Crime

06/04/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — A 30-year-old man was injured after “a weapon was discharged inside the residence” at 38 Hillside Drive in Starksboro this past Friday morning. Vermont State Police are calling the incident a “weapons offense.” At 6:51 a.m. on May 29, troopers from the VSP New Haven barracks, along with detectives assigned to the Criminal Division, responded to the residence after receiving “a suspicious complaint that had originated in the town of Starksboro,” according to a press release issued by state police Friday afternoon. The victim was taken to the University of Vermont Medical...
05/29/2020
STARKSBORO — A 30-year-old man was injured after “a weapon was discharged inside the residence” at 38 Hillside Drive in Starksboro Friday morning in an incident Vermont State Police are calling a “weapons offense.” At 6:51 a.m. troopers from the VSP New Haven barracks, along with detectives assigned to the Criminal Division, responded to the residence after receiving “a suspicious complaint that had originated in the town of Starksboro,” according to a press release issued by state police Friday afternoon. The victim was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where...
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a May 23 report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance at Middlebury Sweets Motel, which has been providing rooms to homeless persons in wake of the temporary closure of local shelters due to COVID-19.  Police initially took the man was taken to Grace House in Rutland for detox services. But due to his high level of intoxication, police said the man was refused at the Grace House and was taken to the Rutland Regional Medical Center. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Assisted Vermont State Police with a burglary investigation at a...
05/28/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — On May 25 at around 12:30 a.m. Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on East River Road in Lincoln. Troopers report that Austin L. Wimett-Lafayette, 24, of Lincoln was driving a 2017 GMC truck westbound on East River Road when he left the roadway and struck a pole off the eastbound lane.  The Bristol Rescue Squad transported Wimett-Lafayette to Porter Hospital for evaluation; it was determined he had no major injuries, police said. While speaking with Wimett-Lafayette, troopers detected signs of impairment, so they screened him for driving under the...
05/28/2020
BRISTOL — Between April 27 and May 10, Bristol police completed 15 foot patrols and more than two 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 14 times, Bristol Elementary School once and local businesses 11 times. They also completed at least two fingerprint requests, facilitated the return of one loose dog and verified one Vehicle Identification Number. The department also assisted Bristol Fire Department, Vermont State Police, Brandon Police Department and...
05/21/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police with help from both Middlebury and Vermont State police responded to a 3:45 a.m. report on May 16 from a Hillside Drive apartment that an intoxicated mother had tried to stab her daughter, but learned on arrival the allegation was untrue, city police said. Police said that through investigation they learned the daughter had made up the story because she was upset after her mother had turned off the residence’s WiFi.  According to police they calmed the situation down and arranged for another family member to stay at the apartment for the remainder of the morning....
05/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last week were called to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on Route 7 South to deal with several crime reports. The hotel has for the past two months accommodated area homeless persons in need of a place to stay due to the temporary closure of the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter. That shelter closed in late March in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. First, on May 13, Middlebury officers assisted Addison County Sheriff’s Department officials with an intoxicated man at the hotel. The next day they responded to a report of a person on hotel grounds in...
05/21/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police report late night burglaries at two different Route 7 gas stations this past week. In the first instance, state police on May 12 at 2:31 a.m. looked into a report of a motion alarm at the Jiffy Mart convenience store in New Haven Junction. Troopers discovered that two people had forced entry through the front door and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The burglars quickly departed the area on foot Meanwhile, on May 15 at three-quarters of an hour past midnight, state police responded to the report of a motion alarm at...
05/14/2020
This Friday, May 15, is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Law enforcement officers from around the nation, and across Vermont, will join together in socially distanced spirit in remembrance of officers who have died in the line of duty. Each year an annual ceremony is traditionally held at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford. This year the pandemic prevented that tradition, but instead it inspired a new one. Officers and their colleagues will stand together in a socially distanced salute both inside and outside of Vermont law enforcement stations, correctional facilities, probation...
05/14/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with a variety of incidents between May 4 and 10, including chasing down a suspect for the Vermont State Police, investigating a retail theft, calming a fracas in a store’s parking lot, handling a dispute about wayward house cats, and dealing with an alleged drunk-driving case.  As well as conducting 15 motorized and one foot patrol and participating in nightly clang-and-bang parades, during those seven days Vergennes police:  On May 4: •  Checked on a city resident who was reported to be experiencing emotional distress due to health issues; police...

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