Vermont State Police

10/08/2019
SALISBURY — The dead body of a man was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday, and Vermont State Police said they are looking to see if it is related to an officer-involved shooting in Rutland Tuesday morning. State police are investigating the Salisbury death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a parking lot off Evelyn Street near the railroad tracks downtown. Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public. Police did not immediately say...

CHASE ATKINS
09/27/2019
ADDISON — An Addison man has been charged with a hate crime, stemming from allegations he deflated the tires of a vehicle belonging to an employee of the organization Migrant Justice and left a voicemail at that nonprofit asking its representatives to stay away from area farms, back in August. Chase Atkins, 24, of Addison has been cited with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by telephone, with a hate-crime enhancement. Police said the case relates to an ongoing investigation into several suspicious incidents and vandalisms in the Bridport area during the month of August. Police allege Atkins...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Jeff Danoski, left, is retiring and is ceding the helm of the New Haven Barracks to his colleague, newly promoted Lt. Matthew Daley. Daley has served at the New Haven Barracks since 2014. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/23/2019
NEW HAVEN — A new lieutenant is taking the helm of Addison County’s contingent of the Vermont State Police. And it’s a familiar face. Lt. Matthew Daley is assuming command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks, to which he has been assigned since 2014. He replaces Lt. Jeff Danoski, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the VSP, three of those years spent heading the New Haven barracks. “It’s been the best job I’ve ever had in my career,” Danoski said of his time spent in New Haven. “We have a good group of troopers and sergeants here, good administrative staff, good detectives bureau. Just...
09/12/2019
I read with some relief when the state police claimed that the recent harassment at and vandalism to Mexican farmworkers’ homes in Bridport was the result of a feud over access to a fishing spot, and not directed at these folks for who they are. That relief vanished after talking with the main victim of this harassment, whose home was visited two nights by a group of men yelling, firing shots or setting off fireworks and hitting the house, including his air conditioner that was in an unlocked window. He is a Mexican immigrant and so is his wife. They have young kids. He is a dedicated husband...
08/26/2019
UPDATED NEW HAVEN — A construction zone flagger died at University of Vermont Medical Center after sustaining what Vermont State Police describe as “severe facial and internal injuries” when hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 at New Haven Junction on Friday, Aug. 23. James P. Alger, 38, of Barre died overnight, state police reported on Saturday. VSP cited the driver — Jennifer Bergevin, 49, of Middlebury — for driving under the influence of drugs and grossly negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting. Police said they were called to the scene at around 8:...
08/22/2019
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man on Wednesday was scheduled to answer to a charge of “excessive speed” in Addison Superior Court after Vermont State Police alleged they clocked him traveling 92 miles per hour in a 40-mph zone on Shard Villa Road on Tuesday. It was at around 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday that some Shard Villa Road residents called VSP about “motorists speeding” in their neighborhood, according to authorities. Police stopped 24-year-old Brandon Ciaramitaro in connection with the complaint. In addition to the excessive speed charge, Ciaramitaro was issued two tickets totaling $870 and he was...
08/22/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are looking for help from the public as they investigate the crash of a motorized bicycle in Bristol last week. State police report that at about 5 minutes after 9 p.m. on Aug. 14, they were dispatched to the report of a cyclist lying in the roadway on Route 116 near Lincoln Road. Preliminary investigation indicated that Ernest Martin, 51, of New Haven had been traveling southbound on a motorized bicycle. A passing motorist saw him in the roadway and contacted emergency services. The Bristol Rescue Squad rushed Martin to University of Vermont Medical...

Vermont State Police searched a property on Cattail Lane in Monkton this past Friday; it was the home of David Auclair, who was shot and killed last month.
08/05/2019
MONKTON — Vermont State Police on Friday executed a search warrant at the former Monkton home of a man who was shot and killed last month in Hinesburg, according to a report by WCAX-TV. The home on Cattail Lane is listed as the property of David Auclair — who was shot to death in Hinesburg on July 11 — and Angela Auclair, his estranged or possibly former wife. The couple purchased the home in 2004. No arrests were made, according to WCAX. Vermont State Police did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the police search, but several people familiar with the search confirmed...
07/11/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — On the morning of July 4 Vermont State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle hitting a deer on Lincoln Road in Ripton. Police report that sometime before 11:20 a.m. this past Thursday, Robert Wesley, 54, of Ripton was driving a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Lincoln Road when a deer entered the roadway. Wesley reportedly attempted to avoid the deer but collided with animal. Neither alcohol nor drugs played a factor in the collision, police said. Wesley and a passenger were transported to Porter Medical Center for treatment of suspected minor injuries to both...
07/09/2019
NEW HAVEN — Mike Dunbar, president of Middlebury Fence Company, is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever stole approximately $10,410 worth of tools from a company worksite last month. On the morning of June 19, the New Haven-based construction firm reported to Vermont State Police that the trailer on their worksite at the former Wildflower Farm, property at 3488 Route 7 in Charlotte, had been broken into and relieved of 40 tools belonging to various laborers, according to the state police incident report. Soon afterward, Dunbar posted a plea for...

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