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October 21, 2014

UPDATE Cruiser Fire Thetford, VT

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PRESS RELEASE UPDATE

After further investigation and the identification and interviews with witnesses this fire that damaged the three police cruisers of the Town of Thetford PD has been determined to be Incendiary/Arson.

A local business owner has dobnated $2000 more to the reward for anyone providing information that leads to teh identification and arrest of the individuals responsible for the fire.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-32-ARSON. There is now up to $7000 reward available fro information leading up to an arrest. You may also call Det. Sgt. Steven Otis of the Vermont State Police at the Rockingham Barracks at 802/875-2112


STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

CASE#: 14B302154
TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Steven Otis and Detective Larry Smith
Division of Fire Safety : N/A
STATION: Rockingham
CONTACT#: 802/875-2112

DATE/TIME: 10-17-14 at approximately 0224 hrs
LOCATION: 3910 Vt Route 113 Thetford Center, VT
VIOLATION: Fire

Owner: Town Of Thetford
City of Residence: Thetford, VT

ACCUSED: Unknown
AGE:
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On10-17-14 at approximately 0224 hrs the Thetford Fire Department responded to a reported car fire at the Thetford Town Offices located at 3910 Vermont Route 113 Thetford Center, VT. Upon arrival the fire department observed the three Thetford Town Police Cruisers to be fully involved. Thetford FD was able to extinguish the fires and prevented the fire from spreading to the Town Offices nearby. The damage to the three cruisers was estimated at $100,000.

The Thetford Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause fire investigation be conducted. Detectives from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene on 10-17-14.

Investigators have determined that the fire was suspicious. The State Police conducting the investigation into the event. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-32-ARSON (There is up to a $5,000.00 reward for information resulting in an arrest) or the Vermont State Police.



COURT ACTION: N/A
COURT DATE:
COURT:
LODGED – LOCATION:
BAIL:
MUG SHOT:


Detective Sergeant Steven R. Otis
Vermont State police
Fire Investigation Unit
Troop D Rockingham Barracks
1987 Rockingham Road
Chester, VT 05143
Ph# 802-875-2112
Fax# 802-875-2176
Steven.Otis@state.vt.us<mailto:Steven.Otis@state.vt.us>


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Royalton Trooper Daily Log

Vermont State Police; Troopers Daily Incident Activity                                    10-21-2014

DATE                     TIME      INCIDENT                            TOWN

10-20-2014          04:24     Alarm                                    Hartland

                                06:39     Noise Disturbance           Rochester

                                09:00     Citizen Assist                      Hartland

                                10:01     Agency Assist                    Hartland

                                11:51     Fraud                                    Tunbridge

                                12:48     Citizen Assist                      Royalton

                                14:10     Theft                                     Randolph

                                14:44     Theft                                     Strafford

                                17:30     Vandalism                           Rochester

                                20:38     Suspicious                           Brookfield

                                23:19     Alarm                                    Granville             

               

 

 

Pam Doyle

Administrative Assistant

Royalton State Police Barracks

2011 VT Route 107

Bethel, VT  05032

Phone 802-234-9430

Fax 802-234-6520

 

Press Release/Vermont State Police/DLS-Criminal & Violation of Conditions/Case# 14A204642

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE
INCIDENT: Driving with a Criminally Suspended License and Violation of Conditions of Release.
CASE #: 14A204642
TROOPER: Stepien
STATION: VSP-St. Albans
CONTACT#: 802-524-5993
DATE/TIME: 10/19/2014, 1958 hours
LOCATION: I-89 Northbound near exit 18 in Georgia, VT
VIOLATION: DLS-Criminal
ACCUSED: Dawn M. Morgan
AGE: 41
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Richford, VT
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 10/19/2014 at approximately 1958 hours, the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on I-89 northbound just north of exit 18 in Georgia, VT, after recognizing a motor vehicle violation.
The subsequent investigation revealed that 41 year-old Dawn Morgan from Richford, VT was operating her vehicle with a criminally suspended license. Morgan's VT Driver's License is criminally suspended after receiving 5 prior civil suspension convictions. Morgan also had conditions of release not to be driving a motor vehicle.
Morgan was arrested and brought back to the St Albans State Police Barracks for processing. Morgan was then released and issued a citation to
appear in Franklin County District Court on December 1st, 2014 at 1:00pm to answer the charge of DLS-Criminal and for Violation of Conditions.


VERMONT STATE POLICE
TROOPER STEPIEN
140 FISHERPOND RD
ST.ALBANS, VT 05478
OFFICE: (802) 524-5993
FAX: (802) 527-1150


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VSP Press Release - Arrest for Lewd and Lascivious with a Child in Barnard, VT

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
Arrest for Lewd and Lascivious with a Child in Barnard, VT

Detective Trooper Dan Trottier, Vermont State Police, Windsor County Special Investigation Unit, 802-234-9933

Barnard, VT - 10/21/14 - On October 9, 2014, the Vermont State Police in Royalton received a complaint from a parent in Barnard, VT. The parent advised that their 14 year old daughter, just disclosed being inappropriately touched by an adult male in their community, who was known by the victim and identified as Thurston Twigg-Smith, age 67 of Barnard. Following this complaint, a joint investigation between the Vermont State Police and Department for Children and Families was initiated through the Windsor County SIU. Based on interviews and investigation, on October 17, 2014 Twigg-Smith was issued a citation to appear in Windsor County District Court on November 18, 2014, to answer to the charge of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct with Child.

CASE#: 14D304005
COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE: 11/18/2014
COURT: Windsor
MUG SHOT: Y

# # #

Detective Trooper Dan Trottier
Vermont State Police
Troop D Royalton - SIU
Daniel.Trottier@state.vt.us<mailto:Daniel.Trottier@state.vt.us>


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Press Release // DLS // 10-21-2014 // Fairfax

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT:
CASE #: 14A204666
TROOPER: ST Robinson
STATION: VSP Traffic Operations North
CONTACT#: (802) 878-7111

DATE/TIME: 10/21/2014@0810
LOCATION (specific): Route 104 @ Shell, Fairfax, VT
VIOLATION: DLS

ACCUSED: Keith Davis
AGE: 48
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: N.Troy, VT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 10/21/2014 Vermont State Police arrested Keith Davis (48) of North Troy, VT for driving on a criminally suspended license subsequent to civil violations. Davis was released on citation to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on November 17, 2014.

COURT ACTION:
CITED
DATE: 11/17/2014
COURT: Franklin


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10-20-14/ Possession of Marijuana/ Town of Panton

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

CASE#: 14C203431
TROOPERS: Kaitlyn Armstrong/ Adria Pickin
STATION: New Haven
CONTACT#: 802-388-4919

DATE/TIME: 10-20-14 11:12 am
LOCATION: Hopkins Road, Panton, Vermont
VIOLATION: Felony possession of Marijuana

ACCUSED: Damian Chamberlain
AGE: 19
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: transient

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 20 October, 2013 New Haven State Police were called for a report of an unknown male wandering on private property, around houses and down driveways on Hopkins Road in the town of Panton. State Police made contact with the male who identified himself as Damian Chamberlain, 19 of Addison. Investigation led to the recovery of an excess of 2 oz. of suspected marijuana. Damian was lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail. He was cited to appear in Addison District Court on 21 October, 2014 at 1230 for felony possession of marijuana.


COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE: 21 October, 2014
COURT: Addison District
LODGED - LOCATION: MVCC
BAIL: $1,000
MUG SHOT: Y

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press release

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

CASE#: 14B203438
TROOPER: Trooper D. Munson
STATION: VSP Derby
CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 10/20/14 @ 2231 hrs
LOCATION: Newport City/Derby/Coventry/Brownington/Orleans/Irasburg/Lowell
VIOLATIONS: Attempting to Elude/Operating w/o Owner's Consent

ACCUSED: Justin Forcier
AGE: 18
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Derby Line, VT

VICTIM: Karen Bullis
AGE: 46
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Derby Line, VT


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
VSP Derby was contacted by Bullis advising Forcier had taken her vehicle, a Silver 2003 Chevy Cavalier, without permission after swallowing numerous pills of prescribed medication. Forcier, only having a learner's permit, was spotted operating the Silver Cavalier on Main Street in Newport by Newport City Police Officers. While attempting to stop vehicle, Forcier failed to pull over and instead led Newport City PD and eventually VSP in a pursuit throughout the towns listed above. The pursuit ultimately ended on VT RT 100 in Lowell, when Forcier finally pulled over and was taken into custody without incident. Forcier consented to performing field sobriety tests and was ultimately deemed not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.


COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE: 10/21/14
COURT: Orleans County Criminal Court
LODGED - LOCATION: Northern State Correctional Facility
BAIL: $500
MUG SHOT: Y


___________________
Sergeant Andrew W. Jensen
Patrol Commander
Vermont State Police
Derby Barracks
(802) 334-8881


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October 20, 2014

UPDATED Press Release 14B203422

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 14B203422

TROOPER: Abigail Drew STATION: Derby CONTACT#: 334-8881

DATE/TIME: 10/19/2014 at 0336 hours

LOCATION (specific): Interstate 91 South, Barton, VT

VEHICLE #1 OPERATOR: Jordan Starr AGE: 22 SEAT BELT? No

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Troy, VT

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2004 Mini Cooper

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled

VEHICLE #2 OPERATOR: Melody Nunn AGE: 62 SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport Center, VT

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2013 Kia 4S

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled



INJURIES
V # / NAME / CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE / AGE / SEAT BELT? / NATURE OF INJURY
N/A

V1/ Jordan Starr/ Troy, VT/22/No seat belt/ non-life threatening injuries
V1/ Jonathan Jarry/ Orleans, VT/23/ No seat belt/ non-life threatening injuries
V2/Melody Nunn/ Newport Center, VT/62/ Yes seat belt/non-life threatening injuries

HOSPITAL: North Country Hospital
WEATHER: cloudy
ROAD COND: Wet

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 10/19/2014, at approximately 0336 hours, Vermont State Police responded to a 2 vehicle rollover on Interstate 91 South near mile marker 159 in the town of Barton. Vehicle 1 collided with rear of vehicle 2 in the travel lane of the interstate. Both vehicles rolled several times. The final resting place of vehicle 1 was on its side, in the breakdown lane on the west side of the roadway, the final resting place of vehicle 2 was on the east side of the roadway, resting on the driver side partially on the guardrail. Both operators and both passengers of vehicle 1 were transported to North Country Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The crash and any potential charges are still under investigation.

Trooper Abigail Drew
Vermont State Police
Troop "B" Derby
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT 05829
802-334-8881

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FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is still at 1 lane at this time. The Vermont State Police have cleared the scene. Green Mountain Power is still on scene handling traffic while they fix the power pole that was damaged.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 5:46 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is open to one lane of traffic at this time.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:16 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is now closed at both ends of Greg Hill Rd. Traffic can detour via Greg Hill Rd.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:10 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Middlesex State Police is responding to a single car accident on Rt 100 (Waterbury-Stowe Rd) in the town of Waterbury. Rt 100 is closed at Gregg hill Rd (near Michaels on the Hill) from the south and at Guild Hill Rd from the North. An update will come out when the road is reopened.

Vermont State Police
Williston PSAP
ECD II
802-878-7111


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Press Release/ VSP-Middlesex/ Motor Vehicle Crash / 14A304554/ October 20, 2014/ Waterbury Center, VT

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 14A304554
TROOPER: Brandon Degre
STATION: Vermont State Police - Middlesex
CONTACT#: 802-229-9191

DATE/TIME: 10-20-14 / 1549 hours
LOCATION: 4444 Waterbury-Stowe Rd Waterbury Center, VT

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Dylan Grenier
AGE: 28
SEAT BELT? Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Saint Albans, VT

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2009 Subaru Legacy
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Total Loss

INJURIES
Minor Cuts

WEATHER: Dry, Cool, Cloudy
ROAD COND: Normal

SUMMARY OF CRASH:
On the above date and time State Police dispatch advised of a single vehicle crash into a utility pole on VT100 in Waterbury Center, VT. Grenier was travelling South on VT100 when his vehicle left the lane of travel and collided with a utility pole. Grenier was out of the vehicle when Vermont State Police arrived. Due to the damaged utility pole, power and telephone lines were down across both VT100 and Guild Hill Road, causing all lanes of travel to be closed temporarily until the lines could be cleared from the roadway.

COURT ACTION: No


Tpr. Brandon Degre
Vermont State Police
Middlesex Barracks
(802) 229-9191


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FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is open to one lane of traffic at this time.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:16 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is now closed at both ends of Greg Hill Rd. Traffic can detour via Greg Hill Rd.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:10 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Middlesex State Police is responding to a single car accident on Rt 100 (Waterbury-Stowe Rd) in the town of Waterbury. Rt 100 is closed at Gregg hill Rd (near Michaels on the Hill) from the south and at Guild Hill Rd from the North. An update will come out when the road is reopened.

Vermont State Police
Williston PSAP
ECD II
802-878-7111


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Burglaries - Stratton Hill Road - Marlboro - October 20, 2014

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE



PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: BURGLARY

CASE #: 14D203038/14D203043

TROOPER: Daniel F. Bennett STATION: Brattleboro CONTACT#: 802-254-2382

DATE/TIME: October 20, 2014 at 08:00am

LOCATION: Stratton Hill Road Marlboro, Vermont 05344

VIOLATION: Burglary

ACCUSED: Unknown

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On October 20, 2014 at 0800 members of the Vermont State Police were dispatched to Stratton Hill Road in the Town of Marlboro for a report of an unsecure premises. Shortly after State Police received a complaint of a burglary from a second residence, also on Stratton Hill Road. Troopers found that both homes had been burglarized. The victims were not present during the burglaries. There are currently no suspects, the state police are seeking any information that could help solve these incidents. Those with any information are encouraged to contact Trooper Dan Bennett at 802.254.2382.



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FW: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Rt 100 is now closed at both ends of Greg Hill Rd. Traffic can detour via Greg Hill Rd.

From: Media North [mailto:MEDIANORTH@DPS.STATE.VT.US] On Behalf Of Adams, Scott
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 4:10 PM
To: DPS - medianorth
Subject: [MEDIANORTH] Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Middlesex State Police is responding to a single car accident on Rt 100 (Waterbury-Stowe Rd) in the town of Waterbury. Rt 100 is closed at Gregg hill Rd (near Michaels on the Hill) from the south and at Guild Hill Rd from the North. An update will come out when the road is reopened.

Vermont State Police
Williston PSAP
ECD II
802-878-7111


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Rt 100 Waterbury Closed

Middlesex State Police is responding to a single car accident on Rt 100 (Waterbury-Stowe Rd) in the town of Waterbury. Rt 100 is closed at Gregg hill Rd (near Michaels on the Hill) from the south and at Guild Hill Rd from the North. An update will come out when the road is reopened.

Vermont State Police
Williston PSAP
ECD II
802-878-7111


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VSP: Arrest made against former Waitsfield Elementary School employee for embezzlement

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
CASE#: 13A303243

TROOPER: Det. Sgt. Tara Thomas

STATION: Middlesex

CONTACT#: 802-229-9191

DATE REPORTED: 8/7/13

LOCATION: Waitsfield Elementary School, 3951 Main Street, Waitsfield

VIOLATION: Embezzlement

ACCUSED: Kay Marcelle, age 60
Duxbury, VT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
In August of 2013, Brigid Scheffert, Superintendent of the Washington West Supervisory Union contacted the Vermont State Police to report that documents were recently discovered that supported a former employee, Kay Marcelle, age 60 of Duxbury, embezzled money from the Waitsfield Education Fund, which Marcelle set up and controlled since 1999. Marcelle retired from the Waitsfield Elementary School in June of 2012 as an technology integrationist. The Waitsfield Education Fund, Limited was recognized by the State of Vermont in 1999 as a non-profit organization funded exclusively by charitable donations to support scientific and educational technology and equipment for the Waitsfield Elementary School.

Investigation revealed that prior to Marcelle's retirement in June of 2012, she closed the bank account associated with the Waitsfield Education Fund and used those funds for personal purposes. It is unclear how much money the Waitsfield Education Fund received during the existence period of 1999 to 2012 due to a lack of proper bookkeeping records maintained by Marcelle. However investigation revealed at the start, the Fund received an estimated $38,000 in donated funds which was given under the stipulation that it would be a 50/50 match, therefore making the starting point for the Fund to be in excess of $76,000. When the bank account was closed, the balance was estimated to be $9,000.

Superintendent Brigid Scheffert provided the following statement, "While the monies in question were part of a privately organized group and not associated with school funds, the donations were intended for the benefit of the Waitsfield Elementary School students to support acquisitions of technology. It is unfortunate that the generous donations given by members of the community were used for any other purposes than what it was intended for. The Washington West Supervisory Union has systems in place to prevent fraudulent activity and unfortunately the Waitsfield Education Fund, Limited did not fall under the same guidelines."

An arrest warrant was issued for Marcelle due to her being out of state for an extended period of time and on 10/17/14 Marcelle's attorney accepted a citation on her behalf. Marcelle is scheduled to appear in Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division on December 4th, 2014 to answer to the felony charge of embezzlement, a violation of Title 13 V.S.A section 2531. There is no mug shot of Marcelle available at this time.

COURT ACTION: Yes
COURT DATE: December 4th, 2014 @ 1200 hours
COURT: Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division

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