STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
TROOPER: Kelsey Knapp
DATE/TIME: 05-25-16/Approximately 06:37 hours
LOCATION: Tatro Hill Rd. Randolph, VT
VIOLATION: Trespassing, Unlawful Mischief, Disorderly Conduct
VICTIM: Christopher Recchia/ Commissioner of Public Service Department
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Randolph VT
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 05-25-16 at approximately 06:37 hours State Police
Royalton received a call from Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia
who advised that there were approximately 11 protesters in his yard and that
they had blocked his driveway with cones.
State Police responded to the residence and upon arrival the protesters had
already departed from the house.
Commissioner Recchia advised that some of the protesters knocked on his door and
asked him to sign some type of affidavit. Commissioner Recchia refused to sign
it, told them that they were trespassing and to leave the property. The
protesters did not leave, and put up a wooden replica of an oil derrick, drove
stakes into the ground, painted orange lines in the driveway, and set up cones
at the end of the driveway. They secured the oil derrick with wooden stakes and
surrounded it with yellow caution tape. Commissioner Recchia advised they
started a chain saw and he was concerned of property damage, but then saw that
the chain saw did not have a cutting chain on it.
Commissioner Recchia advised that the protesters were using a blue vehicle and a
truck painted camouflage.
The State Police continue to investigate this incident and are attempting to
identify the people who were at Commissioner Recchia's residence.
The State Police Royalton are asking anyone with information about this incident
to call 802-234-9933.