Vermont State Police

07/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Two Green Mountain Power linemen were seriously injured Wednesday morning when the pole they were climbing in Middlebury broke and sent them plummeting as much as 50 feet to the ground. Jared Allen, 25, of Bristol and Josh McLean, 37, of Brandon were airlifted to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington for treatment of injuries to the heads and internal injuries. Vermont State Police were called to the accident near 390 Blake Roy Road at a little before 10:30 a.m. on July 22. VSP Sgt. Steve McNamara reported that McLean and Allen were removing three-phase lines from a...
07/09/2020
I was impressed by Angelo Lynn’s editorial in last week’s Independent (“Defunding police? Yes, but let’s not confuse the stage”). I was also caught by the irony that that issue (June 25, 2020) was such a good example of the problem before us. From all I have seen and read, both Tom Hanley and Peter Newton do an admirable job in running their respective law enforcement organizations. Well-run law enforcement deserves our respect and support. It’s unfair, demoralizing and completely counterproductive to treat them the same as the poorly run organizations that really do need scrutiny. It is our...

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...
06/18/2020
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...
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...
05/07/2020
NEW HAVEN — A man Vermont State Police said was in the northbound lane of Route 7 in New Haven was struck and killed by a motorist late on Tuesday night. Police said the accident occurred near the intersection of Route 7 and Town Hill Road. VSP as of Wednesday morning had not identified the victim, who they said was hit at about 10:45 p.m. by a Freightliner tanker truck driven by Arthur Derosia, 54, of Swanton. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said according to their preliminary investigation Derosia was traveling at the 50 mph speed limit at the time of the accident, and...
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December. The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die. “Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release. On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...
03/31/2020
BRISTOL — Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced Tuesday that his office will not prosecute two Vermont State Police troopers who shot an armed Bristol man in his driveway in December. The man, 28-year-old Greg West, did not die. “Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified,” Donovan said in a press release. On the evening of Dec. 3 Troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood, along with an officer with the Bristol Police Department, were called to a domestic disturbance at a...

A MAN WEARING a black knit cap and sporting a distinctive moustache was caught by surveillance camera during a burglary at the West Addison General Store early Sunday morning.
02/19/2020
ADDISON — Vermont State Police are trying to find the burglars who broke into West Addison General Store — WAGS — this past Sunday morning. At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, several motion alarms at WAGS alerted state police of an intruder. When troopers got there, they found that someone had forced their way into the story via the front bay window. Their initial investigation indicated that at least two people entered the business and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and beer. The subjects quickly departed the area in an older green Subaru, possibly a Legacy or Outback. This incident is...
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...

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