Vermont State Police

12/05/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, Vermont State Police have conducted a number of saturation patrols in the area. Wednesday, Nov. 27, known as the busiest travel day of the year, marked the beginning of Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and the Governor’s Highway Safety Thanksgiving Click it or Ticket Campaign. In support of these campaigns troopers from the New Haven barracks and a Vergennes police officer conducted a saturation patrol between 8 a.m. and noon along Route 22A in Addison, Bridport and Shoreham. The purpose of the patrol was to detect and identify...
12/04/2019
BRISTOL — Police called to a domestic disturbance at home on Lower Notch Road in Bristol late Tuesday night shot a man who apparently had a gun. The man, whom police did not identify by name, was reported to be in critical but stable condition and undergoing surgery at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington at a little past 7 a.m. Wednesday. Two Vermont State Police troopers and a Bristol police officer responding to the domestic violence call late on Dec. 3. A state police press release said the officers were confronted by a suspect armed with a firearm. When the man refused...
11/21/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — A Brandon man got in a lot of trouble recently after crashing his SUV in Leicester, then the next day getting sent to jail for allegedly assaulting a person in Leicester. On Nov. 7 just before 8 p.m. Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-car car crash on Cram Road in Leicester. Troopers report that Matthew Nicklaw, 42, of Leicester was driving a Chevy Equinox westbound on Cram Road when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. The Equinox was judged to be a total loss, but Nicklaw was reported to be uninjured. While speaking with Nicklaw, police noted several...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Trooper Thomas Howard takes the controls of one of the Vermont State Police’s 11 drones that will be used primarily to chronicle accident scenes and search for missing persons. Independent photo/Steve James
11/04/2019
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police have some new eyes in the sky when they chronicle an accident scene or look for a missing person in a remote location. But those eyes aren’t human. They belong to a group of 11 unmanned aircraft systems — think “drones” — that will be deployed as needed throughout the state under the guidance of specially trained VSP teams. The units, which are battery powered and controlled through a console much like what one uses with a video gaming system, have the ability to hover for extended periods of time over targets, all the while taking photos that are then...
10/31/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — At around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, Vermont State Police were dispatched to an address on Creek Road in Salisbury for a motor vehicle complaint. A resident told the dispatcher that a vehicle had driven onto his property, gotten stuck and was then yelling.  Troopers arrived and located three subjects; one of them was 32-year-old Mark Kennedy of Weybridge. Police report that during their investigation, Kennedy began acting in a belligerent manner by yelling obscenities. Kennedy became uncooperative and was placed under arrest for impeding public officers and disorderly conduct....
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:...

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