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September 30, 2016

Press release Shaftsbury

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 16C303324

TROOPER: Stange                              

STATION: Shaftsbury                    

CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

 

DATE/TIME: 09/27/16 at approximately 0400 hours

LOCATION: Cold Spring Rd in Shaftsbury

VIOLATION: Grand Larceny, Unlawful Trespass, False Information, Unlawful Mischief

 

ACCUSED: Leon Lovelace, Brett Stone, Cody Smith                                                 

AGE: Lovelace 21, Stone 24, Smith 20

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Hoosick Falls, NY

 

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

sexual assault or domestic violence.)

AGE:

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 09/27/16 at approximately 0400 hours Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the area of Rollin Road in Shaftsbury. While patrolling the area Troopers discovered a matching vehicle parked at the intersection of Whitecreek Rd and Cold Spring Rd. Troopers made contact with three males later identified as Leon Lovelace, Brett Stone and Cody Smith.

 

During the initial investigation it was revealed that the males were in possession of numerous freshly harvested plants which appeared to be marijuana. After a brief investigation the males were issued citations for marijuana possession and released.

 

During a follow-up investigation it was discovered two of the males provided false identification and the plants were actually hemp, not marijuana. They belonged to a hemp farming operation in Shaftsbury. The farm has sustained a large loss of crop recently due to people mistaking it for marijuana and stealing it. With the assistance of Hoosick Falls PD all three males were located in Hoosick Falls and issued citations. All three are to appear in Bennington court on November 14, 2016 to answer to the charges.

 

 

COURT ACTION: Y

COURT DATE: 11/14/16           

COURT: Bennington

LODGED - LOCATION: n/a    

BAIL: n/a

MUG SHOT: NOT AVAIABLE

PBT: NOT APPLICABLE

 

 

 

*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.