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January 21, 2021

Williston Barracks/ Motor Vehicle Crash- DUI Refusal/ 21A100209

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH/DUI-REFUSAL

 

CASE#: 21A100209                                          

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Cpl. Andrew Leise

STATION: VSP Williston

CONTACT#: 1-802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: January 21, 2021, 0604 hours

STREET: Interstate 89

TOWN: South Burlington, VT

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: N/A

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM89.6 NB

WEATHER: Cloudy

ROAD CONDITIONS: Clear and Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Ramsey B. Haskins

AGE: 31    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Waterbury, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2005

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Echo

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled

INJURIES: Minor

HOSPITAL: UVMC

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On January 21, 2021 at approximately 0604 hours Troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on I89 in South Burlington at MM89.6 NB. Investigation revealed that the operator, Ramsey Haskins of Waterbury lost control and crashed his vehicle. Haskins was treated at UVMC and then transported to The Williston Barracks for DUI Processing as a result of his impairment. Haskins was cited to appear in Chittenden Superior Court for April 13, 2021 to answer to the charge of DUI-Refusal. Haskins will be issued $926.00 in fines for failure to drive on roadways lanes for traffic, no license, operation after suspension, no registration, and no insurance. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Williston PD and South Burlington Fire and Rescue.

 

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint T23 VSA 1038, 601, 676, 301, 800(a).

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A           

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Y

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT: Chittenden Superior Court

COURT DATE/TIME: 04/13/21 0815          

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

 

 

 

Traffic reduction - Ferry Rd, South Hero

State of Vermont

Department of Public Safety

Vermont State Police

Williston Communication Center o/b/o Grand Isle Sheriff’s Office

 

Press Release – Highway / Traffic Notification

 

VT Route 314, also known as Ferry Road, in South Hero is reduced to a single lane due to a truck crash.  This is between the Lake Champlain Ferry landing and US Route 2.  Arrangements to remove the loaded log trailer are underway.  Specific details on the crash are not currently available.

 

Motorists should expect delays in the area, or seek alternate routes.  Please drive carefully.

 

Thank you!

 

 

Daily Incident Summary - January 21st, 2021




 

January 20, 2021

Westminster / DUI #2

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21B100286

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Alexander Sidor                            

STATION: Westminster                      

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 01/20/2021 7:00 p.m.

INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 5, Guilford

VIOLATION: DUI #2

 

ACCUSED: Brian Seaman                                           

AGE: 42

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bernardston, MA

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On January 20, 2021 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road on Route 5 in Guilford. A subsequent caller advised a male was asleep at the wheel.

 

Upon investigation troopers identified Brain Seaman as the male behind the wheel of the vehicle. Through further investigation troopers determined Seaman was intoxicated and arrested him for DUI.

 

Seaman was transported to the Vermont State Police Barracks in Westminster where he was processed for the above charge and released to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division on 02/09/2021 at 11:00 a.m. 

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 02/09/2021 @ 11:00 a.m.           

COURT: Windham

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A   

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: INCLUDE IMAGE

 

Williston Barracks - Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Mischief

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21A100207

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nicole Twamley                            

STATION: VSP Williston                    

CONTACT#: (802) 878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: 01/20/2021  @1723 Hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 2A, St. George

VIOLATION: Disorderly Conduct, Simple Assault, Unlawful Mischief

 

ACCUSED: Christopher Hansen                                              

AGE: 32

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Transient

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 01/20/2021 at approximately 1723 hours, the Vermont State Police Williston

Barracks received a report of an assaultive male at a storage rental facility on

VT Route 2A in St. George. Troopers responded with assistance from the Williston

Police Department and met with all parties involved. The male was identified as

Christopher Hansen. After further investigation, Hansen was cited to appear in

Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to answer to the charges of Simple

Assault, Disorderly Conduct, and Unlawful Mischief.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 04/13/2021  @0815 Hours           

COURT: Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division - Burlington

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A  

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: NOT AVAILABLE

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

Royalton Barracks / Domestic Assault

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21B200205

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Sean Collins                           

STATION: Royalton                    

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

 

DATE/TIME: 1/20/21 at 1759

INCIDENT LOCATION: Brookfield, Vermont

VIOLATION: Domestic Assault

 

ACCUSED: Erin Saldi                                              

AGE: 29

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brookfield, Vermont

 

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

AGE: N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 1/20/21 at 1759, Vermont State Police received a call reporting a family fight at a residence in Brookfield. Investigation revealed that Erin Saldi had assaulted a household member and caused bodily injury. Saldi was taken into custody by Troopers and transported to the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks for processing. Saldi was released on citation to appear before the Orange County Superior Court at a later date.  

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 1/21/21 at 12:30PM           

COURT: Orange County Superior Court

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A     

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

Update: High-visibility patrols continue in Montpelier

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

JOINT STATEMENT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

MONTPELIER POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAPITOL POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Update: High-visibility patrols continue in Montpelier

 

MONTPELIER, Vermont (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021) — The Vermont State Police and other agencies remain in place at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier, as they have throughout the day.

 

There have been no reports of any incidents, arrests or citations.

 

Capt. David Petersen, the commander of Special Operations for the Vermont State Police, will be available for an in-person update for members of the news media at 4:30 p.m. today. Please email the state police public information officer, Adam Silverman, at adam.silverman@vermont.gov for details.

 

This is the final planned news update for the day.

 

 

***Update, 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

Police are continuing high-visibility patrols at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier. State Street remains open. There are no reports of any incidents.

 

Updates will be provided later this afternoon.

 

 

***Update, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

The enhanced presence by law enforcement agencies is ongoing this afternoon at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier. State Street in front of the Vermont Statehouse remains open. No incidents have been reported.

 

Additional updates will follow this afternoon.

 

 

***Initial news release, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

As scheduled, numerous law-enforcement agencies are continuing their enhanced presence and expanded patrols at the Vermont Capitol Complex in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The heightened security coincides with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.

 

The presence in Montpelier of agencies including the Vermont State Police, the Montpelier Police Department and the Capitol Police Department is precautionary and follows the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, along with alerts regarding the nationwide potential for violence as a new administration is sworn in.

 

In Vermont, police added extra personnel and patrols around the Statehouse and Capitol Complex in Montpelier over the weekend, which passed without incident. Law enforcement have received no information to suggest any specific, credible threats directed toward locations in Vermont. The enhanced presence of local, state and federal agencies is to ensure readiness in case any activity requires a police response.

 

Members of the public should be aware of the presence of additional law-enforcement agencies Wednesday in Montpelier and prepare for possibilities such as road closures if necessary. Due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Statehouse and many other buildings in the state office complex in Montpelier are closed to the public Wednesday, with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no road closures are in place, and no incidents have been reported.

 

To ensure operational security, police remain unable to provide details of the measures, seen and unseen, that agencies are taking. Periodic updates will be issued throughout the day. If at any point a threat to public safety in Vermont becomes known, the authorities will update the community immediately.

 

Police continue to ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious people, incidents or possible threats to any local police agency or the Vermont State Police. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.us

 

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Update: Elevated law-enforcement presence remains in place in Montpelier

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

JOINT STATEMENT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

MONTPELIER POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAPITOL POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Update: Elevated law-enforcement presence remains in place in Montpelier

 

MONTPELIER, Vermont (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021) — Police are continuing high-visibility patrols at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier. State Street remains open. There are no reports of any incidents.

 

Updates will be provided later this afternoon.

 

 

***Update, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

The enhanced presence by law enforcement agencies is ongoing this afternoon at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier. State Street in front of the Vermont Statehouse remains open. No incidents have been reported.

 

Additional updates will follow this afternoon.

 

 

***Initial news release, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

As scheduled, numerous law-enforcement agencies are continuing their enhanced presence and expanded patrols at the Vermont Capitol Complex in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The heightened security coincides with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.

 

The presence in Montpelier of agencies including the Vermont State Police, the Montpelier Police Department and the Capitol Police Department is precautionary and follows the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, along with alerts regarding the nationwide potential for violence as a new administration is sworn in.

 

In Vermont, police added extra personnel and patrols around the Statehouse and Capitol Complex in Montpelier over the weekend, which passed without incident. Law enforcement have received no information to suggest any specific, credible threats directed toward locations in Vermont. The enhanced presence of local, state and federal agencies is to ensure readiness in case any activity requires a police response.

 

Members of the public should be aware of the presence of additional law-enforcement agencies Wednesday in Montpelier and prepare for possibilities such as road closures if necessary. Due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Statehouse and many other buildings in the state office complex in Montpelier are closed to the public Wednesday, with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no road closures are in place, and no incidents have been reported.

 

To ensure operational security, police remain unable to provide details of the measures, seen and unseen, that agencies are taking. Periodic updates will be issued throughout the day. If at any point a threat to public safety in Vermont becomes known, the authorities will update the community immediately.

 

Police continue to ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious people, incidents or possible threats to any local police agency or the Vermont State Police. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.us

 

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Derby Barracks/ Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 21A500226                                                    

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Logan Miller

STATION: Derby                            

CONTACT#: 802 334 8881

 

DATE/TIME: 01/20/2021 @ 0719 hours

STREET: Charleston Rd

TOWN: Brighton

WEATHER: Snowing       

ROAD CONDITIONS: Snow covered

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Alejandro Marcel

AGE: 66     

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brighton, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2011

VEHICLE MAKE: Honda

VEHICLE MODEL: CRV

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Front End

INJURIES: None

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 01/21/2021 at approximately 0719 hours, the Vermont State

Police responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Charleston Rd in the

Town of Brighton. Investigation revealed the operator to have driven off of the

traveled portion of the roadway and into a tree. The vehicle was towed and the

operator was given a ride home.

 

 

Trooper Logan Miller

Vermont State Police

Troop A – Derby Barracks

35 Crawford Road

Derby, Vermont 05829

Logan.Miller@vermont.gov

(802) 334-8881

 

Update: Police continue enhanced presence in Montpelier as inauguration concludes in Washington

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

JOINT STATEMENT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

MONTPELIER POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAPITOL POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Update: Police continue enhanced presence in Montpelier as inauguration concludes in Washington

 

MONTPELIER, Vermont (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021) — The enhanced presence by law enforcement agencies is ongoing this afternoon at the Capitol Complex in Montpelier. State Street in front of the Vermont Statehouse remains open. No incidents have been reported.

 

Additional updates will follow this afternoon.

 

 

***Initial news release, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20***

As scheduled, numerous law-enforcement agencies are continuing their enhanced presence and expanded patrols at the Vermont Capitol Complex in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The heightened security coincides with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.

 

The presence in Montpelier of agencies including the Vermont State Police, the Montpelier Police Department and the Capitol Police Department is precautionary and follows the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, along with alerts regarding the nationwide potential for violence as a new administration is sworn in.

 

In Vermont, police added extra personnel and patrols around the Statehouse and Capitol Complex in Montpelier over the weekend, which passed without incident. Law enforcement have received no information to suggest any specific, credible threats directed toward locations in Vermont. The enhanced presence of local, state and federal agencies is to ensure readiness in case any activity requires a police response.

 

Members of the public should be aware of the presence of additional law-enforcement agencies Wednesday in Montpelier and prepare for possibilities such as road closures if necessary. Due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Statehouse and many other buildings in the state office complex in Montpelier are closed to the public Wednesday, with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no road closures are in place, and no incidents have been reported.

 

To ensure operational security, police remain unable to provide details of the measures, seen and unseen, that agencies are taking. Periodic updates will be issued throughout the day. If at any point a threat to public safety in Vermont becomes known, the authorities will update the community immediately.

 

Police continue to ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious people, incidents or possible threats to any local police agency or the Vermont State Police. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.us

 

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On Inauguration Day in Washington, police continue increased presence in Montpelier

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

JOINT STATEMENT

 

VERMONT STATE POLICE

MONTPELIER POLICE DEPARTMENT

CAPITOL POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

On Inauguration Day in Washington, police continue increased presence in Montpelier

 

MONTPELIER, Vermont (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021) — As scheduled, numerous law-enforcement agencies are continuing their enhanced presence and expanded patrols at the Vermont Capitol Complex in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The heightened security coincides with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.

 

The presence in Montpelier of agencies including the Vermont State Police, the Montpelier Police Department and the Capitol Police Department is precautionary and follows the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, along with alerts regarding the nationwide potential for violence as a new administration is sworn in.

 

In Vermont, police added extra personnel and patrols around the Statehouse and Capitol Complex in Montpelier over the weekend, which passed without incident. Law enforcement have received no information to suggest any specific, credible threats directed toward locations in Vermont. The enhanced presence of local, state and federal agencies is to ensure readiness in case any activity requires a police response.

 

Members of the public should be aware of the presence of additional law-enforcement agencies Wednesday in Montpelier and prepare for possibilities such as road closures if necessary. Due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Statehouse and many other buildings in the state office complex in Montpelier are closed to the public Wednesday, with the exception of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

 

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no road closures are in place, and no incidents have been reported.

 

To ensure operational security, police remain unable to provide details of the measures, seen and unseen, that agencies are taking. Periodic updates will be issued throughout the day. If at any point a threat to public safety in Vermont becomes known, the authorities will update the community immediately.

 

Police continue to ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious people, incidents or possible threats to any local police agency or the Vermont State Police. Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.us

 

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St Johnsbury/Fatal Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 21A400289                                     

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Brennan

STATION: St Johnsbury               

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 1/20/21 0638 hours

STREET: Interstate 91

TOWN: St Johnsbury

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 133.7

WEATHER: Snowing

ROAD CONDITIONS: Snow covered

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Donald Burrington

AGE: 62  

SEAT BELT? N

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: East Burke, Vermont

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2004

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Van

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Minor passenger side damage

INJURIES: Fatal

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 1/20/21 at 0638 hours State Police responded to a report of a single vehicle on its side in the median with entrapment on Interstate 91 north near mile marker 133.7. Troopers arrived on scene and found the operator Burrington(62) was deceased on arrival. From investigation on scene as well as witness statements the vehicle travelled from the right lane across the interstate and into the median, the vehicle came back onto the roadway for a short time before going back into the median and rolling onto the passenger side. It appears that Burrington may have suffered some type of medical event prior to the vehicle crashing. Members of the St Johnsbury Fire Department as well as Calex ambulance responded to the scene. Burrington is being transported to the medical examiner’s office to have an autopsy performed to determine cause of death.

 

Trooper Brennan

VSP Bradford

1594 Waits River Road

Bradford, VT 05033

 

Westminster Barracks - DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21B100275

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Sgt. Ryan Wood                            

STATION: Westminster                    

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 01/20/2021 0120 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: I-91 south, mile marker 10, Brattleboro

VIOLATION: DUI #1

 

ACCUSED: Tod Davis                                      

AGE: 50

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Jamaica, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 01/20/21, at approximately 0120 hours, Troopers with the Vermont State Police Westminster Barracks observed a vehicle failing to maintain its lane numerous times while speeding.  Troopers conducted a traffic stop on I-91 south, near mile marker 10 in Brattleboro. The operator, Tod Davis, 50, was screened and subsequently arrested for DUI #1.  He was processed for the offense and issued a citation to appear in court at a later date and time. 

 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME: 2/2/21            

COURT: Windham

LODGED - LOCATION:  NA

BAIL: NA

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

Sgt. Ryan Wood

Vermont State Police

Westminster Barracks

1330 Westminster Heights Road

Westminster, VT

Barracks – 802-722-4600

Office Line – 802-722-4658

 

St. Johnsbury Barracks / DUI, Disorderly Conduct, & Unlawful Trespass

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

DUI #1, Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Trespass

 

CASE#: 21A400285                                           

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Kimberly Harvey  

STATION: VSP – St. Johnsbury

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 01/19/2021 / 2135 hours

STREET: Mattocks Park Ln.

TOWN: Lyndon

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: US RTE 5.

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Clear

 

Arrested

Suspect: Christian Laflamme &  James Perry

AGE: 19 & 53

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Whitefield, NH  & Sutton, VT

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On the above date and time Troopers from the Saint Johnsbury Barracks responded to a disturbance in the town of Lyndonville, VT.   Subsequent investigation resulted in Laflamme being arrested for suspicion of DUI.  Additional investigation found probable cause to believe Laflamme and Perry remained on private property after being asked to leave.  Perry and Laflamme were issued a citation for Caledonia County Superior Court (Criminal Division), to answer to the charge of Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespass.  Laflamme was processed and released on a citation to appear at the Caledonia County Superior Court (Criminal Division).

 

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Caledonia County Superior Court, Criminal Division

COURT DATE/TIME: 02/22/2021     0830 hours  {Laflamme}    3/15/21 0830 hrs {Perry}

 

 

Trooper Kimberly Harvey

Troop A – Middlesex

1080 US Rt. 2

Middlesex, VT 05602

(802)229-9191

 

January 19, 2021

News Release - Residential Fire Bennington- No injuries

VSP NEWS RELEASE   

 

Incident/ Fire Investigation – Bennington, Vermont

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE – Shaftsbury Barracks

Vermont State Police Case # 21B300146

INCIDENT TYPE: Fire Investigation

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant James Wright and Assistant State Fire Marshal Steve Dumont - Division of Fire Safety

CONTACT# 802-442-5421

DATE/TIME: 01/18/21 Approximately 7:37 PM

INCIDENT LOCATION: 306 Safford Street, Bennington, Vermont

Homeowner: Bill Driscoll, Bennington, Vermont

          

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On January 18, 2021, at approximately 1937 hours, the Bennington Police Department received a report of smoke inside the residence of 306 Safford Street, Bennington, VT.  The Bennington Fire Department was dispatched to the residence.  Upon arrival they located heavy smoke inside the residence.  The building quickly ignited and heavy flame was observed exiting the rear windows of the first floor. Fire suppression efforts quickly ensued as the fire began to grow climbing the exterior of the structure and extend to the Roof.  Suppression efforts were successful, and the building was saved with fire damage contained to the rear of the building and Roof.  The Bennington Fire Department was assisted by the Bennington Rural and Pownal Fire Departments. 

There were no reports of injury.  All occupants of the residence were evacuated without injury.

As part of his scene assessment, Bennington Fire Chief Jim Wright contacted the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire.

Members of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of this fire.  The investigation revealed the owner had discarded, what he believed to be cold pellet stove ashes, into a garbage can inside the residence.   

This fire remains under investigation, however, is NOT considered suspicious.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety and the Division of Fire Safety would like to remind people to discard any heating system ashes outside in a safe location away from any combustible materials.

 Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James Wright at the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award

Program (VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON (1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

 

 

Det. Sergeant Jamie Wright

Vermont State Police

Fire and Explosion Unit

BCI Troop B – West

Shaftsbury Barracks

96 Airport Road

Shaftsbury, VT 05262

Tel: 802-442-5421

Fax: 802-442-3263

Email: james.wright@vermont.gov

VSP Records Request

 

St. Albans // Request for information

 

 

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:   Trooper Seth Boudreau                     

STATION:     St. Albans

CONTACT#: 8025245993

 

DATE/TIME: 1/2/2021- 1/19/2021

INCIDENT LOCATION: Oakland Station, Route 7 and Georgia Shore Rd. in Georgia

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

Vermont State Police have received three separate calls of damage to windows in the Georgia area. Damage at one location was caused by a ball bearing believed to have been accelterated by a slingshot.  Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Albans Barracks at 8025245993.

 

 

 

 

 

State Police Advisory Commission provides synopsis of misconduct investigations involving VSP troopers

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

STATE POLICE ADVISORY COMMISSION

 

 

State Police Advisory Commission provides synopsis of misconduct investigations involving Vermont State Police troopers

 

WATERBURY, Vermont (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021) — Michael Schirling, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and Nancy Sheahan, chairwoman of the State Police Advisory Commission, issued the following joint statement Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, regarding the work of SPAC and the Internal Affairs Office within the Department of Public Safety during the first half of 2020. 

 

DPS in the past has provided an overview of SPAC’s work, but today’s public release of information represents the first time the department has provided detail about individual cases.

 

“In an effort to further increase transparency in operations, beginning in January 2021 and continuing twice annually in January and July, the Department of Public Safety and Vermont State Police, with the support of the independent State Police Advisory Commission, will begin releasing synopses of all internal investigations,” Commissioner Schirling said. “These synopses will be compiled in six month increments to balance timeliness with the need to have complete investigations and resolutions prior to release.”

 

The attached report contains synopses of the 10 matters that came before SPAC from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2020.

 

The report shows that of the 10 cases, six came to the attention of supervisors due to internal reporting by members of the state police, and four arose through complaints by community members.

 

Four of the complaints were determined to have represented no violation by the VSP member in question, while the other six complaints were substantiated. The substantiated complaints included instances related to accidental firearms discharge; a motor vehicle crash; off-duty alcohol consumption; violations of COVID-19 safety protocols; and mistreatment of other troopers. Sanctions for these violations ranged from letters of reprimand to loss of annual leave time and suspensions without pay.

 

Synopses in the report do not include identifying information about the troopers involved, which is confidential as a matter of law.

 

The State Police Advisory Commission was created by statute in 1979 and is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Vermont Senate.  Among the duties of SPAC is to provide civilian oversight of the Vermont State Police and to advise and counsel the Commissioner of Public Safety in his/her overall responsibilities for the management, supervision and control of the Vermont State Police. In addition, SPAC is statutorily empowered to provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner of Public Safety to ensure appropriate action is taken with respect to allegations of misconduct by Vermont State Police officers. To assist the Commissioner of Public Safety and SPAC, Vermont law also requires DPS to maintain an Office of Internal Investigations (IA), whose sole responsibility is to investigate allegations of misconduct by members of the Vermont State Police. The IA Office, staffed with a Vermont State Police commander, reports directly to the commissioner.

 

The current SPAC members are each highly respected professionals and represent a cross-section of Vermont. They are: 

 

                 Nancy Sheahan (chairwoman) 

                 Glenn Boyde (vice chairman)

                 Allison Crowley DeMag

                 John Filipek

                 Shirley Jefferson

                 Mary Alice McKenzie

                 Patti Pallito

 

The Department of Public Safety IA Office receives allegations of misconduct or improper conduct by a Vermont state trooper in two ways. First, the public may lodge a complaint regarding a state trooper’s conduct by telephone, through the Vermont State Police website, via email, or in person. These allegations are referred to as “citizen complaints.” In addition, each VSP member is obligated to promptly report any evidence or allegation of misconduct or improper conduct involving a state trooper. These reports are referred to as “employee complaints.” 

 

Not all complaints rise to the level of requiring a formal internal affairs investigation. These are typically handled by the station or unit commander. For instance, a complaint about a trooper who was speeding on the highway normally would be handled by the station or unit commander. More serious allegations, as determined by the commissioner, are opened as formal internal affairs investigations. In the case of an allegation of misconduct that consists of criminal conduct, the internal investigation typically is stayed pending the conclusion of a criminal investigation and/or prosecution by appropriate prosecutorial authorities. Once an internal affairs investigation is complete, the commissioner determines what disciplinary action, if any, is appropriate and should be imposed. The entire case is then reviewed by the State Police Advisory Commission to ensure appropriate action has been taken.

 

Vermont law requires that all internal investigations “shall be confidential” except in limited circumstances. Accordingly, specific details beyond the synopses regarding these 2020 investigations cannot be made public.

 

SPAC meetings are generally held bi-monthly and are open to the public (except when SPAC is in executive session). Meeting dates can be found on the DPS website by clicking the SPAC link under “Committees and Boards.”

 

 

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Royalton Barracks / Violation of Conditions of Release / Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21B200197

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Robert Lemnah                              

STATION: Royalton                  

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

 

DATE/TIME: 1/19/21 at 9:04AM

INCIDENT LOCATION: Stockbridge, Vermont

VIOLATION: Violation of Conditions of Release and Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

 

ACCUSED: Thomas Dodge                                            

AGE: 52

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bethel, Vermont

 

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

AGE: N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 1/19/21 at 9:04AM, Vermont State Police received a 911 call advising that a male individual had entered a residence early Tuesday morning. Vermont State Police responded with the assistance of the Bethel Town Constable and located Thomas Dodge asleep on the home owner’s bed. After further investigation it was determined that Dodge struck the home owner in the face while she was asleep, which caused her to feel pain. Dodge was taken into custody for Violation of Conditions of Release and Second Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault. Dodge was released on a citation to appear in Windsor County Superior Court on 1/20/21 at 12:30PM.

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: 1/20/21 at 12:30PM           

COURT: Windsor County Superior Court

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A  

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of

the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

St Johnsbury/Fiery Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:  21A400272                      

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Jason Haley

STATION: VSP ST Johnsbury                                    

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 01/19/21 @ approx. 0541 hours

STREET: US Route 302

TOWN: Newbury

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Leighton Hill

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER:

WEATHER: Cold and cloudy

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Jennie Hubbard

AGE: 38    

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Haverhill, NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2015

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: RAV4

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled

INJURIES: None reported

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On the attached date and time State Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 302 in Newbury, VT. Dispatch advised the vehicle was on fire and the operator was out of the vehicle. Wells River Fire Department was notified and were responding as well. Upon arrival the vehicle was fully engulfed and a total loss. Wells River Fire Department made quick work putting out the fire.

 

Investigation revealed the operator went off the north side of the roadway into the snow and the operator was unable to pull the vehicle back onto the roadway. The vehicle struck the metal guardrail and several post causing the vehicle to catch fire. The vehicle came to rest behind the guard rail where the operator was able to exit her vehicle escaping injury. Vermont Agency of Transportation responded and removed the damaged section of guardrail from the roadway. JTB towing responded and removed the vehicle from the scene.

Daily Incident Summary - January 19th, 2021





 

St. Johnsbury Barracks / VCOR / VAPO

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21A400269

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Trooper Tyler Davidson                         

STATION:  St. Johnsbury                   

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 1/18/21 at 2125 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: 105 Whistlestop Way, Bradford, VT            

VIOLATION: Violation of Conditions of Release and Abuse Prevention Order

 

ACCUSED: Buddy Covey                                          

AGE: 36

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bradford, VT

 

VICTIM: Morgan Covey

AGE: 36

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bradford, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

  On the above mentioned date and time, Troopers with the Vermont State Police received information that Buddy Covey was currently violating an active Abuse Prevention Order. Subsequent investigation revealed Buddy Covey violated the order, as well as court ordered Conditions of Release, and also had a warrant for his arrest for another count of violating an Abuse Prevention Order. Covey was taken into custody and lodged on lack of $1000 bail. Covey was also issued updated court ordered conditions of release and cited to appear in Orange County Superior Court on 1/19/21.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE/TIME: 1/19/20 at 1230 hours       

COURT: Orange

LODGED - LOCATION:  St. Johnsbury   

BAIL: $1000 cash or surety

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

 

 

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

NEW HAVEN BARRACKS/ DOMESTIC ASSAULT

VSP News Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 21B500116

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trp. Ryan Normile

STATION: New Haven Barracks                   

CONTACT#: (802) 388-4919

 

DATE/TIME: January 18th, 2020, 2054 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Leicester, VT

VIOLATION: Domestic Assault

 

 

ACCUSED: Lisa Malinowski

AGE: 53

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Leicester, VT

 

VICTIM: The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of Domestic Violence

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On January 18th, 2020 at approximately 2054 hours, the Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks received a report of a family fight the Town of Leicester. Investigation revealed that Lisa Malinowski (53) had caused bodily injury to a family member. Malinowski was taken into custody by Troopers and transported to the New Haven Barracks for processing. Malinowski was released on conditions and issued a citation to appear before the  Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division at a later date.

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 (1230 p.m.)

COURT: Addison County Courthouse

LODGED - LOCATION:  N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: INCLUDED

 

*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2021

Vermont State Police - Watch Commander schedule, Jan. 18-24

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

Watch Commander Schedule for the week of: Jan. 18-24.

 

Please follow the attached instructions for contacting the Watch Commanders.

 

Watch Commander – North

Lt. Matt Amadon

matthew.amadon@vermont.gov

 

 

Watch Commander – South

Lt. Cory Lozier

cory.lozier@vermont.gov

 

 

Watch Commander – Troop A (north)

Williston: 802-878-7111

St. Albans: 802-524-5993

Middlesex: 802-229-9191

St. Johnsbury: 802-748-3111

Derby: 802-334-8881

 

Watch Commander – Troop B (south)

Westminster: 802-722-4600

Royalton: 802-234-9933

Shaftsbury: 802-442-5421

Rutland: 802-773-9101

New Haven: 802-388-4919

 

Please visit:

http://vsp.vermont.gov/stations

for a state coverage map of towns served by specific VSP Field Stations