Crime

ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police were summoned to an archeological dig in Leicester Monday morning after the site had been vandalized sometime overnight. An employee of North East Archeology Research called state police on June 7 to report the vandalism. Police said the work site is a well-known fishing hole and social gathering area along the Otter Creek off Old Jerusalem and Lower Bullock roads. Someone had burned equipment and tipped over a Port-a-Potty, releasing fecal sludge onto the ground, according to VSP. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Trooper Helm...

MIDDLEBURY POLICE HELPED with traffic control while utility workers labored through the night on Court Square after a storm knocked down a large tree on to electrical wires. Power was out in parts of Middlebury from late afternoon May 26 through 5:30 a.m. on May 27. Photo by Brian Slavin
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police last week investigated two complaints about potential hate crimes, both occurring on Thursday, May 27. First, police received a report about a truck driver failing to yield to a pedestrian in the College Street crosswalk on May 27. The person reporting the incident was concerned the case might have been a hate crime, as the driver allegedly sped up as the pedestrian — a black woman — sought to cross. Second, police were told that someone had thrown a brick through a window at the East Middlebury United Methodist Church, and rearranged letters on the church’s...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police troopers issued a $530 ticket for speeding on May 25. They saw a vehicle speeding northbound on Route 7 in New Haven at what they called an egregiously high rate of speed on May 25 at around 3:30 p.m. Police report that the car was passing several motor vehicles, also traveling north, and was clocked at 85 mph in a 50 mph zone. A trooper stopped the car and identified the driver as Douglas Yantz, 53, of Colchester. Police then issued Yantz the speeding ticket for $530. State police reminded drivers that in many fatal motor vehicle crashes, driving in...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police twice last week issued no-trespass orders on a man they and city business owners believe was using Main Street business restrooms to do drugs. But, police said, they couldn’t prove the man had done so, although in both instances he stayed in the restrooms for long periods of time and showed clear signs of being under the influence. The first call came from Champlain Farms on May 17. Employees said the man had entered the store restroom more than once that day. Police said they found a syringe in the restroom, but couldn’t prove who’d left it there. On May 21, they...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on May 23 responded to an accident, with minor injuries, after a person drove a vehicle into a wall at the Shaw’s Supermarket property off Washington Street. Police said the driver and a passenger were taken to Porter Hospital for treatment. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Met with a man who had allegedly been acting in an “erratic manner” in the Washington Street area on May 17. Police said the man left the area after picking up trash he had left on the ground. •  Responded to a report of a man and woman arguing off Academy Street on May 17...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week wrapped up an investigation of a Central Vermont crime spree that included allegations that a couple had broken into a Granville home. On Friday, May 21, VSP arrested Kevin Allen Bent, 32, and jailed him at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of $10,000 bail. Authorities were on the lookout for Amanda L. Conant, 30, wanted as a suspect in the break-in and other crimes, according to police. Both suspects were described as homeless. Police allege that Bent and Conant had forced entry into a Pomfret home on May 10 and...
BRISTOL — On May 8, Bristol Police received a request to check on the welfare of a person who’d been dropped off in town around 11 a.m., but who hadn’t returned home or been heard from by 8 p.m. The person was eventually located at 10:30 p.m. and police helped them find transportation to their residence in New York state. Between April 26 and May 16, Bristol police completed 31 foot patrols, conducted 11 car patrols, monitored traffic during school dismissal five times, and checked security at Mount Abraham Union High School 21 times, at Bristol Elementary School 20 times, and at local...
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Game Wardens said a Middlebury man illegally possessed turkey and deer he was not allowed to hunt, and also illegally possessed firearms and stolen property. Kyle Tetreault, 30, was arraigned on the charges in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Monday. The specific charges he faced are possession of illegal big game, failure to report big game, petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine, and felon in possession of firearms. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Department said that wardens, assisted by the ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco...
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on May 10 cited a Waterbury woman for driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense. Police issued the citation after being called to Alden Place by a Valley Vista employee who said there appeared to a person slumped over the wheel of a car at a nearby intersection. Police cited Robin A. Farnsworth, 63, for DUI-alcohol 2 after she refused testing. Police allege when they found her in her vehicle Farnsworth was unable to get out of it under her own power. They then called the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, which took her to Porter Hospital. Between May 10...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police and other local agencies responded to what turned out to be a hoax call about an alleged murder at a Gorham Lane home at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Police said the caller reported he had “shot and killed a family member” inside the home. Officers from Middlebury police, Vermont State Police and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department all converged on the scene and determined the call to be false. The matter remains under investigation, police said. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •  Investigated a report of a cow possibly being hit by a car...

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