Mike Donoghue


STATE POLICE LT. Cory Lozier was stopped by an Addison County sheriff’s deputy for driving 25 mph over the speed limit in Monkton.
06/25/2020
MONKTON — Vermont State Police will not say what, if any, discipline the department has imposed on a lieutenant and special teams commander stopped for excessive speeding and then spun his tires as he resumed his travels, according to officials. It’s the latest black eye for Vermont State Police as the Legislature is looking to create sweeping police reforms, including possibly making the discipline of state troopers public again. For about 40 years Vermont State Police have conducted discipline behind closed doors due to a special law passed after several troopers at the St. Johnsbury...
06/25/2020
NEW HAVEN — Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a New York man struck by a tanker truck in New Haven last month was a suicide. Marcin J. Kosz, 40, of Lake George, N.Y., died instantly when struck by the truck on Route 7 near Town Hill Road in New Haven about 10:46 p.m. on May 5, Dr. Steven L. Shapiro, Vermont’s chief medical examiner, reported last week.  Shapiro said death was due to blunt impact to the head, torso and extremities. Vermont often experiences a few deaths each year that initially appear to be due to motor vehicle crashes, but upon further investigation...
06/18/2020
NEW HAVEN — Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a New York man struck by a tanker truck in New Haven last month was a suicide. Marcin J. Kosz, 40, of Lake George, N.Y., died instantly when struck by the truck on Route 7 near Town Hill Road in New Haven about 10:46 p.m. on May 5, Dr. Steven L. Shapiro, Vermont’s chief medical examiner, reported last week. Shapiro said death was due to blunt impact to the head, torso and extremities. Vermont often experiences a few deaths each year that initially appear to be due to motor vehicle crashes, but upon further investigation...
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...
12/02/2019
BURLINGTON — A former Bristol woman who was charged with three unrelated embezzlements over seven years has admitted she violated her federal supervised release conditions. Billie Laflam Preston appeared in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Monday, Nov. 25, to face a federal charge that her third arrest in December 2016 violated an earlier court order requiring her to live crime-free. Defense lawyer Karen Shingler said a state jury in Addison County found her client not guilty of felony embezzlement in August 2018, but convicted her for misdemeanor petty larceny. A two-month prison...
11/27/2019
BURLINGTON — A Houston, Texas, man, who officials said faked being a doctor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center so he could do intimate exams on Middlebury College female students, has been found guilty in federal court for possession of child pornography. Nam Vu Bui, who turned 35 years old on Friday — the day the jury convicted him — faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Middlebury police seized both a computer and cellphone belonging to Bui when officers were called to Middlebury College for a sexual assault complaint on Oct. 17, 2016....
11/26/2019
BURLINGTON — An illegal immigrant from Mexico, who was caught last month for the seventh time for being unlawfully in the United States, has been sentenced by a federal judge to time served and will be deported again. Floriberto Gomez-Garfias was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Vergennes as he walked out of a grocery store Oct. 17, court records show. For his previous six cases Gomez-Garfias had voluntarily returned to Mexico the first two times. He was deported the next four times, including once after serving a 75-day prison sentence, records show. This time...
10/31/2019
SHOREHAM — At least one of the two out-of-state men arrested on felony cocaine and Fentanyl trafficking charges following a raid on an Addison County home last week is getting his case moved to federal court where stiffer penalties can be imposed. At around 2:10 a.m. on Oct. 24, Vermont State Police troopers armed with a search warrant raided a home at 255 Lapham Bay Road in Shoreham. Police said they found Fentanyl and cocaine with a combined estimated street value of more than $35,000. The FBI, working with Vermont State Police, filed a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court against...
10/24/2019
BURLINGTON — An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who has been caught six times unlawfully in the United States, is back behind bars after being found in Addison County, according to federal authorities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said agents arrested the local farmhand, Floriberto Gomez-Garfias, 39, as he walked out of a grocery store in Vergennes last week. Gomez-Garfias admitted he had no legal status in the United States and maintained to investigators he had been removed only once from the country about 11 years ago, a federal court affidavit noted. Immigration documents...

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