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February 12, 2016

Single Vehicle Roll-over- West Creek Road- Town of Mt. Holly- February 11, 2016

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

           

CASE#:16C100619

TROOPER: Kaitlyn Armstrong                                    

STATION: Rutland                   

CONTACT#: 802-773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: 2/11/16  1348 hours

LOCATION: Healdville Road, Mt. Holly, Vermont

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Phillipe Crane

AGE: 72

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Mt. Holly, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Truck

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: estimated to be totaled due to contact damage

 

INJURIES

NONE

                       

WEATHER: sunny       

ROAD COND: snow covered, recently salted

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On February 11, 2016 Rutland State Police responded to a report of a single vehicle roll-over on Healdville Road in the town of Mt. Holly.  Upon arrival Troopers learned that operator, Phillipe Crane, 72 of Mt. Holly, Vermont had left the scene but was later identified at his residence.  Investigation suggests that Mr. Crane was traveling too fast for conditions while driving up a hill on Healdville Road and lost control of his vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Tacoma.  Marks in the snow covered roadway indicated that the truck crossed the center line and went off the east side of the roadway, coming to a final resting position on its roof.  Mr. Crane was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and denied any injuries.  Troopers believe that a lack tire tread depth and speed were contributing factors in the collision.  State Police would like to thank local responders for securing the scene and assistance while the vehicle was removed.

 

COURT ACTION: N

 

Press Release Crash / VSP Brattleboro / 16D200383 / Town of Jamaica

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

                                                                                                                  

CASE#: 16D200383

TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                                                 

STATION: VSP Brattleboro              

CONTACT#: 802-254-2382

 

DATE/TIME: 02/12/2016 at approximately 0230 hours

LOCATION: West Hill Road South, Jamaica, VT

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Yanina Molina

AGE: 33     
SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Forest Hill, NY

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2009 Nissan Murano

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Moderate front end damage including damage to the front bumper, both side front quarter panels and hood.

 

INJURIES

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

No reported injuries

HOSPITAL: N/A                

WEATHER: Cloudy           

ROAD COND: Snow covered gravel

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 02/12/2016 at approximately 0230 hours, Molina was traveling east on West Hill Road in Jamaica. As Molina attempted to navigate a sharp curve to the left, she lost control, began to fishtail, traveled across the westbound lane, went off the road and hit a tree.  Molina reported that she was not familiar with the area and that she was lost just prior to her crashing.

 

As a result of the moderate damage to the front end of the vehicle, the vehicle was towed from the scene. There were no reported injuries.

 

COURT ACTION: No

COURT DATE:  N/A                         

COURT: N/A

LODGED LOCATION: N/A             

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

 

 

 

February 11, 2016

Press Release/ Vermont State Police/ Conditions of Release Violations/ 16C300506

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16C300506

TROOPER: Saxby                                             

STATION: Shaftsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

 

DATE/TIME: 02/11/2016 at approximately 1715 hours

LOCATION: Cash Place, Pownal

VIOLATION: Conditions of Release Violation

 

ACCUSED: Ashley McWhortor                                                                   

AGE: 19

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, VT

 

VICTIM: Dawn McWhortor

AGE: 39

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Pownal, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 02/11/2016 State Police responded to a complaint in Pownal regarding a possible conditions of release violation.  After investigating Troopers learned that Ashley McWhortor had made a threat to Dawn McWhortor, in violation of her conditions imposed by the courts.  She was arrested, and released on conditions.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE: 02/22/2016

COURT: Bennington

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: No

 

Trooper Alex Saxby

Vermont State Police

96 Airport Road

Shaftsbury, VT 05262

Phone: 802-442-5421

Fax:  802-442-3263

 

Press Release/Arrest on Arrest Warrant/16C300507

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#:   16C300507

TROOPER: SOKOLOWSKI/STANGE/SAXBY                                                            

STATION: SHAFTSBURY BARRACKS                    

CONTACT#:802-442-5421

 

DATE/TIME: 02-11-16

LOCATION: SPARROWS WAY, POWNAL VERMONT

VIOLATION: ARREST WARRANT

 

ACCUSED: CHRISTOPHER DAVID VIOLETTE                                                                                           

AGE: 32 YOA

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: POWNAL VERMONT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 02-11-2016 at approximately 2030 hours, Troopers of the Vermont State Police and members of Probation and Parole, responded to Sparrows Way in Pownal Vermont for a report of Christopher Violette being inside the home. Christopher Violette had an active warrant for his arrest for not complying with the conditions of his probation.

 

Upon arrival, an investigation ensued. Christopher Violette was found inside the

home and taken into custody. Christopher Violette was turned over to FSU of

Probation and Parole to be arranged in court on 02-12-2016.    

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 02-12-2016                             

COURT: Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division

LODGED - LOCATION: MVCF      

BAIL: Held Without Bail

MUG SHOT: N

 

Trooper Paul F Sokolowski Jr

Vermont State Police

Shaftsbury Barracks (C3)

96 Airport Rd

Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

Tel: 802-442-5421

Fax: 802-442-3263

Email: paul.sokolowski@vermont.gov

 

                    STATE OF VERMONT

                DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

                  VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

               

CASE#: 16D100323

TROOPER: Reilly                                                                               

STATION: Rockingham                    

CONTACT#: 802 875 2112

 

DATE/TIME: 02/09/16

LOCATION: Vermont Route 11 and Little Pond Road in Londonderry, Vermont

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Leveillee, Connor

AGE: 19     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Londonderry, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Black Acura MDX

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Damage to front driver's side bumper

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Coombs, Stephen                                  

AGE: 55

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Londonderry, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Black Audi Q5

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Damage to rear bumper passenger's side

 

INJURIES

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

NONE

 

HOSPITAL: n/a  

WEATHER: Cloudy, snow flurries              

ROAD COND: Wet

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On February 9, 2016, at approximately 1654 hours, Vermont

State Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Vermont Route 11 in

Londonderry, Vermont near the intersection of Little Pond Rd. Upon  further

investigation, it was determined that Operator #1 drove his vehicle into the

rear of the vehicle being operated by Operator #2. Operator #1 was found to be

at fault for the accident as a result of unsafe speed, following too closely,

and inattention. Operator #1 was issued a citation for following too closely.

 

COURT ACTION: N

COURT DATE: N/A                          

COURT: N/A

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A          

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N

Vermont State Police // Arrest for Assault and Robbery, Accessory // Press Release

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

 

CASE # 16A300520

 

TROOPER: Det Sgt Tara Thomas

 

Station: Middlesex Barracks

 

Contact #: 802-229-9191

 

Date /Time of incident: February 1, 2016, at 2030 hours

 

Violation: Armed Robbery and Accessory to Armed Robbery

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

Vermont State Police responded to a call in the Town of Cabot for a reported armed robbery.  A suspect was alleged to have entered the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a firearm and demanded money from the store clerk. Vermont State Police Detectives and Troopers immediately responded to the scene and processed the store for evidence, and conducted witness interviews. An investigation was immediately started and suspects were named. During the course of the Cabot armed robbery investigation other armed robberies throughout the region were committed with similar modus operandi. A lone person would enter the store and demand the store clerk to give over the money from the cash registers. The male would have either a firearm or a knife displayed as they demanded the money.  An ongoing joint investigation between  the Vermont State Police  and Hardwick Police Department identified suspects Ricky Thompson, DOB 12/14/78, and Trisha Bisson, DOB 8/3/88, as being involved in the crimes. On 2-11-16   Bisson and Thompson were located in  the Town of Hardwick and taken into custody. Interviews with Bisson showed that both  her and Thompson were involved with four armed robberies covering three  counties ( Washington, Caledonia, and Orleans counties). A third person has been identified and will remain unnamed until located. Investigation revealed that Thompson was the driver of the vehicle used. Both Bisson and Thompson were lodged at the Northeast Correctional Complex for the crimes of Accessory to commit Assault and Robbery with a weapon. This investigation continues until a third suspect is located and arrested. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Lieutenant Lance Burnham

A Troop BCI Commander

140 Fisher Pond Road

St. Albans, VT

Ph: 802-524-5993 ext. 2709

 

VSP Rutland Press Release - Felony False Pretenses - Rutland City, Vermont - VSP Case # 16C100706

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

FELONY FALSE PRETENSES

               

CASE#: 16C100706    

TROOPER: McNeil                                                           

STATION: VSP Rutland                    

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: 02/10/2016

 

LOCATION: Exxon / Mobil Station located on South Main Street in the City of Rutland, Vermont.  

 

VIOLATION: Felony False Pretenses

 

VICTIM: Phillip Alderman

AGE: 74

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  North Clarendon, Vermont

 

ACCUSED: Dorran Cooley                                                                                     

AGE: 56

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brandon, Vermont  

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On the above date, the Vermont State Police were notified of a possible stolen credit card case originating in North Clarendon, Vermont. Initial investigation revealed that unauthorized purchases of fuel were being made to a credit card account owned by 74 year old Phillip Alderman of North Clarendon, Vermont.  These purchases occurred weekly at a minimum over the past six months at an Exxon / Mobil Station located on South Main Street in the City of Rutland, Vermont.

 

On 02/11/2016 members of the State Police located 56 year old Dorran Cooley as he was pumping gas at this station while using a "Speedpass" attached to Alderman's account.  Cooley has been performing such unauthorized transactions for a minimum of the past six months (likely longer).  The full scope of the fraudulent use of Alderman's Speedpass is pending investigation as of the date of this release. As of 02/11/2016 the total amount fraudulently charged was $984.47 making this incident initially a felony offense.

 

Cooley was taken into custody at the gas station and transported to the Rutland Barracks where he was processed and later released with a citation to appear in Rutland Superior Court (Criminal Division).

 

Cooley faces charges of Felony False Pretenses and is scheduled to appear in court on 03/21/2016.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 03/21/2016   

COURT: Rutland Superior (Criminal Division)

LODGED – N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: Attached

 

Press Release Crash / VSP Brattleboro / Town of Marlboro / 16D200372

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

                                                                                                                  

CASE#: 16D200372

TROOPER: Sgt. Buckley                                                 

STATION: VSP Brattleboro              

CONTACT#: 802-254-2382

 

DATE/TIME: 02/11/16 at approximately 1005 hours

LOCATION: Route 9 just east of Hughes Road, Town of Marlboro

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Martin F. DePaul

AGE: 39    
SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:  Argyle, NY

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2006 Chevrolet Express Van

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Moderate damage to the passenger side and front end

 

INJURIES

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

No reported injuries

HOSPITAL: N/A                

WEATHER: Mostly sunny             

ROAD COND: blowing / drifting snow created hazardous winter driving conditions on the road surface

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:  On 02/11/2016 at approximately 1005 hours, DePaul was traveling eastbound on Route 9, just east of Hughes Road at approximately 30-35 miles per hour. As DePaul navigated around the sharp right curve, he lost control of his vehicle due to icy road conditions created by blowing snow. The wind was blowing light snow onto the roadway which created hazardous winter driving conditions. As a result of the loss of control, the vehicle went across the westbound lane of travel and over turned.

 

Wilmington Police, Deerfield Valley Rescue and the Marlboro Fire Department assisted at the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Marlboro Collision and Towing.

COURT ACTION: No

COURT DATE: N/A                          

COURT: N/A

LODGED LOCATION: N/A             

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

 

Press Release/ Vermont State Police/Drug Diversion Unit/16H200084

  STATE OF VERMONT

                                                DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

                                                     VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#:16H200084

TROOPER:           Sgt. Thomas Mozzer                                      

STATION:   Drug Diversion Unit                  

CONTACT#:773-9101

 

DATE/TIME:2/3/16

South Burlington Rite Aid Pharmacy

VIOLATION: Prescription Fraud and Embezzlement

 

ACCUSED: Holly Russin                                                                                 

AGE:33

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:               Hinesburg, VT

 

VICTIM: Rite Aid Pharmacy

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

Vermont State Police received a complaint of prescription medications and

regulated drugs being diverted by an employee at Rite Aid Pharmacy in S. Burlington, VT. 

Loss prevention employees captured Pharmacy technician, Holly Russin diverting/stealing numerous types of prescription medications and regulated drugs from the pharmacy area.

Investigation revealed Russin diverted (9) types of both regulated and unregulated prescription drugs dozens of times over the three months she worked for the company. The total number of prescription

pills diverted exceeded 600 tablets.  Medications and regulated drugs included Tramadol, Hydrocodone and Diazepam.

 

Russin was cited for numerous counts of Prescription fraud and Embezzlement for

her involvement with the theft of the missing medications.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE:     3/21/16

COURT: Chittenden Superior Court, Criminal Div.

               

MUG SHOT: Y

 

Sergeant Thomas Mozzer

Drug Diversion Unit

Vermont State Police

(802) 241-5566 ext. 4219

(802) 342-0218 cell

 

Press Release - DUI Refusal/C&N - 16D300424 - Randolph

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

               

CASE#: 16D300424

TROOPER: Knapp                                            

STATION: Royalton Barracks               

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

 

DATE/TIME: 02/10/15

LOCATION: Davis Road, Randolph VT

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Conor Kelly

AGE: 21

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Williston, VT

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2001 Volkswagon GTI

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled

 

HOSPITAL: Gifford Medical Center          

WEATHER: Snowing

ROAD COND: Snow Covered

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On the above date and time, Vermont State Police in Royalton responded to a single vehicle crash located on Davis Road in Randolph (Orange County), Vermont. Vermont State Police made contact with the operator of the vehicle, 21 year old Conor Kelly, who provided State Police with a preliminary breath sample which registered a .314% BAC on scene. Initial investigation revealed that Kelly was traveling on Davis Road when he lost control of his vehicle and went off the roadway. After going off the road, Kelly's vehicle rolled onto its roof when an attempt was made to travel back onto the roadway. Kelly was transported to Gifford Medical Center for minor injuries. Kelly was arrested for DUI refusal and Careless and Negligent Operation. He is to appear in Orange County Court on March 2nd, 2016 at 0800 hours.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 03/02/16                 

COURT: Orange County

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N

 

Trooper Kelsey Knapp

Vermont State Police - Royalton

2011 VT RT 107

Bethel, Vermont 05032

802-234-9933

 

e-mail: kelsey.knapp@vermont.gov

 

 

February 10, 2016

Press Release

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16B100230

TROOPER: Rancourt                       

STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks           

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 1/22/2016 1556 hours

LOCATION: 857 Memorial Dr., St. Johnsbury, VT

VIOLATION: Leaving the Scene of an Accident

 

Offender: Unknown

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On the above date and time the Vermont State Police received a report of a vehicle crash where an operator left the scene without reporting the incident. The victim, Bradley Hall, reported he came out to his vehicle, which had been parked along the south side of the Price Chopper store, and found it damage. Surveillance video from the store at approximately 1556 hours showed a red Nissan Xterra had backed into Hall’s vehicle causing damage. The damage to the suspect vehicle is to the rear bumper.

 

This case is still active. I screenshot of the suspect vehicle is attached to this press release. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Tylor Rancourt of the Vermont State Police at (802) 748-3111 or at tylor.rancourt@vermont.gov.              

 

COURT DATE: N/A

COURT: N/A

LODGED – LOCATION: N/A

BAIL:  N/A

MUG SHOT: [] Y [X] N

 

 

Trooper Tylor Rancourt

Vermont State Police

1068 US Route 5

St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

802-748-3111  X4325

 

VSP ASSIST TO GEORGIA WITH 2011 HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 15D101386

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:  

During the month of May 2015 the Gwinnett County Police Department, State of Georgia, contacted the Vermont State Police to request assistance with a homicide investigation.   Georgia law enforcement advised that in 2011 Matthew Leili, 48, reported that his wife Dominique was missing.  At the time the Leili’s resided in Georgia.   During their investigation Dominique’s body was located approximately a week later and her death was ruled a homicide, but no arrest was made in connection with the case until March 2015 when her husband Matthew Leili was arrested and charged with her murder.   After Dominique’s death for a period of time between 2011 and 2015 Matthew Leili and his daughters resided in Londonderry, Vermont.   His arrest in March 2015 took place in Georgia, when Lieli was down in that state on business.  

 

Post arrest, the Gwinnett County investigators uncovered information leading them to believe that it was probable that there was digital data evidence, in reference to the homicide investigation, that would be located in Leili’s Londonderry residence.  Gwinnett County’s lead investigator, Sergeant John Richter provided reports to the Vermont State Police to support their request for a search warrant.   Sergeant Richter’s reports indicate that during a bond hearing in April 2015 there was testimony from Leili’s daughter in which she mentioned having access to her father’s computer, which she advised contains data and surveillance clips of her mother.   Sergeant Richter recognized that the Londonderry, Vermont residence possibly contained information of evidentiary value to the homicide investigation.  Sergeant Richter also advised that he had been monitoring recorded jails calls that Matthew Leili had been making while incarcerated pre-trial and that some of these calls involve him giving direction to his daughter to hide cell phones that were in the (Londonderry) house and to remove some data from storage devices and computers.  Detective Sergeant Michael Dion, Vermont State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigations worked with Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Brown and authored a search warrant for the 57 Mansfield Lane, Londonderry, Vermont address.   The search warrant was approved and signed by a judge and on May 18, 2015 Sergeant Dion executed the search warrant at the 57 Mansfield Lane address.   During the execution of this search warrant several Vermont State Police Detectives seized a voluminous amount of evidence, which was mostly data storage devices, cell phones and computers in nature.   Investigators from Gwinnett County traveled to Vermont and took custody of the evidence that was recovered during the Vermont search warrant and conducted their of forensic analysis the items back in Georgia.   

 

During the first week of February 2016 Matthew Leili stood trial in Georgia for the murder charge.   During this trial Gwinnett County prosecutors were able to admit some of the data evidence that was seized by the Vermont State Police Detectives. Sergeant Dion testified in the trial via phone about the execution of the search warrant in Vermont as a foundation basis for prosecutors to admit evidence.    At the conclusion of the trial, Matthew Leili was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.  

 

Inquiries about the actual Gwinnett County Police Department investigation can reach GCPD Public Information Officer Corporal Deon Washington at pdpio@gwinnettcounty.com,  Twitter: @GwinnettPd, or media line 770-513-5209.  

 

 

Lt. Dan Trudeau

Vermont State Police

Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Troop D

802-875-2112 office

802-316-9297 cell

daniel.trudeau@vermont.gov   

 

 

Vermont DEMHS - Prepare for Sub-Zero Temperatures

Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Press Release

February 10, 2016

1:00 p.m.

 

Contact:

Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS: 802-839-6717

 

Sub-zero wind chills expected this weekend – be prepared and be safe

 

WATERBURY – Vermonters should brace for what could be the coldest temperatures of the season this weekend.  The National Weather Service is forecasting sub-zero wind chills in areas of Vermont Friday through Sunday with some areas possibly reaching a wind chill of 30 below zero or colder Saturday night.

 

Public Safety officials are urging Vermonters to bundle up and be prepared for the cold.  Dress in layers, ensure you have a sufficient heating fuel (oil, wood, etc.) supply for your home, recognize health risks, and take other safety measures as needed.

 

Only heat your home with a heating source that is professionally designed for that purpose.  Improper heating devices can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup in the home.  Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flulike illness or death. Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu and include nausea, headache, and dizziness.  Always have working CO and Smoke detectors in your home and in all living areas, ensure all heat sources are ventilating properly, and always operate a generator outdoors and away from the home.

 

Dress in warm layers with a hat and gloves to prevent frostbite or hypothermia.  The Vermont Health Department says hypothermia most often affects older people who have inadequate food, clothing or heating, babies sleeping in cold rooms, people who are outside for long periods such as the homeless, hikers, and hunters, and those who drink alcohol or use drugs.  Even healthy adults can become hypothermic if not dressed warmly enough for weather conditions.

 

In the car, keep a blanket, hat and gloves, first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries.  If you get stuck, don't venture out on foot in extreme cold.  Have a cell phone to call for help.

 

Other reminders:

·         Check in with neighbors and friends who may need assistance to ensure they’re staying warm.

·         Be mindful of pets and limit their time outdoors.

 

For weather, road, or emergency updates sent directly to your e-mail or cell phone sign up for Vermont Alert at http://www.vtalert.gov.

 

Forecast information: www.weather.gov.btv or www.weather.gov/aly.

 

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Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

(802) 839-6717

http://vtalert.gov

 

Williston NB Rest Area Crash 2/9/16

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

               

CASE#: 16A100667

TROOPER: McGowan                                                    

STATION:   Williston                 

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: 2/9/16 at approximately 5:12 am

LOCATION:  Williston north bound rest area

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Maxim Sirbu

AGE:    31 

SEAT BELT:  Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Colchester, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: black 2007 Volvo XC90

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Moderate to severe front end damage. Vehicle had to be towed from scene due to disabling damage.

 

WEATHER: Clear              

ROAD COND: Snowy/Icy

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH: On 2/9/16 at approximately 0512 hours VT State Police, South Burlington Police Department, and Williston Rescue responded to a one vehicle crash at the north bound rest area in Williston. The operator and his passenger were evaluated by Williston rescue, but declined transport to a hospital. Subsequent investigation found the primary cause of the crash was that operator #1 left his proper lane of traffic. Subsequent investigation also found a contributing factor in this crash was the hazardous road conditions.

Press Release / Vermont State Police / Theft / 16B300108

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16B300108

TROOPER: Thompson                                    

STATION: Bradford                    

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 01-14-16, at 0932 hours

LOCATION: Topsham, VT

VIOLATION: Theft

 

VICTIM: Karen Belknap

AGE: 48

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Topsham, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 01/14/16, at 0932 hours, Karen Belknap of Topsham, VT,

reported a theft from her residential kerosene tank to the Vermont State Police

in Bradford. A dark colored pickup truck was seen in the area and may have been

involved. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper Thompson of

the Vermont State Police at 802-222-4680.

February 9, 2016

Press Release / Vermont State Police / Burglary / 16B300256

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16B300256

TROOPER: Thompson                                                    

STATION: Bradford                     

CONTACT#: 802-222-4680

 

DATE/TIME: 02-04-16, 0925 hours

LOCATION: West Fairlee

VIOLATION: Burglary Forced Entry

 

VICTIM: Doris Honig

AGE: 95

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: West Fairlee, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 02-04-16, at 0925 hours, the Vermont State Police in

Bradford received a report of burglary on Middlebrook Rd, West Fairlee, VT.

Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Thompson of the Vermont State

Police at 802-222-4680.

 

Press Release, VSP Brattleboro, DUI, Guilford, Case# 16D200359

                                                  STATE OF VERMONT

                                                DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

                                                     VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#:16D200359                           

TROOPER: Roel Diaz                                                       

STATION: Brattleboro                      

CONTACT#:802-254-2382

 

DATE/TIME:02.09.2016/ 1930 hrs.

LOCATION: Tater Lane., Guilford, VT.     

VIOLATION: Driving Under the Influence

 

ACCUSED: Jacquelyn M. Brown                                                                               

AGE: 37

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro, VT

 

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 02/09/16 at approximately 1932 hours, VT State Police responded to a vehicle off the road on its roof on Tater Lane in Guilford. During the investigation, Jacquelyn M. Brown age 37 of Brattleboro, VT was found to be intoxicated.  After field sobriety exercises Brown was arrested for driving under influence.  Brown produced a .102 BrAC at roadside.  Brown was arrested and processed for DUI at the Brattleboro State Police Barracks and later released to a family member.  Brown will answer to a charge of DUI in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on March 08, 2016.  

 

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT DATE: 03/08/2016                            

COURT: Windham Superior Court Criminal Division

LODGED: No

MUG SHOT: Yes

 

 

press release

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 16c300474

TROOPER: Godfrey, W                                  

STATION: VSP Shaftsbury                    

CONTACT#: 442-5421

 

DATE/TIME: 02-09-2016 1745 hours

LOCATION: (street, exit, or mile marker and town) US RTE 7, Glastenbury

VIOLATION: Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (civil)

 

ACCUSED: Todd J. Cohn                                                                               

AGE:  21

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Short Hills, NJ

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

On 02-09-2016 at approximately 1735 hours the Vermont State Police stopped Todd J. Cohn (21) of Short Hills, NJ for a motor vehicle violation. During the motor vehicle stop, it was discovered Cohn was in possession of marijuana and unprescribed pills. Cohn was arrested for the offense. Cohn was later released on a criminal citation to appear in Bennington Superior Court-Criminal Division on 03-29-2016 at 0815 hours to answer to the offense. 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 03-29-2016             

COURT: BDC

 

Trp. Wayne M. Godfrey & K9 Tarawa

Vermont State Police

Shaftsbury Barracks

(802)442-5421

(802)442-3263 fax

wayne.godfrey@vermont.gov

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 15B104011/ arrest/ Impersonating a LEO

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE

               

CASE#: 15B104011

TROOPER: Trooper David Upson                                                              

STATION: VSP - St. Johnsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

 

DATE/TIME: 12/25/2015 / 1800 hours

LOCATION: US Route 5, St. Johnsbury, VT.

VIOLATION: Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer

 

ACCUSED: Obadiah Croteau                                                                       

AGE: 19

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burlington, VT.

 

VICTIM: Teigan Newell

AGE: 18

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: St. Johnsbury, VT.

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 12/25/2015, at approximately 1800 hours, Troopers from the St. Johnsbury State Police barracks were notified of a suspicious incident, where an individual wearing camouflage and a gun, later identified as the accused, stopped the victim for an alleged traffic infraction. Investigation later revealed that the accused was driving a rental vehicle and flashing his high beams as well as his amber emergency flashers to get the victim to stop.

 

On 02/02/2016, the accused was located in Bennington, VT., and issued a criminal citation to appear in Caledonia Criminal Court, to answer a charge of Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.

 

The Vermont State Police would like to remind the public that Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Vermont have blue lights and clear strobes on their vehicles. If you suspect that you are being stopped by someone other than Law Enforcement, you are encouraged to call 911 and verify that an actual Law Enforcement Officer is stopping you, or in the event that you cannot call, you are encouraged to safely drive your vehicle to the nearest Police Department or State Police Barracks for further assistance.

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 03/21/2016 / 0830 hours                  

COURT: Caledonia Criminal Court

LODGED - LOCATION: N/A          

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT:  N

 

Sergeant Charles Winn

Vermont State Police

“B” Troop – St. Johnsbury

1068 U.S. Route 5; Ste. 1

Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

 

PH: 802-748-3111

FX: 802-748-1585

 

E-mail: Charles.Winn@vermont.gov