refrain from abuse order. Goodrich was the passenger in a vehicle being operated by the protected person, who had been stopped for having an expired registration. Goodrich was ordered to answer the charge in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24. Between Feb. 3 and 23, Bristol police completed 31 foot patrols and more than six 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...
02/20/2020
VERGENNES — A Vergennes police officer and a Vermont State Police trooper were both taken ill on Saturday after inhaling a burning substance in a Northlands Job Corps dorm room while helping center personnel subdue a student police described as “violent and uncontrollable” and “physically aggressive.” Police lodged the student at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, and he was later released from the Northlands program. While subduing the student, police said both police officers became ill from what appeared to be a type of hallucinogenic type of plant that was being burned in the...
02/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of a possible sexual assault at an Eastview Terrace home on Feb. 16. Police continue to investigate the matter. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Were infirmed of the theft of a purse from an unlocked vehicle parked off Jackson Lane on Feb. 10. •  Responded to a report on Feb. 11 about an intoxicated woman allegedly harassing people near Porter Hospital. •  Were informed of the theft of four tires from a vehicle parked on College Street on Feb. 11. •  Received a report about a partially clothed woman urinating off Court Street on Feb...

A MAN WEARING a black knit cap and sporting a distinctive moustache was caught by surveillance camera during a burglary at the West Addison General Store early Sunday morning.
02/20/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are trying to find the burglars who broke into West Addison General Store — WAGS — this past Sunday morning. At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, several motion alarms at WAGS alerted state police of an intruder. When troopers got there, they found that someone had forced their way into the story via the front bay window. Their initial investigation indicated that a least two people entered the business and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and beer. The subjects quickly departed the area in an older green Subaru, possibly a Legacy or Outback. This...

A MAN WEARING a black knit cap and sporting a distinctive moustache was caught by surveillance camera during a burglary at the West Addison General Store early Sunday morning.
02/19/2020
ADDISON — Vermont State Police are trying to find the burglars who broke into West Addison General Store — WAGS — this past Sunday morning. At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, several motion alarms at WAGS alerted state police of an intruder. When troopers got there, they found that someone had forced their way into the story via the front bay window. Their initial investigation indicated that at least two people entered the business and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and beer. The subjects quickly departed the area in an older green Subaru, possibly a Legacy or Outback. This incident is...
02/17/2020
BURLINGTON –— A former Addison County resident, whose multi-state armed robbery spree ended in Brattleboro in 2018 when police shot him multiple times, has been sentenced to just over six years in federal prison for using a gun for three stick ups at Vermont convenience stores, including one in Vergennes. Mark Triolo, 47, received the 75-month sentence in U.S. District Court in Burlington for robbing the Small City Market in Vergennes on May 1, 2018, and for holdups at both the Ascutney Sunoco Station in Weathersfield and Allen Brothers Farm Stand in Westminster on May 4, 2018. The six-years-...
02/17/2020
BURLINGTON — A gun unlawfully purchased by a Shoreham man at an Addison County sports store and later reported stolen was used in at least two shootings in Jersey City, N.J., federal court records in Vermont show. Travis Norris, 31, is facing a two felony counts in connection with making false statements during the purchase of the .380 caliber pistol at Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury on July 7, 2019, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Norris tried to deceive the federally licensed store on Route 7 South when he lied by saying he was not a user of...

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